Breaking Borders: Kashmir Pictures

Journalist Mariana van Zeller and chef Michael Voltaggio travel to the beautiful countryside of Kashmir. They learn about the conflict that threatens its existence: to be part of India, part of Pakistan or its own independent state.

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A Mediterranean Fish Fry

A Mediterranean Fish Fry

After a day spent in the charming Mediterranean city of Byblos, Lebanon, I had no other fish to fry. I ate all of them. 960 1280

Mariana Van Zeller  

Lebanese Cuisine

Lebanese Cuisine

An extreme close-up of a Lebanese meze. Unfortunately, my photo skills don't do it justice. Lebanese food is famous all over the world, and rightfully so. It's definitely on my top 5 list of best places to eat. 960 1280

Mariana Van Zeller  

Old Jerusalem

Old Jerusalem

Pickle seller in Old Jerusalem. Michael Voltaggio and I spent our first and last day in Jerusalem roaming around Souk Khan El-Zeit. We both love to eat and shop, and this open-air market in the Old City was the perfect place for both. Related: Mother of All Conflicts 960 1280

Mariana Van Zeller  

Oskar Schindler

Oskar Schindler

The Mount Zion Catholic Cemetery, where Oskar Schindler is buried. Schindler was a member of the Nazi Party responsible for saving the lives of 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust. His story was portrayed in Steven Spielberg's 1993 movie Schindler's List. 960 1280

Mariana Van Zeller  

West Bank City of Hebron

West Bank City of Hebron

Palestinian men in the West Bank city of Hebron. More than any other place on our trip, this is where we really felt the anger and resentment on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It's another city divided, with around 80% controlled by the Palestinian Authority and the other 20% administered by Israel. 960 1280

Mariana Van Zeller  

Great Pyramids of Giza

Great Pyramids of Giza

The mandatory "look at me at the pyramids" photo. At least one of us is looking in the right direction. Related: Detained in Egypt 960 1280

Mariana Van Zeller  

Cairo

Cairo

The view from my hotel bedroom in Cairo. The Nile is indeed a river in Egypt, and the longest in the world. 960 1280

Mariana Van Zeller  

Traveling in Style

Traveling in Style

I travel a lot, usually to places no one wants to go. But then sometimes, I get lucky. In this case, WE (the chef and I) got lucky. I could do away with the camel riding, but no one's taking the Pyramids of Giza from us. Over 4,500 years of pure wonder that will stay with us forever. 960 1280

Mariana Van Zeller  

Egypt's Spice Rack

Egypt's Spice Rack

A spice shop in the Khan el-Khalili Souk in Cairo. 960 1280

Mariana Van Zeller  

Cooking in Extreme Conditions

Cooking in Extreme Conditions

Michael Voltaggio has cooked in some pretty cool places for this show, but I think he'll agree with me that this one hit the high note. He had just a few hours to cook large amounts of incredibly awesome food, while I tried to make myself useful, but every few minutes, we'd both look up and gasp. 960 1280

Mariana Van Zeller  

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Belfast, Northern Ireland

The "Peace Wall" in Belfast still separates Northern Ireland's Catholic and Protestant communities. It was built following the start of the conflict known as "The Troubles" and has stood for 45 years, longer than the Berlin Wall. Tourists from all over the world write messages on it, as did Michael and I. Can you guess what we wrote? Hint: best show on TV. Also, "peace" in my mother tongue. Related: A History Tour of Ireland 960 1280

Mariana Van Zeller  

Shankill Road, Belfast

Shankill Road, Belfast

Michael in front of a loyalist memorial on Shankill Road in Belfast. Shankill (which means "the old church") was a center for Protestant paramilitarism during the Troubles and was the target of several bomb and gun attacks by the Irish Republican Army, or IRA. 960 1280

Mariana Van Zeller  

Picturesque Sarajevo

Picturesque Sarajevo

The beautiful location of our "big meal" — the Hedona Wine Club in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.  960 1280

Mariana Van Zeller  

Mostar, Bosnia

Mostar, Bosnia

The stunning Stari Most (which means "old bridge") in Mostar was built by the Ottomans in the 16th century. It was completely destroyed during the Bosnian War but was rebuilt in 2004, and it now stands as a symbol of reconciliation and peace. 960 1280

Mariana Van Zeller  

Roadside Roasted Lamb

Roadside Roasted Lamb

Our amazing guide Sabina told us that we had to stop at this roadside restaurant on the way back from Mostar to try the famous Bosnian roasted lamb on a spit. Apparently, these restaurants have become so popular here that they now call this region "the Silence of the Lambs." 960 1280

Mariana Van Zeller  

Chef Michael Voltaggio

Chef Michael Voltaggio

Michael will kill me for telling you this, but he's super afraid of heights. However, he came with me all the way up to the top of a minaret in Mostar. So proud of you, Chef! 960 1280

Mariana Van Zeller  

A Chef's Mind

A Chef's Mind

Michael usually starts jotting down some ideas for the big meal the day before. In Bosnia, I got lucky and got to see his brilliant mind at work. He did all this during our last shoot of the day, at an old bar in Sarajevo. It's a possible list of dishes, ingredients and some food presentation ideas. Wish I'd stolen the original copy. It might well be worth millions one day! :-) 960 1280

Mariana Van Zeller  

Sarajevo City Line

Sarajevo City Line

Michael Voltaggio and Mariana van Zeller listen as local guide/fixer Sabina Niksic explains the significance of the Sarajevo city line that separates the east from the west in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 960 1280

  

Sarajevo's Varied Religions

Sarajevo's Varied Religions

From this spot, anyone can see a temple, a mosque and a church, which shows the varied religious groups existing within a small radius in Sarajevo. Related Video: People and Culture of Sarajevo 960 1280

  

Children's Memorial

Children's Memorial

Michael, Mariana and Sabina read some of the 521 names on the column that honors children killed during a period of ethnic cleansing, when the Bosnian Serb forces wiped out thousands. 960 1280

  

A Fountain in Dedication

A Fountain in Dedication

A fountain accompanies the monument dedicated to the children. 960 1280

  

Drink and You Will Return to Sarajevo

Drink and You Will Return to Sarajevo

Mariana drinks from a spigot at a Turkish mosque. Legend has it that if you drink from the spigot, you will return to Sarajevo. 960 1280

  

Sarajevo Rose Memorial

Sarajevo Rose Memorial

A Sarajevo Rose memorial is a concrete scar made by a mortar shell explosion that was later painted with red resin to remember those who were killed during the siege of the city. 960 1280

  

Copper and Pewter Teacups

Copper and Pewter Teacups

Beautifully stacked copper and pewter teacups sold on Coppersmith Street (Kazandziluk Street). Related Video: Handmade Copper in Sarajevo 960 1280

  

Michael Voltaggio Shops for Copper

Michael Voltaggio Shops for Copper

Michael examines a decorative copper container on Coppersmith Street (Kazandziluk Street). 960 1280

  

Coppersmith Street

Coppersmith Street

A unique view of the quaint Coppersmith Street, which is home to vendors selling handmade items made of copper, including coffee sets. Bosnian coffee is a popular commodity in the country. 960 1280

  

History Lesson in Sarajevo

History Lesson in Sarajevo

Muslim dinner guest Haris Pasovic shows Michael and Mariana areas of significance that relate to the conflicts in Bosnia. 960 1280

  

"Sniper Alley"

"Sniper Alley"

A view of "Sniper Alley," where Bosnian Serbs hid in the tall buildings, shooting anyone that walked down the city's commonly used street. Women, children, public servants and United Nations peacekeepers were all reported to have been killed by sniper fire between 1992 and 1995. 960 1280

  

Tunnel of Hope

Tunnel of Hope

Michael, Mariana, Sabina and Haris visit the Tunnel of Hope, which was used during the Bosnian War to transport food, war supplies and aid and served as a means of escape between the neighborhoods of Dobrinja and Butmir. 960 1280

  

Restaurant Kibe

Restaurant Kibe

The beautiful dining room of Restaurant Kibe, one of the many establishments that Mariana and Michael visited during their time in Sarajevo. 960 1280

  

Restaurant Kibe

Restaurant Kibe

Michael and Mariana marvel at the dishes on the table at Restaurant Kibe. 960 1280

  

Walking Along the Malecon

Walking Along the Malecon

Journalist Mariana van Zeller, chef Michael Voltaggio and local guide/fixer Rolando Almirante walk through Old Havana, Cuba, along the Malecon, an oceanfront walkway. 960 1280

Ashley Gilbertson  

Cuba's Vintage Cars

Cuba's Vintage Cars

One of Cuba's many vintage cars. Mariana, Michael and Rolando ride inside on the way to Santy Restaurant. Related: Why We Love the Cubans 960 1280

Ashley Gilbertson  

A Drink with Ernest Hemingway at Floridita

A Drink with Ernest Hemingway at Floridita

Michael "speaks" with Ernest Hemingway at the Floridita, a bar frequented by the famous American author. 960 1280

Ashley Gilbertson  

Roasted Pig at Paraiso Farm Restaurant

Roasted Pig at Paraiso Farm Restaurant

A beautiful roasted pig is carved for serving at the Paraiso Farm Restaurant in Vinales. 960 1280

Ashley Gilbertson  

Lunch is Served!

Lunch is Served!

Mariana and Michael can hardly hold back their excitement over the roasted pig. 960 1280

Ashley Gilbertson  

Toast to Cuba!

Toast to Cuba!

Mariana and Michael take a moment at the Paraiso Farm to toast their arrival in Cuba. 960 1280

Ashley Gilbertson  

Pass the Cuban!

Pass the Cuban!

Michael enjoys a Cuban cigar alongside Daniel Luis Alvarez, Mariana and a local tobacco farmer in Vinales.  960 1280

Ashley Gilbertson  

Cuba's Famous Cigars

Cuba's Famous Cigars

Resting cigars at Chef Justo Restaurant in Old Havana. 960 1280

Ashley Gilbertson  

Horseback to the Tobacco Farm

Horseback to the Tobacco Farm

Mariana, Michael and a local guide ride horseback to a tobacco farm in Vinales.  960 1280

Ashley Gilbertson  

Prepared Dishes at Chef Justo Restaurant

Prepared Dishes at Chef Justo Restaurant

Prepared dishes at Chef Justo Restaurant in Old Havana. 960 1280

Ashley Gilbertson  

Sushi at Santy Restaurant

Sushi at Santy Restaurant

Mariana and Michael continue their food tour of Cuba at Santy Restaurant, which serves gorgeous and delicious sushi. 960 1280

Ashley Gilbertson  

Sushi at Santy Restaurant

Sushi at Santy Restaurant

More fresh fish on the table at Santy Restaurant. 960 1280

Ashley Gilbertson  

Produce at a Local State Market

Produce at a Local State Market

Mariana and Michael grab fresh produce from a local state market. Michael will use these ingredients to prepare the final meal for his and Mariana’s guests. 960 1280

  

Chef Voltaggio at Work

Chef Voltaggio at Work

Chef Michael Voltaggio at work, cutting away at a taro root. 960 1280

  

What's for Dinner?

What's for Dinner?

Taro with chips and guacamole, one of the many dishes that Michael has prepared for the final meal. Other dishes include a pork shoulder smoked with cigar leaves, Michael’s take on a Cuban sandwich, fried snapper and paella made out of pasta with a coconut shrimp stock. 960 1280

  

The Final Dinner

The Final Dinner

Mariana and Michael toast with their guests — a chef, a tour guide from Vinales and an ex-Cuban diplomat. 960 1280

  

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