Eric Braate is a meteorologist at KPRC-TV in Houston, after forecasting the weather in many places, including Florida, Michigan, Wisconsin and Mississippi. But he found his home in Houston and couldn’t be happier. He’s an avid endurance athlete, having completed 35 marathons and two IRONMAN triathlons. When he’s not racking up miles on his running sneakers, he’s probably planning his next trip. Travel is another of his big passions.
A CLASSIC HOUSTON SUMMER STORM I love all types of weather, but a tropical thunderstorm in Houston is truly spectacular. The lightning, thunder and pouring rain are true testaments to the power of Mother Nature. And the smell of rain that hangs in the still, cleansed air in the wake of a storm is nothing less than mystical.
PAINTING I have always loved to express my creativity. So, when the mood strikes, I enjoy putting a brush to canvas and taking my best stab at creating a personal masterpiece. I may never get critical acclaim, but I certainly have fun!
PARIS The City of Light stole my heart the moment I arrived on my first visit. It effuses style, sophistication, grace and grandeur from every avenue. It is as varied as it is vast, and never dull. A place I always feel at home, relaxed, even though I barely speak the language.
HERMANN PARK It is my favorite place in Houston. Nestled nicely in the Museum District, it is an oasis within the hustle and bustle of our fair city. The recently completed Centennial Gardens and Japanese Garden expansion put the park in a league of its own.
ENDURANCE SPORTS With 35 marathons and two IRONMAN triathlons under my belt, I’m taking on my biggest challenge to date in 2017: The IRONMAN World Championship triathlon in Kona, Hawaii. A 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and a 26.2-mile run. Back-to-back. It’s all to raise money and awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. There is no better feeling than to follow your passion and help others in the process! To learn more, go to click2houston.com/teamintraining.
MON CHÉRI MACARONS Houstonian Sherry Shao-To is a master at the difficult art of the macaron. Aesthetically gorgeous, melt-in-your-mouth delicate and bursting with flavor, her masterpieces are the closest competition my husband and I have found to the Laduree macarons we fell in love with years ago on our first trip to Paris. If you love macarons, you must try these!