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Food & Wine

Manresa Bread rising: Tribute to grist & groat

Manresa Bread rising: Tribute to grist & groat

Above Photo by Rhonda Mak/Town Crier; Below Photo by Joyce Oudkerk Pool/Special to the Town Crier; Right Photo courtesy of Manresa Bread
Nabeela Aijaz, above left, retail manager at Manresa Bread’s Los Altos location, teams up with baker Avery R...

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Your Health

ECH's ASPIRE expands to empower struggling youth

ECH's ASPIRE expands to empower struggling youth


Photos by Alicia Castro/Town crier
El Camino Hospital’s mental health and addiction services leaders Michael Fitzgerald and Lauren Olaiz, above, review artwork, right, by participants in the After School Program Intervention and Resiliency Educa...

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Your Home

Filoli offers free admission to military personnel

Filoli offers free admission to military personnel


Town Crier File Photo
Filoli invites military personnel to tour the estate and grounds at no charge as part of the Blue Star Museums program.

Filoli estate in Woodside is one of more than 2,000 museums and cultural institutions in the U.S. that will of...

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On The Road

Driving England's rural countryside from the left side of the road

Driving England's rural countryside from the left side of the road


We have always enjoyed our visits to England, but this year we did something different. Rather than visit the standard tourist destinations – London, the Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon and so forth – we decided to explore new areas by car...

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Senior Lifestyles

Q&A: Director of senior programs looks to future with expanded facilities, activities

Q&A: Director of senior programs looks to future with expanded facilities, activities


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Recreation & Community Services Department Director Manny Hernandez praises Los Altos seniors.

 

Manny Hernandez joined the city of Los Altos staff last March as director of the Recreation & Community Services De...

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Wedding To Remember

The Veils of Time

The Veils of Time


Courtesy of Los Altos History Museum

For a new spin on the Town Crier’s “Peek into the Past,” the Los Altos History Museum has been gathering historical local wedding photos and the stories behind them.

Frances Elizabeth Shoup, second...

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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 accurately whether ...

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Pepper ball spices up a normal meal

Mr. Gadget

Gadget: The Pepper Ball by Chef'N.

How it works: The Pepper Ball is a round, plastic, hand-held pepper grinder that may be filled with test tubes of different blends of whole pepper.

The pepper is ground by squeezing together the Pepper Ball's two handles.

The ball comes in two sizes.

Store: Most gourmet cooking stores carry the Pepper Ball. I picked this one up at Macy's.

Cost: Under $15.

Overall: The Pepper Ball is easy to use and adds a more intense flavor to foods. You may add different pepper blends, such as a Cajun blend, to the Pepper Ball to spice up anything from salads and pastas to soups.

I like the ball's clear plastic design, which makes it easy to view what's inside.

The Pepper Ball may be used both on the dinner table or while you cook. And for the kosher kitchen, Chef'N also makes a Salt Ball.

The Pepper Ball may not be as decorative as some traditional hand-held pepper grinders, but its low cost is worth the investment.

-Legnon is a food aficionado who lives in Mountain View.

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