Sake


March 26, 2014

Upcoming Event: Umami Mart SF Launch Party

by Kayoko

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The Bay Area has been so good to us. First, we opened our flagship store in Oakland in 2012 — to our surprise, people were into our Japanese kitchen and barware shop!

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February 19, 2014

Postcard from Tokyo

by Kayoko

We made it! After a restless 16 hours of travel — I read this month’s New Yorker (excellent expose on Amazon and its monopoly on the publishing industry) and Vanity Fair (The Hollywood Issue!

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November 18, 2013

Umami Map: Where to Buy Shochu in the Bay Area

by Kayoko

UPDATED 11/19/13, 8:47pm

We get a lot of phone calls about where to buy shochu in the Bay Area. I love talking to people about this — as you know, we are here to spread the shochu gospel here at Umami Mart.

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July 31, 2013

Upcoming Event: One Year Anniversary Sake Tasting

by Kayoko


Guess what?? Umami Mart Oakland will celebrate its ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY in August!!! Both Yoko and I are so grateful for all the support we’ve received this past year from our community, the Bay Area, and beyond.

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July 25, 2013

Event Recap: Shochu Tasting @ 18 Reasons (SF)

by yoko

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From the refreshing mugi (barley) varieties to musty imo (sweet potato) that demand your full attention, shochus are always the choice of drink for me.

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July 16, 2013

Carrot Shochu Pickles

by Umamimart Guest

By Steven Sharafian

I spend a fair amount of time making tsukemono (pickles). I focus mostly on quick-pickles that only take a couple of minutes to prep and have a short curing period.

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July 9, 2013

Upcoming Event: Shochu Tasting @ 18 Reasons (SF)

by Kayoko

Shochu tends to be the drink of choice around here on Umami Mart, but we know that it’s still pretty unfamiliar terrain.

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June 27, 2013

Upcoming Event: Sake Tasting @ Bar & Garden (LA)

by Kayoko

We’re going to LA! That’s right, we’ll be spending a few days in sunny Los Angeles, driving down Sunset Boulevard with the top down searching for the Walsh residence in Beverly Hills.

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May 9, 2013

Japanify: Ebi Chili

by yoko

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Ebi Chili is the best example of a dish that has been Japanified. It was originally created in the 1950s by a Chinese immigrant in Japan, taking cues from Sichuan-style cooking.

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March 12, 2013

Kuishinbo: Oba-chan’s Shochu Kumquats

by Umamimart Guest

By Yuki HD

When we were little we used to watch my oba-chan (grandmother) make this seasonal treat from Kagoshima prefecture in southern Japan.

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