Bay Area

LUCKY CHOW
Bay Area’s Pacific Rim Cuisine

 

Meet Olivia Wu, designer of the original Asian restaurant concepts on the Google’s campus. Go behind-the-scenes at Google’s first sit-down restaurant, Baadal, where Chef Irfan Dama serves up biryani, an Indian rice dish. Then, meet two retired executives who, after careers in Silicon Valley, returned to their ancestral Japanese farming roots and constructed an indoor vertical farm.

 

SECRETS OF THE DEAD
The Alcatraz Escape

 

The three convicts who escaped Alcatraz in rafts in 1962 were swept out to sea, never to be heard from again. Now, a team of scientists believes the escapees could have made it to dry land – but only if they left at a specific time.

 

Decoding Ancient Chinese Gardens

 

Suzhou, China is the heart and origin of the world’s oldest classical Chinese gardens and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Lance, an architect, and Kelly, a landscape designer, from the SF Bay Area experience the synthesis of art, nature and architecture from several masterpiece gardens in Suzhou, China. These two travelers visit the Master of Nets Garden, which was designed and built during the Song Dynasty almost 1000 years ago. They traverse the rock maze of the Lion Forest Garden, and experience the tranquility of the Couple’s Retreat Garden and more. Along the way, they see the architectural poetry of the garden-like Suzhou Museum, designed by the world famous architect, I.M. Pei. An exciting excursion to the water town of Tongli, south of the Yangzte River Delta, exposes Lance and Kelly to ancient waterways, bridges and residential architecture.