SAMANTHA BROWN'S PLACES TO LOVE: San Antonio
Premieres Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022 at 1 p.m. on KPBS TV / On Demand
On this episode, Samantha Brown gets a taste of authentic Mexican carnitas and talks with James Beard-nominated Chef Alejandro Paredes at his counter-serve stand, Carnitas Lonja. At the San Antonio River Walk, Samantha enjoys an alternative view of the downtown area by kayaking it with the founder of Mission Kayak, who was forced to retire from the Air Force after a debilitating accident and began kayaking as part of physical therapy.
The Mission Reach project provides walking trails and bike paths, and will use portals to connect the San Antonio River to the four historic missions along the river. Samantha tours several of its stops including a visit to Mission Concepción and learns the history of the river and the impact of this urban ecosystem restoration project.
Getting a taste for something unexpected, Samantha enjoys a traditional fresh-made Mexican michelada and talks art with art curator, Jeff Wheeler, then speaks with legendary Tejano musician, Santiago Jimenez Jr., before he performs a live concert underneath Echo bridge along the San Antonio River.
Visiting Dos Carolinas, Samantha joins owner/designer, Caroline Matthews, at her design headquarters and manufacturing facility, to see authentic and handmade guayaberas being created and learns about the process of making these fashionable men’s shirts.
Samantha then gets a personal tour of Mission San José from Epifanio and Gloria Hernandez, who talk about the importance of missions and history of the Indigenous Mission people, which includes Epifanio’s family who lived in the mission some 200 years ago.
At Pharm Table, Samantha joins native San Antonian, Chef Elizabeth Johnson, for some culinary medicine, and learns about San Antonio being designated as a UNESCO “Creative City of Gastronomy” site - one of only two cities in the United States to receive such a designation.
At Bracken Cave, Samantha visits an extraordinary bat cave that houses a maternity colony of over 20 million mother and baby bats, and then watches them emerge at sunset and take flight into the night.
5 UNIQUE THINGS TO DO IN SAN ANTONIO
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About The Series:
SAMANTHA BROWN'S PLACES TO LOVE Season 5 takes viewers on a discovery of the emotional heart of travel. The series highlights the individuals who are changing, challenging and strengthening a destination, delivering a decidedly refreshing and enriching travel experience. The series encourages viewers to experience the passion of a destination through food and drink, arts and culture, and adventure. It also inspires viewers to experience the soul of a place in a way that only traveling can do.
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