August 3, 2009

ReCPY: Battaglia della Mozzarella (Mozzarella Battle)

by Moto Yamamoto

Sorry for my long absence. Summer has been occupying me and it’s also too hot to cook anything in particular. Last weekend, my friend Sal from da Bronx took me to Arthur Avenue. I’ve always wanted to check it out, but was scared to go by myself. It’s da Bronx after all, ya know? Sal […]

June 17, 2009

Umamiventure #16: Harley Farms Goat Dairy

by Kayoko Akabori

We ventured out to Pescadero a few weeks back, which is about an hour south of San Francisco, to visit Harley Farms Goat Dairy. It was such a special Umamiventure- Yoko was here from Tokyo, and Jenny and Mitch from NYC! It was the first time on a goat farm for many of us, and […]

June 8, 2009

ReCPY: Japanese Cheese Cake

by Moto Yamamoto

I don’t like cheese cake. Especially NY-style cheese cake, which is like eating cream cheese as is. You are done after one bite, it’s enough. In Japan, we have baked cheesecake, which is very light and fluffy. This week’s recipe is how to make ever-so light baked cheese cake. The art of Japanese cheese cake […]

July 24, 2008

Packaging Whore: Fine Cheese Co. Crackers

by Kayoko Akabori

No joke, I’m the worst procrastinator in the world. I totally ditched out on our staff bowling trip today (lame) to come into work to try to get this report done that was due…2 weeks ago… oops!!! I had my evaluation yesterday with my boss who drew a huge X next to “Needs Attention” where […]

June 27, 2008

Wine & Cheese at the Conservatory Garden

by Erin Gleeson

My friend Stephen is a professional gardener at the Conservatory Garden in Central Park and he invited me to a sweet little soiree they were having on Wednesday. If you haven’t been, it’s a spectacular garden on 105th Street and 5th Avenue that is filled with summer blooms right now. A wine and cheese party […]

May 1, 2008

umamichatter: Greek Grocery Shopping in Astoria (NYC)

by Kayoko Akabori

10:47 AM me: hey sweets how are you doing??? Amy: alright you?? me: ok too did you end up going to queens??? do you still have the car? i’m free this weekend Amy: i went last night by myself, to Titan foods, the greek grocery store, i stocked up..and ate feta with asparagus last night!! […]

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 […]

August 30, 2007

Fig & Chevre Amuse Bouche

by Erin Gleeson

In the summer, when figs are in season, I just can’t get enough of them. I have them a few times a week, with cheese and wine before dinner or as an afternoon snack. Here’s one of my favorite ways to prepare them: Snip the stems off the figs and cut them length-wise in quarters, […]

July 10, 2007

Homo Party Done Right, I mean Home…

by Moto Yamamoto

Yep, it’s me again. Aside from all the complicated dishes, I make a lot of party food since I love hosting parties. People, please don’t start with “how come I never get invited?!” I was the one who invited all of you in the past when I lived in NJ, and no one even bothered […]

May 12, 2007

Burrata + Oysters: The Reckoning

by Aya Ogawa

tmonkey lost his mind last night. I came home from work at 10:30. The apartment was sweltering. tmonkey was walking around, sweaty, shirtless with a small knife. He mumbling something about mozzarella cheese. He had been blogging. I knew there would be trouble. “Do you know how to shuck oysters?” he asked. I told him […]