August 15, 2011

“If you love life you also love the past, because it is the present as it has survived in memory.” – Marguerite Yourcenar

Hibiscus in Oakland prepares a sweet spread at SF Chefs Sugar & Spice Party (see On the Town)

August has been a non-stop flurry of major SF events: SF Chefs, our city’s biggest food & drink week (which I give the photo recap treatment in On the Town), and Outside Lands, a massive music festival in Golden Gate Park, where I spent the last three days seeing everyone from Muse and Arcade Fire, to the Roots and Erykah Badu (my Outside Lands food & wine pairing article was in last week’s print issue of the Guardian).

Chefs Hubert Keller, Ryan Scott & Chris Cosentino at SF Chefs Opening Night Party (see On the Town)

I filled in as Guest Editor for Eater during the first week of August, and Guest Editor for Grubstreet one day last week, plus two more this week.

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Imbiber showcases the promise I taste in Ian Adams’ cocktails at Orson, plus Orson’s special “Hotel California” menu. We then try a new British gin from the world’s first known female gin master distiller.

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Tasty Tunes: Outside Lands food & drink paired with music
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**Unless otherwise noted, all photos by Virginia Miller**