April 23, 2008

UM Deal: Kyotofu Shochu Pairing Dinner

by Kayoko Akabori

Here’s a fancyfun activity for next Monday night at the ever-enchanting Kyotofu in Hell’s Kitchen- a 7 course shochu pairing dinner! Shochu is a Japanese barley liquor- basically Japan’s version of vodka. Explore all the wacky varieties with different dishes! Mention Umami Mart when you make a reservation, and get $10 off your spot! I’m […]

February 8, 2008

Fridgin’ Out

by Kayoko Akabori

I know, this “what’s in your fridge” shit is so tired! But I’ve been wanting to blog about these specific food finds, so I’m just gonna bite it and start the “Fridgin’ Out” column. What a DORK. Here’s this funky herb concentrate stuff that I got at a little Argentinian bakery in Jackson Heights called […]

June 7, 2007

Umamiventure: Ocean Jewel Restaurant

by Kayoko Akabori

A few weeks ago, we ventured on our first official Umami Mart field trip, which I hope we can organize once a month. The idea is to get people in the area, UM contributors and local eaters, to travel far and wide (an outer borough, OH MY!) for infamous eats. In the five years I […]

April 6, 2007

$100/ 2 Weeks/ NYC: Day 13 & 14

by Kayoko Akabori

$100/ 2 Weeks/ NYC: Prologue$100/ 2 Weeks/ NYC: Day 1 & 2$100/ 2 Weeks/ NYC: Day 3, 4 & 5$100/ 2 Weeks/ NYC: Day 6 & 7$100/ 2 Weeks/ NYC: Midway Meditation$100/ 2 Weeks/ NYC: Day 8, 9 & 10$100/ 2 Weeks/ NYC: Day 11 & 12 Here it is, the final push– my final […]

March 26, 2007

Yuba County

by Yoko Kumano

Over the weekend, I spent some time in Nikko which is about three hours away from Tokyo. Most people go for the gaudy shrines – wooden and painted in bright red and gold reflecting Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu’s glory. Anyhow, the weather wasn’t very agreeable – so there was nothing else to do except…EAT! Turns out, […]

March 12, 2007


by Irwin Chen

Anybody been to Kyotofu? Same people who did Chikalicious. “Like its precursors, ChikaLicious and Room4Dessert, Kyotofu endeavors to turn the meal’s last course into a dedicated evening outing, accessorized with fruity cocktails and wrapped up in a sleekly designed, date-friendly package. And with its focus on the flavors of Japan and the gracefully subtle incorporation […]