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6 South Bay Accent
SOUTH BAY ACCENT
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elcome to South Bay Accent’s 39th annual anniversary
issue! Now closing in on four decades, we’re honored
to have you join us as we illuminate the wonders of this
fascinating region. Throughout the years, we’ve been
guided by a time-tested principle—to entertain, inspire
and enlighten. In this issue, the award-winning formula continues.
Several South Bay eateries also have found a sure-fire recipe for success:
Make it quick and casual and focus on health and taste. In “Fast Foodie
Fixes,” writer Susan Hathaway follows the trail of discriminating diners as
they swarm to self-serve restaurants that are low on prices and high on nourishing,
farm-to-table food. Her tantalizing report highlights a dozen local
spots featuring everything from glammed-up burgers to quinoa crunch bowls.
Of course, great meals here are never hard to find. That’s especially true
when you flip through our semiannual Dining Guide with 200 Dining Hot
Spots. Whatever your budget and mood, the Guide presents tons of delectable
choices, from new neighborhood cafés to established, four-star favorites.
Good food deserves fine wine, and who better to discuss the virtues of
the vine than Leslie Sbrocco? In “Wine & Dine,” Kevin Samson profiles the
engaging host of KQED’s “Check, Please! Bay Area.” It’s a fun, intriguing
picture of the vibrant author, speaker and oenophile, complete with her take
on top-performing South Bay wineries and her best picks for fall sipping.
While it’s true that fall is just around the corner, there’s plenty of warm
weather still ahead. As you’ll see in “Sand, Sea, and Sun” by Carole Barrow,
the stunning coastline between Marin and Monterey counties offers a boatload
of gorgeous coastal playgrounds. For just about any seaside activity—
like searching for the best surfing, tracking tide pools or wondering where
Fido can chase the waves—there’s a beach for that!
Inevitably, summer ends and school begins. Writer Julie Vallone marks the
transition with a story on school travel programs that help kids become global
citizens. “One-World Learning” surveys local private schools offering international
study and service learning trips to elementary- and high school-age
students. The writer delves into compelling, real-life experiences from school
officials, parents and the youngsters themselves. It’s an eye-opening read, and
it leads to our semiannual special section, Learning to Excel, a useful and
well-regarded guide to the area’s top-rated private schools.
As always, this issue carries all the favorite standbys: Calendar, with two
months of nonstop things to do and places to see; Style, an eye-popping fashion
statement summertime’s latest beachwear; and Spotlight, a visual parade
of delightfully unique products.
And so, as we begin another year of publication, we’ll feast on the final
days of summer and raise a glass to enduring traditions—and to the awesome
beauty and bounty of the Bay Area.