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Food & Wine

Alpha Acid Brewing delivers intense flavors

Alpha Acid Brewing delivers intense flavors


Courtesy of Derek Wolfgram
A visit to Alpha Acid’s Belmont taproom reveals that the young brewery has expanded beyond its initial speciality in India Pale Ales to craft farmhouse, stout and seasonal brews worth seeking out.

Kyle Bozicevic, co-o...

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Your Health

Health care on demand from Mountain View service

Health care on demand from Mountain View service


Courtesy of Direct Urgent Care
Dr. Ceasar Djavaherian is the president of Direct Urgent Care.

For most doctors in Silicon Valley, melding technology and medicine means cutting-edge machines performing high-powered work backed by Sand Hill Road ventu...

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Your Home

Tips for storing holiday decorations efficiently & accessibly

Tips for storing holiday decorations efficiently & accessibly


Courtesy of Amanda Kuzak
Slotted ornament boxes are worth splurging on because they provide good protection for delicate ornaments.

 

It’s time to pack up the garlands and lights now that the hustle and bustle of the holidays is behind us...

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On The Road

Cool cars for kids

Cool cars for kids


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The Mitsubishi Mirage produces only 78 horsepower, but it gets 39 mpg in combined driving. Full of safety features, the Mirage sells for under $20,000.

A few months ago, one of our friends in town asked us...

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Senior Lifestyles

Mountain View nonagenarian enjoys the luck of the genes

Mountain View nonagenarian enjoys the luck of the genes


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Lloyd Lettis, 96, of Mountain View plays tennis three days a week at Los Altos High School.

Ninety-six-year-old Mountain View resident Lloyd Lettis seems to have a gene for longevity. And one for farming. And another for t...

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Wedding To Remember

Got a wedding singer? Musicians and engaged couples work in tandem to orchestrate perfect night

Got a wedding singer? Musicians and engaged couples work in tandem to orchestrate perfect night


Courtesy of Dick Bright
Dick Bright, a veteran Bay Area musician, manages local bands such as the Dick Bright Orchestra, Club 90 and Encore. His bands ramp up the energy at weddings.

A wedding soundtrack draws nearly everyone to the dance floor....

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Your Kids

Back to School

Is Early Decision the right choice for your student?

Is Early Decision the right choice for your student?


Courtesy of Hollis Bischoff
This chart compares the rate of Early Decision acceptances with the overall acceptance rate at various colleges.

As students apply to an ever-increasing list of schools, colleges are challenged to predict accuratel...

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Gourmet paper from your produce

Few books provide food recipes that aren't meant for the kitchen table. And probably even less call for fruit and vegetable scraps in the ingredients.

Yet, that's exactly what you'll find in Sunnyvale author Ellaraine Lockie's newest book, "The Gourmet Paper Maker."

Lockie has crafted the art of turning food scraps into decorative pieces of handmade paper.

The 128-page book includes recipes for paper made from orange skins, banana peels, garlic and onion skins, carrot ends, melon rinds and an array of other inedible parts of fruits and vegetables that end up in most kitchen garbage cans.

Lockie said she developed her paper-making technique during years of experimenting in her own kitchen. In her introduction, Lockie describes her passion for paper making, calling it therapy, meditation, art and a visual pleasure.

Her paper-making cookbook is primarily intended for beginning paper makers. The book gives simple directions and avoids technical terminology used by professional hand paper makers.

Lockie guides the reader through easy step-by-step directions accompanied with visuals that demonstrate each part of the process. She covers workplace safety, needed equipment and supplies, and how to prepare the fiber, make the pulp, form the sheets and color the paper.

She also includes a section called "Problems & Solutions" should readers run into trouble.

The paper produced in the book are both practical and ornamental. Lockie said readers may use the paper for business cards, gift paper, bookmarks, lamp shades or invitations. The papers are highly textured, but always have one side that is smooth for writing, she said.

The weight, texture, color and strength of paper depends upon the ingredients. If you're looking for elegant, high-quality paper, save your corn husk scraps. According to Lockie's book, corn husks make some of the finest handmade paper. The husks are strong, but create paper with a luxurious look and feel that's well-suited for stationary. Broccoli stalks, on the other hand, will create a rough texture, and paper made from melon rinds will have a leathery look and a sandpaper feel.

Lockie has taught paper making classes for several years. More than 600 samples of her paper making are on display in the Robert C. Williams American Museum of Paper making in Atlanta.

Her book also has generated international interest. Later this year, she will travel to South Africa, where business heads have invited her to explore setting up a production process so local workers can make paper largely from residue generated by sugar cane operations.

She is scheduled to make a presentation of her paper making methods at 11 a.m., Saturday at the Sunnyvale Public Library, 665 West Olive Avenue. The "Gourmet Paper Maker" can be purchased from Creative Publishing International for $19.95 or over the Internet at www.Amazon.com.

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