OP ENING L INE S SOUTH BAY ACCENT From the Editor It’s a new year, and the cold, dreary days of winter will soon give way to the eternal promise of spring. To speed things along, this issue offers a host of happy diversions; we invite you to explore the possibilities on a journey into the next season. While the road may not lead directly to paradise, it can certainly take us within the realm of savory island cuisine. Our feature, “Taste the Aloha” by writer Susan Hathaway, showcases an array of trend-setting menu items from local poke bars and Hawaiian restaurants. Whether it’s a healthful bowl of soy-glazed raw fish and veggies, a plate of kalua bacon poppers or a dish of coconut pudding, island fare is a hot ticket—a tasty must for discerning mainland diners. As always, you’ll find more evidence of the area’s culinary diversity in our comprehensive Semiannual Dining Guide with 200 Dining Hot Spots. Don’t miss a look at this great resource; it’s full of intriguing new places and longtime favorites—a handy selection of nearby eateries from corner bistros to four-star restaurants. And if you love gorgeous, exotic flora, skip that six-hour plane ride across the ocean and explore the stunning beauty of thousands of orchid species native to California. “Hot House Flowers” by writer Pam Marino pays dazzling homage to these exquisite blooms and to their ardent fans. Discover fascinating facts about the flowers and read tips from the experts on how to grow and care for your own orchids. Flowers often bring romance to mind, and the idea of getting away with a loved one is especially appealing at this time of year. Writer Kathy Chin Leong suggests a trip to “Mendocino Magic.” Her feature takes readers on a scenic tour of this rugged, secluded coastal county, where snug hamlets nestle among jagged cliffs and towering redwoods. Read the story and find great ideas on dreamy places to stay and engaging things to see and do. Back in Silicon Valley, we turn to the topic of education. In “Robo Kids,” writer Julie Vallone examines the robotics programs created by local private schools that are helping to bridge the gender gap in STEM-based learning. Through interviews with students and faculty, her story provides an in-depth look at the growing number of robot-building girls learning more about science, technology, engineering and math—and describes how robotics help prepare both male and female students for real-world challenges. The story leads off Learning to Excel, our well-regarded semiannual guide to the area’s highest-rated private schools. Also, this special section includes Camp Central 2017, a must-have reference for parents anticipating the long days of summer. In this issue, you’ll also find the usual favorites: Calendar, brimming with 150 ways to make the most of every day for the next two months; Spotlight, a visual parade of unique and exciting products; and Style, where warm and luxurious fashion wraps up the season’s final frosty days. As we leave winter behind and step toward spring, we wish you peace and beauty around every corner. Donna Krey Senior Editor 4 South Bay Accent MORE THA3N 5YEARS OF EDITORIAL EXCELLENCE Founder/Publisher Sherran Lacey Senior Editor Donna Krey Creative Director Greg Silva Managing Editor Carole Barrow Contributing Editor Stephen Yafa Travel Editor Ludmilla Alexander Acting Calendar Editor Carole Barrow Production Director Monique Convertito Executive Assistant Lisa Marke Contributing Writers Susan Hathaway Kathy Chin Leong Pam Marino Julie Vallone Contributing Photographer Chris Schmauch Proofreader Anne Gelhaus Advertising Mitch La Crosse Accounting Manager Ruchi Gowda Distribution Manager Werner Medina On The Cover Poki Bowl, San Jose Photographed by Chris Schmauch Subscriber Services Subscription price in U.S.A. and possessions $20.00 (one year/six issues), $36.00 (two years/12 issues). Add $20.00 per year for foreign addresses. Single copy price $3.95. Back issues $5.95. Postage and handling $3.00. Advertising and Editorial Offices 950 S. Bascom Ave., Suite 3110 San Jose, California 95128 408/244-5100 • 408/244-9283 Fax firstname.lastname@example.org SOUTH BAY ACCENT, 2016, Volume 39, Number 4, is published by Sherr Publications, Inc. 950 Bascom Ave., San Jose, CA 95128. 408/244-5100. Sherran Lacey, President. Entire contents copyright SOUTH BAY ACCENT Magazine 2016©, by Sherr Publications, Inc., all rights reserved. Printed in U.S.A. Nothing may be reproduced in whole or part without written permission from the publisher. The magazine assumes no responsibility for the return of unsolicited manuscripts.
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