October 20, 2014

Clinebell Ice at Prizefighter (Video)

by Kayoko Akabori

Here at Umami Mart, we are always geeking out on very specific subjects. Whether it’s shochu, shio-koji or baking the perfect macaron, we usually trek farther and deeper into the realms of food/drink subject matter and then, we blog about it. These days, we’re thinking about ice. Pfffff, ice, you may be thinking. Ice is […]

February 21, 2014

Ice Ball Machine

by Kayoko Akabori

We went to Hoteresu the other day, Japan’s premiere restaurant show. Like any convention at Javits or Moscone Center, the massive spaceship of a building had been filled with food and drink companies, appliance mega-conglomerates and tableware producers, displaying their newest products and inventions for all of us brainwashed consumers. Like a well-oiled machine, Hoteresu […]