November 18, 2016

The Umami Reader: Watch This Dog Help Prepare Thanksgiving Dinner

by Sarah Han

– Ever wish your dog could help out around the house? Well, here’s a video showing you how to get your pooch to help you prepare your Thanksgiving dinner! (Joseph’s Machines) - Thanksgiving is my favorite food holiday because I will forever associate it with the huge annual feast my Korean-American family would throw. Plates of kimchi, kimbap, egg […]

January 15, 2016

Dream of Sushi with Jiro Gastronomy

by Umami Mart Staff

A video posted by Umami Mart (@umamimart) on Jan 15, 2016 at 12:38pm PST  You’ve probably seen Jiro Dreams of Sushi and are dreaming of the day you’ll eat at Sukiyabashi Jiro in Tokyo. Getting a reservation at this 10-seat, 3-Michelin star restaurant run by 90-year old Jiro Ono, who some consider the world’s greatest […]

March 12, 2015

Umami Tool Watch: How to Use a Misokoshi

by Kayoko Akabori

The misokoshi is a tool that we have sold since we first opened our shop. It looks like a mini ramen strainer, but alas, it is for straining miso in liquid. Namely, it works perfectly for miso soup. Here’s a video made by Yoko, starring yours truly, of how to make miso soup using a […]

March 5, 2015

Togarashi Ginger Highball at Jicca (Tokyo)

by Kayoko Akabori

As you know by now, Tori-chan is a dear friend of ours who opened Jicca, a restaurant and wine bar in the Hatagaya neighborhood in Tokyo nearly two years ago. She is a native of Minami-soma in Fukushima prefecture; a town that was severely affected after the earthquake in 2011. She was in Tokyo at […]

September 22, 2014

Casa de Kei: How to Clean + Season Cast Iron Like a PRO

by Kayoko Akabori

My brother Keisuke, aka Casa de Kei, is a pro. He went to culinary school, paid his dues as sous chef at Spago in Beverly Hills, and is now working alongside our father (also a chef) at Sushi Kuni restaurant in Cupertino, CA. He came over this weekend and we worked on some “kitchen projects” […]

November 10, 2011

OPENharvest Trip (Video)

by Kayoko Akabori

This is a short video by Tokyo-based photographer Nahoko Morimoto, which marvelously captures Yoko and my trip to Japan with the OPENharvest team. We spent three jam-packed weeks visiting farms, markets, taking brewery/distillery tours, and eating + drinking our way through Japan–all culminating in a huge event at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. I’m […]

June 28, 2011

Kitchen Revival: A Film-Inspired Cooking Show

by Sarah Nevada

A few months ago Umamimart readers and fans helped us accomplish our fundraising goal and we set forth to make a pilot for our movie-inspired cooking show. Kitchen Revival, hosted by chef Haley Simonds, is a 30-minute cooking show where every aspect of the show is inspired by a different movie each week. This means […]

April 26, 2011


by Kayoko Akabori

Our good friend and talented videographer Joe Stillwater (of Bright Spectrum) joined us on April 5th for our GIFT OF FOOD benefit in San Francisco. We raised over $10,000 that night for Second Harvest Japan, a food bank that has been providing direct support to the victims of the 2011 Sendai Earthquake and Tsunami. This […]

March 28, 2011

ReCPY: Let’s Make Onigiri! (Video)

by Moto Yamamoto

My colleague Kristen who produces videos for Japan Society’s Youtube channel, asked me if I knew of any onigiri (rice balls) shops since they wanted to showcase them in an upcoming video. I thought, “How about I teach how to make onigiri in the video?” That’s how this project started. I had a lot of […]

January 25, 2011

Support!: FORK YOUR CONSIDERATION – A New Cooking Show (That’s Not Boring)

by Kayoko Akabori

Check it out! Umamimart’s very own Sarah Nevada (The Big Feed and Old School Eats), an LA-based film producer, has embarked on a new project. Fork Your Consideration is a new kind of cooking show– each 24 minute episode will be based on a film, whether a classic, blockbuster, or romcom (heck yah!). Hosted by […]