Author Archives: Sarah


February 7, 2017

Bay Eats Japan: February 2017

by Sarah

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

– 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

– 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

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

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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January 13, 2017

The Umami Reader: Would You Wait 8 Hours in the Rain for Pliny the Younger?

by Sarah

– Calling all beer nerds: Pliny the Younger, Russian River Brewing Company’s beloved triple IPA with a 10.25% ABV, is coming back to the brewery’s taps on February 3-16.

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January 6, 2017

The Umami Reader: NY Times Critic Slams Oakland’s Locol

by Sarah

Photo by Audrey Ma via Locol

New York Times food critic Pete Wells visited Oakland and reviewed Daniel Patterson and Roy Choi’s fast-food chain, Locol.

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January 4, 2017

Bay Eats Japan – January 2017

by Sarah

Photo via Fugetsu

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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December 30, 2016

The Umami Reader: iPads as Plates, This is San Francisco

by Sarah

Photo by Elaine H. on Yelp

– OK, yes, the Bay Area is the epicenter of tech, but this doesn’t mean we need to literally eat off of iPads here.

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December 23, 2016

The Umami Reader: A Rock’n’Roll Travel Guide to Osaka

by Sarah

– Heading to Osaka? Be sure to watch this video travel guide by my friends Chris Anderson and Lily Chou, whose latest edition of JetLag RocknRoll explores where to eat, drink, shop, see shows, and sightsee in Osaka, based on the suggestions of local musicians Kenji Kodama (Time Bomb Records) and the King Brothers.

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