Check out that guy. Excellent. He's eight feet tall but needed a way to get some more attention.
But this is a post about Ball Tips. Not sure why that cut is not defined as promised in the sign (pictured). So I'll tell you what I know. A Ball Tip is basically a Tri-Tip, that triangular part of the Rump. That's it; that's all I know.
Here's something else: Kinder's is a meat market/deli in the Bay Area. It's a chain, actually. Locations here. Their McAfee outpost is popular. It got a shout-out in that NYTimes article I'm still sore over. But that was baseball season and I'm ready for some football...the Raiders lost to the Chargers on Thursday so do not play tomorrow.
Their next home game is 12/14 v the Patriots at 1:15pm.
I'm starving but my SG delinquency has me sort of worried so I'm ignoring my empty stomach and thinking of You, dear reader.
Let's talk about the Raiders and their many costumed fans. It makes sense in a way. The players are in costume, no? Do those guys who wear costumes to McAfee wear them in their own homes during away games?
Anyway, I can smell the deliciousness of garlic and oil that is the Garlic Fry. Well, I can imagine it. What better way to lure consumers than to tempt them with that aroma? What is that? What's the science of smell? What triggers the enticement? Odor-responsive neurons in the brain? I need to look into this topic.
The Chicken Tender is not so appealing. The name alone makes me cringe. It's odor is what? Friedness. I guess that's why their lumped in with the Garlic Fries (pictured above), to trick people into buying them. I love that gigantic sign, btw. I also love the combination of burly football fans dipping their kid friendly slices of white meat into mini containers of sauce. Get some bbq, man. Hmm. Maybe I'll get some bbq for lunch. Be right back.
Ever since attending my first A's game many years ago I have wondered what happens at McAfee Coliseum in winter. Think about it. They don't use the whole space for A's games. But for Raiders games they do.
So what does McAfee look like during football season? The easy answer is, it looks like this (top left picture). Thank you to generous and fun Guy Fieri for inviting me to watch the Raiders-Jets game from this box. That's another post. Stay tuned.
This post is about the temporary concessions stands set up along the "back" section of the coliseum. Plain white signs with black type announcing "Nachos $5" without the fanfare or creativity of the more permanant stands elsewhere inside. You can still get beer and many snacks but if you want the real dining experience of McAfee (garlic fries, fancy beers, sausages), you probably want to sit in the baseball side. Or be prepared to walk through the madness that is post-tailgating, pre-game Raiders. It's not horrible but it's not ideal.
Not everyone has a car or attends a tailgate. The BART is pretty easy, not including the terrible fare purchasing procedure, which means there are fans who come to the game needing to eat. Many of them go for bbq. That too is another post.
wow. the Kona Brewing Co is actually Hawaiian. I guess that state of islands is too far from the east coast to seem accessible to me. but they're not so far from CA, which is why you can find their beers at McAfee. I need to do some thinking here but the movers are coming in two hours and my apartment looks like a tornado hit so I need to stop procrastinating and get to it. in the meantime, who can tell me something about this beer?
Have I told you about how good my life is sometimes? How spoiled I am? Last Sunday not only did I get to see that crazy 57-yard field goal live, but also I saw it from the suite where Guy Fieri and his family and friends were hanging out, making food, and watching the game. I believe Guy would call that "off the hook."
There were some GF pics on the Raiders site the other day but I can't find them now so here's one of my own (imagine Guy somewhere behind the photographer, me). The people in the suite to our right flipped out when they saw him. It was pretty funny. The man pretty much IS the Food Network these days (or at least every commercial I ever see), and he's a regular dude. And great friends.
warning: it's completely overwhelming online And I never should have included that 3Gallion(!) recipe for vege chili (who can eat that much at home?), but there's tons of great stuff in there from some of my favorite NYC restaurants and markets.
The online version also features some comments from Guy Fieri who is super nice and has some great Food Network shows (and you know I'd never plug TFN if it wasn't true). Guy is a Raiders fan, btw, like TFMJ. looks like we might be taking a trip to Oakland next fall, and you know what that means: Saags.