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2B - Thursday, November 3, 2011 The Michigan Daily - michigandaly com
Each week, one Ann Arbor staple menu item becomes a
battlefield as Daily Arts editors butt heads over
which restaurant makes it best.

400 South Division Street
A samosa is a great way to start a tasty
Indian meal, and Raja Rani's version
turns out to be done just about right. The
crispy pastry on the outside and potato
and peas in the filling come together
beautifully in a rich blend of textures and
spices. Pair these samosas with a cup of
steaming chai for an especially delicious
appetizer or snack.
328 Maynard Street
Samosas are India's favorite appetizer
because of their deliciously crunchy exte-
rior and spicy, tear-inducing interior. But
at Madras Masala, that highly anticipated
first bite into a samosa isn't nearly as magi-
cal. The tips aren't crunchy enough and
the filling tastes like bland potato mash.
Ultimately, the only thing tear-inducing
about this dish is its $3.95 price.

307 South Main Street
The Shalimar samosa is like no other
stuffed pastry in Ann Arbor. It owes to the
lightness and flavor to Shalimar's Maida
flour and the northern Indian curry spicing
the generous cuts of fresh potato, onion and
peas. Though dense in stuffing, it has a thin
and flakey crust that manages to be both
rich in coriander and cumin and low in oil.
No one does a northern samosa better.
217 South State Street
What the samosas at Taste of India
Suvai lack in spice, they make up for in
pure, satisfying texture. The crunch of
biting into the exterior shell is just plain
fun, and the filling is melt-in-your-mouth
smooth. But still, it's hard to shake the
feeling that these samosas should have
some fire to their taste ... simply put, the
spark's not there.

-Sde Buzz
Laura Kobak
LSA senior
at a MichKnit meeting
Are you a good witch or a bad witch?
I'm definitely a good witch.
Which of the "Harry Potter" movies is your favorite?
The first movie is my absolute favorite because it's true to the book,
and everybody is adorable.
What's your favorite museum?
I'm from New York, so I like the Met. I found a portrait that looked
exactly like my sister.
Have you ever eaten a samosa?
Are those the Girl Scout cookies?
Excerpts are taken from the B-Side Buzz video,
which can be found on MichiganDaily.com.
Interview by Lauren Caserta


And the winner is: SHALIMAR


It's hard to believe almost
two years have passed since
Justin Bieber entered the
hearts and
of teenie-bop- *
pers every- u
where. The
now-17-year- "Mistletoe"
old pop sensa-
tion released Domino
his sopho-
more effort two days ago
and - praised be the ghost of
Christmas past - it's a Christ-
mas album called Under the
The lead single, "Mistletoe,"
was released on Oct. 17 and
tried to infuse autumn with

Christmas cheer more than two
months before the holiday. The
track molds Bieber's factory-'
produced Christmas spirit into
a swagger-licious track, com-
plete with smarmy snaps, lib-
eral use of "shawty" and trite
lyrics that can only be associ-
ated with the most wonderful
(read: most gag-inducing) time E
of the year: "The wise men fol-
lowed the star / The way I fol--DOMINO
low my heart /And it led me to
a miracle." in the next few weeks. This
It's not the worst Christmas- single is like that Christmas gift
inspired -track out there, but fromyour estranged aunt: Sure,
"Mistletoe" can't distinguish the sweater is nice and maybe
itself from the barrage of candy you'll wear it a few times, but
cane-coated songs that will in the end, you would have pre-
startpoppingup on radio waves ferred aniPhone.
"Mistletoe" is unin-
spired, especially in con-
trasttothe innocent, upbeat
numbers that launched
Bieber to stardom. The
* * naivete and idealistic love
portrayed in My World2.0's
"Baby" is athing ofthe past.
Bieber is on the cusp of
manhood now and simple
love won't do. He wants
booty, and he's going to get
it - under the mistletoe.

The teaser trailer for "Proj-
ect X," which is due for release
next March, calls the film "a
of bad behav-
ior." Con-
sidering its Pj X
are a bunch Wamer Bros.
of party-
ing teens, that is ultimately a
somewhat bland description,
which matches the unoriginal
impression the film leaves.
It starts out promisingly,
with young teen Thomas
speaking into a video camera
"Blair Witch"-style and tell-
ing his parents about the out-
of-control house party he just
had. Then, we see the party
itself, an epic bacchanalia of
sex, alcohol and flamethrow- leaves out the details that,
ers, which is actually a last- would actually differentiate
ditch effort for Thomas and the film. In lieu of originality,
his friends to make a name for the trailer inserts a plethora
themselves before graduating of sexuality - images of girls
high school. staring seductively into the
Teasers should tease and camera (both with and with-
the first trailer for "Project X" out popsicles in their mouths)
certainly does. But the way it are combined with scenes of
teases is somewhat manipula- girls dancing around promis-
tive: It tells a classic but thin cuously and stepping out of.
story to draw viewers in, but a pool. It might be enough to


entice the target demograph-
ic, but it also shows how little
"Project X" may really have to
offer in terms of story.
If "Project X" can develop
its story into something more
complex in coming trailers, it
may gain buzz among young
and college-aged viewers. At
this point, though, the teaser is
little more than eye candy.

Take one presumptuous
seducer and two married women.
What could possibly go wrong?
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