From the Editor
8 South Bay Accent
OPENING LINES SOUTH BAY ACCENT
Summer melts into fall, and with this turn of the season South
Bay Accent celebrates a special moment: It’s our 40th anniversary!
We’ll forgo the fanfare and mark the milestone with a salute to the
enduring mission behind the magazine—to inform, inspire and
entertain; to bring the best of our region to our readers. And so,
onward we go…
As any resident knows, Northern California has an incredibly varied landscape,
always open for new discoveries. In “Seven All-Terrain Adventures,”
writer Carole Barrow takes us on excursions from Sonoma to Santa Cruz
featuring the topography of rivers, woods, city streets, mountains and beach.
Bring your sense of fun on these road trips—there are lively activities, great
places to stay and special spots to enjoy a meal.
There’s never a shortage of dining adventures in the Bay Area, as evidenced
by our semiannual Dining Guide with 200 Dining Hot Spots. Whatever
your budget and food mood, the Guide is a wonderful resource for any type
of restaurant, from trendy new bistros to established, four-star favorites.
Hungry? Help yourself to a heaping dish of comfort carbs served up by
writer Susan Hathaway. “Pasta Rising” is a mouth-watering paean to the
fresh, handcrafted noodles being created by more and more regional chefs.
The story explores this appetizing trend and suggests a number of local places
where handmade pasta dishes are causing a stir.
Though kids traditionally love slurping up spaghetti, it may not be tops
on their preferred chow lists, thanks to a healthy-food movement making
its way through local private schools. Writer Lou Fancher has the story with
“Edible Lessons,” a look at how students and parents are taking a hand in
lunchtime menu choices—sometimes helping to grow the food in school
gardens or working with administrators and outside vendors who offer meals
tailored to restricted diets. It makes for an interesting read, while leading off
our semiannual special section, Learning to Excel, a useful and well-regarded
guide to the area’s top-rated private schools.
Beyond culinary matters, many herbs used in food preparation carry
extraordinary medicinal benefits as well. In “The Herbal Healer,” writer
Julie Vallone offers an intriguing profile of Paula Grainger, who trained as a
medical herbalist in England and now lives in Santa Cruz, where she teaches
courses, guides herb walks and shares her extensive knowledge about the
power of plants. Learn about Grainger’s fascinating life and expertise, then try
her simple recipe for soothing skin balm made from garden herbs.
While you’re here, check out our popular standbys: Calendar, with two
months of nonstop things to do and places to see; Style, an eye-popping
fashion statement to wrap up the season; and Spotlight, a visual parade of
delightfully unique products.
As we begin our fifth decade of publishing, we invite you to experience
the many pleasures of our dynamic region, and we thank you—our new and
long-standing readers and advertisers—for your support and encouragement.
It is much appreciated.
O F E DITORIAL
Contributing Art Director
Mitch La Crosse
On the Cover
Potato and ricotta gnocchi with
pesto and sun-dried tomato cream
at Pizza Antica. Photographed
by Chris Schmauch
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