September 7, 2012

The PDT Project: Beer and a Smoke

by Payman Bahmani

After a long hard day of work, sometimes all you want is a beer and a smoke. Unfortunately it’s no longer possible to enjoy those two pleasures simultaneously if you’re in a bar (at least in most American cities), so Jim Meehan of PDT devised a clever way of joining them together in a drink […]

October 20, 2011

Food Rx: The Mayan Corn God vs. Nopalito (SF)

by Lizzy Boelter

“After September 6th, everything will make sense,” a friend told me. She’s referring to New Years Day of the Mayan calendar. It was supposed to be a comforting prediction, but I prodded her with questions. So, the Mayan calendar was developed thousands of years ago by a civilization known for their advanced math, writing and […]

February 18, 2011

Breakfast at La Fonda Florecita (OAX)

by Kayoko Akabori

I woke up thinking about breakfast. During my time in Italy ten years ago, I picked up the habit of not eating in the mornings at all–Italians tend to just have a cappuccino and cornetto (a little croissant-like pastry) for breakfast, opting to save space for a humongous lunch instead. But I’m trying to fine-tune […]

September 27, 2010

ReCPY: Holy Mole!

by Moto Yamamoto

I am not talking about the big mole scene from Austin Powers. This is one of the most complicated food I have evermade. Why did I make mole?  Because my friend went to Mexico and brought back a bunch of dried chillies. When you have bag full of chili, you naturally make mole, right? I […]

September 23, 2010

Baja Fish Tacos at Taqueria La Familia (Berkeley)

by Kayoko Akabori

These are probably the best Baja/Ensenada-style fish tacos I’ve had since the epic Fish Taco Crawl in San Diego last year (Umamiventure #21). The FISH TACOS neon sign just kept screaming out at me whenever I drove past this little joint, on a busy strip where Berkeley and Oakland meet. I always order the fish […]

July 22, 2010

Umamiventure #27: The Trappist (OAK)

by Kayoko Akabori

Met up with fellow Umamimartians last week at The Trappist, a Belgian beer bar in “Old” Oakland, downtown. I made SF folks come out to the East Bay– and they actually did! On a school night! Such trickery. The thing is, The Trappist is so much more than just a specialty beer bar. Oh, so […]

June 14, 2010

The Chicago Ten: Frontera Grill (#4)

by Kayoko Akabori

Sorry, these posts on Chicago are totally lagging. I’ll crank these last four out this week, I PROMISE! These will be la creme de la creme of what Matt and I ate during our trip. We went to Rick Bayless‘ well regarded nouveau Mexican joint, Frontera Grill on our first night in town. I practically […]

February 15, 2010

Tortas Los Picudos (SF)

by Yoko Kumano

I finally ate my first torta two weeks ago – on Superbowl Sunday. My friend Kishi, who lives in San Francisco, took me to Tortas Los Picudos on 24th Street between Alabama and Harrison. I guess it took me this long to actually try a torta because of my intense love for burritos. If both […]

December 10, 2009

El Barrio Love: Las Cuatro Milpas (SD)

by Kayoko Akabori

The day after the epic Fish Taco Crawl, Nate asked me, “Do you want to get lunch at one of the best Mexican joints in San Diego?” Uhhhh… I was still stuffed to the chin from the holy trinity of fried fish, cabbage, and tortillas, and had absolutely no plans to consume a bite of […]

November 18, 2009

burritoporn: Juanita’s Taco Shop (SD)

by Kayoko Akabori

Years ago, Kristi took me to Juanita’s for a burrito and to this very day, I still fantasize about it. So of course it was the first place I asked her to take me as soon as I landed in San Diego. They put fries in the burrito!!! Reason #1 to move to SoCal. You […]