Category Archives: Umami

cook like matthew anderson: pumpkin coconut soup

If you’ve been to Umami, especially during lunch, chances are you’ve seen my husband (and sometime me). This tiny Asian restaurant in Chagrin Falls is his favorite (and a favorite of mine, too). The friendly staff doesn’t even have to ask, they know his order: udon noodles with beef and a ginger ice tea. Unlike […]

umami revisited

My experience with Umami goes a little something like this: I loved Umami. Then I didn’t. And now I’m on the bandwagon once again. Umami is the ultra tiny restaurant in the heart of Chagrin Falls. I first wrote about them last June when Michael Longo was chef. It’s close to my house and office, so we […]

restaurant updates

Start your week off right (or end the weekend with a smile; however you choose to see it). The Greenhouse Tavern is now open on Sundays, from 2 p.m. – 9 p.m. ————————————– New lunch and dinner menus at Parallax. Both menus will focus heavily on the cuisine of the Far East, including a lot of […]


I don’t live in Chagrin Falls, but given the amount of time we spend there, I might as well. Every Sunday we stop at Yours Truly for breakfast then walk across the street for coffee. And now that the farmer’s market is once again open for business, that to is again part of our weekend […]

slow food event at umami

I’m not part of Slow Food, though I’m a fan of the group and have several friends that are involved. I keep telling myself I need to join because I often hear of the really great events after the fact (Momocho had one last month that was kid-friendly!). But not this time. My friend Heidi […]

out to lunch

The question of where to have lunch is a simple one, or so you would think. The majority of the time, people are working and can only spare an hour. But that doesn’t mean lunch should be something you settle for, or worse, through a drive-thru. Most days I bring my lunch in, or grab […]

umami made my daughter cry

I suppose it was bound to happen. I’ve heard stories but secretly hoped we were immune. I mean, we’ve made it this far and at some fabulous places to boot, weren’t we home free? Not so much. Thirty-six minutes in, two barely touched glasses of cabernet and $77 later, it was our turn -Natalie cried […]

restaurant news / updated

Here’s a rundown of various restaurant events and food-related items that have been sent my way: — Fire / Daily complimentary valet service now available. In addition, the spring dinner menu begins April 28. Also on the 28th, Fire will be serving house made hors d’oeuvres and cocktails featuring house made syrups at the bar […]