Friday, December 28, 2012

Great Tuna is available for the end of 2012

We normally do not have good tuna at the end of year. But this year is different.
Our supplier called me yesterday for this tuna. This is really great.
Toro is very thick and well fat.

This is toro part, no damage, clean, beautiful color, no question, just eat.

This tuna is available until December 31, 2012. Thank you God and big nature.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

New Fish Kasago, Rock Fish

We cut Nisin, Herring and replaced to Kasago, Rock Fish.
The name of Kasago is called in Tokyo arean. Hiroshima in my home town say Mebaru.
The season is from winter to spring but can eat whole year.
It is good for sashimi, fried, blaised, nabe and more.
I like this texture and meat is clean.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

New sushi bar is ready to serve.

It's holiday and the most wonderful time of the year. Who care about that? I don't care. We were closed from Sunday to Tuesday and made new sushi bar. We peeled off surface bamboo topping and plywood. It was blue when we opened the restaurant in 2002.

Then, I went to Home Depot and bought ply wood.

I cut the wood for size of sushi bar and nailed it. I did not use any glue. I might change again in the future.

Then, I applied new bamboo topping with glue. I started to do from behind. That was a mistake. Customer side needs to show well. So, I took off all of them and started again.

That decision was right. The ending was under the sushi case and people did not see the ending part.
Then I made side part and finished.

The cost is around $200. It looks good, isn't it? This was my vacation, my holiday. I really enjoyed with high quality job and felt good.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Taka Update

Taka Update December 19, 2012

Fish delivery and more
We received good tuna yesterday. It was big eye tuna, stomach side, 52 lbs. The condition was better than last week’s one. Uni was sold well yesterday and I ordered for today. This supply is not bad.
Nisin, Herring will be the last supply for this week delivery. I will switch to Kasago, Rock fish. I tested it last week. The meat is white and lean, had nice texture but not chewy.

Closing Information
We will be closed from December 23rd to 25th. I am not going to anywhere this time.

 My Weight Control
This is good rebound. My weight was 176.6lbs this morning. I still eat fruits for breakfast, salad for lunch, salad and something for dinner.

I added Japanese sweet potato for my lunch. I just steam and eat with no sugar. Sweet potato nutrition is great as brown rice. Read below.
Calorie and fat-- -According to the USDA Agricultural Research Service Nutrient Data Laboratory, an average-sized raw Japanese sweet potato, approximately five inches long and weighing 130g -- contains about 113 calories. None of these calories are provided by fat. Sweet potatoes contain no fat, saturated fat or cholesterol.

Carbohydrates--- Japanese sweet potatocontain approximately 27g of carbohydrates. This carbohydrate value comes from three sources: dietary fiber, sugars and starch. Japanese sweet potatoes contain approximately 4g of dietary fiber, for about 12 percent of the daily recommended requirement for dietary fiber in a healthy diet, according to the World's Healthiest Foods site. The 5g of sugars in Japanese sweet potatoes are predominantly sucrose and glucose, with a small amount of fructose. The USDA site reports that the potatoes contain about 17g of starch.

Protein--- Japanese sweet potatoes provide approximately 2g of protein. While trace amounts of all essential amino acids are present, the potatoes contain the compounds threonine, leucine, phenylalanine, valine, alanine and serine in the largest amounts. 
Vitamins--- Japanese sweet potatoes are a rich source of a variety of vitamins essential for optimum health, including vitamins A, C, E and B6. According to the USDA, Japanese sweet potatoes contain 11,062mcg of the beta-carotene form of vitamin A, for 202.2 percent of daily recommended intake of vitamin A. One average-sized sweet potato provides nearly 30 percent of the requirement for vitamin C and about 12 percent of the vitamin B6 requirement. These vitamins are thought to act as powerful antioxidants, preventing cellular damage from free radicals in the body. Because Japanese sweet potatoes are so high in vitamins, they're often recommended as an essential part of a healthy diet.
Minerals--- Potassium, calcium, sodium, phosphorus, manganese, copper, iron and magnesium are all minerals that Japanese sweet potatoes contain in large amounts. With 438mg of potassium in every average-sized potato, Japanese sweet potatoes provide 10 percent of the daily magnesium requirement. They provide 25 percent of the daily need for manganese, about 12 percent of the copper requirement and 39mg of calcium.

It is good for diet, that’s why I eat this every lunch. I think we only can buy this at Asian grocery stores. How to eat? Do not peel skin, wash it and just steam it about 15- 20 minutes. You can also boil it. And just eat straight, no wasabi no soy sauce. You can bake it, too. It is good with sugar or butter, but don’t try, just eat straight. It is sweet enough. Have a great holiday. TAKA

This is sweet potato with sugar, do not try.
Taka sushiandpassion
375 Pharr Rd. Atlanta GA 30305 Reservation 404-869-2802

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

I think this is the last one of this year.

I received a big tuna again. It was 52 lbs and stomach side.

Toro is better than last week's one.

I think I will not get good one any more this year. New Year is coming and everybody goes home from the ocean.
It's simple reason. People want to stay home with family and tuna supply will be short for 2 weeks.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Taka Update December 12, 2012

 Taka Update December 12, 2012

Fish delivery and more
What a good day today! Today is 12/12/12, December 12th, 2012. I hope something good happens to you.
I received a big tuna again yesterday. I posted it on my blog. It is big eye tuna and stomach side, the weight is 50 lbs. To be honest, this tuna is not the best. The tuna 2 weeks ago was really good. But still have toro and can make Negitoro Don.
Winter season is not easy for tuna supply. I think the supply is getting bad until March. So, I cannot complain about this tuna. Not the best but not bad that I feel.
Uni is not available so far. Our supplier says it will come on Thursday or Friday. The weather in CA was really bad last week as you knew. Rain in CA is bad sign for uni catching. All other fish are same as usual.

 Closing Information
We will be closed from December 23rd to 25th. I am not going to anywhere this time.

My Weight Control
It’s rebound. My weight was 167.4 lbs. yesterday but came back to 170.00 this morning.
I ate soba noodle with vegetable last night. And I ate Greek yogurt and a piece of chocolate later night. I am still eating salad for my lunch. But I added chicken yesterday. That was my mistake.

Five Great Health Benefits of Raw Almonds
A better alternative for a quick snack on the go is nuts. Although nuts are calorie dense, they filling so you're less likely to overindulge. When it comes to choosing a nut, one you'll want to consider is raw almonds. Although you can buy them roasted, they're even healthier if you eat them raw. Wild, raw almonds, grown in certain parts of the world contain a glycoside which can be converted into the deadly poison cyanide. To make them non-toxic it's necessary to roast them. Fortunately, domesticated almonds don't have this glycoside and they can be enjoyed without roasting. What are the health benefits of raw almonds?

1,Health Benefits of Raw Almonds: They're high in monounsaturated fats
Although fats have been demonized in the past, it's now known that there are good fats and bad fats. The monounsaturated fats found in almonds falls into the former class. These healthy fats have been shown in studies to not only reduce LDL cholesterol, but also lower the risk of heart disease. This is the same "good" fat that makes olive oil such a good choice on a salad.

2,Health Benefits of Raw Almonds: They're rich in flavonoids
Flavonoids are natural antioxidants found in plant species. They not only protect the plant against insects, but help to offset free radical damage in the animals and humans who eat them. Over twenty different flavonoids are found in almonds, primarily concentrated in the skin rather than the meat of the almond. This is one reason why it's healthiest to eat raw, whole almonds, rather than roasted ones.

3,Health Benefits of Raw Almonds: They help to stabilize blood sugar
Studies have shown that eating a few almonds with a high glycemic food such as potatoes helps to blunt the spike in blood sugar and insulin that normally occurs after eating carbs. This is good news for diabetics and pre-diabetics who want to keep their blood sugars under better control. Plus, almonds are very low in carbohydrates themselves.

4,Health Benefits of Raw Almonds: They're high in vitamin E
Almonds are an excellent source of the antioxidant vitamin, vitamin E, and are a good source of vitamin B2.

5,Health Benefits of Raw Almonds: They may help with weight loss
Studies have shown that people who regularly eat nuts such as almonds have a lower risk of weight gain. It also appears that munching on almonds as a snack can lower unhealthy abdominal body fat and reduce waist circumference. Even though almonds are relatively high in calories, their protein, fiber, and monounsaturated fat content makes them quite filling and satisfying.
Now that you've discovered the health benefits of raw almonds, why not put away those potato chips and enjoy them as your next power snack?
I carry almonds always. It is in my car. I eat at least 20 almonds a day. I recently add walnuts, too.

Taka sushiandpassion

375 Pharr Rd. Atlanta GA 30305 Reservation 404-869-2802

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

This week's Tuna

I just received this tuna. If the last time tuna is AAA, this tuna is A+. Not bad but not excellent.
Winter is not easy to get good tuna.
I have toro but not much toro, It's OK for selling chu-toro.
I normally charge good one $14 for nigiri sushi but this one si $11.50.
I wait a couple of days and see how color change.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Taka Update December 06, 2012

 Taka Update December 06, 2012

Fish delivery and more
I received big eye tuna yesterday but it was not like last week one. That was the best. I have Namako, sea cucumber. It is very very chewy and most people hate it but have good nutrition. It is called “Ocean Ginseng”. I always say “It is good for your body”. We normally eat this for New Year. I used to eat a lot when I was child. All other fish are same but Uni is short because of bad weather in CA.

Closing Information
We will be closed from December 23rd to 25th. I am not going to anywhere this time.

 My Weight Control
I posted on my blog about this. I am on diet. Many people say to me that I am not fat. But I am overweight obviously. My weight was 176 lbs. after I came back from Hawaii. So, I decided to lose weight. I use “Eat to Live “program this time. You might know the name of Dr. Joel Fuhrman. I saw him on GPB the other day. You can see his video at YouTube, too. So, I eat variety of fruits and fresh squeezed grapefruit for breakfast. Then I eat soba noodle with salad for lunch and huge amount of salad for dinner. I don’t take sugar, oil, fat, carbohydrate basically. My weight was 168.4 lbs. this morning. I am in good shape now and look for 165 lbs. I was 165 lbs. last year. I was 160 lbs. 3 years ago. When I was 160 lbs., I set the weight limit as 165 lbs. And I was lazy and went over the limit. So, I decided to set a new limit as 170 lbs. when I was around 165 lbs. And I was lazy again and went over 170 lbs. One of my customers gave me “Eat to Live” and I read during a trip to Hawaii. It was very impressive book. Broccoli has more protein than beef, and Bok Choy has more calcium than milk. We don’t need to take animal protein to live well. I just give some rest on Sundays. I can drink alcohol on Sundays and eat whatever I like on Sundays. But I still don’t have ice cream in my fridge. Ice cream is like poison. They have a bunch of sugar and fat. It’s really tasty but I wait until my weight reach 165 lbs.

Walnuts May Boost Semen Quality
Young, healthy men who added a daily dose of walnuts to their usual diet had improved semen parameters, a randomized trial showed.
After 12 weeks, those who ate walnuts had better sperm vitality, motility, and morphology compared with those who avoided tree nuts altogether (P≤0.03 for all), according to Wendie Robbins, PhD, of the University of California Los Angeles, and colleagues.
Walnuts also were associated with improvements in serum omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, the researchers reported online in Biology of Reproduction.
"Whether adding walnuts to the diet will go beyond the shifts in sperm parameters as seen in this study to improving birth outcomes for men within fertility clinic populations or in the general population is not yet known and will require further research," they wrote.
Polyunsaturated fatty acids -- which are found in high concentrations in fish, fish oil supplements, flax seed, and tree nuts -- have been shown in animal and human laboratory studies to be involved in sperm maturation and membrane function. However, not all clinical studies of male fertility have shown differences in polyunsaturated fatty acid concentrations between fertile and infertile participants.
Nuts, and walnuts in particular, have a high concentration of alpha-linolenic acid -- a natural source of omega-3 -- in addition to omega-6 fatty acids, antioxidants, and micronutrients like folic acid.
Robbins and colleagues set out to explore whether adding walnuts to a Western-style diet would improve semen quality. They randomized 117 healthy men ages 21 to 35 (mean age 25) with no known history of infertility to add 75 grams of whole-shelled walnuts a day to their usual diet or to continue their usual eating habits while avoiding tree nuts.
The walnuts were supplied by the California Walnut Commission, which provided funding for the study.
At baseline, the two groups were similar in age, education level, race, body mass index (BMI), body weight, and physical activity levels. During the 12-week study, there were no significant changes in BMI, body weight, or physical activity in either group.
Sperm parameters improved in the group that consumed walnuts (but not in the control group), resulting in significantly better sperm vitality, motility, and morphology.
Serum fatty acid profiles were similar in the two groups at baseline, and only the participants eating walnuts had significant increases in omega-6 (P=0.0004) and omega-3 (P=0.0007) fatty acids through 12 weeks.
The only omega-3 that increased was alpha-linolenic acid (P=0.0001).
Despite the change in serum fatty acids, the fatty acid profile in the sperm did not show changes within each group. However, a nonsignificant increase in eicosadienoic acid in the walnut group, coupled with a nonsignificant decrease in the control group, resulted in a significant between-group difference (P=0.02).
There were no differences between the groups in sperm aneuploidy for chromosomes X, Y, and 18 at baseline or at the end of the study, but in the walnut group there were significant decrease in sex chromosome disomy and sperm missing a sex chromosome (P≤0.01 for both).
Increasing amounts of alpha-linolenic acid in the sperm were associated with a lower proportion of sperm missing a sex chromosome and percentage of sperm with any numerical chromosomal abnormality at the 12-week visit (P≤0.01 for both).
The authors acknowledged that the study was limited by the collection of blood specimens for hormone analysis at all times during the day.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Namako, Sea Cucumer is available.

When I see namako, I feel it's end of the year.
This is just came ffrom Japan. It's very dirty. I use salt ansd rub on cutting board many times.
See, it's very cute and nice color.
We normally eat namako as sunomono, vinegar sauce. And we don't eat straight. We cut thin and small. It is very chewy and that's a problem.
But this creature is really good for your body. Don't chew, just swallow.Look at below.
Nutrition and Health Benefits of Eating Sea Cucumber
  • Sea cucumbers are known for their anti-aging properties.
  • The Chinese consider a sea cucumber to be a health panacea and hence, use it for treating kidney disorders, constipation and reproductive problems, including impotency.
  • Sea cucumbers contain glucosamine and chondroitin that are helpful for treating arthritis.
  • Sea cucumber is the most popular traditional remedy used by Malay women for treating injuries and wounds caused by episiotomy.
  • Ointments prepared from sea cucumbers are used for treating back and joint pains by the Peninsular Malaysian communities.
  • Sea cucumbers are considered as a general health tonic and benefit people with chronic joint pains, tendonitis, sprains, ligament stress and arthritis.
  • They are commonly used for treating debility among elders, frequent urination and intestinal tract lining.
  • Sea cucumbers are an instant energy booster.
  • Sea cucumbers assist in nourishing the brain and heart, as they contain fatty acids, such as EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), similar to fish oil.
  • Sea cucumbers extracts are combined with legendary herbs to produce ointments effective for health and beauty that can be used on face, hands, feet, joints, muscles, scalp, hair, mouth, gum and sensitive areas.
  • Topical application of sea cucumber ointment acts as sun protector, night cream and moisturizer for dry and cracking skin. The ointment helps in restoring a pleasant, soft and supple feeling to the skin.
  • Scientists from various countries like China, Japan, Russia and United States are working on the extracts of sea cucumbers. According to them, sea cucumbers might prove to be useful in stopping the growth of cancer cells.

I made mochi on Sunday.

It's end of the year and need to welcome New Year. This is our tradition, making mochi, pounding sweet rice.
We use a machine now and easy to make it. First steam sweet rice.

Second, machine has a fin at bottom and trun around. So, rice trun around and can make sticky.

After that, take mochi out from the machine and make ball size. We put sweet red bean in some.

We used to make mochi like this.  Steaming sweet rice.

 Before pounding, smash slow.

 Then pound rice and tunr over rice each time.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Pictures of Tuna

I think this tuna is wonderful. And i cansay the best of November and October.
The quality is very good. The meat is very firm. If we wait a couple more days, the taste gets more better.
I bought 53 lbs, I ordered 1/4 stomach side.It was really heavy when I carried to the cutting board.

Taka Update November 27, 2012

 Taka Update November  27, 2012

Fish delivery and more

I just received very good tuna. It was big eye tuna and 53 lbs for ¼. So, I can say the total weight would be 250 lbs. It is very good quality and I can say the best tuna in 6 months. I will show you the picture late night on my blog. I know you don’t have time and much budget for Christmas shopping but this tuna is worth to eat. All other fish are same as usual. I have uni and no problem.

 Closing Information
We will be closed from December 23rd to 25th. I am not going to anywhere this time.

Vitamin D Supplements Won't Help Cholesterol Levels: Study
Boosting vitamin D with supplements may not improve blood cholesterol levels among people who have low vitamin D levels, a new study suggests.
In the small new study of people who were deficient in vitamin D, those who received 50,000 international units (IU) of vitamin D3 for eight weeks did not show any improvements in their cholesterol profile when compared to their counterparts who received a placebo.
Those who took vitamin D showed a decrease in levels of parathyroid hormone and increases in calcium levels. These changes corresponded with an increase in low-density lipoprotein or "bad" cholesterol levels, the study showed.
"Correcting a vitamin D deficiency with oral vitamin D supplements does not improve cholesterol levels in the short term," said study author Dr. Manish Ponda, assistant professor of clinical investigation in the laboratory of biochemical genetics and metabolism at Rockefeller University in New York City. "This is not the definitive answer on vitamin D and cholesterol, though it is an important step toward determining how they are related." Participants' vitamin D levels roughly tripled as a result of taking these mega-doses.
The study findings appear Sept. 4 in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.
Vitamin D is known as the "sunshine vitamin" because humans make it in response to the sun's rays. In recent years, vitamin D deficiency has been linked to heart disease, certain cancers, osteoporosis and diabetes, among other conditions. Vitamin D is added to milk and other foods, and is found in fatty fish, beef, liver, cheese and egg yolks, but supplements are often needed. The Institute of Medicine recently raised the recommended daily intake to 600 IU for people aged 1 to 70 and 800 IU for adults older than 70. Other groups set the bar even higher.
The new findings "pose a strong challenge to a causal role for vitamin D deficiency in high cholesterol levels," Ponda said. Still, he said, it could be that vitamin D from other sources, namely ultraviolet light, may have beneficial effects on blood cholesterol levels.
"It is possible that oral vitamin D, compared to vitamin D made in the skin in response to sunlight or ultraviolet light, would affect cholesterol levels in different ways," he said. Ponda and colleagues are conducting a study comparing the effect of oral vitamin D to ultraviolet light exposure on cholesterol levels to see if the source makes any difference.
Dr. Michael Holick, professor of medicine, physiology and biophysics at Boston University School of Medicine, said the findings should not be interpreted to say vitamin D is not beneficial for heart health.
"We knew that the supplements did not affect cholesterol levels," he said. "Vitamin D's effect on reducing risk of cardiovascular disease is much more fundamental. There is a lot of data related to vitamin D and cardiovascular health, but this relationship is not necessarily mediated through cholesterol."

Taka sushiandpassion
375 Pharr Rd. Atlanta GA 30305 Reservation 404-869-2802

Monday, November 26, 2012

I am losing weight very naturally.

I started this diet after Thanksgiving Day. My weight was 176 lbs. on Friday morning.
I ate this picture's food for breakfast. I ate soba and some salad for lunch. I ate salad again for dinner.
Then my weight was 172.6 lbs on Saturday morning.
I ate same way on Saturday. I just added power bar and a piece of bread for lunch because I played golf. Dinner was same as Friday night.
My weight was 171 lbs Sunday morning. I ate same way until lunch. But I went out with friends.
We went Italian. I ate 2 pieces of pizza, asparagus, grilled oyster, some pasta, and a glass of beer only.
I take a green tea after I got home.
My weight was 170 lbs this morning. I think I will see 169 lbs tomorrow.
The last time I saw 169 was almost 6 months ago. I will continue this diet until I see 165 lbs.
It will come in 2 weeks.
Anyway, I cut oil, sugar and fat and carb.

I eat this kind of salad. There are Romaine lettuce, tomato and broccoli in it. I made a special dressing with no oil. I squeezed fresh grapefruit for it.

Is it tired to eat? Is it boring?  Yes, sometimes. But I need to correct my weight to right size.
I will eat meat after success of diet.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Eat to Live

One of customers gave me this book. It was in September. And I had no chance read this book but I made it.
I brought this book to Hawaii.  I thought this was diet book, yes it was but there were so many interesting data here.

I really felt bad after I read this book. We've been eating so much animal protein.
And we can take same protein from plant like broccoli.
This doctor really about eating raw vegetables, fruits, less eating meat.

Thank you so much for giving me this book and I try to lose weight from tomorrow.
I have to drink tonight because my friend's family is here from Japan.
I do it from tomorrow.

Happy Thanksgiving Day.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Tonsoku, Pork Feet

I have no idea how many Americans eat this kind of dish. You don't want to see pork feet, especially around nail.
But upper part is really tasty. And you can get natural collagen, Botox.
I cook pork feet with pressure cooker and grill it.
And add negi-miso, scallion miso sauce. This is really good.
So far I sold for a African American, Indians and Japanese. They loved it.
This dish is not on the menu, special dish for this week.

Taka Update November 14th, 2012

 Taka Update November  14, 2012

Fish delivery and more
Fish supply is already Holiday mode. Please don’t expect for tuna. I just received small big eye tuna with no toro. No idea for this weekend but sounds like very negative.
Everybody goes home for Thanksgiving Day and eat turkey. Tuna is out of field.
But Japanese fish is coming tomorrow. We don’t have Thanksgiving in Japan, as you know.

 Closing Information
We will be closed from November 18 to 22. Our business is back on 23rd dinner operation. We opened Black Friday lunch last year and very bad. So, I decided to close lunch on that day. I will go to Hawaii for my friend’s wedding ceremony. I only stay in Hawaii 72 hours.
And we will be closed from December 23rd to 25th. I will stay in town and renovate sushi bar. I will enjoy this carpenter works.

Factors Affecting Life Expectancy for Older Adults Studied
Even for adults aged 75 years and older, keeping up a healthy lifestyle, including physical activity and not smoking, is associated with increased life expectancy, according to a study published online Aug. 30 in BMJ.
Debora Rizzuto, from the Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm University, and colleagues examined the modifiable factors that are associated with longevity in a population-based cohort study involving 1,810 adults aged 75 or older. Participants were followed up for 18 years.
The researchers found that 91.8 percent of participants died during follow-up and that half the participants lived longer than 90 years. Compared with non-smokers, half of the current smokers died 1.0 year earlier. Physical activity was the leisure activity that correlated most strongly with survival. For participants who regularly walked, swam, or did gymnastics, the median age at death was 2.0 years greater than those who did not engage in physical activity. Individuals with a low-risk profile (healthy lifestyle behavior, participation in at least one leisure activity, rich or moderate social network) had a 5.4-year longer median survival than those with a high-risk profile. Even for the oldest old (aged 85 years or older), a low-risk profile was linked with a four-year higher median age of death than a high-risk profile.
"The associations between leisure activity, not smoking, and increased survival still existed in those aged 75 years or more," the authors write. "Our results suggest that encouraging favorable lifestyle behaviors even at advanced ages may enhance life expectancy, probably by reducing morbidity."

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375 Pharr Rd. Atlanta GA 30305 Reservation 404-869-2802

Monday, November 12, 2012

Motsu Nikomi, the season is coming.

I really want you you eat this kind of food. Motsu nikomi is traditional Kyushu area food. Kyushu is located in south near by Korean Peninsula.
Beef tripe, pork leg and other intestant with vegetables are in it.
Broth is coming from meat and vegetables and I add soy sauce and miso.
It takes time to meat get soft. So I can say Motsu nikomi is Japanese slow cooked dish.

If you have a chance to NYC, go to Hakata Tonton. This restaurant is the only place to sell motsu nikomi in Eastcoast.
This is Grilled Pork Tonsoku, is unforgivingly porky with a rich, gelatinous texture. Charring gives it a crisp, blistered surface great for smearing with yuzu-kosho.
61 Grove St.,New York, NY1001440
Yes, Hakata Tonton's menu is all about pigs' feet — and if that doesn't scare you off, you'll be richly rewarded. This cozy West Village space would feel welcoming even without the extraordinary attentiveness of the staff, who greet you warmly at arrival and offer a quirky parting gift of Pez as you leave. In between, there's a wealth of Japanese soul food to be had, virtually all of which incorporate trotters in some way. Sauteed gyoza arrive sizzling on the platter, tuna sashimi salad is entree-size and peppered with savory bits of fried garlic. (Want even more allium? Try the fragrant but not overpowering garlic rice.) The pigs' feet themselves, tonsoku, come in a variety of preparations, all of which celebrate the gelatinous, bony cut, and are recommended to be eaten with the hands, as is Japanese custom. The showpiece of the menu is the Hakata Tonton hot pot, a meal in itself on this small-plates menu. It arrives at the table a good ten minutes before cooking is complete; watch it boil down into a delightful, salty, porky, bubbling mass, and then dive in. A perfect evening: you, a friend, that hot pot, and two Sapporos. And a Pez to go, of course.

Sushi and sashimi, Udon soba are not only Japanese food.
I made gyoza and Okonomiyaki at my customer's house last night. They joined to make with me. It's fun to know Japanese food.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Taka Update November 08, 2012

 Taka Update November 08, 2012

Fish delivery and more
Hurricane Sandy made some errors in fish industry. We could not get some fish from northeast last 7 days.
Flounder is one of them. It will come today but not much. Live scallop and clam are fine but not sure for this weekend.
I have good tuna for this weekend. It was 300 lbs. and just bought 40 lbs. Uni is very good, California is always sunny recently.

 Closing Information
We will be closed from November 18 to 22. Our business is back on 23rd dinner operation. We opened Black Friday lunch last year and very bad. So, I decided to close lunch on that day.
I will go to Hawaii for my friend’s wedding ceremony. I only stay in Hawaii 72 hours.

Weight Control and Golf
Winter season is not easy to lose weight. I had 174 lbs. on Monday and lost 2 lbs. My weight was 172 lbs. this morning.
I bought a bike, Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Upright Bike with Pulse at Amazon .com.
I can use this during watching CNBC in the morning or Food Network at midnight. We will see how this bike works.

Probiotic twice a day zaps 'bad' cholesterol, could prevent heart disease
For decades, natural health and nutrition advocates have advised paying attention to our internal environment for optimum health - specifically, to make sure the "good" bacteria in our gastrointestinal tract was plentiful by eating yogurt and other fermented foods and/or taking probiotic supplements. Once considered fringe, "health nut" advice, scientists have recently documented multiple ways probiotics can benefit health. Now, at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2012 currently underway in Los Angeles, researchers have announced taking a probiotic supplement might help prevent heart disease.

According to Mitchell L. Jones, M.D., Ph.D., lead author of the study and a research assistant in the faculty of medicine at McGill University in Montreal, taking twice daily doses of a probiotic lowered key cholesterol-bearing molecules in the blood, caused "bad" cholesterol level (the kind that clogs arteries) to plunge and made the total cholesterol count healthier.

This is a particularly important study for mainstream medicine to be aware of because of two reasons. First, it involved a double blind study in humans. And second, it shows that a natural substance can do something Big Pharma's side effect-ridden statins can't do -- lower "bad" cholesterol without potential harm.

In earlier studies, a strain of live probiotic microorganisms (Lactobacillus reuteri) had shown promise in lowering blood levels of LDL or "bad" cholesterol. For the new study, the investigators looked to see if the same probiotic could lower LDL and reduce molecules of cholesterol attached to fatty acids known as cholesterol esters. A combination of elevated cholesterol esters plus high LDL has been tied to dangerous plaque buildup in the arteries, resulting in a heightened risk of heart disease.

The study involved 127 adult research subjects who all had high cholesterol. About half the patients took the probiotic two times a day, while the rest were given placebo capsules. After just nine weeks, those taking the probiotic had LDL levels 11.6 percent lower than those on placebos. In addition, cholesterol esters were reduced by 6.3 percent and cholesterol ester saturated fatty acids fell by almost nine percent, compared with the placebo group.

The people taking the probiotic had no side effects and, as the researchers noted, the probiotic strain L. reuteri has a long history of safe use.

As Natural News previously reported, other breakthrough research published in the journal Nature strongly indicates an imbalance of "good" versus "bad" bacteria in the intestinal tract appears to trigger Type II diabetes --and probiotics may help prevent or treat that condition, too. In addition, scientists have also discovered that probiotics can increase the body's immune response to the flu virus and may be an effective treatment for inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn's and ulcerative colitis.

This is from natural health news. 

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375 Pharr Rd. Atlanta GA 30305 Reservation 404-869-2802

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A huge tuna just came.

I normally buy 1/4 stomach side and show pictures. But I could not buy 1/4 because this tuna was huge.
1/4 was almost 60 lbs. It takes more than a week to sell off. So, I just ordered 40 lbs. They sent me stomach side and head part, was very nice.
Toro was not like last week. I can say Chu-toro, medium. This is a nature job and cannot complaint.

Stock market was dropping because Obama won the race. But people need to eat sushi and sashimi. People need to be healthy.
Please come to eat. Thank you.
You can get better services when business is slow.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Good tuna for Sushi Day

This is the best tuna in October.

Look at this Toro part. Yummy!!

Taka Update October 31, 2012

 Taka Update October 31, 2012
Fish delivery and more
It’s been bad for a while. But new tuna is coming today. I am expecting this tuna. Sushi Day is tomorrow and need good tuna for Sushi lovers.I also get fresh Katsuo, Bonito. We sold well last night. Uni also comes today.
I changed some fish deliveries. Tachi Uo and Aka Mutsu are Tuesday delivery.  

SUSHI DAY is coming tomorrow.!
Our traditional event is coming on November 1st, National SUSHI DAY. It is tomorrow. I have a lot of Japanese fish for you.
Weight Control and Golf
It was very cold and windy Sunday but I played golf and was bad decision. My score was terrible. I did not remember well.  Weight control is not bad, not good. It is 172lbs this morning.

Musicians' Brains Might Have an Edge on Aging
Study found seniors with musical training outperformed others on thinking, memory tests.

It's been said that music hath charms to soothe the savage breast, but if you're the one playing it might benefit your brain.
A growing body of evidence suggests that learning to play an instrument and continuing to practice and play it may offer mental benefits throughout life. Hearing has also been shown to be positively affected by making music.
The latest study, published in the July issue of Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, shows that musical instrument training may reduce the effects of mental decline associated with aging. The research found that older adults who learned music in childhood and continued to play an instrument for at least 10 years outperformed others in tests of memory and cognitive ability.
It also revealed that sustaining musical activity during advanced age may enhance thinking ability, neutralizing any negative impact of age and even lack of education. It's unclear, however, whether starting an instrument in adulthood provides any mental advantages.
"Behaviors can change your brain," said study author Brenda Hanna-Pladdy, an assistant professor of neurology, radiology and imaging sciences at Emory University, in Atlanta.
The study confirms and refines findings from previous research published April 2011 in the journal Neuropsychology.
In childhood, when the brain is still developing, it seems that learning a musical instrument and continuing to play it for at least a decade or more may lay the groundwork for benefits later in life, Hanna-Pladdy said. But it's also valuable to then pick up the instrument in middle age and start playing again, she noted.
In this study, 70 musicians and non-musicians aged 59 to 80 were evaluated by neuropsychological tests and surveyed about general lifestyle activities. The musicians scored higher on tests of mental acuity, visual-spatial judgment, verbal memory and recall, and motor dexterity.
Hanna-Pladdy, a flutist, became interested in studying the impact of music education on the brain through her study of people with skilled movement disorders, such as those who had suffered a stroke. She realized that music could be a natural way to offer multi-sensory stimulation, an effective way to treat such disorders. She then became interested in learning more about the actual effect of musical training on the brain.
Why study music education as opposed to calculus or history? One reason is that evaluating the impact of music education is relatively easy because most people can specifically quantify the number of years they studied an instrument, Hanna-Pladdy said. It's also simpler to quantify the time spent playing music than hours devoted to other activities, such as crossword puzzles, reading or playing games. "Musical activity requires years of practice and is a challenging cognitive exercise," she said.
Cheryl Grady, a senior scientist at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Centre, in Toronto, said the research confirms what has been known for some time: Education can help protect against cognitive decline in older adults.
Grady pointed out that it remains unclear what is actually causing the beneficial effect. "We still don't know that much about what actually happens in the brain. My hunch is that in terms of these results, it has to do with the practicing, the continued stimulation of the brain," she said.
She has studied the impact of learning a second language on the brain, which Grady said is related to the need to inhibit one language system when speaking, reading or thinking in the other. The mental process required to play a musical instrument may work in the same way as juggling dual languages to strengthen the connections in your brain over time, she noted.
The bottom line boils down to something simple: "Use it or lose it, or lose it less quickly," Grady said.
While the study found an association between musical activity and staying mentally sharp, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.
More information Visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine for more on cognitive impairment.

 Secret of long life?
Be happy mentally and physically. Be crazy sometimes. Laughing is also good. Move your fingers well. This motion stimulates your brain. Inventing stock money is also good. You see many numbers from Monday to Friday. Watch CNBC and memorize all numbers show up. This is good brain training. How much is Gold price, Silver price, Copper price, Oil price an more.


Taka sushiandpassion

375 Pharr Rd. Atlanta GA 30305 Reservation 404-869-2802


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Coming back Bonito! Modori Gatsuo

I had this bonito 2 years ago. Modori-gatsuo. Normally Bonito, Katsuo season is summer. They are coming from south to north.
Then, they are coming back from north to south in winter. So, we say Modori-Gatsuo, coming back bonito.
We can say return bonito but return is not good word, maybe.
It is well fat and tasty. You can eat this fish on Sushi Day, November 1st.
You can see the size. I compare with Kinme-Dai.
The meat is just like tuna but the texture and taste are different.

SUSHI DAY is coming on November 1st. Thusrday. You can get 30% of your dining coupon.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Taka Update Octobert 24, 2012

 Taka Update October 24, 2012
Fish delivery and more
Nothing is good. Tuna is hard to get it. I talked with our supplier and he told me tuna was very short supply. There were no good big eye tuna. And I will not get good tuna this weekend. Uni is not available until Friday. Japanese fish are no problem. They are coming tomorrow.

SUSHI DAY is coming very soon!
Our traditional event is coming on November 1st, National SUSHI DAY.
Please come to eat and get 30% discount coupons. You can use it your next visit.
I know American people like Sale. Some people already made reservations.

Weight Control and Golf
I am in very good shape around 170 lbs. Golf game was not great last week. I shot 47-45-92. I blamed by myself.  I had so many judgment mistakes.

Children's healthy diets lead to healthier IQ
Children fed healthy diets in early age may have a slightly higher IQ, while those on heavier junk food diets may have a slightly reduced IQ, according to new research from the University of Adelaide.
The study - led by University of Adelaide Public Health researcher Dr Lisa Smithers - looked at the link between the eating habits of children at six months, 15 months and two years, and their IQ at eight years of age.
The study of more than 7000 children compared a range of dietary patterns, including traditional and contemporary home-prepared food, ready-prepared baby foods, breastfeeding, and 'discretionary' or junk foods.
"Diet supplies the nutrients needed for the development of brain tissues in the first two years of life, and the aim of this study was to look at what impact diet would have on children's IQs," Dr Smithers says.
"We found that children who were breastfed at six months and had a healthy diet regularly including foods such as legumes, cheese, fruit and vegetables at 15 and 24 months, had an IQ up to two points higher by age eight.
"Those children who had a diet regularly involving biscuits, chocolate, sweets, soft drinks and chips in the first two years of life had IQs up to two points lower by age eight.
"We also found some negative impact on IQ from ready-prepared baby foods given at six months, but some positive associations when given at 24 months," Dr Smithers says.
Dr Smithers says this study reinforces the need to provide children with healthy foods at a crucial, formative time in their lives.
"While the differences in IQ are not huge, this study provides some of the strongest evidence to date that dietary patterns from six to 24 months have a small but significant effect on IQ at eight years of age," Dr Smithers says.
"It is important that we consider the longer-term impact of the foods we feed our children," she says.

Taka sushiandpassion

375 Pharr Rd. Atlanta GA 30305 Reservation 404-869-2802

Not much fun if I dont get good tuna. Tuna is my life line.