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April 16, 2014

Inside Yukiwa Barware Factory

by Kayoko

Our main objective for our trip to Japan (besides noodles and ekiben) was to visit the many factories where they make the bar and glassware we select for Umami Mart.

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April 11, 2014

Adventures in Nakano: Hitomi Bar

by Kayoko

Male bartenders in Japan are full of themselves. There, I said it. From the few “star” bars we visited during our trip to Tokyo, I felt miffed by the arrogance and general unfriendliness of the bartenders.

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April 7, 2014

Adventures in Nakano: Yakitori at Shimon-ya

by Kayoko

One of the most memorable nights I had in Tokyo was an adventure in Nakano, a hip neighborhood in Tokyo. We met up with our friend and Umami Mart writer Will, aka The Ramen Shaman, along with Eri, who suggested a yakitori joint called Shimon-ya.

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April 4, 2014

Kodoku no Gurume (Solitary Gourmet)

by Kayoko

I’ve been watching a lot of Kodoku no gurume, a show from Japan. It is about a salesman in Tokyo named Goro who goes out to eat.

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April 2, 2014

Japan’s Kit Kat Kraze

by Kayoko

When something takes off in Japan, it gets huge. For a hot minute. People have no qualms with waiting in a long line for hours, out in the butt-ass cold, to get their hands on the newest HOT food trend from abroad that they saw on the morning news.

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March 28, 2014

Niigata Noodle JUNKtion: Hegi Soba, Ramen + The Italian

by yoko

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Japan is noodle crazy. Each station in each town of each prefecture have their own noodle specialty. Being noodle fiends ourselves, Kayoko and I researched some of the regional noodles of Niigata prefecture before setting foot there last month.

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March 27, 2014

Umami Mart Now Hiring!

by Kayoko

We’re slowly growing our team. It’s an exciting time for us here at Umami Mart! We’re looking for someone bright and attentive to work with us at our Oakland headquarters.

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March 7, 2014

Postcard from Nahoko: A Pale Tone

by Nahoko Morimoto

A popular snack in Taiwan, these sandwiches contain a fried egg, rousong (pork floss), and cucumbers.

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February 26, 2014

Event Recap: Japan Beer Fest 2014

by Melissa Gordon

UmamiMart + The Trappist, Japanese Beer Fest 2/14

San Francisco Beer Week 2014 took place February 6th-16th, celebrating the Bay Area craft-beer scene with events, dinners, talks, and good times.

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February 24, 2014

UMSF Closed for Renovations

by Kayoko


Our San Francisco location inside The Perish Trust will be closed through March for renovations. Please visit us in Oakland or online!

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