January 25, 2017

Umami Map: Japanese Markets in the Bay Area

by Sarah Han

At our shop at 815 Broadway in Oakland, Umami Mart has a conbini (convenience store) section, stocked with Japanese snacks, condiments, spices, and sweets.

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December 11, 2012

Lazyass Cookin’: Mapo Tofu

by Kayoko Akabori

Life is busy these days. With the shop in full holiday swing, it’s hard to find time to cook.

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January 6, 2012

Peko-Peko’s Tataki Gobo (Burdock Root with Toasted Sesame)

by Kayoko Akabori


I was fortunate enough to peek into the Peko Peko kitchen this last weekend, while they were preparing all 40 boxes of their highly coveted annual osechi bentos.

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September 3, 2009

Hokkaido JUNKtion: Hakodate Soft Serve

by Yoko Kumano

My partner and I took a mini-honeymoon to Hokkaido this week with one mission – to eat our way through the Northern land famous for squid, crab, salmon and dairy.

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February 11, 2009

Japan Bento Report: Kiyoken Shumai

by Kayoko Akabori

If you have a big trip involving a shinkansen (bullet train) in Japan, you will inevitably run into the question of which bento to buy for your lunch or dinner for the train ride.

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