Thursday, December 30, 2010

Good Luck of your 2011




You can pray for it. But you might need something helpers.
Gold leaf sake~ This is I say, good luck for your financial status. This gold is eatable.
Black bean~ This is black soybean. Black is except for the evil in Taoist. And mame ni kurasu, live well. mame means bean. It is said in Japan.
Both are available for free until supply last.

Is this tasty?: Batterd Cod


It is from Costco.
I just bougyt to try.
It is $13 and around 25pieces in it. So, the price is not bad.
Meat is thinner than the picture as usual.
Taste? It was not bad. I think you have to make tartar sauce.
Boild egg, mayonnaise, pepper, salt, chopped onion,soy sauce( a little), lemon juice. All mix together and blend. You can make a nice one.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Is this tasty?: Almond Milk.

I bought this at Costco. I think this is a new item.
They says, 60 calories by 1 cup, 50% more calcium than milk, rich in antioxidants, lactose-free, daily free.

And, vitamin A 10%, Iron 4%, Zinc 10%, copper 2%, Vitamin E 50% and more.

I tasted it and felt just like soy milk.
I have no problem with lactose but 1in 117 of Americans have problem. This might help those kind of people. And low calorie is good for everyone.

Kid's chopsticks

Kids need kid's sized chopsticks.
They don't want to use regular sized chopsticks with rubber band.
In Japan, kids use their chopsticks as adults.
Using chopsticks is good for brains. The action of using chopsticks stimulates brain.
It is also good prevention of Alzheimer.

Kids chopsticks are free offer from Taka. It is free until supply last.
Please teach your kids how to use chopsticks.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Holiday Special: Fish War is just started.

I read this Japanese economic magazine and was really surprised. I will write this for you.

It is busy season in Tokyo Tsukiji fish market because of New year is coming.
The price of Blue fin tuna is 20%, crab is 30% higher than last year.
The reason is poor catching but the real reason is aggressive competition in the world.
People eat more fish than meat for healthy reason. Fish consumption is 30-50% up in last 30 years. It is 20kg(44lbs) per person a year. But China is more than US and Europe. Chinese eat 25kg per person a year. It is 500% in last 30 years.

FAO says 10% of fish shortage in 2015. Japanese eat 60kg per person a year and this is the top in the world.

You know we carry Patagonian toothfish. I think many people like this fish. But we do not use this name. We use Chilean Sea bass. But Patagonian toothfish is the real name. This fish does not go to Japan any more. This is more popular in the US and they buy higher price than Japanese buyers.

The price of Black tiger shrimp is 20-30% higher than last year. And lobster also cannot go to Japan. Chinese like lobster and they buy 2 times than Japanese. How about king crab? Japan imported 30,985tons in 2004 and US supply was 13,960tons in 2004. But Japan imported only 16,283 tons in 2009 and US supply was 20250 tons in 2009. The price of king crab is 30% higher than last year.

In 2009, the total production of fish ( combining of catching and farming) was 1.6Billion tons. Farming proportion was only 10% in 1980. But it was 42.9% in 2008.

Japanese companies have great technology to farm fish. But the price is low in Japan. They are looking for buyers in overseas. Overseas buyers buy higher than domestic buyers sometimes.

Rose is available


We just started to carry Rose wine. This is from Spain.
I want someone to drink Pinot Grigio, especially ladies.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Mikan, Mandarin orange

This is my favorite fruit. We say Mikan but English name is Mandarin orange.
In Japan, mikan is orange. It is easy to peel skin and we eat with inside skin. I think this skin is goof for health. It contains fiber.
Of course, vitamin C is in it.
Believe or not, I use to eat more than 20 mikans everyday.
My family farmed and could eat in winter.
So, my body get Orange color. But I am healthy now because of this, maybe.
I eat 5-6 mikans when I buy it.

What do you drink at the end of year?

I decide it. I will drink Henri Giraud this year.
I just found this recently. This is totally diffrent from other champagne. It is small production and close to hand-made.
This chanpagne was called irrusion until 2006. We could not drink al all. It was only for Monaco Royal family, British Royal family and high end celebrity.
Giaud family just started to sell this from 2007.
More detail?
http://www.champagne-giraud.com/legale.php

Cooking Azuki, sweet red bean.



I made mochi yesterday. Mochi is pounding rice and we eat around New Year. making mochi is easy because I use machine. And we make anko-mochi which is mochi with red bean.
Of course I can buy a can and use it but I love to make it it is because of taste.
I but dry bean and soak in water 1 night. Then cook about 3- 4 hours. Add water, sea salt, and sugar and make taste. The final things is take water and make firm. This is the hardest part of making sweet red bean.
It is always fun to make delicious food.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Barry Manilow sings at Noble Peace Prize concert

Please go to below.

http://www.nrk.no/nett-tv/indeks/241861/

You can get his information if you join International Fan Club.
Don't need it? Thank you.

He sung Could it be magic, Many, Can't smile wothout you, Copacabana, One Voiice.
That's was great!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Osechi, New Year Dish

We eat Osechi dish during New Year. We used to make at home. But most of family buy at supermarkets or department stores.
It is same as American way, some items are for good luck, long life or whatever.

I will have A new Year's party at my home and I prepare.
See, we eat beans, kelp and fish.

Wagyu Ohtoro, Premium Beef belly

Now I carry this.
This is same as tuna, stomach side of beef.
See the beautiful marble color.
It is good for sushi.

Sayori, Halfbeak

This is really a beautiful fish. It is slender and silver and blear color.
It is good with grated fresh ginger. It comes Tuesday and Thursday.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Save 1 acre of coral leaf with your $40

Your $40 can save an acre of coral leaf in the ocean.
http://www.seacology.org/saveanacre

I donate $300-$500 from the restaurant and $50 from my personal account.

Our environment need Christmas presents from you. Thank you. Taka

Monday, December 6, 2010

This is good for cold nights.

I drink hot chocolate every winter.
I take coffee most of the morning. But I switch to hot chocolate when it gets cold.
I use at least 70% milk and add Baileys. This is good in the morning and night.

I bought this at Costco. See? I like Costco.

Sushi Break Up?


I made Nigiri Omakase for a customer. They asked me to cut in half after made. It passed 20minutes after served.
I told my waitress, " It's gonna be ugly." He agreed with me and I did.
I have 2 questions.
1~ He could ask me to make half size from the beginning. I do sometimes.
2~He could ask me as soon as possible.
It was a cold night. We use AC to make warm inside of the restaurant. Warm air is not good for raw fish. And it makes fish dry. And It was not busy might, I could make small nigiri sushi for him. I thought he wanted to share with a lady. It was fine he could share but no one wants to eat ugly food.
And I do not want to cut mi nigiri sushi in half. This is another world of sushi in America.


Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sushi Class 2010

We had a Sushi Class on Sunday night.
Caroline asked me to do this class. We had it in 2006 at my home.

I explained to make sushi rice and making rolls, nigiri sushi.
Then, everybody made sushi and ate.
It was a fun night.

Sorry for USC


We had special guests on Saturday. They were from South Carolina.
They went to GA Dome to see SEC Championship.
You knew the result, Auburn was very good.
Anyway, We had good sales on Saturday night.
The lady is Britteny, she was cute, and Ed and Sean, I do not care about them.
By the way, Ed's sister is Miss South Carolina and is on TV, Top Model.
Thank you and see you guys next year!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Is this tasty? Pork Bun, Nikuman

We say this Nikuman. Niku means meat and man means bun.
This is JFC brand and you can buy at Asian grocery store.
We like these item and winter dish.
If you go to convenient store in Japan, you can find any time in winter.

This is frozen food and easy to heat up with microwave.
It is good for kid's snack for tea time. Tea time? Oh sorry, this is not England. We have tea time around 10am and 3pm in Japan.

See? I wrote you. Costco part 2

I went to Peachtree Dunwoody Rd. Costco.
And I bought egg and milk.
Egg expiration date is January 5th. And milk is December 28th.
Brookhaven is December 7th for egg and same date for milk.

The busy place is always good because get new products most of the time. But the slow places keep products for a while because no one buy it.

It is same as restaurant, sushi places. You have to go busy places because most of fish are super fresh.

I will not go to Brookhaven Costco again.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A new Costco in Brookhaven

I threw up today. It was bad. I do not do much.
And I was thinking what was bad.
It was not stomach virus or something.

It was fine in the morning. I made zosui, Japanese risotto for the customers and made mine for shooting and tasting.
When I was eating zosui, I felt something bad. But I ate all of it. It was not big portion.
And I was eating tonkatsu, crispy fried pork tenderloin. And I went to the bathroom.

So I could say it was from zosui. But I could say it was not from Chilean sea bass. I cut that fish yesterday. There was no problem. That meant egg was suspicious.

I bought egg at New Costco in Brookhaven. I knew the expiration date was short but I bought. We normally use it in 4 days. We still had 10 days.

I am very sensitive against egg. I hit it a long time ago in Japan.

And I almost decided to not go to new Costco for a while. They just opened in October and they did not have much business so far.
That means all products are not much fresh. I used to go to Peachtree Dunwoody store.
If I buy same egg at there, the expiration date will be in January. That means their products are moving. It is same as cucumber, salad and other daily products.

I tried to but organic milk at Brookhaven but gave up to buy it because of expiration date. Chicken was same and I picked new one fron the bottom.

I try to check the date but miss sometimes. So, my safe way is going back to Peachtree Dunwoody store.

Zosui with chilean Sea bass

This is another winter dish. It is called zosui, I say Japanese risotto.

We normally make this after nabe, hot pot dish.
We clean the inside of hot pot after eat nabe.
Then leave broth only and add steamed rice and egg, and cook a couple of minutes.
Rice gets all good stuffs from broth and make great taste.
I do not cook nabe here but braise sea bass bone and take meat and add carrot or onion. And make flavor. It is same after that. I ass steamed rice and egg.

I only make zosui when I cut Chilean sea bass. I can not dump this bone. It is so tasty and need to use for something. I sometimes make soup from this bone.

Oden




I was cooking oden for tomorrow. Oden is winter dish in Japan.

I make broth from short rib. But this short rib is not good one, it is almost junk. Yes, junk short rib can make good beef broth.
all fat melt and good stuff comes out from the bone.
Then I add light soy sauce, sake, mirin, salt and kelp. It is simple to make broth.
Then, I add daikon radish, potato, yam cake, fish cake, boiled egg, fried tofu and more.
We can eat oden on same day but next day is better taste. And 2 days later is much better taste. I ate this on Thanksgiving Day but I made 6 days before.
I can sell oden on Thursday and weekend.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

La Fourchette







We went to dine at La Fourchette. It was delicious. I thought French but was Mediterranean.
They carry French style and Italian style.
The taste was not heavy and good for our Japanese people.
It is located across the street from Bones.
404-748-1239 lafourchetteatlanta.com

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Is this tasty?: Muesli

I like muesli. It feels like healthy. And yes it is healthy.
I can say muesli is Europe's brown rice.
There are 2 types. One is non sugar and another one is sugar added.

You have to pick non sugar.
I normally eat it with regular cereal.
This is made is Switzerland means 100% natural.

I like this , no question.

Do you like ice cream? I like.
Haagen Dazs is now $2.99 at Kroger. So what?
I bought 6 the other day and 3 last night.
I normally eat 1 pt. a time.
I can eat it after beer, sake or wine.
Any excuse?
Yes, it is calcium. It makes strong bones.

American Tradition?


I was changing table top yesterday and found.
This is not the only one.
I removed 4 ABC gums from under the table.
ABC gum? My first American girlfriend taught me.
Already been chewed gum.
Most of our customers come with a couple.
If your partner try to dump ABC gum and try to stick under the table, that person should say something. "Can I give you a piece of paper?" "Why don't you go to the bathroom?"
Sticking a gum under the table is American bad tradition, maybe. I do not do that.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

New Decor at TAKA


I spent 2 days for cleaning may restaurant.
This is my vacation.
I add gold accent this time.
The picture is the behind of sushi bar. You can see the gold trim.
I like this.
I always say this is the last paint job. And I do and do it again.

Hara Hachibume?

My friend sent me this video.

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/health/2010/11/18/gupta.urban.sushi.does.good.cnn

He said Hara- hachibume at the end of the video.
What does it mean? Hara is stomach and hachibume is 80%.
We are fine with 80% of occupancy of stomach when we eat.
Do not eat more than 80% or full of stomach. That's the way we keep our body in shape.
But I think we Japanese are forgetting about this. Hara-hachibume is the old word.
And we eat junk food in Japan. Some people still eat kelp and fish for their main food.
But many young generations eat fast food like here in the USA.
This video reminds me the old days.
I 've eaten fish and kelp and vegetables most of the time until 18 years old.
Let's do Hara-hachibume on Thanksgiving Day.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

This is Music and Passion







I went to Las Vegas and saw Maniow.
That was great.
He just changed some parts for Christmas. I received that part from the newsletter after I got back to Atlanta.
$175 ticket was worth to pay. If you are not happy, frustrated, bored or something like that. Fly to Vegas and see this show. You will be happy.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

It's Holidays, I got a new chef pants.


This is cute, isn't it!
I got this from chefwear.com.
I never bought it at original price. That was $35.
I bought this at $9.95 for clearance price.
I like this kind of design and they always sell at clearance price.

Kaki, Persimmon


This is kaki, persimmon. It is available all year around here in the USA. But real season is autumn.
We have a good proverb in Japan. " When Kaki gets red (means mature), a doctor gets blue."
Kaki has so many good nutrition. You can think just like apple. An apple a day keeps a doctor away.
Kaki has 2 times vitamin C than orange, same as strawberry or lemon.
Kaki has beta carotene same as carrot. See the color of kaki, we can tell.
Kaki has fiber. Women should eat kaki.
If you eat kaki during drinking alcohol, you don't get much drunk. Kaki push alcohol away.
I think you can buy kaki at American grocery stores but the price is high.
If you go to Asian grocery store, the price is cheap and see another kaki.
The picture one is Fuyu-kaki, the shape is round. Another one is called Hachiya, the shape is triangle. This one might have bitterness. We must boil and take bitterness. Or peel it and dry at out door and make dried persimmon. I like both.

Japanese Antipasto

This is our new dish, Japanese antipasto.

From the right, Wasabi Octopus, Baby Octopus, Golden Scallop, Herring fish roe seaweed and Sea Cucumber.

It is good with Sake, wine and beer and good starter.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Yaki Onigiri, Grilled Rice ball


This is from Trader's Joe. My fried gave me last night.
We see some funny foods at there. I think they sell soy bean ice cream.
Anyway, what is Yaki Onigiri? We normally eat onigiri, just rice ball and put something inside, like grilled salmon, picked plum paste. But this is nothing inside.
We brush soy sauce during grill and make flavor.
Do I like this? It is not bad. The size is small and easy to defrost. It is only 45sec. per onigiri.
By the way there is another word for onigiri. We sometimes call omusubi. It is exact same food as onigiri, Nigiri means same as sushi nigiri, musubi means make tight.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Aka Mutsu, Blackthroat


This is new fish. This is not red snapper.
Aka Mutsu is called white tuna.
Yes, this fish must be white tuna.
Many people say white tuna is diffrent fish.
It is easy to say because this meat has fat same as Kinme-dai.
But Kinme-dai color is pink, and Aka mutsu color is white. We call it white toro at least in Japan.
I just order for this week only. If our customers like it, I will carry for a while.
One of customers, David-san ate this for lunch.
He loved it. Actually he got all fresh sashimi today. Tuesday is one of the best day for Japanese fish.
This fish is available next a couple of days.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Sushi Suicide??

I did not want to take this picture. But this was very bad. So, I said "Sushi Suicide".
Why? Too much soy sauce was in it.
Soy sauce contains a lots of sodium. It causes diabetes.
And did you think this person enjoy the taste of fish?
I thought he enjoyed soy sauce. Yes, we make our low sodium soy sauce.
And this is not only him. I can say 50% of our customers are like this.
And they use tons of wasabi and eat tons of ginger. What are common for these items? Yes, all of them are free. Some American people like free, maybe.

This dish is chirashi-zushi, assorted sashimi over the sushi rice. So, the right way of eating is take each piece of sashimi and dip in soy sauce and eat. He cannot pour soy sauce over the bowl.

I know some people eat steamed rice with soy sauce. It is too salty to eat for me. So I have to say Sushi Suicide.

I can tell the future of those people. They will become diabetes and need wheel chairs. Sushi is good food but is not good food if you eat wrong way.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Katsu Don


This is Japanese favorite dish.
Katsu means crispy fried meat or fish.
Don is something over the rice, I thought I explained this before.
So, crispy fried pork tenderloin goes into a flat pan. There is dashi soy sauce, onion, carrot. Then cook a couple of minutes with egg.
This is yummy dish.

Sawara, Japanese Spanish Mackerel


I just received this fish today. I did not ordered this. Our supplier had it and I got.
Japanese Spanish mackerel is not good name. Americans don't like mackerel but some are really like.
Aji is Japanese mackerel and we call Japanese jackfish.
Sawara is same group as mackerel and snapper. Winter is better than spring. I ate a piece of nigiri sushi today and was delicious. It had good fat in meat. Please try it.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

This is a hot item in Japan now.

This is a little bit spicy hot sesame oil with garlic. The left one is the original product, right one is second product.

I called my sister who sent this. She said the original one is out of the shell right now.
They used with gyoza dumpling sauce, fried rice, steamed rice and more.
I will try tonight.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Idiot? Kinki


Hi, let me introduce Idiot.
Kinki is Japanese name and there are 2 English name.
There are Thornhead and Idiot.
I ate Japanese kinki last week. I tried to sell but couldn't. So I took it home and ate. That was one of the best braised fish.
And the price was also very expensive. I paid it for $48. It was just 1.1lbs.
If I sold, I put $50 for a small meat. It is expensive fish in Japan.
I found our distributor had frozen West Coast kinki and I ordered. It was not bad and had good fat. And I could sell it at low price around $10.
I sold at lunch specials next day. Our Japanese customers liked this.
I sell more for special this week.


Friday, November 5, 2010

Good tuna just arrived.

It's been a long time. But I received this tuna today.
I think it is available until Monday.
Come and get it.