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Salumi in Seattle

16 Nov

Every time I visit Seattle I must visit this busy restaurant for lunch.  You may call it a narrow storefront, a counter, or a tiny restaurant.  It is a very busy place where you can find house-cured Italian meats along with hot or cold sandwiches, and platters.  Cooked meats includes sausages, meatballs, oxtails, whereas cured meats vary from salamis, coppa, culatello, pancetta, prosciuttos and cured lamb.

I have been to Salumi countless times.  When I first went there the lineup was over 10 people long. Now I figure if I arrive before noon, I should miss the lunch crowd.  But there is always a line of 5-6 people ahead of me. When I order, I always have a difficult time to decide on a sandwich.  Sometimes it is because there are a few choices of meat that I want to try, but sometimes it is just because they tend to run out of certain meats, cheeses or breads.

Salumi is a small restaurant.  There is only one big table where people eat and mingle. Free water and wines (for $4.5/glass) are available on the same table for self serve.  It seems that they have a small room that you can reserve for special occasions (for $40/people, of course!).

Last week, my hubby and I waited in line for just 15 minutes.  I call it a blessing already.  We got two sandwiches to split: the culatello with mozarella on ciabatta with garlic spread and olive oil, and the grilled lamb on ciabatta with peppers and onions.  They were so flavorful. The sandwiches and meats there are truly of the higher quality. I definitely found an appreciation for the authentic Italian taste.

Also, I overheard that the “meatballs” are huge and they taste sensational.  Anyway, if you are in Seattle, Salumi is worth a try for lunch.

309 Third Ave South Seattle
(206) 621 8772
Tuesday-Friday 11am-4pm

Crave for Cupcakes

31 Oct

After a friend who recently baked some cupcakes I was tempted to bake some of my own.  So I began to look for some recipes.  When I think of making cupcakes, I automatically would think of Martha Stewart.  So I checked out her website and found some recipes. This would be my first time to make cupcake so I sort out the difficulty recipes and chose some easy to follow ones.

buttercreamI know cupcakes usually have icing on them.  Buttercream? Yes, I love to eat buttercream so I decided to make some buttercream icing.  Banana?  Yes, I love banana so I also decided to make banana flavoured cupcakes.  In the end, I made the buttercream on my own by following the recipe and I bought a banana muffin mix from the supermarket.

Banana MuffinThe making procedure wasn’t too hard. I got help from my darling and we managed to baked a few cupcakes. The cupcakes came out pretty nice and even sized. The buttercream icing turned out sweet and smooth. We experimented and played around with the icing using cake decorating tips.

Finally, here are the end results.

Cupcake showcase

Boo! Happy Halloween! There is one cupcake with a little “Halloween” touch too. Here’s a closer look of the cupcake. Q. What is it?

Brain CupcakeA: It’s a “Brain”.

Fortune Cookie Brings A Smile

6 Sep

two Chinese fortune cookiesA fortune cookie is a crispy Asian American cookie usually made of flour, sugar, vanilla, and oil with a “fortune” wrapped inside. It is usually served with Chinese food in Chinese restaurant. Nowadays, there are not many Chinese restaurants in my area that serve fortune cookie. But today I am surprised to receive one fortune cookie after a nice meal. Then, I remember how much fun fortune cookies were when I was a kid. However, the fun of cracking open a fortune cookie still exists. Although I am not too fond of the taste of the hard cookie, I still love to see what my fortune says. Sometimes the fortunes are great, sometimes they are funny and sometimes they are nonsense. The most important thing is that my friends and I have a great time passing them around and share what their fortunes are. It always put a smile on our faces!

May is National Burger Month

1 May

42-16991463burgermonth1I was just told that May is Happy National Burger Month. So Happy Burger Month to everybody! I guess no one knows how it really started. But that’s okay. I do enjoy having a hamburger sometimes. So I am more than happy to celebrate! By doing, I can use this as an excuse to eat in more burgers than I normally would. If you think the same…I’d like to share a website to you: A Hamburger Today is a weblog about America’s national dish—the hamburger! They offer lots of news, reviews, recipes and recommendations on all burger-related. Beware…maybe you will make every month your burger month.