“Travels with Darley” Returns Saturday afternoon at 3:30

PBS star Darley Newman explores the distinct flavors of Montgomery and Mobile in "Alabama For Foodies: Part II."

By Hazel McLaughlin

Chef owner Chris Rainosekin of The Noble South introduces Darley Newman to his upscale version of the South’s meat and three. (Photo courtesy of Darley Newman and Chad Davis)

Travel host Darley Newman takes a road trip across Alabama in season 11 of her PBS history and culture show, “Travels with Darley.” Newman casts a wide net in the first two episodes of the season, showcasing a diversity of Alabama chefs and entrepreneurs from across the state.

The first episode, “Alabama for Foodies: Part I,” premiered last Saturday, Jan. 13 and “Part II” will air Jan. 20 at 3:30 p.m. on APT broadcast and the PBS App.

In "Part II," Newman explores Alabama classics like Chris’ Famous Hot Dogs in Montgomery and showcases a melting pot of French, Spanish, and British influences in Mobile, including The Noble South's upscale Southern cuisine, the electric pub fare at Squid Ink Eclectic Eats & Drinks, and former NFL player Bob Baumhower’s cuban-style speakeasy, Las Floriditas.

“Being aware of a sense of place is really important,” Newman said. She hopes those watching will begin to notice not just what’s on their plate but also their surroundings.

“If you take a bite of something you're eating, if you close your eyes, if you listen to the sounds…you're imprinting a memory in your mind that will stick with you for a long time,” Newman said. “And that's what life is all about.”

In “Part II,” Newman learns Chris’ Famous Hot Dogs, a mom and pop diner, served legends like Hank Williams and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“I find that once you start to talk to someone at a location, there's a story there. You just have to figure out what it is,” she said. “You’ll enjoy the food and the experience so much more when you dig a little deeper.”

Listen to the new “Travels with Darley” podcast on your favorite podcast app to learn more about Newman’s week-long visit.

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