Author Archives: Kayoko Akabori


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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March 20, 2017

Event Recap: Succulents + Sake @ Sunset Magazine

by Kayoko Akabori

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Yoko and I were so excited to be a part of “Succulents + Sake” at Sunset magazine’s HQ, right here in Jack London Square in Oakland. 

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March 14, 2017

Event Recap: Hinamatsuri (Girl’s Day) 2017 at Umami Mart

by Kayoko Akabori

On March 5, we celebrated Hinamatsuri, a Japanese holiday commemorating the strength and health of women.

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March 13, 2017

Happy Hour: The Mother-In-Law Cocktail

by Kayoko Akabori

I found this cocktail inside Ted Haigh’s Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails book that we carry at Umami Mart.

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March 6, 2017

Event Recap: Japanify Zine Party at The Kebabery

by Kayoko Akabori

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Two weeks ago, we were lucky enough to get a sneak peek into The Kebabery, a new eatery opening soon in North Oakland.

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February 27, 2017

10 Years of the Umami Mart Blog

by Kayoko Akabori

We are celebrating 10 years of Umami Mart’s blog this year. I get verklempt thinking about it.

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February 8, 2017

Happy Hour: In the Mood For Love

by Kayoko Akabori

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When we talked about me creating a cocktail with the theme of love for Valentine’s day, I balked.

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December 28, 2016

Happy Hour: The Drake

by Kayoko Akabori

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When the holidays roll around, I reach for Cognac. The Sidecar is my all-time favorite cocktail for these times – a festive mix of Cognac, orange liqueur, and lemon.

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December 9, 2016

Event Recap: Sake Gumi Underground

by Kayoko Akabori

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Last week we teamed up with Blind Tiger for Sake Gumi Underground, our second annual Sake Gumi Social.

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