The UM Reader

March 24, 2017

The Umami Reader: The Art of Handmade Soba

by Sarah

–  If you’ve had freshly-made soba, you know that the difference between dried and fresh buckwheat noodles is astounding, but even then, you might not know the amount of work that goes into making these noodles.

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March 17, 2017

The Umami Reader: The Death of Lucky Peach

by Sarah

Some sad news for fans of Lucky Peach: The six-year-old food media company created by Peter Meehan and David Chang announced that it will soon close up shop.

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March 10, 2017

The Umami Reader: Japan’s Pizza Hut Cats Are Back!

by Sarah

– In 2014, Pizza Hut Japan created a cat-tastic ad campaign. “Pizza Cat!” was a fictional Pizza Hut location run by an all-cat staff.

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March 3, 2017

The Umami Reader: Kawaii!! Japanese Animal-Shaped Donuts

by Sarah

Floresta Nature Doughnuts in Tokyo makes animal-shaped donuts that are pretty much the cutest fried and frosted things you can stuff in your mouth.

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February 24, 2017

The Umami Reader: Can Ethnic Restaurants Be “Authentic” If They’re Not Cheap?

by Sarah

Photo via @jamessyhabout

– Hopefully you got a chance to eat at Hawker Fare Oakland before it closed last weekend. 

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February 17, 2017

The Umami Reader: We Support Restaurants that Support Immigrants

by Sarah

Image by @maryemilyohara via Twitter

– The restaurant and hospitality industries are two of the biggest with large immigrant workforces, and people within the food industry are beginning to speak out about the anti-immigrant Trump administration policies. 

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February 10, 2017

The Umami Reader: Matcha Curry, Genius or Gross?

by Sarah

– No, that curry hasn’t gone bad; it’s supposed to be green. Itokyuemon, a Kyoto tea seller, makes matcha green tea curry, ready-made and packaged in vacuum-sealed pouches.

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February 3, 2017

The Umami Reader: Kit Kat Sushi is Real

by Sarah

– In celebration of its new specialty store in Tokyo, Kit Kat made limited-edition sushi Kit Kats.



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January 27, 2017

The Umami Reader: 3rd Wave Green Tea Is a Thing in Tokyo

by Sarah

– Move over coffee, green tea is the caffeinated beverage of 2017. It’s not too surprising that Tokyo is at the helm of the so-called 3rd wave green tea movement and home of the world’s first pour-over green tea cafe.

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January 13, 2017

The Umami Reader: Would You Wait 8 Hours in the Rain for Pliny the Younger?

by Sarah

– Calling all beer nerds: Pliny the Younger, Russian River Brewing Company’s beloved triple IPA with a 10.25% ABV, is coming back to the brewery’s taps on February 3-16.

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