September 16, 2011

The Ume Project: The Aka-Shiso Edition

by Kayoko Akabori

This post is rather late, for which I apologize. Er, about a month late. SORRY! Where has all the time gone? How is it already mid-September? I look outside and the leaves are turning color. The light gives off a deeper glow. It is dark at 7:30pm. Sigh. San Francisco’s (non-existent) summer is officially over. […]

August 29, 2011

Battle ReCPY: NYC Umeboshi Project, Pt. 2

by Moto Yamamoto

PREFACE Battle ReCPY: NYC Umeboshi Project, Pt. 1 After a couple of weeks of pickling plum in salt, it extracts all the water out of the plums, which makes umezu (plum vinegar). Once the liquid rises above the plum, it’s time to add red shiso (perilla). You can either do it or not do it […]

July 25, 2011

Battle ReCPY: The NYC Umeboshi Project

by Moto Yamamoto

After seeing the Ume Project on the west coast, I was intrigued. I like umeboshi (pickled plums) and every time I go home to Japan, I bring back my mother’s homemade ones. After all, I am from Wakayama, where Japan’s best umeboshi is made. I should have the umeboshi making gene in me. I’ve seen […]

July 22, 2011

Old School Eats: Umami Burger (LA)

by Sarah Nevada

While it’s no Musso & Frank or Mateo’s, Umami Burger is quickly becoming a fixture in the LA culinary world. Seriously. Six locations have popped up since the original La Brea location opened in 2009 and the popularity doesn’t appear to be losing steam. Though it embraces the similar rapid expansion model that made the […]

July 19, 2011

The Ume Project: Pickling for Umeboshi

by Kayoko Akabori

After our Berkeley backyard ume foraging adventure, Yoko, Sylvan (of Peko Peko) and I met up six days later to start pickling our umeboshi (pickled plum). Hooray! Umeboshi is the rice accompaniment of choice in Japan–the image of the sour little scarlet ball, sitting on a bed of steaming rice for breakfast, is as ubiquitous […]

May 23, 2011

ReCPY: Vegetable Overdose (Kyuri No Kyu-chan + Kale Chips)

by Moto Yamamoto

I don’t know what got into me this weekend. I am a proud carnivore. I cannot live without meat, and I don’t even care if it’s “organic” or not. Food Nation didn’t scare me enough to eat only grass-fed beef or cage-free chicken. I will pretty much eat whatever meat parts are served in front […]

April 1, 2009

Loisaida Throwback Crawl: Pickle Battle

by Kayoko Akabori

Preface:Loisaida Throwback Crawl: Kossar’s BialyLoisaida Throwback Crawl: Doughnut Plant There’s a pickle war in town, did you know? In the Lower East Side, within a two block radius, at that. Well actually, two blocks, and up to Cedurhurst, NY. I had no idea, until Todd, a UM reader who came out with us, gave us […]

October 16, 2008

Traditional Japanese Pickling (Nuka-Zuke)

by Moto Yamamoto

Traditionally every Japanese household pickled vegetables in Nuka (rice bran). The translation doesn’t cut it too well. Rice Bran is too pretty. It’s should be called rice shells in powder form. Nowadays, you can buy nuka pickled vegetables at grocery stores, so more and more people have stopped pickling their own vegetables at home. I, […]