Friday, July 31, 2009

Taka's Update

Taka’s Update August 03 2009
 
This week FISH
Kurodai, Japanese Black Porgy is coming on Tuesday. What is that? It is a kind of snapper family. Tuna is no problem so far.
 
 
Taka is better than Soto ?
Zagat recently rated Soto in NYC and food score was 26. Taka’s food score was 27. One of my customer told me this. I do good job and try to serve the best services and food.

Ian Poulter said Taka is better than a sushi restaurant in NYC.
Ian is famous international golfer. He came to Taka at least 4 times. He was in NY when US open was going on. He ate sushi somewhere in NYC and posted his Twitter. Taka is better than NYC’s Sushi. Thanks Ian.

Ice Coffee is high calorie.
This is from England. According to Cancer research group, Ice coffee calorie is almost same as dinner calorie. One of coffee from Starbucks was 561k calorie and most of ice coffee were more than 200 k calorie. If you would like to keep healthy weight, men need 2500 k calorie and women need 2000 k calorie. But if you are on diet, you have to reduce to 1000-1500 k calorie.

Tokyo is getting hot.
We call Summer Day when temperature is more than 30℃(86F) in Japan. Tokyo had average 200 hours a year in 1979. But they had 400 hours a year in 2005. It was because of heat Island phenomenon. They had 35 summer days in 1979 but had 60 summer days in 2004. It is hot and we use AC. It is cool inside of house but AC produce heat outside of house. Tokyo does not have much green and these heat wave heat up building and road. We have to use this heat for electricity making.

Calculating CO2.
Amatake, a chicken factory in Japan calculated how much CO2 made during 1 kg of chicken production, The result was 1.4kg of CO2. They had Northern Europe’s data. They made 1.7kg of CO2. Amatake showed this number on the label of chicken in retail stores. Making CO2 is not only from car emission but many food producing make CO2.

If wind blows, coopers can make money.
This looks like current US economy. This is from 200 years ago in Japan, not now.
Let’s read.
1, If wind blows, dust soar.
2, Soared dust come into eyes and people become blind.
3, Blind people buy Shamisen, Japanese drum guitars with 3 strings. ( Blind people played shamisen at that time.)
4, Cat skin need for drum and many cats are killed.
5, If cats are killed, rats increase.
6, Rats bite tubs or buckets. ( Most of them were made from wood at that time.)
7, Demand of tubs increase and coopers can make money.
What do you think? Many people believed. If Obama become President, people’s life will be better, It is not easy. He is working hard but unemployment rate is getting high every months. More people lose job near future and more people lose house near future,
So, even if wind blows, coopers cannot make money.

What day is August 6th?
I think most of Americans don’t know this day. August 6th is the first Atomic bomb memorial day. America’s B 29 dropped it in Hiroshima in 1945 to end the World War 2. I am from Hiroshima and never forget this day. It was 8:16 am on that day, I believe. City of Hiroshima always appeals for ban of nuclear weapons from all over the world. America dropped 2nd atomic bomb in Nagasaki on August 9th in 1945. Only 2 atomic bombs were used at war in our history so far.
 

A customer from San Antonio



Do you like Tequila?
Ms. Anahi works for 1921 Tequila.
She came to Atlanta for sales promotion and wanted to have sushi for supper.
She checked GPS and found 4. The first 3 could not make it and came to us.
It was almost around 10pm and I was drinking beer with customers. She was alone and ask her general questions. So I found out she was a sales rep of tequila company.
I had tequila once in Cancun. I did not like it but it was almost 10 years ago. I asked her for tasting. She brought from a car and I tasted 4 different tequila. 1st one was blanco, 2nd one was whisky barrel, 3rd one was oak barrel and last one was creamy taste.
All those were not bad. And everybody liked creamy tequila, just like Baileys.
Thanks, Anahi and see you in 6 months.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Black Cod marinated with Red wine & miso


I need to try something new always.
This is one of them.
Saikyo yaki is very popular dish. It is fish marinated with white miso, sake, mirin and sugar. I do it with Chilean Sea bass.
This is called what? French- Japanese? I have no idea.
But the taste is not bad.
I use red wine instead of sake. It is always fun to find something new cooking way.

Big eyetuna for this weekend.


Tuna is back to normal price.
The last week one was really expensive.
This is not bad.
It has chu-toro and very good red meat.
I can sell this until Sunday,
Good quality and reasonable price are good for you.


Monday, July 27, 2009

Taka's Update

Taka’s Update July 27 2009
 
This week FISH
We did not get big eye tuna at the beginning but got later. The price was really high but quality was also the best. I might get same kind of tuna this week. I will post on blog when I get it.
Ishidai, Striped beak is the last week. The reason is price. It is $35/ lb and cannot make money. This is wild caught and great texture but cannot do volunteer. I will get Kurodai, Japanese Black Porgy from next week. It is almost same as Ishidai and price is lower. Of course, it is wild caught.
 
We open August 2nd this coming Sunday.
This is one and only. We open this Sunday. We open from 5pm-9pm.
I cannot play golf this weekend. Yu can expect casual Japanese food specials on this night.
 
 
Good economy is coming back?
You knew stock market was coming back last week. And Tokyo Stock market was also coming back. Tokyo Stock market Index jumped up to 10,000 again on Monday. So, do you feel everything is all right? I feel something bad to the future. One of reason is housing market and another reason is job market.
They are very connected. Unemployment rate is getting high every month. GA is already 10% and Metro Atlanta is 10.7%. MI is the worst and around 15%. National average is 9.5% but it will be 10% soon. People are losing job and need to give up owning house. Foreclosure is also rising. If they don’t have income, they have to sell the house but no one buys it now. American people have been using good housing market. American’s savings rate was very low. They used a magic box. It was because of hood housing market, their equity was up and they drew it and used it for buying car, furniture, traveling and more. After bubble housing market burst, they could make money any more. And they lost equity because of falling house price. Some analyst said that it might drop 40% from the highest price. I know $ 700,000 brand new house is $500,000 around my neighborhood. I know my neighbor try to sell their house and wait more than 6 months.
So I want to say company cut labor cost and stat to make profit. It is Ok but how about consumer? They are losing job and house, and getting worse.
I think company hire workers again in the future when they need it. And people can buy house again when they get money. Then housing market will go up after that, Then people can spend more money. It will take about 2 or 3 years from now. If it is so, why stock market is going up now? It is too early to go up because bad number come out soon. Financial stock show it. Goldman Sacks and just a few banks are winner and other banks are loser. The need to prepare for losing money from credit card crisis and bad housing loan. They also have so many houses and lose money from it. So I feel stock market is up for a while and go down again someday. What do you think? Some one is behind scene and doing special operation. They are smart guys and they sell at the highest. And ordinary people buy more and lose money near future. More people buy gold for secure asset. US dollar is also facing crisis. China is already mention this and they try to reduce holdings of US dollar. Japan is almost like America’s colony and die for the US.
Don’t cut your food cost.
So bad economy and many people try to cut cost. It is natural. But you cannot cut food cost. If you go to cheap and junky food, you can fill stomach and save money. But you are going to pay a lots of money in the future. It is medical cost. If you get diabetes in the future, you have to pay a lots and same as other medical problem. Eating good food is the fast lane for the saving money.
 
Animal fat increase pancreatic cancer
This is from Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
Red meat and daily products fat increase the risk of pancreatic cancer. They researched more than 500,000 of AARP(American Association of Retired Persons). Maximum risk is 53% higher in men and 23% higher in women.
Americans need to reduce taking of fat. And need to take more vegetables. I think fresh salad is the best. French fry, mush potato, baked potato with butter are obviously bad. Do you like lobster? What do you use for eating? BUTTER? Oh my God. It is bad. Yiu have to change American tradition, use pepper, lemon and salt. That’s enough. I hate to use butter for that because it is very heavy for me.
 

 

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

New tuna for this weekend

This is new tuna for this weekend.
My cost is very high, means have good toro. You can say and I can tell the thickness of toro.
This is stomach side and with Oh-toro.
I don't know how many more available.
We have Microsoft convention this week. We got Microsoft Spain last night.
Tuna price is getting high. It went up 5-10% compared with last month.
It is hard to get wild caught bigeye tuna recently.
If you see toro everyday somewhere, it is frozen ohtoro from Croatia, Australia, Spain. You also can see Kindai tuna, this is Japanese farm raised tuna in Wakayama. Kindai is a name of Japanese University and they are farming blue fin tuna in the sea. It is not easy to farm tuna in a small net.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Taka's Updarte

Taka’s Update July 20 2009
 
This week FISH
Tuna supply last week was not great but I got big eye tuna on Friday. And I carry O2 Tuna. This tuna is frozen and comes from Philippine. The quality is very good. They catch large size wild yellow fin tuna and apply oxygen before freeze. This means keep fresh after defrost and prevent juice drip. I tasted this in June and was really good. And it came finally last week. I did a blind test this tuna and fresh yellow fin tuna. And result was easy to say. O2 tuna was winner. This tuna might be future tuna supply. It is getting harder to get tuna year by year. And tuna demand is getting more and more. We need constant supply and need to rely on this kind of technology tuna. The price is not cheap but worth to pay with this quality.
Sanma, Japanese saury season was just started last week. Sanma is autumn fish and great for grilling. It is blue skin fish and contains DHA and EPA. We have take these from food not from supplement.
 
We open August 2nd Sunday.
I don’t want to open Sundays business but this is a special night. We will have Japanese mission from Japan and need to provide food. They come to Georgia every year and a coordinator likes our restaurant. I remember that was lunch party last year. And this year is Sunday dinner. We open for public this night. I normally make Japanese favorite appetizers for them. And I decided to do casual Japanese food. You can enjoy something not on the menu. So, if you have a plan to have sushi or Japanese food on Sunday, come to us. We open from 5pm-9pm.
 
Facebook users are more than 250 million .
Facebook announced their users were over 250 million people on July 15th in the world. The number was 200 million people on April 8th and they got 50 million people in last 3 months. It is number 1 SNS in the US. I joined this because my friend asked me but not much updated. I am a busy guy and do blog more.

100 years old people and Twitter
This is from Evercare. 3% of more than 100 yrs. Old people use twitter at least once a week. 10% of them use e-mail, 12% of them exchange pictures through internet, 4% of them download music. And 1% of them have played Wii Fit from Nintendo.
The population of more than 100 yrs. Old is 84,000. And it will be 580,000 in 2040. I have to set up match .com for 100 years old people limited. But I don’t have any sexual activity data from them.

80% of accidents come from eating.
This is from CNN. 80% of accidents come from eating during driving. I thought it came from using cell phones. We need to be careful. It is not only your eating habit, someone might hit you from behind, side and front or from sky.
 

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Sake Tasting







We had Sake tasting. This was from Japan America Society of Georgia. We had 30 people and got 5 sakes and 5 Japanese street foods.
Imade Slow cooked pork belly, Fishcake with okra, yakitori, Yakisoba(Japanese pasta) and Gyudon Curry( Beef curry and rice).
We are going to have next sake tasting on September 9th, Tuesday night.
Let me know if you are interested in. I did not decide what kinds of food I made.
But it is fun to make new foods.

Customers from Israel

What a surprise? We got customers from Israel, far away from here.
They are camping in North GA and just came to TAKA in Buckhead.

I was very happy to have them.
Was may face red? Yes, I got sake and beer.
I didn't want to drink but had to drink sometimes.
Drinking is also my business. Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Sanma, Autumn fish and Aaron




Sanma is just started. Sanma, Saury is seasonable fish. It is available from August to September. But this year's season is a little bit early. I think this sanma comes from Hokkaido area. The body is very nice and has good fat. Sanma is rich in DHA and EPA. It is good for sashimi on the first day and good for grilling after that.
Aaron will go to Iraq on this Sunday. This mission is 12 months. He does media related job and I think he stays safe area. And he will not eat sashimi and sushi in Iraq. I don't know there is sushi restaurant in Iraq. I know there are Japanese restaurant in Iran.
Anyway, good luck and see you next summer at TAKA. I'll be here. Thanks, Aaron and Angie.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Taka's Update

Taka’s Update July 13 2009
 
 
This week FISH
Tuna is not sure and uni also not sure. But I got good tuna last week and uni came 1 time last week. Al other fish are same and usual.
Sate Tasting on Thursday.
We have Sake tasting with Japan America Society of GA. A few seats are still available. If you are interested in, let me know. It is 16th Thursday 7pm. 5 sakes and 5 Japanese street foods for $40.

Happiest country of the world
This is from NEF, British think tank. They researched 143 countries in the world.
Costa Rica is No.1 2nd is Dominica, 3rd is Jamaica. England is 74 places and Japan is 75 places in advanced countries. USA is 114 places. This happiness percentage is calculated from people’s happiness with their life and environmental risk and more. Most of African countries are worst ranking.
 
Tokyo is No.1 for cost of living.
This is from Mercer, HR consulting company.
Tokyo came back to No.1 ( It was 2nd last year.)because of high Yen and low US dollar. This is very easy. Then index in NY is 100 and compare with other cities. They checked more than 200 points like transportation fee, house rent, food, entertainment and more.
So, Tokyo’s index is 143.7 and Osaka is 119.s. 3rd is Moscow , 4th is Geneva, 5th is Hong Kong.
 

  
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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Beautiful TORO


This is just beautiful and has fat.
I got this toro today.
It is just great. Thank, God.

Kohada, Gizzard Shad

Kohada is tiny fish. It changes the name like Hamachi.
The small one is called Shinko, then Kohada, then Nakazumi, then the last name is called Konoshiro. The size of kohada is 3-4 inches.
Kohada is a group of herring. But skin is almost silver.
Generally kohada is cured with salt and marinated with vinegar.
But it is not like Saba, mackerel. Mackerel has more strong flavor.
I try to carry this fish everyday. Please try it. If you like saba, you will love kohada.
It is from Japan.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Taka's Update

Taka’s Update July 06 2009

We are on a vacation but I am working for something. We will reopen on Wednesday.

This week FISH
I can say everything is fresh on Wednesday. I get some new fish from Japan on Thursday.
We have to eat seasonable fish and it is more fun to eat fish and sushi. I got an information from fish supplier. Tuna is not great today and tomorrow. All fishermen took vacations and they also need to take rests. I understand and I am right to get offs on Monday and Tuesday. Yellow fin tuna is available today and tomorrow. It means we don’t have good toro so far. I might get on Wednesday.

1,Locomotive syndrome
Have you had this word? About 80% of people more than 50 years old have problems with their bone and muscle and they might need special care in the future. Researchers ask them to do special training like leg up or squat . In Japan almost 47 millions people are facing locomotive syndrome. You can check below.
A: I cannot wear sock with leg up( 1 leg standing).
B: I trip over in the house or slip.
C: When I climb stairs, handrails are required.
D: I cannot walk through cross walk when traffic light is blue.
E: I cannot walk more than 15 minutes.
If you apply 1 ore more, you have a problem and need to be careful.

You have to walk and need to train muscle. Eat good food included calcium or take calcium tablet.


Good lifestyle for reducing cancer risk.
This is co- research of American institute of cancer research and World cancer research fund.
A: You have to keep your BMI between 21-23 and avoid increasing weight. Normally BMI
index is Ok below 24.9 but lower number is better.
B: Do exercise like walking 30minutes a day. If you can, 60 minutes is the best. Couch potato is
really bad.
C: Eat vegetables, fruits and whole grain cereal and less eat foods high in sugar, fast food. Taking
red meat keeps less than 18oz a week. Talking salt keeps less than 2.4g a day. 1 glass of wine
a day is better for women, and 2 glasses for men are better.
D: Supplement is the last choice. We should take those from food.

If we can improve controlling of food and exercise and weight, we can reduce of cancer risk very well.
I always say that eating good food might be expensive now but can reduce medical cost in the future. If you don’t , you have to pay a big money in the future.
  
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Sunday, July 5, 2009

New color for Summer of 2009







I just finished new paint at the restaurant. What do you think? I haven't painted for a while( I think 2 years). I needed more accent and a little bit passionate color. This new color is called Apple Crisp. You can but at Home Depot. Behr number is 290D-5.
I will finish detail job on Monday and finish completely.
When is the next? I don't know. When I feel bored, it is the time to change.

Nila, Chinese Chives


This is something good for your body. Nila is called Chinese chives. It has very strong smell. Some people say "Don't kiss after eat nila."
But who care about this? Eating good food is more important than kiss.
I use this for Japanese gyoza dumpling normally. But I add nila for okonomiyaki, Japanese seafood pancake.
Nila is good to eat in summer. Our body is very tired in summer and not much appetite.
So, why nila is good? Nila contains fiber, Beta carotene, Vitamin C, E, B1, B2, calcium, iron and potassium. And these works for prevention of flu, hardening of the arteries, cancer and high blood pressure.
This is excellent vegetables but smell. You have to eat and drink milk. Milk erases bad smell.
And you can kiss.