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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


Aloha Tea Smoothies

August 01, 2017

July is supposed to be the hottest month of the year in LA, but honestly, I find August to be the most suffocating. Mid-summer in La-La Land has me feeling warned out, parched and yearning for a trip to The Islands. This Aloha Tea Smoothie is a trip in a glass–a drink to keep you happy, healthy and hydrated. The base of this smoothie starts with frozen pineapple, mango, and banana. For an extra nutritional boost, I like to add a heaping spoonful of Greek yogurt too. A third of the smoothie base gets an addition of beet juice powder.... Continue Reading →

Avocado & Sweet Potato Onigiri

July 31, 2017

I love tea foods that are portable, convenient and nutritious. That's where onigiri come into the picture, those Japanese shaped rice balls that you can jazz up and make your own. I came up with this recipe for Sweet Potato & Avocado Onigiri the other day when I had way too many avocados getting ripe at the same time. The ingredient list is simple and meatless but super satisfying. There’s a special twist here that makes these onigiri extra special, and that ingredient is browned butter. The butter chars the outside of the onigiri, giving the brown rice an almost... Continue Reading →

Genmaicha Lattes

July 04, 2017

It’s most common to see tea lattes made with a strong black tea or matcha, but a Genmaicha Latte is a whole new experience–mild, sweet and savory. This is a nice drink for enjoying in the evenings or when you don’t want a caffeine overload. The strong tea base is made from steeping a generous amount of popcorn tea leaves for a longer than usual period of time. I prefer to sweeten this latte with brown rice syrup, which highlights those toasty rice flavors in the drink. The malty taste of brown sugar or a mild flavored honey also work... Continue Reading →

Shrimp & Mango Spring Rolls with Green Tea Curry Sauce

July 04, 2017

I love spring rolls at all times of the year, but in the summer they’re especially delicious. Sips of refreshing iced tea in between bites of crunchy, veggie-packed rolls and life is good. I usually use rice paper to make spring rolls, but soy wraps are a nice way to add a pop of color to your summer table. These Shrimp & Mango Rolls are a like tropical version of lettuce wraps, light and healthy. To go along with the rolls, there’s a spicy green curry based dipping sauce. A packet of green tea adds a fresh vegetal fragrance to... Continue Reading →

Lacy Ham & Cheese Spirals

May 23, 2017

Which do you prefer–frilly tea sandwiches or plain ones? Personally, I’m partial to the plain variety, but I must admit–the fancy ones have a magical way of attracting the eye and setting a mood. Delightfully Lacy Ham & Cheddar Spirals are all about the finishes and frills. Each sandwich is wrapped in a delicate pastel layer of soy wrapper cut with a decorative paper punch–yes, the same punches used for crafting and scrapbooks! Craft punches come in so many impressive patterns. The ones used here go straight across, like a ribbon. The classic look of this infinity lace pattern is... Continue Reading →