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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Chevy 1955 Bel Air and Sonoran Hot Dogs

Chevy 1955 Bel Air and Sonoran Hot Dogs

Michael (Voltaggio) is obsessed with classic American cars. In fact, he owns this exact same model — a Chevy 1955 Bel Air. He wanted to drive it down to Arizona, but since we had to make sure he actually arrived in time for the shoot, we decided to rent one instead. Our first stop was a truck that sells the famous Sonoran hot dogs, which Michael insisted we eat several feet away from the car so as not to get it dirty.  That whole morning, I felt like we'd been transported 60 years back in time! 960 1280

Mariana van Zeller  

US-Mexico $2 Billion Border Fence

US-Mexico $2 Billion Border Fence

I've been reporting on border and immigration issues for years, but this was the first time I got to see the $2 billion border fence from above. Border Patrol says it's been effective in preventing the movement of illegal goods and people from Mexico into the US, but opponents call it a boondoggle. They say that all it does is drive immigrants to more dangerous (fenceless) terrain, which means more deaths along the border for those pursuing a better life for themselves and their families. 960 1280

Mariana van Zeller  

649-Mile Fence

649-Mile Fence

The brown line you see is part of the 649-mile fence. Since it's not a continuous fence, it covers less than a third of the 1,954-mile US-Mexican border.   960 1280

Mariana van Zeller  

The Border From Above

The Border From Above

Flying over the US-Mexican border on a 4-seat Cessna. I look calm and collected, but this is where I learned that having a chef as the co-pilot is never a good idea. You can't be good at everything, Voltaggio! 960 1280

Mariana van Zeller  

View From the Other Side

View From the Other Side

This photo was taken in Nogales, AZ. On the other side of the 18-foot fence is Nogales, Sonora, in Mexico. I've been here on reporting trips before, but the sheer size of the fence never ceases to surprise me.     960 1280

Mariana van Zeller  

'Breaking Bad'?

'Breaking Bad'?

It ain't Breaking Bad; it's Breaking Borders. Oh, and it airs every Sunday at 9|8c on Travel Channel. 960 1280

Mariana van Zeller  

Michael Voltaggio, Excited for Cuisine & Compliments

Michael Voltaggio, Excited for Cuisine & Compliments

Michael is excited to try authentic Mexican food in Nogales, Sonora. Or perhaps it's because a 70-year-old Mexican lady just said, "Qué gringo más guapo!" (“What a handsome gringo!”)   960 1280

Mariana van Zeller  

Bottoms Up!

Bottoms Up!

Yes, they were all for me — 10 shots of pure gold. What happens in the field stays in the field. 960 1280

Mariana van Zeller  

Mountain Minutemen

Mountain Minutemen

In Arizona, we spent a few hours one night with members of the Mountain Minutemen, a group of armed men and women who camp out in the desert, hunting for illegal border crossers. This man asked us not to show his face or reveal his identity, but the leader of the group, Robert Crooks, was one of our dinner guests on the episode. 960 1280

Mariana van Zeller  

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Shawarma

Shawarma

Delicious Middle Eastern spices are infused into either lamb, chicken, turkey, beef or veal, and then the meat is slow-cooked for nearly 24 hours to create shawarma. The most popular ways to eat shawarma are in a gyro or with flatbread (aka taboon bread). Find shawarma at countless places in Jerusalem, including Hamarosh and Moshiko. 960 1280

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Falafel

Falafel

The falafel, made of fava beans and/or chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), is extremely good and healthy. It's normally topped with a variety of ingredients, including tahini, cucumbers, tomatoes and more. Almost always sold alongside shawarma, falafel has found its way to the West, quickly becoming a go-to for a quick meal in large cities such as New York City  and Washington, D.C. 960 1280

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Rugelach

Rugelach

This gem is made of yeast-leavened, sour cream or cream cheese dough that’s filled with some of the sweetest combinations around: raisins, walnuts, cinnamon, chocolate, marzipan, poppy seeds or fruit preserves. When in Jerusalem, try rugelach at the popular Marzipan Bakery. 960 1280

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Beigeleh

Beigeleh

A tasty treat similar to its Italian cousin, the pretzel, beigeleh (or ka'ak in Arabic) is rolled-up dough covered in sesame seeds and served with an herb packet of za'atar for dipping. Beigeleh is sold on the streets in the Christian and Muslim quarters of Jerusalem's Old City.

Related: Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock

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Musakhan

Musakhan

Incredible flavors, along with a tasty bird, top a piece of taboon bread for musakhan. Cardamom, black pepper, olive oil and onions — to name a few of the ingredients — make this dish very tasty. Enjoy it from vendors in the Muslim Quarter or at Philadelphia Restaurant in East Jerusalem. 960 1280

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Hummus

Hummus

Usually served with taboon bread, hummus consists of ground chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) with sesame seeds, olive oil, lemon and garlic. The Middle Eastern staple comes with almost every dish. New twists on traditional hummus include adding eggplant, sun-dried tomatoes, figs, spinach, feta and countless other combinations. 960 1280

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Sachlab

Sachlab

Sachlab, a pudding-drink made from a certain orchid plant, is served hot and enjoyed with coconut shavings, nuts and cinnamon. If you're up for trying something new, sample sachlab at the 24-hour Mifgash HaSheikh café. 960 1280

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Lamb

Lamb

Served a variety of ways (e.g., shawarma), lamb is a staple meat in Jerusalem. Enjoy it slow-cooked at Darna, a fine-dining Moroccan restaurant in Jerusalem.

Related: Moroccan Goat Tagine

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Beef and Lamb Burgers

Beef and Lamb Burgers

They're probably not the first thing you think about eating in Jerusalem, but burgers made of juicy lamb and tender beef are served at the popular Black Bar 'n' Burger in the New City. Top your burger  with traditional items, such as garlic baked in olive oil, duck breast with hot peppers, and, of course, hummus, if you wish. 960 1280

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Kebabs

Kebabs

Kebabs (called shipudim, or "skewers," in Hebrew) are the essential Middle Eastern cuisine. Simple to eat and really tasty, they consist of skewered cuts of meat — and, sometimes, veggies — on a stick. There are plenty of options all over Jerusalem, including Hashipudiya. 960 1280

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Gorillas in the Mist

Gorillas in the Mist

Roger Amani, a guide at Volcanoes National Park, leads local fixer Ayubu Kasasa, Michael Voltaggio and Mariana van Zeller to the Umubano ("friendship") group, a family of 13 mountain gorillas led by a silverback named Charles. It is, without a doubt, one of the most popular stops in Rwanda. 960 1280

Ashley Gilbertson  

View of Rwanda from Volcanoes National Park

View of Rwanda from Volcanoes National Park

Roger Amani leads Mariana van Zeller and Michael Voltaggio out of Volcanoes National Park after spending time with the gorillas. 960 1280

Ashley Gilbertson  

Selfies!

Selfies!

Michael and Mariana capture their excitement of being with the gorillas. 960 1280

Ashley Gilbertson  

Potato Collection Inside Volcanoes National Park

Potato Collection Inside Volcanoes National Park

Ayubu, Mariana and Michael gather potatoes grown in the soil of Volcanoes National Park. Michael will use them for the dinner at the end of the trip. 960 1280

Ashley Gilbertson  

Fresh Corn!

Fresh Corn!

Mariana, Michael and Ayubu taste freshly picked corn from a roadside stand in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. 960 1280

Ashley Gilbertson  

Women Drummers of Ingoma Nshya

Women Drummers of Ingoma Nshya

An ensemble of drummers called Ingoma Nshya, which consists of Hutu and Tutsi women, performs for Michael and Mariana. It’s their official welcome to Rwanda. Ingoma Nshya promotes female empowerment, renewal and Hutu-Tutsi reconciliation. 960 1280

Ashley Gilbertson  

Banana Picking

Banana Picking

Michael breaks off bananas from a tree outside of Kigali. Bananas are one of the biggest food crops in Rwanda. 960 1280

Ashley Gilbertson  

View of Kigali in the Distance

View of Kigali in the Distance

A beautiful view of Rwanda's countryside, with Kigali in the distance. 960 1280

Ashley Gilbertson  

Touring Rwanda

Touring Rwanda

Ayubu atop Mount Kigali with chef Michael Voltaggio and correspondent Mariana van Zeller in Kigali, Rwanda. 960 1280

Ashley Gilbertson  

Nyamata Church

Nyamata Church

Nyamata Church, located about 20 miles from Kigali, is where thousands of Tutsis and moderate Hutus fled persecution in hope that the church would keep them safe, but most of them were killed there. 960 1280

Ashley Gilbertson  

In Memoriam

In Memoriam

On display are skulls and skeletons of the people who died in the church and the surrounding area. 960 1280

Ashley Gilbertson  

Goat Meat

Goat Meat

Michael shops for fresh produce and goat in Kigali’s central market, all for the final dinner. 960 1280

Ashley Gilbertson  

Produce Market

Produce Market

Kigali's central market is packed with fresh produce. 960 1280

Ashley Gilbertson  

Chef Michael in the Kitchen

Chef Michael in the Kitchen

It's the last day in Rwanda, and Michael is in the kitchen, preparing the final meal for his and Mariana’s dinner guests. 960 1280

Ashley Gilbertson  

Dinner is Served

Dinner is Served

Michael's green papaya salad with green vegetables. 960 1280

Ashley Gilbertson  

Michael's Twist on Coq au vin

Michael's Twist on Coq au vin

Coq au vin topped with tomatoes and red wine. 960 1280

Ashley Gilbertson  

Final Dinner in Rwanda

Final Dinner in Rwanda

Mariana and Michael pose for a picture with their dinner guests, who include both Hutus and Tutsis. 960 1280

Ashley Gilbertson  

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