Are you ready for an epic picture post? Do you care? Do I? After the jump.
Christine Shields and Phillip Franklin at the Villanova house Thursday night. It was beautiful. I think she's got a show coming up. Phillip is her multi-instrumental secret weapon. You can get her album at Phono Select and it's really good.
Fuck, Sonny Smith was good. I think both times I saw him this year are making my top 10 of shows. I'll post that list after the Four Eyes show, which will probably be number 1 with a bullet. He only sang two songs and then told stories and it was wild and gender-bending and saucy. He fucking rulez please someone book Sonny and the Sunsets for a show in Sac?!?!?!?
Spent the weekend in Stinson Beach. Mt. Tam was crystal clear.
Nice hike at Slide Ranch
I'm likin' this picture
So we hiked to this dome at Slide Ranch. It's at a group campsite and has a stove and sink and I was like, "fuck yeah I am booking this and having a group trip in March" and picturing the late night hangouts inside around the tables. Not so fast. It's 2100 bucks a night? Fuck that. That's some anti-hippy shit. That's for the 1%.
If you hike down to the dome you pass a grove called the bone yard and there are tons of animal bones. Some scamp had arranged the bones this way.
This goat is kind of a metaphor for life, right? Deep.
Too many beach photos I know. The birds were perfectly reflected in the wet sand and we were trying to capture it.
We ate at Osteria Stellina in Point Reyes. I really recommend this place. Here's beans and greens.
This is baby octopus stewed in tomato with onion. It was fabulous.
This is a puntarella salad. It's a kind of chicory. Chicory must really be in season in the coastal area because it was on every menu. The puntarella had a wonderfully bitter flavor and heft to it. Dressed with a simple red wine vinaigrette.
They have good pizzas, too.
The mussels were a little anemic and the housemade sausage was just ok.
This is from Cowgirl Creamery. It's thin-sliced ham with soft Mt. Tam cheese, dijon mustard and bread and butter pickles.
On our way home we went the the Marshall Store. A spot (in Marshall, natch, on the northerly part of Tomales Bay) to sit by the bay and eat raw, smoked or bbqed oysters.
or a pulled pork sandwich.
The raw oysters were the best. The mignonette had cilantro in it. What a Cali touch.
BBQed oysters with grilled sourdough garlic bread. I will not lie, these 12 oysters set me back a painful amount.
Picked up some videos thrifting. I have high hopes that this one, on how to carve meat, from master carver Merle Ellis will be worthy to send to the Found Footage Festival guys.