July 22, 2010

Umamiventure #27: The Trappist (OAK)

by Kayoko Akabori

Met up with fellow Umamimartians last week at The Trappist, a Belgian beer bar in “Old” Oakland, downtown. I made SF folks come out to the East Bay– and they actually did! On a school night! Such trickery. The thing is, The Trappist is so much more than just a specialty beer bar. Oh, so […]

December 7, 2009

Umamiventure #21: SD Fish Taco Crawl, Last Stop (Small Bar)

by Kayoko Akabori

PREFACEStop #1: South Beach Bar & Grille (Ocean Beach)Stop #2: Tin Fish (Gaslamp Quarter)Stop #3: Mariscos German Taco Truck (Normal Heights)Stop #4: El Zarape (University Heights) There’s something about walking into a bar and having a dozen beer taps against a wall that excites me. It’s doubly thrilling when I’ve never heard of half the […]

December 3, 2009

Umamiventure #21: SD Fish Taco Crawl, Stop 4 (El Zarape)

by Kayoko Akabori

PRELUDEStop #1: South Beach Bar & Grille (Ocean Beach)Stop #2: Tin Fish (Gaslamp Quarter)Stop #3: Mariscos German (Normal Heights) Our last and final stop was El Zarape, in University Heights. Let’s be real: by this point, we’re all fucking stuffed. Passing-out-behind-the-wheel, stuffed. Take-me-home-so-I-can-take-a-crap-then-nap stuffed. What started out at South Beach all giggles has slowly (but […]

December 1, 2009

Umamiventure #21: SD Fish Taco Crawl, Stop 3 (Mariscos German Taco Truck)

by Kayoko Akabori

PREFACE Stop #1: South Beach Bar & Grille (Ocean Beach) Stop #2: Tin Fish (Gaslamp Quarter) After Tin Fish, we started losing steam– I was about five tacos and three beers in, and god, that San Diego sun is so intense! I was getting sleeeepy, and I knew I needed to slow down. Two more […]

November 30, 2009

Umamiventure #21: SD Fish Taco Crawl, Stop 2 (Tin Fish)

by Kayoko Akabori

PREFACEStop #1: South Beach Bar & Grille (Ocean Beach) Wow, I totally fell off the fish taco train, didn’t I? SORRY!! Last week was just kinda nuts, with Tday and everything– I hope everyone had a delightful holiday! It’s just the most important day of the year, as far as I’m concerned. How could a […]

November 24, 2009

Umamiventure #21: SD Fish Taco Crawl, Stop 1 (South Beach Bar)

by Kayoko Akabori

It was a warm and sunny Sunday afternoon (everyday in San Diego is like a warm Sunday afternoon, isn’t it?). Besides our morning coffee, we were on an empty stomach, fully prepared for what would be a four-stop fish taco extravaganza all over town. Let’s do this. First stop: South Beach Bar & Grille, in […]

November 4, 2009

Heads Up – Umamiventure #21: The Nemo Taco Crawl (SD)

by Kayoko Akabori

UPDATE: Hi everyone! I hope you all are ready for the Fish Taco Crawl in San Diego THIS SUNDAY! It’s gonna be a blast. So a few new details for you: – I’ll be staying in North Park– please feel free to meet us at our place and we can just carpool together from one […]

May 27, 2009

Gems of Pescadero, Pt. I: Gas Station Tacos

by Kayoko Akabori

We went out to Pescadero this weekend to visit Harley Goat Farms for our Umamiventure, which was awesome- but more on that later. After the farms, Thien and I went through Pescadero- he had heard of some tacos inside a gas station that he heard were awesome. You’ll see the gas station off the main […]

March 28, 2009

UM Exclusive: L.A. Taco Madness Expert Analysis

by Payman Bahmani

In the spirit of March Madness, the heaven-sent blog LA Taco has posted their Elite 8 bracket for Taco Madness 2009. Since college basketball’s Elite 8 commences tonight I thought it would be appropriate to post an expert breakdown of the Taco Madness match-ups by my friend and taco maven Ignacio “Nacho” Garcia–the man is […]

March 11, 2009

PELLET EATS SAN JOSE: Taqueria Eduardo #4

by UM Guest

Pellet is an extremely imaginative, hilarious artist who is making his way to NYC from lil’ ol’ decrepit San Jose. Bright Lights, Big City!!! Having just left the city myself, I am extremely excited for him to branch out of California and tackle NYC head on. There ain’t no other thrill like it, is there??? […]