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Outside Lands Lineup: Forget the Bands, What About the Food?

This weekend's Outside Lands lineup has suffered mixed reviews, many bemoaning the lack of standout headliners. Um, obviously they didn't take a look at the list of food vendors. Serious SF food star power! Let's Be Frank, Namu, Yats, Pica Pica Maize Kitchen! But since the festival is all about the, uh, the music, we decided to pair food and bands for the ultimate GG Park experience. Here's what we really think would bring out the flavors this weekend's musical acts.

The Rise of Miss Saigon

Make no mistake—Miss Saigon isn’t going to revolutionize the dodgy block on which it sits (at the corner of Sixth and Mission streets). It is, however, a good place to get lunch if you’re tired of the options at the Westfield SF Centre. The utilitarian, but spic-and-span, dining room is run by an efficient workforce that bustles about, delivering Vietnamese coffee and fussing (in a good way) over the guests. Menuwise, it’s the usual suspects: We have no complaints about fried squid with scallions and garlic (#14) or the delicate threads of green papaya in the classic salad named after it (get #9, shown here, the version with shrimp and pork). Linger too long and you’ll be subjected to a viewing of violinist André Rieu’s DVD of love songs, shown on three televisions.

Dinner With Anthony Bourdain

photography by Rick Camargo



Chef, TV star, writer, new dad, and raconteur Anthony Bourdain rolled into town recently as part of his No Reservations book tour. He made many appearances around the Bay Area, and everywhere he went he was greeted like a rock star—lines around the block for every book signing or dinner.

Harvest Party at the Ranch

photography by Rick Camargo



Greetings friends,

McEvoy Ranch in Marin County was the stunning setting this weekend for the annual McEvoy Harvest Party. Nestled deep in the Marin countryside, a mile or two from Petaluma, this is the “must-attend” event of the year. I went with my dear friends Lauren Williams and John Peake.


Dinner with Tony Bennett

photography by rickycphotography.com

Greetings chums,

Last night, while many were still chewing over the shambolic performance of Britney Spears at the VMAs, I had the joy of being in the same room as a real star who was chewing his way through a plate of ravioli. Tony “I Ieft my heart in San Francisco” Bennett enjoyed dinner last night at Piazza Pellegrini in North Beach. His friend of more than 40 years Gino Biradelli, his lovely wife Alexis and a few other pals dined with him.

Best of the West Rib Cook Off

photography by rickycphotography.com

Greetings meat lovers,

(Vegetarians can stop reading now.)



Sparks, Nevada near Reno is the host town this weekend for the Best of the West Nugget Rib Cook Off featuring tiptop rib cooks from across America. Now in its 19th year, this is regarded as the rib cook events of all rib events.

Ribs, ribs, ribs and more ribs. Yes folks people travel from far away just to show up here and eat!

Jam Tarts and Sticky Buns? Not Here

photography by rickycphotography.com

Greetings and welcome to another pants-down, brand-spanking new blog posting.

Tea, jam tarts and sticky buns? Not at this street fair.



No little old ladies, no crafts or bric-a-brac for sale. However, at Dore Alley, there were hot dogs and burgers on offer along with beer, cocktails and more. There was also a spanking booth, a dildo store and dance floor, all within walking distance of each other. I did try out the dance floor.
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