September 2, 2009

Umamiventure #17: Tomales Bay Oyster Company

by Kayoko Akabori

Photo by Thien V. Visiting the Tomales Bay Oyster Company has been high on my priority list since CJ wrote about it last year. Fresh, just caught oysters? Overlooking the bay? Picnic tables? BBQ pits??? If that isn’t a dream scenario for you, don’t talk to me. But obviously all of you felt my enthusiasm, […]

August 14, 2009

Umamiventure #17: Tomales Bay Oyster Co. BBQ (SF)

by Kayoko Akabori

YES, we are finally doing this!!! Let’s meet up at the famed Tomales Bay Oyster Company on Sunday 8/23 and get our shellfish on! This is California’s oldest shellfish farm (since 1909!), about an hour north of SF. Yes, that means you have to set your alarm clock on a Sunday morning, but deal with […]

June 8, 2009

Oyster Text

by Kayoko Akabori

Here’s something I think is totally random and kinda neat: a text to let you know what oysters are on the menu at Yankee Pier, a seafood restaurant in the Bay Area. I went for happy hour the other day, where they have $1 oysters and beers Monday through Fridays from 3-5pm, and picked up […]

May 14, 2009

Eat Out Thursday: Yats (SF)

by Kayoko Akabori

Tucked in the back of Jack’s Bar in Potrero Hill, Yats takes over the kitchen during the daytime hours, and serves up all the NoLa classics. Started by a New Orleans native (via 7×7), it is truly a Louisiana food-lover’s dream- casual, cheap, and calls on all the flavors of the bayou. When three good […]

March 5, 2009

How to Roast a Turkey in Tokyo

by Yoko Kumano

Turkey would be really popular in Tokyo. If everyone had ovens. I love turkey and I knew my friends in Tokyo could appreciate an American icon that doesn’t just come to a theater near you, but comes straight to your dining table. Dinner parties are very rare in Tokyo because space is limited in homes. […]

February 23, 2009

Oyster Party!

by Erin Gleeson

On Saturday, I attended the New Amsterdam Public’s 1st fundraiser event, which sold out. This wonderful little organization is dedicated to reviving the old site of the Fulton Fish market and filling it regularly with local purveyors. This would essentially be a monthly market place where you could not only buy local fruit and veggies, […]


by Kayoko Akabori

Finally made it to my #1 NYC fantasy restaurant, Le Bernardin! I had been dying to go there for years- one time I had almost convinced my parents to take me, but alas my dad refused when he heard of their silly jacket requirement. I don’t actually think he owns a suit… My prayers were […]

October 29, 2008

My #1 Restaurant in NYC

by Kayoko Akabori

The Grand Central Oyster Bar is unquestionably my favorite restaurant in NYC. It’s my #1, totally and completely. I love everything about it- from the food to the servers, the long oyster bar counter, watching the soup guy make pan roasts and chowders, the clanking pots, the dim lighting, the white tiles, the swooping, cave-like […]

September 5, 2008

Mexican Seafood Dining in a Parking Lot (San Jose)

by Kayoko Akabori

Here is my new favorite place that Christi and Mike brought me to in Man Jose called Dia de Pesca. It’s a seafood taco shack out of a “roach coach” that ROCKS. Literally, it’s just an old school mobile home that houses the kitchen, parked in the middle of a parking lot, with tables and […]

July 30, 2008

Lobster Rolls & Seafood at BLT Fish Shack (NYC)

by Payman Bahmani

So I’ve decided that my days of blogging virginity will be cast into the past, and what better way to hail the occasion and set the mood than with a blog about that most ancient of aphrodisiacs, seafood. As a precursor to a Lobster roll-centric New England road trip (posts coming forthwith) that I planned […]