Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Yes, we are open!

Our street sign is not working. I asked the landlord to fix. It passed almost a week but still same. Then I found an idea like this picture.
I brought my Tundra with a construction halogen light. Then I extended a code from the restaurant and lighted up.
This is not bad idea.
Our landlord is a kind of slow pace and lazy. I think it will take 2 weeks. But I cannot wait for that.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Breaking News

I got good tuna today. It is available for next 3-4 days.

Taka's Update

Taka’s Update December 28th 2009

Fish delivery of this week
Please do not expect tuna this week and next week. Fishermen need to take day offs. Most of tuna catchers are not in the ocean. They are staying their family or friends.
Japanese fish delivery is same but it will changer next week because of New Year Holiday in Japan.

Calendar Update
2010 is coming in 4days. We will be closed on New Year Day. But we open Jan. 2nd Saturday.

It is flu season.
What do we have to do against flue in winter?
A: Good breakfast foods for flu
Yogurt, banana, mekabu seaweed(it is hard to get here.), toasted bread with jam, toasted bread with banana, yogurt with jam or banana, miso soup with nameko mushroom, natto with okra,natto miso soup, steam rice with sweet potato. These are very good for prevention.

B: Goof food if you have flu virus.
Egg, it is good for digestion, and rich in nutrients.
Daikon Radish, it is effective for sore throat and cough.
Nira(leek or Chinese chives), it strengthens the stomach.
Green onion, it makes the body warm.
Ginger, it is effective in cutting cough.
Ume, Japanese pickled plum, it is antipyretic.
Orange, it is effective for sore throat and cough.
Peppermint, it has perspiration, reduce the heat.
Apple or pear, these are useful to relieve the thirst of heat.
Brown rice, it can take balanced nutrients.
Shiso leaf, it is effective for cold and fever.

If you catch a cold, medicine are good but take balanced food and get enough sleep. It will recover easily when it is beginning. Daikon radish and green onion are top 2 vegetables for fighting flu. Tea is also good. Catechin in tea can kill bacteria. Gargle with tea really works. Ginger is used in herbal medicine in China is often warming the body and the circulation of blood, sweat effect. If you like Japanese sake, you can try egg sake. Heat up 1 cup of sake and 1 egg and add brown sugar or honey. You have to drink when it is hot. I researched these Japanese ways of healing flu. It might work for you. I really hate to take medicine or going to see the doctor. Those are the final decision. Our body is very strong and we just need to eat good fighting foods for flu. Thanks.

Have happy holidays and wonderful times. Taka

TAKA 375 Pharr Rd. Atlanta GA 30305 TEL 404-869-2802

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Amadai, Tile Fish

This is amadai, tile fish from Boston area.
Dai or tai is snapper family but the taste is almost kinmedai, alfoncino.
Please try when it is available.

Taka's Holiday Update

Taka’s Update December 22nd 2009

Fish delivery of this week
I did not get live scallop and clams yesterday because of bad weather in Boston are. It is same today’s delivery. It might come on tomorrow. I got big eye tuna but no expectation for good toro.
All other fish are same as usual.

Calendar Update
Christmas Day is coming in 3 days. We will be closed on that day.
2010 is coming in 10 days. We will be closed on New Year Day. But we open Jan. 2nd Saturday.

Soy bean products and lactobacillus products
This is for all women. If you take soy bean products and lactobacillus products during 10-40 years old, incidence of breast cancer is low. It was reported San Antonio Breast Cancer symposium on December 9th 2009. Why don’t you take yogurt, kefir. I like Greek yogurt from Costco.
And the funny thing is you should take both of them because lactobacillus helps metabolism of isoflavones in your stomach. It is very important to eat good food when we are young.

Low cost cancer prevention
You don’t need to spend money to prevent cancer.
1, Do exercise, walk and run every day. How much? It is free.
2, Stop smoking. How much? It is free and can save money.
3, Stop drinking alcohol or reduce. How much? It is free or can save money.
4, Eat healthy. How much? It is not free but vegetables and fruits are cheaper than meat.
If you need to take protein, you can have tofu. Tofu is much much cheaper than steak.

Have happy holidays and wonderful times. Taka

TAKA 375 Pharr Rd. Atlanta GA 30305 TEL 404-869-2802
Home page: takasushiatlanta.com Blog: sushiandpassion.blogspot.com

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Hiramasa, Young Yellow Tail

This is Hiramasa, teen yellow tail. This is from Australia and farm raised.
I felt it was almost same as Kona Kanpachi.
I compared the meat with Hamachi. Hamachi has more fat and oily.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Taka's Update

Taka’s Update December 14th 2009

Fish delivery of this week
No big eye tuna delivery on Monday. It will come on Tuesday. I just read an article about tuna quarter in Pacific Ocean. We have to eat farm raised tuna near future, just like we eat salmon and hamachi. Kurodai, Black Porgy is also not coming this week. Dealing wild fish is always like this. But I ordered Amadai, Tile fish. This comes from Boston area. The name is amadai and sounds like a family of snapper but amadai is a family of sea bass. We have so many kind of tai or dai means snapper name. I think we basically name them from shape or looks. So, real name is not tai or dai group. Anyway, amadai will come on Thursday or Friday if it is available. Amadai is a winter fish.

Calendar Update
Christmas Day is coming in 11 days. We will be closed on that day.
2010 is coming in 16 days. We will be closed on New Year Day. But we open Jan. 2nd Saturday.

Low temperature is not good sign.
It is getting cold. We cannot sleep when we go to bed and our body is cold. If our body is warm, we can sleep easily.
There are 2 temperatures in our body. One is skin temperature and another one is brain temperature. If you cannot sleep after go to bed, take a shower 1-2 hours before you sleep. It makes skin temperature up and can sleep easily. Or you can do foot bath, soak your foot in hot water for a while.
By the way, our brain temperature is 37.5℃(99.5F). At lower the temperature of the air, it reduces the amount of blood that circulates throughout the body in an attempt to minimize the emission of heat from the surface of the skin. Our brain temperature is 1℃ (1.8F) lower than 50 year ago. 1 ℃ of reduction of body temperature, the immune system to decline more than 30 percent.
By integrating a low body temperature, weakening the immune system, infectious diseases, allergic diseases, such as an increase in cancer, hyperlipidemia, it is also the cause of the metabolic syndrome and hypertension. We need to keep our temperature warm.

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Home page: takasushiatlanta.com Blog: sushiandpassion.blogspot.com

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Crime Warning

A couple of weeks ago, a friend told me that someone she knew had their car broken into while they were at a football game.
Their car was parked on the green which was adjacent to the football stadium and specially allotted to football fans. Things stolen from the car included a garage door remote control, some money and a GPS which had been prominently mounted on the dashboard. When the victims got home, they found that their house had been ransacked and just about everything worth anything had been stolen. The thieves had used the GPS to guide them to the house. They then used the garage remote control to open the garage door and gain entry to the house. The thieves knew the owners were at the football game, they knew what time the game was scheduled to finish and so they knew how much time they had to clean out the house. It would appear that they had brought a truck to empty the house of its contents. Something to consider if you have a GPS - don't put your home address in it. Put a nearby address (like a store or gas station) so you can still find your way home if you need to, but no one else would know> where you live if your GPS were stolen.

This lady has now changed her habit of how she lists her names on her mobile phone after her handbag was stolen. Her handbag, which contained her cell phone, credit card, wallet.. . Etc...was stolen. 20 minutes later when she called her hubby, from a pay phone telling him what had happened, hubby says 'I received your text asking about our Pin number and I've replied a little while ago.' When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn. The thief had actually used the stolen cell phone to text 'hubby' in the contact list and got hold of the pin number. Wit hin 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.

Moral of the lesson:
Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your contact list. Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, Sweetheart, Dad, Mom, etc.... And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked through texts, CONFIRM by calling back. Also, when you're being text by friends or family to meet them somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that the message came from them. If you don't reach them, be very careful about going places to meet 'family and friends' who text you.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Taka's Update

Taka’s Update December 7th 2009

Fish delivery of this week
I cut Tobi Uo from the menu because of slow sales. I also cut Kona Kanpachi. Our supplier said that big demand of kanpachi made shortage of supply and needed to wait at least 6 months. It is farm raised fish in Kona , Hawaii. I will start to carry Hiramasa, young yellow tail from this week. This hiramasa is also farm raised in Australia. All other fish are same as usual.

Calendar Update
Christmas Day is coming in 18 days. We will be closed on that day.
2010 is coming in 23 days. We will be closed on New Year Day. But we open Jan. 2nd Saturday.

Are you more than 45 yrs. Old? Read below.
This is from Archives of Internal Medicine. With over 45 years, with age, a significant acceleration in the decline in physical fitness. If you smoke or have high BMI or do less exercise, it shows more rapid. So, when we are between 30-40 years old, we need to try to avoid over weight, smoking, less exercise and keep healthy life. So, we can delay our aging process for 10 years. It is very simple. Eat healthy and do exercise, keep normal weight and do not smoke.
So, the point is we can delay our aging by our effort. We have to do it.

TAKA 375 Pharr Rd. Atlanta GA 30305 TEL 404-869-2802
Home page: takasushiatlanta.com Blog: sushiandpassion.blogspot.com

Thursday, December 3, 2009

No Kampachi for next 6 months,

We have not gotten Kona kanpachi, amber jack for2 weeks straight. This is farm raised fish and don't know why. I called our supplier and one of sales person gave me an answer.
It was good demand beyond supply and run out of it. And it takes 6 months to catch up.
So, what is a solution? Yes, I have it. We will carry Hiramasa, young yellow tail from Australia.
You can think hiramasa as small hamachi. It is farm raised and almost sames as Kona kanpchi.

We got a new no Wheat soy sauce.

This is from Yamasa company. Yamasa is the 2nd largest soy sauce company in the world. As you know, Kikkoman is the biggest one.
1 out of 130 people in the U.S. have a problem with gluten . Celiac decease is getting popular.
We are asked almost every 3 days for that.
We compared this one with San J soy sauce and Yamasa was better and not much salty.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Taka's Update November 30th.

Taka’s Update November 30th 2009

Fish delivery of this week
The delivery is back to normal. I got good tuna last week. No idea for this week.
I started Sushi Omakase; it is $40 and my choice. So, I can make my best sushi for you. I make 6 dishes in total.

Calendar Update
Christmas Day is coming in 25 days. We will be closed on that day.
2010 is coming in 31 days. We will be closed on New Years Day.

A: Kid’s Obesity and sleeping hour
This is from Pediatrics online.
Let your kids in bed long hours at weekends and holiday. It makes prevention of gaining weight or obesity.
Around 10 years old kids need 9.5- 10 hours and less age kids need more than that. We know they are busy for homework in weekdays. So let them sleep long hours at weekends.

B: A Story about tuna
I talked with our fish supplier last week. Tuna supply is not bright near future. Most of tuna will be frozen soon (2-3 years) or farm-raised.
Have you ever had a name of Kindai Tuna? Kindai means Kinki University in Japan. They have been farming tuna almost 20 years. We can eat this Kindai Tuna in NYC and LA. It will come to Atlanta soon. Kindai is the first organization in the world to farm tuna from roe. Normally, they catch small tuna in the ocean and farm in net.

C: Japanese Yen is getting high and high.
We saw $1=84 Yen at the moment last week. It is 86.70 Yen today. But it was 95 yen last year. This means our price will change near future. I assume Yen will be high to 70 yen next year. If it is so, all Japanese products prices need to raise. Hamachi might be $8.00 for 2 pieces; some expensive fish sushi will be more than $10.00. You might know US Dollar and Euro. Euro is almost 50% higher in 5 years. Any solution? I do not think so. Some people say Japanese Yen will be 60 yen soon. It is because US dollar is weak and times are changing.

TAKA 375 Pharr Rd. Atlanta GA 30305 TEL 404-869-2802
Home page: takasushiatlanta.com Blog: sushiandpassion.blogspot.com

Monday, November 23, 2009

Taka's Update Nov. 23rd.

Taka’s Update November 23rd 2009

Fish delivery of this week
It is because of Thanksgiving Day, Japanese fish delivery is Tuesday and Friday.
We will be closed on that day.
I will play golf at 9am. It is shot gun style. The golf course will be closed by 2:30pm.
And we will open Friday and Saturday as usual.

Calendar Update
Thanksgiving Day is coming in 3 days. We will be closed on that day.
Christmas Day is coming in 32 days.
2010 is coming in 36 days.

Obesity is growing here in the US.
This is from CNN this morning.
28% of Americans are obesity. It is more than 1 in 4 people. And it will grow 42 % in 2018. Oh my God. Please do not eat much and do exercise. People do not want to get sick and take extra vitamins. This is also terrible. I went to Costco this morning and bought a box of California orange. The season is just started. I think I will eat this 5 or 6 everyday. I was born in orange farmer’s family in Hiroshima. I used to eat 20-30 oranges when I was young. My skin gets yellow after January. I am very healthy and maybe because of it.
I have been eating brown rice for 4 weeks. I feel good because my mental situation is good. I say by myself that I eat good food every day. When was the last time I ate fast food? I think 4 or 5 years ago. I add red bean when I cook brown rice. Bean is really good for health. I bought dried soy bean last week and made appetizers. I try to make more healthy food.
Thanksgiving Day is just right at the corner. People buy tons of foods and drinks. It is OK this is American tradition. But please do not forget. “If you take 2500kcal, you have to burn same amount.” This is the key of keeping good shape. Enjoy your meal and move your body.

TAKA 375 Pharr Rd. Atlanta GA 30305 TEL 404-869-2802
Home page: takasushiatlanta.com Blog: sushiandpassion.blogspot.com

Monday, November 16, 2009

Taka's Update November 16th 2009

Taka’s Update November 16th 2009

Fish delivery of this week
Tuna supply is no bad. I have big eye tuna today and not bad. Uni is coming today.
All other fish are same as usual.

Calendar Update
Thanksgiving Day is coming in 10 days. We will be closed on that day.
Christmas Day is coming in 39 days.
2010 is coming in 43 days.

Banana is good, anyway.
Do you like banana or not? I like it and eat every day. There are 3 ways to eat banana. It is just banana but it is banana power.

1st step- Green banana
Green banana is good for diet. This is less sugar and rich in fiber. A piece of banana is only 86kcal. A piece of bread is 211kcal and you can understand how banana is low calorie.
Banana contains glucose, fructose and sucrose. These different sugars turn to energy in different time and it keeps your stomach full and feels full with stimulation of brain from serotonin. And dietary fiber improves bowel movements.

2nd step~ Yellow banana
Yellow banana contains a a lot of potassium and it push away sodium from your body. And it improves the flow of bold. Also it keeps blood pressure normal. It works quickly.

3rd step~ Brown banana
Brown banana is the highest degree of immune activation in the fruits. It kills cancer cells, boost the body's white blood cells and suppress the allergic inflammation.
Do you eat breakfast or skip it? Banana is easy to eat. Just take a cup of water and banana every morning. Your body will be change soon.

TAKA 375 Pharr Rd. Atlanta GA 30305 TEL 404-869-2802
Home page: takasushiatlanta.com Blog: sushiandpassion.blogspot.com

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Sayori, Halfbeak

This is Sayori, Halfbeak.
The season is just started. I think it is available until next spring.
A skinny body and clean taste is yummy.

New tuna

I got this tuna yesterday. This is stomach side and not bad.
It is available for next 4 days.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Taka's Update

Taka’s Update November 9th 2009

Fish delivery of this week
It was good start for new fish last week. Flying fish, file fish were sold out. Sayori, halfbeak is coming this week. I am not sure for tuna do far.

Calendar Update
Thanksgiving Day is coming in 17 days.
Christmas Day is coming in 46 days.
2010 is coming in 52 days.

A:Cardiovascular disease and white bread
This is from Journal of the American college of Cardiology.
Cornflake or white bread makes rising blood sugar and the risk of cardiovascular disease is up. For your health, low blood sugar index carb, like oatmeal, fruits, vegetables, tofu and nuts are good.

B:Green and our body
This is from Amsterdam VU University.
If you live nearby parks or forest, you become healthy in mentally and physically.
Especially, it works for depression. But there are no effect for cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer.
I feel good when I play golf and stay in golf course surrounded by greens.

C:Smoking rate is low.
This is from Japanese government survey in 2008.
Adult smoking rate is 21.8%. This number is 6 % lower than 6 years ago.
Men’s smoking rate is 36.8% and 2.6% lower and 10% lower from 2003.
Over weight % is 28.6 and lower than last year (30.4%). Japanese government encourages the prevention of metabolic syndrome.
Japanese government is thinking to raise tobacco tax and will reduce smokers.

TAKA 375 Pharr Rd. Atlanta GA 30305 TEL 404-869-2802
Home page: takasushiatlanta.com Blog: sushiandpassion.blogspot.com

Friday, November 6, 2009

Tobi Uo, Flying fish

I started Tobi Uo again.
You know this fish as tobiko, flying fish roe.
Tobi Uo comes from Japan.
I make an appetizer, crispy fried fish.
I fry meat with wing.
Tobi Uo can fly about 100 yard.
That's why flying fish.

Umazura Hagi, Japanese File Fish

I thought I showed this fish before.
Umazura means horse face. Is this looks like horse face?
File fish is a unique fish. I will take the skin off first. It is just like I take off clothing. Then I cut the fish.
But I need to do it very careful This fish has big liver and need to take it. This liver is tasty and I serve meat with liver.
See the whole body after cut. The red part is just like fin muscle. No other fish carry like this.
The meat is very firm and clean.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Oolong tea

This is the one. There are so many oolong tea but this is the best.
I am so sorry for that many people cannot read Chinese character. This oolong tea comes from Taiwan.
This oolong tea works for high fever, pollen allergy.
Of course, it works for diet. It cleans our body.
It is almost same as green tea.
And it is easy to drink. I bought this at Buford Hwy. Farmers Market recently. The price was $12.99.
I normally drink this about 4-5 cups a day.
You can do it with ice cream, chocolate and cookies. You will not gain weight much.
Please try it.

Brown Rice

The top left is Brown rice sweet rice, the right is brown rice.

The bottom left is white rice and the right is 50% brown rice.

I have been eating brown rice for 3 weeks.

I chew maybe 2 times than before. Chewing is very important.

It helps developing jaw and stimulate brain.

And brown rice works for metabolic patients. I have metabolic dinner in November.

It is $7 and brown rice, soup and vegetables come with.

Eating good food costs a lot sometimes but can save money in the future.

I am trying to make delicious brown rice food. It is on the way and not yet.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Taka's Update Nov. 2nd 2009

Taka’s Update November 2nd 2009

Fish delivery of this week
I have good tuna and can sell today. That’s good news for SUSHI DAY. Iwashi, Japanese sardine is out of season. I will order Tobi-uo,flying fish. It will come next week.
Today is Sushi Day. Get 30% of coupon from your bill. This is one night only offer.

November Special
I make metabolic solution menu. It is $7 and come with brown rice, vegetables and soup, salad.
If you have a problem with overweight or high blood pressure and more, come to try it.
Why $7? It is Lucky 7 and not much meaning. And low price is easy to eat every day.
Actually, I have been eating brown rice for 2 weeks. I eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. I will try it for 3 months and want to see my body changing.

A: High blood pressure is the worst risk.
This is from WHO. The data came from 2004 but I think it is same as this year.
The highest risk for health hazard is high blood pressure. It is 12.8% of death. The next is smoking, 8.7% and high blood sugar, 5.8%.
One of reason of high blood pressure in Japan is overtaking of salt.
Japanese food is healthy but miso and soy sauce contain a lot of salt. And pickles also contain a lot of salt. Americans take 8-10g of salt daily but Japanese take 11-13g. European take only 5-6g.

B: Finland is No.1.
This is from Legatum Institute. The Legatum Institute is an independent research, policy, and advocacy organisation that promotes political, economic and individual liberty in the developing and transitioning world.
They released 2009 Prosperity Index. Top 10 is Finland, Swiss, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Australia, Canada, Holland, United States and New Zealand. Japan is 16th , England is 12th. The worst is Zimbabwe.

C: Fiber is good for many things.
This is from Garvan medical Research, Sydney.
Food with fiber is good for Asthma, diabetes, arthritis. Do you know? Brown rice contains 2 times fiber than white rice.

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Home page: takasushiatlanta.com Blog: sushiandpassion.blogspot.com

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

From Afghanistan

This is captain Neese, USMC.
He is one of my customer's son.
I think he went to Iraq last October.
His farther told me tonight. He went to Iraq, Philippine, Okinawa and moved to Afghanistan.
This photo came from Internet. He is at border of Pakistan.
There is a message " We look forward to dining at Taka together."
He will be back in next July.
A bad news from CNN. 58 American soldiers died in October so far.
he need to be survive and stay safe place. I pray for him.

Good tuna, long time no see!

I don't remember when was the last time that I got good tuna.
I believed it was 3-4 weeks ago.
This big eye tuna is the best of October.
It was stomach side and came with oh-toro.
It is available for next few days.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Taka's Update Oct. 26th 2009

Taka’s Update October 26th 2009

Fish delivery of this week
Tuna supply is not great. I have not received good tuna for 3 weeks. It is OK and not bad. Live scallop is not coming today. Japanese fish delivery is same as usual.

Poor Japanese?
Japanese government released a new data.Poverty rate is 15.7% in 2006. This number is 0.8% up from 2003 and the highest number since 1997. Also kids poverty rate is 14.2% and 0.5% up.According to OECD data, Mexico is the top and 18.4%, Turkey is 17.5%, United State is 17.1% . These are top3. The lowest is Denmark and Sweden. It is only 5.3%.It was all middle class before but not anymore. It is getting approaching to US style.
Green Tea works for Influenza
Catechin in green tea works for new influenza. This is from Tokushima University in Japan.It is known for green tea has antiviral effects. But it is proved the first time.You can drink green tea and also gargling with green tea works.This is my research and oolong tea has same effects. I like oolong tea and drink every day. Anyway, tea neutralizes fat in stomach and prevent obesity. If you take tea, you go to bathroom more often. It means all bad things come out from your body. It is very hard to explain and translate this in English and sorry for that. But look at me. I am very much healthy. My Japanese friends always say that I don’t have any wrinkle on my face. I am 47 years old and no plastic surgery done ever. I like fruits and eat a lot. And I take tea every day. Obama declared H1N1 National emergency. So what? Is it because 1000 people died? 36,000 people died last year with normal influenza. 1000 is much less than this number. The important thing is not vaccine. It is making healthy and strong body and need to eat good food for that and exercise well. Stay away from junk food and eat vegetables and fruits every day. Go out at weekend and breathe good air from nature. There is not cost of that.
Please let me know if you are in trouble about your health condition and try to eat good food. I can fix it. Maybe, I need to start serving metabolic menu.

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Home page: takasushiatlanta.com Blog: sushiandpassion.blogspot.com

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sake tasting. It's fun!

We had Sake tasting last night.
It was a big night.
This time was the biggest tasting ever.
We had more than 30 people singed up and got 24 people.
5 sakes and 6 dishes were served. This time's winner was Koshino Yukiwariso, Snow Grass.
This is raw sake. Sake actually boiled 2 times. And this Snow Grass boiled 1 time only.
Sake was brought by Sake Story, Atlanta based Sake importer.
Tasting Sake were Tsukino wa (Moon ring), Shudo ( Way of Sake), Koshino Yukiwariso (Snow Grass), Gopuriki 50 (Field Crane), Yamahai (Old Mountain) and Chisui Kafu ( Elements) from left to right.
I made Yakibuta (Grilled and cooked pork, sliced), Beets and Vegetables Salad, Nanbanzuke( marinated fish), Crispy fried Bay Scallop, Aji Namerou ( Japanese Jackfish Salad with miso sauce) and Brown Rice Takikomi Gohan( Dashi cooked brown rice with vegetables, hijiki seaweed)
We will do it again in January. It's going to be 2010 Kick off tasting. We will serve gold leaf sake for your good luck in 2010 and more.


I got MRE from my customer.
Thanks, Steve.
He was in Military and retired.
We will eat this on Sunday.
This is turkey and gravy, potatoes.
I have no idea for taste.
I let you know.

Genmai, Brown Rice

I started to eat Brown rice from Monday.
I eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. All meals are brown rice.
I try it 1 month and see my body.
Brown rice is not brown, beige. It is just between white rice and rice with crop.
We normally eat core part of rice. But it means all good parts are gone.
Brown rice's fiber is 2 times larger than white rice.
And has vitamin E, B and iron and more.
The problem is hard and need to chew well.
But chewing is very important. It stimulate brain. and help developing of growing jaw.

Please read below. This is much better than my English. Thanks.
Why Brown-But Not White-Rice is One of the World's Healthiest Foods
The difference between brown rice and white rice is not just color! A whole grain of rice has several layers. Only the outermost layer, the hull, is removed to produce what we call brown rice. This process is the least damaging to the nutritional value of the rice and avoids the unnecessary loss of nutrients that occurs with further processing. If brown rice is further milled to remove the bran and most of the germ layer, the result is a whiter rice, but also a rice that has lost many more nutrients. At this point, however, the rice is still unpolished, and it takes polishing to produce the white rice we are used to seeing. Polishing removes the aleurone layer of the grain-a layer filled with health-supportive, essential fats. Because these fats, once exposed to air by the refining process, are highly susceptible to oxidation, this layer is removed to extend the shelf life of the product. The resulting white rice is simply a refined starch that is largely bereft of its original nutrients.
Our food ranking system qualified brown rice as an excellent source of manganese, and a good source of the minerals selenium and magnesium. The complete milling and polishing that converts brown rice into white rice destroys 67% of the vitamin B3, 80% of the vitamin B1, 90% of the vitamin B6, half of the manganese, half of the phosphorus, 60% of the iron, and all of the dietary fiber and essential fatty acids. By law in the United States, fully milled and polished white rice must be "enriched" with vitamins B1, B3, and iron. But the form of these nutrients when added back into the processed rice is not the same as in the original unprocessed version, and at least 11 lost nutrients are not replaced in any form even with rice "enrichment."
Here are some of the ways in which the nutrients supplied by brown rice can make an important difference in your health:
Manganese-Energy Production Plus Antioxidant Protection
Just one cup of brown rice will provide you with 88.0% of the daily value for manganese. This trace mineral helps produce energy from protein and carbohydrates and is involved in the synthesis of fatty acids, which are important for a healthy nervous system, and in the production of cholesterol, which is used by the body to produce sex hormones. Manganese is also a critical component of a very important antioxidant enzyme called superoxide dismutase. Superoxide dismutase (SOD) is found inside the body's mitochondria (the oxygen-based energy factories inside most of our cells) where it provides protection against damage from the free radicals produced during energy production.
Women Who Eat Whole Grains Weigh LessA study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition underscores the importance of choosing whole grains such as brown rice rather than refined grain, i.e., white rice, to maintain a healthy body weight. In this Harvard Medical School / Brigham and Women's Hospital study, which collected data on over 74,000 female nurses aged 38-63 years over a 12 year period, weight gain was inversely associated with the intake of high-fiber, whole-grain foods but positively related to the intake of refined-grain foods. Not only did women who consumed more whole grains consistently weigh less than those who ate less of these fiber-rich foods, but those consuming the most dietary fiber from whole grains were 49% less likely to gain weight compared to those eating foods made from refined grains.
Brown Rice is Rich in Fiber and Selenium
For people worried about colon cancer risk, brown rice packs a double punch by being a concentrated source of the fiber needed to minimize the amount of time cancer-causing substances spend in contact with colon cells, and being a very good source of selenium, a trace mineral that has been shown to substantially reduce the risk of colon cancer.
In addition to supplying 14.0% of the daily value for fiber, a cup of cooked brown rice provides 27.3% of the DV for selenium, an important benefit since many Americans do not get enough selenium in their diets, yet this trace mineral is of fundamental importance to human health. Selenium is an essential component of several major metabolic pathways, including thyroid hormone metabolism, antioxidant defense systems, and immune function. Accumulated evidence from prospective studies, intervention trials and studies on animal models of cancer has suggested a strong inverse correlation between selenium intake and cancer incidence. Several mechanisms have been suggested to explain the cancer-preventive activities of selenium. Selenium has been shown to induce DNA repair and synthesis in damaged cells, to inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells, and to induce their apoptosis, the self-destruct sequence the body uses to eliminate worn out or abnormal cells.
In addition, selenium is incorporated at the active site of many proteins, including glutathione peroxidase, which is particularly important for cancer protection. One of the body's most powerful antioxidant enzymes, glutathione peroxidase is used in the liver to detoxify a wide range of potentially harmful molecules. When levels of glutathione peroxidase are too low, these toxic molecules are not disarmed and wreak havoc on any cells with which they come in contact, damaging their cellular DNA and promoting the development of cancer cells.
Not only does selenium play a critical role in cancer prevention as a cofactor of glutathione peroxidase, selenium also works with vitamin E in numerous other vital antioxidant systems throughout the body. These powerful antioxidant actions make selenium helpful in the prevention not only of cancer, but also of heart disease, and for decreasing the symptoms of asthma and the pain and inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis.
Lower Cholesterol with Whole Brown Rice
Here's yet another reason to rely on whole foods, such as brown rice, for your healthy way of eating. The oil in whole brown rice lowers cholesterol.
When Marlene Most and colleagues from Louisiana State University evaluated the effects of rice bran and rice bran oil on cholesterol levels in volunteers with moderately elevated cholesterol levels, they found that rice bran oil lowered their LDL (bad) cholesterol.
The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, was divided into two parts. First, 26 subjects ate a diet including 13-22g of dietary fiber each day for three weeks, after which 13 switched to a diet that added defatted rice bran to double their fiber intake for five weeks. In the second part of the study, a randomized crossover trial, 14 subjects ate a diet with rice bran oil for 10 weeks.
While the diet including only defatted rice bran did not lower cholesterol, the one containing rice bran oil lowered LDL cholesterol by 7%. Since all the diets contained similar fatty acids, the researchers concluded that the reduction in cholesterol seen in those receiving rice bran oil must have been due to other constituents such as the unsaponifiable compounds found in rice bran oil. The scientists suggest that the unsaponifiables present in rice bran oil could become important functional foods for cardiovascular health. But why extract just one beneficial compound from brown rice when you can reap all the cardioprotective benefits supplied by the matrix of nutrients naturally present in this delicious whole food? In addition to unsaponifiables, this whole grain also supplies hefty doses of heart-healthy fiber, magnesium, and B vitamins.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Taka's Update October 19th 2009

Taka’s Update October 19th 2009
Fish delivery of this week
It is as normal. I get Umadura-hagi, Gunther this Thursday. It is from Japan. I carried this fish last year. Gunther has very tasty livers and we serve it with sashimi.
The last week tuna was not great in weekdays but got good one at the weekend.
We have Sake Tasting on Wednesday and full of seats. 28 people will join this event. Thank you so much.

November 2nd Monday is Sushi Day. Taka’s One Day Sale. Please join us and celebrate Sushi Day.

1, Do you like coffee?
This is from Preventing Choice Desease. Do you like blended coffee beverage? They researched 115 coffee shops. Coffee and tea by itself was not high calorie and was only 63kcal even it with milk and sugar. But blended coffee beverage is average 239kcal. And some big sized one is 860kcal. These sweet coffee are getting popular but very high calorie. You should use low fat milk, skim milk or choose small size. If you do jogging, you can spend 231kcal for 40 minutes of it. Blended coffee beverage is 239kcal. Now you know it is not easy to spend same amount of calorie.

2, You can do it by eating.
Have you ever heard of Designer food pyramid? I just read this kind of article. I have to show you this. Top rated foods for cancer prevention are garlic, cabbage, soy bean, ginger, carrot, celery and parsnip. And 2nd rated foods are onion, tea, turmeric, brown rice, orange, lemon, grapefruits, tomato, egg plant, bell pepper, broccoli and cauliflower. The 3rd rated foods are melon, basil, tarragon, oregano, cucumber, rosemary, berries, potato and rye.
You can read this. http://extension.umd.edu/publications/pdfs/fs688.pdf
Or you can also read this. http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/pyramid-full-story/index.html

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Friday, October 16, 2009

OX tail Vegetables Soup,my favorite lunch

I like this and can eat everyday.
I use ox tail. I like gelatin and meat around bone.
And 8 different vegetables are in it.
I don't like fresh salad much. Especially, I don't eat in winter.
So, how can I eat vegetables? It is from soup.
I just read an article about cancer prevention.
You might know designer pyramid.
And cancer prevention food are garlic, cabbage, soy bean, ginger, carrot, celery are top rankings.
And next rankings are onion, tea, brown rice, lemon, grapefruits, tomato, bell pepper, egg plant, broccoli, cauliflower.

Guess? What kinds of vegetables are in my OX tail soup? I use garlic, onion, bok choy, celery, tomato, broccoli, carrot, ginger. See, it is perfect soup for cancer prevention. I should add cabbage next time. And kelp? You see a big green brown piece. It is kelp. Kelp can make great broth and eatable. This soup is on the menu.

Suzuki, Seabass from Japan

I got Suzuki, Seabass from Japan. Many people think is this same as Chilean Seabass. It is not same kind of fish. Chilean Seabass is make up name. I for got a real name . It is just like white tuna. That is not tuna.
Anyway, the meat is close to snapper. The right picture is Black porgy(top) and Suzuki(bottom).
I thought it had more texture but actually not.
You can try this weekend through Tuesday.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Taka's Update October 12th-2009

Taka’s Update October 12th 2009
Fish of this week
We get all lice scallop and clam from Boston today. Japanese fish are coming tomorrow.
It is same as last week. Tuna? I have big eye tuna for today but no idea for this week.

A: Sake tasting
We have Sake tasting on 21st Wednesday. There are only a few seats are available.It is $30, please book if you are interested in. It is almost fully booked. Thank you.

B: Sushi Day
Yes, Taka’s One Day Sale on November 2nd Monday night. It is not Macy’s One Day Sale like that. This is a great saving day. It is same as 30% off. You can get 30% off amount coupon and can use before 2010.Please make a reservation and celebrate our SUSHI DAY.

If you are women and drink a lot, you are high risk of breast cancer.
This is from Cancer research center in Aichi, Japan. It is more problem after menopause. The maximum risk is 174% higher than non drinkers. They say it is common in US and Europe. But anyway, ladies should drink alcohol nicely. Normally Japanese women’s risk of breast cancer is lower than American women. It is because we eat soy bean more than you. Tofu, edamame, miso soup contains isoflavones and it work for breast cancer prevention.

Tuna farming is growing.
This is from Japan. It is because of fishing regulation and more, tuna farming business is growing recently. There are 70 places in Japan now and this number is 50% higher than 2 years ago. Hamachi, yellow fin is famous for farming but the price is low and farmers are switching to tuna business.

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

How to find good sushi chefs

What is the difference of 2 pictures?
This is a key of finding good sush chefs.
Soto, Soto hiro Kosugi told me this a long time ago.
Both pictures are from a sushi chef side. Just imagine your sushi chef is standing below the pictures.
The difference is water and wasabi positions. He told me that chefs who learned sushi in Japan, they do the way like right picture.
But someone places water closed to chef. Those people learned sushi here in the USA.
And bad chefs use a lot of water to make sushi.
Rice sticks on hands always. So, we need to use water for that. But this is the key. If they have enough skill, they don't use it much.
This is the first step.
And you see how chefs make sushi. If they use a lots of water to make sushi, you need to be careful.
It is very easy to find good sushi restaurants and sushi chefs.

How to find good sushi restaurants

How to find good sushi restaurants

Let's say if you go to out of states, how can you find good sushi restaurants?

You can google, you can go Yelp.com, you can go City Search.com, you can go to Yahoo.com or AOL.com and more.

Then you might find it. But that's not enough.
Just order tamago, egg omelet before you order anything.
Then, you can tell good or not.
Tamago is very important item to judge good sushi restaurants.
Some sushi chefs cannot make this. Some restaurants buy frozen tamago.
I think only 5 % of sushi restaurants in the USA make their own tamago.
But anyway,you have to know real tamago taste.
If you eat real one, you can tell good or not.

Friday, October 9, 2009

EX NBA Superstar, Dr. J

I had a snap shot with Dr.J.
He always comes to Taka with his family.
I never asked a photo. But this is a special occasion.
One of my Friend is a big fan of him.
So we asked Dr.J for a picture with him.
Of course he said OK and I just took with him.
A baby is not mine. His name is Rio and he is my friend's son.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Good salmon and Bad salmon

Hey, Guys Taka's Fish Class.
Can you tell which one is good and which one is bad?
It is easy to see the colors.
Clear color salmon is fresh arrived and unclear color salmon is frozen.
I got this salmon for sample but did not want to use anyway.

I made a piece of nigiri sushi with bad one. It was very bad.
If you go to country, they use these kinds of bad one.
It is not smoked salmon but color is very similar.

Mike Mills

You might know Mike Mills. He used to play with REM.
He played with U2 last night at GA dome.
It was a surprise visit.
He was born in CA and moved to Macon GA when he was young.
Mike was very polite and could speak some Japanese.
Also, he ordered very nice dishes.

A bad review

I foud this from Yelp.com. It was posted on October 6th 2009.

Well, I was excited to finally eat sushi that day, the restaurant opens at 5:30 however I went around 3 and it was closed... Well, I decided to drive around town wait it out, and come back. (Anything for sushi right?)I took a look a their menu, and I liked the sound of one of their rolls, however, preferred crab meat over scallions. When the waiter took my request to make the switch I could overhear the "chef" talking loudly saying "go tell them crab doesn't match with the roll."Control freak anyone? Who said everybody had the same taste buds? I love dark chocolate, however someone else might prefer milk chocolate over dark. Anyways, I explained to the waiter, "I've had this roll before back in Miami, and I'd like to keep the crab meat instead, I don't like scallions."My friend and I were the first ones inside the restaurant, everybody else who got seated after we did got served.Not to mention the vibe was strange, the service was lousy, and well, the attitude coming from the chef himself won't convince me returning back to this establishment.

Yes, I said that. Do yo think crab and mango match well? I do not think so.
So, I said that. But she said she ate in Miami and I made it.
I need to tell my opinion first. And the customer agree with that, it is OK. She wanted us to make that and we made it.

But what is Miami style? It is mixture of everything. Sometimes I say No. Sometimes I cannot afford about crazy things. (I don't think this crab and mango mixture is not much crazy.)

Customer is King and Queen but I need to tell something from pro's opinion otherwise sushi lose their way and go far from the main street. Or it is gone from the main street already?

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Yakibuta, Grilled and Cooked Pork

This is the first time to make yakibuta.
Yakibuta is Chinese food but I like.
I don't eat much of it. I just like to eat 5-6 slices.
That's enough portion for me.
I marinated pork with soy sauce, sugar, green onion, ginger, sake, salt.
Then I grilled it and cooked with soy sauce base broth with Chinese rice wine and some spices.
It was not bad for my first time.
I want to serve this kind of small tapas portion appetizer more. It is because of bad economy and people don't want to spend much money.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Ika, Squid or Calamari

I show you Ika.
A whole body one is called yari-Ika. And meat is left side.
The other one is called mongo-Ika. You see the cut lines on surface of fish.
The meat is thicker than yari-Ika.
We buy frozen ika from Indonesia.
I peel skin after defrost and clean it. It is good for sashimi and sushi.
Mongo-Ika is ready to eat style.
This is made in Japan. They don't call this fish category anymore.
The reason is they put something flavor and taste. So, this mongo-Ika is food, not fish.
I normally make sashimi rolled with shiso leaf. Or I make it with natto, fermented soy bean.
I think there are more than 50 kinds of ika in the world. And Japanese and Korean like to eat Ika. Ika is chewy and hard to eat. But we like that texture.

Taka's Update Oct. 05-2009

Taka’s Update October 5th , 2009

Fish of this week
Some problem showed up with scallop. We carry live scallop from Boston and frozen one from Japan. This season’s Japanese scallop supply was over. And new harvest is coming soon. But the size is smaller than last harvest. Our supplier told that scallop did not grow well. So the price is same or high and size is small. I use bay scallop for rolls and this is ok because we normally chop it and use. And we can keep same price.
Fish delivery schedule is same as last week.

A: Sake tasting
We have Sake tasting on 21st Wednesday. There are several seats are available.
It is $30, please book if you are interested in.

B: Sushi Day
Many people know this. Sushi Day is coming. It is November 1st and Sunday. I am thinking of opening Sunday or do it on 2nd Monday.
We do 30% off from your bill this year. You get 30% of amount coupon this time. You can use it by the end of year. That means same as discount, right?

C: Wild fire in CA again?
Yes, it is burning now. I cannot believe this. I always say send troops to CA and extinguish the fire. Troops need to protect people live in America. I think they work for the nation but some people are on fire. They do not care about Afghanistan; they care about their homes and lives.

D: What we can do for disaster?
More than 200 people died in India because of heavy rain. Maybe 4000 people die in Indonesia because of earthquake. How about Samoa? A huge Hurricane hit Philippine and Taiwan and it is approaching to Japan. So many things are going on. We have to do something for the future. Ice is melting in North Pole and everywhere. What e can do for these things? We have to change our lifestyle. We need to change Americans way of Lifestyle. Living in a big house and use a lots of electricity, gas, water and more. Driving a big engine car and exhaust tons of CO2. This is our suicide. We are choking our neck. It will be tight a little by little. More weird weather changes are coming near future. Then we will know it is bad that we are doing. I do not have a good answer for this. But I am working for being nice for nature, our Earth.
We can do so many things around us. One of them is going to bed early and save electricity, changing the setting of AC thermometer and reducing energy consumption.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Big eye tuna, not Blue fin.

I got big eye tuna yesterday.
It is stomach side and had great toro.
But September is Blue fin tuna season.
I didn't hear anything about blue fin tuna.
What is going on?
I normally get 3-4 times of that.
My guess is global warming and catching too much tuna are problems.
It is sad but we will not see blue fin tuna for a while or for ever.
Big eye tuna's supply is not bad. Our restaurant, include other Japanese restaurants business are slow and we don't want to buy much fish.
I buy almost 25% less fish than last year.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Taka's Update September 29-2009

Taka’s Update September 28, 2009

Fish of this week
We had good tuna last week. New tuna is coming today. I expect same quality as last week. Japanese fish delivery gets back to normal. I was a little bit happy because of better sales of last week. I cut the price of most items on the menu. That made our customers happy, maybe.

A: Warning to drivers over energy drinks.
This is from England. We see so many kinds of energy drinks and not good for your body. It might help when you get flu. I do not take these usually. I take OX tail healthy body soup every day. That makes me healthy. The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) issued a warning about the beverages after research suggested that they can lead to lapses in concentration behind the wheel. The study by the US National Safety Commission found that an hour after drinking a highly caffeinated and sugared drink, motorists suffered delays in their reaction times. The drinks, many of which are promoted as a cure for tiredness, can even make drivers feel more weary, the IAM said. Neil Greig, IAM director of policy and research, said: "Energy drinks are good as a quick fix, but they're no substitute for regular breaks. “Having a high-caffeine drink is a one-off hit – you can't repeat it, as this type of drink does not produce the same effect in a couple of hours' time.” An IAM spokesman added: "Excessive caffeine consumption can cause similar symptoms to alcohol intoxication." The warning stands in stark contrast to official advice to weary drivers. The Government’s Think! road safety website suggests: “Drink two cups of coffee or a high-caffeine drink and have a rest for 10 to 15 minutes to allow time for the caffeine to kick in.” However, it does warn: “A caffeine drink and a 20 minute nap is a short-term solution that will only allow you to keep driving for a short time.” The IAM has released an alternative set of guidelines for drivers who feel tired during a long journey. They include sharing the driving where possible, pulling over as soon as a driver feels tired, and taking regular breaks from driving. Driver sleepiness is estimated to account for around one fifth of accidents on Britain’s roads, and is responsible for around 300 deaths per year. The dangers of caffeine intoxication have been noted by the American Food and Drink Administration, which described it as having similar effects to drunkenness, including irritability, muscle twitching and slurred speech. Research last year by the National University of Ireland, Galway suggested that caffeine has no stimulating effect on the brain and does not counteract sleepiness. Scientists said the findings called into question road safety policies that urge tired drivers to drink two cups of coffee to ensure alertness at the wheel. The IAM, which is Britain's largest independent road safety charity, works to improve road safety and driving standards.

B: Petit fasting works for your diet.
If you hear about fasting, you might imagine religious reason. It is not at all. It might works for your diet.
Some people say,” I cannot do without eating. I cannot sleep with empty stomach.” So, I recommend you petit fasting.
It is easy to do that. 1~ Do not eat and drink after 8pm. 2~ It is same as sweets and alcohol. 3~ But you can drink water and tea.
The main reason to get fat is eating after 8pm. The key is Bmal 1, a kind of protein. Bmal 1 can get fat and this protein increase late night. Also, late eating is not good for your stomach. And less sleeping gives you fatigue. Eventually, you get fat even if you do not eat much.
This is a true data. Meat at 10pm is 20 times bad for getting fat than meal at 2pm.
If you want to eat heavy meal like steak, go eat for lunch. And should eat light meal for dinner.
Yes, sushi and Japanese food are the best ways for diet. We do not open late because of this reason.
Hey, girls! Do not go out late night. It kills your skin. You do not feel when you are young. But you have to pay when you get old. This is another warning.

C: Sake tasting on October 21st Wednesday.
We do Sake tasting and autumn meal. The fee is only $30 because of bad economy. 5 sakes and 5 dishes something you never had, maybe. Please send me a mail if you are interested in.
It is October 21st Wednesday 7pm.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Taka's Update

Taka’s Update September 21 2009
This week FISH
Japan is holiday and Japanese fish delivery is only 1 time.
All fish are coming on tomorrow.
Big eye tuna also coming on tomorrow.
We are getting old and,,,.
September 20th is Old people Day, this is Japanese holiday. Japanese government released a data. 1/4 of women in Japan is more than 65 yrs. Old. Can you believe it? It is 25.4% and 1/5 of men are same. These number is highest in history.
Eating sushi is decreasing.
This data from Mitzcan, vinegar company.
They asked housewives how often do they eat sushi. The answer was 1.4 times a month. The last year data was 2.0 times.
There are 4 ways to eat sushi but all data were down.
1~togo sushi from supermarket from 0.8 times to 0.5 times
2~Cheap sushi, belt conveyer sushi from 0.6 times to 0.5 times
3~making sushi at home from 0.5 times to 0.3 times
4~ Sushi restaurant It was same and 0.1 times.
We do not go to sushi restaurants often. It is very expensive in Japan. If you have 4 people in your family and go there, you have to spend $400 without drinks.
Most of our regular customers come weekly or bi-weekly. If I do not see them for a while, I say “Long time no see.”
IL state think prisoner releasing.
IL governor think of this. It is to cut cost. The government can save $5,000,000 for a year and try to release 1000 prisoners.
IL had this before and that was 2002. They tried to release 4500 prisoners at that time but did not because of complaint from many people.
I think death penalty is much easier for heavy crime like murder. In that way, China is easier than any other country. I think they do it as much as possible.
I do not think murder of single person. But more than 3 people should do it right away.
There is no excuse when someone kill many people. It is not accident and any other reason. Those people cannot come back to normal life.
I think murder rate will low down if some state do that.
People always say human rights or something like that. But there is no human rights someone kill people. If we live as a human being, we cannot kill anybody.
I am not agree with death penalty but better than releasing prisoners.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Okra tempura

Hey, Taka's healthy cooking time.
Okra tempura. But this is GA and can say "Popcorn Okra Japanese style".
Tempura is easy to make at your home.
We use tempurako, tempura flour and egg york.
Place tempura flour into the bowl and add egg york and cold water. It is like making pan cake.
Then add something you do tempura.
Then go into hot oil.
The cooking time is less than 2 minutes. Many vegetables are good for tempura, zucchini, egg plant, avocado, peppers, potatoes, carrot and more.

Tempura sauce is also easy to make if you have Japanese things.
Dashi,bonito and kelp broth 2 cups, Mirin 1 cup, soy sauce 1/2 cup, light color soy sauce 1/2 cup and add bonito flake and heat up. Stop fire before boil and strain. That's it.
keep cool it.

American people need to eat more healthy food.
If you are mother, you have to cook at your home. Your children will respect you.
If you are father, you have to cook on Sunday. Your family respect you.
And you can cook with your children, the like to do with you and learn from you.
Then they will teach their children when they become parents.

Tuna is not healthy all the time.

Look at this tuna. There are small holes. This is called sashi, tuna's disease. We normally remove these part.
I can say 90% of tuna have this.
You can guess wild tuna swim in the ocean and just like human beings. They don't have doctor there. But they have to survive.
I sometimes see worms inside of body. It is already dead.
It is like thin string.
I think this is the reason American doctor say to pregnant lady not to eat raw fish. But another reason is mercury. Tuna is almost end of food chain and save mercury.
I think yellow fin tuna don't have much sashi.
Bug eye tuna have more than other tuna.
This tuna's price is lower than normal because of this.

Big eye tuna sromach side

I got new tuna yesterday.
Our supplier has USDA Grade A. I think this company is the only one in Atlanta.
Anyway, the pink part(bright part) is oh-toro.
It is just stomach area. It is thick and has lines and chewy but has fat.
I make toro abuli, seared toro every time when I get good oh toro.
That's the best way to eat toro.
This toro is available next 3 days.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Taka's Update

Taka’s Update September 14 2009
This week FISH
Our business was coming back a little. It was not bad last week.
I cut come fish because of saving cost. But most of fish are available.
It is as usual.

Japan Fest 2009
This is the biggest Japanese festival in Southeast. They have it at Gwinnett Arena from September 19-20th. (Saturday-Sunday)
Free ticket is still available. Let me know if you need it.
We have a Homepage.
We finally made our homepage at www.takasushiatlanta.com
My newspaper business associate made this. It is not bad. Please take a look.

Reducing restaurant expense.
This is from Alix Partners, consulting company.
Most of American families are cutting expenses and the top is restaurant expense. 88% are already cut it and 76% are thinking near future. And 40% of restaurants are facing bankrupt within a year. The dining room in Ritz Carlton just announced their closing date on October 1st.

Deflation is coming?
I believe deflation is coming near future. Or it has come already. We do not see 24 cans or bottles of beer anymore. I just reduced some of prices on restaurant menu. I will see it for a while and decide to reduce more. Just think, you paid 2 pieces of short rib for $9.00 before. Now you pay $5.00 for piece. And I change supplier and reduce price. There are many ways to reduce prices.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Big eye tuna arrived!

This tuna is not bad. It just came today and was good start for after Labor Day.
You see 2 pictures, right? This is same tuna. The right one is no cut and the left one is after cut blood part. The blood part is called chiai. We normally dump. But it included with price.
I dump chiai and skin, these portion is 15% of tuna. So, I buy $16/lb tuba means actual price is almost $18.5/lb.
Some fish have bones and head we need to think about all of them.
Anyway, this tuna is great.
We reduced the price of all nigiri sushi because of bad economy. We cut fish 10% small and reduce price same% or more. We need to do something other wise it gets worse.
I am trying many ways to keep my business as normal.

Our new customer in the future

Elizabeth and Willie brought their new baby, Patten.
They used to come to eat almost every week.
It's been a while since they have gone for baby thing.
But they came back finally.
Most of our long time customers are almost family.
We know their life, drama and new activities.
They take care of us and we take care of them.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Beets and Vegetables Salad

This is Taka's Cooking Class. We have to eat good food.
You need beets, carrot, potato, pickled cucumber, celery, edamame(if you like).
1, Boil beets, potato and carrots. I think about 25 minutes.
(Peel the skin of carrot.)
2, During cooking, you have to cut celery and cucumber in dice size.
3, Just wait boiled stuff are cool down. Then peel the skin of potato and beets. And cut in dice size.
4, Put everything is a large bowl. And add salt, olive oil, pepper, and balsamic vinegar.
5, Ready to eat. And you can keep this in the fridge next 3~4 days.
This is great for side dish, salad and more.
The idea came from Ms. Tatiana, Russian friend. She made for me similar one and I liked so much. I add edamamae and celery. You can add your favorite vegetables and make your own salad.
It is easy and reasonable and healthy.

Taka's Update

Taka’s Update September 09 2009
This week FISH
I will get good big eye tuna on Wednesday. Have you eaten sushi during holiday? I think you have not. There was no fish delivery at that period. I ate BBQ pork and BBQ beef. I started Ankimo, Monkfish liver pate. I think this is autumn and winter food.

Japan Fest 2009
This is the biggest Japanese festival in Southeast. They have it at Gwinnett Arena from September 19-20th. (Saturday-Sunday)
I might get free tickets soon. Please let me know if you are interested in. I got some offer. But I have many tickets this year.

Small portion is better?
I went to Costco the other day. They changed the portion of soft drinks. It was 3 dozens in a pack. But it was 2 dozens this time. Costco is struggling for the sales. I thought this decision was good thought for the customers. The can reduce shopping budget. I am thinking same way. I sell sushi less with less portion. I can do cut fish thinner and reduce price. What do you think? This might save our cost of living. I try this for nigiri sushi and sashimi.

Koreans Power
Do you know 1 out of 7 foreign country college students in the US is Korean? This number is growing year by year. In Korea, 84% of high school graduates go to collage. Japan is also high but only 53%. Then only 20% of college graduates can get job. Korea is class society now. So, Korean people escape from their country and stay in the US and get good jobs or start businesses. High education might guarantee good income.
If you see on Buford Hwy. or Lawrenceville area, you see it more and more.

Americans Life
Do you know how many years average Americans live? It is 77.9 years. Men live 75.3 years and women live 80.4 years. This is the highest in the history. But this number is the worst in advanced countries( Actually Japan is 1st place and America is 38th in the world.). And this number is lower than Cuba. People spend so much money for medical cost but does not work well.
The American journal of medicine reported this. Americans health condition is lower than 18 years ago. Obesity percentage has changed from 28% to 36%.
There are 5 basic rules for better healthy life.
1~ exercise , 2~ Eat fruits and vegetables, 3~ Keeping average weight, 4~ Control alcohol and 5~ No smoking. 15% of people were doing 18 years ago. And only 8% of people are doing now.
What is typical Americans food? These are hamburger, sand witch, pizza, fried chicken and ice cream. And most of them are fast food restaurant chains.
Do you buy frozen foods? Do you buy instant foods? Do you buy snacks? And do you buy big portions of soft drinks? America is class society and it goes everywhere. Rich people buy organic foods and vegetables and fruits. And poor people buy frozen foods, instant foods, big bottle of soft drinks and snacks. Believe or not, frozen foods sales is growing because of bad economy. It means this country produce more unhealthy people. And the government tries to provide national insurance system near future.
Have you had a word of calorie restriction ? It is 1600 kcal taken every day and eat vegetables mainly and live long. It does not give enough food for a while but also aging speed gets slow. That means people can live long.
Anyway, rich people get more healthy and poor people get more unhealthy. This is class society.
I think the problem is they do not know how to cook. One of example is okra.
I sometimes give okra to the customers. It is just boiled and soaked in tosazu vinegar.
But Southern people think okra is deep fried, and eat with heavy sauce.
Someone need to show new cooking, healthy cooking.
I am trying always. Check my blog, I sometimes show it.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

I need to show you bad tuna sometimes.

I think you guys think I always carry good tuna.
It is not easy to get good tuna.
I try to buy and carry it always.
But I have to sell bad one sometimes.
This tuna came a few days ago. It had small toro and was Ok for red meat. But some part was like a picture.
It was snot firm and kind of old people body.
I chop it for spicy tuna and use it.
Spicy tuna is a final destination of tuna.

My breakfast and lunch

I always say that we need to eat more vegetables and fruits.
This is the first time I show my meal.
Let's go with breakfast(right).
Apple, pineapple, white peach, mango with yogurt, cereals and raisin.
I sometimes take a coffee with milk but not always. Then I take multi vitamins, vitamin C, Q10 and something I need. I don't take vitamins everyday, almost 3-4 times a week.
My lunch is not much fun. I just started Healthy body soup which was Ox tail and vegetables soup. So, I heat up this and add udon noodle. I eat extra broccoli this time. That's it.
I don't like eating fresh salad but like eating warm vegetables. This soup contains onion, broccoli, garlic, ginger,tomato, zucchini, celery, carrot. It is hard to eat 8 different vegetables same time. But I can do that with soup.
Ox tail contains tons of gelatin and make skin smooth. I am not woman or gay but I take care of my skin because of my business, Sushi chef.
And I need to show my customers how I take care of my health condition and keeping my body young and beautiful. I will not go to see Plastic surgeon in the future. I eat good food and keep my body and skin well. Why don't you follow me?

The winner was Campbell family

It was Wednesday night. Campbell Family hit 50,000 ticket number.
We started from 49,997 on that day. It was slow start and suddenly several parties showed up.
Grant, Michele and Cole sat sushi bar. Of course we did not tell anything.
I realized when I saw order sheets but I did not say anything.
We showed the bill when they paid and surprised them.
I met Michele and Grant when I was at Soto in 1996. They were my first American friends in the U.S.. It has been 13 years. Congratulations!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Taylor Swift???

She is not Taylor Swift.
I actually didn't know who was Taylor.
Francisco, the left guy told me that.
He is my customer and dose stage job for Taylor.
I think she has a concert on Thursday at Gwinnett Arena.
Francisco should bring Taylor.
Anyway, he is a good guy. I've been known he almost 5 years.
He moved to LA for the job. But he still comes to Atlanta and to eat my sushi. Thanks.

Ankimo, Monkfish Liver Pate

It is Autumn and Ankomo Season is back.
Actually, we can have this all year around. But Ankimo is winter dish and I do not want to sell in hot summer. Am I right?
Do you know? I think you don't know how to make it. It is very easy.
1, Sprinkle salt on ankimo. And leave it for 30 minutes.
2, Wash with sake and clean.
3, Roll with bamboo mat and steam it.
4, Keep it cool.
That's it.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Taka's Update

Taka’s Update August 31 2009
This week FISH
I will not have a deal with Mirugai for a while. It is still expensive and cannot sell well.
We have Aoyagi Clam instead of it. Tuna is up and down. I combine with O2 tuna.
I will not have much fish this weekend because of Labor Day weekend.

Closing Information
We will be closed the business from September 6th- 8th.( Sunday- Tuesday)
We cannot fish from Japan during this period. Please do not eat sushi this period.

Japan Fest 2009
This is the biggest Japanese festival in Southeast. They have it at Gwinnett Arena from September 19-20th. (Saturday-Sunday)
I might get free tickets soon. Please let me know if you are interested in.

50,000 winner is coming very soon!
You can get a free dinner at TAKA. If your receipt number is 50,000, you can get it free.
The last ticket on Saturday night was 49,960. So, I can guess Tuesday or Wednesday.
Did you hit Mega Millions last week? Taka 50,000 is much much easier than Mega Millions.

Prevent DUI
Toyota invented Alcohol interlock system for automobiles. If a driver breathes and computer detect alcohol, engine does not start. It is test step right now but will be installed near future.

Japan will be No.3 at the end of this year.
It is from IMF.
It is said in 2010 but might be this year. If China GDP grows 8% and Japan GDP go down -3.5%, China will be 2nd inter world.
Japan has been No.2 since 1968. Germany was 2nd at that time.

22 spoons of sugar
This is from AHA(American heart association).
You guys are taking 22 spoons of sugar everyday. Over taking of sugar cause over weight, high blood pressure and cardiac. You need to reduce of taking sugar.
A can of coke or soft drinks includes 8 spoons of sugar and it means 130kcal of sugar.
If you like coke, diet coke is better. But diet coke use chemical sugar. Someone told me it was poison sugar. But which one is better? I take chemical sugar. Anyway I do not drink coke everyday and maybe once or twice a week.
AHA recommends eating fruits, vegetables and lean meat and fish.
Also they says 9 spoons of sugar for men, 6 spoon of it for women is fine.
Cancer and food
This is from Tokyo.
Even as Japanese, a high incidence of colorectal cancer Japanese American people. Colorectal cancer has been increasing rapidly due to westernized eating habits in Japan.
So, what do we have to eat? It is vegetables and fruits. They are good prevention against any cancers.
Japanese women breast cancer rate is lower than American women. It is because Japanese women eat soy beans more than American. Seaweed, kelp, potato, beans are really good.
On the other hand, over taking of salt, meat and animal fat are really bad.
If you change your eating habit, you can reduce cancer risk about 30-40%.
Do it now!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Different fish, Different cooking ways

I showed you 2-3 days ago.
There were 3 fish heads.
I cooked 2 of them today. But it was not same way.
I cooked Kurodai, Black Porgy with light miso.
And I cooked Kinmedai, Alfoncino with heavy sweet dashi.
Each fish has own cooking.

GF, Gluten Free Soysauce

We have so many customer with Celeriac Disease.
Those people cannot eat something with wheat.
Soy sauce is made with soy bean but also contains wheat.
We have gluten free soy sauce.
I thought we did not have those people before.
But I don't know why but so many people have allergy with something.
I believe because of oil related products and chemical products are around us always.
We need to have natural life.It is simple. If you wear T-shirts, buy cotton 100% only.
It does not harm our body.
Please ask us if you have any problem with allergy.