From the Editor
6 South Bay Accent
OPENING LINES SOUTH BAY ACCENT
S tep outside; catch the chirp of a native song bird and the scent of a
daffodil. Spring is here—and not a moment too soon! On the tail
of a wet, wild winter, we welcome the season of new life and all the
promise that it brings.
This issue opens with a nod to spring’s warmer temperatures and
its obliging, extra hour of sunlight. In “Spring Forward,” writer Kathy Chin
Leong suggests 10 ways to make the most of the longer days ahead. Whether it’s
sipping craft cocktails from a rooftop bar, paddle-boarding at a nearby reservoir
or taking a twilight stroll through a public garden, here are some great ways to
enjoy more time before sundown—and to be as lively or as laid-back as you like.
Spring also brings an abundance of fresh produce to our region, so it’s the ideal
season to introduce Gail Hayden, “godmother” of the state’s farmers markets.
In “Fresh Takes,” writer Susan Hathaway offers a fascinating profile of a woman
who pioneered the fresh food revolution in the early 1980s. Read about how
Hayden helped launch the first certified farmers markets in California, and
how, throughout some four decades, she has served as an effective, vital leader
in creating and operating some 800 markets throughout the state.
The local penchant for delicious food leads us directly to our comprehensive
Dining Guide with Best Bites—a wonderful resource of area restaurants dishing
up an array of diverse cuisines. From new neighborhood cafés to four-star
favorites, here are dining options to satisfy every appetite and budget.
And along with savvy foodies, we certainly have our fair share of coffee connoisseurs,
loyal bean-lovers thirsting for the perfect jolt of java. Our feature,
“Cups of Bliss” by L.M. Archer, discusses the rise of the craft coffee trend and
highlights 12 local shops known for roasting their beans on site. It’s a wakeup
call for anyone who savors the first, heady sip in the morning and the last
drop after dessert.
This season is also a time when homeowners take stock of their surroundings,
often sweeping out the old to make room for the new. To that end, our stunning
pictorial, “Into the Woods,” showcases the rich beauty of fine wood—appearing
in custom cabinetry, gorgeous flooring and lavish, ornamental details. And,
for more ideas on upgrading your digs, check out “Homescapes,” our annual
interior design and home improvement guide to the area’s leading experts in
remodeling and building needs.
Finally, don’t miss this issue’s popular standing features: Style, with the latest
head-turning spring fashions; Spotlight, a visual parade of exciting new
products; and Calendar, your one-stop guide to more than 150 activities and
events to keep you going for the next two months.
So, here’s to the season that gives us more daylight to smell the roses, indulge
in heavenly sustenance and bask in the glories of springtime in the South Bay!
O F E DITORIAL
Contributing Art Director
Kathy Chin Leong
Mitch La Crosse
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