September 28, 2015

Umami Map: Where to Get a Cocktail in Seattle

by Kayoko Akabori

Seattle is for grown-ups. I really enjoyed the city when we were there over the summer — it has a sense of sophistication and plentifulness that I can enjoy in my thirties. I must have just glazed over it all when I visited over a decade ago — perhaps I have less angst now and I […]

August 24, 2015

Sake Nomi in Seattle

by Kayoko Akabori

I’ve talked about following your passions in life before (ok, I talk about it like everyday) and here’s a place that embodies a deep passion for sake. Opened in 2007, Sake Nomi is a pioneer in sake retail and tasting in the United States. It is casual and almost feels like you’ve just walked into someone’s […]

August 10, 2015

Mike’s Noodle House in Seattle

by Kayoko Akabori

I’m afraid I’m becoming one of those older Asian ladies who gets really grumpy after not eating noodles or rice or something with soy sauce flavoring for a few days. Although who am I kidding: I am grumpy if I don’t have noodles in some form at least once a day. On our last trip to […]

July 9, 2015

Taylor Shellfish Oyster Bar in Capitol Hill (Seattle)

by Yoko Kumano

I’ve visited Seattle twice in the past year and I’m somewhat convinced that this city is the West Coast’s best kept secret. The reason? FRESH SEAFOOD. Shrimp, oysters, salmon and geoducks are everywhere and in gleaming abundance. We had a few recommendations for the best joints to go for seafood. We weren’t picky — we […]

June 25, 2015

Go To Blind Pig Bistro NOW (Seattle)

by Kayoko Akabori

When I received a list of places to eat in Seattle from one of our longtime customers, @SamayouKodomo, the only comment he put next to Blind Pig Bistro was, “American goodness… beer bread, mmm.” Besides this, there was no other insight into this little eatery out a way’s north of the downtown area where we were […]

August 6, 2007

Pacific Northwest Road Trip 2007

by Kayoko Akabori

Just got back from a 6 day jaunt around the pristine and spectacular Pacific Northwest, stopping in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver. The trip was cloudless, seamless, no accidents, no trip-ups– just good times drinking, eating, discovering, and mellowing with my friend Kristi, who gets a cookie for putting up with me through 2 states, 2 […]