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  1. Science
    New Research Suggests ‘Fatty’ Is the Sixth TasteGet ready for chefs to start sprinkling dried-lard dust.
  2. Fifth Tastes
    Have We Entered an Umami Renaissance?The so-called fifth taste is more marketable than ever.
  3. Savory
    Americans Rekindle Relationship With MSG, But China’s Giving It UpTalk about vice versa.
  4. Quote of the Day
    David Chang Is About to Shake Up the Umami GameThe chef is about to introduce proprietary Momofuku bönjis and hözons, or custom fermentations.
  5. Food Issues
    Wired and Bon Appétit Running Collaborative Content inThe two food magazines will team up to feed your mind.
  6. The Other Critics
    Redemption for UMAMIcatessen Via The Goldster; SIV Lists Her Fav Spots For LongUmami pastrami: Where do you weigh in?
  7. Food Science
    Why Everyone Loves UmamiMuch of the enjoyment from eating comes after the eating.
  8. Closings
    Brother’s 2 Korean Restaurant Closing, Becoming Umami
  9. The Other Critics
    Zocalo Fails to Impress; KO Catering and Pies Is A-OKPlus, Tasty Burger fails to live up to its name.
  10. The Other Critics
    First romps at Think Tank; A ‘Safe, Solid, Satisfying’ Experience at Back Bay
  11. Home Cookin’
    Two Things: Umami in a Tube, Cheeseburger in a GlassThe elusive “fifth sense” is now available in paste form.
  12. The Other Critics
    The Haven Nails Scotland; Cocktails Trump Food at UmamiPlus: great salads in Gloucester, and a South End home away from home, all in our weekly restaurant review roundup.
  13. Openings
    Taste Umami in BrooklineJapanese fusion comes (relatively) cheap at the new Washington Square spot.
  14. Openings
    Khao Sarn Owner Brings Umami to BrooklineYoshi Hakamoto looks to Japanese fusion for his next spot.
  15. Mediavore
    Phillipe’s Patriarch Dies; New Vodka Claims Health BenefitsA French dip classic is run by a new generation while an adult libation comes with vitamins.
  16. Mediavore
    How to Get Your Celery Salt Badge; Hooters is on the MarketPlus: Sodas respond to Obama’s nutrition initiative, and stormy seas at Food Network Magazine, all in our morning news roundup.
  17. Mediavore
    Dunkin’ Executive Sues; Hooters for SalePlus: the truth about aphrodisiacs, and McDonald’s sales soar, all in our morning news roundup.
  18. Mediavore
    Salinger’s Fiction Was Heavy with Food; Is Pork the New Viagra?The mysterious late author used eating as a device and Argentina’s president offers a new aphrodisiac.
  19. Openings
    What’s new at Umami #2? Adult Happy Meals!Umami spawns offspring, with a new Los Feliz location and a liquor license.
  20. Top Chef
    First Word with Michael Voltaggio, SoCal’s ‘Top Chef: Las Vegas’ HopefulWho exactly is Southern California’s Chef Michael Voltaggio of Top Chef: Season Six?
  21. Openings
    Candela’s Taco TourCandela’s taco menu
  22. Foodievents
    Umami Food and Art Fest Will Blow Your Mind, KitchenWhen we first heard about Umami Food and Art Festival, “a meeting ground to people who use food as a medium,” our first thought was: Will Goldfarb has to be involved with this.
  23. Neighborhood Watch
    Psilakis Hopes to Move Kefi by July; Collective Sausage in SohoClinton Hill: Some people like Sushi Okdol on Myrtle Avenue, others find it “meh,” but the place will host children’s birthday parties. [Clinton Hill Blog] Midtown East: The owners of Burger Kings at 485 Fifth Avenue and 129 East 47th Street refused to sell $1 value meals because they say they were losing money on the company’s specials. The locations have been shuttered, but they’re suing BK for the right to charge more in Manhattan. [NYDN] Soho: Always wanted to make a “collective memory sausage”? You can on April 8, when the Umami Food and Art Festival kicks off at Roulette, 20 Greene Street. [Strong Buzz] Upper West Side: Michael Psilakis plans to move Kefi around July to open his fourth restaurant. [Gothamist] West Village: Anito Lo expects to have her barbecue spot, Q, around April. [Eater] Something’s happening to Minetta Tavern, but it might not be Keith McNally’s doing. [Eater]
  24. Mediavore
    No Plaza for Graydon; Mr. Rachael Ray Drops $35K for LunchboxGraydon Carter won’t be taking over the Plaza’s Oak Room, so you’ll still have to head downtown to the Waverly Inn for that truffled macaroni and cheese. [NYP] Jean-Georges Vongerichten seeks the elusive fifth taste by serving “umami bombs” at his restaurants. [WSJ] Related: Waiter, There’s a Fifth Element in My Soup It’s possible that locally grown products have a comparable or even greater carbon footprint than food that travels long distances, so you can stop patting yourself on the back for being a greenmarket fanatic. [NYT] Related: Local Schmocal [NYM]
  25. Click and Save
    Waiter, There’s a Fifth Element in My SoupOn the eve of Momofuku Noodle Bar moving its base of operations up the street, NPR’s feature today on the “fifth sense” of umami has a certain timeliness. (In the ramen business, every day is umami day.) The Japanese word for “yummy” is used to describe the taste of meat, animal fats, cheese, dashi, and other foods in which glutamates have broken down – it reflects the “savory” sensation that everybody likes in chicken soup, ramen broth, and other foods not notably salty, sweet, bitter, or sour. The feature is a kind of combination of Science on the March, with Escoffier standing in for Madame Curie, and a Paul Harvey piece: “and that flavor, that scientists said was just a figment, was… umami. Now you know the rest of the story.” Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter… and Umami [NPR]