Author Archives: Sarah Han


March 3, 2017

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

by Sarah Han

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 Han

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 Han

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 Han

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 Han

– 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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February 7, 2017

Bay Eats Japan: February 2017

by Sarah Han

Photo via Takuya

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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February 3, 2017

The Umami Reader: Kit Kat Sushi is Real

by Sarah Han

– In celebration of its new specialty store in Tokyo, Kit Kat made limited-edition sushi Kit Kats.



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January 27, 2017

The Umami Reader: 3rd Wave Green Tea Is a Thing in Tokyo

by Sarah Han

– Move over coffee, green tea is the caffeinated beverage of 2017. It’s not too surprising that Tokyo is at the helm of the so-called 3rd wave green tea movement and home of the world’s first pour-over green tea cafe.

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January 25, 2017

Umami Map: Japanese Markets in the Bay Area

by Sarah Han

At our shop at 815 Broadway in Oakland, Umami Mart has a conbini (convenience store) section, stocked with Japanese snacks, condiments, spices, and sweets.

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January 18, 2017

Conbini Creations: Yuzu Curd

by Sarah Han

Recently, Yoko’s sister Cindy gave everyone at Umami Mart a yuzu from her tree. I was excited because I had never used a fresh yuzu before.

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