April 7, 2017

The Umami Reader: Here’s How You Shouldn’t Eat Soup Dumplings

by Sarah Han

Photo by Kayoko Akabori

– Oy vey, Time Out London got some people down in the dumps about a recent video on Xiao Long Bao, or soup dumplings.

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October 6, 2016

Kizakura Kyoto Beers Are Here!

by Umami Mart Staff


One of the first craft beer brewers in Japan is Kizakura Co, a Kyoto-based brewery that’s one of Japan’s top sake producers.

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September 7, 2016

No Reservations and No-Frills Dining at STAND in Kyoto

by Kayoko Akabori


Kyoto is a bit stuffy for my taste. Literally, it gets SO HOT in the summer, I can’t deal.

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August 10, 2016

New Decadent Shoyu for You: Black Garlic and Matsutake

by Umami Mart Staff


Looking to add new flavors to your tried-and-true recipe repertoire? May we suggest our latest offerings?

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December 3, 2015

Taste the Magic: Try Haku Shoyu This Saturday

by Umami Mart Staff


Our Haku Shoyus have been getting lots of attention. Last week, New York Magazine‘s Grub Street included the Sakura Cherry Blossom Shoyu in its Edible Gift Guide, calling it “the rosé of soy sauce.” And Luke Tsai of the East Bay Express gave the trio of shoyus from Kyoto a shoutout in his Eat This Gift list.

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June 16, 2014

The Ramen Shaman: Gundam (Kyoto)

by Will VanderWyden


My trip to Kyoto was awesome for many reasons. Temples, new friends, raw nature, or scenes like this one, just three boys feeding hawks like a flock of seagulls.

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May 25, 2014

Postcard from Kyoto: Kiln

by Kayoko Akabori

We are having a blast in Japan, gallivanting through Gifu, Kyoto and Osaka. This trip, we’re not even stopping off in Tokyo, so we can concentrate on all the riches of these western regions of Japan.

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April 30, 2014

The Ramen Shaman: Nagahama Ramen Miyoshi (Kyoto)

by Will VanderWyden


It’s no secret that I have a massive man-crush on Ramenate, a ramen blog written by a guy named Nate.

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April 5, 2011

Super Faminto: Kyoto Cuisine in São Paulo

by Bryan Sanders

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My wife and I are dressed to kill. The guards are looking us up and down.

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January 24, 2011

ReCPY: The Yamahomo Knife from Aritsugu Shop (Kyoto)

by Moto Yamamoto


Since seeing Michael Romano’s collections of Japanese knives (many were around $1,000, but some were custom made and cost him $5,000, which he displays, never uses) at one of the programs I organized last fall, I determined the need to graduate from my Global knives.

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