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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

Ponta Negra Beach (Photo Courtesy of Embratur)

The city of Natal is “painted” with the same organic colors proudly displayed on the Brazilian flag: blue skies, golden-yellow sand dunes and green palm trees. During the FIFA final draw, it was announced that the USA team would be playing against Ghana in the Arena das Dunas for their first game on June 16, 2014. Even though the USA is in Group G — which is considered one of the hardest group’s in the 2014 World Cup — fans really hit the jackpot with having Natal as the perfect host city to cheer on the US team.

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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

The Zócalo

Photo: Robin Bennefield
The Zócalo, Mexico City’s main square, at night.

In a country that’s been getting a bad travel rap, Mexico City stands devoid of travel warnings, rich with cultural heritage, an impressive arts scene and cutting-edge cuisine. It checks all the boxes for the urban traveler seeking a cosmopolitan mix of stylish hotels, trendy neighborhoods and new foodie pursuits.

Just a 4 or 5 hour flight from the East Coast or West Coast, the city boasts over 170 museums, a burgeoning high-end shopping district, the oldest park in North America and one of the largest public squares in the world. So, if you go, put away any pre-conceived notions, pack some patience to navigate the city’s traffic-jammed streets and start by hitting these Mexico City hot spots.

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Get a double dose of super-official takeout when Daym slides into Atlanta AND Portland tonight on 2 all-new episodes of Best Daym Takeout, starting at 10|9c!

First off, how do you feel about peanut butter cupcakes? What about a peanut butter cupcake blended with ice cream and turned into a milkshake?!? Yeah, we thought so. Find out where to get your hands on this diabolically delicious concoction when Daym tries to find the best takeout in Atlanta.

Then, Daym visits Portland, OR, where he finds more than just your typical takeout – especially when he drops into Pok Pok, a restaurant … in a house … that serves traditional Thai flavors. Ever heard of Muu Sateh? Yeah, neither had we.

Tune in tonight to see what all the Daym hype is about, and watch this sneak peek for a taste of all the takeout to come! 

Great barbecue is an art. And for a real taste of the craftsmanship that goes into roasting a whole hog or smoking a rack of ribs so tender the meat falls off the bone, look no further than Memphis in May’s World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.

Tonight at 9|8c, Adam Richman witnesses the barbecue madness on an all-new episode of Fandemonium. From delicious smoked sausage to Denmark’s take on American barbecue, Adam tastes it all. He also meets more than a few barbecue devotees who make this weekend the highlight of the month-long Memphis in May celebration.

It’s never too early to start planning your next spring fling! If Adam’s got you wanting to join in the barbecue fun, check out our Memphis travel guide for tips to plan your own Memphis in May excursion. Or use our Best BBQ Festivals and Competitions photo gallery to find one closer to home!

And don’t forget to tune in tonight at 9|8c for Fandemonium!

Portland Head Light

Portland, Maine: This quaint, coastal town will win your heart over with its charm and history. The endless restaurants, coffee shops and boutiques will have you coming back for more.
Photo credit: Jessica Menk

 

STAY

West End Inn

West End Inn
146 Pine Street
Portland, ME 04102

This modern, chic B&B is located in the West End neighborhood of Portland. The historic, tree-lined streets compliment the beauty of this area. It’s about a 15 minute walk to the waterfront. The breakfast is plentiful, fresh and well thought out. You’ll want to get the Maine blueberry pancakes … at least once.

 

EAT

Jays Lobster House

J’s Oyster
5 Portland Pier
Portland, ME 04101

Skip the touristy lobster spots and hang with the locals. Get the lobster roll sandwich (a Maine staple). Trust me, you won’t regret it. Your best bet is to grab a seat outside with a view of the wharf. (pictured to the right)

Gorgeous Gelato
Gorgeous Gelato
434 Fore Street
Portland, ME 04101

It’s a little taste of Italy in the heart of Old Port. I’ve never had gelato this fabulous before. You can taste the fresh ingredients. My top 3 flavors: mango, tiramisu and hazelnut. (pictured to the right)


Flatbread Company

72 Commercial Street, Ste 5
Portland, ME 04101

Flatbread Company is a great place to enjoy the weather while sipping on a local craft beer. Their artistry in organic ingredients create tasty pizzas. The atmosphere is quaint, and reflects the culture. They also have a love for animals, so dogs are welcome in their outside area

 

SHOP

K Collette

K Colette
100 Commercial Street
Portland, ME 04101

This boutique is filled with artfully selected housewares from lush Egyptian cotton bedding to rustic and nautical vintage finds. Give yourself at least 30 minutes to wander around and get inspired. (pictured to the right)


Merchant Co. Handmade Vintage Goods

656 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101

On the walk from the West End side of town, stop at The Merchant Company for unique handmade items. This adorable store showcases local items such as invitations, housewares, jewelry and more! Located in the Arts District.


RELAX

Novare Res Bier Café
4 Canal Plaza
Portland, ME 04101

This bar is a must-find for craft beer seekers in downtown Portland. They have extensive offerings of fairly priced drafts and bottles. Their bartenders are knowledgeable and will happily steer you toward something you’ll enjoy. It’s a little tricky to find, but ask around and don’t give up your quest! With their wine menu and food offerings they aim to please everyone, including those who aren’t hopheads and beer geeks.


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Get ready! Tonight at 10|9c, YouTube superstar Daymon Patterson comes to Travel Channel with the all-new series, Best Daym Takeout. And we want to know: What do YOU consider the most “super-official” takeout? Post pictures of your favorite takeout food to Instagram with the hashtag #DaymTakeout, and maybe you’ll see your photos on our blog!

Not sure what “super official” is? Prepare for tonight’s double-episode premiere with our exclusive video from Daym himself, explaining his “Daymisms.”

Need a little food inspiration for your super-official Instagrams? Tune in tonight when Daym drops in on some real Chicago-style takeout, from the juicy goodness of an Italian beef sandwich to ooey-gooey deep-dish pizza. But the question remains … who has the best takeout in the Windy City?

Then at 10:30|9:30c, Daym heads down south to New Orleans where the takeout runs the gamut from crawfish to donuts to po’ boys. But what does Daym like the best when he takes it to his car for a chowdown session? Find out tonight!

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