Samir and Ayaka travel out of the city for a meal at Chez Llama with their neighbours, Salim Benali and Gaiden Fujita. While Samir and Salim discuss the exotic taste and texture of their meals, Ayaka flirts with Gaiden, who seems to be interested in her.
Ayaka hears that the Romance Festival is in town, and travels there with Salim Benali. While Salim reviews some of the festival-goers’ paintings for his critic column, Ayaka checks a guide book to learn more about the festival and the Fashion District. It’s a beautiful part of the city.
The Arts Quarter is the home of the Humour and Hijinks Festival, and Samir checks it out with Salim Benali. Salim mentions the fireworks display at the end of the night, which is definitely an impressive sight to behold.
The neighbours arrive to welcome the housemates to the Arts Quarter. Genji Fujita and Salim Benali live in the other apartments on their floor, while Khaled Assaoui lives in Hakim House on the other side of the district. Khaled brings along a fruitcake as a welcome gift.
Just outside Salim’s apartment, buskers often play on the street for tips. One evening Salim enjoys hearing Steve Fogel strumming some sublime tunes. Steve is very proficient on the guitar, and Salim decides to write a good review of the performance for his article in the San Myshuno Times.
Salim checks out The Blue Velvet nightclub in Willow Creek. It doesn’t have a dancefloor or a DJ, instead opting for blues on the speakers and piano music. After meeting flirty Naomi Shibuya at the lively bar, Salim also gets to give the club’s closets a thorough review.
A new Italian restaurant called Villa Bovine opens in Newcrest, so Salim takes the opportunity to use the venue for a dinner date. Gal Gebara delivers Salim’s mail every morning and he couldn’t resist asking her out.