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UM Redux: How to Shuck an Oyster

Raw oysters are ranked among my top five favorite foods of all time, and we have pages of blog posts on this subject throughout the years, from around the world. They are packed with nutrients like protein, iron, zinc, potassium, and more....

UM Redux: Di Fara (NYC)

Went out to the Brooklyn pizza institution, Di Fara the other day with Jorge. I don't want to go on and on about this (since there's been so much written on...

UM Redux: Far Rockaway Wharf (NYC)

Been making a pilgrimage to the beach every Friday for the past few weeks now. It's so easy- I just hop on the A train to Far Rockaway and I'm there in less than an hour. PARTAY!This also means that I've been eating at the Wharf. They've never let me...

UM Redux: Sushi Kuni Experience (Cupertino)

I made it to Cupertino to meet the Kakaboris. I was with my mother, and on our way to Half Moon Bay, we stopped by there. It was about an hour drive from San Francisco. We rented a huge ass Chevrolet minivan, which was like, "who the hell drives this...

UM Redux: DanRan II (Tokyo)

(For some Umamimart Rashoman, please see ayagwa's perspective on this very same day.) So the day I flew into Tokyo, I met Aya, dropped off my stuff in the Shinjuku Washington Hotel, took a shower and a nap, and we headed over to the Shinjuku station to meet...

UM Redux: Shanghai Cafe (NYC)

This post is dedicated to Tmonkey and Wong Kar-Wai. Went to see my acupuncturist the other day in Chinatown. Dr. Wu is a miracle maker, truly, and I send everyone to him for their ailments. Migraines, bad shoulders, allergies, bad knees, insomnia-- whatever you've got, he'll fix it,...

"It's Fried!"

Went to Elias Corner for Fish the other night- a reputable Greek seafood joint in Queens that Aya wrote about a few months back. It was awesome!Aside from the soft, char-grilled octopus, the gooey garlic musselfest, and the plethora of grilled fishes we ordered (red snapper, salmon, the kickass...