| Feb 13, 2013
| 9:40 PM
In a city of thousands of humble taco stands and family-run Mexican restaurants, El Tepeyac Cafe in Boyle Heights gained legendary status for the gargantuan, chili-spiked pork burritos created by owner Manuel Rojas.
In the kitchen at 3 a.m., seven...
| Apr 4, 2013
| 3:57 PM
When Anthony Bourdain was in town last summer taping a Chicago-themed episode of his Travel Channel show “The Layover,” he asked various people, including me, to name the quintessential Chicagoan, and a consensus quickly emerged.
| Feb 5, 2013
| 11:32 AM
Travel Channel and Sports Illustrated are teaming up for a one-hour special about the making of this year's Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.
Back up boys, here are the details: "Sports Illustrated: The Making of Swimsuit '13--7 Continents, 17 Wonders"...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
If the Food Network is hunting for its No. 1 fan, I suggest executives stop at my house to interview The Hubby. He watches more of its programs than anything else on TV, including reruns of our mutual fave, "NCIS," and the endless stream of fishing...
| Sep 5, 2013
How many alternative rock lead singers go on to a successful career in stage magic? The answer is just one: Rob Zabrecky. In the '90s, Zabrecky fronted the Los Angeles band Possum Dixon, which released three albums through Interscope...
| Oct 29, 2012
| 7:30 AM
Halloween is my favorite time of year. And I love to be scared. Over the years, I've been through my fair share of theme park mazes, independent haunted attractions and backyard spookfests.
I even dress up every Halloween as a chainsaw-wielding maniac...
| Jul 19, 2013
| 8:55 AM
A few days before I read his latest novel, I saw Marcus Sakey sitting with a bunch of other local crime writers at a tavern in the Printers Row neighborhood. They looked as companionable as if they were brothers or members of a 16-inch softball team. Such...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
To television viewers, Andrew Zimmern of "Bizarre Foods" fame is known as that guy who'll eat anything. And he'd like Americans to give it a shot, too. "Open up and expand your horizons, people!" says the James Beard Award-winning chef and author. "My...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
When Samantha Brown was growing up, her family took road trips to visit nearby family, but that was about it. So when she got the opportunity to work with the Travel Channel, Brown "realized that my input would be as a layman. I wasn't an expert...
| Jun 5, 2013
| 6:00 AM
"Insane Coaster Wars" would be the ultimate road trip for any ride enthusiast who had about $100,000 to drop on a single vacation and the fortitude to travel around the world.
Photos: 28 thrill rides competing in 'Insane Coaster Wars'
Premiering at 8:...
| Oct 16, 2012
| 6:27 PM
Want to see dead people? Apparently the Rialto Square Theatre is one of your best bets. The 86-year-old venue in Joliet offers ghost tours led by the All Seeing Paranormal Group and will be featured on Syfy’s “Ghost Hunters” Wednesday....
| Jun 20, 2013
| 4:30 PM
McDonald's has introduced a new durian crunch McFlurry flavor to its dessert kiosk menus in Singapore. But for anyone who's actually smelled the spiky fruit, you may be scratching your head and asking why?
Some people love the stuff. Some people...