by Erin Murphy
- from Death al Dente, Book One of the Food Lovers' Village Mysteries, by Leslie Budewitz, coming in August 2013
In my family–and maybe yours, too–food is love. But while I’m far away from my family and my sweet hometown of Jewel Bay, Montana, I still love to share great food with my friends–or sometimes, enjoy it all by myself.
Seattle = great coffee. Starbucks, yes, and so much more. Love Stumptown Coffee Roasters and Caffé Vita – I drank gallons of their espresso in college in Missoula.. Both right in the neighborhood, and both hip, hot, and delicious.
When you gotta have sushi, nothing else will do. And tucked in where the plumbing supply shop used to be is Momiji. Northwest to the max, with fir and cedar woodwork, paper and glass art, and fish so fresh they’re practically still swimming. Love to lounge in the front window and watch the world whiz by on 12th Ave. Love the dining rooms, too, overlooking the courtyard rock garden. Try the Casanova roll–snow crab, avocado, and eggplant topped with this crabby-spicy goo and rolled in rice and jewel-like roe. You won’t be sorry. (Though I hope the plumbers didn’t move too far!)
And books. Right around the corner is the Mother Ship, Elliott Bay Book Company. Peeps in Pioneer Square were a little peeved when it relocated, and I get that, but what heaven to pop around the corner, browse the stacks, and find the perfect read.
It all makes me forget, for an hour or two, how much I miss Jewel Bay.
(Death al Dente, the first book in the Food Lovers' Village Mysteries, debuts from Berkley Prime Crime in summer 2013. The series is set in a small, lakeside resort community in Northwest Montana, on the road to Glacier Park. Guess where my author, Leslie Budewitz, lives! Leslie is also a lawyer and won the 2011 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction for Books, Crooks & Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law & Courtroom Procedure (Quill Driver Books, 2011). Visit her website and blog.)
(Thanks to the Oddfellows Café + Bar for the photos, used with permission.)