May 23, 2017

Celebrating Women Producers: Noriko Kamei of Sequoia Sake Brewery

by Yoko Kumano


Since opening in 2015, Sequoia Sake Brewery has been a gem in the heart of the Bay Area.

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May 16, 2017

Celebrating Women Producers: Miho Imada of Imada Sake Brewery

by Yoko Kumano

The first time I tried an Imada Shuzo (brewery) sake was in 2014 when we opened our bottle shop in Oakland.

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May 15, 2017

Sake Gumi News: Women Sake Makers (May 2017)

by Yoko Kumano


Miho Imada of Imada Sake Brewery and me with two of the bottles offered this month for Sake Gumi!

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May 11, 2017

Celebrating Women Producers: Jennifer Colliau of Small Hand Foods

by Kayoko Akabori

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Jennifer Colliau is one of Bay Area’s greatest bartenders. To use words such as “smart,” “talented,” or “creative” seem to undermine her qualities.

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May 5, 2017

The Umami Reader: The Asian Salad Must Die

by Kayoko Akabori

We often joke about the Asian Salad genre at Umami Mart HQ — Chinese Chicken Salad, Chopped Asian Salad, Oriental Salad, etc.

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April 25, 2017

Event Recap: 2nd Annual Sake Dinner at Camino

by Yoko Kumano

I always get nervous before an event because I want it to be the best that it can be.

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April 20, 2017

The Ubiquitous Kamenoko Tawashi Has a Fascinating Backstory

by Sarah Han

The Kamenoko Tawashi is one of the most ubiquitous household cleaning tools in Japan. Invented in 1907, these durable handmade scrub brushes are used to clean pots and pans, kitchen sinks, bathtubs, floors, dirty boots, and anything else that can use a heavy-duty scrubbing.

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April 15, 2017

Sake Gumi News: Spring Bling (April 2017)

by Yoko Kumano


Kayoko and me with Jiro, holding a Sake Gumi Tote!

April sakes ship today for Sake Gumi, our monthly sake subscription club.

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April 14, 2017

The Umami Reader: The Japanese Wiener Obsession

by Sarah Han

Doggy Style, Alameda, photo by Sarah Han

– Hot diggity dog, check this out! Kayoko is quoted in a recent article written by Jonathan Kauffman for the San Francisco Chronicle on Japanese hot dogs.

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Simple, But Special: Lacquered Bamboo Chopsticks

by Umami Mart Staff

Lacquering is the process of applying a glossy, polished finish to wood (and sometimes paper, leather, and other materials).

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