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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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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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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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