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July 21, 2014

A Visit to Heuga Bar in Gifu City

by Kayoko

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Yoko and I first met bartender Tomokazu Kai in 2010, when we helped present an event with Suntory Whisky called the Tokyo-SF Bartender Salon.

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July 7, 2014

Ukai: Cormorant Fishing in Gifu

by Kayoko

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Yoko and I were lucky enough to be invited to Gifu prefecture in central Japan to visit specific cities that are known for producing knives, ceramics and wood products, and tour their factories.

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June 30, 2014

Upcoming Event: Drink More Whiskey Book Party + Tasting

by Kayoko

For all of ya’ll who have been suggested we hold more, ehem, “alcohol education courses,” this ones for you. And MEN are also welcome to this one!

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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 19, 2014

Off to Japan!

by Kayoko

Yoko and I are on our way to Japan again! This time to Gifu prefecture to check out ceramics, knives and other fun stuff to bring back with us for ya.

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April 16, 2014

Inside Yukiwa Barware Factory

by Kayoko

Our main objective for our trip to Japan (besides noodles and ekiben) was to visit the many factories where they make the bar and glassware we select for Umami Mart.

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April 11, 2014

Adventures in Nakano: Hitomi Bar

by Kayoko

Male bartenders in Japan are full of themselves. There, I said it. From the few “star” bars we visited during our trip to Tokyo, I felt miffed by the arrogance and general unfriendliness of the bartenders.

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April 7, 2014

Adventures in Nakano: Yakitori at Shimon-ya

by Kayoko

One of the most memorable nights I had in Tokyo was an adventure in Nakano, a hip neighborhood in Tokyo. We met up with our friend and Umami Mart writer Will, aka The Ramen Shaman, along with Eri, who suggested a yakitori joint called Shimon-ya.

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April 4, 2014

Kodoku no Gurume (Solitary Gourmet)

by Kayoko

I’ve been watching a lot of Kodoku no gurume, a show from Japan. It is about a salesman in Tokyo named Goro who goes out to eat.

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