July 9, 2015

Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar in Capitol Hill (Seattle)

by Yoko Kumano

I’ve visited Seattle twice in the past year and I’m somewhat convinced that this city is the West Coast’s best kept secret. The reason? FRESH SEAFOOD. Shrimp, oysters, salmon and geoducks are everywhere and in gleaming abundance. We had a few recommendations for the best joints to go for seafood. We weren’t picky — we […]

October 17, 2012

Just For You: The Best Hangtown Fry in San Francisco

by Kayoko Akabori

In the spirit of getting back into writing and sharing my thoughts more often on Umami Mart, I want to tell you the story of how Johnny and I met. It was the summer of 2011. I had been going on dates throughout the year, and “putting myself out there” on internet dating sites and […]

September 23, 2010

Japanify: How to Shuck a Raw Oyster

by Yoko Kumano

One of my favorite spots since moving back to the San Francisco Bay Area is the Tomales Bay Oyster Company. I read about the TBOC on Umamimart while I was still living in Tokyo. It was a long wait until I was finally able to make the beautiful drive along Point Reyes National Seashore to […]

August 5, 2010

Bivalve Love: Hog Island Oyster Co. (SF)

by Kayoko Akabori

No one loves oysters more than Umamimart. Ok, maybe that’s a presumptuous statement to make on the I N T E R N E T, but I really really really love the bivalve, and most of my colleagues here do too. It’s my favorite food, and it will most definitely be at my L’ultima Cena. […]

July 28, 2010

The Big Feed: Blue Plate Oysterette (LA)

by Sarah Nevada

I know there is good food in Los Angeles and I’m trying to be more open to new things. That being said, I don’t like driving and I don’t particularly like Santa Monica, so I normally don’t travel to the west side of the city to do anything, beyond what I have to for work. […]

March 5, 2010

Oysters Rockefeller at Galatoire’s (NOLA)

by Kayoko Akabori


February 19, 2010

Postcard from NYC: Grand Central Oyster Bar

by Kayoko Akabori

As my plane hovered over Gotham City yesterday, descending into Newark, I felt a sense of ease. I was home. That’s an annoying thing to say, coming from someone who abandoned the city for really no good reason– but in my heart of hearts, I am a New Yorker. What’s the first thing I did, […]

October 27, 2009

Postcards from Japan, III: OYSTERS

by Kayoko Akabori

OYSTER SEASON IS HERE! Best time of the year to be ALIVE. My friend Maho and I went to an oyster bar “happy hour” in Nishiazabu, Tokyo- although whatever they were still pricey as hell. I could kick myself for losing my notes on where these darlings came from. Yoko thinks most likely from down […]

October 11, 2009

Zuni Cafe: The Truth is in the Butter (SF)

by Kayoko Akabori

After all my bitching, I finally got my fancypants on at Zuni Cafe last month. I must say that the place far exceeded my expectations. It was all in the butter. I have a slight obsession with butter, as you all know. It is a major detail that so many fancy restaurants overlook, it drives […]

September 21, 2009

Duarte’s Tavern (Bay Area)

by Kayoko Akabori

Since moving back to California, I’m trying to branch out more and find new places to eat all over the Bay Area. A few weekends ago my parents and I took a nice drive out to Pescadero, a quaint little town out on the coast, just south of San Francisco. We had an awesome Umamiventure […]