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Family Owned and Operated Over 325 Years

Founded in Tokyo in 1690, Yamamotoyama is a family-owned company specializing in green tea and nori seaweed.  Today, the Yamamoto family still serves the finest teas and nori from the same spot as the original store, and all over the world. 

Before 1738, only the wealthy had access to green tea. Everyone else brewed leaves in boiling water, resulting in a brown liquid with a slightly bitter taste. Kahei Yamamoto II wanted to make green tea accessible to everyone, and he learned that steaming tea leaves resulted in a delicious tea with a fresh yellow-green color, balanced sweetness, and a mild astringency that retains its vitamins and nutrients. This tea became an instant sensation, and made Yamamotoyama a household name... Continue Reading


Onigiri Shumai Dumplings

February 07, 2017

Onigiri Shumai Dumplings are ideal as elegant bento box fare or for enjoying with your favorite Japanese tea as light tea meal. These beauties are somewhere in between Japanese and Chinese, lending the flavors of one culture with the culinary technique of another. These onigiri, or Japanese rice balls, are made from sushi rice speckled with furikake. Think of furikake as savory confetti for rice. Among pre-made furikake, the wakame or radish leaf flavors are really delicious. I’ve even made homemade furikake with nori and green tea leaves before. If you want to serve these as a more substantial meal,... Continue Reading →

California Sushi Roll Bowls

February 07, 2017

When you’re trying to eat clean, there couldn’t be a better pairing than sushi and tea–Japanese green tea to be exact! I don’t always have time to make sushi at home, but when I do it’s an event, a time to get crafty in the kitchen. Just the other day I came back from the market with all the ingredients to make California Rolls, only to end up running out of time. I ended up nixing the sushi mat and came up with these beautiful sushi bowls instead. California Roll Sushi Bowls are like sushi for the busy person. Just... Continue Reading →

Salmon Skin Temaki

February 07, 2017

So what is temaki? In the U.S., we know these as hand rolls–basically cone-shaped sushi that doesn’t require any cutting. These are ideal for sushi parties where your guests can mix and match ingredients to create a gorgeous Japanese meal. Like many people, salmon skin is one my favorites at the sushi bar. Since the skin is rich in Omega 3 fats, I like to prepare it at home whenever I can find Wild Alaskan Salmon. To separate the skin from the flesh, use a thin, flexible fish knife to peel the skin off of a salmon filet. The smaller... Continue Reading →

Triple Green Tea Affogato

February 06, 2017

There aren't many tea affogatos out there, but when I have come across them they're always made with matcha. As wonderful as matcha is, there's another variation that I find even more delicious, and that's when they're made with roasty toasty green tea, also known as Hojicha. Triple Green Tea Affogatos start with store-bought green tea ice cream. As green tea becomes more popular, I was surprised to find this flavor being sold in my local (non-Asian) grocery store the other day. If you can't find it, plain old vanilla or even chocolate will also work well. And if you're... Continue Reading →

Green Apple Pie Smoothie

February 06, 2017

I tend to think of Apple Pie as the perfect dessert anytime of year--autumn, summer and beyond. What could be better than a big slice during the holidays or enjoying it with a scoop of ice cream at a summer picnic? But what about Apple Pie when you're trying to eat healthy? Sounds impossible right? With this Green Apple Pie Smoothie, I can assure you that it's not! This amazingly tasty smoothie has a secret ingredient that makes it not only more delicious but also that much better for you--Apple Sencha Green Tea! Adding tea to a smoothie is always... Continue Reading →

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