Travel Channel is dishing out comfort food that’s good for the belly and the soul: From rib-sticking, gravy-smothered oxtails in Houston to crispy fried catfish in Memphis and hot spicy gumbo in New Orleans, it’s time to scream out hallelujah, and enjoy these lip-smacking-good meals. Tonight at 11|10c, don’t miss out on these soulful Southern classics, as well as other delicious, heavenly fare like a decadently seasoned fried chicken, a delicious pecan pie and much more!
Hungry for more? Check out these exclusive, behind-the-scenes photos of soul food dishes that are sure to get your tummy rumbling.
Last week we asked our Instagram followers to show us the most #bizarrefoods they’ve ever eaten — and let me tell you, they did not disappoint. Bizarre Foods fans, you have certainly proven that you do, in fact, have the guts. While combing through all the photos of frogs’ legs, insects (lots of worms) and animal intestines — we even came upon a few images that left us feeling slightly … queasy (think: a severed, uncooked sheep’s head wrapped in cellophane). Here are a few of our favorites. Warning: They are not for the faint of heart.
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2) “Look at the buns on those guys.” - sarahcuiksa
3) “Homemade chicharon na bituka or deepfried pork intestine.” - jonathankano09
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1) “Goooood Morning! Diet-mode Breakfast time… No Fried Rice but Tuyong Bisugo (dried salted fish) and Eggs for me ツ Yummmmy!” - xoxogrusha
3) ”Someone tried #balut tonight and it wasn’t me! The husband said it tasted like liver which doesn’t sound appealing at all… For those who don’t know what “balut” is, google it at your own risk! Needless to say we won’t be making out for a few days… Blehhh.” - taliastudio
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1) “Boiled sheep head for dinner.” - trekker_heck
And for even more of the bizarre, follow Andrew Zimmern’s “Organ” Trail.
From now until March 24, enter daily to win a $100,00 trip for 4 to the Adriatic! Pick your custom trip, or choose one of the 4 itineraries curated by your favorite Travel Channel hosts — Samantha Brown, Bert Kreischer, Adam Richman and Anthony Melchiorri!
Tonight at 9|8c watch as Geoff Edgers gets “zombified,” does some damage at a demolition derby and competes in a haggis-eating contest while visiting Pennsylvania. Check out behind-the-scenes photos and get Geoff’s playlist from the shoot.
My fixation with demolition derbies began in 1976. That’s when Happy Days ran its “Pinky Loves Fonzie” multi-part storyline. Talk about cliffhangers. We got everything in those 3 episodes: romance, danger, redemption.
As the story goes … The Millachi brothers sabotage Pinky Tuscadero’s car. During the demolition derby, she’s stalled and decides to get out of her car. That’s when the villains strike. They deliver their infamous “Millachi Crunch” and poor Pinky gets knocked unconscious and rushed to the hospital. Cue the “to be continued.” Fonzie, Richie, Potsie, Ralph, Mr. and Mrs. C all rush to her side. Will Pinky live? Will she perish? Does Fonzie ever plan on washing his t-shirt? I was hooked. What 6-year-old wouldn’t be choking on his grilled cheese?
As a kid, the “Pinky Loves Fonzie” story inspired one of my frequent, grammar school daydream fantasies … badly hurt, I’d be in my own hospital bed and, while in that damaged state, concerned classmates would stream in to visit. It doesn’t take Sigmund Einstein to figure out the psychology behind this. In real life, I was getting teased for my bowl cut, the gap between my front teeth and the fact I wore my jeans twice in one week. In my daydream universe, a cast and an IV could serve as my bro and babe magnet.
Fact is, I got over Cami Cavadi et al by the 9th grade, but I never lost my desire to jump into a car, turn the key and smash into others for sport. That’s why when Edge of America launched, I found myself endlessly pitching demo derbies to the show’s producers. They pushed me off a few times until we found the right spot, what was pegged as the world’s biggest derby in Bloomsburg, PA.
When I showed up for the main event, I found the lot full of smash-up veterans, including fathers and sons, gear-heads who had been fine tuning their cars for months, and, naturally, a few dudes who talked like they’d gotten a couple too many whiffs off their spray paint cans.
The derby manager paired me with Dave. He had a sweet car, an ’88 Oldsmobile station wagon painted blue and labeled 007. Inside, I could quickly see how these wheels were special. Steel reinforcement bars keep the metal from crushing you after a hit. Beer kegs serve as gas tanks, ratcheted down where a back seat would normally be. No windshield, no lights, no radio.
I admit at first I was a little bummed about Dave. I wanted my partner to exhibit all of the worst qualities of Hulk Hogan, Bill Romanowski and Ozzy Osbourne. Dave spoke like a Tibetan monk. I could barely hear him at times. Then the gun sounded.
You’ll have to watch to see what happened next. Trust me. Dave and the ’88 don’t disappoint. It’s why the Pennsylvania “Edge” is one of my favorites. It’s also why if I ever drive in a derby again, I’ll remember it’s not about who yells the loudest, it’s about the driver willing with the courage to lean on the gas, even when you’re under fire.
This week, Super Bowl XLVII officially kicks off and Travel Channel is celebrating the only way we know how: We’re crisscrossing the United States looking to trick out someone’s tailgate experience on Super Bowl Tailgate Takeover premiering Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 9|8c. Our very own Adam Richman (Man v. Food, Best Sandwich in America), alongside his team of tailgate techs, will post up in New Orleans to build 2 of the biggest, most incredible NFL tailgate rigs in honor of this year’s Super Bowl.
From massive 90-inch, 3D swivel-mounted TVs, to the biggest grills ever to char a steak — and a giant custom smoker that needs a truck to pull it — Adam presents an unbelievable assortment of game-day gadgets, fun games, big toys, custom decorations and everything else needed to enjoy the tailgate in style. In addition, Adam invites former players to share their tailgating tips, recipes and traditions … and they even help Adam put some finishing touches on the ultimate tailgating rigs!
Planning a trip to New Orleans for the weekend? See our Super Bowl Travel Guide full of everything New Orleans, including: Taste of New Orleans, New Orleans Weekend Guide, Where to Escape Super Bowl Crowds in New Orleans and much more!
Samantha Brown had her twins! She announced on Facebook, “The babies are here! Please welcome Ellis James, 6 lb. 10 oz. and Elizabeth Mae, 5 lb. 12 oz. Everyone is healthy and doing great! Pics soon!”
Our girl-meets-world sweetheart, Samantha Brown has been hosting shows on Travel Channel for the last 13 years. And now she’s embarking on her biggest adventure yet – motherhood!
When she first announced her pregnancy, we asked our globe-trotting gal — who’s traveled to dozens of countries, hundreds of cities and countless hotels around the world — how life on the road will change with the new additions.
“One thing’s for sure, these 2 will be the most well-traveled babies. We already have on schedule in May a 9-day trip planned through Germany. So one of the first things on our to-do list after they are born is to get baby passports,” says Samantha.
While we know motherhood is going to change Sam’s life, we’re sure she’ll be taking fans along for the ride. Stay tuned for more from Sam (and babies!)…
And be sure to catch Sam when she hosts Travel Channel’s first-ever “Trip of a Lifetime” special premiering on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 8|7c.
Tonight on Baggage Battles: Grand Theft Auto, the auction specialists are in Tampa, FL, for a one-of-kind car auction. Every year, over 7 million vehicles in the U.S. are abandoned, repossessed or seized and sold at auction. The Tampa Machinery Auction is the largest auto auction in the southeastern corner of the country, and it attracts buyers from all over the nation. Billy, Sally, Laurence and Mark go head-to-head over a classic Corvette beauty. Once the bidding is complete, the real tests begin: Does the car even run? Will the buyer make a profit? Watch tonight at 9|8c to find out.
A trip to Tampa without enjoying the sights and sounds isn’t a trip at all. See what else the auction specialists got into in the Tampa Travel Guide!
And speaking of classic cars, learn all about the Detroit Auto Show and the newest Corvette!
The Martins, Billy and Mark all arrive in Phoenix tonight at their new time 9|8c, for what’s sure to be a bidding war for the books. A freight warehouse, Sierra Auction, is filled with furniture, musical instruments, records, jewelry and tons of guns, all stored within massive moving crates that were never claimed. Catch of glimpse of what’s to come on tonight’s episode with our Crate Expectations Pictures.
Planning a trip to Phoenix? Get a complete list of the restaurants, activities and accommodations that the auction specialists enjoyed on their trip. For even more on Phoenix and the surrounding area, see our A to Z list of Phoenix vacation ideas, photos and videos.
We couldn’t resist one more photo of New York City’s Rockefeller Center during the holidays — this time, though, from a very different angle, thanks to Instagram user schreiltalk. Thanks for sending us your holiday lights photos, and happy holidays from Travel Channel!