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Within a Budding Grove: Gusteau's: 03/25/10

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I'm now up to page 540 in Within a Budding Grove. I have a good nibble on a job.

The girl with dark hair and green eyes who rides a bike was a short term obsession for the protagonist. He thinks she might work in one of the buildings in the center of town but he has more important things occupying his mind — gourmet food.

That's right. He's discovered fine dining with friends. Why go home for dinner with grandma when he can eat out? There's a restaurant that's always bustling, serving food that brings tears to his eyes. He describes the wait staff hustling about so quickly that he's always surprised when the soup doesn't slosh and the souffles don't fall.

So there was only logical place for my mind to go as I was reading it; Gusteau's near the end of Ratatouille. What pulled me there first wasn't the perfectly made ratatouille for the critic but the fact that they were so busy they were roller skating between the tables. I couldn't pull any good stills of the skates so I went for the scene right after he critic flashes back to eating his mother's cooking at a child.

For me, that meal would probably be chicken divan or pot roast. What about you? Do you have a meal that takes you back to your childhood?

See you back next week for my thoughts on pages 541-570.

Swann's Way posts:

Lisa's First Word, Baby Mine, I Sing the Body Electric, The Lady in Pink, Bleeding Gums Murphy, Caturday, Cherry Blossoms, Marge Simpson, Liana Telfer, Bender in Love, Margaret Dumont, Hyacinth Bucket, Rose, Mildred Krebs, Pepé Le Pew, Jack Harness, Cordelia Chase, Saffron, Thomas O'Malley.

Within a Budding Grove posts:

Nanowrimo, Cheers, Robert Langdon, Kif and Amy, Dead Weight, Clark Kent, Lex Luthor, Paris is a Lonely Town, And Then There's Maude, A Cafe Terrace at Night, North by Northwest, Top Hat, Chez Deetz, Ah, My Goddess!, David, Auntie Mame, Brunhilde Esterhazy, Gusteau's, Shell Beach.

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