May 27, 2009

Gems of Pescadero, Pt. I: Gas Station Tacos

by Kayoko Akabori

We went out to Pescadero this weekend to visit Harley Goat Farms for our Umamiventure, which was awesome- but more on that later. After the farms, Thien and I went through Pescadero- he had heard of some tacos inside a gas station that he heard were awesome. You’ll see the gas station off the main […]

March 28, 2009

UM Exclusive: L.A. Taco Madness Expert Analysis

by Payman Bahmani

In the spirit of March Madness, the heaven-sent blog LA Taco has posted their Elite 8 bracket for Taco Madness 2009. Since college basketball’s Elite 8 commences tonight I thought it would be appropriate to post an expert breakdown of the Taco Madness match-ups by my friend and taco maven Ignacio “Nacho” Garcia–the man is […]

March 11, 2009

PELLET EATS SAN JOSE: Taqueria Eduardo #4

by UM Guest

Pellet is an extremely imaginative, hilarious artist who is making his way to NYC from lil’ ol’ decrepit San Jose. Bright Lights, Big City!!! Having just left the city myself, I am extremely excited for him to branch out of California and tackle NYC head on. There ain’t no other thrill like it, is there??? […]

February 28, 2009

Rico’s Tacos (Ay Que Rico!)

by Payman Bahmani

Ever since Kayoko packed her bags and returned to the land of eternal sunshine and spotless minds, I’ve been having an ever-growing yearning to return to the good old days of the NY Umamiventure. In particular, I’ve been reliving and re-tasting in my mind the sultry sandwiches we ate during the Banh Mi Crawl, or […]

November 21, 2008

Cabo Report Part 3 of 3

by Moto Yamamoto

We splurged at one of the best restaurants in Cabo, which was conveniently located in the hotel we stayed at. We asked concierge to make a reservation, and I casually asked about dress code, and she said “elegant outfit”. WTF does that mean? It’s a beach vacation, and Nate only had a pair of jeans, […]

November 14, 2008

Cabo Report Part 1 of 3

by Moto Yamamoto

We made a recession trip to Cabo San Lucas over the weekend. How recession friendly? Airfare – Miles redeemedHotel – my bf is VERY travel savvy and found a crazy deal at Sheraton for $30 a night. Must be computer glitch, since regular price was $350 a night.. $120 for 4 nights, cheaper than YMCA!Booze […]

September 9, 2008

Taco… Rice!?!?!!

by Kayoko Akabori

After Yoko’s post this weekend about taco ricing in Okinawa, I was super intrigued. Have you ever heard of such a thing??? As Yoko mentioned, taco rice origins lie in Okinawa, and is a product of the US occupation of the island. More about taco rice on Wiki– it’s fascinating. Leave it up to the […]

September 5, 2008

Mexican Seafood Dining in a Parking Lot (San Jose)

by Kayoko Akabori

Here is my new favorite place that Christi and Mike brought me to in Man Jose called Dia de Pesca. It’s a seafood taco shack out of a “roach coach” that ROCKS. Literally, it’s just an old school mobile home that houses the kitchen, parked in the middle of a parking lot, with tables and […]

August 26, 2008

Umamiventure #11: Banh Mi Crawl, Pt. 4 (Rico’s Tacos-WTF?)

by Kayoko Akabori

Preface:Umamiventure #11: Banh Mi Crawl, Pt. 1 (Ba Xuyen)Umamiventure #11: Banh Mi Crawl, Pt. 2 (Thanh Da)Umamiventure #11: Banh Mi Crawl, Pt. 3 (Tan Thanh) When I wrote Porkchop Express asking him for his personal recommendation for banh mis in Sunset Park, he suggested to make a detour to Rico’s Tacos for a torta. Still […]

May 26, 2008

Chino’s for a Burrito in the Outer Richmond (SF)

by Kayoko Akabori

They say that NY is the dining capital of the world- but what is the glory of that if you can’t even find decent burrito here? Mexican food in NY is so pathetic it makes me want to cry. So when in San Francisco, you must get your burrito on whenever you possibly can- yes, […]