Mission Mission reported yesterday yet another egregious crime in our fair neighborhood: some dastardly soul made off with the personable pickle outside the deli at 20th and South Van Ness. Two Mission Loc@l reporters saw the theft occur Friday night — a couple of fellows rolled the mustachioed pickle away, sombrero and all, atop a skateboard. The bad guys’ relaxed, nonchalant manner fooled reporters Helene Goupil and Stefania Rousselle, who witnessed the theft but thought nothing of it until signs appeared in the deli window, imploring passersby to help find the missing anthropomorphized condiment.

“All I know is I saw Mister Pickles going away,” said Goupil.

(MM also pointed out the photographical talents of our own Armand Emamdjomeh, whose Flickr feed is here. Armand posts most of his shots on the ML photography page, as do all of our reporters. Check it out.)

In other news, USA Today has discovered the Mission. Our burritos earned a nod from the paper today in an SF travel story featuring the city’s best cliches:

“The original ’49ers came armed with pickaxes, but it’s possible to mine the pleasures of the City by the Bay without striking gold. Jump aboard a ferry or streetcar for a cheap tour of San Francisco’s scenic splendor, grab a burrito from a Mission District taqueria and catch a glimpse of wild life, from the sea lions barking away at Fisherman’s Wharf to the two-legged denizens of the Haight Ashbury District.”

And yesterday, a story on mediation of neighborhood conflicts led with an anecdote from the Mission about an annoying next-door dog.

SF Appeal continues the discussion on Valencia’s vacancies and rents, post-American Apparel. Eater SF points out that the corner of Mission and 18th will be hopping with a new cafe and wine bar starting tonight. The place is called, appropriately, The Corner. And in an impressive spread on the front page of its Bay Area section, the trusty Chron lays out the city’s best Irish watering holes for tomorrow’s shamrockian festivities (including the Phoenix, at 19th and Valencia). Because planning for St. Patty’s 2009 — that’s news, folks.

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