October 31, 2016

8 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Landsea Gomasio

by Sarah Han

Gomashio is a Japanese seasoning, traditionally consisting of toasted sesame seeds (goma) and salt (shio). At Umami Mart, we carry Landsea Gomasio, a Pacific Northwestern take on gomashio. Made in Eastsound, Washington by our friend Brooke Budner, Landsea Gomasio uses replaces salt with two ingredients found regionally and abundantly in Orcas Island: bull kelp, a type of seaweed with […]

July 9, 2015

Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar in Capitol Hill (Seattle)

by Yoko Kumano

I’ve visited Seattle twice in the past year and I’m somewhat convinced that this city is the West Coast’s best kept secret. The reason? FRESH SEAFOOD. Shrimp, oysters, salmon and geoducks are everywhere and in gleaming abundance. We had a few recommendations for the best joints to go for seafood. We weren’t picky — we […]

March 14, 2014

The Vin Vivant: Celebrating Pi Day With Bstilla

by Audrey Luk

My first encounter with phyllo roll — Wow. Cinnamon-spiced chicken with raisins, chickpeas and almonds were listed to describe Chicken Cilicia, my favorite on La Méditeranée‘s four-roll platter. My taste buds wondered what I’d been doing all my life before I discovered that poultry, nuts and baking spices compose a stellar trio. It would take […]