Valentine’s Day


February 8, 2017

Happy Hour: In the Mood For Love

by Kayoko Akabori

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When we talked about me creating a cocktail with the theme of love for Valentine’s day, I balked.

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February 3, 2017

The Umami Reader: Kit Kat Sushi is Real

by Sarah Han

– In celebration of its new specialty store in Tokyo, Kit Kat made limited-edition sushi Kit Kats.



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February 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday: White Day

by Kayoko Akabori

We’re in Japan at the moment and there are luxurious, sparkling boxes of chocolates everywhere being sold for “White Day”.

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February 8, 2013

Happy Hour: Fraise Sauvage for Valentine’s Day

by Fredo Ceraso

“Champagne for our real friends and real pains for our sham friends.”
– A toast from Harry’s Bar in Paris circa 1920

This Valentine’s Day, make sure your pre or post-romantic dinner drink is the classic champagne cocktail.

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February 14, 2012

ReCPY Valentine Special: イチゴ大福 (Ichigo Daifuku): Strawberry + Anko-Stuffed Mochi

by Moto Yamamoto

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Japan is filled with weird desserts. A lot of influence comes from the west, but we somehow incorporate Japan-ness into western desserts.

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February 14, 2011

Culinography: Lovely Day

by Erin Gleeson

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Happy Valentines Day!

Photo collage by Erin Gleeson.

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January 14, 2011

Umamimart Shop Love U Sale

by Kayoko Akabori

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We’ve started off 2011 in cheesy mood here at Umamimart HQ, and have launched the Love U Feb 14% Sale in time for Valentine’s Day.

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March 14, 2009

March 14: Happy White Day!

by Yoko Kumano

This is my third White Day. One of my first blog posts on UM was about my first White Day.

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February 12, 2009

Truffles Not Turds

by Moto Yamamoto

Preface: Kitchen Follies: Chocolate Turd

As you know, I have a tendency to fight till I get it right.

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February 11, 2009

Happy Hour: I Love Lucy

by Payman Bahmani

When I committed to making the Happy Hour column a regular Wednesday thing, I realized that either I’d have it pre-written and ready to be posted at the designated time (ideal scenario) or that I’d write it on the day of and post it immediately.

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