Friday, May 30, 2008
1, What is effective for you? And, what is temptation to gain weight for you? You should know these and control them.
2, Know how many LB you need to lose. Show the exact numbers.
3, Think about calorie you take and calorie you burn. This balance is very important.
I used to say that losing weight was very easy. Eat less and exercise more.
4, Enough exercise is the best. Even if you walk fast everyday, it is good.
5, Take a memo what you eat and what you do.
6, Make a plan for cooking and try to buy healthy foods.
7, Don't scale much your weight. Once a week is OK. But I recommend you You scale every morning.
8, Need to be careful when you have special days like parties or special events.
My way is making weight range. In my case, my weight range is 160-165LB. If it is over 165LB, I cut food. I try to keep around 163LB.
To be honest, my waist size is only 30 inches and hard to find pants. It has not been changed since when I was 18 years old.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Do you like pie? I like it. Crispy and inside is something soft.
This is my original Banana Chocolate pie.
It is easy to make it.
Buy frozen pie sheet. Cut in square.
Cut banana and chocolate in small.
Put them on pie sheet and fold in triangle. You need to brush egg york on edge. Then, push the edge with a folk. Brush on surface and sprinkle crushed pine nuts or almond. Bake in oven around 400F temperature about 20min.. Done. You can eat it by itself or with ice cream. It takes only 25 minutes. I like making desserts.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Shaun's? Not much gain from food design side but taste were good.
Antica Posta? 3 colors fish carpaccio wad excellent for design side and food also good.
Italian? I go to Pricci, Antica Posta and Di Paolo. I don't go to Sotto Sotto because of distance.
I prefer food design. I cannot make same sauce as other restaurants but can learn design.
And portion is very important for me. I check the price and portion. And I compare our portion.
We are facing bad economy and people care about price and portion.
I don't want my customers to leave with hungry stomach. Satisfaction is very important.
What do you think?
Monday, May 26, 2008
It is available all season. I think it comes from Mexico. In Japan we have domestic and from Tonga.
It cannot eat in raw. It is good for tempura or cooked or soup. We also make dessert, kabocha pudding.
The dish is called Kabocha nitsuke, cooked kabocha. My mom said skin was good for the body. But I cut skin because of hardness.
It is easy to say that kabocha contains fiber, beta carotene.
So far, 50/50, means no everybody likes that. But I will continue to sell because it is good for the body.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
This is Chikuwa, fishcake. There is a hole in the middle.
Mostly, we use cod, shark, flying fish and salt, sugar, starch and egg white. I actually don't make this and just buy.
It is good for tempura, sashimi, and oden etc.
I put this in Japanese menu because they like it. I insert okra and cut in small and sprinkle nori, shiso and bonito flake. Ponzu and wasbi is the best match.
We also have cheese chikuwa in Japan. I think nagaimo, yam potato is also good combination.
Try it if you have a chance.
Do you know who is Ty?
But you don't know he is from Atlanta GA. Born in 1963.
He told me he was in Osaka, Japan for a while. Surprised!
Looks a nice guy. One of our customers left a memo to him and I gave to Ty.
" It is a great TV show and thank you so much." I watched it many times, ABC Extreme Home Makeover.
It is good to help someone needs to help. He promised us that he wears TAKA 2008 Green T Shirts on TV. Thanks, TY. I would like to be bigger like him. This is one of my dream. I can say many jokes and can make people laugh but need to speak good English. Let's move the bus!
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
It is known that Dong Ding oolong tea is effective in hay fever. But there are more and I will show you all about healthy issues.
The differences between the Three Types of Teas
Teas contain a number of ingredients that have an influence on the human body. The quantities and percentages of these ingredients differ widely depending on the extent of fermentation. As can be seen from the table below, green tea contains a wealth of one ingredient called catechin while black tea contains a lot of theaflavin. Oolong tea contains a large quantity of polyphenol. According to research, it has become clear that polyphenol is the ingredient that generates the delicious flavor unique to oolong tea and also promotes beauty and health.
Green Tea (Unfermented)
What is Polyphenol?
In terms of chemistry, substances that have more than two phenol-based hydroxyl groups within a single molecule are generally called polyphenol, and there are many such substances. Thus, polyphenol is a general term for phenolic hydroxyl compounds and no single substance called polyphenol exists. Polyphenol has a wide variety of chemical substances with different effects and most varieties of polyphenol that are highly topical these days are the group of substances that have been known as tannin for a long time.
Polyphenol Holds the Secret to the Power of Tea.
Tea contains a large amount of polyphenols. It has become clear that the health promotion benefit of tea is the effect of polyphenols, namely tannin.
The Unique Characteristics of Polyphenols Contained in Tea
Compared with those contained in other plants, the polyphenols found in tea leaves consist of many different kinds of small polyphenols, which are assumed to give it its unique effects.
Oolong Tea Polyphenols
Made in the semi-fermented process, oolong tea includes a wide variety of polyphenolic compounds and these different nutrients are probably integrated to bring great benefits to our bodies. For example, they are effective in reducing triglyceride and removing free radicals. Polyphenols have depth and breadth, and there still remains much more that we must find out about them.
Another Secret of Oolong Tea ～Oolong Tea Has Surprising Benefits～Free Radicals and Polyphenols.
What are free radicals?
Free radicals are substances that have become oxidized in the body. They are generated within the body in order to protect it from exogenous harmful factors. However, they are also formed when we are exposed to ultra-violet rays and stress, take in chemical food additives, smoke of tobacco, or when we are involved in too much exercise. It has also become clear that as we get older, the amount of free radicals within the body increases naturally.
Free radicals are a serious enemy to health and beauty.
Free radicals oxidize the regular lipids within the body to convert them into lipid peroxide. This can cause adult diseases, such as arteriosclerosis and diabetes, as well as dark spots and wrinkles on the skin.
Free radicals damage the skin.
The skin is constantly exposed to free radicals that are formed by many different external factors. If no countermeasures are taken against free radicals, melanin pigmentation become dark spots, lipids that should keep the skin fresh turn into lipid peroxide, and the aging of the skin accelerates. Women in particular fear the negative effects of free radicals.
SOD controls the effects of free radicals.
The human body's system is equipped with a natural mechanism to control the effects of free radicals and minimize their damage. This is an enzyme called SOD (superoxide dismutase). If this enzyme functions fully, it removes the free radicals that are formed within the body. But SOD is stored within the body and cannot be supplemented like other kinds of nutrition, such as vitamins. In order to strengthen SOD, we need to enhance its function by using something else. Polyphenol, which is found in oolong tea, plays an important role in this regard.
The benefit of polyphenol in oolong tea has been confirmed by clinical trials.
Polyphenol in oolong tea offers two functions (as does SOD), one of which is to enhance the function of enzymes and the other is to remove free radicals. In clinical trials, we asked people to drink oolong tea that was produced by infusing two packs of the tea in boiling water twice a day for three months, and we then measured any changes in the function of SOD before and after the intake of oolong tea. The results can be summarized as follows.
1, Continuous intake of oolong tea is effective in enhancing the effect of SOD within the body.
2, It is very effective in delaying the appearance of signs of aging, such as dark spots and wrinkles, by strengthening the effect of copper-zinc-SOD, which acts favorably within the cutaneous cells of the skin.
3, Oolong tea is also highly effective in improving both spleen energy-weak and kidney energy-weak symptoms as diagnosed in Chinese herbalism.
The effectiveness of polyphenol in oolong tea has been confirmed scientifically.
Oolong Tea's Health Promotion Benefits～Extracts from Health Reports
Effect of Controlling Obesity
Statement from a Chinese Archive on Pharmacology
In China, tea has historically been used as a medicine. Many studies have been carried out up to the present day about the effects of tea. It has been known for some time that tea helps to control obesity and this is common knowledge in China. A Chinese classical pharmaceutical book called the Bencao Shiyi (The Compendium of Materia Medica) states, "Drinking tea for a long time will make one live long to stay in good shape without becoming too fat and too heavy."
Obesity means excessive accumulation of fat within the system.
In modern medical science, obesity does not simply mean being overweight. Obesity is defined as an "excess accumulation of fat in the human body," indicating that "the amount of fat within the body has increased beyond its normal range." As shown in the chart, the normal range of fat against weight is 15-20% for a man and 20-25% for a woman. A man will be diagnosed as being obese if he has a fat-to-weight ratio of 25% or more, and for a woman, if she has a ratio of 30% or more.
Excess triglyceride accumulates inside fat cells.
Why does obesity occur? The mechanism of obesity is like this. Among other food items taken into your body through meals every day, sugar and fat are synthesized into triglyceride in the liver and the small intestine, which are then carried in the bloodstream into various other tissues in the body. More triglyceride than any other kind of fat is contained in the human body and it is used as a source of energy for life support and physical activities. Excess amounts of triglyceride will be deposited within fat cells. This is the mechanism of fat metabolism in which an excess accumulation of triglyceride in the body causes obesity.
Oolong tea enhances the function of fat metabolism.
Polyphenol in oolong tea is effective in controlling obesity. Specifically speaking, it activates the enzyme that is responsible for dissolving triglyceride. It has been confirmed that the continuous intake of oolong tea contributes to enhancing the function of fat metabolism and to controlling obesity.
Lab experiments demonstrate that oolong tea helps to prevent obesity.
Experiments using laboratory animals were conducted to verify the effect of oolong tea on the prevention of obesity. Rats were used in the experiments. They were divided into three groups: one was a control group that was given normal feed and water; another was given high calorie feed containing extra fat and water; while the third group was given the same kind of high-calorie feed but with oolong tea as a drink. All the rats weighed the same before the experiments but weighed differently six weeks later according to their groups. The two groups of high calorie-fed rats gained more weight than the control group of rats fed with the normal feed, and no weight difference was observed between the two groups of high-calorie fed rats.
But when the fat cells of the two groups of rats were compared, the quantity of the visceral fat and that of the subcutaneous fat of the group of rats that was given oolong tea was smaller than that of the other group. It was also proven that even when rats were given fatty food, if they were also given oolong tea, they were prevented from becoming obese without any effect on their growth.
Clinical Test on Obese People
A clinical test was carried out on 75 people between 22 and 68 years old who were obese merely because of overeating and/or lack of physical exercise. They were asked to consume a drink made by infusing two packs of oolong tea in water, once in the morning and once in the afternoon for six weeks. They were also asked to refrain from receiving any dietary treatment or taking any exercise.
Thickness of subcutaneous fat decreased.
Echography sensors were placed at a spot 3 cm to the right of the naval of each of the subjects to measure the thickness of their subcutaneous fat. Compared with readings before the test, the thickness of subcutaneous fat decreased by about 4 mm on average after completion of the test program.
As for triglycerides, the serum triglyceride level in some people who had a level higher than the standard before the test clearly fell after the test. It was also confirmed that the serum total cholesterol level in some people who had a level higher than the standard before the test clearly dropped and improved. In addition, 67% of those who participated in the test lost weight. Through the animal and clinical tests, it was confirmed that the continuous intake of oolong tea promotes the function of fat metabolism and contributes to controlling obesity.
Oolong Tea's Health Promotion Benefits Other Effects
Oolong tea is effective in preventing tooth decay and atopic dermatitis.
According to the Department of Dentistry, Osaka University, consuming polyphenol found in oolong tea contributes to the reduction of tooth decay significantly and is effective in preventing the occurrence of such decay. The Department of Dermatology, Shiga University of Medical Science carried out research into its effect on atopic dermatitis and discovered that 64% of sufferers of atopic dermatitis reported an improvement in their skin condition. This indicates that oolong tea is very effective regarding atopic dermatitis.
Monday, May 19, 2008
It is liquid and take on hand and apply where pain comes. Something warm things come and feel good.
This liquid smell is not great but I like this kind of style. It seems they use this for a long time. I feel this just like Tiger barm in Hong Kong.
Curry rice is national food as ramen in Japan. I think everybody likes that. We have many of curry rice speciality restaurants in Japan.
It was from India originally and we arranged Japanese way.
I think basic curry is curry plus beef, onion, carrot and potato.
But I do my way. I almost put everything together. I open the fridge door and find something and cook them with curry.
Sauce is same. I add spicy sauce, tonkatsu sauce, ketchup, chocolate, red wine.
Curry has more than 30 spices. They stimulate our brain. Are you going to take a test tomorrow? Eat curry tomorrow morning. You can get good result. Ichiro, Seattle Mariners eats curry before every game. It is our special menu and available this summer.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Right is regular rice and left is brown rice. But this is not 100% brown rice. They polished 50% and semi brown rice. Brown rice is good for health but cannot cook with regular rice cooker. And I found brown rice had a bad point. Farmer use pesticide and it stays on outside of rice means non-polished brown rice is not healthy.
It is good to eat just steamed brown rice. But it doesn't fit for sushi rice. Brown rice is drier than white rice and doesn't have much starch. We make hybrid rice, combination of brown rice and white rice. I found that white rice got hard and sticky when cool temperature but hybrid rice could keep the balance and didn't get hard and sticky. That's coming from brown rice's dryness.
Brown rice contains vitamins, such as niacin, abundantly and has various effect, such as the prevention / recovery-from-fatigue effect of aging prevention and arteriosclerosis.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
A orders a spicy tuna roll and an Alaskan roll. B orders a spicy tuna roll a rainbow roll. They get their own dish and eat. It is fun? Why don't they share the spicy tuna roll and order one new roll? I' ve seen this many times. Do they think sharing the plate is bad thing? Is it fun to eat same food a lot?
This is my case. I go to a restaurant with someone. I don't order entree and order appetizers mainly. let's say, if 4 people seating, I order 12 appetizers instead of 4 entrees. Would you like to eat variety of food? I love to do that. You might find a new favorite dish.
If you go to a traditional place, you order a soup and salad or 1 appetizer and order a large portion of entree with side dish. Then you pay $50 or $60. If you go to a new place, you order 5 or 6 small portion dishes. Then you pay same amount. Which one do you prefer?
I want you to enjoy more variety food and expand your food world. try something new and find something you don't know.
We call himo and means string. It looks like string that;s why we call it himo. I also use aoyagi clam seal.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Glucosamine is available as a nutritional supplement in health food stores and many drug stores. Glucosamine supplements are manufactured in a laboratory from chitin, a substance found in the shells of shrimp, crab, lobster, and other sea creatures. In additional to nutritional supplements, glucosamine is also used in sports drinks and in cosmetics.
Glucosamine is often combined with chondroitin sulfate, a molecule naturally present in cartilage. Chondroitin gives cartilage elasticity and is believed to prevent the destruction of cartilage by enzymes.
Glucosamine supplements are widely used for osteoarthritis, particularly knee osteoarthritis. In osteoarthritis, cartilage -- the rubbery material that cushions joints -- becomes stiff and loses its elasticity. This makes the joint prone to damage and may lead to pain, swelling, loss of movement, and further deterioration.
Since the body's natural glucosamine is used to make and repair joint cartilage, taking glucosamine as a nutritional supplement is thought to help repair damaged cartilage by augmenting the body's supply of glucosamine.
There is promising evidence that glucosamine may reduce pain symptoms of knee osteoarthritis and possibly slow the progression of osteoarthritis. For example, a study published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine examined people with osteoarthritis over three years. Researchers assessed pain and structural improvements seen on x-ray. They gave 202 people with mild to moderate osteoarthritis 1,500 mg of glucosamine sulfate a day or a placebo.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
We normally eat outside part of shells. I cook inside meat normally.
Mirugai is really sweet but chewy. I do same process as live scallop. Dip in hot water and cool down in ice water. Then take skin off from body. It lives 5 or 6 days. Very strong power.
How many people like this? Not much and price is high. Many restaurants cannot make money with mirugai . We dump sometimes because of freshness. I always touch and check it is alive or not. If it moves, OK and can use. It it does not move, it is already dead and dump. Freshness is important for mirugai.
This is a live scallop. It is available most of the time.
It comes with shells and I need remove the meat from the shells.
It is a kind of dirty job to clean scallop. There are dirt and small fishes inside of shells. I take a meat and seals. I also take ovary in winter- spring time. Seal is called himo, string in Japanese . I wash with salt and clean completely and cook it with soy sauce, mirin, sugar and water. Then dry under the Sun. This is our chewing gum. I say Japanese chewing gum. If you would like to try, let me know. It is free and nothing to lose.
How about meat? I dip in a hot water for a moment and cool down in ice water. This process is very important. I can say most of shell fish are really dirty. 1st, kill bacteria , 2nd get tasty. So is this fresh scallop after dip in a hot water? Yes, it is. believe or not, it lives for 3 or 4 days.
Tamago, Japanese egg omelet is not a fish item but is a nice supporting item. We are the only restaurant here in Atlanta to make tamago everyday. Do we sell everyday? No much. But I don't want to sell this for next day like other restaurants do. I have a special feeling against tamago. Around 1995, I was working at SOTO Japanese restaurant in Buckhead. I was just a beginner. I couldn't make tamago with chopsticks only. One Saturday night, I asked Soto to take home a tamago pan for practice. And I went home with it and bought a lots of eggs at Disco Kroger. I did a lots of exercise on Sunday. I finally made it. It was a fun for me to serve hot or warm tamago to the customers. That's why I make tamago everyday. A tamago pan is made with copper. Copper is good for pan because keep fire power well. You see how we make tamago. First of all, make a sheet and roll up a little by a little. Then, push to forward and pour egg and roll up again. I use 5 or 6 eggs for daily.
I can say, "Good sushi restaurant has tasty tamago." If you eat tamago at sushi restaurant, you can tell it is good or bad. Tamago shows well it. Many sushi chefs cannot make tamago and buy frozen one from grocery suppliers. Sad, isn't it!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Our mother Earth is a huge planet and we are just tiny creatures. The Earth has 5 billion years of history and we just can live around 100 years only if we are lucky. We need to respect it and be nice to the earth. She gets mad already because we break so much nature and kill so many creatures on the Earth. It is not too late, we have to repair it and compensate it.
Learn more? http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/astronomy/planets/earth/Continents.shtml
Monday, May 12, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
I think they just raised the price in January.
This is because of oil price.
Our supplier told me that they were charged fuel cost with invoice.
It is just like air plane ticket. Tokyo- Atlanta ticket is $480~. But need to add fuel charge, tax and more and eventually $800 and higher.
We just got rice price raising last week. It was $34 for 50LB of premium short grain rice.
Last week price was $40.
And we don't know the future price. That's why we need to buy the rice when it is low price.
New rice (new crop) is coming around September and the price is going to be around $60-$70.
I'am saving my rice at home and don't think of rasing menu price for next 2 months.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Sunday, May 4, 2008
I play with a better players today and learned. He played from back tee, which is longest distance. I carefully watched him. His swing was very first. I almost give up driver recently because of accurate but am trying to use again for breaking 90. I went practice on Saturday and made sure it's accurate and used it on Sunday. It was not bad and I felt to increase more fast head speed. Professional golfer's swing is very beautiful and doesn't feel much power. But their head speed after touch a ball is very fast and hit a sweet spot.
I need swing practice more for this Sunday. I have a heavy weight for club and use it with practice swing. I will see this Sunday. Gold is balance sports. Technically, driver plus iron or wood and putter's combination. Mentally, keep 18 holes same pace and being cool and need to read distance and wind plus other obstacles.
It is fun and stress. I need to break 90 this year. This is my mission possible. Be cool and practice more.
Friday, May 2, 2008
Champagne? Of course. Belows are 10 courses for them.
1, Gaspacho, with snow crab topping
2, Tuna Tartar
3, Kanpachi Carpaccio
4, Miso marinated Lamb chop for her and Crab Salad for him
5, Vegetable Antipasto
6, Tuna and live Hotate, Sumiso
7, Ika mentai
I made toro sashimi with shiso for uncounting. They loved shiso and I wanted to show it.
8, Yaki Saba Misoni
9, Sashimi, sayori, hirame and aji
10, Slow cooked oh-toro
Dessert 1 Toro nigiri, 1with seared and sea salt lemon, 1 with nikiri sauce wasabi
Dessert 2 Strawberry Mousse
So, Omakase means tasting course in Japanese.
They are happy and I am happy.
For the country! for the world peace keeping! I think something wrong.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
How people think about food safety issue?
I just wonder. I need to ask Fulton County health department. Oviously bad.
Me? I always wear a cap. This is Japanese standard, maybe.