December 17, 2015

Umami Mart Gift Sets Make Holiday Shopping Easy Breezy

by Umami Mart Staff

We’ve put together a few gift sets to make holiday shopping super easy for you. But if none of these fit the bill, we’ve got several suggestions for presents $25 and under, $50 and under, and $100 and under. Or an Umami Mart Gift Card is a great way to shop for those you just don’t know what to […]

December 25, 2013

Merry Kurisumasu

by Kayoko Akabori

Merry Christmas everyone! I just woke up from yet another nap. I am sorry I have been neglecting thee, but after a full recovery day from this crazy last month, I will be fully devoted to you again. I actually got a tree this year, for the first time in about 20 years. It was very last […]

December 17, 2013

MOTOism: Living on Deadlines

by Moto Yamamoto

Apologies for my long absence, my life has been a bit chaotic. As you know, I teach cooking classes to Japanese ladies (some gents), and temaki sushi-making class for Americans. The sushi class is pretty consistent since I follow the same routine for each session, but coming up with recipes for the Japanese class occupies […]

December 25, 2011

Merry Xmas Wagashi (Sweets)

by UM Guest

By Kenji Miura I celebrated Christmas in Japan by making wagashi, or traditional Japanese sweets. Santa is shaped out of shiro-an (white bean paste). The holly is made out of ogura tsubu-an (red beans boiled with sugar, skin-on). The tree is comprised of shiro-an and kanten (agar agar). The kinton (mashed substance, in this case the […]

December 23, 2011

Happy Hour: Tom + Jerry, The Original Winter Cocktail

by Fredo Ceraso

Winter is coming. The leaves are long gone; stark bare branches and the increasing chill in the air are all that remain of autumn. The sun’s attempts to warm its subjects get undermined by the biting wind. Perfect time to duck into your favorite watering hole and defrost with a winter libation. Keeping with my […]

December 13, 2011

Skankynavia XXXmas Special: Glögg aka Devil’s Blood

by Anders Arhoj

It’s Christmas in a minute or two, and from my windows overlooking the big lakes of Copenhagen I watch people rushing back and forth in the typical December rain. They’re probably leaving one Christmas party to go to the next. This month is not only about stressful giftshopping or Christmas Eve preparations or even killing […]