July 8, 2011

Jerkey’s Korner: Idyllic Liguria

by Sarah Fatemi

When I say Liguria, I’m talking about the Ligurian coast in the Italian Riviera. Topographically different from the rest of Italy, the coastline is scattered with mountainous cliffs that drop straight down into the ocean, and hidden beaches are nestled away in unspoiled coves. Idyllic Santa Margherita and Portofino were the two stops for us […]

June 24, 2011

Jerkey’s Korner: The Formaggio of Firenze

by Sarah Fatemi

I’m really glad we made it to Florence before the Jersey Invasion dropped a gang of guidettes into the birthplace of Michelangelo. Although I’m sure they feel quite at home amongst the various Guess stores and Footlockers, I was disappointed that there is no legitimate shopping in this city. But I did have two of […]

June 10, 2011

Jerkey’s Korner: Under the Tuscan Sun + Moon

by Sarah Fatemi

There’s nothing more gag-inducing to me than Diane Lane in Under the Tuscan Sun, yet there is nothing that made me feel more like Diane Lane than actually being “under the Tuscan sun”. Ok, I admit. I did fantasize about buying a rundown villa, driving to the beach in my vintage Karmann Ghia, making embarrassing […]

May 27, 2011

Jerkey’s Korner: The Victuals of Venice

by Sarah Fatemi

*Dear Martians, please welcome the newest addition to the Umamimart Familia, Jerkey. She is based in LA, and a good friend of Umamimart writer Sarah Nevada and Yoko’s cousin (and loyal reader) Tomo. We first met at the San Pedro Fish Market Umamiventure, back in June last year, and she is a huge pizzahead. She’ll […]

January 19, 2011

Skankynavia: Wintering in Sicily

by Anders Arhoj

It’s a blah blah world here in Skankynavia. Bad economy, rising unemployment, snow storms, ice rain, foggy days without sunrise or sunset.  It’s even more depressing than watching Depression Cooking With Clara. As previously written, studies have shown that over 40% of Scandinavians feel affected moodwise when the winter kicks in, as our days are […]

January 10, 2011

Culinography: Zeppelin

by Erin Gleeson

A meal at the James Beard House in New York prepared by chef Lorenzo Polegri from the restaurant Zeppelin in Orvieto, Italy. Sun-Dried Tomato–Stuffed Pork Tenderloin Medallions with Grappa-Soaked Dried Apricots, Red Cabbage, White Turnips, and Garlic Fondue. See more photos from the dinner, here. Photo by Erin Gleeson.

December 24, 2010

Cheese du Jour: La Tur (Italy)

by Amanda Maddox

La Tur is for lovers. More specifically, it’s for those who love the complexity of cheeses that boast a blend of milks from goat, sheep, and cow. And let’s be honest, if you’re reading this cheese-centric post, then I’m probably speaking to you. Made in the Piemonte region of Italy, an area known for magnificent […]

June 30, 2010

The Big Feed: Ca’ Di Gosto (Umbria)

by Sarah Nevada

Umbria is one of those places you hear people romanticize when they talk about their “dream vacations” and after a recent trip to the region, I now understand why. I had an opportunity to visit a bed and breakfast in Umbria called Ca’ Di Gosto. It’s almost inaccurate to refer to it as a B&B […]

June 9, 2010

The Big Feed: Paradiso Perduto (Venezia)

by Sarah Nevada

After spending five months in Venice and frequenting countless wine bars and restaurants, Paradiso Perduto was the one I kept going back to. A neighborhood establishment that’s good for a drink, a snack, a meal, or an all day bender. A place where you felt like the bartenders would recognize you with a wink and […]

April 28, 2009

Chocolate Curl Cereal Challenge

by Yoko Kumano

I am shocked that I haven’t posted anything on cereal on Umamimart yet. Ever since living in Tokyo, I have not been able to live out the fantasies that I have as a self-proclaimed cereal addict. As a kid, I would always request 4-packs of Honey Bunches of Oats when my mother made a Costco […]