food find

June 8, 2009

Yokohama Shumai Cheetos

by Yoko Kumano

Last weekend I moved to a new apartment with my boyfriend. To properly celebrate our cohabitation I invited fellow Umamimarter June to our home last night. After picking June up at the nearest train station, we stopped by 7-11 to stock up on the night’s booze and munchies. After selecting our spirits, we were tempted […]

July 1, 2008

Heavenly Sauternes Soaked Raisins (Paris)

by Kayoko Akabori

Here’s a little something my boss brought back from Paris: Raisins au Sauternes- sublime wine soaked raisins, coated in dark chocolate. These are friggin AMAZING. There’s a little sugar crunch as you bite down, revealing a golden yellow raisin, with a faint hint of something… what exactly is it? Dessert wine! Apparently, they come from […]

June 19, 2008

UM Recession: Amish Market Butter

by Kayoko Akabori

There’s been much talk about butter in the press in the last few months: the NY Mag butter taste-testing, and the article that Emily (of Serious Eats) pointed out about Japan’s endangered butter supply. Also, there was my babbling manifesto on butter last year- the stuff means a lot to me. But, butter is also […]

April 21, 2008

Kalustyan’s at Home (NYC)

by Kayoko Akabori

Kalustyan’s is spice heaven. Around since 1944, it’s a mecca of Indian and Middle Eastern ingredients- a small space jammed tight with thousands of different spices, nuts, dried fruits, beans, rice, salts, blahblah. And for all you condiment freaks, they have a wall devoted to the weirdest sauces from all over the world. They don’t […]

April 16, 2008

Pretty on the Inside

by Kayoko Akabori

Strolling through Dean & Deluca last week, I stumbled across this in the fruit section:No joke, possibly the ugliest fruit I’d ever seen, which piqued my interest- I picked it up. First of all, it’s HUGE. It’s surface is scaly and rough, bruised all over, with different shades of yellow, green and orange, all mixed […]

February 8, 2008

Fridgin’ Out

by Kayoko Akabori

I know, this “what’s in your fridge” shit is so tired! But I’ve been wanting to blog about these specific food finds, so I’m just gonna bite it and start the “Fridgin’ Out” column. What a DORK. Here’s this funky herb concentrate stuff that I got at a little Argentinian bakery in Jackson Heights called […]

January 17, 2008

Greek Gods Yogurt

by Kayoko Akabori

Ok, this may be the best yogurt I’ve ever had in the US- I like to think of myself as a bit of a yogurt connoisseur, and I’ve been through many favorites in the past few years (Stoneyfield Farms, Brown Cow, Fage). The Greek Gods line is from Washington, and is thick and creamy yet […]

December 21, 2007

Gift This: Best Pears in the World

by Kayoko Akabori

Roach’s dad sent her a box of these gorgeous “Royal Riviera Pears” which can be ordered online here. They are absolutely the sweetest pears I’ve ever had- juicy, silky, delicious. We think they are from Oregon. Mel was kind enough to give me three! We just can’t get enough. Each pear have their own unique […]

March 3, 2007

On the Importance of Butter

by Kayoko Akabori

i always like to think that you can tell the quality of a restaurant in the quality of the butter they give you before you get your meal. more often than not, i’ve experienced that when the butter is good, the meal is superb. i’m talking about cold butter, slightly salted, hard and creamy- it […]

February 28, 2007

green tea frenzy

by Kayoko Akabori

FOOD FINDS *Matcha flavored low fat yogurt from Trader Joe’s. so effing good. creamy and tastes like green tea pudding. i guess they came out with other flavors under the “European Style” yogurt line- i highly recommend it, give it a whirl. *Pinkberry– is this so last year or what? i first heard about this […]