December 2, 2016

Great Design Idea: The Tosa Sperm Whale Knife

by Sarah

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The backstory behind this whale-shaped knife is pretty delightful. Tetsu Yamashita, a master sickle maker, was asked to create a blunt-end blade for children to safely sharpen pencils.

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The Umami Reader: The Taco Bell Cheetos Quesadilla and Other Food Monstrosities

by Sarah

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– Fast food chains will release one-off products in other countries that we’ll never see on menus in the States.

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December 1, 2016

Go-To Guide: The Complete Cocktail Manual

by Sarah

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Our friend Lou Bustamante recently released this great cocktail book that we’re excited to carry in our shop.

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November 30, 2016

Watch This Now – Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories (Shinya Shokudo) on Netflix

by Kayoko

Shinya Shokudo aka Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories is now on Netflix! I am so excited about this and have been savoring each episode as though I were a child slowly going through Halloween candy, hoping it never runs out.

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November 29, 2016

Japanify: Miss Blanche (Fuyu Persimmon Kanten)

by yoko

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Feeling stuffed post-Thanksgiving? After a few days of leftovers drenched in butter, I found myself reaching for fruits of all kinds at my grocery store.

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November 28, 2016

Bartender Spotlight: Shanna Farrell of Hamlet

by Chris Cabrera

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I met up with bartender Shanna Farrell, who works at Hamlet, a restaurant in Noe Valley in San Francisco.

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November 25, 2016

Seasonal Inspiration: The Umami Mart Holiday Gift Guide

by Sarah

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Hooray, you survived Thanksgiving! Now, it’s time for the rest of the holidays and all the shopping that comes with the season of giving.

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Now You Can Japanify All Day!

by Sarah

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If you’re a regular reader of the Umami Mart blog, you’re probably familiar with Japanify, a monthly column written by Yoko featuring Japanese recipes.

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The Umami Reader: This Bong Menorah Guarantees 8 Nights of Hanukkah Munchies

by Sarah

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You’re going to have some intense munchies this Hanukkah should you partake in rips from this glass bong Menorah.

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November 23, 2016

The More, the Merrier: Studio Arhoj Holiday Cards!

by Sarah

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It’s time to start mailing out holiday cards to friends and family! Send cheery season’s greetings with these sweet Studio Arhoj Holiday Cards depicting playful and cozy winter scenes.

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