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Gingery Nasu + Pork Stir Fry

When early fall rolls around, I'm always in the market for thin, deep purple nasu (Japanese eggplants), which are less spongy, and juicier than the large round American eggplants. The flavor of Japanese eggplants are more concentrated than their American counterparts, and don't take...

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Unique Yeasts (September 2020)

Sake Gumi is our monthly sake subscription service with 200 members throughout California. Join today! Yeast is one of the four main ingredients of sake, the others being rice, water, and koji. Yeast is very important in sake-making because as the koji is...

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Kohi Zeri (Coffee Jelly)

Kohi zeri (coffee jelly) is a common dessert in Japan. You can find it everywhere - prepackaged at the conbini, at craft coffee shops like Maldive in Shimokitazawa, heck you can even get one fresh off the plane at Royal Coffee Shop...

Sake Pairing Recipe

O.T.R. (Okinawan Taco Rice)

Had our friend Covid never happened, Yoko and I would be in Kyushu right now, lying on the beach in Okinawa, drinking awamori, enjoying the lackadaisical tropical life. No joke, we were going to spend a month there!  Instead, we're stuck in fire country, between the coldass...

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Setting the Table for Baba-Chan

Every few months or so, I get a message or comment about how all of the photos I style have the chopsticks facing the "wrong way" and that it's "not truly Japanese." I usually reply simply by saying that I am left-handed. But I think the...

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Sake + Water (August 2020)

 Chichibu River, where Katanishi Sake Brewery draws their water Sake Gumi is our monthly sake subscription service with 200 members throughout California. Join today! Sake is made of about 80% water. The other ingredients are rice, koji, and yeast. Because sake is mostly water, brewers...

Happy Hour

Poolside Cocktails

Let us fantasize for a minute here: we're in the Yucatan, having drinks on chaise lounges by the infinity pool overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. In this fantasy, I have a hot JLo bikini bod. Hell yah! Reality: the "Gulf of Mexico" is actually a kiddie pool I...

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Yaki Onigiri BBQ

My signature dish for a BBQ has always been Yaki Onigiri (grilled rice balls). It's usually something no one else is bringing, and everyone loves them, from the out of towner in-laws to the cousin's anti-social tween. My mom taught me how to make onigiri. I...

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Holy Honjozo! Ginjos + Daiginjos

Sake Gumi is our monthly sake subscription service with 200 members throughout California. Join today! I’m back! I take over Sake Gumi for Yoko once in a while and am resurrecting mytheme from 2018, Holy Honjozo!. I love honjozos and feel it is...

Casa de Kei Lunchbox

*This week, Casa de Kei lunchboxes will be available for pickup at Umami Mart in Oakland. Pick up times will be Thursday July 9 and Friday July 10 at 12-3pm. Check out his menu on his Instagram page and order with him directly. Keisuke...

Yoko Dreams of Japan

I've been watching Queer Eye, season 5, and have been appreciating all of the inspirational quotes that accent the show. Many seem to center around being in the present, which I'm all for. For example: "You can't start the next chapter if you keep rereading the last one." - Unknown...

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Okonomiyaki Party

Ah, the summertime - here we are, can you believe it? There's something about the heat that makes me crave a gooey okonomiyaki, filled with cabbage and pork belly, oozing with Kewpie mayo and sauce. Crack open a cold beer or get a glass of shochu on...

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Sakqueso! (June 2020)

Sake Gumi is our monthly sake subscription service with 200 members throughout California. Join today! Ever since I was little, I did not like eggs, milk, or cream, but I always made exceptions for cheese. Who killed JFK? What's really going on at Los Alamos? Why...

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Kuma Honey Shrub

Before we sold alcohol at Umami Mart, we had a pretty extensive shrub collection. After we started to see more shrub lineups at other stores, we decided to pare down our shrub offerings – I still love shrub and consume it often. I crave the tartness of the...