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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Baggage Battles specialists Sally, Mark and Laurence

The auction specialists head to Greensboro, NC, a city nicknamed “The Gate City”  because it’s a major hub for import and export. Go behind the scenes to get a sneak peek of tonight’s episode. Laurence and Sally come across some lucky ladies, and Mark’s knowledge of NASCAR comes in handy.

When the specialists weren’t previewing their auction items or bidding against one another, they took time to enjoy the Southern charm of Greensboro: Its food and music, especially. See all the places they visited during their off-hours in the Greensboro Travel Guide.

Auction specialists in Atlanta

Tonight on an all-new Baggage Battles, the auction specialists travel to Atlanta, GA, for the FR8 auction. Every year in Atlanta over half a billion trucks carry more than 400 million tons of freight through this major southern city. Billy, Mark, Sally and Laurence all compete for the cargo from a prized Rolls Royce. Who makes the winning bid? And will Billy’s $270 personal effects win pay off? Don’t miss tonight’s episode at 8|7c.

Until then, go behind the scenes and watch a sneak peek from tonight’s episode.

billy leroy on Baggage Battles

Tonight on the season premiere of Baggage Battles, at 8|7c, Billy Leroy, Mark Meyer, and Laurence and Sally Martin do a double-header in Brooklyn and Boston. First up: Brooklyn. The auction specialists attend the US Customs & Border Protection auction where they attempt to strike it rich with an international cargo. Will they find rags or riches?

Then, at 8:30|7:30c, the specialists head up north to Boston for an estate sale that holds quite a bit of historical value.

Go behind the scenes with a sneak peek of this season’s auctions lineup and catch a glimpse of tonight’s episodes in Brooklyn and Boston.

Last but not least, we have a special treat for you. Ever wonder how Billy Leroy spends his time? Here’s your chance. Check out A Day With Billy Leroy.

Watch Baggage Battles on Wednesdays at 8|7c.

 

A Word From Anthony Bourdain:
“Our best to our friends the Randazzo family of Randazzo’s, Sunny Balzano at Sunny’s, Yuri Saian at Primorski and Roll-N-Roaster. They welcomed our crew with open arms when we filmed the Brooklyn episode of No Reservations — and all were hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. We wish them each a speedy recovery so they can reopen for business soon.”

Tonight is the night. At 9|8c, No Reservations takes its final bow in Brooklyn, NY, a place that Anthony Bourdain thought he knew, just across the river from the city in which he’s lived nearly all of his life. READ MORE

“Contrary to how it may look, I am NOT cruising Ipanema Beach for guys while my wife works out at the gym.” – Tony Bourdain

 

Nearing the end of his final tour around the world with No Reservations,  last night Anthony Bourdain visited Rio de Janeiro to accompany his wife to her jiu jitsu battle. Tony isn’t a newbie to the ridiculously beautiful white-sand beaches of Rio and the city’s delicious cuisine. But when your wife travels such a great distance to battle it out, you gotta go!

Tony made time to explore ports of Rio that he hadn’t seen before, such as a beach that’s secluded from the crowds and a bodega in the Rio neighborhood of Santa Teresa.

And let’s not forget about the food! Tony checked out Barraca do Uruguay, located on Ipanema Beach — this was the same vendor that Tony had visited 10 years ago! Get a complete list of all the restaurants and eateries that Tony checked out in Rio in our Travel Guide.

Get Tony’s thoughts and favorite picks in his Rio Journal and watch his Rio Bourdainisms, a collection of Tony’s one-liners from this episode.

Did you miss this episode? No worries. Watch our episode recap.

The Final Tour of No Reservations will come to an end on Monday, Nov. 5, at 9|8c, in Brooklyn, NY.

(left to right: Ludo Lefebvre, Tony Bourdain, Monsieur Picard)

What do you get when Tony Bourdain and Ludo Lefebvre, of Ludo Truckin Los Angeles, descend upon Burgundy, France? One heck of a good time, naturally.“ If this was a film,” says Tony Bourdain while behind the wheel of a classic Citroen DS, “I would tell you the story of a road trip.”  In tonight’s episode Tony does just that, and more! READ MORE

Last night on No Reservations Tony Bourdain continued his final tour around the world with a stop in Emilia Romagna. During his visit, Tony lived every man’s dream and got behind the wheel of a red-hot Ferrari California. Accompanying Tony was chef Michael White, who returned to San Domenico Restaurant where he spent his formative chef years. Miss last night’s episode? Watch an episode recap.

Get insights from Tony on the episode with his Emilia Romagna Journal and get Tony’s Travel Guide for each restaurant, activity and accommodation that he enjoyed.

Where’s Tony off to next week? Burgundy, France! See this location and others on our No Reservations’ Final Tour interactive map.

We all know about Six Flags, Busch Gardens, Cedar Point and Kings Dominion, but what about theme parks and rollercoasters in China? Our resident rollercoaster expert and founder of Theme Park Review, Robb Alvey, is on the road in China and having the time of his life! READ MORE

Follow No Reservations' Final Tour

Our beloved show of 9-plus years is nearing the end of its run. If you’re not traveling to Austin, Sydney or even Emilia Romagna, just to name a few of the places where Anthony Bourdain has been, you can follow Tony and the No Reservations’ crew from afar. Check out our new No Reservations interactive map, complete with episode descriptions, photos, video and episode recaps for each of the remaining pit stops. New content will be added each week!

Don’t forget, the final episode of No Reservations airs Monday, Nov. 5, at 9|8c.

 

Andrew Zimmern in Miami

Last night, Andrew Zimmern wrapped up another successful season of Bizarre Foods America.  While taking a look back on the season, Andrew recalled some of his favorite moments, and shared his thoughts on some of the most bizarre foods. Check out his most memorable meals below.

And while you’re at it, what are some of your favorite moments from Bizarre Foods America? Tell us and your favorite moment might appear on-air during the Bizarre Foods America Fan Favorite special in 2013. READ MORE

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