I journey into this Japanese influenced name of a burger with great expectations and a curious stomach.
So we're all familiar with salty, sweet, sour, and bitter as tastes but did you know there was another? Apparently the taste that doesn't fall under the first four adjectives is called Umami. So what is Umami? It has been referred to as the fifth taste. So if I can't explain how something tastes I'll just say "oh, this is very umami!". (haha) That's fair enough for me with my curiosity fed I then turn to my expectations and stomach being fed. Learning something new is always a reason to be happy but the thought of getting to finally bite down into this acclaimed burger down right thrilled me!
Since we're on the topic of Japanese influenced words I wanted to share another word. Bokeh a Japanese influenced word referring to a certain style of photography where a photo is intentionally taken out of focus. Being in a shop with Japanese properties in its name I decided on taking a photo with Japanese properties in its style. Here is a Bokeh photo of the inside of Umami Burger at Santa Monica.
Deliciously tasty shitake infused burgers with a side of learn something new for your vocabulary created a memorable trip that will go down as one of my top foodie expeditions in search for great burgers. Remember the next time you eat something and you 're not quite sure how to describe how it tastes say "oh this tastes umami!" Travel, eat, snap and make those colors pop!