Mother's Day Gifts

Get Classic Japanese Design: Hard Strong Stacking Glasses

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Toyo-Sasaki Hard Strong Stacking Glasses are classic Japanese glass tumblers. You'll see them in ramen shops, izakayas, and other casual eateries throughout Japan. If you're a local to the Bay Area, you might've spied them in use at Ramen Shop in Oakland. Use Stacking Glasses for a variety of drinks, from beer, juice, water, iced tea, or whatever quenches your thirst. After using, stack them for easy and neat storage. And because they're made with Toyo-Sasaki's Hard Strength Glass Strengthening Technology, they're sturdy little glasses – perfect for everyday use. Hard Strong Stacking Glasses come in two sizes: 200 ml...

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Clinebell Ice at Prizefighter (Video)

Posted by Kayoko Akabori at

Here at Umami Mart, we are always geeking out on very specific subjects. Whether it's shochu, shio-koji or baking the perfect macaron, we usually trek farther and deeper into the realms of food/drink subject matter and then, we blog about it. These days, we're thinking about ice. Pfffff, ice, you may be thinking. Ice is free! All you need is water and a freezer!!! you say. But really, it's an overlooked luxury. In my household, I'm in charge of making the ice and I really take the job seriously. Why? Cause there's nothing more upsetting than coming home from a crappy...

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Movie Monday: Animal House

Posted by Kayoko Akabori at

I just watched Animal House for the first time last night. What a clever movie! There were many iconic scenes that I had heard about through the years, and it was clearly a pioneer of the perverse fratboy-themed storylines that Hollywood keeps reusing today. But there was an underlying darkness despite the silliness that comedies today are lacking. Comedies these days are too slick and there is not enough variety within the genre. But I digress. The scene of John Belushi picking up food in the cafeteria is just hilarious. It just reminded me of how gross food can be,...

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Super Faminto VIDEO: Umami Baby Zac + Brazilian Baby Food

Posted by Bryan Sanders at

Zac was born at the end of last year, so for the last eight months CH and I have been super busy being (can I say awesome?) parents. We do our best and as a result he seems to really like us, the rest of the family, and pretty much anyone or thing we pass on the street. You can usually find him listening to the Revolver album, observing the marmosets from the window, strolling in the park or along Rio's Lagoon, standing up next to the sofa, sleeping, pooping, crawling, or putting random things in his mouth. Being a baby, he...

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The Ramen Shaman: Yokohama Ramen Nakamura-ya (Hakusan)

Posted by Will VanderWyden at

I first learned about ramen – real deal Japanese ramen that is – two years ago. Like many niche interests I stumbled upon it via the internet. There was just something about the heartiness of a bowl of ramen… and the fact that people obsessed over it piqued my interest. It felt like I discovered a whole new world. As luck would have it I was about to embark on a two-month trip to Asia, including two weeks in Japan. So I put ramen on the agenda. I tried it a few times in the U.S. to get my feet...

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