On Location With Mariana van Zeller

Travel along with well-seasoned journalist and host Mariana van Zeller as she takes us behind the scenes of Breaking Borders.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Lunch is Served!

Lunch is Served!

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

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Toast to Cuba!

Toast to Cuba!

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

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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

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Cuba's Famous Cigars

Cuba's Famous Cigars

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

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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

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Prepared Dishes at Chef Justo Restaurant

Prepared Dishes at Chef Justo Restaurant

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

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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

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Sushi at Santy Restaurant

Sushi at Santy Restaurant

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

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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

  

Mount of Olives

Mount of Olives

Journalist Mariana van Zeller and chef Michael Voltaggio look out to the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, which holds religious prominence in the Jewish community. It's believed that, at the base of the mountain, where Jews are buried, God will redeem the deceased when the Messiah returns. 960 1280

  

Welcome to Palestine

Welcome to Palestine

A welcome sign greets locals, tourists and pilgrims who are visiting the West Bank from Jerusalem. 960 1280

  

Falafel for Lunch

Falafel for Lunch

Mariana takes a bite out of a falafel sandwich, a lunch staple in Israel that is served by countless street vendors and restaurants throughout the city. Related: Taste of Jerusalem 960 1280

  

Grocery Shopping in Jerusalem

Grocery Shopping in Jerusalem

Michael and local fixer Sameer visit a local vegetable stand in Jerusalem. Michael took the day to shop for ingredients to prepare for the big dinner later that evening, when Israelis and Palestinians would dine together and talk about the age-old problems that face their 2 populations. Related Video: Michael Voltaggio Reflects on Jerusalem 960 1280

  

Israel’s Peace Now

Israel’s Peace Now

Mariana receives an overview of the latest happenings in Israel from Yariv Oppenheimer of Peace Now, an organization whose main goal is to promote peace in the country. 960 1280

  

Israel's Hummus

Israel's Hummus

Michael and Mariana enjoy a popular local dish, hummus. Later that day, they trek over to the Palestinian territory to sample hummus once more and see if there is any real difference. Related Video: Jerusalem's Hummus Conflict 960 1280

  

Jaffa Gate

Jaffa Gate

Built in 1538, the Jaffa Gate is the main entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem. 960 1280

  

Jewish Cemetery

Jewish Cemetery

Michael and Mariana visit the Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives, which was established 3,000 years ago and is home to more than 70,000 tombs. 960 1280

  

Overlooking the Mount of Olives

Overlooking the Mount of Olives

Michael gets a closer look at the Mount of Olives. 960 1280

  

The Wall

The Wall

Sameer explains the conflict to Michael and Mariana as they stand outside the wall separating Israel from Palestinian territory. 960 1280

  

Caves of Ireland

Caves of Ireland

Beautiful cave on the coast of Northern Ireland. 960 1280

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Breakfast in Belfast

Breakfast in Belfast

The Ulster fry — "breakfast of champions" in Belfast! I was the only one to finish it! 960 1280

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Ireland's Rocky Surface

Ireland's Rocky Surface

The Giant's Causeway on the coast in Northern Ireland. Interlocking rocks and columns of an old volcanic eruption. 960 1280

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When in Ireland, Drink Guinness

When in Ireland, Drink Guinness

A great pint of Guinness at the Europa Hotel in Belfast, Northern Ireland. This is one of the most bombed hotels in the world. This gentleman has been here as a bartender through it all! 960 1280

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Traditional Meal in Sri Lanka

Traditional Meal in Sri Lanka

Curry I made in Sri Lanka. 960 1280

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Sri Lankan Hoppers

Sri Lankan Hoppers

So hooked on these hoppers, a traditional Sri Lankan dish we had every morning for breakfast. 960 1280

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Meal Preparation

Meal Preparation

Washing before enjoying a meal at a Muslim wedding in Kashmir. 960 1280

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Lamb Kabobs

Lamb Kabobs

I made these Kashmiri lamb kabobs. It was an inspired meal. 960 1280

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Fresh Produce Along the River

Fresh Produce Along the River

These are the veggies from my morning produce shopping at the river markets in Kashmir. 960 1280

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Kashmir Kitchen

Kashmir Kitchen

Wazwan chef's kitchen in Kashmir. Old school. 960 1280

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Meat Preparation

Meat Preparation

Wazwan chefs prepping the meat for the wedding meal. 960 1280

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Abandoned Kitchen in Cyprus

Abandoned Kitchen in Cyprus

The kitchen of the abandoned Nicosia International Airport in Cyprus. This place was built to cook some serious food. 960 1280

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Mediterranean Sea Cuisine

Mediterranean Sea Cuisine

Delicious meze of whitefish served to us for lunch on the Mediterranean Sea in Tripoli, Libya. 960 1280

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Mediterranean Lobster

Mediterranean Lobster

Local lobster from the Mediterranean Sea for lunch in Byblos, Lebanon. 960 1280

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Byblos Greeter

Byblos Greeter

This guy was welcoming guests in front of a restaurant in Byblos, one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. 960 1280

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Meat Pies in Bosnia

Meat Pies in Bosnia

Savory meat pies in Bosnia date back to the cuisines of the Ottoman Empire. 960 1280

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Traditional Bosnian Dish

Traditional Bosnian Dish

Janjetina is a Bosnian dish of lamb that's slowly roasted over charcoal. We pulled over on the side of the road to sample these beauties. 960 1280

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Bosnia's Underground

Bosnia's Underground

This underground tunnel was used by Bosnians to sneak food and supplies into Sarajevo during the war. Imagine carrying up to 100 pounds while hunched over and walking the length of a football field. 960 1280

Michael Voltaggio  

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