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CAFE LA BOHEME 6 AM  Good Morning Mission District!

Current temperature at 24th and Mission is a nippy 47 degrees Fahrenheit, but clear, mostly clear, skies.

Burrito Bros. to Face  Bobby Flay in Epic Match

Local sports teams may suck; but as long as we’ve got the Burrito Brothers, we can still hold our heads high (our stomachs may sag some).   Iron Chef Bobby Flay has challenged Papalote’s Victor and Miguel Escobedo, to a high-stakes, nationally televised, Burrito Throwdown!  The show airs on Feb. 17 (check local listings for time).  Friends, family, global media, assorted hangers-on and minor celebs will gather at Mission Cultural Center at 6  p.m. to cheer on our boys!  For more information, write to papalote-sf@hotmail.com, or, better, head to Papalote’s, get burrito, and wonder what kind of fool this Flay guy is.

Department of Cool

Vic Wong over at Mission Mission calls our attention to the “super-fresh modern jazz group out of Oklahoma” Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey playing at the Coda Lounge this Friday,2/12.  Give a listen to the track Vic’s posted.

Meanwhile, Back in BARTworld

SF Weekly is running a fascinating story about the expert witness who will be testifying for the defense in the Oscar Grant murder case.  Don Cameron, a former BART policeman (he wrote the manual!) regularly testifies in cases involving the appropriate use of force by the cops, and regularly finds that the force used in a particular case, like the Grant case, was in fact (opinion) appropriate.  It’s not only a solid portrait of Cameron, but a rare insight into a corner of the legal system, which like many other nooks and crannies, lies hidden right out front.

La Victoria Siempre!

Once the flagship of Mission burrito joints/bakeries, La Victoria Bakery and Kitchen had fallen on hard times.  With art galleries and coffeehouses sprouting up on 24th like mushrooms in Golden Gate Park, it looked like La Victoria was just hanging around for property values to soar before selling out to Taco Bell.   No way!  La Victoria is back!  Who else offers weekly eats for only 35 bucks! (not for an appetizer,  meals from Monday through Friday) Check out the nouveau La Victoria, with an All Star supporting cast, at the Corazon de la Mission this Saturday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Time Machine

Burrito Justice posts a paean to the long forgotten baseball stadiums of  the Mission.   SF teams were not only based in the Mission (until the New Yorkers showed up) but were once known as the San Francisco Missions.  Thanks.  Great post!