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This Month In Style: September 2023

Style Magazine – September 2023

Have you ever had, or heard of, ube? If not, you’re missing out on one of the most delicious food fads. Like most culinary trends, ube has been around for a LONG time (more than four centuries in the Philippines!) but is finally becoming more mainstream stateside.

The first time I tasted the vibrantly violet purple yam—with a mild, sweet flavor and coconutty aroma—was when my mother-in-law (who’s culturally Filipino) invited me over for her famous “halo-halo.” Made by mixing ube ice cream with sweetened condensed milk, crushed ice, red beans, flan, mango jelly, fresh fruit, and more—it was love at first bite. Since then, I never pass up the opportunity to order ube anything when I see it on a menu. Ube cookies? Ube coffee? Ube colada? Yes, please! If you’re looking for some local spots to savor the flavor, turn to Pauline Arroyo’s article “Unstoppable Ube!” on page 88.

Speaking of trying new things, this month’s magazine is full of wonderful ways to encourage curiosity and step out of your comfort zone—whether it’s through food, fashion, or fitness. September 23 marks the start of a new season, after all, so why not experience something new to you, too?

Our feature, “A Taste of Italy” is a perfect place to begin. Starting on page 66, STYLE’s carb-loving contributor Sharon Penny takes your taste buds on a journey to 25 must-try Italian eateries (and suggests a to-die-for dish at each). Next time the craving for a hearty plate of pasta swimming in house-made sauce comes, give your go-to restaurant a rest, and check out one of these establishments—and entrées—instead. Whether your palate prefers simple and straightforward fare like spaghetti and meatballs, creative twists on the classics (chicken piccata pizza, anyone?), or traditional recipes cooked correctly like real-deal Roman fettuccine Alfredo, there are ample options for all.

As autumn arrives and the leaves begin to change, why not change up your wardrobe, too? Writer Caitlin McCulloch consulted with local boutique owners about the season’s latest looks in “Falling for Fashion” (page 54). Teaser: Don’t be surprised if you see boxy blazers (shoulder pads optional); bold, geometric patterns; wide-leg, loose denim; and lots of layers coming to a mannequin near you.

Finally, when it comes to workouts, challenge yourself with outdoor enthusiast Ryan Martinez’s “Take a Hike” suggestion (page 40) to Glacier Lakes Trail—a moderately difficult, 7.4-mile adventure that promises stunning scenery, a serene lake, and super sore muscles.

Even though doing something different may seem daunting, like I told my daughter during dinner last night (as she stared begrudgingly at her broccoli): “Just try it—you might like it!” 

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