Chili Cha Cha 2 – Thai Food in Their House or Yours

first_imgIt turns out Chili Cha Cha 2 has only been around for about six years. For some reason I thought it was more of a neighborhood fixture, perhaps because its signage, for the longest time, was in quite a dingy state.However, the night we decided to eat here, I noticed that they’d gotten a fancy new neon sign, and had taken out the extra “L” in “chili.” I’d never been inside, but it looked like the interior might have had a face lift as well. So, they’re apparently doing well! Another family run, non-corporate-owned business in the Mission! Yay, let’s all go support it! Our server was a sweet, rather shy, young lady, who couldn’t really elaborate on whether, where or when Chili Cha Cha 1 existed.The interior has a lovely mural on one wall, depicting scenes of the daily life in a Thai village, including dancers and what appears to be an amorous couple peeping through a window…. Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% A dish I’ve come to use as a litmus test over the years to determine if a Thai kitchen knows what it’s doing is tom kha kai – a creamy coconut soup. I was first introduced to this dish in the early 80s in L.A. – a mecca for great Thai food. That soup was a total revelation to me – at once spicy, sweet, salty and tart, exotic in its contrasting flavors and textures, silken, lemony, coco-nutty. It was a sexy soup, with its love bites of slippery mushrooms, chicken or shrimp, piquant ginger, grassy cilantro, the errant bit of woody lemongrass permeating all. In sum, it was truly like an aphrodisiac to me.Photo by Maria C. AscarrunzChili Cha Cha’s version was excellent. While it was the sweetest rendition I’ve ever had, which actually put me off initially, it somehow balanced that sweetness with enough heat. We slurped the small bowls clean.Next, we ordered a pork larb salad to share….Photo by Maria C. AscarrunzLarb is a preparation by which minced pork, chicken, duck or beef is cooked with typical Thai ingredients – chilis, mint, fish sauce, etc. – and toasted ground rice, served with slivers of red onion, cabbage and lettuce. It’s a hot, limey, funky dish. I loved it, but the BF found it a little too funky for his taste, and only had a bit of it. For me, its only flaw was that it was mostly meat and did not feel like a salad. While “mostly meat” is not usually a deal breaker for me, I like a lighter version of this dish and would have preferred more vegetation.For many years, Pad Thai was my go-to order in Thai restaurants – another dish that I would measure a restaurant by. But after having had so many other Thai dishes from all different regions in the ensuing years, I almost never ordered the noodle dish anymore. Believe me, I still love it – here too, there’s something endearingly funky in it, and I love anything with egg in it – but there is just so much more to try.Photo by Maria C. AscarrunzBut, I went for it on this, our first night. It came with shrimp and fried pillows of tofu, and looked wonderful. Unfortunately, it was nothing special, bland yet, again, oddly sweeter than most pad thais I’ve had. The shrimp were perfectly cooked, and the fried tofu was nice. And, as with most things, it was infinitely better when I added some heat; in this case, their hot chili sauce and pickled jalapenos, served up from the good old Silver Caddy of Hotness.Photo by Maria C. AscarrunzYou have to ask for it. Please do.The BF ordered off the Chef’s Recommendations menu.Photo by Maria C. AscarrunzDescribed as being marinated in “Thai herbs and garlic” with a dipping sauce alongside, sliced steak, cooked in a wok,  came with broccoli (listed as cauliflower on the menu) and string beans. The meat turned out to be really deliciously flavored, but incredibly tough. I asked the BF what had even possessed him to order steak in a Thai restaurant? “I panicked.” Sigh. Give a guy too many choices…. Not a dish we’d order again, but not a complete failure either.All in all, our first dinner here was a bit of a disappointment. We have a favorite Thai place near our house – Osha Thai – which is a small chain, and the food there is consistently much better, even though we’d enjoyed elements here.Photo by Maria C. AscarrunzOne thing I noticed when we were at Chili Cha Cha was that there was a lot of take-out and delivery happening. Now, it’s been nigh on 20 years since I’ve had food delivered to my home, and I suddenly thought, what a great idea! I can have their food in the comfort of my home, and see how it withstands the delivery process. Since a lot of people in the neighborhood seem to go that way, it seemed a brilliant plan.Surprise, surprise, the food was much, much better via delivery! I don’t know if we just ordered better this time, but it arrived exactly on time and nice and hot.Photo by Maria C. AscarrunzEven the veggie fried crispy rolls were still warm and not all wilted.Photo by Maria C. AscarrunzThese read more

SAINTS won their first game in six matches with a

first_imgSAINTS won their first game in six matches with a classy 46-6 demolition of Leeds Rhinos.The confidence issue of recent weeks vanished in a performance of real class, power and pace to rip the Super League Champions apart.Highlight-reel braces for Jonny Lomax and Ade Gardner told only half the story as one to seventeen on the park could rightly be called heroes.Saints totally dominated the first half and deservedly led 24-0.A double from Lomax, who looked a yard quicker than he has done all season, Ade Gardner and Gary Wheeler blitzed the Rhinos.It was nothing less than the home side deserved though as the events of the past week clearly had fired them up.Tony Puletua ran like a man possessed whilst the new half back partnership of Lance Hohaia and Lomax released all its potential.Paul Wellens, Wheeler and Josh Perry were also on fire but it was the added impetus of James Roby that made all the difference.Paul Wellens bagged his 191th try in the Red Vee early in the second half whilst Zak Hardaker pulled one back for Leeds – but there did seem to be a hint of a forward pass.Ade Gardner then sped in to finish off a great attacking play to move Saints past 40 points for the first time this season.Saints made a strong start to the match gaining good territory and forcing Leeds on the back foot.And on their next set they scored – the returning James Roby showing what Saints had been missing. He took a bouncing ball and improvised on the last tackle with a boot to the corner on the run.Ade Gardner set off in chase and out-jumped Ryan Hall to get Saints on the board.Lomax converting.From the restart Saints got into Leeds’ 20 and forced a drop out. Five tackles later Robes found a jinking Lomax and he made it 10-0.Soon after it was 12-0 as Lomax tagged on the extras.Moments later it was 18-0. Roby broke down the centre, found Wilkin who had Gary Wheeler on his shoulder.Lomax three from three.Saints couldn’t have asked for a better start and the Langtree Park faithful were basking in the sun and the entertainment on display.And on twenty minutes they scored again. Anthony Laffranchi produced an unbelievable offload in the middle of the park, Puletua found a gap, fed Wellens who had Lomax in support.Lomax taking his tally to 16 points with his fourth conversion.Saints continued to dominate and were unlucky not to stretch their lead when Roby was held up just short on the last.And a chip to the corner with five minutes to go was well fielded under pressure by Ryan Hall.That pressure continued in the second half with Leeds fourth drop out of the match; and Saints’ fifth try.Once again they keep the ball alive and as it came left Paul Wellens ignored his support, cut back inside and danced over.Lomax five from five.Ben Jones-Bishop had a try disallowed for a knock on but Zak Hardaker did sneak through in the 53nd minute.But Lance Hohaia bagged his first for the club 13 minutes later to deny any chance of a comeback and then Gardner grabbed his second after a superb Jon Wilkin break.Gary Wheeler added his second off a fine team move as the clock ticked down to polish off a great night’s work.This was a great confidence booster for a team that lacked the confidence to play like they should in recent weeks – and Saints now can look to the Derbies against Warrington and Wigan with renewed vigour.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Gardner (2), Lomax (2), Wheeler (2), Wellens, HohaiaGoals: Lomax (7 from 8)Rhinos:Tries: HardakerGoals: Sinfield (1 from 1)Penalties:Saints: 2Leeds: 1HT: 24-0FT: 46-6REF: Phil BenthamATT: 15199Teams:Saints:1. Paul Wellens; 2. Ade Gardner, 3. Michael Shenton, , 5. Francis Meli, 17. Gary Wheeler; 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax; 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 9. James Roby, 8. Josh Perry, 13. Chris Flannery, 12. Jon Wilkin, 11. Tony Puletua.Subs: 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Paul Clough, 18. Shaun Magennis.Leeds:14. Lee Smith; 2. Ben Jones-Bishop, 3. Kallum Watkins, 4. Zak Hardaker, 5. Ryan Hall; 13. Kevin Sinfield, 7. Rob Burrow; 8. Kylie Leuluai, 9. Paul McShane, 10. Jamie Peacock, 18. Chris Clarkson, 15. Brett Delaney, 12. Carl Ablett.Subs: 17. Ian Kirke, 20. Darrell Griffin, 21. Richard Moore, 25. Stevie Ward.last_img

WHEN Luke Thompson took to the field recently he b

first_imgWHEN Luke Thompson took to the field recently he became the seventh debutant from Saints Academy system this season.The 18-year-old, who made his bow on his birthday against London, joined Anthony Walker, Lewis Charnock, Jordan Hand, James Tilley, Dom Speakman and Mark Percival in donning the Red V this season.Add to that extended game time for Nathan Ashe, Adam Swift, Joe Greenwood and the continuing progress of Tom Makinson and Josh Jones – as well as Jonny Lomax – then the future is bright.Saints Head Coach Nathan Brown said: “The youngsters have been playing well and the experience they are gaining will be vital at towards the end of the season and the future too.“The best forward on the field last week was Luke Thompson; he was super and Mark Percival is playing well too. These things that are happening for the club are brilliant and that means the big picture will end up good.”You can back these young stars by taking advantage of our 5 Star package for the rest of the season.The club has launched a five-star ticket which means you can guarantee your spot at the matches against Bradford, Hull KR and London as well as the blockbusting derbies with Wigan and Warrington.And the ticket means you get five games for the price of four!We will also celebrate our armed forces on June 28 and the heritage of Rugby League on August 9.The fixtures included in this ticket are: Bradford (June 9), Hull KR (June 28), Wigan (July 22), London (August 9) and Warrington (August 30).You can buy this great ticket at the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or alternatively by logging on here.last_img

The 21yearold played 13 times in 2017 scoring t

first_imgThe 21-year-old played 13 times in 2017, scoring twice and knocking over two drop goals.“Pre-season is good so far,” he said. “Of course it’s tough but we’re all working hard. We’ve had a lot of the ball this pre-season compared to others so I’ve got a good feeling we’re really going to hit the ground running.“Before that though, the focus is on a good pre-season and then playing well in the friendlies.“We’re still quite far away from those games but we want to start the season well and kick on from there.”Danny joined the club from Halton Hornets and like a number of his teammates, came through the Academy system at the Saints.He was part of the unbeaten Academy Championship side in 2016 and that form translated into a positive campaign last time out.“I’m looking forward to it,” he added. “I hope all the fans have a good Christmas and we all can’t wait to see them in the New Year.”Memberships for the 2018 season are now on sale. To find out more and join thousands of other like-minded fans who are Saints and Proud, click here.last_img

The game with the Warriors will take place a 2pm a

first_imgThe game with the Warriors will take place a 2pm at Robin Park.It’s second v third, a local derby, and the winner will face Leeds or Castleford in next Saturday’s Grand Final.Head Coach Mark Brennan said: “We are really looking forward to this one. We set a goal at the start of the season to finish in the top four and we have achieved that which is credit to the players and coaches who have worked hard over the last 10 months or so.“We have given ourselves an opportunity to play in the Grand Final next Saturday which is where we wanted to be. I am proud of this group and they deserve to be in the semi-finals.“We know the challenge Wigan will bring and we need to go out there and meet the challenge. Wigan will go into this game confident as they have played well this season and are a good, well coached side.“Amanda has done a great job this year with the Warriors and got them playing well. They are a tough and physical team and we have to make sure are ready.“It would be great if the fans could get over to Wigan to cheer us on.“Finally, congrats to the six players who have been called up into the England squad. It is just reward for their dedication all season and we’re all looking forward to seeing them in the test with France.”Saints 20-Woman Squad:Bex Wilson, Chantelle Crowl, Chloe Richardson, Claire Mullaney, Emily Rudge, Faye Gaskin, Isabelle Rudge, Jade Ward, Jodie Cunningham, Katie-May Williams, Leah Burke, Lizzie Gladman, Naomi Williams, Pip Birchall, Rebecca Rotheram, Roxy Mura, Sarah Lovejoy, Tara Jones, Vicky Whitfield, Zoe Harris.last_img

Town hopes to start rebuilding Oak Island Pier next month

first_imgThe Oak Island Pier (Photo: WWAY) OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — The Town of Oak Island was granted $1.5 million from the Golden Leaf Foundation and $300,000 from CAMA to help rebuild the Oak Island Pier.The town made the announcement on Monday.- Advertisement – The Town of Oak Island is still waiting to hear from FEMA about getting approximately $760,000 they requested in reimbursement for rebuilding the pier.Oak Island Mayor Cin Brochure said they have applied for a construction permit and hope to start rebuilding the pier at the end of the month or early next month.Crews are expected to finish the repairs by May.last_img

Prosecutor WPD officer justified in downtown Wilmington shooting

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A prosecutor with the Conference of District Attorneys has determined that Wilmington Police Officer Adam Phillips was justified under NC law and used reasonable force when he shot Raymond McGriff in September.According to a release from the Wilmington Police Department, the prosecutor reviewed the investigative file compiled by the NC State Bureau of Investigation. It included an interview with McGriff, interview with Ofc. Phillips, interviews with multiple witnesses, video recordings, body camera recordings, medical records and other documents.- Advertisement – The shooting happened on September 7 near Chop’s Deli on Front Street. It happened in the middle of the day.The WPD says during an officer-involved shooting it is protocol for the District Attorney to call up on the NCSBI to investigate the officer’s actions.WPD says they took the added step in this case of requesting the NC Conference of District Attorney’s to review the file to determine whether charges should be filed against Ofc. Phillips.Related Article: WPD: Officers fatally shoot armed man at Pine Valley homeMcGriff is charged with Resisting a Public Officer, Assault on a Government Official, and Going Armed to the Terror of the Public.  Wilmington Police says NC Rules of Professional Conduct prevents them from giving any more details about the circumstances surrounding the incident.According to arrest warrants, McGriff did not comply with the officer’s command to place his hands against a wall and instead, pulled away, reached into his waistband, pulled a gun, and ran off.WPD says once criminal charges are resolved against McGriff, a full copy of the letter from the Conference of District Attorneys will be released.Ofc. Phillips was assigned to desk duty during the outside investigation by the NCSBI.Now that the investigation is over, he will return to full duty effective today.last_img

Deputies East Bladen High student arrested for drugs on campus

first_img “Narcotics agents conducted an operation at East Bladen High School today and arrested and charged Munn with Possession With Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana, Maintaining a Vehicle For The Purpose of Keeping and Selling Controlled Substances, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia,” said McVicker.Munn was booked into the Bladen County Detention Center under a $5,500 secured bond.He made bond and will have a first appearance hearing in Bladen County District Court on Monday.Related Article: Man convicted of trafficking heroin into Wilmington“Students and parents need to know that we fight drug sales where and when we find them, McVicker said. “It is disappointing to know our children face the temptation of drugs while trying to get an education but that is sadly the case. We will continue to work closely with the schools to combat the sale of drugs in our schools.” BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Bladen County high school student was arrested Friday for allegedly bringing drugs onto campus.Sheriff James A. McVicker says Jasper McKenzie Munn, 18, of 261 Blue Moon Drive, Elizabethtown was arrested and charged for the possession and sale of narcotics on the campus at East Bladen High School.- Advertisement – last_img

Topsail teacher still recovering after alleged attack by student

first_imgPENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – A teacher allegedly injured by her student a month ago is still out of work and cannot even drive. All of this as the family says that middle school student is not seeing any punishment.The Pender County Sheriff’s Office says the alleged assault happened in a Topsail Middle School classroom. These are the images nearly a month after the April 19th incident.- Advertisement – The teacher’s family says she suffered a traumatic brain injury.She’s been told she cannot work for another three months by a doctor.The family has filed charges against the 15-year-old student.Related Article: Pender Schools close Tuesday, four shelters to be set upSchool officials did not return our request for comment.last_img

CFPUA raises rates says partially due to GenX

first_img For the average customer they will spend an extra $16.44 a year for water and sewer.$650,000 is budgeted for costs related to GenX, other increases are related to water treatment and service enhancements. (Photo: CFPUA) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Bills will be going up for Cape Fear Public Utility Authority customers and part of the reason is because of GenX.The CFPUA met Wednesday morning and discussed the budget, which includes a rate increase.- Advertisement – last_img