Author Archives: yoko


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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June 23, 2014

Umami Mart Map: The Chronicles of Nagoya

by yoko

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Instead of reaching there via a Wardrobe route, Nagoya is about a two-hour bullet train ride from Tokyo. It is the third most populous city in Japan, with 2.3 million people living within 11 square miles.

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June 18, 2014

How to Make Japanese Curry from SCRATCH

by yoko

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For two months, Kayoko and I at curry for dinner almost every night. As our “How to Make Japanese” curry event in San Francisco’s 18 Reasons approached, we stewed our way to a curry that was rich and full of umami, WITHOUT using premade, boxed roux.

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June 5, 2014

TSG Hard Strong Glass Factory (Chiba)

by yoko

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When Kayoko and I started choosing glassware for the shop, we wanted simple and functional glasses that would also look beautiful in any kitchen.

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May 5, 2014

Japanify: Cucumber Ume Quick Pickles

by yoko

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It’s been hot in Berkeley lately and crunchy cucumbers have been a go-to for cooling down and feeling refreshed in my kitchen.

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April 14, 2014

Japanify: Crunchy Daikon Salad

by yoko

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Warning: DO eat this at home before taking it out into the world! Weigh the social risks!

You may momentarily lose some friends while eating this salad because the smell will clear the room.

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March 28, 2014

Niigata Noodle JUNKtion: Hegi Soba, Ramen + The Italian

by yoko

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Japan is noodle crazy. Each station in each town of each prefecture have their own noodle specialty. Being noodle fiends ourselves, Kayoko and I researched some of the regional noodles of Niigata prefecture before setting foot there last month.

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March 17, 2014

Tokyo JUNKtion: Hosomaki Diaries

by yoko

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Trends in roll combinations in the States are rapid, with so many joints coming up with their own “house” rolls. Conversely, the combinations of rolls or makimono are very constant in Japan.

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February 24, 2014

Tokyo JUNKtion: Jicca

by yoko

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Whenever I visit Tokyo, I look forward to meeting newborns… especially when I’ve followed the progression of their parents. No, I’m not talking about newborn babies.

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February 7, 2014

Japanify: Salmon Avocado Donburi

by yoko

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Shopping for the freshest seafood just got easier with another fish market that opened in the People’s Republic of Berkeley. Fish is still my favorite thing to eat for dinner because it’s easy and so, so delicious.

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