Month: July 2019

Red Balloon — Comida Nica in the Mission

Red Balloon — Comida Nica in the Mission

first_imgOn our second visit, I was determined to have a nacatamal.  Nacatamal.This photo is a little messy, but nacatamales are Nicaragua’s gift to the tamale world.  Various Latin American countries make tamales, but Nicaragua just kept going with theirs until they got them right. First off, they’re huge — one is more than enough for an entire meal. A nacatamal is wrapped in banana leaves and filled with a hearty mixture of contrasting flavors and textures: the masa, annatto-seasoned pork butt, mint, potatoes, rice, capers, a chili pepper, an olive, raisins and tomatoes. The whole thing gets wrapped into a fat, square bundle, enveloped in corn husks and then pressure-cooked.  One of the biggest differences for me from this baby and other tamales is the masa — it’s also flavored with annatto, and is a softer masa that melts in your mouth. The pork becomes fall-apart tender, and you’ll get bites of mint, tanginess from the olive and/or capers, earthiness from the potatoes, a very slight sweetness from the raisins and, of course, the porky/fatty goodness (they can be made with chicken, too, if you don’t love yourself as much as I do). It’s often served with toasted bread, but that was a little too much carby-ness for me.  So instead, I dunked the bread into my sopa de res:Sopa de res.This beef soup was a revelation to the both of us. Such a clear, pure broth, bursting with beefy flavor, with vegetal notes. Floating in the depths were hunks of stewed beef, cabbage, zucchini, carrots, cilantro and yuca. On the side came a dish of rice, to add as you went along — that way it doesn’t soak up all the broth and turn to mush. Lovely. Most of this came home with us, because I managed to eat my entire nacatamale.  The BF “mistakenly” ordered the same beef that had been in our sampler platter on the first visit:carne asadaOr was it a mistake?  He’d loved that steak so much the first time, I think he just wanted to have it again. And it was still a huge hit. Perfectly charcoal-broiled, flavorful, tender, a great char, a good chew —  everything you want in a steak, for about $10.00. It came with either gallo pinto or red beans and rice (separate), and the BF went for the latter. The beans had so much more depth of flavor than they had in the gallo pinto. Alongside was more of that wonderful fried cheese, melty platanos maduros and a little salad with blue cheese.There is so much more to explore on this menu. They serve breakfast all day, and desserts. The BF was eyeing a vapor-cooked boneless brisket, which is only served on weekends, and I the sopa de lengua (beef tongue soup), as well as the myriad other pork dishes, seafood, slaws and more.In our ever-gentrifying neighborhood, Red Balloon is still hanging on, serving up authentic old favorites to Nicoya families and Mission denizens of all stripes.  It’s the kind of place where the server calls you, “Mi amor,” and wishes you “Provecho” when she serves you your food. “Buen provecho” translates to “enjoy your food.” However, I’ve always seen it proffered, and received, almost as a benediction, a blessing.  A stranger at another table will say it to you, and your reaction is likely to be a somber but earnest “thank you,” with real gratitude. It’s a lovely custom.  We happened to run into an acquaintance on our last visit to the restaurant, a Nico himself. I asked him if Red Balloon was his favorite. He said, “Yes, it’s the most like eating at home.” That’s the kind of place this is. Buen provecho!Red Balloon2763 Mission St.San Francisco, CA  94110(415) 285-1749Credit cards accepted, but tip is cash only. I started writing these reviews with the goal of bringing under-reported, mom-and-pop/hole-in-the-wall places to the attention of new Missionites, so that they could appreciate what the Mission was, what its roots are and what it still means to its long-time citizens. And, of course, I’ve reviewed very new, hip restaurants too, because we all live here and we all eat. Red Balloon is one of the maybe five or six Nicaraguan places in our neighborhood, each more old-school than the next. (My very first review was of a Nicaraguan restaurant Las Tinajas.) Red Balloon has been here for about 35 years, owned by two different women.  It’s small, unpretentious and spare, yet homey, with a few prints on the walls (one of famed Nicaraguan poet Rubén Dario) and, inexplicably, elephant statuettes over the door. It’s usually packed with locals and families, who flock here to eat at their abuelita’s house. I had only been once in all the time I’ve lived in the Mission, and that was to get a nacatamale to go, many years ago (more about those later.)On our first visit, we asked about the caballo bayo from the starters menu. I’ve yet to find the origin of that name, which literally translates to “bay horse.” If anyone out there knows it, I’m dying to know! It is a dish that is typically served at festivals and consists of little clay pots served buffet-style, filled with different meats, yuca, fried cheese, plantains, chicharrones, gallo pinto, pickled slaw and moronga. It’s a cornucopia of many Nicaraguan dishes in one fell swoop, served with corn tortillas so you can make your own little tacos/burritos as you please. The BF said he’d try that.  I asked our server about the Indio viejo dish (“old Indian”), and she described it as something like a tamale stew. I said I’d try it, and she gave me a startled look. “Que pasa, no es bueno?” I asked. “Si es bueno! But the caballo bayo is enough for two people!” Caballo bayo.HOLY CABALLO — that lady saved us! We were so glad she talked us out of ordering a second dish, because we couldn’t even finish this one between the two of us. Starting from the top, middle — fried cheese, mariquita (plantain chip) slaw, platanos maduros (fried ripe plantains), gallo pinto (rice and red beans); below that was a hunk of incredibly flavorful steak — tender, in a citrusy marinade, perfectly charred. Above, the moronga –– blood sausage. To the left, steamed yuca, chunks of fried pork and, finally, chicharrones (pork rinds).  The standouts were the steak, the buttery fried cheese — because FRIED CHEESE — and the blood sausage.  The moronga was dense with rice and had a deep, earthy flavor, brightened by notes of spearmint. Really great.  The roast pork was a bit dry, though flavorful, the gallo pinto a bit dull, and the yuca, unfortunately, very bland. I mean, yuca is naturally bland, but that’s why you cook it with garlic or fry it or something! Here, the typical Nicaraguan salsa — a concoction of vinegar, onions, citrus and chilis — awaits on the table so you can spoon it over anything and everything on your plate, and that helped somewhat. The plantain chips were meh, but they usually are to me. However, the maduros were just the way I like them — sweet, and quivering in almost jelly-like fashion. The slaw was also quite good — a tart, fresh bite to counteract the heaviness of the meal. This is rib-sticking food, people, and you shan’t go hungry. The dish is $28, but again, it feeds two, and you may even have leftovers.   0% Tags: food Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Linea Caffes limited seating is about to become more limited

Linea Caffes limited seating is about to become more limited

first_imgLinea Caffe on 18th St. and San Carlos St. promises “the world’s finest coffee” for the Mission, but it has also gotten into a bit of a spat with neighbors who say the cafe’s outdoor seating encroaches into the middle of the sidewalk.Not to fear, the Department of Public Works is on the case. Code article 5.2 allows cafes to provide customers with outdoor seating, but there has to be a minimum of six unobstructed feet for pedestrians to walk.Linea, with four tables on San Carlos, did not have it, according to Rick Pearman from Public Works, who issued an inspector to check it out Nov. 17. The cafe attributed some of the spread into the pedestrian way to construction, which has since finished, but some residents feel it is still a challenge to get through.Longtime Mission resident Edward Stiel says that there are easy solutions to the problem, but the cafe is not taking his concerns seriously. “I went inside to the barista and said ‘this isn’t any good,’ and she steered me to the owner, who was there, and he didn’t care,” Stiel said. “We’re a crowded neighborhood and we have to share the space.”In the meantime, Public Works inspection supervisor Jonathan Vaing has given Linea 10 days — or until Dec. 21 — to correct the problem.An inspector measured and marked the area with white paint to show where the seating area cannot legally extend into.Owner Andrew Barnett said they have purchased new tables that are 24 inches in diameter, smaller than the 36-inch diameter of the current tables.“Our company is very conscious about being good neighbors and making sure the people can walk by,” said Barnett. “The last thing we want to do is block people from getting by.” 0%center_img Tags: Business • restaurants Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Whats OnRed Vee Cafe Bar – Opens around 430pmT

Whats OnRed Vee Cafe Bar – Opens around 430pmT

first_imgWhat’s On:Red Vee Cafe Bar – Opens around 4.30pm.Turnstiles – Open at 6.30pm.Club Face Painters – These will once again be operating in the Hattons Solicitors Family Stand and the Totally Wicked North Stand from 6.45pm … come along and get your face painted in Saints colours for free!Bouncy Castles – We have rugby themed inflatables in the North and South West Stands.Member Offers – We have two great offers for you – any pie & alcoholic beverage is just £6, whilst a pie or hotdog & hot drink is just £4.Soft Drinks – Fruit shoots are now available for just £1.50 each.Carling Bar – Following feedback, fans in the West Stand can now get their hands on 500ml Carling PETs from our new bottle bar in the concourse. Price is £4.Contactless Payment – Will be available in the Karalius, Popular Side, Marching Inn, Eddington Arms and Voll’s bars to speed up your service.The A Star Saints Angels – Will be performing several new performances before the game.Bucket Collection – There will be a collection in memory of Violet Grace.Half Time – See the new Simply Doughnuts Kicking Challenge! Contestants have three attempts to kick a ball into a large replica Simply Doughnuts pot in front of the West Stand. There’s a whole host of prizes to win and if you kick it in from the 40m line, you return at the final game of the season to kick again for the chance to win a car for the year from Chorley Nissan!Sponsors:The Match is sponsored by Bidfood, with the Matchball sponsored by Fleet Dynamic. The corporate sponsor is Qualitech.Team News:Both sides have named their 19-man squad for the match. You can find out more here.Tickets:Tickets for the game are available from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium or by calling 01744 455 052. There will be cash turnstiles on the Hattons Solicitors West, Totally Wicked North and East Stands. If you require a South Stand ticket then you need to head to the Ticket Office.Saints Superstore:The Saints Superstore will be open up until kick-off and 45 minutes after full time.Spotify Playlist:Many thanks to all those who have suggested songs for our Spotify playlist for this afternoon’s game. We will continue to update it throughout the day. Check it out here: spoti.fi/2BJfn6QProgramme:The programme is sponsored by Warrington Audi and is priced at £3. This issue features an exclusive interview with Tommy Makinson!last_img read more

Ticket

Ticket

first_imgUpdated: 13.6.19 – 1pmDue to the RFL releasing further additional tickets for sale, the variety of blocks on sale has been updated below along with their availability.Members Tickets start from just £21 for Adults, £13.50 for Concessions and £8.50 for Juniors (aged 16 and under).Members save £4 per ticket from the full match price, subject to availability, with no limit on how many tickets can be purchased.A ticket gains entry, not only to the Saints vs. Halifax fixture, but also to the Warrington Wolves vs Hull FC clash in the first Semi Final of the double-header (KO 2:00pm) and also the Women’s Challenge Cup Final (KO 11:30am).Tickets can be purchased by calling 01744 455052 or by visiting the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, when it re-opens on Monday June 10, at 9am (subject to availability) or online here.All Membership priced ticket purchases will be checked against the Club’s Membership database, the lead booker must be a 2019 Member. Any tickets purchased by non-members will not be processed. Coach Travel is also available and is priced at £9 for Members and £11 for non-members and can be purchased alongside your match ticket. The coach will depart the Totally Wicked Stadium at midday.Should Saints Women qualify for the Final, a number of coaches will depart at 9:45am to attend the match. Please contact the Club for further details.Ticket prices and the available blocks can be seen in the stadium map below.Prices: Cat 1 (Non-member) REDCat 1 (2019 Full & Supporter Members Discount)REDCat 2 (Non-member) YELLOWCat 2 (2019 Full & Supporter Member’s Discount)YELLOWCat 3 (Non-member) BLUECat 3 (2019 Full & Supporter Member’s Discount)BLUEAdults£45£41£35£31£25£21Concessions£35£31£25£21£17.50£13.50Juniors (16 & under)£25£21£20£16£12.50£8.50Please note: Tickets for this match are fully allocated, this means fans will be given a specific seat associated to their ticket in their chosen block. Please be aware of this when buying for a group, as any tickets will only be placed together when purchased in the same order at the same time.When buying online, the best available seats will be automatically selected when purchasing from the current available block.Tickets in specific blocks of tickets are only available via a specific method of purchase below:CAT 3JU1 – LIMITED – AVAILABLE VIA TICKET OFFICE/ONLINEJU2 – VERY LIMITED – AVAILABLE VIA TICKET OFFICE/ONLINEKU1 – VERY LIMITED – AVAILABLE VIA TICKET OFFICE/ONLINEKU2 – VERY LIMITED – AVAILABLE VIA ONLINE ONLYCAT 2LL2 – AVAILABLE VIA TICKET OFFICE/ONLINECAT 1LL1 – VERY LIMITED -AVAILABLE VIA TICKET OFFICE ONLYAll subject to availability. Please note blocks marked on the map as SOLD OUT may have single seats available. Juniors under the age of two are not required to purchase a ticket but parents or guardians must claim a free ticket for them from the Ticket Office to gain entry to the fixturePlease note: Concessions are Senior Citizens 65 and over, Students upon production of a valid student card and Serving Military with valid ID.Ambulant Disabled supporters can purchase their tickets from the Club and are entitled to a complementary carer ticket on production of a valid ID.Wheelchair supporters are also entitled to a complementary carer ticket and need to contact the Club to purchase.Disabled tickets are priced depending on age.,Members Tickets start from just £21 for Adults, £13.50 for Concessions and £8.50 for Juniors (aged 16 and under).Members save £4 per ticket from the full match price, subject to availability, with no limit on how many tickets can be purchased.A ticket gains entry, not only to the Saints vs. Halifax fixture, but also to the Warrington Wolves vs Hull FC clash in the first Semi Final of the double-header (KO 2:00pm) and also the Women’s Challenge Cup Final (KO 11:30am).Tickets can be purchased by calling 01744 455052 or by visiting the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, when it re-opens on Monday June 10, at 9am (subject to availability) or online here.All Membership priced ticket purchases will be checked against the Club’s Membership database, the lead booker must be a 2019 Member. Any tickets purchased by non-members will not be processed. Coach Travel is also available and is priced at £9 for Members and £11 for non-members and can be purchased alongside your match ticket. The coach will depart the Totally Wicked Stadium at midday.Should Saints Women qualify for the Final, a number of coaches will depart at 9:45am to attend the match. Please contact the Club for further details.Ticket prices and the available blocks can be seen in the stadium map below.Prices: Cat 1 (Non-member) REDCat 1 (2019 Full & Supporter Members Discount)REDCat 2 (Non-member) YELLOWCat 2 (2019 Full & Supporter Member’s Discount)YELLOWCat 3 (Non-member) BLUECat 3 (2019 Full & Supporter Member’s Discount)BLUEAdults£45£41£35£31£25£21Concessions£35£31£25£21£17.50£13.50Juniors (16 & under)£25£21£20£16£12.50£8.50Please note: Tickets for this match are fully allocated, this means fans will be given a specific seat associated to their ticket in their chosen block. Please be aware of this when buying for a group, as any tickets will only be placed together when purchased in the same order at the same time.When buying online, the best available seats will be automatically selected when purchasing from the current available block.Tickets in specific blocks of tickets are only available via a specific method of purchase below:CAT 3JU1 – LIMITED – AVAILABLE VIA TICKET OFFICE/ONLINEJU2 – VERY LIMITED – AVAILABLE VIA TICKET OFFICE/ONLINEKU1 – VERY LIMITED – AVAILABLE VIA TICKET OFFICE/ONLINEKU2 – VERY LIMITED – AVAILABLE VIA ONLINE ONLYCAT 2LL2 – AVAILABLE VIA TICKET OFFICE/ONLINECAT 1LL1 – VERY LIMITED -AVAILABLE VIA TICKET OFFICE ONLY,All subject to availability. Please note blocks marked on the map as SOLD OUT may have single seats available. Juniors under the age of two are not required to purchase a ticket but parents or guardians must claim a free ticket for them from the Ticket Office to gain entry to the fixturePlease note: Concessions are Senior Citizens 65 and over, Students upon production of a valid student card and Serving Military with valid ID.Ambulant Disabled supporters can purchase their tickets from the Club and are entitled to a complementary carer ticket on production of a valid ID.Wheelchair supporters are also entitled to a complementary carer ticket and need to contact the Club to purchase.Disabled tickets are priced depending on age.last_img read more

Father worried about his children in Barcelona

Father worried about his children in Barcelona

first_img James Stacey’s ex-wife and two sons fled in horror in what Spain’s officials are calling a terrorist attack, claiming the lives of at least 13 people. As the news spread, so did his fear.“I immediately sent an e-mail, just making sure everybody is okay and then I saw more and more and- I mean it’s Barcelona and there’s La Rambla, and people go their to shop and to eat and I’m trying as hard as I can to get in touch with my ex-wife because I don’t know what’s going on,” Stacey said.As pandemonium filled the streets in Barcelona, Stacey worried back home, not sure if his family was okay.Related Article: Reserve at Forest Hills increases number of displaced in Wilmington“They didn’t know it was happening when it was happening,” Stacey said.His ex-wife and his two sons were a block away from where the van crashed into the crowd.“You see these attacks, and you hear about them and you read them and your heart breaks and your heart goes out. And then, you realize your kids are a block away from what actually happened and the world’s a scary place,” Stacey said.Saying moments like this make him worried about the world we live in.“Honestly, you think ‘Oh I want to have grand kids when my kids are older.’ Maybe I don’t. Maybe I don’t want to be in fear, but, I don’t know,” Stacey said.Stacey says he had planes to fly over to Barcelona already, so he is unsure as to whether he will be able to go there and re-unite with his sons. 00:00 00:00 html5: Video file not foundhttps://cdn.field59.com/WWAY/1503027997-1b55d21d9f3d23656d1f20d448225292c5ccdf97_fl9-720p.mp4 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — James Stacey’s family was in Barcelona just blocks away during that terrorist attack.“She grabbed the boys and pushed them into a clothing store as the gates were shutting on the entrance,” Stacey said.- Advertisement – last_img read more

UNSOLVED Man found wrapped in burlap in Brunswick River

UNSOLVED Man found wrapped in burlap in Brunswick River

first_img Mary Doncourt, a civilian investigative specialist with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, says a wildlife officer found John doe 1977 on May 13, 1977.“John was found fully wrapped in burlap and it had snagged on the banks of the Brunswick River just south of the 74/76 bridge,” Doncourt said.Doncourt said he probably had not traveled far.Related Article: South Carolina man arrested in 1987 rape in North Carolina“It was thought that perhaps he’d been dropped off the bridge,” Doncourt said.Doncourt said he was found only wearing a pair of blue socks. She said when he was found you could see his hands sticking out of the burlap as if he tried to get out. She also said he had probably been in the water for about a week making it almost impossible for the coroner to find a cause of death.“Because of the way he was found, he ruled his death by drowning, but I don’t think anybody wraps themselves tightly in burlap and jumps in the water.”The coroner estimated he was around 20 years old, but she said it was hard to tell, because decomposition had started and he was bloated.Detectives drew two different sketches of him during the investigation, but they were missing a key part of an investigation.“All of this was before the protocols changed requiring that the ME’s office keep remains, so his body was cremated and buried at sea, his remains after the autopsy and everything was done so we don’t have access to DNA,” Doncourt said.She said they did have something though.“A very unique dental chart that shows he has extensive dental work done,” Doncourt said. “It would have been expensive dental work.”Doncourt said they could not find anything from dentists in the surrounding area. More recently, she tried reaching out to the director of the University of Maryland’s Museum of Dentistry to take a look.“He did not think the work was done in the United States at that time,” Doncourt said. “There is the huge port in Wilmington. We wondered, because he was never reported missing, perhaps if he was off one of the ships that came through or if he might have been a military dependent whose family was stationed over seas or if he might have been military.”After 40 years, investigators still do not know who he is or who did this. As more time passes, Doncourt said the chance of finding someone who knows is dwindling.“But you just kind of hope that there will be that one little break and you keep looking for different things,” Doncourt said.Doncourt is not going to stop until John Doe 1977 gets what he deserves.“He was a human being,” Doncourt said. He deserves to have a name. 40 years is a long time to wait to get your name.”If you know anything, please contact the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — More than forty years ago, a man’s body was found in the Brunswick River.Detectives refer to him as John Doe 1977, but his real identity remains unsolved.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Property owners near Chemours plant files GenX lawsuit

Property owners near Chemours plant files GenX lawsuit

first_img Baron & Budd Law Firm filed the suit alleging that Chemours and Dupont are responsible for this contamination.RELATED: GenX found in rainwater on UNCW campusThe suit also states the GenX contamination has affected the quality and safety of the water drawn from private wells and created a probable risk to the health of individuals who live near the plant. BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Another lawsuit against Chemours.This time it’s coming from property owners who live near the Fayetteville Works Facility.- Advertisement – last_img

PHOTOS Viewers share spectacular shelf cloud photos

PHOTOS Viewers share spectacular shelf cloud photos

first_img St. James (Photo: Brian McKinney) Topsail Beach (Photo: Bryanna Clewis) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A line of strong to severe storms rolled through the area Thursday bringing heavy rain, gusty winds, loud thunder and frequent lightning. But they also brought this feature: Check out the photos below that were sent to WWAY. (Photo: Christian Martino) Carolina Beach (Photo: Alan Fela) New River Inlet near North Topsail Island (Photo: Marshall Crutchfield) 1 of 15 Winnabow (Photo: Brian McKinney) New River Inlet near North Topsail Island (Photo: Marshall Crutchfield) Sunset Beach (Photo: Samantha Carnahan) Wilmington (Photo: Dylan Chancellor) Carolina Beach (Photo: Alan Fela) River Road in Wilmington (Photo: Thomas Eipp) St. James (Photo: Brian McKinney) A Severe Thunderstorms Warning was issued by the National Weather Service around 3 p.m. Thursday when the storms were tracking south into New Hanover, Pender, and Brunswick counties.- Advertisement – Topsail Beach (Photo: Bryanna Clewis) North Topsail (Photo: Lizzie Murray Hourigan) Lightning spotted in North Topsail on June 14, 2018. (Photo: Lizzie Murray Hourigan) Surf City (Photo: Hannah Patrick) Many snapped a shot of an erie-looking cloud feature. They are known as “arcus clouds” or “shelf clouds” . The feature is a low, horizontal wedge-shaped cloud, typically associated with a thunderstorm gust front.Please share your weather photos, when safe, with WWAY team.last_img read more

ADVISORY New Hanover Co pipeline work to cause large gas flare

ADVISORY New Hanover Co pipeline work to cause large gas flare

first_img The maintenance will take place on Fredrickson Road, which is near the Highway 421 and I-140 interchange.Piedmont says they have reached out to law enforcement and first responders in case nearby residents are unaware of the process and call 911.Piedmont says local fire departments and Piedmont personnel will monitor and manage the procedure.Related Article: Massive fireball at Mexico pipeline tap kills at least 66 peopleThe work is scheduled to begin on Monday and should finish by August 29, weather permitting. Photo of a flaring procedure (Photo: Piedmont Natural Gas) NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Piedmont Natural Gas will perform routine maintenance on a pipeline in New Hanover County next week, a process which will cause a a large flame people nearby will notice.Piedmont says their work will involve a process called flaring, where excess natural gas is released and burned off. Flaring produces a tall flame which can be seen from a distance, as well as a loud noise and possibly a whistling sound. People who live nearby may also smell natural gas.- Advertisement – last_img read more

It was unreal UNCW professor narrowly missed by falling tree

It was unreal UNCW professor narrowly missed by falling tree

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — UNCW students will not resume classes for another week, but faculty was able to return Monday. One professor is sharing the story of how he narrowly survived Hurricane Florence.“When the tree came through, I had actually gotten up and gone to the bathroom. And it was still a few feet from my head,” said Communication Studies Professor Chadwick Roberts.- Advertisement – Roberts decided not to evacuate his Wilmington home during Hurricane Florence.He wanted to stop a small leak from destroying his whole house. A tree destroyed it instead.“It’s sort of so extreme that it was unreal. So it takes a minute to realize what happened. And then when you realized what happened, you kind of have tunnel vision of like, I have to get out of here,” said Roberts.Related Article: New Hanover County hosting Hurricane Survivor Housing Resource FairRoberts says he and his dogs got in the car, only to find the road blocked by fallen trees.He says a neighbor was able to direct him to an open route over the phone.Once he was out of danger, he broke down.“Everything kind of crashed down at that moment where I felt safe, and I had gotten myself to a safe place, and I was able to kind of then just deal with the emotions of what happened,” said Roberts.Roberts says he’s still dealing with not only those emotions, but also his insurance company. He reached out to a public adjuster for help.“He informed me that I was under-insured, so I don’t have any money for temporary housing at the moment. I’ve contacted FEMA, and it’s just a matter of waiting,” he said.Roberts says despite the difficult road ahead, he knows he and his dogs are lucky to be alive.Roberts says he’s thankful for all the help he’s received from friends and his colleagues at UNCW.He’s now back on the job, and is currently staying with friends.last_img read more