It’s been a little over 8 years since my first production meeting with Andrew Zimmern, a chef who was unknown to me at the time — as I was brand new to the TV and foodie worlds. He has hundreds of hours and thousands of miles recorded on national television, and to this day, I still ask myself, “How does he do it?” How does anyone travel so much, eat so exceptionally well, and then be expected to return to normal life? As we prepare for another season of Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern, which kicks off tonight at 9|8c on Travel Channel, I decided to get the answer to that question, along with others about what we can expect on Bizarre Foods, what Andrew is most excited about this season, his future travel plans and projects in 2015, and more!
As you go into another season of Bizarre Foods, what are you most excited for the viewers to see?
I think what’s most exciting for me is that we are finally able to slow down a little this season and dive deeper into the cultural elements of the show that are more interesting to me than skimming along the surface of the places we visit. TV needs to be relevant to stay current, and today’s viewers demand that. I think this season, we are finally delivering on that in spades. READ MORE
Feeling on top of the world at the summit of Table Mountain, overlooking Cape Town and the surrounding mountains. A 5 a.m. wake-up call is tough (especially when it’s really midnight your time) but worth it to see the sunrise at 3,500 feet.
Look who we found in South Africa! Travel Channel’s Samantha Brown was recently in Cape Town. We thought it was the perfect time to catch up with Sam and get the “skinny” on her trip: unforgettable moments, things to do and, of course, what to eat in Cape Town.
What were your expectations of Cape Town, and did it live up to them?
I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about Cape Town for close to 10 years. It’s where my husband and I wanted to go on our honeymoon but couldn’t, due to lack of time. When I arrived early Saturday morning, I was mesmerized by Table Mountain; I mean, the location of Cape Town is just overwhelmingly beautiful. However, when I went out for a long walk, I was a bit underwhelmed. I headed downtown, which was a ghost town. All the shops were closed, and I wanted to go to a coffee shop I had read about that is run by a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. When I got there, it, too, was closed. I finally made it to a cute, hip neighborhood that ran along Kloof Street and had a great pot of tea and a nice conversation with the owner, who told me that if it’s a nice day (and it was gorgeous, especially for their winter), everyone closes up shop and heads to the beach. That’s when I realized Cape Town is really a city that’s a beach town at heart. It was also the last time during the trip that I was underwhelmed by Cape Town.
Host Ryan Van Duzer at Avery Brewing Co in Boulder
Travel Channel’s digital video producer Arthur Hsu traveled to Colorado to film one of our newest original series, Microbrew Madness, launching next week on travelchannel.com. The new web series will take viewers on a journey to discover the best craft breweries in America. Having traveled many times before to Colorado for his passion sport of bouldering, and now to film Microbrew Madness, it was the perfect time to catch up with Arthur to get an “insider’s” look at the city fondly called “the city nestled between the mountains and reality.”
What brought you to Colorado?
I was producing the last webisode for Microbrew Madness, at 2 great craft breweries, Avery Brewing Co in Boulder and Verboten Brewing in Loveland, with host Ryan Van Duzer and producer Andrew Robertson. We have been working on this project for nearly a year, starting off at Cigar City Brewing in Tampa, FL, so it’s bittersweet to see this wrapped up. The craft breweries we’ve filmed are in destinations that offer much more than just tasty craft beers, and based on the crowds during the 2 weekdays we filmed, the locals agree. READ MORE
Standing among the crypts at St Michan’s Church
Recently back from filming the Ghost Adventures 2-hour Halloween special in Ireland, Zak Bagans shares his tips for traveling to the country so known for its folklore, haunted castles and mythical creatures. Zak offers his advice on where to go and what to eat when searching for ghosts among the rolling green hills of Ireland. Tune in Friday, October 31 at 9|8c to watch Zak investigate Dublin and beyond.
What brought you to Ireland?
Ireland is steeped with so many mystical legends and so much dark history, it is literally a land of fantasy for the Ghost Adventures Crew. We wanted to investigate tales of the devil himself by visiting 2 locations and exploring other places said to be inhabited by ancient Celtic demons and spirits.
Last week, TravelChannel.com Interactive Producer Ben Breslerman traveled to Las Vegas to film 3 original features for TravelChannel.com. It wasn’t Ben’s first time traveling to Las Vegas, so what better way to get the inside scoop on the best places to stay, eat and “let loose” in Vegas!
Here’s what Ben had to say:
(L to R): Jim Morley, Shane Reynolds, Kinga Philipps. Photo by Sean Murphy.
Travel Channel’s Director of Digital Programming Jim Morley traveled to Malibu, CA, last week to film one of TravelChannel.com’s newest original series, tentatively called Underbellies. Having lived in Southern California for 10 years, we knew that Jim could tell us a thing or two about what to do in Malibu.
Here’s what Jim had to say about Malibu:
What brought you to Malibu?
I’m doing a pilot that explores the less glamorous side of popular resort towns. Malibu has this postcard perfect image — coastal homes of household names, Baywatch, fish tacos and whatnot. But there’s a far more interesting tale to be told here. I assembled a uniquely talented team in my host Kinga Philipps and filmmaker Shane Reynolds. They’re both thoughtful and gifted in their respective crafts. READ MORE
Summer – and its heat – has officially arrived, and with it comes summer foods: beachside BBQ, fried green tomatoes on the patio, lobster on the islands and more – all featured in our Travel’s Best Summer Foods for 2014. READ MORE
Mariana Van Zeller is a co-host alongside chef Michael Voltaggio, in our newest show (coming early 2015) Breaking Borders. In Mariana’s “other life” she’s a correspondent for Fusion/ABC NEWS, and on a recent trip to Brazil to cover the World Cup, she took some time out to explore the Amazon rainforest. We asked Mariana to tell us a few things about her excursion with her husband and 3-year-old son. Read what Mariana had to say:
(L to R): Diamondback rollercoaster (Credit : Kings Island), Verruckt waterslide (Credit : Verruckt)
“Insane” and “extreme” return to Travel Channel as the season opener for Insane Coaster Wars: World Domination touches down in Taiwan, Missouri, Texas and more! Then, it’s off of Kansas City, MO, for Building the World’s Tallest – Verruckt! Travel Channel is there for the making of this “insane” — literally (Verruckt means Insane) — waterslide. READ MORE
Angkor Thom Gate in Cambodia
Travel Channel executive producer Daniel A. Schwartz traveled to Cambodia with the Expedition Unknown production crew and host and explorer Josh Gates. It was Daniel’s first time in Cambodia and we thought it was the perfect time to get a “newbies” perspective on the country.
Here’s what Daniel had to say:
What brought you to Cambodia?
I went to Cambodia to film Expedition Unknown, a new Travel Channel show coming in 2015, with host and explorer Josh Gates. We traveled through the country, from the capital Phnom Penh all the way to the northernmost mountain border. Josh was on a mission and we were there to document the adventure. READ MORE