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Rethinking my adoration of Salumi...

cheeseandchocolate | Apr 17, 200409:33 PM

It is after much deliberation that I write a post on this, since I've been quite a Salumi devotee for a little while now. After all, it was Salumi that I purposefully sought out last August, when I was ready to break a several-year stint of not eating meat. Mmmm, those salamis! That incredible fennel sausage! Lately, though, I haven't been entirely thrilled with what I've eaten there.

About six weeks ago, I ordered an oregano salami sandwich with provolone--something of a "usual" for me--and was quite dismayed to find the salami quite different than it had been on previous visits. It had a distinctly waxy look and mouthfeel, and the flavor was kind of musty. For some reason, the combined smell and flavor made me think of pig skin--and not in a good way. I did eat it, but it was definitely odd.

Then last week I had the grilled lamb sandwich with roasted peppers, which I'd heard great things about (maybe on this site? not sure). I was extremely disappointed, to say the least: the meat was so fatty that I couldn't chew it and wound up opening up the sandwich, pulling out the meat, and cutting off the gristle-heavy portions (about half(!) the meat). The meat that was left after my surgical intervention was wonderfully flavored but so tough that I had to grab and yank it from my mouth with my fingers in order to get a clean bite. My poor dining companion was very, very tolerant. It wasn't pretty.

Now this final thing may have nothing at all to do with the lovely folks at Salumi, but I mention it anyway, for the sake of soliciting your opinions: I think I've developed some sort of allergy to the wonderful garlic and parsley spreads they put on the sandwiches. The last few times I've had a sandwich from Salumi, I've had hot flash-type reactions about halfway through eating and immediately after. I initially thought it was something about the salami or that I was just coming down with something, but after having the same reaction with the grilled lamb, I think it must be the spreads. Come to think of it, if I try to recollect the taste of the spreads right this very minute, an unpleasant wave of heat and (very) mild nausea comes over me. I promise, I'm not weird. No food allergies to speak of; I eat almost anything. Any ideas?

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