There's a regular list of must-dos whenever we hit Seattle (that doesn't always involve visiting Matsutake Joe.) We visit our relatives. We catch up with old friends. We enjoy the weather, if it cooperates (a balmy Seattle summer day rivals no other, but they're few and far between.)
Naturally, I also have mandatory food stops. In almost every visit to Seattle over the years, I like to have a sandwich at the family deli, Bakeman's. My family's tried-and-true turkey sandwich hasn't changed in over 30 years, and it's wickedly good. The turkey is roasted in-house, the bread is freshly baked, and the apple pie is flaky, with just the right amount of cinnamon. Then there's the requisite stocking up on Beecher's cheese, a healthy of portion of which has to be eaten standing straight up in my aunt's kitchen. If we have time, I like to load up on Salumi cured meats, but if there's not, then I'll take some thin sliced Salumi pepperoni on a tasty slice of Pagliacci pizza. I've also love Fran's gray salt caramels, pictured above, and it's fun that I share that in common with President Obama. The combination of salt, bittersweet chocolate, and smooth caramel really make these confections worth every bite.