October 13, 2014

Japanify: Grilled Shio-Koji Nagaimo

by Yoko Kumano


Last February, I went to Jicca in Tokyo and had this seemingly unassuming dish. I’ve mainly had raw nagaimo (Chinese yam) julienned or grated in all its gooey glory.

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May 5, 2014

Japanify: Cucumber Ume Quick Pickles

by Yoko Kumano


It’s been hot in Berkeley lately and crunchy cucumbers have been a go-to for cooling down and feeling refreshed in my kitchen.

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May 2, 2014

Slightly Peckish: Vegetarian Temple Food and Claypot Rice (HK)

by Sakura Gooneratne


One of the things we wanted to do when we were in Hong Kong was to try some vegetarian temple food.

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May 2, 2013

Japanify: Lotus Root Kinpira

by Yoko Kumano


I am a huge fan of spice, and finding a dish that I can make that delivers the spice is always a welcome affair.

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November 15, 2012

Japanify: Kale Ohitashi

by Yoko Kumano

Although I have embraced the fact that I have now crossed-over into 30-somethingdom, my diet has not caught up.

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September 13, 2012

Japanify: Hiyayakko with Myoga

by Yoko Kumano

My sister has a giant myoga plant that is thriving in a shady spot by her chicken coup coop.

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June 11, 2012

Forest Feast: Strawberry Caprese

by Erin Gleeson

Strawberry Caprese is a seasonal twist on the classic tomato basil appetizer. A perfect mix of sweet and savory!

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January 30, 2012

ReCPY: Homemade Worcestershire Sauce

by Moto Yamamoto


One of my favorite restaurants is Kajitsu, as I’ve written a couple of awesome reviews about the place.

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September 30, 2011

Umamimart Writers’ Dinner: Robata Jinya (LA)

by Sarah Nevada


On a particularly temperate Los Angeles evening, three Umamimart writers (one a founding member), and an Umamimart photographer, joined three Umamimart supporters and friends for a lovely dinner at Robata Jinya in West Hollywood, CA.

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May 5, 2011

Japanify: Ohitashi (Blanched Spinach)

by Kayoko Akabori


Hey hey, Kayoko here, filling in for Yoko this week. Seems that summer has arrived in the Bay Area (a balmy 77˚F in Oakland, holla!), which means I will only cook meals that take me a few minutes to prepare.

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