I love Halloween! I don’t have kids, and I’m thankful San Francisco doesn’t put an age limit on dressing up. Michael and I went with some friends on Wednesday to an underground restaurant/costume party at a “haunted” house in Alamo Square hosted by Stag Dining Group. We paraded through a gigantic house-turned boarding school-turned artist studio/event rental complete with a larger than life size painting of Michael Jackson in full Thriller get-up. Oh, and loads of gorgeous glitter paintings. Yes, I said glitter and gorgeous in the same sentence! Artist Rene Garcia Jr. is a genius with glitter. My limited experience with glitter involved a bottle of Elmer’s Glue….
We jumped from dark rooms into dark hallways to scare other diners in a creepy empty top floor, and walked through a staged “Haunted House.” We also drank some interesting cocktails by Cocktail Lab complete with basil seeds and rum that look and feel texturally like you are chewing on eyeballs. They also made a “Hannibal Lecter;”a whisky sour with chianti poured over a spoon on top to keep the colors separated, which I liked much more than the first.
The chef’s behind the Stag Dining Group created a great menu for the night:
Crab Puffs – Togarashi, lemon
Roasted Beets & Carrots – goat cheese mousse, preserved lemon-honey vinaigrette, rye crumble
Squid Ink Chowda – lobster, kabocha squash, clams
Baby-Back Ribs – smoked maple glaze, apple celery root slaw
“Drumstick” – dark and stormy brownie, rum ice cream, waffle cone
I can’t complain much about the food, only a little about the timing. It was fun and provided a good test run of the costumes.
Saturday I spent a majority of the day decorating the house with spider webs and fake plastic spiders for our grown-up Halloween party. I also tried a new recipe for sugar cookies. They are super soft and puffy and very much like the kind you buy in the grocery store… you know, the round ones with sprinkles coordinating with every holiday. The recipe is great. The cookies are not overly sweet and pair well with the buttercream frosting. I prefer buttercream on cookies as opposed to royal icing decorated cookies – the buttercream tastes so much better. The recipe I tried came from Sweet Pea’s Kitchen and I didn’t change a thing (except on the second batch I rolled them a bit less than 1/4″). The general consensus was good and Michael really liked them. I believe his exact words were, “Those cookies are the Bomb!” Then we laughed and high-fived. This is the key to a good marriage.
Hopefully I’ll get to hand out some candy to neighborhood kiddies this year since we have a front door! I think I’ll refrain from my creepy Black Swan costume as well… no need to terrify the little ones.