We were really hungry, so we ignored the fact that we knew the portions are enormous, and ordered a side salad ($2.75!) with blue cheese dressing. I ordered a sangria – made with that Franzia boxed wine and I’m not sure what else (7-Up, maybe?), but it had fresh diced apples on top and was actually quite refreshing. And our server gave me a free refill.The BF ordered a Mexican beer I’d never heard of – Victoria… I’ve walked by this place literally hundreds of times, as it’s on my way home from BART. I was a little leery of it, to be honest – it looked divier than even I was willing to try, a real greasy spoon; it just looked kind of shabby. But I searched for the menu online, and the pictures of the food I found looked pretty good. Still, it was the BF’s idea to go try it, so we did.The interior is lit with fluorescent lighting, and there are some vibrantly colored local artist’s watercolors on the pink walls. There are a couple of booths along the front window, and four-tops along the side, extending to the back. There’s some counter seating, as any typical diner would have, and then even more counter seating further back at a window overlooking the kitchen so you can watch the action. Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Mission’s Kitchen has been around for about 10 years, and the family also owns the very popular El Farolito taqueria on the corner of Mission & 24th. Our server told us it used to be a Korean diner, before the current owners bought it. It turns out this place is just as popular with its regulars as the taqueria is. The plate is that big and the eggs are still hanging over the edge.Good and homey, and the eggs made a nice sauce over all. Their rice looked like it was going to be good, flecked with tomato sauce, but it was unfortunately a little bland. A little Tabasco came to the rescue. I managed to eat about a quarter of the dish.The BF ordered a bacon cheeseburger MEDIUM INSTEAD OF MEDIUM RARE. Has he not learned anything from me?? Of course, it was overdone and somewhat dry. However, it was still tasty, good with the big hunk of iceberg lettuce, a slice of good old American cheese, a slice or two of bacon, mayo, red onion, all on a squishy sesame seed bun. The fries were meh. Which is a sin, in my book, as it’s hard to ruin fries for me. They tasted like they’d been sitting around under a heat lamp.Our second time, we went for a really early dinner, and for a while, we were the only ones there. We sat at the counter this time, where we could see a little of the action. The dressing (which came on the side) tasted homemade and was really good and blue cheesy, and the salad greens, while just your basic iceberg, was nice and fresh and crunchy with the croutons and thick-cut cukes, and very good with the heavy food we were about to ingest. And you can’t beat that price.The BF ordered the top sirloin ranchero. (I can never figure out why he orders steak at places like these!) The regulars are mostly Latino, but there’s a good sprinkling of everyone else living in the neighborhood. The menu does skew mostly Mexican, although there are items like Philly cheesesteaks, BLTs, a salmon scramble, steak dinner, burgers, scampi, salads, and pasta. And you can get breakfast all day long, from the time they open (7:00 a.m. weekdays, 10:00 a.m. Saturdays) until they close (10:00 p.m.) I love that! And there’s a lot of breakfast to choose from: huevos rancheros, huevos divorciados (usually a dish of two fried eggs, separated, each with its own red or green sauce), huevos con chorizo, breakfast burritos, pork chops and eggs, omelets, steak and eggs, pancakes, French toast, etc., etc., etc. They’ve also got sandwiches, beer, cheap-ass wine (boxed Franzia!), and milkshakes. The ranchero sauce (tomato sauce, onions, peppers, dried red chilies) was really good, actually quite spicy, very bell (red and green) pepper forward. The meat came sliced in the sauce and was, of course, tough, which was totally expected. His rice and beans, compared to mine from our first visit, were actually very tasty this time, not bland at all; it could be they were flavored with the ranchero sauce. Tough steak or not, he scooped it all up in corn tortillas and nodded his head to me in approval. (The bottle of “sangria” there is not actually sangria, but an alcohol-free grape-y soda thing. I wouldn’t recommend it.)I was determined to try their mole, so I ordered the chicken enchilada mole. “I’m sorry, we are out of it.” D’oh! So I went for the Desayuno CentroAmericano, recommended by our server… Yep, breakfast for dinner again. A rice and black bean mixture – gallo pinto, two eggs, a choice of sausage (I chose sausage, and they gave me two whole additional sausages on the side, too), bacon or ham, plantains that were actually fried in the deep fryer, crema, fried cheese, and toast or tortillas.Gallo pinto is a bean and rice dish common to both Costa Rica and Nicaragua, and thought to have maybe been brought over from Africa, and this one was excellent; very flavorable, almost beefy or porky, studded with sautéed onion, garlic, diced red bell pepper and cilantro. I don’t really know what else was in it that made it taste so good, but now I want to try making it. I’ve had other versions before – the Cuban version is called moros y cristianos – but none this good, even when I was in Costa Rica.The fried cheese is also a typical Central American breakfast accompaniment – it’s salty and not super melty inside, but rather a bit squeaky, almost like cheese curds, but firmer. This one was a little over-fried, for me, making it a bit dry. The sausages had the flavor of good link breakfast sausages but were much bigger. I’ve never had platanos maduros (ripe plantains) deep fried before, but it turns out it’s the perfect way to cook them, if you know what you’re doing. They were like a sweet jelly, candied, charred in bits, sticky and perfect, and lovely with the cool, thick crema.We got a look at someone’s pasta dish – Fettucine Primavera – and it looked fresh and very Spring-like, and of course was absolutely a humongous bowl.Warm, casual and friendly service, huge portions, tiny prices, homey, decent food: if that’s what you’re after, Mission’s Kitchen is your place.Mission’s Kitchen2738 Mission St (Btwn 23rd & 24th Sts.)San Francisco, CA 94110(415) 648-1577 0% It is Mexico’s oldest brand of beer (since 1865) a lager, and our waitress’ favorite, but I found it slightly sweet and yet bland, and too light for my taste. Give me a good perfumey Bohemia any day.Thrilled to be able to eat breakfast for dinner (BFD™) I went with the chilaquiles – typically a dish of fried tortilla chips topped with green chili sauce until the chips soften a bit, an egg cooked to your fancy, cilantro, onion, and queso fresco. It’s perfect hangover food. There was a regular and a mole chilaquiles, and I could have sworn I’d asked for the latter, but when it came it had their homemade salsa verde instead, which was billed as spicy, but was not. (It looked so good, I didn’t even remember I’d wanted the mole version until I got home so I didn’t say anything.) The most astounding thing was the size of the dish – easily a 12- inch monster of a platter. read more
That segment of crime – known as smash and grabs – has been increasing steadily since 2009.If there is any consolation, the Mission’s smash and grabs represents only nine percent of the 13,181 thefts from locked vehicles citywide. Siegel blames Proposition 47 for the rising car burglaries in the Mission. Proposition 47 was approved by voters in 2014 and categorizes non-serious and nonviolent property and drug crimes as misdemeanors rather than felonies with the intention of reducing inmate populations and increasing state savings.“There is no deterrent,” said Siegel. He argues that Proposition 47 prevents officers from being able to act against those committing misdemeanors. However, the failure to prosecute smash and grabs predates the proposition.“It is hard to connect the suspects to all these different car break ins,” said San Francisco Police Public Information Officer Robert Rueca. He said that often there is just not enough evidence to locate the suspects and make arrests. This is why it is crucial to get eyewitness accounts, vehicle and person descriptions whenever possible, he said. Rueca said it is probably a small number of individuals involved. When they once arrested two people for the smash and grabs, there was an immediate dip. In the meantime, Siegal warns. “It is not a victimless crime,” he said. People have to pay to have their windows fixed, which is not cheap. Fixing a window can cost up to $400. 0% On Wednesday morning six cars were found with their windows broken on 22nd Street and South Van Ness Avenue.A street over, at 22nd and Shotwell, two more cars were discovered with smashed windows. For Gary Siegel, owner of the San Francisco Auto Repair Shop Center at 3260 19th St. where one of the vandalized cars is currently being fixed, the alarming trend of busted car windows is nothing new. Siegel said that it is not unusual for his business to get up to three cars with broken windows in a week. He’s not alone. In the first six months of the year, there have been a total of 1,162 reported thefts from locked vehicles in the Mission, according to the city’s data site. That’s a 35 percent increase from the same period last year. Tags: cars • crimes • police Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% read more
Should I start running to slim down for the onslaught of carbs and sugar? Or should I be carb-loading to build up my tolerance?The Day Arrives! By Sunday, September 9, I have neither run daily nor eaten an inordinate amount of pastry. I have a sandwich for lunch and head up to Mission Pie where I discover my fellow judges have eaten nothing. Have I overdone it?The other judges seem to know a lot more about pies. They include Ali Dalsing, a baker at Mission Pie; Blair Cardigan, a baker at Jane the Bakery; Andrew Kearns from Veritable Vegetable, the winner of last year’s contest; Rita Stainton; and Javi Ramirez, a sophomore at Lowell High School. Is that a British accent I detect in Javi? Mmm, he even seems to look a bit like a young Paul Hollywood, Berry’s counterpart on the Great British Bake Off.There’s no time to investigate. Krystin Rubin, executive chef and co-owner of Mission Pie, distributes the clipboards, tallying sheets and lots of tasting forks. Karen Heisler, the other owner, dashes around in a red jumpsuit and, along with Hazel, a young assistant, begins to deliver pies to our tasting table.At 1:30 p.m. we begin cutting into the 19 entries — multiples of blueberry pies, peach with brown sugar, apple, pear, passion fruit, chocolate turtle, sunchoke (that’s Jerusalem artichoke) and cheese, passionfruit meringue, banana cream, peaches and cream, grape and bittersweet chocolate.We gleefully try them all and make comments, in notebooks and out loud. “Excellent.” “Too chewy.” “Is it done?” “Too creamy.” “What is that taste?” “All cinnamon.” “Let me try that again.”Blair and Ali use a vocabulary that speaks to expertise. A slice stands well, or runs, or is too complex.We discuss whether a pie needs to look as good as it tastes.“Do you hang a pie on a wall?”“This sounds like a philosophy group,” says Heisler, bringing in another pie.As it turns out, it is quite easy to eat 19 bites. I go back for seconds.Once we’ve selected the winners, we enter the main dining room, where all the pies have been laid out on a long table. The room is packed with pie eaters tasting and voting on the People’s Choice Award.Ally DeArman, pie fan, in the foreground during the tasting for the People’s Choice Award. Photo by Lydia Chávez.I talk to Ally DeArman who, I discover, is the director of the non-profit Food Craft Institute. She says she used to live around the corner from Mission Pie and returns from Oakland every year for the event.Her plate is piled with an assortment of the entries. Based on the “perfect” crust alone — the crowd has demolished the rest of the pie — she bets that the sunchoke and cheese is the winner. She might be right. I don’t usually like Jerusalem artichokes or cheese in pastries, and yet the combination is scrummy.DeArman has entered the contest twice. Her critique of those failed attempts: she tried to be too fancy.Ah, I think: the problem with so many of the contestants on the Great British Bake Off.Before I can share this thought, however, Heisler arrives, throws up her arms to command attention, and says it is time to announce the winners. Rubin climbs atop a chair and builds suspense without torturing the contestants.Jess Chen’s Plum Berry Pie wins for best berry pie, and Chen is ecstatic. Her boyfriend takes her in his arms and his I-knew-you-would-win expression says it all. Food is the way to that man’s heart.Jess Chen, one of the winners.Cheers go up as each winner is announced: Pamela Cowan’s brown butter maple peach wins for the pie we wanted seconds of, and Sophie Manadori’s banana cream pie is the pie that started a fist fight among judges (I was only slightly bruised. And, OMG, Manadori is only 15 — one of three youths who entered, Heisler later reminds me). The People’s Choice award goes to Mandy Adkins’ apple pie.Then, the drum roll for best in show — the top prize, the winner of the velvet crown, the baker who wins the day. It is Juliet Bonczkowski for the sunchoke pear cheese pie.I look at DeArman in awe. She had it. One bite of that crust and she knew. Inspired, I walk home to plot my next pie. Mid-AugustI accept the offer almost before it lands in my inbox: I’m going to be a judge in Mission Pie’s 12th Annual Community Pie Baking contest! Immediately I imagine the Great British Bake Off, its big white tent in Berkshire teleported to Mission Street, and I’m Mary Berry — a stern but compassionate judge, an infallible baker with an upper-crust English accent. Pies will be “scrumptious,” bakes “lovely,” “soggy bottoms” tragic.Then I read the e-mail from Mission Pie again. “You will taste 20 pies.”Gobsmacked, I drop the fantasy and remember that I’m only a casual baker. Instead of feigning expertise and a half-baked accent, I should be in training. But what kind? Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Email Address read more
THE Grand Opening of Langtree Park is featured on the latest edition of the Saintsrlfc.com Podcast.Downloadable here and from iTunes, we have interviews with Paul Wellens about his injury and Royce Simmons on the task of creating a fortress.Andy Dixon talks about the win over London too.
THE England Academy continued their Australian tour with victory in their second warm-up game against Parramatta Juniors at Cabramatta Stadium earlier today.After a tense opening which saw both sides embroiled in a dogged battle for supremacy, it was England who opening the scoring on the 14 minute mark, when Ryan Hampshire ran in under the posts.The half-back was on hand to finish a move he started and profit from a simple inside ball from full-back Tierney who had gathered a sublime chip through to split the defence.Parramatta responded quickly however and just five minutes later they were level through winger Ben Fritz who managed to sneak over in the corner.Both sides resumed a hard-fought battle and it took until the 33rd minute for another point to be registered, when England winger James Duckworth powered his way through three defenders to cross the line in the right hand corner.Hampshire kept his composure to slot a difficult conversion and give England a 12-6 half-time lead.England came out of the blocks firing in the second half and a whirlwind start saw them open up a 36-6 lead just shy of the 60 minute mark.Ben Currie registered the first score of the half when he beat the defence all ends up with a show-and-go before accelerating through the line and Ryan Hampshire then scored an equally impressive try, profiting from a powerful run from John Bateman who split the defence to set up an easy score.Jon Ford found himself adding a third try of the half and from the resulting re-start, Joe Burgess ran the length of the field after Bateman sucked in the defence top open the field for the Wigan flyer.A lapse in defensive concentration saw Parramatta add two quick tries through first Christian Kagiassis and then full-back John Formal to bring the score back to 36-18.England has the last say in the game though when Hampshire scored his third try of the game when Bateman again burst through a hole to put the half-back through for the easiest finish before adding the extras to seal at 42-18 victory.“I thought there were a lot of improvements from the game versus New South Wales and the guys showed some great touches tonight,” said England Academy coach Dave Elliott.“We scored 42 points and I think we could have added a lot more so I’m very happy with the performance.“It was pleasing to see that the things we worked on during the week were executed during the game, but as a coach I think there are always areas for improvement and we still have some things to work on before our next game.“I’ve got a huge selection headache now going into the first test. A lot of players have really held their hands up for a place. There were some outstanding performances tonight and the whole squad has really performed.”England Academy team v Parramatta (professional and community clubs):1, Lewis Tierney (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats) 2, James Duckworth (Leeds Rhinos, Whinmoor Warriros)3, Mark Percival (St Helens, Halton Hornets) 4, John Ford (Salford City Reds, Blackbrook Royals) 5, Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors, Ince Rose Bridge) 6, George Williams (Wigan Warriors, Ince Rose Bridge) 7, Ryan Hampshire (Wigan Warriors, Normanton Knights) 8, Ryan Sutton (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats) 9, James Cunningham (Hull FC, East Hull) 10, Gavin Bennion (Warrington Wolves, Ryland Sharks) 11, Luke Thompson (St Helens, Pilkington Recs) 12, Connor Farrell (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Pats) 13, Ben Currie C (Warrington Wolves, Parkside Golbourn) 14, Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors) 15, John Bateman (Bradford Bulls, Dudley Hill) 16, Jordan Baldwinson (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors) 17, Josh Johnson (Huddersfield Giants, Saddleworth)Tries: Hampshire 3, Duckworth, Currie, Ford, BurgessGoals: Hampshire 7Man of the Match: Gavin BennionParramatta Juniors squad1, John Formal2, Ben Fritz3, Levi Spoi4, Eric Aukofolau5, Sulaisi Suli6, Ryan Matterson7, Christian Kagiassis8, Jordan Grant9, Dom Reardon10, Will Bugden11, FJ Moala12, Takai Moeakiola13, Jordan Hall14, Jason Vidal15, Jim Au Cheung16, Paea Pua17, Tepai TepuTries: Fritz, Kagiassis, FormalGoals: Kagiassis 3 read more
WHAT a night!Saints progressed to the Grand Final with a superb 30-12 victory over Catalan on Thursday.Our official snapper Bernard Platt (@plattyphoto) was on hand to capture some of the great sights of the evening.
Three defeats have left Saints in last chance saloon but the club’s head coach is confident they can do well at Trinity.“We haven’t got time to dwell on the loss to Wigan, we are definitely disappointed, there’s no shying away from that, but we have to focus on a must win game on Thursday against Wakefield.“I said to the playing group on Saturday in our review, it is perform now or we are gone. There’s no extra week where we can talk about missed opportunities or improving, we have to get it right on Thursday. I’m excited about that, as it is a do or die game, and that is the beauty of the Super 8s.“I am contemplating changes as I know I have to get it right this week. It is a crunch game, Theo (Fages) will come into my thoughts, Danny Richardson has been going well as has Matty Lees too.“Ryan Morgan should be ok. He has to do a number of tests to be cleared but he came into training this week feeling ok.”A win over Wakefield would leave Saints a point behind Thursday’s opponents – and the last time the two sides met Holbrook’s men won 41-16.Trinity have risen into the top four since then – and head into this week’s game on the back of a 43-18 victory over Salford.“Wakefield are going well,” Holbrook continued. “Chris Chester and John Kear are doing a good job with that side. Jacob Millar and Tyler Randell are good players and Tyler seems to have fitted in nicely.“I am confident in our side and looking forward to seeing how we respond on Thursday.“We have to get better in all areas. Defensively we were poor against Wigan, we gave them too much time to play.“I thought we were ok in attack. We had last pass issues twice in the first half and that could have changed things at half time.“Benny (Barba) went well too. To play 80 minutes first game back and being 12-0 down after five minutes is tough on anyone – especially when they are being asked to create things.“He did well in his first game and will be better for the run.”Saints travel to Wakefield (8pm) on Thursday. Tickets are on sale from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here. read more
Ambassador Team (Photo: WDI) Wilmington, NC (WWAY) — More eyes and ears will help keep an eye on downtown Wilmington.After nearly two year of planning, and several months after Wilmington City Council approved a new downtown Municipal Service District, new programs were unveiled to help grow the downtown area.- Advertisement – The MSD programs are being directed by Wilmington Downtown Incorporated (WDI).One new service is an Ambassador team, which consists of a group of seven people. You will see them wearing bright orange shirts around downtown. They will walk around to give directions and referrals, escort workers, visitors, or residents to specific destinations, identify street light outages, address graffiti. According to a news release, the will provide a safety and security presence, along with additional cleaning for the area.WDI contracted with Allied Universal to hire and manage the new Ambassador team and all members are certified through the North Carolina Private Protection Service Board.Related Article: New Hanover County extends curfew, opening new shelterThe Ambassadors work Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.The Ambassadors can be reached by phone or text during operating hours at (910) 524.3600. They can also be found on the web at www.downtownambassador.com.In addition to the Ambassador program, WDI also announced two new matching grant programs to help spur investment.The Façade Improvement Grant program is designed to help renovate buildings and storefronts. Funds can be used for a range of improvements such as window repair or replacement, exterior painting, awnings, signs, lights and other similar work to the front of a building. The grant will award up to $2,500 of the total cost of the project on a matching basis. Funds will be awarded on a first come-first served basis and money is available for up to six projects.The Landscaping Grant program is designed to encourage new planting areas to buffer or improve parking lots or vacant properties. This grant will provide up to $1,500 on a matching basis for irrigation, plants, fencing or other similar upgrades. Funds will also be awarded on a first come-first served basis and money is available to two projects.Complete information and an application form for both the Façade Improvement Grant and the Landscaping Grant programs are available. Call the WDI office at (910) 763.7349 or visit www.wilmingtondowntown.com/msd.The MSD has additional programs in the planning phase.One project is examining physical enhancements with an emphasis on improving pedestrian safety and protecting the urban tree canopy. Another effort is underway to bolster marketing to better connect with area residents, workers, customers and visitors. WDI expects to announce additional MSD services in the coming months.“The programs announced today reflect the priorities of Downtown property owners, businesses and residents,” said WDI Chair Tom Davis. “The Ambassadors will be a resource and a re-assuring presence for people throughout the central business district and the new matching grant programs are designed to spur additional investment that can help property owners and small businesses within the MSD area,” he said. read more
On April 21, Wilmington Police Department officers responded to a home off of Pine Grove Drive in response to a check welfare request by the sister of a young woman. Belotti lived there and officers were informed that he kept firearms there in violation of the law and the young woman was fearful of Belotti. Belotti denied that he owned any weapons and denied that there were weapons inside the house. Officers confirmed that Belotti had previously been convicted of a felony, and they located and seized five weapons.He was charged with the unauthorized possession of the guns, he was given a $15,000 bond which he posted later that same day.On May 16, WPD officers responded to a reported breaking and entering not far from the location where Belotti had been arrested on April 21. The reporting party informed officers that she had allowed Belotti to stay at her home for two nights and that she made him leave her home while she was at work. She did allow him to remain on her porch. When the reporting party came home from work on this date, she found her window had been broken, blood on the floor, and Belotti was walking off her back porch. He had entered her home without her permission and he had taken a steak and vodka belonging to the homeowner.Related Article: Man accused of raping woman, holding her hostage for four daysBelotti was treated at New Hanover Regional Medical Center for cuts on his hand from breaking the window. Based on his criminal history, Belotti received two suspended sentences of 17 to 30 months for the illegal possession of firearms and 10 to 21 months for the breaking and entering, with 36 months of supervised probation. He was ordered to pay $450 in restitution for the broken window.He will be on electronic monitoring for the first six months of his probation, and he will have to obtain a mental health assessment and comply with all treatment recommendations.Belotti has been ordered to have no contact with both the victim of the breaking and entering and the witness in the firearms investigation.The firearms were ordered forfeited to the Wilmington Police Department. Richard Anthony Belotti pleaded guilty to several charges including felony breaking and entering. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County man pleaded guilty firearm charges along with breaking into a home back in May.On Wednesday, Richard Anthony Belotti, 54, pleaded guilty for the illegal possession of firearms as a convicted felon, felony breaking and entering, and injury to real property.- Advertisement – read more
John Dilworth says he kissed his wife goodbye and hopped on a plane in Illinois to head here.“When you utilize a chain saw especially from a hurricane disaster there is a lot of dirt and debris that you are going to be getting into that is embedded into the trees,” said Dilworth. “One split second will dull a chain so once the chains dull you are no longer producing wood chips and that’s when you should stop.”Their truck has been to New Jersey, Arkansas, Illinois, Mississippi, Texas and will stay in North Carolina until they help as many people as they can. 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Florence was destructive in bringing down tons of trees and residents are ready to get back in action to restore the community.Two men with 20+ years of experience in chainsaw chain sharpening jumped to action as soon as they heard Florence was headed to the Carolinas.- Advertisement – read more
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