Author Archives: Aya Ogawa

September 11, 2008

The Aerobie Coffee Maker (aka the Pump)

by Aya Ogawa

Tmonkey is very grumpy in the morning. He depends on his morning coffee to wake up!Recently he purchased a new coffee making device called the Aeropress Coffee/Espresso Maker. The old espresso machine was pooping out, and this Aeropress was inexpensive and REQUIRED NO ELECTRICITY (except to heat up the water and grind the coffee). Also […]

September 5, 2008

A Win for Yelp: Taro Sushi (NYC)

by Aya Ogawa

Sorry, a boring post without photos. Sucks, I know. Recently I got into a discussion with Kayoko about I was surprised that she wasn’t an avid Yelper. I had recently been scouring through Yelp looking for out of town recommendations– where was the most popular taqueria in San Jose open past 10pm; is there […]

November 18, 2007

Best Seafood in Queens

by Aya Ogawa

Friday was Astoria exploration day. After hitting P.S. 1 for a rooftop performance by Min Tanaka (which was more about the 4 or 5 photographers who were making so much noise throughout) Ryo guided us into her ‘hood. It was already nighttime dark at 6pm, and very chilly, so I was hugely relieved when we […]

November 11, 2007

Umamiventure Report: Sripraphai Thai Restaurant

by Aya Ogawa

UmamiVenture Archives:Taste of Jackson Heights – 10/07Red Hook Ball Fields – 06/07Ocean Jewel Restaurant – 06/07

July 13, 2007

Fear and Loathing in the Realm of Seafood-Lovers

by Aya Ogawa

WARNING: This post is not for the squeamish, overly sensitive, or the faint of heart. Skip this post if discussion of bodily functions offends you deeply. I’m serious!!! I’ve mulled over in my mind, for almost a month, whether to blog about this or not. I wasn’t sure this was for Umamimart readers. Then TM […]

May 12, 2007

Burrata + Oysters: The Reckoning

by Aya Ogawa

tmonkey lost his mind last night. I came home from work at 10:30. The apartment was sweltering. tmonkey was walking around, sweaty, shirtless with a small knife. He mumbling something about mozzarella cheese. He had been blogging. I knew there would be trouble. “Do you know how to shuck oysters?” he asked. I told him […]

May 4, 2007

When in Monterey…

by Aya Ogawa

I’m from Monterey, California (home of the world-famous — and deservedly so — Monterey Bay Aquarium) which is one of the most beautiful places on earth (the breathtaking landscape was featured in Hitchcock’s masterpiece Vertigo), but the problem with the beautiful places on earth are that they are usually turned into tourist traps — everything […]

April 2, 2007

Ramen Haven? ISE

by Aya Ogawa

Lunch during the workweek has never struck me as an opportunity for a truly enjoyable eating experience — especially working in midtown! But I went to ISE for the first time in a couple months and you know what, I think this place might have the best ramen in NYC that I’ve tasted so far. […]

March 30, 2007

Napa-Wrapped Pork

by Aya Ogawa

I am so lucky I get to see Kayoko everyday, so I can laugh at her for already blowing half her budget for the $100/2weeks. For lunch I brought leftovers from last night’s dinner and shared them with her — since she is starving this week and all. It’s a fun and easy recipe, and […]

March 21, 2007

Pizza Pizza Pizza Pizza!

by Aya Ogawa

Meet Aaron Unger. Performer/ puppet artist/ photographer/ visual artist extraordinaire. World-traveling Jew from Miami. A man bursting with joie de vivre, a culinary maverick and loving husband and father. A man who has entertained hundreds of people from New York to Berne with his ice-shaving performance (some time accompanied by girls with big bear heads), […]