December 2014/January 2015 89 TK TK TK TK TK TK TK TK TK TK TK TK sensible, dishes are colorful and architectural, and the season’s best ingredients are always treated with care and respect. Executive chef Scott Cooper specializes in customizing the cuisine to meet your specific needs, creating visually stunning food that takes center stage at all your special events and gatherings. SHOPPING & HOME DECÓR CALIFORNIA STOOLS, BARS AND DINETTES 1272 S. Bascom Ave., San Jose, 408/294-7353; 930 El Camino Real, San Carlos, 650/591-3900; 571 Contra Costa Blvd., Pleasant Hill, 925/825-6888. www.castoolsbarsdinettes. com. Do your holiday shopping in style by replacing your outdated dining set, pub table or bar stools with beautiful new ones from this locally owned business, offering the largest selection of bar stools and dining sets in Northern California. Just in time for the holiday party season, give your home an upgrade that both guests and family are sure to enjoy. For more than 30 years, customers have relied on excellent service, friendly expertise, great prices and fast, convenient delivery at California Stools, Bars and Dinettes, where the motto is “Quality You Can Afford.” DRAEGER’S MARKET Los Altos, 650/948-4425. Menlo Park, 650/324-7700. San Mateo, 650/685-3700. www. draegers.com. A longtime leader in specialty groceries, Draeger’s trumps the traditional market with its highquality domestic products as well as imported foods from around the world. The store’s fully stocked deli and exceptional bakery provide a bounty of options for just about any special occasion. During the holidays, the store specializes in gourmet gift baskets – either pre-designed themed baskets or customized baskets to reflect the particular tastes of a food lover on your list. These popular baskets can be delivered to the recipient’s home or office. Draeger’s also provides its own professional catering service and runs a well-established cooking school with classes taught yearround by world-renowned chefs. Serving the Bay Area since 1925, Draeger’s truly is the neighborhood’s international destination for grocery and culinary delights. GILROY PREMIUM OUTLETS 681 Leavesley Road, Gilroy, 408/842-3729. www.premiumoutlets.com/gilroy. Located directly off Highway 101, Gilroy Premium Outlets, one of the country’s largest outlet centers, offers a true shopping adventure. Get a jump on the holiday season with its impressive collection of 145 designer and brand-name outlet stores. You’ll find exceptional brands with extraordinary savings of 25 to 65 percent off some of the finest designers and brands, including Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, BCBG Max Azria, Brooks Brothers, Coach, Columbia Sportswear, Hugo Boss Factory Store, Hurley, J.Crew, Kate Spade New York, Kenneth Cole, Le Creuset, Michael Kors, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th and much more. Shop-and-stay packages with area accommodations provide added value for weekend travelers. HOME CONSIGNMENT CENTER Mountain View, 650/964-7212; Campbell, 408/871-8890; San Carlos, 650/508-8317. www.thehomeconsignmentcenter.com. Every day feels like a holiday at the Home Consignment Center, where fine quality vintage and contemporary jewelry awaits the savvy shopper. Not only do visitors pay resale prices on the extensive and ever-changing collection of consignment gems, platinum, gold, diamonds and fine watches, but on-site jewelers also inspect all items—so quality and peace of mind are assured. Founded 20 years ago, this family owned business has grown to 17 stores, each open seven days a week. And if you’re looking to spruce up your home with one-of-a-kind pieces, the Home Consignment Center’s vast selection of choice furnishings and accessories is the perfect way to ring in the New Year with a new look. SCHURRA’S FINE CONFECTIONS 840 The Alameda, San Jose, 408/289-1562, www.schurrasfineconfections. com. There’s nothing that says “Christmas” like chocolate, and San Jose’s hometown candy store has plenty of the sweet treats to go around. For 100 years, the purveyor of fine confections has made delicious handmade chocolates using only high quality ingredients and flavors. Many of the recipes still used today were created by the company’s founders and include classic favorites such as boxed creams and chews and holiday-themed truffle pops. For the holidays, the scrumptious-smelling shop has oodles of offerings like Santas, snowmen and sleighs made from milk, dark and white chocolate, as well as holiday-themed gift baskets and their newest delight, sea salt caramels. Visit the historic store for a memorable holiday treat.
South Bay Accent - Dec 2014/Jan 2015
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