Author Archives: Sarah


March 24, 2017

The Umami Reader: The Art of Handmade Soba

by Sarah

–  If you’ve had freshly-made soba, you know that the difference between dried and fresh buckwheat noodles is astounding, but even then, you might not know the amount of work that goes into making these noodles.

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March 21, 2017

Snack Break: Bhugay’s Katsu Burger

by Sarah

Bhugay’s Katsu Curry. I first noticed this hole-in-the-wall back in November, while riding my bike home from Umami Mart.

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March 17, 2017

The Umami Reader: The Death of Lucky Peach

by Sarah

Some sad news for fans of Lucky Peach: The six-year-old food media company created by Peter Meehan and David Chang announced that it will soon close up shop.

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March 10, 2017

The Umami Reader: Japan’s Pizza Hut Cats Are Back!

by Sarah

– In 2014, Pizza Hut Japan created a cat-tastic ad campaign. “Pizza Cat!” was a fictional Pizza Hut location run by an all-cat staff.

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March 7, 2017

Bay Eats Japan: March 2017

by Sarah

Photo via: Karaage Burger

Welcome to Bay Eats Japan, where we’ll alert you to newly and soon-to-be opened Japanese restaurants and bars in the Bay Area.

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March 3, 2017

The Umami Reader: Kawaii!! Japanese Animal-Shaped Donuts

by Sarah

Floresta Nature Doughnuts in Tokyo makes animal-shaped donuts that are pretty much the cutest fried and frosted things you can stuff in your mouth.

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February 24, 2017

The Umami Reader: Can Ethnic Restaurants Be “Authentic” If They’re Not Cheap?

by Sarah

Photo via @jamessyhabout

– Hopefully you got a chance to eat at Hawker Fare Oakland before it closed last weekend. 

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February 17, 2017

The Umami Reader: We Support Restaurants that Support Immigrants

by Sarah

Image by @maryemilyohara via Twitter

– The restaurant and hospitality industries are two of the biggest with large immigrant workforces, and people within the food industry are beginning to speak out about the anti-immigrant Trump administration policies. 

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February 14, 2017

There’s a Tiny Tearoom in Berkeley for Japanese Tea Ceremonies

by Sarah

Recently, I visited Blue Willow Teaspot in West Berkeley, a new tea cafe that has a tiny Japanese tearoom tucked in the back, where visitors can experience chado, or the ceremonial preparation of matcha.

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February 10, 2017

The Umami Reader: Matcha Curry, Genius or Gross?

by Sarah

– No, that curry hasn’t gone bad; it’s supposed to be green. Itokyuemon, a Kyoto tea seller, makes matcha green tea curry, ready-made and packaged in vacuum-sealed pouches.

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