Reflection


May 9, 2014

Umami Map: Ode to Sacramento (And Mom)

by Umamimart Guest

By M.C. ABBOTT

On a game trip to Sacramento in 2001, Lakers coach Phil Jackson called Sacramento a cow town. He also said Kings fans were “semi-civilized” and “redneck in some form or fashion.” Later that season, when Sacramento was matched against the Lakers in playoffs, Kobe was stricken with food poisoning that left a lot of LA fans crying foul play.

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February 6, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Umamiventure #1

by Kayoko

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

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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 Furo-chan

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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

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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

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

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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July 26, 2013

The Many Faces of Nuoc Mia (Sugarcane Juice)

by Kayoko

It’s been three months since I went to Vietnam. For an entire week, Johnny and I scootered around Saigon, and then a few days down the Mekong Delta.

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June 19, 2013

Conbini Cabaret: My Inconvenient Conbini Town

by Moto

Conbinis are everywhere in Japan. Lawson, 7-Eleven, AM/PM, Yamazaki Daily, to name a few. You throw a rock, and you would probably hit three conbinis simultaneously.

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June 18, 2013

Conbini Cabaret: Conbini Sushi Cherry Pop

by Anders

*For the next week, we will be celebrating conbini culture on Umami Mart, in preparation for the opening of U-MART on Tuesday 6/25.

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