chris and i were just in seattle for chris's sister's wedding. since we didn't know what my job situation would be at the time we booked our plane tickets, we decided that we'd have to play it safe and plan a quick three day trip-- fly into seattle on friday, go to beth and jason's wedding on saturday, and make our way back home on sunday.
on an episode of anthony bourdain's no reservations, anthony bourdain ate at salumi and, given that we know seattle pretty well and have never heard of salumi, we were immediately intrigued and decided to make it our first stop. from the show, we knew that there would be a line, so we had braced ourselves and were ready for a wait. what we weren't ready for was how voracious our appetites would be.
side note: i may or may not have (or just may have) misread our departure time to be thirty minutes later than it actually was, which would have been fine since i had planned to get us to the airport an hour early, which ended up not being fine though since we (or just i) were running half an hour late. what followed was one couple frantically racing (within the speed limit) to the airport, running to our gate, and just barely making it. we must've burned off everything we had for breakfast, explaining the starved state of mind we were both in.
after about an hour and fifteen minutes of waiting, we finally made it in. we ordered a sandwich and platter to share. the hectic pace of salumi was exciting at first and added to the anticipation, but once we had ordered and were seated with our food, it was hard to detach from the buzzing that was happening all around us. the restaurant is tiny and the food and the atmosphere didn't seem to match up, it felt like the food was just trying to keep pace with the line of customers out the door and around the building. i wondered whether the owner had wished for this when he opened.
oh, the food! it was delicious, but chris and i were parched for the rest of the day and night. we will be eating sparingly the next time we go to eat (and wait in line) at salumi.
after salumi, chris took me to the guitar shop he used to go to when he lived in washington. a lot of chris's stories growing up are connected to this guitar shop. i was told that the shop has changed a lot over the years. seeing chris in the shop though, within the same walls in the same space, made me think that, when it came to chris and guitars, not much has probably changed at all.
beth and jason had their wedding in the backyard of the house chris and his sister grew up in. chris's mom did an amazing job of transforming their backyard into an intimate wedding space.
on our last day in seattle, chris and i enjoyed breakfast at the ace hotel (the waffles are amazing!), oysters and geoduck at taylor shellfish farms (AMAZING!!!), coffee at vivace and vita (pretty amazing), a porchetta sandwich at oddfellows (so, so amazing!), and a bit of shopping. the last day was basically a mad rush to enjoy seattle before we had to leave. up until oddfellows, we felt like we weren't leaving prematurely. that, although our trip was short, it was fulfilling. it wasn't until the end of the day, as we were nearing that time when we'd have to head to the airport, that we felt like we could really use a few more days.
until next time.