From the Editor
4 South Bay Accent
OPENING LINES SOUTH BAY ACCENT
A new year has launched, bringing hope for the future and the
promise of fresh beginnings. In this issue, we invite you to discover
unexplored territory and to find wonder and possibility
in every unexpected opportunity.
To start, take your dearest companion on a journey of “Sip,
Cycle, Savor & Soar,” guided by writer Carole Barrow. This feature highlights
four romantic getaways where wine tasting is only half the fun—the other half
being an exhilarating adventure. From Healdsburg, where sipping is paired
with cycling on electric bikes, to Temecula, where wine and hot-air balloons
mix for high spirits—there’s a match for every couple, along with great ideas
on where to stay and dine.
Closer to home, eating out is often an adventure in itself, and writer Susan
Hathaway makes that case in “Tacos on a Roll,” an intriguing look at how
gourmet ingredients have transformed a humble street food into one of the hottest
culinary trends in the South Bay. Lobster? Korean bulgogi? Panko-roasted
cauliflower? The new, upscale taco is served wrapped in a heavenly array of
imaginative fillings. Take your pick from 12 eateries spotlighted in this feature,
then go have a taste of something delicious.
Whether it’s tacos or tabouli, there’s always satisfaction for every appetite
in our Semiannual Dining Guide with 200 Dining Hot Spots. Don’t miss
checking out this great resource; it’s chock-full of new buzz-worthy places and
longstanding favorites, from corner cafés to four-star restaurants.
Several years ago, a chemical mishap in a testing laboratory propelled a young
woman on a career path leading to the creation of products using 100 percent
natural ingredients, made under a banner of sustainability. In “Skin Deep,”
writer Julie Vallone profiles Susie Wang, founder of Purity Cosmetics in San
Jose. It’s a fascinating story about how a young woman found opportunity in
a small accident and turned the experience into a successful business benefiting
humans, animals and the environment.
Also in this issue, we again delve into the topic of education, specifically from
the right-brain point of view. “State of the Arts” by writer Brandon Yu explores
the concept of how school arts programs can boost academic performance, as
well as help students develop creative and social skills. The feature provides
provocative evidence from local private schools that use innovative arts programs
as part of their curriculum. And, it serves as an interesting lead-in for Learning
to Excel, our well-regarded semiannual guide to the area’s highest-rated private
schools. This special section also includes Camp Central 2019, a must-have
reference for parents getting a jump on summer vacation.
As always, our popular standbys are here, too: 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 the latest
fashions foretell spring season trends.
As this year unfolds in our vibrant Bay Area, we wish you new and amazing
encounters and experiences—and a host of rare delights throughout 2019.
O F E DITORIAL
Contributing Art Director
Mitch La Crosse
On the Cover
Seafood tacos from Dia de Pesca Si Food
photographed by Chris Schmauch
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