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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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September 15, 2014

Celebrating Atelier Dion

by Kayoko

Atelier Dion has been an important part of the Umami Mart family since we first opened our doors in Oakland in 2012.

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September 1, 2014

Event Recap: The Fragrance of Whisky

by MC Abbott

I have allowed an unsuitable amount of time to pass before writing about our Fragrance of Whisky evening at Wingtip nearly three months ago.

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August 18, 2014

BARTENDER (バーテンダー)

by Kayoko

Meet Ryu Sasakura, a dashingly handsome, deeply empathetic, incredibly talented bartender, back in Tokyo after a short stint in Paris.

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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.

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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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