Los Altos Hills Surveying Residents

Posted on March 16, 2016 by  
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LAH Town HallThe proposal for a new Los Altos Hills community center has lost momentum, but the town survey it triggered has revealed facts expected to shape future city council priorities.

City council members and staff reviewed the results of the survey – and highlights from the 1,100 pages of detailed cross tabs it generated – during a special meeting last week.

“By summary, I’d say things in Los Altos Hills are great,” said market researcher Bryan Godbe. “The quality of life is very highly regarded, the quality of city services is highly regarded. At the overall level, when we drill down into specific services, people are, by and large, very, very happy.”

Residents who have recently applied for a building permit could expect to hear from city officials soliciting feedback about their experience.

Although only half of survey respondents indicated having personally navigated the process, doing so ranked lowest in satisfaction among 14 town-provided services.

“I’m not too surprised to see some of this when I realize we’ve had a number of meetings where every seat is full and they’re standing when we talk about a permit that we are reviewing,” Mayor John Harpootlian said.


Using Only The Finest Ingredients

Posted on March 2, 2016 by  
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Chef Nobu Hoyo of Voyageur du TempsLos Altos has its own resident artisan baker crafting handmade Japanese and French breads and pastries at Voyageur du Temps, the Craftsman-style former railroad station on First Street.

Chef Nobu Hoyo arrives seven hours before customers enter Voyageur’s front door at opening time. If one walks past the curbside kitchen window in the dark hours between midnight and sunrise, Hoyo and his staff are in full swing, music pumping, fully engrossed in an early-morning dance of whisking, rolling, patting, spreading, shaping and baking fresh daily Voyageur creations. Hoyo’s pride of product is like that of a father for his offspring. His Instagram feed is rich with photos presenting beautifully crafted pastries and bread captioned with the loving moniker “my babies.”

Hoyo’s passion for bread began early, while still in his first career as a professional soccer player for Team Bellmare from the coastal town of Hiratsuka, Japan. When the team was on tour in Japan and Europe, Hoyo could be found studying the bread making of renowned bakeries in his free time, eventually forsaking soccer balls for French boules.

Hoyo has spent 10 years practicing and refining his baking skills, training in both Tokyo and Paris. Those early years of the disciplined practice and rigor of professional soccer taught him never to give up. His first reward for his hard work came in 2007, when he received the Special Judges Prize from the California Raisin Committee for his pastry recipe using raisins. In 2009, he received an outstanding performance award for his bread recipe in a contest sponsored by Nisshin Flour Milling. In March 2014, Voyageur du Temps opened with Hoyo at the helm, simultaneously fulfilling his dream of living in California.

Hoyo’s small-batch specialties are masterpieces of thoughtful blueprinting. He uses organic eggs and blends several types of flours to achieve the best flavor. His flours are imported from Rogers Foods in Canada, which prides itself on natural, whole-grain flour products produced without the use of food additives or genetically modified organisms.


A Sweet Little Home

Posted on March 1, 2016 by  
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747 16th Avenue, Menlo Park 94025
Listed at $665,000 / Sold at $802,000
2 Beds / 1 Bath / Home: 740 sqft / Lot Size: 2,675 sqft +/-
Single Family Detached
Represented: Seller