So Pike Place Market was…ok. I didn’t love it and I only had the morning left in Seattle before flying out at 1pm. Something else was calling me:
Salumi is the artisanal cured meat store of Mario Batali’s father. After reading Heat: An Amateur’s Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-Maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-Quoting Butcher in Tuscany, I have become a total Batali fan girl and there is a brief mention of his father who worked at Boeing for thirty years opened this shop in his retirement, inspired to follow in the roots of his family.
If this wasn’t enough, when I asked people on the Bacon is Magic Facebook Page what I should do in Seattle everyone told me Salumi was amazing.
I had to go.
So I left the touristy Pike Place Market and hoofed it across town into what appeared to be a bit of a dodgy area with cash chequing stores and men’s shelters. It crossed my mind I should have checked to see if this neighbourhood was safe but I was too determined to have this Batali’s take on pork.
And then finally I saw it, the sign of pork. I was so excited.
That lasted about two seconds when I saw it didn’t open until 11am. The time I was being picked up to go to the airport.
Crushed. Completely and utterly crushed.
It has almost ruined my trip to Seattle, knowing it would have been the highlight and I have missed it. The only consolation was that Seattle seems like a great city and I definitely want to come back. And I did see some interesting street art along the way.
It’s a small consolation because I feel a bit of heartbreak for a love I haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing.
Disclosure: The Amazon link above for Heat is an affiliate link. I really liked the book and I recommend it. Affiliate links mean if you buy something I get a small percentage – which will be going into my Salumi fund.