The "VISITING" series takes us to the many diverse neighborhoods of Southern California, and introduces us to the people who live there. "VISITING" has captured the spirit of the Southland with episodes ranging from a look at how menudo is made to the celebration surrounding the rededication of Angeles Flight.
LA Times critic Howard Rosenberg calls Huell's style, "Intimate,magnificently unslick, utterly charming, and absolutely irresistible." Viewers agree, and VISITING With HUELL HOWSER continues to be one of the most popular programs on KCET - PBS Los Angeles.
Join Huell as he hops over to the Pasadena home of Candace Frazee and Steve Lubanski, who have turned their house into a living museum filled with almost everything bunny! Over 21,000 bunny collectibles: most of their furniture, light fixtures, kitchenware, toiletries, books, and games are bunny themed. And lounging around their house, they have seven real bunny pets that do not live in cages, and are litter box trained!
In this special one-hour episode, Huell re-visits one of the oldest and most colorful restaurants in Los Angeles and the home of the French dipped sandwich. Family owned Philippe’s is a true L.A. institution and one of Huell’s favorites!
This one-hour special takes us inside the Nethercutt Collection and Museum in Sylmar to see their world-class collection of automobiles, musical instruments and other items.
In this one pizza extravaganza, we’ll learn everything you wanted to know about America’s favorite food. We start our adventure at the Village Pizzeria on Larchmont Blvd with owner Steve Cohen who believes very strongly that pizza should be made the old fashioned way. Next it’s off to the International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas to get the other side of the story. There are machines that can literally do everything in the pizza making process. From old school to new school we’ll see it all.
Huell visits the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County to discover the history of its famous animal dioramas. A visit with Robert Reid who has been the resident artist for 20 years at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum and the man responsible for creating all of the beautiful dioramas. From deserts to beaches, Robert captures the natural beauty with his paint brushes. Robert works closely with Tim Bovard who is the Taxidermist and the man responsible for making all those animals look so lifelike. Together, they make a unique team.
Huell visits with Willie Rivera and Raul Ojeda at Willie’s Shop in Hollywood to learn about how shoes are repaired in the old fashioned way. This is a hands lesson in craftsmanship.
The Los Angeles River is often thought of as a huge concrete eyesore. Not anymore, at least not after you join Huell for this special 1 hour adventure where Huell literally travels down the miles of river bed stopping along the way to talk to some of the many people working hard to bring our river back to its natural state. He'll see the animals that call the river home, he'll learn about the many 'pocket parks' which connect the community back to the river allowing local families to relax and enjoy the view, and he'll get the scoop on what local government is doing on, in, under, and around the river to make clean and green.
Huell travels to the Soap Kitchen in Pasadena to learn all about soap making. From the early history of mixing animal tallow with wood ashes, to the mass market bars of Ivory, this adventure will leave you clean all over.
Huell visits the former Marine Air Station with it's huge wooden hangers for an update on what's happening there now. Huell visits the old Marine base in Tustin to see what the City has planned for the two huge old blimp hangers and the hundreds of acres of land. One of the hangers will be turned into a huge sports complex and the other is still in limbo. The Orange County Rescue Mission is building an amazing facility on the base and there are some other very exciting plans in the works.
When Huell's bartender at Musso & Frank told Huell how much he liked to eat pig ears as a child.... well Huell dove right in and learned a lot more than he expected about different cultures and this culinary treat. To see a Latin spin on how pig ears are prepared, Huell stops by Gaytan Foods and sees the pickled pig ears. Then he meets up with Ruben (from Musso's) at Durango Restaurant where they cook them just like him Mom used to. Finally, he samples a gelatinous Asian delicacy at the Chung King Restaurant. All in all its an amazing and tasty way to bring cultures together, and as always your invited to try them out yourself...
The College Heights Lemon Packing House is the last visible link to Claremont's pioneering history in the citrus industry. While largely perceived as a college town, Claremont's major source of income until after the World War II was the citrus industry. Very little remains of this history and the packing house almost was lost until the community came together with a developer that had real vision and a love of history. The “Packing House” is now a wonderful destination in Claremont filled with shops, restaurants, arty galleries and even some housing. It’s a true success story and great example of re-use.
It began in 1958 in the back room of Boots Beer's Real Estate Office with a couple of old records and some instruments. Almost fifty years later it has become one of the countries premier folk music destinations. Filled with instruments from al over the world and staffed by wonderful people who really know their music, the Folk Music Center is a wonderful place to loose yourself. Huell gets a very special tour from the family that still owns the center
If Los Angeles is famous for one thing, it’s our traffic. In this episode, Huell travels to the campus of UCLA to see the many innovative things that the campus has done over the last twenty years to alleviate the traffic. From regular old busses to carpooling and bikes, UCLA even has a program called Flexcar, which offers cars that you can rent by the hour for those little trips during the day. It’s a wonderful lesson in how one group of people can make a big difference.
Huell visits his artist friend Slater Barron to witness the beauty of art made from lint! This is a full 30 minute update from the 20 year old VIDEOLOG...
Huell travels back to Little Tokyo with his friend to re-visit two Japanese establishments that are sure to wet your appetite, the Mitsuru Cafe and the Mikawaya Bakery. The first adventure was in 1997 and after ten years, there is a new generation carrying on some wonderful family traditions.
Have you ever wondered how news crews get such good shots from a helicopter? How they can zoom in on a backyard while flying in a machine that rattles your teeth? Well, Huell goes in the air with Helinet to see the latest in cutting edge helicopter mounted cameras. You’ll be amazed at how close they really can get and you may never walk around in your underwear in your backyard again!
Huell visits the Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic Los Angeles Unit in Hollywood and meets the volunteers who read books onto audio tape for the blind.