Sake and Shochu Talk

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...

Lazyass Cookin

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...

Sake Gumi News

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...

Kusa Pote Sara - A Deluxe Potato Salad for Sake

This month we are featuring Female Frontrunners of Sake. These are women who either own or act as the toji (head brewmaster) of their brewery. One of our favorite toji is Miho Imada of Imada Shuzo. She makes the staff favorite sake...

Japanify

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...

Sake Gumi News

Female Frontrunners in Sake (May 2020)

Sake Gumi is our monthly sake subscription service with over 200 members throughout the US. Join today! In a time when nothing seems to be moving forward and we can’t see into the future, I’m pleased to feature four breweries with innovative women...

Ask Sushi Kuni

Kuni's Kitsune Soba

Many of you know that my father Kuni is a chef. Classically trained in Tokyo, he worked in several Japanese restaurants in Los Angeles and the Bay Area before opening his own, Sushi Kuni, in 1994. There, my father made the sushi and my mom Hideko...

Japanify

Japanify: Haigamai Amazake

Lately, amazake (sweet non-alcoholic sake) has been on our minds. It all started on March 1, when we celebrated Girl's Day at Umami Mart and Den Sake was kind enough to make us a batch of amazake for the second year in a...

Japanify

How to Cook Rice on the Stovetop

If you are stuck in a home with no rice cooker, or are caring for a loved one who doesn't have one, I hope this how-to will help you rice-lovers to cope with your rice-related anxieties. I learned how to make rice on...

Sado Tea Ceremony Course in Tokyo

A few years ago, Yoko treated me to a tea ceremony course in Tokyo for my birthday. It was such a special, memorable experience!  Tucked back into the bustling city streets of western Tokyo, we walked to the Akasaka Hikawa Shrine, where they take in about two dozen people, twice...

Happy Hour

Matcha Catechin Shake

What a crazy roller coaster ride these last few weeks have been. And it ain't over yet, folks, so strap in. Most of us now, across the globe, are advised to stay put. And we don't know what to do with ourselves. Our daily routines have gone...

Soba Ichi Togo: How to Boil Your Noodles

Hot on the heels of Sake Gumi Nama month, we're excited to announce that West Oakland's Soba Ichi has debuted nama (fresh), hand-cut noodles to take home enjoy in the comfort of your own home. This is what you get in the two portion...

Event Recap

Sake Talk

Sake Talk was our first class on sake at our new space. We wanted to create a 3-D version of the sake part of the zine, Sake + Shochu Talk, in seminar form. During this course, we touched on sake types, koji, and serving temperature....

Sake Gumi News

Namazake (March 2020)

Sake Gumi is our monthly sake subscription service with 200 members throughout California. Join today! Nama sakes, or namazake, are unpasteurized sakes.  Before we dive deeper into namazakes, let's talk about how and why most sakes are pasteurized. Typically, sakes are pasteurized twice, once after...

Event Recap

Hinamatsuri 2020

The Hinamatsuri (Girl's Day) celebration was very special this year because it was the first time we threw the event in our new space and it was the first Hinamatsuri for Kayoko's daughter, Mion! This is one of...