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News

E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk

E. coli found in Los Altos water indicated breach, but only low risk


Courtesy of Microbe World
Colorized low-temperature electron micrograph of a cluster of E. coli bacteria

When E. coli and other bacteria were discovered in some Los Altos water last week, officials from the local water supplier, California Water...

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Schools

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth

BCS hosts Stretch to Kindergarten program for underserved youth


Traci Newell/Town Crier
The six-week, tuition-free Stretch to Kindergarten program, hosted at Bullis Charter School, serves children who have not attended preschool. A teacher leads children in singing about the parts of a butterfly, above.

Local un...

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Community

Google car painting project calls on artists

Google car painting project calls on artists


Google self-driving car

Already known as an innovator in the tech field, Google Inc. is now moving in on the art world.

The Mountain View-based company July 11 launched the “Paint the Town” contest, a “moving art experiment” that invites Califo...

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Sports

Pedaling with a purpose

Pedaling with a purpose


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Rishi Bommannan Rishi Bommannan cycled from Bates College in Maine to his home in Los Altos Hills, taking several selfies along the way. He also raised nearly $13,000 for the Livestrong Foundation, which supports cancer patients.

When R...

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Comment

The truth about coyotes: Other Voices

The Town Crier’s recent article on coyotes venturing down from the foothills in search of sustenance referenced the organization Project Coyote (“Recent coyote attacks keep residents on edge,” July 1). Do not waste your time contac...

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Special Sections

Grant Park senior program made permanent

Grant Park senior program made permanent


Photos by Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Local residents participate in an exercise class at the Grant Park Senior Center, above. Betsy Reeves, below left with Gail Enenstein, lobbied for senior programming in south Los Altos.

It all began when Betsy Reev...

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Business

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered

New State Street rug retailer has downtown Los Altos covered


Alicia Castro/Town Crier
Los Altos Rug Gallery owner Fahim Karimi stocks his State Street store with a wall-to-wall array of floor coverings.

A new downtown business owner plans to roll out the red carpet – along with rugs of every other color –...

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Books

Book Signings

• Fritz and Nomi Trapnell have scheduled a book-signing party 4-6 p.m. Aug. 1 at their home, 648 University Ave., Los Altos.

Fritz and his daughter, Dana Tibbitts, co-authored “Harnessing the Sky: Frederick ‘Trap’ Trapnell, ...

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People

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

GRACE WILSON FRANKS

Resident of Los Altos

Grace Wilson Franks, our beloved mother and grandmother, left us peacefully on July 16, 2015 just a few weeks short of her 92nd birthday. She was born to Ross and Florence (Cruzan) Wilson in rural Tulare, California on Septem...

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Travel

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories

Gearing up: Make travel more civilized with accessories


Eren Göknar/Special to the Town Crier
San Francisco-based humangear Inc. sells totes, tubes and tubs for traveling.

In travel, as in romance, it’s the little things that count.

Beyond the glossy brochures lie the travel discomforts too mun...

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Stepping Out

Going out with a 'Bang'

Going out with a 'Bang'


Richard Mayer/Special to the Town Crier
“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” stars, clockwise from top left, Alexander Sanchez, Sophia Sturiale, Deborah Rosengaus and Danny Martin.

Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre’s joint production of t...

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Spiritual Life

Build a 'light' house and get out of that dark place

Most of us have a place inside our hearts and minds that occasionally causes us trouble. For some, it is sadness, depression or despair. For others, it may be fear, anger, resentment or myriad other emotional “dark places” that at times seem to hij...

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Magazine

Inside Mountain View

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event

Residents gather at NASA Ames for Pluto Flyby event


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
NASA Ames’ Pluto Flyover event kindles the imaginations of young attendees.

Sue Moore watched the July 20, 1969, moon landing beside patients and staff members of the San Francisco hospital where she worked as a nurse...

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Nutritious snack doubles as tasty breakfast


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If you’re looking for new options for a quick and nutritious breakfast or snack, poha, or “flattened rice,” is a flavorful dish from Western India that just may fill the bill – and your stomach.

Poha almost tastes like light and fluffy scrambled eggs – and is purely vegetarian. It is typically not served in Indian restaurants, so many in the U.S. haven’t tasted it. It would be worth a trip to the Indian grocery store to gather all the ingredients and learn to make this savory comfort food.

I like to keep the spices to a minimum, but you could turn up the heat by adding a few freshly cut green or red chilies. It could also be served with coriander chutney for extra zing.

The roasted peanuts in the following recipe pack an extra crunch. Poha derives its yellow color from turmeric, which boasts natural anti-inflammatory properties. The curry leaves are “known to stimulate digestive enzymes and help break down food. The health benefits of cilantro come from beneficial phytonutrients and antioxidants, especially the flavonoid quercetin. The lemon juice offers a boost of vitamin C.

Gitika Baveja is author of “Indian Flavors to Savor: The Easy Home-Cooked Way.” For additional recipes, visit www.flavorstosavor.com.

Poha

• 2 cups dry poha (flattened rice, available at Indian grocery stores)

• 2-3 tablespoons olive or canola oil

• Pinch of asafetida (optional)

• 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds

• 1 small onion, chopped

• 1 small potato, boiled

• 2 tablespoons peanuts

• 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

• 5-6 fresh curry leaves

• Salt to taste

• Pinch of red chili powder

• 2 green chilies, slit lengthwise (optional)

• 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped (to garnish)

• Fresh juice from 1/2 lemon

 

Add dry poha to large colander or sieve and wash under running water for 2 minutes until well moistened. Drain.

Heat oil in pan. Add asafetida and mustard seeds. As soon as mustard seeds start to crackle, add peanuts and fry until brown and crisp. Add chopped onions and curry leaves. Fry until they begin to turn slightly brown.

Add boiled potato, chili powder and turmeric and stir for 1-2 minutes. Add green chilies (optional).

Drain poha completely and add to above mix. Season with salt to taste and mix well. Poha should be fluffy and moist. Cook for 2 minutes or so. Do not let it dry.

Garnish with chopped cilantro. Squeeze lemon juice over poha and serve hot.

Variation: Replace peanuts with cashews and serve with green cilantro or coconut chutney.

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