Rani Craft Robinson-Kiganda

Rani is Managing Producer of Travelchannel.com. She was the girl in high school who knew exactly what she wanted to do – magazine layout design, photography and travel! An avid traveler - having been to Africa, Singapore and Italy - Rani was fortunate to land a gig with Travel Channel over 11 years ago. A wife and mother, she’s passionate about photography, creative writing, food and travel. Follow her foodie adventures in her personal blog - Good Food.

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pig on a spit at Woodshed Smokehouse in Fort Worth Texas

There are many things we love about Texans, and their barbecue is high on that list. The next time you’re in Dallas, check out Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, which packs a hot and spicy combination with their beef brisket, pork ribs and the “Big Chop,” a 2-inch thick pork chop dunked in vinegar and meat drippings. If pork and beef don’t get your glands salivating, then head over to Chicken Scratch Restaurant, The Revolver Taco Lounge, or Woodshed Smokehouse (Pictured above: slow-roasted pig on a spit) for their braised lamb belly with shallots and roasted garlic pureed in a bone broth. Yum! READ MORE

Andrew Zimmern at Bolton’s Spicy Chicken and Fish in Nashville

Who knew that Nashville had a thing for spicy chicken? We’ve just become “hip” to the idea, and now we gotta try some! Until your travel plans are finalized, live vicariously through Andrew Zimmern tonight during an all-new episode of Bizarre Foods America in Nashville! Andrew eats some iconic foods, including spicy chicken and fish, as well as a whole hog on the “Q.” Andrew also ventures off the beaten path to visit a local Kurdish family, cooking up some of the most flavorful foods in all of Tennessee.

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Charleston's Cooper River Bridge Run

Travelers, Charlestonians and runners (or walkers) alike, prepare for a big weekend in Charleston, SC. The annual Cooper River Bridge Run  happens this Saturday, April 5. Runners and walkers will find their position on the Mt. Pleasant side of the Cooper River Bridge at 6 a.m., to start the 10K race which takes runners across the massive, 2.5-mile-long Cooper River Bridge and ends on Meeting Street, just before the popular Marion Square in Historic Downtown Charleston.

Started as a way of engaging interest and awareness of better health and cardiovascular exercise, “Bridge Run” as it’s fondly called, has become one of the most popular events to happen during the spring season in Charleston – next to its world-class weddings, of course. But before the big race kicks off, the foodies and the kids get in on the action with Taste of the Bridge Run and Kids Run & Wonderfest. READ MORE

Ocean view from a vacation home

Don’t let today be an ordinary day — add a little luxury into your plans. From 2|1c to 6|5c Travel Channel will showcase the best of the best in luxury living with Mega Mansions and Extreme Vacation Homes. Start planning your summer road trip now, as we take you backstage to the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, CA, the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC, the Old Westbury Gardens estate in Westbury, NY (location of the Oscar-nominated The Great Gatsby) and more in Mega Mansions.

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TravelChannel.com celebrated all things fun in the sun and on the beach this week for our first annual Beach Week. We kicked things off with our annual Best Beach Awards and we asked you to vote for the Best Overall Beach. The winner will be revealed tomorrow, March 3, on TravelChannel.com. READ MORE

Clear canisters of popcorn

 

Today marks the official savory-and-sweet National Popcorn Day. It’s time not only to celebrate the buttery, salty goodness of movie theater popcorn but also the cheese, caramel, chocolate (and many more) flavors that we simply can’t get enough of!

No one seems to know why or when the very first official National Popcorn Day started, but according to the Popcorn Board — yes, there is one — the end of January, also around Super Bowl time, was the official beginning, which seems to make the most sense. Why? Well, aside from eating chicken wings and drinking beer, lots of football fans also enjoy bowls of popcorn while watching the big game. READ MORE

Highclere Castle featured on Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey fans around the world are no doubt anxiously awaiting the return of the popular classic series this Sunday, Jan. 5, on PBS. Everyone wants to know: How will Lady Mary Crawley overcome the sudden and tragic loss of her husband Matthew Crawley? Will she be able to be a mother to their son? And what will become of the financially drained Downton Abbey estate … and of the lives of the staff who really make Downton shine? READ MORE

Andrew Zimmern at the Minnesota State Fair and holding a hot dog

I don’t know about you, but I love state fairs. Not just for the nostalgic feeling they invite but also because of all the food! Each year, state fairs are my excuse to go nuts! OK, not nuts, but let’s say “tip the scales” a bit. Even if you’ve not been to a state fair, you’ve more than likely heard of some of their wondrous creations, like deep-fried Twinkies, Oreos, funnel cakes and, in the case of the Minnesota State Fair, deep-fried cheese curds!

Tonight on Bizarre Foods America, Andrew Zimmern visits the Minnesota State Fair for Comet Corn, Famous Dave’s, Carl’s Gizmo, French Meadow Bakery, Sweet Martha’s Cookies and countless other foodie venues! Get all the details in our Minnesota State Fair Travel Guide.

Catch a sneak peek in our Minnesota State Fair Photos.

Caviar and BananasCopyright Caviar & Bananas 2013

Every year, my family takes a road trip to Charleston, SC. My husband and I were married there, in the nearby town of Mt. Pleasant, right across the Cooper River Bridge in an adorable area called I’On. And for the third time, Charleston was named the No. 1 City in the US by Conde Nast Traveler. The city has created a reputation for itself as the place to get married and the place to eat, touting award-winning chefs like Sean Brock’s Husk.

During my recent trip to Charleston, we had lunch at Caviar & Bananas (C&B), a gourmet café that also serves as a mini-market and bakery all rolled into one. There are 2 locations in Charleston – one off 188 Meeting Street and the other (the one we visited — several times) at 51 George Street, in Charleston’s historic downtown area, close to the College of Charleston campus. The atmosphere is wonderful – lots of smiles, college students and the occasional group of tourists. Purchase ready-made food, bakery items, locally made ice cream, popsicles and made-to-order sandwiches/wraps. READ MORE

Bar scene in New York City

Everyone knows that next to Las Vegas, New York City is the city that never sleeps. After a night of bar hopping, dancing and whatever other fun that empties your wallet, there is more drinking and eating to be done before it’s time for bed. But think past the easily accessible beer and greasy pizza and move forward to a more sophisticated cuisine.

On a recent trip to New York City, our own chef, traveler and TV host, Andrew Zimmern enjoyed a late-night city sampler that culminated in an episode of Bizarre Foods America we call, NYC Overnight: Bizarre At All Hours.

Andrew Zimmern’s quest answered the following important questions: Hungry? Go here. Still thirsty? Drink up here. And as always, Andrew doesn’t disappoint, offering up some of the best Asian-inspired late-night eats and more. READ MORE

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