May 2, 2010

Salumi and more Seattle

I have to share a few more bits and bites from our explorations of Seattle...

Don't miss Armandino Batali's (yes, Mario's dad) Salumi in Pioneer Square. Artisan cured meats. That's all my husband needed to hear and this stop went to the top of his list.

We made the pilgramage. We stood in line. We squeezed into the tiny shop. The gods of porcine pleasure were looking out for us and we even scored a table to sit down and eat our otherworldly meaty wonders. Our only heartbreak — the porcetta sandwich sold out. Get there early!

He had a sandwich piled with porky goodness.

I had the lamb ragu: pure comfort.

Of course, we also explored Pike Place Market. It was torture not to have enough time to shop and cook and fully experience what Seattle had to offer by cooking for ourselves.

Beecher's Handmade Cheese shop was our favorite stop here. Their cheddar is just so much more than any other I've ever had.

Do not, I repeat do not, miss their mac and cheese. It took great effort on my husband's part to pause long enough for a photo once it was in his hands. And it lived up to the hype of being the world's best. (Recipe here - but be sure to make it with their cheese. In Austin, look for it at Central Market.)

Belltown graffiti

Seattle is a visual and taste paradise. A couple of other places I have to mention: Branzino Italian restaurant in Belltown. It was too dark for photos but the food was very well prepared. We had lamb sausage, spinach-mushroom-walnut ravioli and an asparagus, arugula and kumquat salad. And last, Uwajimaya Asian Market for everything from ceramics to sauces to fresh rice noodles to an incredible array of Asian produce. I'd be shopping here every week if I could.

309 Third Avenue South, Seattle (Pioneer Square)
Tuesday - Friday 11am - 4pm

Beecher's Handmade Cheese
1600 Pike Place, Seattle (Pike Place Market)
daily 9am-6pm
Order online here.

2429 Second Avenue, Seattle, (Belltown)

600 5th Avenue South, Seattle (SoDo)

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