September 26, 2016

Japanify: Soboro Donburi (Crumbly Chicken Bowl)

by yoko

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During my last visit to Tokyo, my grandma sent me home with some store bought, vacuum-sealed beef soboro.

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September 23, 2016

The Umami Reader: Anthony Bourdain Loves Popeye’s Mac and Cheese

by Sarah

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This week, Anthony Bourdain appeared on Reddit for an AMA (Ask Me Anything), where he revealed his deep love of Popeye’s mac and cheese.

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September 22, 2016

Try a New Angle: The Long Handled Triangle Hawthorne Strainer

by Sarah

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Like that t-shirt you owned in junior high school stated, “Why Be Normal?” Forgo the standard and try a new angle – a triangle!

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September 19, 2016

Conbini Creations: Sweet and Spicy Miso-Tobanjan Chicken Wings

by Sarah

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For this month’s Conbini Creations, I wanted to make a recipe using the Youki Shisen Tobanjan, a spicy Sichuan-style chili paste that we carry at Umami Mart.

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September 16, 2016

The Umami Reader: Kewpie Mayo Dependency is Real

by Sarah

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– Writer Kevin Pang examines his Kewpie mayo dependency with an excellent piece on the addictive Japanese condiment.

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Our New Jumbo Cobbler Shaker is Large and in Charge

by Sarah

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Japanese cobbler shakers are notably smaller than their American counterparts. One of the biggest reasons is completely functional – compact shakers are easier and lighter to handle, especially for the Hard Shake, a mesmerizing cocktail making technique created and perfected in Japan. 

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September 15, 2016

This Just In: Yo-Ho Brewing’s Sorry Umami IPA

by Sarah

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Japanese craft beer makers, Yo-Ho Brewing Company in Nagano, makes a beer called Sorry, which is actually an umbrella name for a series of unique brews that share one thing in common – they’re beers that the brewmasters wanted to drink. 

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Sake Gumi News: Umami-Rich Sakes (September 2016)

by yoko

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September 12, 2016

Eat This Now: Curry Ramen at Muracci’s

by Sarah

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Berkeley – home of cheap eats and cuisines from all over the world. As I’ve said before, I usually avoid the area within a close radius of the UC Berkeley campus, but sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and brave the sea of hungry Cal students to get a taste of goodness.

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September 9, 2016

The Umami Reader: No, Pho Is NOT the “New Ramen”

by Sarah

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This week the Internet got really mad at Bon Appetit and a chef named Tyler Akin, a non-Vietnamese chef in Philly who serves Vietnamese food at his restaurant, Stock.

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