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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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Beer meets grill: Summer pairings offer flavorful versatility


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Photo Courtesy Of Derek Grilled T-bone steak, benefits from the nuances of an aged ale. Wolfgram

The wide range of beer styles and flavor profiles creates plentiful opportunities for food pairing.

In fact, Garrett Oliver, brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewing and author of “The Brewmaster’s Table” (Ecco, 2003), suggests that beer is even more versatile than wine for pairing with main courses, cheeses or even desserts.

In the summertime, enjoying dinner fresh off the grill with locally brewed beers is one of my favorite meals. Following are a few combinations you may enjoy.

Hawaiian teriyaki chicken kabobs, paired with Knee Deep Brewing Citra Extra Pale Ale (based in Lincoln)

Citra Extra Pale Ale packs an intense, fruity punch of hop flavor and aroma, without the extreme bitterness of many India pale ales, allowing it to be more versatile in food pairing. The beer contains only citra hops, which feature a complex profile with a wide variety of fruit flavors, including sweet mango, crisp nectarine and tart lime notes. At 7 percent alcohol by volume, the beer has a pronounced but fairly simple malt flavor. A touch of sweetness comes through, but the malt definitely takes a backseat to the hops.

The beer pairs nicely with Hawaiian teriyaki grilled chicken kabobs with red onions, red peppers and pineapple. Grilling the fruit and vegetables brings out a caramelized sweetness, as well as a hint of smokiness from the red peppers. The crisp flavor of the beer complements the smoky sweetness of the fruit and veggies, and the tropical, fruity hops cut through the salty-sweet soy-pineapple marinade on the chicken.

 

Grilled T-bone steak, paired with Russian River Brewing Co.’s Consecration (Santa Rosa)

With a juicy steak, the classic beverage pairing is a robust red wine like Cabernet or Syrah, because the astringent tannins can stand up to the marbled fat and the char from the grill.

Consecration is one of the most “winelike” beers available – not only is it aged in Cabernet barrels for several months with black currants, but it also clocks in at 10 percent alcohol by volume, much closer to the alcohol content of wine than a typical beer.

When Consecration is poured, it appears relatively thin and the carbonation fades quickly, but the appearance belies an intensity of flavor and aroma to match any big red wine. The predominant aroma and flavor is sour cherry, with hints of vanilla, and dark raisinlike dried fruit. As it warms up, vinous aromas include earthiness and floral notes, reminiscent of Pinot Noir.

Sour beers, typically fermented with brettanomyces yeast and/or bacteria like lactobacillus and pediococcus in addition to traditional ale yeast, are not for everyone’s palate – but Consecration is one of the best examples on the market.

 

Hot dogs, paired with Trumer Pils (Berkeley)

Watching a baseball game on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon, I enjoy traditional ballpark fare – hot dogs and salted-in-the-shell peanuts. To pair with the salty, savory, snappy goodness of a hot dog (or other grilled sausage of choice), a crisp, light, refreshing brew is the ideal pairing.

Instead of one of the light lagers brewed by one of the big commercial breweries, try Berkeley’s Trumer Pils. With a subtle spicy, earthy aroma from Saaz hops and a delicate, clean bitterness, this German-style pilsner has much more flavor and complexity than the typical macro-brewed light lager without being overwhelming. The high carbonation level, low alcohol (4.9 percent by volume) and crisp finish of Trumer Pils are sure to quench your thirst.

Derek Wolfgram is chief communications officer for the Los Altos Hills-based Silicon Valley Sudzers Homebrew Club. For more information, visit www.sudzers.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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