A New Old Friend Review of Thanh Tam II

first_img 0% I asked our server about the restaurant’s name, if there had been a Thanh Tam I, and there had, but his only response was “It’s gone!”  I also asked if he was the owner, and he said no, pointing to a lady on the other side of the pass-through counter in front of the open kitchen.  “That’s my boss.”  “And she cooks too?” I asked?  “Yes, very good!” This isn’t haute cuisine; the food here is standard Vietnamese fare, with quite a large menu, and also some Chinese selections.  However, I found that some of their dishes held up to many I’ve had in other restaurants in the Bay Area, and even in Orange County’s famous Little Saigon in So. Cal. – home of the first and largest Vietnamese community in the country.We ordered a lot of food, our first time here.  I ordered two dishes that are my test of a good Vietnamese restaurant – banh xeo and bo luc lac.  Banh xeo, also known as a Vietnamese pancake, is a gorgeous, yellow, rice flower omelet, filled with bean sprouts, slices of roasted pork, and shrimp.  The omelet itself should be super crispy, while the inside retains a bit of creaminess.  Be warned:  it’s a very messy dish to eat.  You cut the omelet into pieces and scoop up the crackly shell and slippery innards with the lettuce leaves provided, garnish lavishly with the forest of mint and/or basil, cilantro, pickled carrots, cucumbers, daikon, and sometimes jalapeno on your plate, and then roll it up into what is hopefully a bite-sized morsel.  The little package then gets dipped into a bowl of nuoc cham – a traditional flavoring dip made of fish sauce, lemon or lime juice, sugar, julienned carrots/daikon, and sometimes chiles or garlic – and the whole mess goes into your mouth, juices dripping down your chin and arm.  So worth it!  The combination of the crunchy omelet with the tender pork and shrimp, the fresh sprouts, herbs and veggies, and the pungent/tart nuoc cham, creates an explosion of flavors in your mouth.  The portion is huge, too, and could easily serve as one person’s main (and only) course. Thanh Tam’s version was delightful, hitting all the right notes. I’d go back for this dish alone. Tags: restaurant reviews Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% Thanh Tam II has been at 577  Valencia St. for 11 years, but usually gets overlooked by those who were frequenters of the now-shuttered, dual-entranced Sunflower across the street.  We’d always gone to Sunflower ourselves, toying with the idea of trying out Thanh Tam, but never making the leap.  We were quite pleased we finally did.  Sandwiched in between a trendy new-ish taqueria and a sleek, hipster furniture store, tiny Thanh Tam looks like your typical hole-in-the-wall on the outside, but the interior is surprisingly quite nice. Not ones to give up easily, however, we came back the following week.  This time, to start, the BF ordered the standard fresh spring rolls- those ubiquitously pretty rice paper rolls filled with crunchy lettuce, strips of roast pork (there’s a vegetarian version too), mint, halved shrimp, and rice noodles, all to be dipped in a peanut sauce.  It’s a fresh tasting snack, and I thought Thanh Tam’s were perfectly fine, although the BF didn’t love them. The BF ordered fried won tons, which looked almost like little empanadas in texture, and were filled with ground pork and spices, with a sweet/salty dipping sauce alongside.  Tasty, and served to fill us both up.  I’d probably not get them again just for that reason. Bo luc lac is a steak dish, also known as “shaking beef”, meaning literally “beef jumping around” to describe the way the beef should be tossed in the wok when cooking.  It’s often filet mignon chunks, though I’ve also had it made with rib eye and sirloin, that have been marinated in fish sauce, sugar, garlic, soy, and rice vinegar, making for a very deeply flavorful meat.  It is often served on watercress so that the juices make a dressing for the greens, in combination with a very flavorful lemon pepper sauce served alongside for dipping the meat.  It can also be garnished with tomatoes or pickled red onions.  In this case, the beef came on a bed of cilantro, sautéed onions and red & green bell peppers.  It sometimes comes with a bowl of white rice, but I prefer it as a salad.  Once again, Thanh Tam’s version surpassed in flavor a few others I’ve tried, even though I’m not a fan of bell peppers.  The meat was tender and chewy, with a great beefiness. For my main, I ordered the beef combo pho.  Pho is one of those polarizing dishes; it’s become so popular in the U.S. (again, first landing here via Little Saigon, Orange County, with the wave of Vietnamese refugees in the 70s) in the last 35+ years that everyone has their favorite, and their favorite restaurant that serves it.  I’m not going to say Thanh Tam made my favorite bowl; truth be told, I’m not the biggest pho aficionado (there’s just too many amazing choices in this cuisine!)  It’s not because the soup isn’t good, because as soups go, it’s pretty magical.  It is street food at its finest in Vietnam, and its heady broth, redolent of star anise, coriander, clove, fennel, cinnamon, just feels like it could be the final cure for the common cold.  Or a heartache.  Pho, like the banh mi, comes in unending combinations:  chicken; raw beef flank slices, cut ultra-thin, usually served on the side, so that you can determine the doneness of the meat by how long you choose to leave it in the broth (I like mine rare);  beef meatballs; flank; fatty brisket; tendon; and tripe:  get one or all!  The toppings are what you’d expect:  lime, thai basil, scallions, sprouts, jalapenos, etc., and the broth can be further flavored with hoisin, sriracha, and/or fish sauce.  The noodles can vary too. For me, Thanh Tam’s broth was just a tad light on flavor; it was delicious when doctored up with all the accoutrements, of course, and I really had no complaints at that point.  Except, they forgot to serve my meat on the side, so it cooked a little more than I would have liked.  And, there wasn’t that much meat in relation to the noodles.  Of course, I was so full by that time I couldn’t have eaten more meat, and we ended up taking most of the broth and noodles home.  But if you’re looking for a very meaty pho, perhaps this isn’t the place to get it.  Still, it’s a homey, comforting dish, and I wouldn’t say I’d never have here it again.Even though there were a couple of misses at Thanh Tam, the hits were big, and we’ll definitely go back.  Love to see a little neighborhood place like this keep chugging along.Thanh Tam II 577 Valencia St. Open 11 to 10 p.m. Daily Free Delivery The BF’s own test of a Vietnamese place, Bun thit cha gio (strips of grilled marinated pork shoulder over room temperature vermicelli rice noodles, sauced with nuoc cham, with crispy fried imperial rolls atop) is at its best when the pork is grilled until it is deeply browned and the marinade is caramelized, and the little fatty bits just beg to be devoured.  As for the rolls – well, imperial rolls are, for me, the royalty of all such fried rolls.  Rice paper encases ground pork, minced shrimp, cellophane noodles, mushrooms, and the rolls get deep fried until crispy.  They’re surprisingly light, and addictive.  Here again, in this one giant bowl, garnished with pickled carrots, daikon and roasted chopped peanuts, there can be such a wonderful contrast of flavors and textures – a hallmark of Vietnamese cuisine.  Unfortunately, Thanh Tam’s was one of the least favorite versions we’ve had.  The pork mixture in the rolls was just not very flavorful, and, sadly neither was the grilled pork on the vermicelli.  We were quite disappointed, as there are a lot of dishes on the menu that feature grilled pork, and we’re huge fans. For his main, the BF decided to try a pork chop this time, to see if the cut of pork would make a difference in the marinade they used.  Smart, and it was a good bet.  His dish of pork chops over steamed rice with two beautifully fried eggs was spectacular!  This time the meat had flavor galore, and the proper chewy/tenderness we love in grilled pork.  Renewed our faith in Thanh Tam’s way with pork.  As for me, I’ll eat anything with an egg on it, so I’d be hard pressed to decide what to have next time…… because my own meal was pretty wonderful  too.  I decided to start with a banh mi – most of all because I’d never been in a Vietnamese restaurant that also made these oh-so-popular sandwiches; they’re usually sold at banh mi shops, and not often found where there is a more extensive menu.  I wanted to see if they could do it justice. There are such a variety of banh mi to be had.  My favorite, of course, is always the grilled pork, but a tad gun shy, I went with the beef this time.  Banh mi come on wonderful French rolls – the best are made with a combination of rice and wheat flours for a perfectly crisp, airy bread.  The fillings can be any combination of protein – pork, chicken, beef, tofu, pork meatballs, fish cake, shrimp, fried eggs, pâté, etc. – but almost always come with cilantro, mint/basil, carrots, daikon, and usually, hopefully, a thin slather of mayonnaise.  They are, again, a wonderful conglomeration of flavors and textures vying for space on your tongue.  And they’re usually quite cheap.  Thanh Tam’s banh mi was excellent, and I’m going to make it my new go-to.  The beef was sweet/salty, and tender, with nice charred bits, and everything inside tasted fresh and lovely.  I saved half of it to go home (as I still had my main coming), and hours later, it still held up.  last_img read more

Mission Style — something to say with fashion

first_imgAntonio a.k.a. SpaceghostAntonio (Spaceghost). Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong.Brands: Thrifted everything — Gap corduroy pants, Sperry Topsider shoes, Italian silk shirt, Thai silk tie, wool coat.Vibe: Fashion is constantly drowning in a sea of black, greys and other stylish (yet often boring) neutrals. Why do we abandon color once we become adults? It’s proven to affect our well-being, and this outfit is proof of that. Spaceghost instantly caught our attention as he floated next to us in a spectrum of cheery colors, guitar in hand. You couldn’t help but instantly feel better just seeing this Crayola box of sartorial pieces. Do you always dress in a lot of color? Yeah, I don’t really own anything black. This hat is kind of an exception, which I plan on turning all technicolor crazy rainbows.And what do you get from wearing color? Um, well color itself draws in light, I feel like. And it also reminds people – especially on a gray day, cause people are wearing dark colors — to see something that just wakes them up. It wakes up, I think, the spirit and the mind, and it just gets better.Antonio (Spaceghost). Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong. Kyeong-eun Kyeong-eun. Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong.Brands: Imvely dress, scarf purchased online, Bershka shoes, Chanel bag.Vibe: As we mentioned, super-casual seems to be the prevailing look in San Francisco, so Kyeong-eun had no problem standing out as one of the best-dressed people in Dolores Park. Her textured ivory dress looked glam yet comfortable, and when paired with a black Chanel bag, black ankle boots, bright yellow nails and a patterned bag scarf, the whole look read totally chic in a youthful, hip way. What do you like about San Francisco? (Friend translating) Landscape. She likes San Francisco’s weather and atmosphere.Kyeong-eun. Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong. Fashion is one of the ways people communicate – without words – to the rest of the world. How people convey their mood, their values, their style, who they are. Although many believe that San Francisco has no style, we beg to differ.  Mission Style is back, chronicling the interesting, fashionable looks we witness on a single day in the Mission District, proving that the City still has something to say with its fashion. Enjoy.Julia NapolitanoBrands: Yellow Elephant (brand out of Austin); sunglasses purchased in Durango, Colorado; Bucketfeet shoes from Chicago.Vibe: One standout item can make an entire outfit. Julia’s jacket was the first fashion piece that caught our attention on the day we spent at the park. It was expertly custom-made, using a vintage jean jacket, pieces of colorful, patterned fabric, and it featured one of my favorite people ever: Frida Kahlo. Tanith LedbetterTanith Ledbetter. Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong.Brands: Betsey Johnson handbag, thrifted clothing and accessories, Dr. Martens boots.Vibe: With all the changes happening in the Mission, and San Francisco in general, you wonder if bold, individual style will be erased, only to be replaced by yoga pants, sweatshirts and jeans and mass uniformity. People like Tanith happily remind us that unique style is still alive in SF. With her telephone bag, the cute nautical touches and pops of red, this look just makes you smile.Do you feel it’s important to dress differently than everyone else? Is that important? Um, I think dressing differently from everyone else is not like – I don’t like to – I feel like some people feel a little bit superior about it. And think that people who, you know, stick with the norm are like, inferior in some way, or I guess ignorant. But I don’t know. Style is style, and it comes in a lot of different forms. And I’m just doing what makes me the most comfortable and people tend to like it, and that’s validating, but even if they didn’t, I kind of wouldn’t care. It’s a personal thing.Tanith Ledbetter. Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong. Caitlin ConnollyCaitlin Connolly. Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong.Brands: Popkiller jacket, Target sunglasses, Spanx leggings, Crown Vintage ankle boots.Vibe: It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with cats, satin and the color pink. This super-cool jacket contained this trifecta of awesome and cheered up black velvet leggings and ankle boots for a look that was casual and fun. Describe to me what motivated you to get this badass jacket. I actually got it as a gift from my sister [who] has a clothing store in Nashville, and she was selling it there. I got it as a gift for helping her out. And I like to wear really casual stuff, but like one really fun, edgy item, so she kind of thought this was up my alley.Caitlin Connolly. Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong. Why did you want something with Frida Kahlo on it? Um, one, for women. And two, I was an art-history minor and always loved her work. But I love what she represents, and also the artistic value of it. Michele Kim and Mike Vosters. Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong.Mike VostersBrands: Thrift shop sweatshirt?, ASOS jacket, Target jeans, Adidas shoes, black jacket and beanie from Filibuster Event Company.Vibe: It’s always refreshing to see couples (or friends) who are all dressed great. Mike and his girl Michele looked fashionable on their own, but really stood out as a couple. It takes confidence for a guy to wear a floral or other elaborate, feminine print. If it works, it looks great and super fashionable. The cropped pants are also unexpected, but pulled off well, and the beanie and sneakers add a little bit of edge that balances the whole look.Name somebody whose style inspires you. I don’t know. That’s not a simple question. I don’t look at fashion stuff. Or if there’s something that inspires you in terms of your aesthetic. Thrift shops. I shop mostly second hand and try to do that (he was also inspired by a guy he saw in Dolores Park, who was wearing baby blue snap pants with a turtleneck). But sadly I don’t have an inspiration. I’m sorry.Mike Vosters. Photo by Ekevara Kitpowsong.Michele KimBrands: Thrifted jacket from Paris, Rag & Bone jeans, Cruel Intention hat, French sweatshirt bought online, Louis Vuitton bag, AGL shoes, glasses from ibuydirect.com.Vibe: Michele was sleek and street in all-black athleisure pieces, balanced with black jeans and a timeless luxury bag. Effortless, yet on point.What is the most important thing for you when you’re deciding what you’re going to wear? Definitely how I feel. Like, I think about where I’m going to go, or what the weather’s going to be, but it depends on how I’m feeling that day. If I want to look bad, if I want to look cute, who I’m going to see, you know. 0% Tags: dolores park Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

ROYCE Simmons shouldered the responsibility of Sai

first_imgROYCE Simmons shouldered the responsibility of Saints’ 18-40 loss at Huddersfield on Saturday.He said with a depleted squad he tried to make things simpler for his team and that may have led them to play “too negatively”.“We had 17 players and they did too so there are no excuses,” he said. “I probably buggered up a little today. I tried to make things simpler because of the changes.“We lost Kyle early in the week and didn’t know whether Flannery would be playing so there were a lot of changes. Nathan Ashe also came into the halves. I tried to make things simpler for the players because of those changes and perhaps we should have stayed as we were really.“We probably played a bit negative and therefore I would take most of the blame for the result.“Credit to Huddersfield though, they played really well. Both sides would have come here wanting to stay amongst the leaders after their big wins yesterday and wanted to perform well too.“And they did that.”He continued: “I thought young Scott Hale did well on his debut. He went quite good considering he was thrown in late and showed me he has a future.“James Roby was magic again too, fantastic. I have said before that you just wind him up and he keeps on going.”Saints lost Chris Flannery in the warm up and his leg injury – suspected to be a recurrence of his hamstring problem – will be assessed on Monday. Josh Perry broke a bone in his hand – possibly a knuckle.last_img read more

At the start of the evening if youd have asked th

first_imgAt the start of the evening if you’d have asked the Saints coaching staff if they would take a draw then they would probably have snatched your hands off with the prospect of facing the City of Hull academy who were above them in the table and playing some good rugby, writes Graham Henthorne.However, at the end of the match there was a feeling of what might have been having outscored the visitors three tries to two. Unfortunately, the Saints were undone by the usually thoroughly dependable kicking of Brad Billsborough who failed to convert any of the tires.The game mirrored the first team game of later on taking well over 20 minutes before the deadlock was broken.But it could and should have been the Saints taking the lead on their first possession when Cameron Brown knocked on over the Hull line.As it was he scored 25 minutes later jumping blind out of dummy half into the right corner after a great Billsborough high kick had been diffused but inexplicably knocked on from the next tackle.The game was nip and tuck all half but as ever the visitors, having been under the cosh for many minutes, had their time but were denied an equalising try as Josh Eaves and Chris Follin forced a knock on from the Hull forward over the Saints line.The possibility of an upset was made even more possible with a fine try for the Saints in the opening seconds of the second half. From the kick-off three drives go the Saints to the 40 metre line on the right. From the play the ball Eaves spotted a gap blind feeding Jorge Lewtas whose miss pass put Tom Nisbett away. He took it 40 metres to the full back before passing inside to the supporting Callum hazard who strode the final 20 to the line.If it had been possible to keep the lead for 15 to 20 minutes then the pressure would have heaped onto the visitors. As it was five minutes later a poor knock on in the Saints 30 allowed them to score, the conversion bringing them back within two.Some bizarre refereeing decisions were giving strings of penalties to both sides and the Saints extended their lead with a Kev brown try in the left corner. Mike Weldon, having his best game for a long time, and Evan Bullen had been held up over the line before Matty Costello’s miss pass put the winger away.On the hour the missed conversions came to haunt the Saints as the visitors, who should have been out of sight, drew level as the scrum half reacted quicker to a knock and speculative grubber in the Saints 10 metre area.The Saints continued to hang on to the surging visitors but all that effort seemed to have been for nought as a silly stripping penalty 40 metres out seemed to have given the game to Hull as they converted their third kick of the day.But a great kick off from Billsborough and fine tackling forced the visitors into touch. From the scrum the Saints got a penalty of their own allowing Billsborough to redeem himself with a fine penalty to give the Saints the share of the points which they deserved.Whilst this was a shame for Billsborough to have had an off day with the boot which ultimately cost the Saints the extra point, it is necessary to point out that the scrum half has won many more matches with his boot and is not to blame for the result. Poor decisions and dropped ball at crucial moments is what cost the win.The front row of Eaves, Bullen and Matty Lees, celebrating his call-up to the first team squad, were, as ever outstanding but there was an encouraging amount of support off the bench from Lewtas and Hazzard.The Saints face another daunting task next week with the visitors of the Dragons from Catalans.Match Summary:Saints: Tries: Cameron Brown (26), Callum Hazzard (41), Kevin Brown (52). Goals: Brad Billsborough 1 from 4.City of Hull: Tries: Jordan Lane (46), Harrison Morrow (60). Goals: Will Oakes 3 from 3.Half Time: 6-0 Full Time: 14-14Teams:Saints: 1. Matty Costello (C); 5. Tom Nisbett, 3. Cameron Brown, 4. Sean Croston, 2. Kevin Brown; 7. Brad Billsborough, 6. Elliott Jenkins; 8. Matty Lees, 9. Josh Eaves, 19. Evan Bullen, 11. Chris Follin, 12. Owen Smith, 13. Mike Weldon. Subs: 10. Jordan Olmez, 14. Paul Nash, 16. Callum Hazzard, 17. Jorge Lewtas.Hull FC: 1. Lochlan Fitzgerald; 2. Niall Sidney, 3. Cameron Scott, 4. Kieran Buchanan, 5. Will Oakes; 6. Bobby Downs, 7. Harrison Morrow; 8. Jack Brown, 9. Jez Litten (C), 13. Brad Clavering, 11. Adam Rooks, 12. Owen Harrison, 19. Joe Cator. Subs: 15. Ben Butler, 16. Jordan Lane, 20. Max Bateman, **. Zeus Silk.last_img read more

Bladen County added to list for FEMA housing assistance

first_imgFEMA (Photo: MGN Online) BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — FEMA is assisting with temporary housing in even more areas now, including Bladen County being added to the list.Bladen County will join the other 10 counties already receiving temporary housing from FEMA.- Advertisement – Their are two forms of housing assistance, travel trailers for shorter term alternative, and manufactured housing units.Survivors can apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov, by using the FEMA app, by visiting a disaster recovery center, or by calling the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY). In-person American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters are available by calling or texting 202-655-8824.last_img

Wrightsville Beach is taking big steps to clean up the town

first_img Town manager Tim Owens says there are many planning steps left before construction can begin. He says planners still need to improve the design of the park’s east side.But, the project is still on target to finish by summer 2020. WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — After six months, the Salisbury Street Ocean Access Park design is finally in the works. Construction is expected to start by next fall.The park is an aesthetic improvement to the town. It will be adjacent to the Johnnie Mercers Fishing pier between East and West Salisbury Street.- Advertisement – last_img

Leland man charged with murder after beating victim dies

first_img Lopez allegedly hit Villamaza until he was knocked unconscious. While wearing boots, Lopez also allegedly kicked Villamaza.Villamaza died Tuesday at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.Lopez is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill and second degree murder. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office says a Leland man who was arrested in Virginia by US Marshals Wednesday morning faces murder and assault charges.According to arrest warrants, 31-year-old Edvin Lopez allegedly assaulted German Villamaza on Walker Street NE in the Fairhaven Mobile Home Park on Saturday.- Advertisement – last_img

Raleigh man charged with attempted murder after Hampstead man shot

first_imgJoseph Cleveland McGee (Photo: Pender Co. Sheriff’s Office) PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Raleigh man is in the Pender County jail after a shooting over the weekend.According to a news release, the Pender County Sheriff’s Office and Surf City Police went to the 400 block of Buds Lane in Hampstead for a report of a person shot.- Advertisement – That’s where law enforcement officers found Jerry Carol Capps, 68, shot in the left side of the chest.Capps was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical center.Joseph Cleveland McGee, 67, is charged with one count of Attempted Murder.Related Article: Virginia Beach shooting victims were veteran city employeesHe is being held under a $250,000 bond.last_img

Probable PL victory in St Pauls Bay – sources

first_imgMiguela XuerebMiguela Xuereb First results for the local council elections are expected imminently as the predictions for the PN seem increasingly dire. Observers in the political millieu are predicting a defeat ta the polls, even heavier than that suffered in the EP elections.The results for the Valletta an the St Paul’s Bay Local Councils are of particular interest since the difference between the parties is particularly tenuous. Early indications from the counting hall point towards a Labour Victory in St Paul’s Bay. If the EP election trend persists and is mirrored in the local council elections, the net result could well be that the PN loses the majority representation in other localities. A pro-PL trend could also mean a PL win in Mosta, San Ġwann and Siggiewi.Newsbook.com.mt’s sources noted that the  turnout for the Local Council election was 60.46%, substantially lower than the 72% who voted in the EP elections. The same sources said that it could be that a number of Nationalist voters decided to vote in the EP election to support Roberta Metsola and David Casa who were under constant attack from the PL and were not top of mind of the PN leadership. These same voters then decided to boycott the Local Council elections.Local Council elections: Sorting and scanning in processRead Also: Perici Calascione stirs a hornet’s nestWhatsApp SharePrint <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

Proposed development on ODZ refused

first_img SharePrint <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> The Planning Authority refused a proposal for the development of a fuel station on an Outside Development Zone (ODZ) in Attard . The proposed fuel station would have was set to have electric cars charging points, three retail units, an office, underground storage and parking and an ATM facility.The Environment & Resources Authority (ERA) has expressed its satisfaction on the Planning Authority Board’s decision to reject the planned development. In a press release, ERA elaborated that it is pleased that the rationale for the Planning Authority’s decision was based on the loss of potentially good quality agricultural land as well as to protect the trees in the area. ERA was also firm that the proposed commercial enterprise was objectionable in principle, as it would have contributed to the urban sprawl at the expense of the natural eco-system in the surroundings.The proposed fuel station would have included an Autogas filling facility, a car wash facility a tyre service garage, electric cars charging points, three retail units, an office, underground storage and parking and an ATM facility. center_img WhatsApplast_img read more