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Friday, September 12, 2008

Lunch Date: Salvation Boulevard

posted by on September 12 at 12:10 PM


(A few times a week, I take a new book with me to lunch and give it a half an hour or so to grab my attention. Lunch Date is my judgment on that speed-dating experience.)

Who’s your date today? Salvation Boulevard, by Larry Beinhart.

Where’d you go? Mirch Masala. I was inspired by Dave’s review this week.

What’d you eat? I had the lunch buffet ($7.95.)

How was the food? Delicious! The butter chicken and the paneer curry were my favorites, but the piping-hot naan delivered to the table was great, too. This is by far the best Indian lunch buffet I’ve had in Seattle. But the other options are so depressing I stopped going to Indian lunch buffets quite some time ago.

What does your date say about itself? It’s a thriller by the man who wrote the novel American Hero, which was the basis for Wag the Dog. American Hero was kind of crazy—the author wrote himself into the book, and it was very different from Mamet’s script for Dog, basically claiming that the first Gulf War was a plot to get the first Bush re-elected. If your tolerance for conspiracy theorists is all right, I recommend Hero. This new one is about religion and politics, and it’s more of a legal thriller.

Is there a representative quote? “Manny slammed his fist down on the desk. He was wearing a shirt that cost $300, $350. A $150 tie, wide and straight, pimp my neck. The jacket of his $2,400 suit hung over the back of his chair. The view out his window made it the priciest real estate in the city. Manny loved money, and Manny made money. But here he was, slamming his fist down on the desk so hard his coffee mug took a little hop and clack. “Not if I can fuckin’ help it.”“

Will you two end up in bed together? Yes, but I’m losing patience. I got 39 pages into it and I’m on Chapter 9, and the characters aren’t really characters yet. As with the above quote, they have one attribute (in Manny’s case, love of expensive things.) If I don’t see a little more depth soon, I might abandon ship.

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Posted by Meow | September 12, 2008 12:20 PM

Mirch Masala is such a treat. Their buffet is INCREDIBLE. These posts don't get a lot of comments but I love them.

Posted by jrrrl | September 12, 2008 12:25 PM

Another endorsement for Mirch Masala. Go there even if you can't make the buffet.

Posted by JC | September 12, 2008 12:34 PM

Really? I've only been once (last week) and was thoroughly disappointed. Everything tasted bland and overly creamy without the complexity of the better Indian places around like Spice Route and India Bistro. And seeing them nuke the naan as i was sitting down was disappointing, too.

Posted by Paulette | September 12, 2008 12:40 PM

Their butter chicken sauce tastes like Campbell's tomato soup.

Posted by keshmeshi | September 12, 2008 1:11 PM

You should have one of your dates at the Cedars on 43rd. I hear we're the best falafel in town.

Posted by soup | September 12, 2008 3:09 PM

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