September 12, 2016

Eat This Now: Curry Ramen at Muracci’s

by Sarah Han


Berkeley – home of cheap eats and cuisines from all over the world. As I’ve said before, I usually avoid the area within a close radius of the UC Berkeley campus, but sometimes you just have to bite the bullet and brave the sea of hungry Cal students to get a taste of goodness.

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August 25, 2016

Savor the Flavors of Far Leaves Teas

by Umami Mart Staff


Far Leaves Tea in Berkeley sources exceptionally high-quality teas from around the world. We now carry three Far Leaves premium teas at Umami Mart for your sipping pleasure:


Far Leaves Matcha Sencha

If you need a little caffeine boost during the day, we recommend Matcha Sencha.

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August 11, 2016

Read This Before You Go to Uji Time

by Sarah Han


If you love Japanese sweets and desserts, and live anywhere close to Berkeley, you should have Uji Time on your radar. 

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February 9, 2016

Upcoming Event: Tohoku Springs Back – Commemorating 5 Years of Positive Change in Tohoku, Japan

by Kayoko Akabori

It’s hard to believe that it has been nearly five years since the devastating tsunami disaster in Tohoku.

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November 14, 2012

Great UM Noodletown: Teuchi Soba @ Ippuku (BERK)

by Kayoko Akabori

Since May, our beloved Ippuku of Berkeley has been serving teuchi (handmade) soba. Owner-chef Christian Geidemann recruited Koichi Ishii from Yamagata, a prefecture well-known for soba, to come and cook at Ippuku and start a soba program right here in the East Bay.

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August 29, 2012

Skankynavia: California: Fast Food Frenzy!

by Anders Arhoj

I spent my summer of 2012 in California, my favourite place in the world — after my couch (ok, maybe Japan comes in as a close second).

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September 22, 2011

OPENeducation: Bob Cannard of Green String Farm

by Kayoko Akabori


OPENeducation: Napa Valley Bee Company


My A-HA! moment during OPENeducation in Berkeley was when Bob Cannard asked me “Who was the last person that made noodles in your family?” When I became red-faced and unable to answer the question, he followed up with another: “Isn’t it time that you started taking up noodle-making in your family’s lineage?”

Bob Cannard co-founded Green String Farm in 2003, has been farming sustainably for over 30 years and provides lots of produce that ends up on the tabletops in Chez Panisse.

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September 20, 2011

OPENeducation: Napa Valley Bee Company

by Yoko Kumano


OPENeducation was a daytime event at the Berkeley Art Museum, and part of the Chez Panisse 40th Anniversary weekend.

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September 23, 2010

Baja Fish Tacos at Taqueria La Familia (Berkeley)

by Kayoko Akabori


These are probably the best Baja/Ensenada-style fish tacos I’ve had since the epic Fish Taco Crawl in San Diego last year (Umamiventure #21).

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July 1, 2010

Sneak Peek: Ippuku! (Berkeley)

by Kayoko Akabori

Ippuku (Berkeley)

It’s happening. Ippuku, the East Bay’s premiere yakitori and shochu bar is opening on Monday 7/5!

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