Day two of Outside Lands was probably my favorite day. Why, you ask? It was my birthday! We got there early, stayed late and enjoyed all of my favorites (including Humphrey Slocombe).
First, we started off with one of my favorites from last year, Homeroom‘s Gilroy Garlic Mac and Cheese. Mac and cheese is one of my favorite food groups and Homeroom’s is the best! I still haven’t been to their Oakland location that serves favorites like Dungeness Crab Mac and Sriracha Mac, but I hope to visit the next time I am in the Bay Area. The Gilroy Garlic Mac and Cheese that they serve at Outside Lands is simple, garlic-filled and delicious! I could have eaten this, and only this, for three days straight.
Next stop was Il Cane Rosso‘s Fried Egg Sandwich. I am a sucker for a good breakfast sandwich and they have a great one! It doesn’t help that they are located in the Ferry Building, one of my favorite places to hang out on a Sunday in the city. I am there all the time, which means I am eating these breakfast sandwiches all the time. The fresh Acme bread with onion butter covering the yolky egg and generous slabs of bacon is heavenly.
We jumped on the food trend wagon and got in the long long line for Nombe‘s Ramen Burger. The small burger patty, tomato, lettuce, grilled onions, and cheese were covered in two seasoned ramen bunches in the shape of a bun. It was surprisingly different than the one I tried down here in Los Angeles from Keizo Shimamoto. The burger was just O-K, but the seasoned ramen bun was delicious!
I have seen Pica Pica on Diners Drive-ins and Dives and all of the food looked delicious. When I found out that they were going to be at Outside Lands, I was excited to try their famous Arepa. An Arepa is a grilled corn pocket filled with savory goodness. We chose the shredded chicken arepa served with yummy yuca fries. I see why Guy Fieri loved Pica Pica. I thought the corn exterior would be overwhelming in flavor, but it was the perfect covering to the chicken.
The afternoon called for a little indulgence. We ventured over to the Twin Peak stage and kept hearing about Woodhouse Fish Co. serving delicious lobster rolls and oysters, so we had to give them a try! The lobster roll was one of the best that I have ever had and definitely in my Top 3 favorite dishes at Outside Lands.
Instead of cake, I opted for Humphrey Slocombe‘s special edition flavor, Chocolate Gold Rush. Their handcrafted ice creams are very popular in San Francisco. They just opened a store front in the Ferry Building a couple of months ago, and there is always a line for their creative flavors. For Outside Lands, they combined dark chocolate ice cream with chocolate covered cone pieces. It was a chocolate paradise and the perfect dessert to celebrate my birthday!
We spent a majority of the evening in the VIP area waiting for Tom Petty to come on that night. The VIP courtyard was beautiful! I loved the decor and they had a small array of food choices, coffee, a Tito’s Vodka van, and flower crowns from Bloom That.
Let’s just say it was an awesome birthday! Now, onto the music of the day.
We walked in to Lands End right as The Kooks were coming on. They put on a great show! I only knew a few of their songs, but they drew a nice crowd for it being so early on in the day. After eating for a couple of hours, we made our way back to Lands End to wait for HAIM to come on. The trio of sisters have found a lot of success in the past year and they put on a rocking show for a large crowd. The John Butler Trio chose to play more of their folk-sounding songs, but the crowd was really into it. We watched Death Cab for Cutie from the VIP area and I was so glad to finally see them in person. We ended the night with Tom Petty. We had already seen him a couple of years back, but it was cool to see him again.