Hey there, lovely people. Just a quick little dispatch of cell phone pics from the annual fun, fantastic festival of music, wine, beer and FOOD at Golden Gate Park – Outside Lands. Here are some personalized pairings for you that I found to be quite sublime. If you have a (free) Spotify account, you can listen along, too.
The best way to kick off a 3 day festival is with sweet sweet sugar – this time in the ingenious form of a dulce de leche “spring roll” served crispy hot with gooey caramel and stuffed with cheesecake. I was ready to go for the amazingly talented Sharon Van Etten and the comedic/musical improv genius of Reggie Watts. [from pacific catch]
Sadly the usual August cold, wet SF fog took over, but the chill was soon extinguished with this crusty sourdough bread bowl full of creamy chowder chock full of clams and potatoes. I doused it with some sriracha for extra heat, and it was perfect for the acerbic witty rants of David Cross. [from woodhouse fish co.]
As night fell, it was time for some liquid warmth via this summery twist on a Tom Collins made with fresh watermelon and rhubarb mixed with Moroccan mint tea. It was bursting with fun, like the 10,000 strong dance party put on that night by French duo Justice [from tito’s vodka]
Started the day off bright and late with a dreamy brunchy combo of a fried egg smacked into a tomato grilled cheese on sourdough. With a good sharp Tillamook cheddar and flavorful juicy tomatoes offsetting the runny egg yolk, this was simply amazing. My energy was boosted for the psychedelic Brit pop of Tame Impala and the country-inflected crooning of Father John Misty. [from the american grilled cheese kitchen]
Later in the day I managed to withstand the long line of the famous glass-walled truck/pizza oven on wheels that is del popolo.
Twenty minutes in line was worth it, look at that blistered crust! This stellar neapolitan margherita pie was the foundation for my shimmies to the soulful Americana of Alabama Shakes and the beloved reunion of slacker philosophers Grandaddy. [from del popolo]
That last push for the evening means I needed SUGAR. Hello, gooey, sticky salted caramel bar. Enough lift to keep up with the bluesy punk of The Kills followed by an epically foggy, mystical night in the park with Sigur Ros. [from up and under pub and grill]
I really tried to start out healthy, see this toasty maize arepa stuffed to the brim with black beans, plantains, tomato and tomatillo salsa was even gluten free and vegan – but man it packed a whollop of flavor. Just the boost I needed for the disco punk dance party thrown by Franz Ferdinand, who even paid tribute to Donna Summers. [from pica pica]
How adorable is this baby meyer lemon cupcake? This sweet lil’ delight complimented the contagiously festive joy of Amadou and Mariam [from mission minis]
What’s cooler then mac and cheese? Fried mac and cheese, dipped into a tart and kicky tomato vinaigrette. What’s cooler than that? The coolest girl in school, Santigold, bringing the deliriously giddy masses to to their feet with her art-pop jams. [from andalu]
I had to get one last bite in, and what a bite it was: a crisp spicy ginger cookie from miette sandwiching subtly tart and thoroughly sweet lemon and vanilla cookie ice cream. A perfect ending to a great festival, with an energetic soundtrack of Bloc Party’s angular pop. [from three twins ice cream]