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Council hosts study session on downtown parking garage

Council hosts study session on downtown parking garage


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council continues to explore options to address parking constraints in the downtown triangle.

The Los Altos City Council last week held the first of two study sessions to discuss the potential construct...

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Schools

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A Los Altos High School student learns how to use robotic surgical equipment at the school’s Science and Technology Week event last year. Students can also attend hands-on presentations at this year’s event, w...

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Community

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display


Town Crier File Photo
Pirate Manor is once again scheduled to arrive in the front yard of Dane and Jill Glasgow’s home on Manor Way in Los Altos, just in time for Halloween.

Although not the Walking Dead, pirate skeletons have been brought to li...

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Sports

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Eric Reitmeir launches the ball over Mountain View High driver David Niehaus (2) and goalie Kenny Tang. The host Lancers won Friday’s non-league game 9-3.

There wasn’t a lot on the line Friday when ...

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Reeder, Fung for El Camino HCD: Editorial

The good news for the El Camino Healthcare District (formerly the El Camino Hospital District, for those still getting used to the new name) is that there is a contested election Nov. 4 for the district’s board of directors. Three candidates are runn...

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Special Sections

Plant-based diet offers benefits

Plant-based diet offers benefits


Photo by Ramya Krishna
Los Altos resident Nandini Krishna prepares a meat-free dish According to author Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., M.D., a plant-based diet can help prevent cancer.

Shirley Okita of Los Altos has found that adhering to a mostly plant...

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Business

New shop offers haute couture for girls

New shop offers haute couture for girls


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Girls @ Los Altos at 239 State St. offers clothing lines such as Nellystella as well as toys and other items for girls.

Cecilia Chen opened The Girls @ Los Altos as a tribute to the party dress. Whether it’s for...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

BARBARA DARLING MERIDETH

1946-2014

Born in Palo Alto, raised in Los Altos, retired in southern Oregon. Survived by Peter James Merideth, sons Matthew, Jacob and John Merideth, the loves of her life.

She was a housewife who took great pride in her home, her surroundings and...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn



Los Altos Youth Theatre’s production of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” a musical based on Washington Irving’s classic story, is set to run through Nov. 2 at Bus Barn Theater. The cast comprises 27 young actors, directed by Cindy Powell. Courtesy o...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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French delights emerge from Beausejour


What really defines a French restaurant is not the service or the décor, but the food. Beauséjour Restaurant Francais in Los Altos serves French classics such as carre d'agneau, canard a' l'orange and ris de veau maison in the finest culinary tradition.

William and Anh Yee have operated Beauséjour in the same location since 1986. William as the chef brings passion and flair to the cuisine. Anh greets customers and ensures discrete and professional service.

Although Beauséjour specializes in classic French dishes, it has modified recipes to reflect contemporary California tastes by reducing the use of butter and cream sauces.

"Food is prepared in more of a healthy style. People ask for steamed vegetables and broiled fish," William said. "People ask for no salt, and that is no problem. The menu is changed four times a year and features items the customers request."

Other changes have occurred over the 16 years since Beauséjour opened.

"The economy was better when we opened, the food cost less and the rent was much lower in those days," William said. "We had a piano bar, but those are passé now."

One very evident difference is the type of alcohol which complements meals. When the Yees opened, diners typically ordered a cocktail before and during dinner. Today, wine has replaced the cocktail.

"Women used to drink white zinfandel or rosé wines. Now they prefer chardonnay," Anh said.

The current menu features frog's legs, escargots, scampi and a great Caesar salad. But I have been searching for onion soup the way I like it for years. Beauséjour's soup a l'oignon gratinee is a treasure.

Bite-sized onions, not overcooked; a good brown broth, not overpowered by salt; crowned by a crusty cheese and baked with submerged croutons recalled my memories with its flavor. Every French household has its own interpretation, and every French restaurant diner has his or her personal favorite; and I like the Beauséjour combination.

Recently, I had the pleasure of enjoying dinner for eight in one of the smaller banquet rooms where different entrées were served, including duck, sweetbreads and lamb.

The ris de veau maison, veal sweetbreads, are served with puff pastry, carrots and champignons. They can be sautéed, braised, poached, grilled or fried. A la carte, $17.95.

William ensures a crisp outer skin without sacrificing the inner moisture for his canard a' l'orange or duck by scoring it before baking to the requested medium or medium rare. A la carte, $20.95.

The carre d'agneau, lamb, is served with scalloped potato, asparagus and roasted garlic sauce. A la carte, $23.95.

The soufflé grand marnier furnishes a feast for the senses. It must be ordered when you sit down to be ready for dessert, but it's worth the wait and the reasonable $8.95 price.

William admitted he watches food programs on television. "I watch what foods they focus on. I like the Iron Chef. Never met him, but I will someday," said William. "I really don't have the time, but we joined the Asian Chef Association in San Francisco."

Many of the Yee's customers are middle-aged or older; but there is a trend for couples in their 30s choosing Beauséjour for special occasions.

The restaurant flourished during the '80s when it was the favorite of the new breed of executives from companies like Apple, Intel and Tandem; now they tend to be from H-P, Synopsys and Loral.

"We still have diplomats and ambassadors come in with their bodyguards," Anh said.

Beauséjour offers an executive lunch, with a choice of pasta, chicken, salad or ravioli, for under $10.

The sunset, or early bird two-course dinner is $16.95 and includes six different entrée items and salad or soup du jour.

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