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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


Gyokuro Cucumber Mojito

August 22, 2017

Smooth, savory and sweet, Gyokuro Cucumber Mojitos are the perfect cocktail for any occasion. This drink is a step-up from your standard mojito, balanced and sophisticated thanks to a bright pop of best-quality Japanese green tea. What makes this cocktail amazing are the additions of green, fresh flavor found throughout. The base starts with Yamamotoyama’s shade-grown Gyokuro green tea, also known as “pearl dew’ or “precious dew drop” green tea. The tea adds a mellow sweetness and hints of umami, resulting in a refreshing and rich highball. Atop the tea base we add 3 other ingredients: fresh mint, wedges of... Continue Reading →

Parmesan Nori Crisps

August 22, 2017

Cheese crisps are an ideal snack for low-carb, paleo and keto diets, or for anyone who simply loves the taste of cheese! I love how simple these are to make and how a few do a such fantastic job of satisfying. These crisps look like something you’d find in the snack aisle of your local Japanese grocery store. The traditional recipe calls for sprinkling them with fresh herbs like thyme or basil, but for an Asian twist, I love to throw some flavorful strips of nori on top instead. The briny taste of seaweed pairs perfectly with the taste of... 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 →