Welcome to Beyond Umami!

Beyond Umami is a blog about my adventures in creating unique macarons, and exploring food in the kitchen and in my travels. If you want to purchase any macarons click on "Purchasing Macarons".   

Please feel free to connect directly with me by e-mail or twitter. Thanks!

Email: beyondumami@gmail.com
Twitter: @beyondumami
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My First Podcast!
I was interviewed by Karen Unland for her Seen & Heard in Edmonton podcast. So if you are interested in learning more about me or about the blog, head on over to the podcast!

I love how I am introduced by Karen as the "macaron maven and ardent home cook who invites us into her kitchen on Beyond Umami". Of course, I talk about blogging, food and macarons in the podcast.

What is Umami?

Umami is the lesser known '5th taste' sense; with salty, sweet, sour and bitter being the four tastes. Umami can be described as being found in foods such as wasabi, soya sauce, dashi, an aged steak. If you are interested, here is an article in the Oxford Journal talking about The Discovery of Umami. Can you think of any other foods that has umami in them?


  1. Hi Lillian,
    Great post on pistachio macarons! Please e-mail me at natdecants@nataliemaclean.com. It’s about wine of course :)

  2. Hi, hi,
    Just discovered your blog. I really like it and your photos even more.
    Take care.

    1. @fruitandcake: thanks so much for stopping by my blog! If you're on twitter feel free to follow me back @beyondumami. Love that you are focusing on Greek food and your favourite recipes. Will certainly use some of your recipes.

  3. What an interesting introduction. I found your blog today, and am really impressed / inspired by your macarons recipes.

    I once dated a Chinese expat who described umami to me as "something very much like Savory."

    Anyways, what I came to ask is how did your blog start from this topic and come to focus so much on desserts, especially macarons?

    1. Macarons are probably one of the most challenging baked goods to make! Once you start making them, you end up getting hooked! What items have you made - savoury or sweet that has been a challenge but super worth it to make?

  4. Hi Lillian.

    I live in Edmonton and today I drove up and down 34th avenue today near 97 st. to find that little tea shop you mentioned earlier. I would like to buy some of that Matcha Green Tea in that tin.
    Could you tell me the name of the tea shop, or the address please. Or if it's near H&W on the south side or the Asian Village on the north side of the road. (Or any other identifying landmark)
    I did find the Matcha Tea at London Drugs, but 10 dollars for a few oz. is kind of expensive.

    Thank you very much.
    Looking forward to making some macarons.


    1. Hi Margaret! So sorry for the late reply. Oddly enough the blog didn't tell me that I had this comment (will have to fix this). So, the best place to get the exact same matcha green tea tin will be T&T.

      As for the tea shop, it is in an odd place, since my husband didn't quite give me an exact coordinate. I think it is more actually on 97st, however, it has been a few years since we have been there. Try T&T or the Korean stores as they will have it for sure.

      It usually goes for about 8-9$ as it is pure matcha green tea made in Japan so be prepared for the cost. However, a little goes a long way! :) Let me know if you need more help.

    2. ooh here are the locations of the Korean stores.

      There are a few Korean stores in Edmonton that I frequent. Two of them are in Millwoods- Korean Central Market at 9271 34 Ave NW and Korean Japanese Food and Wares at 3116 Parsons Road NW. In the Donnan/Bonnie Doon area there is L & K Oriental Foods and Imports at 7743 85 St NW.


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