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Zombies Vs. Vampires: Which Side Are You On?

Zombies Vs. Vampires: Which Side Are You On?

I like zombies. Something about the walking dead has appealed to me since I was a kid. They are the working class of the monster realm.

I have found that a gender gap exists when it comes to zombies. Guys tend to like them, and girls prefer vampires.

Zombies and vampires are both undead and they both consume people (either flesh or blood), but vampires are complicated. You never know for sure if they are trying to seduce you or kill you. I admit vampires are sexy. Let’s see someone try to write a series of novels about a high school girl falling in love with a zombie. It won’t happen.

Vampires have a lot of rules. Don’t go out in the light; be afraid of garlic; don’t get staked in the heart, and NEVER kill another vampire. The vampire rule list goes on and on. Zombies are easy; they eat people. Vampires have to bite you three times. What’s that about? Zombies only have to scratch you, and you’re toast.

No, zombies are a guy’s kind of monster. They walk around and eat. They like red meat, and they don’t engage in conversation. They just growl and grunt. What you see is what you get (even in a mirror).

I will also admit that I am a zombie purist. I hate it when the people that make movies or television shows portray zombies wrong. Zombies don’t sprint. They can limp fast on their broken legs and twisted ankles, but they do not run fast. Getting away from one is easy. Getting through a crowd of 300 of them is the problem.

Zombies don’t talk — at all! Not even to say things like “brains, braaains.” And come on, zombies do not crave brains! They like any flesh at all. If they only get one bite at you, they’re probably going for an arm or a leg. In fact, if they pin you to the ground, they aren’t going to gnaw on your cranium. They are going for your torso stuffed full of organs and intestines. They will usually pull them out so that their buddy zombies can have some, too. I think the whole “zombies eat brains” thing started with some vegan sci-fi writer that wanted to help the walking dead eat healthier.

When it’s not a serious zombie movie, it’s okay for some zombie liberties to be taken. Of course, real zombies don’t play video games like in “Shaun of the Dead,” and they don’t dance like in Michael Jackson videos. That’s just for fun. But if you’re making a serious zombie movie like “I Am Legend” or “28 Days Later” follow the rules!

No, vampires are confusing, complicated and relational. Zombies are simple.

Calling All Zombies: Third Annual Zombie Walk

For those who wish they were a zombie, well, you’re in luck. Join the zombie horde at the Third Annual Zombie Walk this Saturday, October 29th. The fest starts at 2 p.m. with live music; the Zombie Walk begins at 6 p.m., and the event ends with a performance by The Relics.

The event is free with a canned food donation for St. Mary’s Food Bank.

Zombie Walk 2011


Zombie Walk 2010

For more information about the Annual Zombie Walk, visit www.downtownphoenix.com/zombie.

The Rose and Crown Pub

Make Your Way Downtown To The Rose And Crown Pub

It’s finally cooling off in the Valley — this means comfortable weather to enjoy the Downtown Phoenix night life. Slip on your trousers, grab your mates and head to The Rose and Crown Pub for a pint and a chin wag.

The Rose and Crown Pub

The Rose and Crown Pub is located in a historic house in Heritage Square, downtown Phoenix. As soon as you walk in the door at The Rose and Crown, you are walking up to the bar. After you have your pint in hand, you can either go left to hunker down in one of the comfortable leather chairs by the billiards table, or you can go to the right and find a table to get some grub.

Adorning the walls is pop art portraits of British icons, including Her Majesty the Queen, Winston Churchill and others. The paintings were commissioned for the Rose and Crown and created by local artist Alexander Scott Hughes.

The pub has high definition TVs (so you won’t miss out on the game), dartboards, a billiards table, and a spacious outdoor patio.

And don’t forget the free Wi-Fi!

But as a pub, it’s all about the food and drinks. The Rose and Crown offers more than 50 beers, local and imported. The bar offers 10 beers on tap with four rotating taps to keep things fresh. Like any British public house, food is served from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., and the menu offers traditional British dishes to American pub grub.

The Rose and Crown PubMy dining companions and I had the pleasure of sampling the Bangers and Mash, the Sheppard’s Pie and the Fisherman’s Pie. Each dish was delicious and distinct in flavor (or shall I write flavour?).

The Bangers and Mash was served with a side of gravy and perfectly cooked asparagus. The sausages were seasoned with rosemary and onion, piled on top of homemade redskin mashed potatoes.
My beer recommendation: Guinness

The Fisherman’s Pie is a delicious alternative to the Sheppard’s Pie for all the pescatarians out there or for those wishing to be different while staying in their comfort food zone. The pie is a combination of halibut, salmon and haddock in a white sauce, potato and onion. It is served identically to the Sheppard’s Pie, piled high with mashed potatoes and vegetables on the side, but the taste is its own. My beer recommendation: Boddington’s

The Sheppard’s Pie was, hands down, the best I’ve ever had. The Rose and Crown PubInstead of using what seems as the traditional ground beef in the pie, a slow-cooked roast beef was used. Mixed in were green beans, carrots, thick gravy, and piled with more homemade mashed potatoes, smothered in cheddar cheese. My beer recommendation: Smithwicks

The Rose and Crown, though English in name, ale and appearance, embraces the American lifestyle; and with football season approaching (I’m talking Super Bowl football here, not World Cup), The Rose and Crown Pub will have plenty of events from pub trivia to game viewing specials.

Visit the Rose and Crown’s website for more information.

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If You Go:

The Rose and Crown Pub
628 E. Adams St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 256-0223

Parking validation is available for 5th St. and Monroe parking garage.

Hours: Mon – Sat, 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Sun – 9 a.m. – 2 a.m.