September 28, 2009

The Golden State BEER FLOAT (LA)

by Kayoko Akabori

Just got back from LaLaLand for the last in a never ending series of weddings this year (uhhh, SEVEN). Jon Sublet got hitched!!! It was quite the wedding for the ages- the dessert table consisted of Persian sweets, fresh figs and these beautiful petite WHOLE CUCUMBERS. Of course I shamelessly had like five of them, […]

September 26, 2009

Tokyo JUNKtion: We Went to a Maid Cafe and All I Got Was This Lousy Curry

by Yoko Kumano

Anders (fellow UMAMIMART writer), Rene and I went to Pinafore, a maid cafe in Tokyo, last Sunday. Here’s the report. ANDERS:It’s funny how you as a foreign tourist constantly walk around in Tokyo expecting to be shocked, appalled and freaked out by the weirdness of the Japanese. Maybe it’s the over-hyping guide books, maybe it’s […]

July 17, 2009

Daytrip to Calistoga: Yo el Rey Roasting

by Kayoko Akabori

Erin needed to get online for work, and we sauntered around town looking for wifi. We saw a little cafe, Yo el Rey (YeR), off the main road and what a lovely surprise- not only did they have free internet, but it turned out to be such a peaceful coffee-lover’s haven. Owner and founder J. […]

March 13, 2009

PELLET EATS SAN JOSE: Fried Chicken at Hydration

by UM Guest

Preface:PELLET EATS SAN JOSE: Taqueria Eduardo #4PELLET EATS SAN JOSE: Banh Mis at Dakao Written by PelletPhotography by Kayoko This place came in towards the end of the great boba craze of 2003-2004, I believe. Their boba is good, but their popcorn chicken is their fucking Gem of Cyttorak. It’s perfect, though drowning in it […]

February 25, 2009

The Golden State LA To Open Early March (For Real This Time)

by Kayoko Akabori

My dear friend Jim is opening a sandwich, beer and ice cream joint in LA!!! My three favorite food groups all under one roof- could you ask for anything more? I think not. He and his biz partner Jason have named the cafe The Golden State, that will quite appropriately be highlighting beers, meats, cheeses […]

August 28, 2008

The Sentinal, A Storefront Cafe (SF)

by Kayoko Akabori

Khoi and Laura took me to this great little coffee spot, The Sentinal, in the SOMA district in downtown SF. They served good, strong coffee, and delicious morning pastries. But what makes this place most distinctive was the use of their tiny sliver of a storefront space- the layout was quite impressive considering they didn’t […]

July 29, 2008

The Most Beautiful Cafe in the World (Kyoto)

by Irwin Chen

If you know me, you won’t be put off by the title, because you will know I am prone to hyperbole and you will know that my hyperbole is usually in jest. In this case, however, I am utterly sincere. What I didn’t know about Kyoto, a city renowned for its beautiful temples, was that […]

May 7, 2008

California Soul: Blue Bottle Music Video

by Kayoko Akabori

This is ridiculously overdue, being the last post in my California Soul series which began two months ago (!). Putting together this video has been haunting me, and I finally buckled down and worked on it for your viewing pleasure. It took me all Sunday to make it, so you better friggin love it! I […]

February 28, 2008

California Soul: Silverlake Edition (LA)

by Kayoko Akabori

It’s all in the air/ You hear it everywhere No matter what you do/ It’s gonna grab a hold on you California soul… California soul…— Ashford & Simpson It’s in my bones, I can’t shake it off- California is IN me. Took a week off to attend a wedding in San Francisco, and detoured through […]

February 22, 2008

Mangiamo 2007: Bar del Cappuccino

by Kayoko Akabori

There’s nothing like walking into a coffee shop that makes the best cup of coffee EVER. That’s what happened in Rome- we happened to walk into Bar del Cappucino, without a clue that the barrista is a middle aged man named Luigi Santoro, who has won countless number of prizes for his cup o’ brew– […]