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Umami's name in lights! Umami's name in lights!
31/07/2013
Today we were very excited to hit the news stands in our local paper the Chepstow Beacon. Check out the article below – along with a picture (urgh-hate pictures of myself!). We’re also hoping to hit the South Wales Argus soon, and after that The Times (anyone have a contact?!)  Article by Victoria, taking the UK by storm! ...
Review - Bill's Bistro, Bristol Review - Bill's Bistro, Bristol
29/07/2013
This Sunday I went out for a lovely birthday meal for one of my best friends who I haven’t seen in about a year. It was a great day, and we went to a little bistro called Bill’s Bistro, just off Clifton Triangle in Bristol. As it was Bristol Harbour Festival last weekend too, most of the eateries in the city were packed out. Luckily we had reserved a table, and though we arrived a bit early and had to wait a few minutes our table was ready for the time we had reserved for. The decor was a mishmash of rustic and...
Friday Foodie Fun No. 3 Friday Foodie Fun No. 3
26/07/2013
Time again for Friday Foodie Fun and this week we have a lovely summery sweet treat – chocolate and strawberries!   ...
Usk Show, Monmouthshire Rebrand and Website Usk Show, Monmouthshire Rebrand and Website
24/07/2013
We are really excited to announce our latest website going live – for the local Farmer’s Club annual event Usk Show. OK, so it’s not strictly foodie, but very close (food comes from agriculture, right?) and we’re too excited not to blog about it! Our sister company Creating Media was chosen out of 4 local designers who pitched to the committee to completely rebrand the Usk Show – like many agricultural shows they were very behind the times in terms of branding and online presence. We created a gorgeous logo for them incorporating the show marquee, a tree and little figures to represent...
It's amazing what a bit of vitamin D can do for business. It's amazing what a bit of vitamin D can do for business.
23/07/2013
You might have noticed that at the moment Britain isn’t exactly feeling like it’s normal gloomy self. We’re in the middle of a scorching heatwave, seasides are full to bursting and toursist locations across the country are thriving. How about the sport front – just after the comedown from the 2012 Olympics, we’re still winning any and every sport going – with triumphs for Andy Murray at Wimbledon, Chris Froome at the Tour de France, the British Lions, England at the Ashes. Royalists are on a buzz from the Royal Baby Fever, and everyone is just generally happy. This is having...
Michelle on our exciting award nomination Michelle on our exciting award nomination
22/07/2013
Our Umami website is currently up for a CSS design award – very exciting!   Please vote for us at the CSS design awards website by hovering over the image and clicking the thumbs up! ...
Michelle on Women Outside The Box Festival Michelle on Women Outside The Box Festival
19/07/2013
Umami’s Michelle will be presenting a seminar at the Women Outside the Box Festival in Bristol this October – check out the video for more information! ...
Friday Foodie Fun No. 2 Friday Foodie Fun No. 2
19/07/2013
It’s that time of week again – Friday Foodie Fun! Check out the video to see how it was made!         ...
Wales True Taste Awards Scrapped Wales True Taste Awards Scrapped
19/07/2013
As a business based in Wales, and an office full of foodies, we were quite surprised this week to discover that the Wales True Taste Awards are being scrapped this year. The aim of the awards was to reward businesses which create delicious Welsh ingredients, or great dishes using those ingredients. We’re based in Monmouthshire which had its fair share of winners last year, from preserve makers to poultry farmers, and a thriving local food scene. I can’t quite understand the reason for the schemes demise – from reading the statement released by the Welsh Assembly Government they seem to be concentrating more on...
Web design trends - Keeping up with the market Web design trends - Keeping up with the market
16/07/2013
I recently discovered this little gem of a blog, about web design trends to look out for in 2013. As we’re halfway through the year, it’s obvious that these trends are indeed on the rise – and a good thing too. Websites are constantly becoming more beautiful and intuitive, and a great interface that melds together great design and function. At Umami we’ve actually used a lot of these trends already this year. Top of the list in the article was responsive website design – suitable for viewing across all platforms such as tablets or games consoles, small or large screens. We have...
Introducing Friday Foodie Fun Introducing Friday Foodie Fun
12/07/2013
This week we’re introducing our new feature – Friday Foodie Fun! Each week we’ll get a fun image or video containing our name or website in a fun fun foodie way. A light-hearted way to finish off the week!   ...
Gourmet Junk Food - is it here to stay? Gourmet Junk Food - is it here to stay?
11/07/2013
With the rise of high-end pizzas, burgers, hot dogs and popcorn you have to ask yourself why ‘gourmet junk food’ seems to be the new sought-after trend. I’m sure we all still have the recent headlines of ‘Burgergate’ in our minds – George Osbourne’s ‘man-of-the-people’ photo with greasy burger in hand being revealed as a £10 whopper from gourmet takeaway Byron. Frankly, not something your common man could afford on a weeknight. Then we have the launch of the Gourmet Hot Dog at Wetherspoons pubs, the rise of bizarre flavours of popcorn, and new top-class takeaways popping up in city centres...
Michelle on Business Growth During the Recession Michelle on Business Growth During the Recession
09/07/2013
Umami’s own business guru Michelle Dalley on how we created growth in our business during the recession, and what you can do to build your own business too! ...
Food for a Cause - The Depressed Cake Shop Food for a Cause - The Depressed Cake Shop
04/07/2013
I’ve recently discovered the ‘Depressed Cake Shop’ initiative from Miss Cakehead. I have to say, I think the whole thing is just a fantastic idea – using the current trend for all things bake and cake to raise money and awareness of depression and other mental illness is just a fantastic idea. And what is more therapeutic than baking? When you’re annoyed, taking your stress out on a big lump of bread dough that needs kneading? Concentrating on piping perfect buttercream swirls on your cupcakes completely takes your mind off anything that is stressing you out or getting you down – baking...
Two Very Different Architecture Awards Two Very Different Architecture Awards
03/07/2013
Here at Umami we are just as passionate about design as we are about food – so we’ve been looking at the World Architecture Festival Architecture Awards, and its slightly less glamorous cousin the Carbuncle Cup. From looking at the Architecture Festival nominated pictures on the BBC websiteit’s obvious that not everything is everyone’s cup of tea, but I personally love the Vietnamese cafe and Danish aquarium – I love the way that they incorporate very organic feeling shapes and design elements. The wood in the cafe in particular is just gorgeous; it would be like having dinner in the middle of...