March 29, 2010

Packaging Whore: The Alembic Matchbook

by Kayoko Akabori

Finally made it out to The Alembic, a bar on Haight Street in SF– it’s a spot that has been buzzed about extensively for their cocktails and gastroeats. I believe it is related to Magnolia, the brewpub right down the street. Yoko, Washi and I enjoyed ourselves at the bar– with their awesome cocktail list, […]

March 25, 2010

Bitter Love

by Kayoko Akabori

A bourbon expert once told me that the defining ingredient in a cocktail is bitters. PDT clearly takes this very seriously.

March 22, 2010

UM Happy Hour: Tues. 3/30 (SF)

by Kayoko Akabori

Yoko and I have decided to make 15 Romolo UM’s official clubhouse in the Bay Area. We’ll be there on Tuesday 3/30 at 6pm, and think you should meet us there. Pencil it in, please! We have a wee obsession with this bar. It’s spacious, unpretentious, they’ve got a great juke, and unique cocktail list. […]

March 18, 2010

Gadget Patrol: Ice Cube Ball Maker

by Kayoko Akabori

Matt and I were sitting at our favorite bar, Hotel Del Mano in Brooklyn, when the bartender mumbled something about the Japanese. We were both a bit bewildered (we were the only Asians at the bar), but then he placed a clunky copper contraption in front of us. He told us that it was from […]

March 9, 2010

The Historic Sazerac Bar (NOLA)

by Kayoko Akabori

Thankfully made it to the Sazerac Bar in the historic Roosevelt Hotel. We weren’t going to have enough time to go, but I managed to sneak in on my last day in town. The space is just so majestic and enchanting! The hotel itself has quite a history. Opened in 1893 as “The Grunewald”, it […]

February 17, 2010

Postcard from New Orleans: BarMobile

by Kayoko Akabori

On Frenchmen Street, NOLA. Check out all Mardi Gras Mayhem here.

February 5, 2010

Next Monday: UM Relaunch Happy Hour (SF)

by Kayoko Akabori

Dear SFers, Yoko (Tokyo JUNKtion), CJ (Tap This) and I (UM Event Planner) will be at Magnolia Pub on Monday at 7pm to celebrate the relaunch over beers. But not just any beers. We’re talking STRONG BEERS. That’s right, it’s that time of year again in San Francisco: STRONG BEER MONTH. We went last year […]

January 7, 2010

New Favorite Bar: 15 Romolo (SF)

by Kayoko Akabori

15 Romolo is in a little hotel in North Beach that’s been around since the early 1900’s, owned now by the Rye guys who have recently renovated the space. It’s got a kickass juke, a menu of classic cocktails and a kitchen cranking out some downhome apps. It’s my little SF version of Hotel Del […]

November 20, 2009

PDT Cocktail Time at Beretta (SF)

by Kayoko Akabori

Photos by Travis LoDolce. Now tell me: why oh why would I ever move back to NYC when all of its wondrous gems can come to ME!!! When I heard last week that PDTman John Deragon would be guest bartending at the popular SF joint Beretta for ONE NIGHT ONLY, I screamed a silent hooray […]

November 2, 2009

Umamiventure #20: Schroeder’s Oktoberfest (SF)

by Kayoko Akabori

Carefully observe this above photo. If you walked past this on your way home from work, how could you NOT go in? There is clearly a party explosion going on inside here, duh. Since I’m a sucker for a good party, a bunch of us gathered here at Schroeder’s in SF for their annual Oktoberfest […]