Author Archives: yoko


April 13, 2015

A Visit to Aoki Brewery in Niigata

by yoko

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Kayoko and I go to Niigata every February. Our friends in Tokyo gasp in horror, “Why would you go somewhere so cold?

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March 30, 2015

Japanify: Tuna Toast

by yoko

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It’s no secret that I don’t like any breakfast/lunch egg dishes. So whenever I go out for brunch, I have to scour the menu for non-egg items.

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March 19, 2015

Japanify: Shisomaki

by yoko

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Every time I go to Japan, I am exposed to new foods, new regions and new friends.

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February 5, 2015

Japanify: Celery Asazuke (Quick Pickles)

by yoko

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In my kitchen, celery is something that shows up when I make chicken soup. Other than that, I don’t really think to buy celery.

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January 7, 2015

I Know What You Did in Paradise

by yoko

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Four friends find themselves in a secluded VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner) on the North Shore of Oahu.

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November 17, 2014

The Hopkins Buffet: Yuzu Marmalade

by yoko

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It seems like there are two types of people in this world: people with too many yuzu in their lives and people who are always in search of yuzu.

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November 3, 2014

The Hopkins Buffet: Flor de Izote con Chorizo

by yoko

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We’re in a record drought in California. Luckily, many of the plants in my garden are drought-tolerant and have actually been thriving thanks to consecutive days, weeks and months of dry, hot sunlight.

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October 13, 2014

Japanify: Grilled Shio-Koji Nagaimo

by yoko

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Last February, I went to Jicca in Tokyo and had this seemingly unassuming dish. I’ve mainly had raw nagaimo (Chinese yam) julienned or grated in all its gooey glory.

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September 25, 2014

Event Recap: Shochu 101, From Kagoshima to California

by yoko

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Alchemy Bottle Shop opened this year in March on Grand Avenue in Oakland. Owners Tova and Peter’s selection is second-to-none, featuring everything from single malts (including a great selection from Japan) to hard-to-find amaros.

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July 14, 2014

Event Recap: Sake 101 @ 18 Reasons

by yoko

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We’ve been event-crazy here at Umami Mart. We’ve put on one event every week in June and we are not slowing down!

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