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Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza

Council approves directional signs for Los Altos' Woodland Plaza


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week approved the installation of two new directional signs on Foothill Expressway pointing motorists to the Woodland Plaza Shopping District.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimou...

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Schools

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD

New head of curriculum’s ideologies align with LASD


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Edsel Clark, new Los Altos School District assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, above, facilitates a junior high mathematics curriculum meeting last week.

Edsel Clark, Ed.D., new assistant superintend...

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Community

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China

Closing reception caps Foothill photo show on rural China


From IncredibleTravelPhotos.com
Jacque Kae’s “Mischievous” is one of the many photographs on display at Foothill College this month.

Photographs of the land and culture of Huangshan and Zhangjiajie, China, are on exhibit through Sept. 26 at t...

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Sports

Spartans shine in opener

Spartans shine in opener


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High’s Frank Kapp snares a touchdown pass from quarterback Owen Mountford in Friday’s win.

Leading by a point at halftime, the Mountain View High football team outscored visiting Del Mar 20-0 the rest of...

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Comment

A look ahead to the Nov. 4 election: Editorial

Election season is upon us. In Los Altos, we have three major local races ahead – two seats on the Los Altos City Council, and three seats each on the Los Altos School District and Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District boards of tr...

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Special Sections

Renovation complete,  Villa Siena looks to future

Renovation complete, Villa Siena looks to future


Above and Below Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier; Left Photo Courtesy of Villa Siena
Villa Siena in Mountain View recently underwent a $35 million face-lift. The five-year project expanded their senior living community’s space and ability to serv...

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Business

Transitioning from postage to pets

Transitioning from postage to pets


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A new Pet Food Express store is scheduled to open at the Blossom Valley Shopping Center this month.

A site that previously existed to meet postal service needs will soon have an entirely different purpose – serving pe...

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Books

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights

‘The Humans’ transcends alien genre to glean human insights


A good story about aliens is always great fun to read – after all, it’s only by attempting to understand the human race from another perspective that we can see ourselves more objectively.

But readers who might be tempted to dismiss ye...

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People

JEANNE PACKARD

After suffering a stroke in May, Jeanne Packard died August 10, 2014 at age 83. She was born in 1931 in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Emily Channel and Frank Howe Packard of Chicago, IL. Jeanne is survived by 5 great grandchildren. She was a lon...

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Travel

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska

LA photographer spends a night with cranes – and moose – in Alaska


Sandy Powell/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident and bird photographer Sandy Powell recently visited Homer, Alaska, to photograph Sandhill cranes, below. While there, Powell also encountered moose, left.

Los Altos resident Sandy Powell, a...

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Stepping Out

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos

'Trailer Park' opens in Los Altos


Courtesy of Los
The cast of Los Altos Stage Company’s “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” includes, from left, Mylissa Malley as Lin, Vanessa Alvarez as Betty, and Christina Bolognini as Pickles. Altos Stage Company

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Spiritual Life

9/11 survivor Michael Hingson finds purpose

Imagine walking down 78 flights of stairs – 1,463 individual steps. You are in imminent danger as you walk, unsure whether you can make it out of the building before it collapses or explodes. Struggling for each breath, you smell the heavy sten...

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Magazine

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living

Los Altos Hills home showcases resort-inspired living


Courtesy of Spectrum Interior Design
In place of a more traditional fireplace, this modern living room features a linear-flame firebox that emits heat while offering a sculpturelike design element.

After traveling the world and visiting a host...

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Beer meets grill: Summer pairings offer flavorful versatility


Photo By: Courtesy of Derek
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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