Our very special MCC extended interlude continues!
Dateline: January 31, 2015. As part of our annual pilgrimage to see the Oscar-Nominated Live-Action and Animated Shorts, my wife and I have to travel up north to Keystone Fashion Mall, home of Keystone Art Cinema, the only art-house theater in Indianapolis, a long drive from our side of town. The Fashion Mall overhauled their food court a few years ago into a much wider, brighter, more modern space with newer, trendier dining options replacing several of the sort of meat-scoops-on-rice joints that rule all the other malls in town.
We tried Pinkberry’s brand of fro-yo and assorted toppings on a previous visit. It was okay, nothing addictive. I took the photo on this trip, but we didn’t have any Pinkberry on this particular day. I just really liked the photo.
Our lunch was at Shapiro’s Deli, the company’s newly opened third location. Their downtown shop bakes a mean bagel, but this was my first time seeing their lunchtime menu up close. Pictured here is my meal of pastrami on a croissant and German potato salad, with a cameo from my wife’s potato pancake. I liked the salad more than the sandwich, though that may be due to resentment at how this location charges nine bucks and up for a half-sandwich. I’m not the kind of guy who can have half a sandwich and consider it an official meal, but I wasn’t in the mood to pay fifteen bucks for the complete set. I would understand if the seating arrangements were fancier and involved a waitstaff, but that’s not the kind of price range I mentally associate with a fast-casual dining design like theirs.
See, this is the kind of food that merits overcharging me. Between the separate Live-Action and Animated showings, my wife and I walked down to the Cheesecake Factory, where my intermission snack of choice was their Oreo Dream Extreme. This six-star treat cost a little less than the pastrami and didn’t bother me nearly as much because I concede that a dessert like this can be categorized as high-end. I appreciated that I didn’t have to settle for just a half-slice.