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Beck or The Black Keys?

The city is abuzz with Outside Lands talk.  So level with us, what time are you sneaking out of work today?  And on a scale of 1-10, how much are able to concentrate right now?  We're coming in at about a 3.

Who are you most excited to see this weekend?  There's Radiohead, obviously, but the really revealing question is this: who are you going to see at 7:00?  Beck or The Black Keys?  Quite the conflict. 

Grilled Pork Tenderloin and Nectarines from Larkspur's Picco

Word on the street is that we're looking at a very nice weekend ahead, weather-wise, so in the spirit of a fog-free couple of days here's a very grill-friendly recipe for grilled pork tenderloin and nectarines with a bacon vinaigrette, courtesy of one of our very favorite North Bay restaurants, Picco (yes, home of the soft-serve I blogged about some weeks back). This recipe serves four, but we're betting you could easily double or even triple it and invite a crowd. This recipe is just one of many featured in a new book titled Organic Marin: Recipes From Land to Table, which showcases recipes from great restaurants in Marin (and a few in San Francisco, too).

Are Napa Valley Cabernets Getting Better?

In yesterday's New York Times, Eric Asimov wrote a thorough account of his attitudes toward Napa Valley Cabernet. He voiced a preference for a certain sort wine we'd call "old school" (he called them "balanced," "restrained," "subtle," and "nuanced").  He describes many Napa Valley Cabernets, however, as "jammy fruit bombs that overwhelm food."


Fall Coat Trends: Bright, Bulky and Belted

We all live with our fair share of regrets. For some, it's picking the wrong major in college, sticking out a rocky relationship, or eating last night's bad sushi. My regret? Waiting until mid-October last season, when it was really cold outside, to look for a new coat. The chill is the only consistent thing about San Francisco weather, and so I assumed that  stores were bound to keep an array of key outerwear pieces in stock year round. Wrong! Instead, I went through the fall and winter months desperately sorting through picked over, not-my-size overcoats, never satisfied and eventually going without that much-needed update to my wardrobe.

Oyaji: Where Hideki-san Knows Your Name

The other night I was taken to Oyaji, a sushi spot on Clement Street, so far out in the avenues you might as well get on a plane to Tokyo. I’ve heard a lot about it from my friends that frequent it. They talk about the sushi, sure, but what they really talk about is Hideki-san, the theatrical, ham-of-a-chef and owner who knows his fish and drinks like one too.

Concerts On Our Radar

Some upcoming shows...

!!! (Chk Chk Chk)
Aug. 27, The Independent

Nada Surf
Sept.  2-3, The Great American Music Hall

Michael Franti & Spearhead
Sept. 6, Mezzanine

Built to Spill (performing “Perfect From Now On” in its entirety)
Sept. 8-9, Slim’s

Sept. 8, The Fillmore

Living Legends
Sept. 15, The Fillmore

Sept 18, The Fillmore

The Eat + Drink List: This Week's Top 7 Picks

1. Mondays with Morrone
Award winning Bay Area chef George Morrone will add his seasonal influences to the Fish and Farm menu on Mondays for the rest of August and the entire month of September (with the exception of Labor Day, September 1).  Each Monday, the menu will also feature one of Morrone’s famous soups from his cookbook, Simply Elegant Soup.  Call 415-474-3474 to make a reservation. 

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