March 23, 2015

Upcoming Event: How to Grow Japanese Herbs with Kitazawa Seed Co. + Namu Farm

by Kayoko Akabori

We are excited to announce a special morning event with our great friends Maya Shiroyama of Kitazawa Seed Co., and Kristyn Leach of Namu Farm. Two years ago, we hosted an event on planting + garden caretaking with Kristyn; remember that? It was a mind-blowing, super-educational event with a great turnout — and we’ve received […]

June 4, 2013

MOTOism: My Vegetable Garden

by Moto Yamamoto

As you’ve seen from my previous posts, my current apartment has a nice-sized balcony, which gets wonderful sunlight. I make the most out of this luxury by hosting barbeque dinners, and make my own dried mushrooms and umeboshi. When you have outdoor space, you gotta grow some vegetables, right? Here are my babies: I brought back shiso […]

May 24, 2013

Event Recap: Seed Season: Planting + Garden Caretaking

by Kayoko Akabori

On a lovely spring day, we hosted an event focused on seed season and gardening. One of our most popular items at Umami Mart are the Asian vegetable and fruit seeds by the Kitazawa Seed Company — so we knew that many people in our community would be interested in a gardening event. The talk […]

December 12, 2012

Fridgin’ Out: The Ramen Shaman + Roommates

by Will VanderWyden

Ah, the joy of roommates. The Ramen Shaman lives with three other dudes in a house in Los Angeles, meaning our fridge is war zone of groceries for four people each cooking for one. But to be honest there’s not a whole lot of cooking going on in this household. I actually enjoy making food, […]

September 29, 2010

Skankynaiva: The Danish Orangerie

by Anders Arhoj

What defines youth? 
Is it the age of our bodies when they’re crisp and fresh and still full of get go? Or is it more of a spiritual definition? Sometimes age really is just a number. My parents are good friends with a married couple who are in their 60’s but act nothing like it-– […]

September 15, 2010

Skankynavia: My Mom’s Kitchen

by Anders Arhoj

It’s finally fall in Denmark, everything is moody, rainy, rotting and falling apart. It’s my favourite part of the year. This weekend I jumped on the train and 6 hours later I got out at the other end of the country. My parents live far away from everything– two km to the nearest neighbour. So […]

August 11, 2010

Skankynavia: The Art of Growing Shiso

by Anders Arhoj

I am not a gardener. I have no interest in physical labour, no patience for watching stuff grow and I’m always too busy for watering. But after spending one year looking at a pack of Japanese Shiso leaf seeds I got from Yoko (a pure shisoholic) I had to cave in and try it out […]

May 4, 2010

Culinography: Rainbow Chard

by Erin Gleeson

My mother grows rainbow chard in her garden. I held this yellow leaf up to the sun for a photo.

May 10, 2009

Mom’s Garden

by Erin Gleeson

On a recent trip to see my family in Sonoma County, I took some photos in my Mom’s beautiful little vegetable garden that is surrounded by redwood trees. My dad built all the raised beds and my brother Ryan (who is an amazing gardner) has helped plant all sorts of wonderful things. It’s so fun […]