Author Archives: Kayoko


July 28, 2014

Upcoming Event: 2nd Annual Umami Mart Matsuri

by Kayoko

Guess what? It’s our birthday! We’re turning TWO years old (can you believe?!?!?!) and as we promised, we are making our Matsuri festival an annual tradition and throwing yet another big bash to celebrate our summertime birthday (holla to the Leos).

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July 21, 2014

A Visit to Heuga Bar in Gifu City

by Kayoko

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Yoko and I first met bartender Tomokazu Kai in 2010, when we helped present an event with Suntory Whisky called the Tokyo-SF Bartender Salon.

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July 7, 2014

Ukai: Cormorant Fishing in Gifu

by Kayoko

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Yoko and I were lucky enough to be invited to Gifu prefecture in central Japan to visit specific cities that are known for producing knives, ceramics and wood products, and tour their factories.

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June 30, 2014

Upcoming Event: Drink More Whiskey Book Party + Tasting

by Kayoko

For all of ya’ll who have been suggested we hold more, ehem, “alcohol education courses,” this ones for you. And MEN are also welcome to this one!

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June 12, 2014

Upcoming Event: The Forest Feast Cookbook Party

by Kayoko

We are so excited to finally announce a proper soiree for Erin Gleeson’s new cookbook, The Forest Feast! The book was published in April and has been selling like hotcakes at our shops.

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May 30, 2014

Upcoming Event: A Pop-Up Dinner with JICCA from Tokyo (OAK)

by Kayoko

This event is SOLD OUT!

Umami Mart + Ordinaire + Selection Massale welcomes

JICCA from Tokyo!

We are so happy to present a night of spectacular food, wine and FUN (!) with our friend Tori-chan of JICCA (pronounced gi-kkah), visiting Oakland from Japan.

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May 25, 2014

Postcard from Kyoto: Kiln

by Kayoko

We are having a blast in Japan, gallivanting through Gifu, Kyoto and Osaka. This trip, we’re not even stopping off in Tokyo, so we can concentrate on all the riches of these western regions of Japan.

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May 19, 2014

Off to Japan!

by Kayoko

Yoko and I are on our way to Japan again! This time to Gifu prefecture to check out ceramics, knives and other fun stuff to bring back with us for ya.

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May 12, 2014

Upcoming Event: The Fragrance of Whisky (For Ladies Only!)

by Kayoko

This women-only event is a collaboration with the Women & Whiskies program and is sponsored by Campari. 


A portion of the proceeds of ticket sales will go towards Dress for Success, a non-profit organization providing women with professional attire to develop their professional careers.

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May 7, 2014

Lazyass Cookin’: How to Boil a Dumpling

by Kayoko

Have I seriously never posted anything about frozen dumplings? That’s crazy! Frozen dumplings have been my #1 go-to lazyass meal for years now.

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