San Francisco Bay Area


July 4, 2012

Forest Feast at the Farmer’s Market

by Erin Gleeson


I love this time of the year when farmers markets set up during the evenings downtown.

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June 27, 2012

Great UM Noodletown: Shanghai Dumpling Shop (Millbrae)

by Kayoko Akabori

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After all this talk of fancy dining, 4-star service, Le Bernardin and the lack thereof, I’m bringing it all back to what we’re all about: SOUL.

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June 7, 2012

Great UM Noodletown: Gombei’s Chicken Udon

by Kayoko Akabori

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We all have those comfort dishes that are close to our heart, and transport us back to childhood when biting into whatever it may be.

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May 30, 2012

Great UM Noodletown: Ramen Parlor (San Mateo)

by Kayoko Akabori

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When it comes to matters of eating out, I am pretty inflexible. Since I will travel long distances for good food, I get pretty upset if I don’t get what I had originally intended.

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May 15, 2012

Ask Sushi Kuni: Makimono (Rolls)

by Kayoko Akabori

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Do you guys all know my pops? His name is Kunio, and he is a sushi chef.

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May 10, 2012

Tokyo-SF Bartender Salon: Thad Vogler (Bar Agricole)

by Kayoko Akabori

Mr. Thad Vogler needs no introduction. He is a leading barman in the Bay Area and beyond, who opened Bar Agricole in San Francisco in 2011.

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May 8, 2012

Gochi: Revitalizing Japanese Cuisine in Cupertino

by Kayoko Akabori

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Gochi opened quietly in 2005, in a little non-descript strip mall on the back roads of Cupertino.

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April 10, 2012

Ramen Night @ Sutton Cellars (SF)

by Kayoko Akabori

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It’s been a while since Umamimart has put on a big event. Honestly, our Gift of Food benefit last April for Japan set the bar so high that I haven’t had the chutzpah to do anything since.

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March 27, 2012

Great UM Noodletown: Tsukemen @ Ramen Halu (San Jose)

by Kayoko Akabori

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I should confess that I have never really been a fan of tsukemen (ramen with dipping sauce).

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March 21, 2012

Tokyo-SF Bartender Salon

by Kayoko Akabori

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On Sunday 3/11, the one-year anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami in Northern Japan, Yoko and I helped organize a cross-cultural exchange between bartenders from Japan and San Francisco. 

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