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News

"Brown is the new green," says local water district


Lina Broydo/Special to the Town Crier
Are downtown Los Altos flower pots getting too much water? The Santa Clara Valley Water District plans to hire “water cops” to discourage overwatering.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is spending nearl...

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Schools

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers


Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Middle school students make robotic hands using 3-D printers during a STEM Summer Camp at Foothill College.

From designing roller coasters to developing biodegradable plastics, high school students received an i...

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Community

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Businesswomen Joan Mazimhaka of Rwanda, third from left, and Fakhria Ibrahimi of Afghanistan, in orange, traveled to the U.S. with a 26-woman delegation through the Peace Through Business program.

Employees scoop ice ...

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Moving on: The Rockey Road

Just over a month ago, we decided to put our house on the market. My husband and I had been tossing around the idea of moving back to the area where we grew up, which is only approximately 40 minutes from here. Of course, Los Altos is a great place t...

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Special Sections

Long live the lawn: Los Altos native offers drought-resistant strategies

Long live the lawn: Los Altos native offers drought-resistant strategies


Bill Steiner’s grass is green, left, even amid the drought. He followed Max Todd’s water and maintainence instructions after having his lawn aerated, Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Green lawns are not necessarily on the endangered list during the d...

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Business

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday


ElLie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Armed with blow dryers, Halo founder Rosemary Camposano, left, and store manager Nikki Thomas prepare for the blow-dry bar’s grand opening on First Street Monday.

A blow-dry bar is set to open downtown Monday, and i...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

DR. ALFRED HUGHES

Long time Los Altos resident, Dr. Alfred Hughes, died May 1st after a long illness. Dr. Hughes was born in 1927 in Maspeth, NY. He served in the US Army from 1945-6, attended Brooklyn Polytechnic University, then graduated from Reed College in Portla...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn


Town Crier file photo
Local actors rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.”

Los Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company’s collaborative production of “The Wizard of Oz” is slated to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

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Spiritual Life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life


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Stanford University named the Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw, dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, its new dean for religious life.

Provost John Etchemendy announced Shaw’s appointment July 21, adding that she also will join the faculty in...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


TOWN CRIER FILE PHOTO
The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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Tis the season for flawless food & wine pairings


Photo By: Sarah Manning/Special to the Town Crier
Photo Sarah Manning/Special To The Town Crier

Great holiday parties are elevated by great food, and great food is lonely without equally excellent wine. But while many of us eat and drink by an ancient set of rules – red wine with red meat, white wine with fish, for example – we’re often stumped when it comes to throwing a brilliant holiday bash.

The task of pairing food and wine for guests can be daunting. But it needn’t be. Sam Pompei, a Los Altos native and importer/distributor with Wine Bridge Imports, said feeling intimidated is unnecessary. Pompei spent two years after college traveling the world and working with wine – production, exports, tourism and marketing included – and picked up some tricks along the way.

Heed Pompei’s tips for your best holiday bash yet.

Five golden rules for pairing food and wine

1. Pick the food first. Then choose a wine to pair with it. It’s a lot more difficult to pick the wine first and in doing so, you limit yourself. With food, you have many different elements to work with – fruit, spice, herbs and meat – which can be highlighted individually and accentuated by a great wine.

2. Let food be the focus. Never try to outdo the food with the wine. Build your wine selection around the food you’re planning to cook. Wine is the supplement that either complements, offends or falls flat next to your dish. Hint: Wines with more acidity are best for food pairing, especially if your dish contains a lot of fat.

3. Branch out. We all have our favorite wines that seem to go with just about anything. Be careful, however, that you don’t force a pair together. The trick is to widen your view to the limitless possibilities and be adventurous. Try something new.

4. There’s no wrong choice. Don’t let anybody tell you that you’re wrong to select certain pairings. Light reds can be delicious with oily salmon, for example. It’s about what you like, not what you’re supposed to do. Have fun, enjoy the process and don’t make it too difficult on yourself.

5. Ask for help. There are many educated people out there who would love to help you. Seek out specialty wine shops or the wine section at your local gourmet grocery store for knowledgeable advisers. It’s their job to know the wine, and they love collaborating. Don’t limit yourself to your own knowledge.

In case you need a little more guidance, following are a few unique and delicious pairings for the holiday season with Pompei’s commentary. Whether you follow them precisely or use them as inspiration for your own creations, you’re sure to delight guests.

Go-to holiday food and wine pairings

• Sancerre from France with herbed goat cheese (never gets old!).

• Aged Hunter Valley Semillon from Australia with fresh oysters (classic is champagne with oysters, but if you want a real treat, try the Semillon).

• Central Otago Pinot Noir from New Zealand with a Christmas ham (phenomenal).

For more information, email Pompei at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Sarah Manning is a Los Altos High School and University of San Francisco graduate who blogs about her culinary adventures at www.thechocolatefigSF.com.

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