Umamiventure

Umamiventures are organized monthly, traveling far and wide to find good, cheap grub off the beaten path.

June 13, 2013

Umamiventure #34: Umeshu Class with Peko Peko

by yoko

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We learned, we drank and we ate all things ume during our Umeshu Class last Sunday. During the two-hour session, we learned about the history of ume and umeshu, how to make it and ate an array of dishes that highlighted ume.

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October 18, 2012

Umamiventure #33: Hive Tour with East Bay Urban Bees

by yoko

Did you know that a bee’s lifespan is based on the distance it has flown? One bee lives to fly about a total of 500 miles.

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October 2, 2012

Upcoming Event: Umamiventure #33: Hive Tour with East Bay Urban Bees

by Kayoko


Umamiventures are BACK! The last field trip was at the TCHO factory back in March 2011, remember? Wow, it has been WAY TOO LONG.

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March 22, 2011

Umamiventure #32: TCHO Chocolate Factory (SF)

by Kayoko

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Photos by Travis LoDolce.

The history of chocolate-making in the Bay Area runs deep. Ghiradelli, Scharffen Berger, and Guittard are some of the big names in chocolate that started here, and the community of smaller, more artisinal chocolatiers continues to grow.

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February 23, 2011

SOLD OUT! Heads Up – Umamiventure #32: TCHO Chocolate Factory (SF)

by Kayoko

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My first introduction to TCHO chocolates was in 2007, working in New York City. My friend Fumiko, who worked closely with Silicon Valley techie innovators, handed me a bar and told me that it was the next big thing in chocolate.

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February 4, 2011

Umamiventure #31: Sutton Cellars Vermouth Lab (SF)

by Kayoko

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All photos by Yoko Kumano unless otherwise specified.

On a warm, sunny day in San Francisco, 23 guests and I had the distinct pleasure of visiting Sutton Cellars Winery for an afternoon Vermouth Class, where we learned about its history, evolution, production methods, and different taste profiles and components.

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January 11, 2011

SOLD OUT!: Umamiventure #31: Sutton Cellars Vermouth Lab (SF)

by Kayoko

Updated 1/28, 9am PST:
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!
Stay tuned for February’s Umamiventure!

Sutton & soda

Updated 1/28, 9am PST:
THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

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December 7, 2010

Umamiventure #30: Four Barrel Coffee Cupping (SF)

by Kayoko

Umamiventure #30: Four Barrel Coffee Cupping (SF)

Umamiventure #30 was indeed a memorable affair, and much more than what any of us expected. It was a night of Serious Coffee Schooling– from the bean picking process, to roasting, to tasting– all courtesy of Four Barrel Coffee in San Francisco.

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November 10, 2010

SOLD OUT – Heads Up! Umamiventure #30: Four Barrel Coffee Cupping (SF)

by Kayoko

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Update (Thurs. 11/11, 12pm PST): EVENT SOLD OUT!!!

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Wow THIRTY Umamiventures, can you believe? Pretty damn awesome, considering the very first one was in 2007, on a trek out to Flushing, Queens for quite possibly the best dim sum in New York City.

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October 26, 2010

Umamiventure #29: Bitters Tasting with A.B. Smeby Bittering Co. (NYC)

by Kayoko

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Photos by Erin Gleeson.

On a balmy, quiet Sunday afternoon in Brooklyn, we had the distinct pleasure of sitting down with Louis Smeby, founder of A.B.

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