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April 11, 2017

Here’s the Menu for our 2nd Annual Sake Dinner at Camino!

by Umami Mart Staff

Our Second Annual Sake Dinner at Camino is happening this Thursday and we can finally share the menu with you.

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February 27, 2017

10 Years of the Umami Mart Blog

by Kayoko Akabori

We are celebrating 10 years of Umami Mart’s blog this year. I get verklempt thinking about it.

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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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December 7, 2016

Go Here Now: Onsen, a Japanese Bathhouse in San Francisco

by Kayoko Akabori

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A labor of love has finally been realized after nearly two years in the making: a Japanese-style bathhouse and restaurant in San Francisco!

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November 30, 2016

Watch This Now – Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories (Shinya Shokudo) on Netflix

by Kayoko Akabori

Shinya Shokudo aka Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories is now on Netflix! I am so excited about this and have been savoring each episode as though I were a child slowly going through Halloween candy, hoping it never runs out.

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November 25, 2016

Seasonal Inspiration: The Umami Mart Holiday Gift Guide

by Umami Mart Staff

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Hooray, you survived Thanksgiving! Now, it’s time for the rest of the holidays and all the shopping that comes with the season of giving.

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November 22, 2016

A Visit to Kitaya Brewery in Kyushu

by Kayoko Akabori

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As we celebrate Scorpios this month in Sake Gumi, our sake club selections are centered around yamahai and kimoto-style sakes.

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November 18, 2016

Do Nabe in a Donabe

by Umami Mart Staff

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If you’re stumped about what to make for your next dinner party, we have a suggestion for you: Do nabe in a donabe

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November 16, 2016

Eat This Now: Japanese-Style Hot Dogs in Alameda

by Sarah Han

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Japanese-style hot dogs are not new. In fact, they’ve been around for at least a decade, long enough that they fall under the “Asian fusion” umbrella (a food phrase that fortunately is falling out of favor these days. 

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November 8, 2016

Sake Caliente Pop-Up at Azasu NYC

by Kayoko Akabori

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The sake scene in New York City is dynamic. When I lived there from 2002-2008, the sake trend was definitely in development, and as a worker-bee in Midtown Manhattan, I was fortunate enough to spend many a late-nights at Sakagura, one of NY’s famed sake bars and other Japanese watering holes in the area.

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