San Francisco Bay Area


March 24, 2014

Umami Map: Oakland Chinatown

by Kayoko

One of the joys of working in Old Oakland is Chinatown. We’re only steps away to a wonderland of dirt-cheap eats and one-stop grocery shopping.

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March 5, 2014

Event Recap: Ramen Shop in Brooklyn!

by Umamimart Guest

By Anna de Castro

Just when I thought February in NY could not get any dreamier (and by dreamy, I mean cold, slushy, and awaiting 6-8 more inches of snow), word came that a Bay Area favorite was making its way east, to shed a bit of light on our blustery season.

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February 10, 2014

Ordinaire, My Neighborhood Wine Shop (Oakland)

by Kayoko

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I’ve lived in the Grand Lake district of Oakland for four years now, and we’ve never had a proper wine shop.

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August 6, 2013

Postcard from San Francisco: Steak Americana

by Kayoko

An annual treat.

HOUSE OF PRIME RIB
1906 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94109
T: 415.885.4605

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May 6, 2013

Postcard from San Francisco: Stairway to Whisky

by Kayoko

Went to Hard Water the other night, Charles Phan’s newest eatery located along the scenic Embarcadero in San Francisco. It’s such a rarity to go out and join the HOT SF scene.

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March 4, 2013

The Forest Feast: Sunset Manhattans at The Cliff House (SF)

by Erin Gleeson

One of my favorite places for a sunset cocktail in San Francisco is the historic Cliff House. First opened in 1863, it sits on the site of the Sutro Bath House ruins overlooking Ocean Beach.

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November 14, 2012

Great UM Noodletown: Teuchi Soba @ Ippuku (BERK)

by Kayoko

Since May, our beloved Ippuku of Berkeley has been serving teuchi (handmade) soba. Owner-chef Christian Geidemann recruited Koichi Ishii from Yamagata, a prefecture well-known for soba, to come and cook at Ippuku and start a soba program right here in the East Bay.

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October 17, 2012

Just For You: The Best Hangtown Fry in San Francisco

by Kayoko

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In the spirit of getting back into writing and sharing my thoughts more often on Umami Mart, I want to tell you the story of how Johnny and I met.

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August 29, 2012

Skankynavia: California: Fast Food Frenzy!

by Anders

I spent my summer of 2012 in California, my favourite place in the world — after my couch (ok, maybe Japan comes in as a close second).

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July 4, 2012

Forest Feast at the Farmer’s Market

by Erin Gleeson


I love this time of the year when farmers markets set up during the evenings downtown. There’s nothing better at the end of the day than a stroll through the market, basket in hand, the smell of fresh fruit and herbs in the air.

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