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The holidays are here, in all their wacky and wondrous glory:
glitter all over the place, gleeful ugly-sweater parties, a steady
parade of calorific enticements—and human spirits everywhere
rejoicing in the peace and goodwill of the season. Welcome to
South Bay Accent’s annual holiday issue, celebrating this very
special time of year!
Take a break from the to-do list and check out “In Kinch’s Kitchen,” a fascinating
glimpse into the star chef ’s latest endeavors in and out of the kitchen.
Writer Susan Hathaway’s conversation with the maestro of Manresa covers
his thoughts on life, career and, naturally, the art of creating great food. As a
special treat, look for one of Kinch’s signature dessert recipes to try at home.
During the holidays, there’s a decided emphasis on tasty bites, so keep our
comprehensive Dining Guide close at hand and refer to it all season long.
Here you’ll discover the ideal restaurant to gather with friends and family, as
well as an abundant diversity of fine food to satisfy all appetites and budgets.
For many of us, the best holiday memories are made at home, and Janice
Jensen is dedicated to giving less fortunate Bay Area residents a chance to have
memorable times in homes of their own. Our profile, “Coming Home” by writer
Julie Vallone, describes how the energetic president and CEO of Habitat for
Humanity East Bay/ Silicon Valley is tackling—and meeting—the challenge
of affordable housing throughout the region. Read about the inspiring work
of Jensen’s Habitat group and its life-changing results; if you’re moved, there’s
information on how to get involved.
Wherever you live, seasonal stress can be a problem—and not just for people,
but for pets as well. Sometimes, a change of scene is a gift for everyone. How
about a gorgeous getaway with some primo pampering for you and the pooch?
In “Happy Howlidays” writer L.M. Archer tours six stunning California hotels
that indulge furry friends and their owners with exceptional services, guaranteeing
a state of bliss and regeneration to last through the holidays.
The seasonal theme continues with our 34th annual Holiday Guide featuring
an awesome selection of gifts for everyone on your list. The Guide also offers
a lively review of Festive Events—merry outings and entertainments just for
this time of year. And in Calendar the flurry of activity extends through two
full months of fun-filled things to do and places to go.
Also in this issue, you’ll find show-stopping party fashions and accessories
in Style and a display of imaginative new products in Spotlight. Additionally,
our special section, Gifts Galore and More, is a one-stop shop for all things
holiday—from perfect presents to great getaways.
So, dive into this package, explore and enjoy. Here’s to the best of the season,
and all the very best to you!
O F E DITORIAL
Contributing Art Director
Mitch La Crosse
On the Cover
David Kinch at Manresa.
Photographed by Nick Vasilopoulos
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