Mission Beach Café – Go for the Burger

first_img Tags: restaurant reviews Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% Mission Beach Café has been around ten years or so, and it’s mostly known as a brunch place. I mean, It’s really known as a brunch place: there are lines down the block on the weekends. Dinner is usually not as busy. Like a lot of places, they pride themselves on being local and seasonal, which they are. The space is warm and welcoming and has the air of a neighborhood spot; all the more reason why it should be busier at night, right? I’ve never been for the brunch, and the first time I had dinner there was about a year ago. One year later, still empty! What gives?I went recently with a friend, and when we got there around 6:30 p.m., the place was almost empty. It ended up filling up quite a bit, however, and developed a nice lively vibe. I was happy for them.To share we ordered the crab arancini….Crab arancini.center_img I love arancini – fried little balls of crispy rice, usually with a little gooey cheese inside – what’s not to love? These, however, were filled with crab – rather like a round crab cake – and were delicious, but unfortunately were served a little cold, as if they’d sat for a while. They came with a chipotle aioli to dip in. Tasty. But, please. Fried food deserves to be served hot. It wasn’t a deal-breaker, but, you know:  serve them hot.Next, we ordered the charred Brussels Sprouts.Brussels sprouts.Nice! There was a little sweet potato puree underneath them, and they were buttery and so lemony I thought there must be lemongrass in the dish, but we were told it was merely fresh lemon juice. I’d get these again. Simple, letting the vegetable shine….Then, seared scallops and prawn….Scallops and prawns.Look at how beautiful! The scallops were fat and nicely seared on the outside, and I loved the tender shrimp. Chanterelle mushrooms fooled me into thinking they were charred octopus, and gave the dish an earthy note. Also on this pretty plate were fig, a root puree, some celery, and green onion. We loved it.Then came the Rabbit Pot Pie….Rabbit pot pie.Braised bunny encased in a flaky pot pie crust. The flavor was wonderful, very homey, but unfortunately the rabbit meat itself was mushy. Too bad, because the crust was lovely. Seasonal veggies on the side.And then…. THE BURGER.The burger.Full disclosure: I’d had the burger a year ago, and absolutely loved it. My friend and I split this one, and again, absolutely loved it. It’s served with Point Reyes tomme, caramelized onions, lettuce, aioli, and Kennebec fries on the side. The burger has a great texture, a very beefy flavor, and the whole thing kind of mushes together. It’s juicy and gooey, and doesn’t need any of the add-ons (bacon, shrooms). Right now, it’s vying with my other favorite burger in the City (Doc Ricketts [not in the Mission, shhhh!]) The fries are excellent too – salty, crispy, fluffy, hot. All you need in a fry. And they offer them truffled and sprinkled with Parmigiano Reggiano, too. Heaven. If I could marry this burger, I would. Yes, I know it’s a slippery slope; what’s next – marrying falafel? Not in this political climate.One would think we would not have had room for more, but one would be wrong…Chocolate cake.Chocolate cream pie. Oh My! Well, mostly. Mission Beach Café has its own full-scale bakery, and they make a plethora of sweeties (cakes, pies, cookies, pastries, cheesecake, cupcakes, etc…) not only for brunch and dessert but throughout the day. So, the chocolate part was as good as it looked – creamy lightness. But sadly, for a place that prides itself on its pies, the crust on this one was chewy, almost a bit leathery, and not at all flaky as the pot pie’s crust had been. And salty! It was a bit of a let-down. Especially now that we were thoroughly and uncomfortably stuffed.Still, overall, we’d enjoyed our meal quite a bit and I was eager to return with the BF.Once again, we arrived early in the evening and the restaurant was nearly empty, and this time never quite filled up.I was very excited to try the pearl couscous mac-n-cheese….Pearl couscous mac and cheese.It did not disappoint! It was big enough to be its own entrée, but I’m so glad we ordered it. It came to the table hot as lava and oozing cheese – Point Reyes aged cheddar and comté, with cubes of roasted honey squash and chanterelles. Also, parsnip chips for crunch, and red chard for a bite of bitterness to offset the richness. I could have wallowed in this bowl forever. The pearl couscous was a brilliant choice, too, for this dish, with its pleasantly rolling texture. A winner.Next, we got a special on the menu, the Chef’s Bite:Chef’s bite.Another very pretty dish – someone likes their edible flowers! – and touted as a bread pudding. For me it was more terrine-like, but whatever. It was nice, and I liked the carrot puree underneath.We decided a salad was in order, and asked for the special beet salad.Beet salad, Chinese green beans.Another picture-perfect dish. Gold and red beets, with a goat cheese puree, hazelnuts, carrot puree, chanterelles, a cilantro oil, Chinese green beans, and crunchy pickled onions. The BF wasn’t wowed. I thought it tasted great, but I was starting to have an unsettling sense of déjà vu…. Wasn’t that the same carrot puree that was on our last plate? Ditto, the chanterelles? Also, the goat cheese puree was pretty bland – which is hard to do to goat cheese.For his main, the BF got the burger, because I’d raved about it so much. He wasn’t as effusive as I was (when is he ever?): he said it was “fine” and cooked perfectly medium-rare. Feh – is that all you can muster up? Hmph. I tasted it and it was as transcendent as the last one. He’s wrong, it’s fantastic.I opted for the seared sable fish for my main.Sable, tomato, turnip mash.The fish was lovely, as was the saffron risotto beneath it – really satisfying. But, um, see anything familiar? Chanterelles? Chinese long beans? Root puree? Now, I’m fine with buying a bunch of local veggies and using them in a variety of your dishes, but your dishes shouldn’t all taste the same. And these did, a bit. The carrot puree in one dish could have had a different flavor profile in the next – say, a Moroccan twist, perhaps, or maybe some curry notes. Maybe the chanterelles could have been the puree on this dish. I dunno, I’m not a chef. But I do know that when a few dishes start to taste and look very much like another, maybe the reason your guests don’t want to come too often is because they’re afraid of a repeat?It’s a strange complaint, I know. There are restaurants I go to that don’t change their menu at all, ever, and I love them for their consistency of quality. There are others, like this one, that do a seasonal menu, and they go out and get a lot of fresh veggies for that night’s service, or for a couple of days. But their plates are all distinct, and don’t use the same ingredient in virtually the same preparation in one dish after another. It wasn’t like I’d gone two nights in a row – this was in one seating!As for the service, It was a bit slow on our second visit, which seemed to be coming from the kitchen, as our dishes took quite a long time to come out despite the empty tables. The servers themselves are fine, helpful, and always offer to give you a taste of any wine you’re considering from their small but decently interesting list.Again, I’ve not been for their extremely popular brunch, and that menu looks really lovely, with a lot of variation to choose from: quiche, salads, four kinds of Benedict, pancakes, brioche French toast, duck confit hash (!!), huevos rancheros with braised pork….. And there’s always that burger! I’d be willing to try….Mission Beach Café198 Guerrero (at 14th St.)415- 861-0198www.missionbeachcafesf.com last_img read more

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LEON Pryce has been named in Saints 19man squad t

first_imgLEON Pryce has been named in Saints 19-man squad to take on Catalan Dragons this Friday.He returns from a groin injury after only playing five minutes this season – in the win over Catalan back in March.Also named is Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, who is a doubt for the match, alongside Shaun Magennis who didn’t travel to Wakefield last weekend.Paul Wellens and Paul Clough miss out with Achilles and ankle injuries respectively.The squad is:3. Michael Shenton, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Leon Pryce, 7. Kyle Eastmond, 9. James Roby, 10. James Graham, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Chris Flannery, 14. Scott Moore, 15. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 18. Matty Ashurst, 19. Andrew Dixon, 20. Jonny Lomax, 21. Shaun Magennis, 22. Jamie Foster, 25. Lee Gaskell, 28. Thomas Makinson.Trent Robinson, Catalans’ Head Coach, will choose from:1. Clint Greenshields, 2. Damien Blanche, 9. Ian Henderson, 10. Remi Casty, 11. Steve Menzies, 12. Sebastien Raguin, 13. Gregory Mounis, 15. Jean-Phillipe Baile, 17. Cyril Gossard, 18. Daryl Millard, 19. Frederic Vaccari, 20. Michael Simon, 22. Jamel Fakir, 23. Lopini Paea, 24. Jason Baitieri, 25. Vincent Duport, 26. Eloi Pelissier, 29. Remy Marginet, 30. Thibaut Ancely.The match kicks off at 8pm and the referee is Phil Bentham.If you can’t make the match – which is also the Pink Vee Charity Match in aid of Breast Cancer awareness, will be covered extensively in the Match Centre as well as on Saints’ Official Twitter and Facebook sites.Tickets for the match are still on sale at the Saints Superstore in St Helens Town Centre, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on to www.saintssuperstore.comStats:Catalan Dragons are seeking their third consecutive away win against St Helens, with the Saints’ last home win against the French side coming 42-8 in Round Five of the Carnegie Challenge Cup on 10 May, 2009.2011 meeting:Catalan Dragons 16, St Helens 22 (SLR4, 5/3/11)Super League Summary:St Helens won 7Catalans won 5St Helens highest score: 53-10 (H, 2007) (also widest margin)Catalans highest score: 30-20 (A, 2010 (Widest margin: 21-0, H, 2007)last_img read more

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WERE up for the Cup in the latest edition of the

first_imgWE’RE up for the Cup in the latest edition of the In Touch Podcast.We preview our Fourth Round tie at Hull KR with Nathan Brown, Jon Wilkin and Anthony Laffranchi.To listen click here or search for St Helens RFC on iTunes.Nathan reflects on recent matches in the Podcast, which is partnership with 105.9 Citytalk, whilst Boof looks towards the World Cup.Remember if you want a question answering on the Podcast drop us a line @saints1890 on twitter or email podcast@saintsrlfc.comYou can hear in-depth interviews with Lance as well as all the latest from Super League on City Talk 105.9’s In Touch show between 6pm and 7pm on Thursdays.And Stuart Howarth is also a guest on tonight’s show.last_img read more

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Club First Team

first_imgThe Saints trio are joined by Leeds centre Harry Newman and Huddersfield forward Oliver Wilson, who were both members of the England Academy team who beat the Australian Schoolboys last autumn.Newman, 19, has established himself as a regular in the Rhinos team this season with eight tries in 14 appearances, while Wilson made his Betfred Super League debut for the Giants earlier this month after making the short move from Bradford Bulls, where he had come through the Academy.Jordan Abdull, a 23-year-old stand-off from Hull who has played for both of the city’s Super League clubs is also included and he has relished the responsibility he has been given since joining the London Broncos this season.Rob Butler is joined in the squad by Mike McMeeken, the 25-year-old former Broncos forward originally from Basingstoke who has won two senior England caps since moving north to Castleford, and is recalled to the KPS after injury.Wigan forward Joe Greenwood and Hull KR’s Robbie Mulhern have also dropped down from the England Elite Performance Squad, while the Hull FC prop Josh Bowden is recalled.Oliver Holmes, Adam O’Brien, Oliver Roberts, Dean Hadley and Harvey Livett are omitted from the first KPS of 2019 that was announced in March.The revised 37-man squad includes 19 players who experienced last autumn’s two-match trip to Papua New Guinea. They will meet in Leeds in August and September before the Knights head coach Paul Anderson trims the squad to prepare for the fixture against Jamaica on Sunday October 20 (3pm).The match will be played eight days after the domestic season concludes with the Betfred Super League Grand Final, and will provide senior international action on home soil in an autumn which is set to see the England Women and Wheelchair teams joining the reformed Great Britain men’s squad in travelling to the southern hemisphere.“It’s important that we revise the Knights squad on the basis of 2019 form and it’s good that the guys now have the focus of the Jamaica game,” said head coach Paul Anderson, who has combined his role this year with a position as Warrington’s Academy Head Coach, and will again be assisted by Saints legend Paul Sculthorpe in his role as the RFL’s England Pathways Coach.“All five new faces have earned their call-ups with their club performances in 2019 – Jordan Abdull and Rob Butler for London Broncos, Josh Bowden for Hull FC, Harry Newman for Leeds and Oliver Wilson for Bradford and Huddersfield.“Harry and Oliver have moved quickly from the Academy squad who did so well last winter to the Knights set-up, and that’s exactly how we want our Pathways to work. There’s so much exciting young talent in the domestic game, and I’m really looking forward to working with this group for the rest of the 2019.”On the fixture against Jamaica, Kevin Sinfield, the RFL’s Rugby Director who leads the England Performance Unit, said: “This is a fixture that works on so many levels, and I hope it will capture the imagination of Rugby League supporters and Jamaicans in Leeds, Yorkshire and well beyond.“The Knights are an important part of the EPU as we build towards hosting the World Cup in 2021, and it was a priority to find them meaningful competition again this autumn after the unique experiences they gained in Papua New Guinea last year.“The way the Jamaica team has developed over the last few years to reach the World Cup has already been a bit of a Rugby League fairytale, and it’s great that the Knights can help them with their preparations for RLWC2021.”Jermaine Coleman, Jamaica’s head coach who grew up as a member of Leeds’s Jamaican community before joining London Skolars as a player and since 2015 as their head coach, added: “This is an exciting opportunity for us as team. The effort that has gone into the journey so far has been unbelievable. We have a fantastic group of people involved with the team both on and off the field. We see this as our first steps in our preparation to the World Cup. The England Knights will be an excellent team full of Super League quality from 1-17 so the step up for us is going to be a challenge. The one thing this group does better than anything is rise to challenges so we can’t wait for this game opportunity.”A revised 27-man England Elite Performance Squad will be announced later today.England Knights Performance Squad (all players listed with professional and community clubs):Alex Foster (Castleford Tigers, Wetherby Bulldogs), Mike McMeeken (Castleford Tigers, Staines Titans), Greg Minikin (Castleford Tigers, Wetherby Bulldogs), Matt Whitley (Catalans Dragons, Bold Miners), Matt English (Huddersfield Giants, Stanley Rangers), Kruise Leeming (Huddersfield Giants, Siddal), Darnell McIntosh (Huddersfield Giants, Dewsbury Celtic), Oliver Wilson (Huddersfield Giants, Greetland All Rounders), Chris Atkin (Hull KR, Liverpool John Moores University), Robbie Mulhern (Hull KR, Normanton Knights), Josh Bowden (Hull FC, Hull Wyke), Masimbaashe Matongo (Hull FC, West Hull), Ash Handley (Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders), Harry Newman (Leeds Rhinos, Newsome Panthers), Mikolaj Oledzki (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors), Cameron Smith (Leeds Rhinos, Lock Lane), Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Warriors), Jack Walker (Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders), Jordan Abdull (London Broncos, Skirlaugh), Rob Butler (London Broncos, Medway Dragons), Niall Evalds (Salford Red Devils, Siddal), Josh Jones (Salford Red Devils, Blackbrook Royals), Jack Ashworth (St Helens, Rochdale Mayfield), Matt Lees (St Helens, Rochdale Mayfield), Danny Richardson (St Helens, Halton Farnworth Hornets), James Batchelor (Wakefield Trinity, Crigglestone All Blacks), Toby King (Warrington Wolves, Meltham All Blacks), Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves, York RUFC), Dec Patton (Warrington Wolves, Latchford Giants), Joe Philbin (Warrington Wolves, Culcheth Eagles), Danny Walker (Warrington Wolves, Rylands Sharks), Joe Bullock (Wigan Warriors, Blackpool Scorpions), Tom Davies (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks), Joe Greenwood (Wigan Warriors, Saddleworth Rangers), Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks), Dom Manfredi (Wigan Warriors, Leigh Miners), Sam Powell (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks).last_img read more

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Salvation Army helping children in need with Angel Tree program

first_img The tree’s ornaments are printed angels that have the name, age, and Christmas gift suggestions for children in need.About three thousand kids will be helped this year through the program.The Angel Tree has been brightening the Christmases of children in southeastern North Carolina for more than three decades.Related Article: Got insurance questions? Get them answered Friday“It’s an opportunity for people around the Cape Fear region to adopt an angel for Christmas, shop for your angel, bring them back, those gifts back to any Salvation Army location and your gift goes to that child and they have a better Christmas Day,” said the Salvation Army’s Major Mark Craddock.The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign also got going Friday.The goal this year is to raise $300,000, which funds the organization’s social service programs. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Salvation Army is starting their holiday season of giving here in the Cape Fear.They kicked off their Angel Tree program Friday afternoon at Independence Mall.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Educators Not a question that public education is underfunded

first_img The rally follows the state-wide teacher rally that was in Raleigh in May.Educators and activists in New Hanover County say education should not be placed on the back burner.“There’s not enough funding for public education,” President of the North Carolina Association of Educators Dallas Brown said. “That’s not a question.”Related Article: Pitching a “bold future,” Cooper unveils 2-year budget offer“We want some textbooks,” Brown said. “I think they’ve got to fund textbooks.”The Education Truth Tour came rolling through Wilmington Thursday. Teachers decked out in red once again to keep the fight for education funding going.“I can’t say that space isn’t an issue,” Brown said. “We’ve got a lot of space, but we just have to figure out how to use it properly, and be funded so that we can use it properly.”Higher pay, better benefits and more mental health professionals at schools are just a few of the other things teachers are fighting for.Mark Jewell, the President of the NCAE, says it should not be a bipartisan issue.“Regardless of Republican or Democratic party, we’re in the party politics of our children,” Jewell said. “It shouldn’t be a Democrat or Republican issue, and they need to reinvest in our public schools.”Republican Representative Frank Iler says education makes up 58% of the state’s budget, and teacher pay is the highest it’s ever been.But Brown thinks there is a way to solve the problem.“We want to make sure that our general assembly funds education properly,” Brown said. “What’s that formula? I think it can be tossed around and discussed, but I think there is a proper formula to fund education.”The budget still needs to go through negotiations and voting before it is finalized. Local educators and activists rallied at the Education Truth Tour at Hoggard High School (Photo: Kylie Jones/WWAY) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Teachers continue the fight for more – more funding for public education.Educators hosted a rally at Hoggard High School Thursday as state legislators work on finishing up next year’s budget.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Man seriously injured after falling from a ship while on duty

first_img SharePrint CMRUCMRU A 39-year-old man has suffered serious injuries after he fell while working from a ship into the sea.The police were informed about the case on Monday at 9.45pm by the Health Authorities that at about 6.00pm, an Indian national was hospitalized following a fall.Through a preliminary investigation by the District police it was established that the man who was working on a ship fell and had to be hospitalized.The man was airlifted to Malta by the Armed Forces. He was then rushed in an ambulance to hospital from Luqa Barracks where he was certified of suffering from serious injuries.The police is investigating the case.Police investigations are still underway.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

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Diego Simeone watches his son score Fiorentinas sixth goal

first_imgFiorentina beat Chievo Verona 6-1 and Giovanni Simeone got on the scoresheet in the 93rd minute. Stefano Pioli’s team provided a constant attacking threat and registered 12 shots on target.Giovanni Simeone could be seen saluting his father Diego after the final whistle. The Atletico Madrid coach was watching his son together with his wife Carla Pereyra and two-year old daughter Francesca. The 23-year-old striker arrived in Italy two years ago and impressed in his first and only season at Genoa by scoring 12 goals, including a brace against Juventus. He joined Fiorentina last year for approximately €15m and went on to score 14 Serie A goals.WhatsApp <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> SharePrintlast_img read more

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Facebook to be Probed over Teenagers Suicide in Italy

first_imgAdvertisement “Forgive me if I am not strong. I cannot take it any longer.” was Carolina Picchio’s last post on Facebook before she jumped through her third floor bedroom window to her death and now an Italian prosecutor has launched an investigation into how Facebook allowed publication of insults and bullying posts aimed at her.A group of 8 boys aged between 15 and 17 posted a video of the 14 year old girl from Novara in Northern Italy appearing drunk and disheveled in a bathroom at a party. This was apparently to spit her for breaking up with their friend, who had allegedly insulted her on Facebook when she left him although he claims to have later apologized.“Isn’t what you have done to me enough? You have made me pay too many times,” Miss Picchio wrote in a note to the boy which was found in her room by investigators. – Advertisement – The Italian Parent’s Association has already filed a criminal complaint in Rome directly against Facebook for allegedly having a role in the instigation of Miss Picchio’s suicide.“This is the first time a parent’s group has filed such a complaint against Facebook in Europe,” said director Antonio Affinita. “Italian law forbids minors under 18 signing contracts, yet Facebook is effectively entering into a contract with minors regarding their privacy, without their parents knowing.”Francesco Saluzzo, the Novara prosecutor, said he did not rule out placing Facebook staff under investigation.Mr Saluzzo told The Daily Telegraph he was probing how the videos had stayed online “for days”, even after Miss Picchio’s friends requested its removal.“There is a procedure for asking for the removal of messages that break rules,” he said. “This is an open investigation without named suspects, as yet. Facebook itself is not under investigation. But we could theoretically investigate employees of Facebook who failed to respond to these requests.”Mr Affinita, of the parents’ association, said Miss Picchio’s death was “the last straw” after a 15 year old school boy in Rome killed himself in 2012, having allegedly been taunted as a homosexual on Facebook.Facebook offers “report” links on its pages to allow the highlighting of offensive content, and in 2011 launched a “Stop Bullying, Speak Up” application to raise awareness of the problem.Italian magistrates already have a record of challenging social media providers who host offensive content.Three Google executives were given six month suspended sentences in 2010 for allowing the posting on Google Video a film in Italy of the bullying of a handicapped student. Prosecutors claimed that Google had allowed the student’s privacy to be violated.The case was then overturned on appeal last December, but a magistrate is now appealing the acquittal before Italy’s Supreme Court.Credit: Business Insiderlast_img read more

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