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San Francisco’s legendary Outside Lands Music Festival is quickly approaching and tickets are now on sale! 2017 commemorates the 10th anniversary of this beloved festival taking place on August 11-13 in Golden Gate Park. You can buy single-day tickets as well as 3-day passes.  Of course, you can also spring for VIP tickets for access to the exclusive Polo Club and special viewing areas.

There is something really special about the over 1,000 acres of land in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. This urban park, situated right in the middle of the city, sets the stage for a really unique experience to hear live music. We’re happy to report that the lineup for this year’s event will not disappoint. Here are some of the reasons we have already secured our tickets:

Music Lineup: Metallica, The Who, Lorde, Vance Joy, The Avett Brothers & too many more to name!

Food Lineup: el Huarache Loco, 4505 Meats, Rich Table & Jackrabbit’s Food Truck (we love their lamb burger). If you don’t find us in line for one of these offerings, chances are good that we have settled into Choco Land for the Candybar Dessert Lounge or Kara’s Cupcakes.

Drink Lineup: Wine and Beer Lands have an impressive list of offerings featuring the best of the best from local wineries and breweries including Preston Farm & Winery, 21st Amendment & Calicraft Brewing Company.

You can get more information and buy your tickets here. See you there!

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In the family-friendly town of San Anselmo you will find the beloved restaurant, Cucina San Anselmo.  Owned by the very talented restaurateur Donna Seymour, this Italian eatery has been a neighborhood favorite since 1998. A local herself, Donna grew up in Napa and is raising her kids in San Anselmo. Since we’ve been happily frequenting Cucina for close to a decade now ourselves, we definitely have our personal favorites. Don’t miss their heavenly Brussels Sprouts Chips (oh my, the tasty combination of honey and Sriracha!). If you are in the mood for a hearty pasta dish, we highly recommend the Bombolotti al Sugo (past tubes with veal, sausage, mushrooms, tomato sauce & mascarpone…come on!).

There are so many delicious items on Cucina’s menu, but there is one that Marin residents all know and love: Carpaccio di Zucchini. In all our years as guests at Donna’s restaurant, I don’t think we’ve ever strayed from this mouth-watering dish as our first course. It’s delicious and pretty down-right famous here in Marin. So we thought that we’d have to work our incredible magic (or maybe even wrestle her to the ground) to get the recipe. Nope. Donna is just a lovely person who graciously shared her recipe with Arrive Marin so that we can share it with you.

Carpaccio di Zucchini

serves 4

5 zucchini
1/3 cup olive oil
2/3 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1/3 cup shaved Pecorino cheese

The trick to this recipe is all in the technique. Do not use a hand grater or a food processor to shred the zucchini which will leave you with watery results. Hand-cutting the zucchini will give you the perfect al dente salad.

Thinly (1/8 inch) slice zucchini lengthwise and then re-stack pieces to form a whole zucchini. Cutting crosswise, thinly matchstick the zucchini. Warm the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the almonds and toast for about 1 minute. Add the zucchini and toss to coat in the oil, cooking just to warm through, 1 – 2 minutes. Turn off the heat, stir in the parsley and divide among 4 plates. Top with the shaved Pecorino cheese and serve at once.

Donna’s wine pairing choice for this dish is a 2016 Scribe Rosé from Napa Valley.

Buon Appetito!

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It’s getting close to the end of the school year here in Marin. We can’t wait for warm summer nights and good solid family time without the usual grind of a schedule. One of our favorite local events is the Presidio Twilight in San Francisco.

This giant picnic and campfire runs every Thursday throughout the summer from 5:00 – 9:00 pm. The fun happens on the main parade grounds right outside the visitor’s center in the Presidio. All you need to bring is a picnic blanket as a large array of food trucks from Off the Grid will be on hand. Trucks rotate regularly but some of our favorites include An The Go for Vietnamese garlic noodles and Drums & Crumbs for sensational southern fried chicken. For dessert, try Humphry Slocombe for absolutely worth-the-splurge ice cream. With flavors like “Elvis: the fat years” and “roasted white chocolate lavender” need we say more?

There is live music, lantern-lit cabanas (available on a first-come, first-served basis) and sunset activities such as bean bag toss, hula hoops and even a giant Jenga. This is a very family-friendly affair and a great way to break up the weekday routine. Ok, we are also always looking for an excuse to get out of cooking dinner!

Insider’s tips: dogs on leashes are welcome and bring layers as it can get chilly once the sun sets. You can get more information on Presidio Twilight here.

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