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I didn’t really have plans for Halloween weekend, but somehow ended up watching a free screening of The Shining at Park Chalet on Friday night.  Red Rum! Red Rum!  Definitely will check back to see what other movies they’ll be showing on Fridays, especially since they offer happy hour priced drinks/food from 9 PM.  $3 beer?  $3 garlic fries?

Saturday night, my friend persuaded me to join the annual Journey to the End of the Night street game.  Basically, it’s a public zombie game where “humans” must travel by foot or public transit to five checkpoints in the city and make it to the finish line without being tagged by the “zombies/chasers.”  The turnout was amazing.  When we went to register, the line almost stretched from Cupid’s Span to the Ferry Building.  Numbers were definitely in the hundreds, which meant that there was a mad rush/stampede out of the starting point.

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The checkpoints we had to reach before the finish line were spread out across the city: Pagoda Pl (near Chinatown), Fisherman’s Wharf, Fort Mason, Levi’s Plaza (on Embarcadero), Broadway Tunnel West Mini Park, and finally end at Crissy Field in the Presidio.  Fortunately, each checkpoint is located in a safezone which includes several streets.  Bus shelters and train stations were also considered safe.

I don’t think I’ve ever ridden the bus so much since I’ve been here.  I’m terrible at directions, so I was really glad that my group was very smart-phone and direction savvy.  Our strategy was to use public transit to get as close to the checkpoints as possible and sprint when necessary.  Of course, there were definitely runner enthusiasts who just sprinted the whole way.  We were not that ambitious.

The purpose of the game was to also help acquaint you with the city.  And even if you are familiar with all the places, it’s still a thrill to run through these neighborhoods at night.  I especially loved the fantastic view from Crissy Field Beach where you can see the Golden Gate Bridge shine across the waters and hints of a light fog hovering near the coastline.

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To be honest, I didn’t think we would last very long in the game.  But when we finished our fourth checkpoint, I knew we had to push on to the end!  It’s actually kind of scary walking down the streets and not knowing if there were zombies that would pop out from a corner.  We were lucky that most of the chasers that we spotted didn’t notice us back, but we did have to sprint at one point to make it to our fourth stop.  We also had a lot of help from our zombie friends.

After a good four hours, we finally made it to the finish at midnight!  Whoo!  We didn’t win anything, but I left feeling very accomplished and somewhat confident that I may just survive a zombie apocalypse.

Panna Cotta Tart with the chocolate almond graham cracker crust that I used from the last post.  I paired these with roasted grapes that I roasted with balsamic and honey.  I would use a regular tart crust instead of a crumb crust if you don’t want crumbs to float to the surface, but mine tasted just fine.


Spring is coming and going, and I’m missing it.  I see color popping up everywhere—tulips, daffodils, cherry blossoms—from the neighbor’s garden to the small patches of shrubbery next to the parking lots.  Splashes of yellow next to the river and pavements covered in soft flower petals.  After months of looking at dirty white and rusty brick red, it’s wonderful to finally see sprouts of green again on lifeless branches. This is one thing I’m going to miss about Boston.  The winters here really make you appreciate Spring.

But so far, the only time I’ve had to enjoy Spring is the hour or so that it takes for me to get to and from work.  My plans to take walks have been thwarted by rainy weekends and general listlessness.  Hopefully, I can get myself out of the house this week before Summer takes us by surprise, which probably is in a week or two.

Who ever thought that making jelly out of heavy whipping cream would be so good?  At least I like it, and it’s perfect if you’re expecting company or need a quick sugar fix during the week.  Use almond extract for a more fragrant and refreshing flavor than vanilla.  The strawberry sauce gives it a tarty kick that prevents the dish from being overly rich.  The two together makes for an incredibly silky dessert that disappears fast, before you even realize that you’ve just ingested a cup of heavy cream.