The folks we were staying with in Seattle asked us before we arrived if there was any place we wanted to visit. A restaurant? A tourist trap? I had only one request. Salumi. Ever since I saw the episode where Anthony Bourdain visited the store I've wanted to try their cured meats.
Checking online we found that the place was only open Tuesday through Friday. Since we were to arrive late Thursday and leave Monday morning, a Friday morning trek to the well reviewed cure meats seller was planned. We even discussed buying some sort of ice chest to bring our spoils home. We figured some hot sopressata or some mole salami would made great thank you gifts for those folks watching our kitten.
We got up early to get there around the time they opened, 11 AM (hey, we were on vacation, that was plenty early). We had read on many blogs that the lines can get pretty long on Fridays and we wanted to have time to go on a shopping spree.
We parked downtown, close to Salumi. My mouth started to water. I'd been wanting to try this place for two years. Who knows when I'd get back to Seattle on a day they were open. We got closer. We saw folks standing in line outside the store. Wait, they weren't standing in line, they were taking photos of themselves in front of the store. Great, I wouldn't feel weird when I did the same thing. And then we saw the sign. Closed. CLOSED!!?? Yep. They were on a family vacation.
Needless to say I had a few choice words for the Batali's. See, they have a "holiday schedule" listed on their website and nowhere does it say they were going to be off having fun while I was braving the 90 degree Seattle heat, drooling over the possibility of their cured meats. DAMN THEM! Seriously. I was bummed. I can only hope I get back to Seattle sooner rather than later...and keep my fingers crossed these guys aren't on a family vacation!