Dessert Goodness

Someone brought in a sampler of desserts from Corner Bakery Cafe. While the cheesecake was a bit blah, the pecan pie bar was luscious. And as someone who has lived in Virginia and Texas, I’ve eaten my share of good and bad pecan pie. (Chocolate pecan pie? Overkill, and unnecessary.)

This was sweet without being cloying, and full of pecans. I’d have it again. Too bad, because I’m always relieved to find desserts I don’t like.

Another good dessert is the strawberry shortcake at Ford’s Filling Station, in Culver City, CA. I’d go there again for a glass of wine and dessert, but not for dinner. The entrees were okay, but too pricey for the quality of the meal and for the mediocre service.

Munich

This weekend we finally saw Munich on DVD. Just to start off, let me say that this movie was far superior to the one-dimensional and didactic Crash.

The performances were excellent, and the script framed both the situation and the resultant dilemmas very well. This movie was actually thought-provoking in a way that the Oscar winner was not.

I will say this: I have no idea what was contained in Spielberg’s comments that appeared before the movie, because we skipped them. The movie stands on its own, and while he may have had something interesting to say, I know how to watch a movie. Better to have it as an “extra,” IMO.

Still, I’d recommend this. It’s not at all happy, but it is a thoughtful look at how violence begets violence.

Sometimes We Go Snowshoeing

And sometimes we fall down.

That’s okay, though, because we’re on the snow, and it’s pretty soft.

Snowshoeing is a tremendously awesome sport. It’s fun, it’s cheap (if you buy stuff off of eBay), and anyone can do it.

Last winter we made numerous trips to Mt. Pinos. Most recently, we spent a week at Lake Tahoe. I’d never been before, and it more than lived up to the hype. The whole area is spectacularly beautiful. Actually, I think snowshoeing (and, by extension, cross-country skiiing, although we have yet to try that) is probably one of the best ways to see that area. Why? Because unlike hiking, snowshoeing does not require you to stay on the trail. In fact, there is no trail. Just snow. The result is that you get to see areas that you would never see during warmer times of the year, and you don’t have to feel bad about spoiling the backcountry.

Additionally, it is not necessary to limit yourself to resorts like Kirkwood (which, like some other downhill resorts in the area, does offer groomed trails for snowshoeing and XC skiing). For example, a SnoPark permit lets you park in a number of maintained parking lots, which even have toilets.

It’s cold. You’re going to want the toilet.

At any rate, the SnoPark permit is $5 per day, or $25 for the season, which lasts from November to April or so. And then there are the free places to park, like the turn-out at Grass Lake.

So go snowshoeing. Just remember to take lots of water, and wear layers. Oh, and don’t forget your compass. It’s no good if you die out there.