If I had a say, my version of paradise would closely resemble this past weekend. After a few days of hanging with my favorite local chefs and restaurateurs at SF Chefs, I spent the entirety of my Sunday at Outside Lands. It’s pretty obvious that I love music almost as much as I love food and lucky for me the two came together in one oh-so perfect weekend.
After braving the 4-mile trek to Golden Gate Park, we arrived in time to catch the tail end of Mayer Hawthorne’s set, which made for an all too brief but very bumping dance party. Eager for more, we headed to the main stage to scope out Temper Trap and find some grub. I beelined for Pica Pica Maize Kitchen where I happened upon a high school classmate and shorthanded my maize thoughts to my other friends in line. It was clear we ordered well as we stole bites of vegetarian cachapa and the pork maize’wich off each others plates. I’d say we enjoyed the Pica Pica selection almost as much as the music and that’s saying a lot because Temper Trap was much better than I expected.
After a few hours of bouncing around to a solid round of sets by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Al Green, Nas & Damian Marley, and Phoenix, hunger pangs hit again. We bumped into another group of friends at Wine Lands (aka the wine tent) and ran through our drink tickets as we sipped pours from Iron Horse, Mark West, Robert Sinsky, Unti, and Ridge.
Nothing like some oysters and Namu‘s Korean tacos to wash it down, right? Well, whoever put those two tents in the wine area must’ve known the tacos would make for an unlikely but tasty combo. The Anchor & Hope bbq oysters rounded things out, but I’m still decidedly partial to The Marshall Store.
As if the day weren’t great enough, I was gifted a rare beer from the ultimate beer hunter and most generous of gift givers, The Ice Cream Man. If he had given me an ice cream to go along with it, well, then it really would have been paradise found.