With high culinary praise from the likes of celeb chef David Chang and the New York Times to a well-regarded role as host of Super Bowl LI, Houston is attracting attention beyond Texas. Some of the biggest names in reality TV have discovered America's fourth largest city, including Guy Fieri, who filmed several local restaurants for upcoming episodes of his popular Food Network show, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, and celeb chef, author, and world traveler Anthony Bourdain, who dispelled stereotypes when he filmed Parts Unknown here.
Now world travel ace Samantha Brown is shining the spotlight on the Bayou City in the premiere of new TV show, Places to Love. In each half-hour episode, Brown plans to seek out the little-known spots and haunts, with a focus on topics including food and drink, art and design, culture and adventure.
The Dallas-born former host of a decade of Travel Channel TV shows will premiere the show on PBS in January, 2018. She was in Houston last month to gather material for the first episode, which appears to be shaping up as a love letter to the Bayou City. Here’s an idea of what to expect, using several social media posts as our guide.
Apr 4, 2017 at 5:17pm PDT
Brown paid a visit to chef Hugo Ortega newest restaurant, Xochi, sharing the snap above on Instagram with the caption, “A spoon full of sugar makes the Larva go down.”
Apr 4, 2017 at 1:00pm PDT
In another Instagram post, Brown shared a photo at Saint Arnold Brewing Company, standing next to colorful convertible automobile. The caption reads, “Sure beats my minivan! This is an Art Car. Houstonians love to paint their cars. It's a popular form of artistic expression! And the Houston Art Car parade is this weekend.”
Apr 3, 2017 at 10:04am PDT
Austin's post reads,”Had an absolute blast working with @samanthabrowntravels and @thesuffers yesterday. Can't wait to see the output of Samantha's time in Houston. Very special thanks to Pete Gordon of @contclubhouston and Holly Clapham and the fine folks at @visit_houston. #myhouston #houstonfirst”
Apr 11, 2017 at 2:41pm PDT
Brown was also at Houston microenterprise initiative The Community Cloth, which helps refugee women by providing seed grants, training, and peer support for the creation and selling of handmade, indigenous arts and crafts.
“This is Khatera. While in Houston I filmed at Community Cloth an initiative that empowers refugee women by helping them create handmade items: jewelry, bags, blankets based on their skills from home. Khatera is from Afghanistan, has her green card, is going to school to be a nurse and hopes to be sworn in as an American citizen next year. I ❤️ what I get to do in life. thecommunitycloth.org/ #placestolove,” Brown wrote on her Instagram post.
Over the last 17 years, Brown has traveled around the world, visiting over 260 cities in 62 countries. Her laundry list of hit shows on the Travel Channel include Great Vacation Homes, Great Hotels, Girl Meets Hawaii, Passport to Europe, Passport to Latin America, Green Getaways, Passport to China, and Great Weekends.
For updates on Places to Love, head to Samantha Brown’s website.