October 17, 2012

Just For You: The Best Hangtown Fry in San Francisco

by Kayoko Akabori

In the spirit of getting back into writing and sharing my thoughts more often on Umami Mart, I want to tell you the story of how Johnny and I met. It was the summer of 2011. I had been going on dates throughout the year, and “putting myself out there” on internet dating sites and […]

October 5, 2012

The PDT Project: Benton’s Old-Fashioned

by Payman Bahmani

If there’s one drink on the menu that PDT is perhaps most famous for, it is the Benton’s Old-Fashioned. Although PDT’s menu is ever-changing and some would say hyper-seasonal, there are a few drinks that are mainstays. The Benton’s Old-Fashioned is one of those drinks, and to my knowledge it has not come off the […]

November 30, 2011

Skankynavia: Bacon Udon

by Anders Arhoj

Enjoying the early winter so far? I know I am. I’m a cave bear and enjoy spending the long Scandinavian winter evenings in my studio or couch, working, crafting or watching Daria. In fact, since it is so windy, wet and utterly, depressively dark, I feel less bad about not hanging out on the beach, […]

July 5, 2011

Old School Eats: Nickel Diner (LA)

by Sarah Nevada

Downtown Los Angeles is a special place–a part of town that still feels authentically gritty and big city-like. Even amongst the gentrification going strong in a few, piecemeal pockets, downtown LA is still pretty much what it was in Beverly Hills Cop 2. Sure, the crime rate and smog levels have dropped since the 80’s, […]

June 6, 2011

Culinography: Bacon-Covered Mazoh Balls

by Erin Gleeson

Recently, I was at someone’s house for brunch and bacon-covered mazoh balls were served (I believe inspired by this NPR show). How terribly traif! Well… almost. This meal was in a kosher home, so the bacon was not actually pork, but beef. Rebellious nonetheless? Certainly delightful! As a pork loving Jew, perhaps I should finally […]

May 26, 2009

Bacon Cup Cake – Say No More

by Moto Yamamoto

People in this country are obsessed with bacon. Bacon-wrapped pork, bacon-wrapped hotdogs, bacon-wrapped corn, bacon is everywhere. Last summer, I posted bacon chocolate, and there are a lot of sweet/savor combo recipes popping up and I was getting very curious about this combination. Sweet and salty is something we do enjoy. Chocolate-covered salty rice crackers […]

April 28, 2009

The Umami Reader, vol. 053: The Bacon Lance

by Kayoko Akabori

The only thing you need to see this week, via Mel. Wait for the vegetarian version. The Umami Reader brings you the freshest food news every Tuesday, however outdated it may be. Please email links to what you’re reading to Follow UM on Twitter for more 24/7.

March 26, 2009

Pig Candy at Roni-Sue’s Chocolates (NYC)

by Kayoko Akabori

When I heard about the Vosges Mo’s Bacon Bar a year back I thought it was the awesomest creation in the world. Little speckles of bacon in a bar of chocolate? Count me in. So when I saw a sign exclaiming, “Pig Candy Is Here!” at Roni-Sue’s Chocolates in the Essex Street Market, I stopped […]

February 4, 2009

Kitchen Follies: Devils on Horseback

by Kayoko Akabori

In the world of food blogs, it’s a rare occasion to see a recipe gone bad. Gorgeous, mouthwatering foodporn shots of well-prepared, perfectly crisped, braised and roasted dishes abound in the blogosphere. But what about all the times when your master creations have totally FAILED??? So today, I’m going to talk about how I totally […]

January 5, 2009


by CJ Mattiola

I was sitting on the couch today, when I received a mysterious package from the UPS man. I opened up the box and found the best surprise that I have ever received via mail. BACON!!! Turns out my friend John sent me some Hickory Smoked and Apple Cinnamon bacon from The Grateful Palate for Christmas. […]