Los Angeles

October 14, 2016

New, Blue, and Just for You: Glossy Ocean Mist Pothead

by Umami Mart Staff

We just reupped on Sunny Side Up Studios’ Pothead Planters, including one in a new color – Glossy Ocean Mist. This serene blue hue goes well with the blissed-out face on these lovable ceramic plant pots, created by Japanese LA artist Yoskay Yamamoto. We currently have two varieties of pothead at the shop: Glossy Ocean Mist […]

March 26, 2015

Postcard from Los Angeles: Kalbijjim at Sun Nong Dan

by Kayoko Akabori

Shortribs, potatoes and dduk (rice cakes). Savory, comforting and down right delicious. The oils bubbled on the sizzling hot stone platter throughout the entire meal. This feast felt like celebration for kings and queens, family and the closest of friends. Sun Nong Dan 3470 W. 6th Street at Alexandria Los Angeles T: 213.365.0303

July 17, 2013

The Ramen Shaman: Shhh, It’s a Secret!

by Will VanderWyden

Two years ago, bored at work with nothing better to do but read through American ex-pat ramen journals, I decided to start my own ramen blog. I didn’t tell anyone about it for a year because I was only using it to learn more about ramen and chronicle the bowls I downed. I never would […]

July 11, 2013

Road Trip to LA!

by Yoko Kumano

Everytime I go to LA, I like it more than the last time. I didn’t really like LA as a teenager… maybe it was because I would have rather been blasting Head Like A Hole in my bedroom with the curtains drawn all day. The friendly people and cute palm trees were probably too cheery […]

June 27, 2013

Upcoming Event: Sake Tasting @ Bar & Garden (LA)

by Kayoko Akabori

We’re going to LA! That’s right, we’ll be spending a few days in sunny Los Angeles, driving down Sunset Boulevard with the top down searching for the Walsh residence in Beverly Hills. Then, poolside sunbathing in our bikinis, sipping on Mai-Tais with little umbrellas. Cause that’s what you do in LA, right? Woohoo! Aside from all […]

June 26, 2013

The Ramen Shaman: Tsujita Annex (LA)

by Will VanderWyden

I’ve written plenty about Tsujita. It is easily the best ramen shop in LA (both their hakata-style tonkotsu and tsukemen dipping ramen) and is, in my opinion, the best shop in America. But since opening in the fall of 2011 there has been one glaring flaw — they only serve ramen at lunchtime. Last call […]

April 24, 2013

The Ramen Shaman: Mr. Ramen (LA)

by Will VanderWyden

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a man embarked on a quest was to eat at every ramen shop in Los Angeles. Mr. Ramen was on the list from Day One, but the man never visited. You see, Mr. Ramen has a certain reputation. To put it bluntly, the man has […]

March 27, 2013

The Ramen Shaman: Men Oh (LA)

by Will VanderWyden

Men Oh hails from Tokushima prefecture on Shikoku Island, the smallest and least populated of Japans’s four main islands. Until the completion of the first of several bridge systems in 1988 the island was only accessible by ferry or plane, and to this day the mostly rural island flies under the radar. Their ramen is […]

March 20, 2013

Taco Trip Down the California Coast (SF/SB/LA/SD)

by Kayoko Akabori

This post is so delayed, but better late than never for such an epic guide to tacos in California. After being open seven days a week during the holiday season, Yoko and I took a much needed 10-day break. Hooray! Yoko traveled to Tokyo, and I went to San Diego to visit my best friend […]

December 28, 2012

Great UM Noodletown: Edo Soba by Tsujita

by Kayoko Akabori

We finally made it into Tsujita for lunch during our trip down to LA over the summer. You know, when they actually serve ramen… Yoko and I had ignorantly gone there for dinner once, all excited to try their tsukemen (dipping ramen). But they don’t serve noodles at night! BAH! How silly, to call yourself […]