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Mitch La Crosse
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Pan roasted abalone with caramelized avocado
and sauce meunière by Chef Scott Cooper of
Le Papillon. Photo by Chris Schmauch.
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Leaves crunch underfoot; sweaters get the call. Football fans are
jubilant and there’s a whiff of pumpkin spice latte in the air.
Hooray for fall! It’s a season that excites all the senses—as you’ll
see in this issue of South Bay Accent.
On the heels of record summer heat, fall brings a welcome
cooling trend and conjures dreams of down parkas and snowy peaks. Our
feature, “Wild Wild West” by writer Richard Irwin, invites you to live that
dream with a trip to Jackson Hole, WY, the legendary skiers’ paradise. If 450
inches of annual powder doesn’t tempt you, there’s always the laid-back cowboy
charm of the place, the luxury accommodations and the great bounty of
fun and adventure, both indoors and out.
Fine dining can be an adventure, too, especially when encountering a
particularly delectable ingredient. Enter California’s red abalone, and writer
Susan Hathaway’s tantalizing feature “Ab Fab.” Here, you’ll learn why the
region’s top chefs sing the praises of this tasty, exotic mollusk. It’s a fascinating
read, complete with tales of dangerous dives, illicit poaching and the heavenly
rewards of a perfectly prepared dish of abalone.
Feeling hungry? Jump into our all-inclusive Dining Guide with signature
Best Bites to suit every taste and budget, from trendy new bistros to four-star
standouts. And, if you happen to use the navigation app on your phone to
find one of those restaurants, check out the implications explored by writer
Julie Vallone in “Like, Follow Tweet, Share, Repeat” This intriguing story
reveals what teens, parents, health experts and tech gurus have to say about
the impacts of smartphones on the human brain. You may be surprised.
Parents who encourage kids to leave their electronic devices and “go out
and play” will be delighted to read about Marilee Jennings, executive director
of the Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose. Our profile, “Low
Tech, High Thrills” by Mary Ellen Hunt, paints a compelling picture of a
leader with a passion for helping youngsters grow, learn and develop curiosity
about the natural world. This fall, Jennings debuts her latest project, “Bill’s
Backyard—a Bridge to Nature.” It’s a safe, 27,500-square-foot outdoor play
space for kids where they can run, explore, dig, climb and imagine.
Also in this issue, you’ll find two essential resources, “Private School Open
House Planner,” for parents researching educational offerings from the area’s
premier private schools, and our popular “Preseason Holiday Guide,” great
for getting a jump on the season with gifts, getaways, parties and more.
Take a look, too, at Style, featuring the latest fall fashions, Spotlight, a
showcase of imaginative new products, and Calendar—unmatched for its
two full months of fun-filled things to do and places to go.
With brisk air and bright foliage now signaling the coming of fall’s glorious
nature, we invite you to put all senses on high alert, the better to fully savor
this invigorating season!