Santa Barbara

March 20, 2013

Taco Trip Down the California Coast (SF/SB/LA/SD)

by Kayoko Akabori

This post is so delayed, but better late than never for such an epic guide to tacos in California. After being open seven days a week during the holiday season, Yoko and I took a much needed 10-day break. Hooray! Yoko traveled to Tokyo, and I went to San Diego to visit my best friend […]

September 12, 2012

Skankynavia: California Workin’ + Chowin’

by Anders Arhoj

In the spring of 2012 I suddenly felt the urge to not spend a depressing summer in Copenhagen. Previous years had been a mixed pleasure of monsoon rain, heavy floods, grey skies and Antarctica beach temperatures. I seriously needed a shot of California. Coincidentally the ever food-obsessed Umami Mart team decided to open a shop […]

August 1, 2012

2 Days in LA

by Kayoko Akabori

Two weeks ago, I picked up Anders aka Mr. Skankynavia from LAX. It was a bit of a drive from the Bay Area, but a little vacay for both of us before we began the crazy build-out of our Oakland shop. We both love LA — the sunshine, the celebrity, the botox. L. Ron Hubbard […]

June 21, 2010

The Cantina Breakfast Burrito: A Bitter College Memoir (Santa Barbara)

by Kayoko Akabori

It’s no secret: I fucking hated college. Or at least the first two years of it. I was already pretty cynical to begin with, but with each day I spent at the gorgeous, sparkly, oceanfront campus of UC Santa Barbara, I just became more and more bitter. Like Daria bitter. It was all that sun. […]

January 23, 2009

Lily’s Taco Stop in Santa Barbara

by Kayoko Akabori

I took at 10 minute detour into Santa Barbara last night on my way to LA- for TACOS!!! People all rave about SB’s La Super Rica, but Peter introduced me to Lily’s Taqueria, which I think is superior to Super Rica- at least for tacos. Why? Because it’s all they serve. If you go to […]

August 3, 2008

Pancake Breakfast in Santa Barbara

by Erin Gleeson

Those who came to my pancake party know that I LOVE a good flapjack. So when I was in Santa Barbara for the weekend, I was delighted to be able to go to the Pancake Breakast that was put on by the Kiwanis Club as a part of Fiesta. Pass the syrup, please!