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March 27, 2014

Umami Mart Now Hiring!

by Kayoko Akabori

We’re slowly growing our team. It’s an exciting time for us here at Umami Mart! We’re looking for someone bright and attentive to work with us at our Oakland headquarters. Please read the job description below and drop us a line if you’re interested; or please forward to a friend! Cheers, Kayoko + Yoko Umami […]

January 1, 2014

Hello 2014!

by Kayoko Akabori

After a seriously insane final few weeks of 2013, I’m SO ready to dive into the new year. Literally. Yoko and I, our partners, along with Atelier Dion, and my brother, are off to Hawaii for five days of sun, sleep and sea. See you on the flip side! I love you all and hope […]

October 9, 2013

Upcoming Event: Koji Workshop with Sonoko Sakai

by Kayoko Akabori

Koji is a rice mold that has been used in Japan to ferment sake and shoyu for hundreds of years. Recently, shio-koji (salt koji) has been discovered as a miracle cooking ingredient that pumps up the umami factor to any ol’ dish. We’ve talked a lot about shio-koji on Umami Mart in the last year — it’s all […]

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! It seems like only yesterday that Yoko and I were having one of our weekly meetings at the original Hopkins Buffet, wondering how we could find a […]

July 31, 2013

Upcoming Event: One Year Anniversary Sake Tasting

by Kayoko Akabori

Guess what?? Umami Mart Oakland will celebrate its ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY in August!!! Both Yoko and I are so grateful for all the support we’ve received this past year from our community, the Bay Area, and beyond. It’s one thing to start a business, but another to actually be able to sustain it. THANK YOU […]

May 24, 2013

Umami Mart Closed This Sunday

by Kayoko Akabori

Guess what, we’re re-doing our floors!!! This is SO exciting for us — as many of you know, our floors are white. While beautiful, we’ve come to a point where they must be replaced. We’ll be getting down on our hands and knees to install NEW WHITE FLOORING this Sunday 5/26 + Monday 5/27, which […]

May 3, 2013

U + MAMI: Gift Sets for Mother’s Day

by Kayoko Akabori

Yo Martians! Mother’s Day is NEXT SUNDAY MAY 12!!! Have you thought about what you’re gonna do yet? Maybe take Mom out for a nice brunch? You can also get her something fun and original for her kitchen and home from Umami Mart! We’ve put together four special gift sets to say, “Thanks, Mom!” I […]

February 27, 2013

Umami Mart Seeks Intern!

by Kayoko Akabori

It’s been over six months now since Yoko and I started our shop in Oakland, and we’d love a motivated team member to join us! We’re ready for a star intern to help us grow and be a part of the inner-workings of Umami Mart. FUN! Here’s the description below — please forward to anyone […]

February 7, 2013

Event Recap: Quick-Pickles with Kelly Geary

by Yoko Kumano

With winter roots and wild mushrooms in abundance, January was a perfect time to invite Kelly Geary to Umami Mart for a Quick-Pickling and Canning event. Author of a the book Tart and Sweet: 101 Canning and Pickling Recipes for the Modern Kitchen, Kelly was visiting California from Brooklyn to showcase her Sweet Deliverance jams, […]

November 21, 2012

Happy Holidays at Umami Mart

by Kayoko Akabori

The holidays are just around the corner, can you believe it??? I absolutely can not. It’s been a crazy year for us at Umami Mart, and it’s only about to get busier. I can’t even believe it’s Thanksgiving tomorrow, I have no idea what I’m cooking yet! Anyhow, we’ve put together some killer gift sets […]