The UM Reader

February 3, 2017

The Umami Reader: Kit Kat Sushi is Real

by Sarah Han

– 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 Han

– 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 Han

– 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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January 6, 2017

The Umami Reader: NY Times Critic Slams Oakland’s Locol

by Sarah Han

Photo by Audrey Ma via Locol

New York Times food critic Pete Wells visited Oakland and reviewed Daniel Patterson and Roy Choi’s fast-food chain, Locol.

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December 30, 2016

The Umami Reader: iPads as Plates, This is San Francisco

by Sarah Han

Photo by Elaine H. on Yelp

– OK, yes, the Bay Area is the epicenter of tech, but this doesn’t mean we need to literally eat off of iPads here.

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December 23, 2016

The Umami Reader: A Rock’n’Roll Travel Guide to Osaka

by Sarah Han

– Heading to Osaka? Be sure to watch this video travel guide by my friends Chris Anderson and Lily Chou, whose latest edition of JetLag RocknRoll explores where to eat, drink, shop, see shows, and sightsee in Osaka, based on the suggestions of local musicians Kenji Kodama (Time Bomb Records) and the King Brothers.

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December 16, 2016

The Umami Reader: Try This Instant Ramen Hack

by Sarah Han
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This is not instant ramen. Photo via Ramen Kawashima

– If Ichiban and Cup Noodles are regulars in your culinary repertoire and you’re looking for new ways to jazz up your instant ramen fix, here’s a suggestion for you: Just add sake.

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December 9, 2016

The Umami Reader: This Is Why Brown Rice Sushi Isn’t a Good Idea

by Sarah Han

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Just say no to brown rice sushi rolls. At least, if you truly want to eat sushi as it was meant to be savored, with the fish taking center stage.

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December 2, 2016

The Umami Reader: The Taco Bell Cheetos Quesadilla and Other Food Monstrosities

by Sarah Han

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– Fast food chains will release one-off products in other countries that we’ll never see on menus in the States.

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November 25, 2016

The Umami Reader: This Bong Menorah Guarantees 8 Nights of Hanukkah Munchies

by Sarah Han

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You’re going to have some intense munchies this Hanukkah should you partake in rips from this glass bong Menorah.

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