February 23, 2015

Postcard from Japan: Kissaten Life

by Kayoko Akabori

We are really enjoying the kissaten (cafe) lifestyle here in Japan and we have visited several in Tokyo and Fukushima during our travels. Unlike Starbucks or other branded coffee shops, kissaten are a place to unwind, have a smoke, sip a cup of joe and perhaps order a pressed sandwich. They are all unique and […]

February 5, 2014

Postcard from Nahoko: Good Afternoon

by Nahoko Morimoto

Hello from a tofu cafe in Taipei. The tofu was served warm, a common dish in Taiwan.

September 27, 2013

Long Beach Seikatsu: Hot Java

by UM Guest

December 4, 2012

Slightly Peckish: Euphorium Tea Salon (Colombo)

by Sakura Gooneratne

  On a combined wedding/tour/family holiday in Sri Lanka in mid-November, I had two days in Colombo with my parents. One of the things I’ve been trying to do for the past few years was to visit Euphorium Tea Salon which supplies Ceylon tea to Lanka, a Japanese pâtisserie in London. But each time I’ve […]

October 23, 2012

Slightly Peckish: Pâtisserie Deux Amis (LDN)

by Sakura Gooneratne

Hello all, it’s been a while, hasn’t it? It’s been a hectic year and my food mojo has done a runner. However, I’ve come to realise that it’s the little things, the comforting things, that make you appreciate what you have. And seeing what Kayoko and Yoko, together with their friends, have done with Umami […]

November 22, 2011

Tokyo JUNKtion: Cateriam Cat Cafe

by Yoko Kumano

A cat cafe is not a place that serves cat sandwiches. It is a cafe… with cats. Cat Cafes in Japan were very popular in the early-mid 2000s and still remain peppered throughout Tokyo. Building on the otaku culture of manga, maid and mimikaki (ear cleaning) cafes, cat cafes provide solace for people who love […]

December 7, 2010

Umamiventure #30: Four Barrel Coffee Cupping (SF)

by Kayoko Akabori

Umamiventure #30 was indeed a memorable affair, and much more than what any of us expected. It was a night of Serious Coffee Schooling– from the bean picking process, to roasting, to tasting– all courtesy of Four Barrel Coffee in San Francisco. Since opening in 2008, Four Barrel has become a front runner in the […]

November 10, 2010

SOLD OUT – Heads Up! Umamiventure #30: Four Barrel Coffee Cupping (SF)

by Kayoko Akabori

Update (Thurs. 11/11, 12pm PST): EVENT SOLD OUT!!! +++ Wow THIRTY Umamiventures, can you believe? Pretty damn awesome, considering the very first one was in 2007, on a trek out to Flushing, Queens for quite possibly the best dim sum in New York City. I’m living in the Bay Area now, and still organizing these […]

May 21, 2010

The Chicago Ten: Espresso, Ferran Adrià Style (#8)

by Kayoko Akabori

Who knew that the one and only Ferran Adrià had created a coffee “drink” for Lavazza? I definitely had no idea, since I’m so clueless. But of course Matt, my #1 informant for all-things-awesome, knew about this. Hooray for informants!

November 17, 2009

Packaging Whore: Pannikin Coffee & Tea (SD)

by Kayoko Akabori

I saw the coffee cup and stopped dead in my tracks. Best. Logo. Ever. The colors! The font! The way the logo takes up the entire length of the cup! It’s all very 1970’s punk rock meets Communist Russia. LOVIT. Pannikin is an awesome cafe in Encinitas, housed in an old train station. Their motto […]