bigjim- i've been to the stinking rose in san fran. thanks for the reminder. i checked out the link and there are some inspiring dishes. garlic meatloaf sounds great!
the festival was a good time. the most unusual item we bought would be the garlic chocolate chip cookies. haven't tried it yet; it's for dessert tonight. we also bought garlic, of course- pink music (hot as hell- can i say hell on here?), german red, and oregon blue (mildest of the three).