Grab a snack, settle in, and catch the Houston-centric premiere episode of PBS’ new series Samantha Brown’s Places to Love right now.
Debuted on PBS channels across the country in early January 2018, the very first episode of the show features traveler extraordinaire and former Travel Channel personality Samantha Brown as she gets to know H-Town and discover our city’s hidden gems.
With its first episode celebrating our own Bayou City, the series has already won the heart of many a Houstonian. Now, if you missed it, you can watch the show in its entirety right here, or click through to PBS’ website.
The episode was filmed prior to Hurricane Harvey and is presented as tribute to the city and its people.
Samantha Brown’s Paces to Love: Houston
If you have trouble viewing the video, it can also be viewed on PBS’ website.
The half hour program is packed with familiar Houston area neighborhoods, destinations, and faces.
After giving a nod to the Houston Museum District (with name checks for both the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Rothko Chapel), Project Row Houses in the Third Ward, and Jaume Plensa’s Tolerance Statues at Buffalo Bayou Park, the show turns to local artist and muralist Gonzo247 to share Houston’s street art scene, including Graffiti Park in EaDo.
Other destinations include the Saint Arnold brewery, The Art Car Museum, Phoenicia Specialty Foods (with its goodies from more than 50 countries), nonprofit The Community Cloth, Xochi in Downtown, and The Continental Club on Mid-Main, among others.
In addition to Gonzo, Samantha chats with Saint Arnold founder Brock Wagner (and hops in his art car), Phoenicia’s Haig Tcholokian (along with his parents, Phoenicia founders Arpi and Zohrab Tcholokian), Community Cloth’s Roxanne Paiva and several refugee artisans that her organization is helping to integrate into Houston, James Beard Award-winning Chef Hugo Ortega (a mere month before his victorious 2017 win), The Suffers’ lead singer Kam Franklin, and more.
The whole team at 365 Houston is clearly biased, but it’s a great primer and love letter to Houston. And it’s all the sweeter given that the show was filmed and edited months before Hurricane Harvey, when the rest of the country got a sense of what Houston and our citizens are made of.