Reflection


February 27, 2017

10 Years of the Umami Mart Blog

by Kayoko Akabori

We are celebrating 10 years of Umami Mart’s blog this year. I get verklempt thinking about it.

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May 2, 2016

Introducing Bar and Glassware by Umami Mart

by Kayoko Akabori

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When we first launched Umami Mart in 2007, we were a wee food and drink blog.

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January 22, 2015

Furochan Eats: Ramen Is Not Dead. It’s Just Getting Started

by Florentyna Leow

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Sometime last week, Dave Chang of Momofuku fame declared ramen dead (in the States). You can read his diatribe in its entirety over at Lucky Peach, but he makes several ludicrous claims there, including, “Access to instantaneous information from the Internet has killed innovation in ramen,” “Ramen was always a fringe pursuit in Japan” and, most absurd of all, “Ramen is not supposed to be about shared experiences; ramen is food for those who don’t want to be part of the mainstream.”

This is, of course, a whole crock of horse shit.

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May 9, 2014

Umami Map: Ode to Sacramento (And Mom)

by MC Abbott

On a game trip to Sacramento in 2001, Lakers coach Phil Jackson called Sacramento a cow town.

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February 6, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Umamiventure #1

by Kayoko Akabori

I realized yesterday that Umami Mart will turn seven years old this month. WOOOOO! That’s seven years of banter, restaurant reviews, recipes and… more banter!

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December 17, 2013

MOTOism: Living on Deadlines

by Moto Yamamoto

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Apologies for my long absence, my life has been a bit chaotic. As you know, I teach cooking classes to Japanese ladies (some gents), and temaki sushi-making class for Americans.

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December 4, 2013

Furochan Eats: I Dream of Yee Mee

by Florentyna Leow

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Sometimes when I eat out I’ll come across a dish so awful, I occasionally fantasise about bringing the bowl to the kitchen, pouring the contents into the sink and then storming out of the shop, leaving glitter and rainbow dust in my midst.

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October 4, 2013

Japanify: Grilled Oriental Chicken

by Yoko Kumano

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The early 90s…

I was distancing myself from my Sandylion stickers while making multiple trips to the Wherehouse to make sure that I got tickets to see Radiohead at the Edge in Palo Alto.

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August 26, 2013

Kayo’s Kitchen: Final Days of Janky Eating

by Kayoko Akabori

I’m in a flurry of packing at the moment. Actually, Yoko and MOTO had to come over and help me pack since I just can’t seem to get it together.

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August 22, 2013

One Year of Umami Mart Oakland

by Kayoko Akabori

Our first year as Umami Mart in 3D has zipped by. We opened our doors at 815 Broadway on August 3, 2012, and what a year it’s been!

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