Rani Craft Robinson-Kiganda

Rani Craft Robinson-Kiganda is managing producer of Travelchannel.com. A Washingtonian, Floridian and wannabe Charlestonian, Rani’s passion for writing, travel, photography and food brought her to Africa, Singapore and Italy. Not even close to scratching her Bucket List, Rani looks forward to her next adventure: traveling with her husband and 2 small children. Follow Rani on Twitter @IAmCraftWeb.

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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

Thanksgiving meal

Thanksgiving is right around the corner — only 4 days away! Are you ready? If you’re still racking your brain for what to cook or how to prepare the ever-popular sides of stuffing, mac ‘n’ cheese or the main event: the bird, here are a few tips and recipes from chef and host of Bizarre Foods America, Andrew Zimmern, and chef and host of No Reservations, Anthony Bourdain.

 Thanksgiving turkeyAnthony Bourdain’s Thanksgiving Tips

“The breast takes more time to cook than the legs. Take off the legs, and place them in a separate pan. Butter under the skin, and add salt and crushed pepper. No garlic!”

“Make the stuffing on the side, and don’t include it in the cavity of the turkey. Do this to avoid bacteria (salmonella), which will drain off the bird and into the stuffing.”

Get Recipes from Anthony Bourdain

Macaroni and Cheese Andrew Zimmern’s Alternative Thanksgiving Recipes

Andrew Zimmern definitely knows his way around a kitchen, so we wouldn’t steer you wrong by suggesting that you try his divine recipe for mac ‘n’ cheese, a great side dish for Thanksgiving Day. But if eating turkey isn’t your “thing,” then try Andrew’s braised rabbit or something spicy, like Asopao de Pollo y Mariscos, a chicken, shrimp and rice stew!

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about the second most important meal of the day: dessert. Keep it traditional with Andrew’s recipe for pumpkin pie.

Try all of Andrew Zimmern’s Recipes

Head over to our sister site, FoodNetwork.com for even more Thanksgiving Day tips and tricks.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Verruckt waterslide at Schlitterbahn Waterpark

We’ve got at least one item on your summer 2014 to-do list: Ride Verrückt. If you haven’t heard the latest buzz about Verrückt, allow us to enlighten you. Designed by Jeff Henry, the “Wizard of Water” and co-owner of Schlitterbahn waterpark in Kansas City, KS, Verrückt, once complete, will be the tallest, fastest and, dare we say — scariest — waterslide in the world!

View from the top of Verruckt waterslide at Schlitterbahn Waterpark

The 17-story Verrückt waterslide, which requires 4 people to ride it at one time, will be taller than Niagara Falls  and the Statue of Liberty. And Travel Channel is on the ground capturing the entire build — we’ll be there when the first 4 brave souls take the first plunge! The waterslide will be featured in next summer’s Xtreme Waterparks, our hit series about the coolest, most ridiculous and most extreme waterparks in the world.

Stay tuned for more on how Verrückt’s build is progressing. Until summer 2014, wet your appetite with our Xtreme Waterparks pictures.

 

Chef, author and award-winning TV personality and host of Bizarre Foods America, Andrew Zimmern, kicks off the new season of Bizarre Foods America tonight at 9|8c. Andrew first stop: New Jersey! Don’t worry, there is plenty of bizarre, “gross” and outrageously delicious things to eat in Jersey.

Andrew begins with a tour of LaMonica Fine Foods, a fourth-generation Italian-American family business, where they process fresh shellfish, like scungilli, a traditional Italian food made from conch.

Did you know there’s a large population of immigrants from the Philippines in New Jersey? Andrew visits Little Manila to check out Phil-Am Foods, the largest Filipino-owned grocery store on the East Coast. READ MORE

 

Tonight on the season finale of Bizarre Foods America, Andrew Zimmern travels to the eclectic city of Portland, OR . While in Portland, Andrew visits the not-to-miss bakery of Voodoo Doughnut, along with Olympic Provisions, a quality meats shop that produces 12 kinds of salami!

See all the places that Andrew visits tonight in our Portland Travel Guide. Plus, go behind the scenes for a sneak peek of tonight’s Portland episode in our Portland Pictures slideshow.

Watch a Sneak Peek: Portland’s Voodoo Doughnut

Tonight on an all-new Bizarre Foods America, Andrew Zimmern travels to Northern California for wine tasting in Napa and Sonoma, and jelly bean sampling at Jelly Belly in Fairfield, CA (outside of San Francisco). Get a complete list of what Andrew gets into tonight in our Northern California Travel Guide, and go behind the scenes with Andrew in our Bizarre Foods America: Northern California slideshow.

Watch a Sneak Peek: Grape Picking in California

Are there some restaurants and dishes that stick with you, and in a good way? Whether it’s mom’s home cooking, or the fantastic Lobster Mac-N-Cheese at Miami’s Prime One Twelve, some foods never leave you! So we wanted to know: What were Andrew Zimmern’s favorite restaurants and dishes from 2012? He responded with his Top 5 Places I Ate Last Year.

Bon appetit!

 

Tonight at 9|8c, Andrew Zimmern goes crabbing and fishing for eels on the Chesapeake Bay. On land, he visits Baltimore’s historic Lexington Market that’s reported to have some of the best crab cakes in Maryland. But what Andrew is really searching for here is Mary Mervis Deli to sample their famous beef tongue sandwich. While in Baltimore, Andrew also discovers that the city is home to a large Korean immigrant population, and he finds some of the most authentic Korean foods at Lotte Plaza Grocery.

Go behind the scenes of tonight’s episode with our Baltimore and Chesapeake Bay slideshow. Plus, get even more news from Andrew Zimmern — read his 5 Restaurant Trends Around the World.

Watch a sneak peek of tonight’s episode: Crabbing on the Chesapeake Bay

You’ve seen them on TV. You know them by their quirky antics. (Think: Laurence Martin from Baggage Battles and Aaron Goodwin from Ghost Adventures). But do you ever wonder what their lives are like off-screen, after the film crew has gone home? Now is your chance — and we want to know which Travel Channel’s host’s “day” is your favorite!

Each week we’re launching a new set of polls, and once the polls close Monday, April 8, we’ll tally the top competitors. We’ll then ask — in one final vote — for you to decide which Travel Channel host has the coolest life, as chronicled in “A Day in the Life” — TravelChannel.com’s award-winning Web Series that just snagged a Cablefax Award for “Use of Video/Moving Image.”

Vote today!

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