Friday, November 21, 2008

One of the best tuna in November







What a great toro! There is no question. The price is a little bit high but who care.
Condition is also not bad. Fresh and firm, no worm, stomach side.
I sold a lots of abuli on Friday.
Come to get this tuna. It is available until Monday.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Taira-gai

This is also new item. The name is taira-gai but real name is tairagi. English name is pen shell.
It is almost same as scallop but meat is harder than that.
They live 5-15m of ocean, of course in the sand.
It is good for sushi, sashimi. The season is winter time and taste is sweet.

Kinmedai


I got a new fish. Some people know this. It is Kinme-dai. Dai(tai) means snapper family but this is not. The shape looks like snapper or sea bream and eye color is gold, that's why we call kin(gold) me(eye) dai( snapper).
English name is more complicated. The name is splendid alfonsino. They live in deep ocean everywhere in the world. This fish is very fatty and because of living place. And they get more fat in winter time. I can tell when I cut the fish.
It is good for sashimi, sushi and cooking with heavy dashi soy sauce. The mouth is very unique and I open with my finger. They can get very wide and can eat big fishes.
I will keep this for winter time.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Taka's Update Nov. 17th 2008

Taka’s Update November 17 2008

This week Fish
Oh my God, only 10 days to Thanksgiving Day. It is very fast than I expect. Christmas is coming in 40days and 2009 is coming 46 days. Tuna supply is not bad. I can get good one at least once a week. All other fish are fine.

Bring Bento box?
According to the survey, 36% of Japanese office workers bring lunch box( we call it bento box) from their home and try to save money. It was only 10% a year ago. Many people reduce eating restaurants for lunch. Their budget is $6.09 average and Tokyo is $6.73.

Do not go to Nebraska to dump your children.
A governor of Nebraska complained about people , they dumped their children in Nebraska. Under the new law in July this year, 35 babies and children were dumped in Nebraska. Actually, they left them and went to somewhere. So the governor said “Please don’t bring your children to leave.”

Have you seen paper packed wines?
Italy started to make paper packed wines in August. It is juts like milk or juice. But they are arguing about this paper package. A good reason is economical because of weight is light and can reduce CO2. A bad reason is it is not like wine and wine should use glass bottle for keeping tradition and dignity. I saw many sake is sold with paper packs in Japan.

Healthy city and unhealthy city
This is from CDC report.
The most healthy city in the US is Burlington, VA. 92 % of residents are good healthy condition. The rating of obesity and diabetes are lowest.
The most unhealthy city in the US is Huntington, WV. Less exercise and high rate of smoking bring this city to the worst. But this is just CDC’s data. Deep South is really problem. Many people don’t care for their health.
Eat bad food and a lots, smoke cigarette and drug, drink soft drinks and alcohol a lots drive cars everywhere and walk less.
People think good food is expensive, yes maybe. But they need to know, they need to pay more than that in the future when they get sick.

How many Japanese smoke?
This is Japan Tobacco Co’s research It is 25.7% and worst ever, 13 years straight down. Japanese men’s smoking rate is 39.5% , this is the first time below 40% since 1965. Japanese women ‘s rate is 12.9% and 0.2 % up. 47.8% of 40’s men are smoking and 19.3% of 30’s women are smoking.

Holiday Info
We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Taka's Update Nov. 17th 2008

Taka’s Update November 17 2008

This week Fish
Oh my God, only 10 days to Thanksgiving Day. It is very fast than I expect. Christmas is coming in 40days and 2009 is coming 46 days. Tuna supply is not bad. I can get good one at least once a week. All other fish are fine.

Bring Bento box?
According to the survey, 36% of Japanese office workers bring lunch box( we call it bento box) from their home and try to save money. It was only 10% a year ago. Many people reduce eating restaurants for lunch. Their budget is $6.09 average and Tokyo is $6.73.

Do not go to Nebraska to dump your children.
A governor of Nebraska complained about people , they dumped their children in Nebraska. Under the new law in July this year, 35 babies and children were dumped in Nebraska. Actually, they left them and went to somewhere. So the governor said “Please don’t bring your children to leave.”

Have you seen paper packed wines?
Italy started to make paper packed wines in August. It is juts like milk or juice. But they are arguing about this paper package. A good reason is economical because of weight is light and can reduce CO2. A bad reason is it is not like wine and wine should use glass bottle for keeping tradition and dignity. I saw many sake is sold with paper packs in Japan.

Healthy city and unhealthy city
This is from CDC report.
The most healthy city in the US is Burlington, VA. 92 % of residents are good healthy condition. The rating of obesity and diabetes are lowest.
The most unhealthy city in the US is Huntington, WV. Less exercise and high rate of smoking bring this city to the worst. But this is just CDC’s data. Deep South is really problem. Many people don’t care for their health.
Eat bad food and a lots, smoke cigarette and drug, drink soft drinks and alcohol a lots drive cars everywhere and walk less.
People think good food is expensive, yes maybe. But they need to know, they need to pay more than that in the future when they get sick.

How many Japanese smoke?
This is Japan Tobacco Co’s research It is 25.7% and worst ever, 13 years straight down. Japanese men’s smoking rate is 39.5% , this is the first time below 40% since 1965. Japanese women ‘s rate is 12.9% and 0.2 % up. 47.8% of 40’s men are smoking and 19.3% of 30’s women are smoking.

Holiday Info
We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Pork Belly

We don't have much customer to eat pork, but it is OK. I love pork.
Tonkatasu, crispy fried pork tenderloin is my favorite. I also like katsu-don, tonkatsu with steamed rice.
Pork belly is called buta-bara, pork's stomach.
It is easy to make. I just need to cook slow and long time.
I add some vegetables for flavor.
It is available in Japanese menu.
I am expanding Japanese menu. There are 2 reasons.
Japanese like those kinds of food. I need to shift to izakaya style food because of bad economy.
This dish is only $5. There is no risk to order. We don't charge if you don't like this.

Big eye tuna Nov. 11 2008

This tuna is great and same as last week's one.
O got stomach side as usual. It is very important to get stomach side for toro.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Taka's Update November 10th 2008

Taka’s Update November 10 2008

This week Fish
We got good tuna Last week. How about this week? Good one is coming on tomorrow. How lucky are we! I already ordered ¼ stomach side and could expect great toro again.
All other fish are fine.

Recession Joke
What should we during recession? We need to get ports club membership, Costco membership and a car.
1, Reason for sports club~ You can take a shower anytime.
2, Reason for Costco~ don’t buy them. Eat food samples and free. $40/ year is a great deal.
3, Reason for a car~ You can sleep in the car, doesn’t need a house.

McDonald’s Sales is up.
CNBS said in this morning that McDonald’s October sales was 5-7 % up in US, 11% in Asia and 9% in Europe. People tried to save money and ate junky food more than ever.
Come to Taka and try our California Roll recession style. I’ve been selling this since 2 weeks ago. But the sales was not great. It is only $3.50 and cheaper than supermarket sushi. Quality is great. I just use fish cake instead of using crab mix. But our customers want to eat crab and only a few orders in 2 weeks. I think I erase this soon.

Are you looking for Christmas Party?
If you are thinking about Christmas Lunch party, let us know. We can open the lunch for you.

Holiday Info
We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Sorry for not much information this week because of my PC broken. I finally took a data from a old PC and transferred to a new one. Thanks, John Willet, my bro.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Dried Mackerel



This is dried mackerel. I hang them with chopsticks. It takes a couple days to finish.

It is called himono, dried fish. We do Aji or hokke and many fishes. We do with brushing soy sauce mirin and is called mirin-boshi.

I think I grill this one with sea salt or do something.

Japanese likes this kind of food. We dry our laundry outside of house.

Big eye tuna, Nov.6th 2008




I finally got this. This tuna is great. There are 2 reasons.
1, Great toro and very thick.
2, The price is not much expensive and can sell lower.
I used a spoon and scratch toro from skin.
I think the pictures are better than before. I got a new camera.
This is from Cannon 8megap, It was 4 megap. And the price was only $179 at Office Depot.
Everything is getting cheap and functions are better.
Don't buy the best and top quality. It will be cheap soon. Just wait and see.
This tuna is available at this weekend.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Taka's Update November 4th 2008

Taka’s Update November 04 2008

This week Fish
Tuna supply is very bad. I got big eye tuna last week but no toro. This week is almost same as last week.
On the other hand, uni is available all the time. I think the weather in CA is very good for catching.
Shirako is available in winter. Shirako is Cod’s spermary and give us energy and power. It is available only winter season. Please throw your prejudice and try it. Most of customers tried shirako were happy, so far.

To keep price low.
I went to Costco today and bought toilet paper for wiping hands. I didn’t buy same one as last time. The price went up to $48 per box. It was $25 last year and $29 last month. So I decided to give up and bought thin type. It was $30. Please use 1 paper only when wipe. Thanks.
Price cut
I will cut price this week. In spite of bad economy and high cost, I need to do that. I already cut sushi rolls price last week. I will cut all appetizers, nigiri sushi and drink this week. I will find cheap price for everything as much as possible and need to match bad economy. Please come by and see the bill.
I call this plan is “Costco way“. Do you know Costco’s customers income is $20,000 higher than Sam’s Club. Rich people go to Costco because of high quality and low price. I need to go this way under recession. We make great food and affordable price. We cut the price because we make most of food under our hands and cut any costs.

Thank you for coming SUSHI DAY
We had a great day on November 1st , SUSHI DAY. We actually discounted 20% from the bill. We got 162 people and made a new sales record. What was wrong? Nothing wrong. It was a crazy day but a great event. So, I feel people don’t want to spend money. People want to save money. People want to eat if price is low. I think you can do at any other business. You need to know what your customer expect. If you can find it, you can be a winner. I read this morning article about Circuit City. It will be 86, means bye-bye. Why? Circuit city didn’t know what customers expected. This is a great gamble time. Don’t go to Las Vegas. Bet your business!
You can make good money or lose everything. I buy you meal when you lose everything. It is same as my business. I already cut my salary for just in case. We don’t know what happen in the future. I try to avoid the worst case scenario. I think I am fine.

Thanks. TAKA