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News

Election flyer mimics newspaper coverage

Election flyer mimics newspaper coverage

A flyer is being distributed across Los Altos that looks like it is from the Los Altos Town Crier but was neither created nor distributed by the community’s weekly newspaper. The flyer, pictured at right, is being distributed by workers from Pyrami...

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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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Comment

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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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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