Samantha Brown's Places to Love Previous Broadcasts

Ireland's Northwest Coast (Episode #110H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Mar 22, 2018 -- 9:00 AM

Samantha goes green and marks off the Northwest coast of Ireland from her bucket list as she starts an epic adventure in County Donegal. Samantha is inspired by a poetry reading of William Butler Yates by a local historian, as her exploration continues, Samantha hikes up the sea cliffs of Slieve League, herds sheep on a local farm, learns about the dying craft of wool-weaving and takes an exhilarating horseback ride along the beach. Samantha frequents a local Gastropub and meets its owners, who are transforming Irish cuisine and serving up regional Irish craft beer. Topping off her County Donegal experience, Samantha visits famous Leo's Tavern, where she meets Irish celebrity, Moya Brennan of the band Clannad. Brennan is joined by her sisters and family to perform Celtic music in a rousing live performance. Finally, Samantha visits County Sligo, where she forages seaweed from the Atlantic Ocean and learns of its nutritional importance.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Fri, Mar 23, 2018 -- 12:30 AM

Xi'an, China (Episode #109H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Mar 15, 2018 -- 9:00 AM

Samantha travels to the ancient city of Xi'an, China, that once served as China's capital and dates back over 3,000 years. Feeling a little jet-lagged, Samantha stops off a local health clinic that has been practicing for more than 500 years using traditional Chinese medicine. Along her journey, Samantha rides a bike atop the ancient City Wall that still fortifies Xi'an, visits the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Terracotta Warriors and attends a spectacular outdoor performance of "The Song of the Everlasting Sorrow." Exploring further, Samantha is guided to the Yuan Ji Village and is told a fable by the legendary Storyteller, flies an extraordinary kite that measures almost 30 meters, and takes in the unusual sights of Muslim Street.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Fri, Mar 16, 2018 -- 12:30 AM

Big Sur and Monterey, California (Episode #108H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Mar 8, 2018 -- 9:00 AM

From Monterey to Big Sur, Samantha travels through the central coast of California. Along her journey, Samantha learns about underwater sea life at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, visits the "Artichoke Center of the World," dines at a Mexican restaurant serving up sustainable seafood and local organic produce, and enjoys wine tasting at a boutique vineyard. In Carmel, Samantha learns about the importance of bees from a 14-year old entrepreneur who supplies honey to multiple prominent restaurants. Taking a tour on an electric bike, Samantha rides along historic California State Route 1 high atop the Pacific Ocean in Big Sur, where she visits Nepenthe Restaurant, plays ping-pong with the locals, and takes in the breathtaking views.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Fri, Mar 9, 2018 -- 12:30 AM

Hill Country, Texas (Episode #107H)

KQED Plus: Thu, Mar 1, 2018 -- 9:00 AM

There is a big difference between Texas and Texas Hill Country, and Samantha finds this out quickly when she takes to the road exploring these legendary lands in search of her favorite wildflower, the Texas bluebonnet. In her quest, Samantha visits a wildflower seed farm that produces fields of stunning wildflowers, gets to taste fine cuisine at a farm-to-table German bistro and discovers a tucked-away weingarten serving locally produced Hill Country wines. Back on the road, Samantha frequents the oldest bakery in Texas, made famous for its 100-year strudel recipe, and finally Samantha gets to shake a leg -arriving at historic Gruene Hall, Texas' oldest dance hall.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Fri, Mar 2, 2018 -- 12:30 AM
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