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"Brown is the new green," says local water district


Lina Broydo/Special to the Town Crier
Are downtown Los Altos flower pots getting too much water? The Santa Clara Valley Water District plans to hire “water cops” to discourage overwatering.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is spending nearl...

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Schools

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers

Foothill camps prepare local students for STEM careers


Photos Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Middle school students make robotic hands using 3-D printers during a STEM Summer Camp at Foothill College.

From designing roller coasters to developing biodegradable plastics, high school students received an i...

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Community

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women

Local entrepreneur opens home to Afghan and Rwandan women


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Businesswomen Joan Mazimhaka of Rwanda, third from left, and Fakhria Ibrahimi of Afghanistan, in orange, traveled to the U.S. with a 26-woman delegation through the Peace Through Business program.

Employees scoop ice ...

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Moving on: The Rockey Road

Just over a month ago, we decided to put our house on the market. My husband and I had been tossing around the idea of moving back to the area where we grew up, which is only approximately 40 minutes from here. Of course, Los Altos is a great place t...

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Business

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday

Halo heads to Los Altos: Blow-dry bar founder opens new First Street location Monday


ElLie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Armed with blow dryers, Halo founder Rosemary Camposano, left, and store manager Nikki Thomas prepare for the blow-dry bar’s grand opening on First Street Monday.

A blow-dry bar is set to open downtown Monday, and i...

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Books

"Frozen in Time" chronicles harrowing WWII rescue attempts


Many readers can’t resist a true-life adventure story, especially those that shine a spotlight on people who exhibit supreme courage in the face of adversity and end up surviving – or not – against the odds.

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People

DR. ALFRED HUGHES

Long time Los Altos resident, Dr. Alfred Hughes, died May 1st after a long illness. Dr. Hughes was born in 1927 in Maspeth, NY. He served in the US Army from 1945-6, attended Brooklyn Polytechnic University, then graduated from Reed College in Portla...

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Travel

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway

Travel Tidbit: Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe offers spa getaway


Courtesy of Ritz-Carlton
The Ritz-Carlton in Lake Tahoe offers fall getaway packages that include spa treatments and yoga classes.

Fall in North Lake Tahoe boasts crisp mornings and opportunities to spend quality time in the mountains. Specially ...

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Stepping Out

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn

'Wizard' winds down at Bus Barn


Town Crier file photo
Local actors rehearse a scene from “The Wizard of Oz.”

Los Altos Youth Theatre and Los Altos Stage Company’s collaborative production of “The Wizard of Oz” is slated to close Sunday at Bus Barn Theater, 97 Hillview Ave.

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Spiritual Life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life

Stanford University appoints new dean for religious life


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Stanford University named the Very Rev. Dr. Jane Shaw, dean of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, its new dean for religious life.

Provost John Etchemendy announced Shaw’s appointment July 21, adding that she also will join the faculty in...

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Magazine

Festival features fun for everyone

Festival features fun for everyone


TOWN CRIER FILE PHOTO
The Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival boasts more than 375 craft and arts booths.

This weekend’s 35th annual Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival promises to be jam-packed with fun activities for just about everyone. The eve...

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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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