Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Taka Update February 01, 2012

Taka Update February 01 , 2012

Fish delivery and more

Still bad weather in Japan effects some fish delivery. We could not get Seki-Aji, Iwashi this time. A lot of snow is coming to northern part of Japan in a few days.

I think same as here. Giant clam is not available. It comes from WA area. I have not seen Giant clam for 10 days.

Uni is also not available but will come on Friday. Our supplier says "maybe". Maybe means sure or more than 50% of possibility?

Weight Control and Golf

I almost give up to lose weight. I just keep it around 165lbs this time. Busy business makes me stress and I eat more than average sometimes and eats some sweets. Sweets make me calm down, realx and wines are also good medicine for me.

So, choosing lose weight, get stress and choosing a little bit over weight, being happy?

I prefer being happy.

Golf game? I shot 46-46-92. I lost $6 from a guy but gained more money from another guy. I did not lose money as a result.

Frying potatoes to make chips or French fries produces a potent chemical carcinogen called acrylamide.

It's not just the high fat content that makes potato chips and French fries bad for you; the very process used to cook them produces potent carcinogens inside the potatoes themselves.
Baking, roasting or frying any starchy food at high temperatures causes the sugars found in these foods to combine with an amino acid to produce high levels of a potent carcinogen known as acrylamide. Because all potato chips must be cooked at high heat, and because restaurants tend to cook French fries at high temperatures to bring them to the table more quickly, a healthy diet should contain only minimal quantities of these foods.

For people willing to go to a little extra effort to make French fries at home, there are ways to minimize acrylamide content. Potatoes should be stored outside the refrigerator in a cool, dark place. Before frying, they should be sliced, soaked in water for 15-30 minutes, then patted dry. They should be fried at lower temperatures for less time, until they are golden yellow -- not brown.

Commercial food producers sometimes use the same frying oil for weeks at a time, saturating the oils with extremely high acrylamide levels.
Importantly, even though it's found in the food, acrylamide does not have to be listed on any food labels.

Grapes found to help prevent age-related blindness even better than lutein

Lutein has long been hailed for its ability to help protect against, and even reverse, the devastating effects of age-related macular degeneration. But a new study published in the journal Free Radical Biology and Medicine suggests that grapes may work even better than lutein at mitigating age-related blindness due to their high levels of antioxidants.

For her study, Dr. Silvia Finnemann, PhD, from Fordham University's Department of Biological Sciences evaluated three groups of rats fed varying diets. She gave the first group of rats a diet enriched with added grapes, the second a diet enriched with lutein, and the third a normal diet. At the conclusion of the study, the grape group experienced significant protection against oxidative damage, even more so than the lutein group.

"The protective effect of the grapes in this study was remarkable, offering a benefit for vision at old age even if grapes were consumed only at young age," said Dr. Finnemann. "A lifelong diet enriched in natural antioxidants, such as those in grapes, appears to be directly beneficial for RPE (retinal pigment epithelium cells) and retinal health and function."

Age-related macular degeneration is a condition that afflicts millions of elderly people worldwide every single year, and is said to be the number one cause of blindness in this age category. When the photoreceptors in the retina begin to lose their function either because of metabolic waste buildup or oxidative damage, vision loss begins to set in and run its course -- and this is a gradual process that happens over time.

But grapes, with their high levels of flavonoids like quercetin and resveratrol, are able to prevent this buildup of metabolic waste, also known as lipofuscin, in RPE, as well as protect metabolic pathways against oxidative damage. So consuming grapes, preferably beginning at an early age, is a great way to help maintain vision and ensure that the macula, which is the central portion of the retina, does not deteriorate and cause blindness.

10 years Anniversary night is coming in 20days.

I opened TAKA Sushi on February 19th 2002. Yes, this is our 10 years anniversary is coming very soon.

Of course, we do crazy specials as usual. Let's celebrate our 10 years anniversary.

Actually 19th is Sunday this year, I need to play golf on Sunday and do this on Monday. I name it Monday Night Anniversary. I show you more detail later.

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

Thursday, January 26, 2012

A new restaurant is coming soon! Again?

This is just across the street. Olde Towne is coming very soon.
What is this restaurant?
Tavern and Grille in Metro Atlanta. They have Suwanee, Kennesaw and Lawrenceville.
And Buckhead will be 4th location.

But I just wonder, do they make it?
I think this restaurant is 4th tenant at this place.
Life is not easy and restaurant business is also not easy.
We will see.

After cooking

I showed you pork belly and chicken gizzard the other day.
And this picture is after that.
It takes 2 days to make perfect slow cooked pork belly.
I cooked chicken gizzard about 5 hours to make soft.
Then, I made tempura style.

It is hard to sell this kind of food at sushi restaurants. I just made these because of convention demand.

And I like these foods personally.

Origami Expert Makoto Yamaguchi to Give Workshop

The Consulate General of Japan and Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Atlanta are partnering to present a demonstration and workshop by renowned origami expert Makoto Yamaguchi and his assistants, Eiko Matsuura and Kyohei Katsuta. Born in Tokyo in 1944, Mr. Yamaguchi has been a professional origami artist since 1973, when he worked at the Nippon Origami Association. In 1989, he established a gallery called "Origami House," which has become a headquarters for the training of young origami artists and a showcase for the work of Japanese and international origami creators. He is the head of the Japanese Origami Academic Society secretariat, a member of the Nippon Origami Association, a life member of OrigamiUSA, and a member of the British Origami Society. He is the editor-in-chief of "Origami Tanteidan" magazine, which he created in 1990, and the author of more than 80 origami books in both Japanese and English. Mr. Yamaguchi is also the creator of "Origami Caravan," a humanitarian effort for the children in the Sendai area affected by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Date: Friday, February 3, 2012  7 pm - 9 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)

Location: Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Atlanta

Rooms 256, 257 (two rooms are joined together) 1600 Peachtree Street Northwest Atlanta, GA

(404) 253-3100

Free parking is available. The parking deck is in the rear of the building, accessible through the Peachtree Street entrance or the 18th Street entrance. The entrance to the building from the parking deck is on the 3rd floor - it's a big lighted doorway. Additional parking is available on the sides of the building, but the front of the building will be locked after 7 pm.

RSVP Required. Limited to the first 50 people. Click here to RSVP.

This event is co-organized by Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Atlanta, the Japan Foundation, and the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Chicken Gizzard and Pork Belly

I was Watching Food Channel last night. And I saw come restaurants cooked chicken gizzard. I thought this is only for Asian. I have chicken Gizzard ponzu sauce, means fried and ponzu sauce.  But I cook it this first and make tempura.
And how about pork belly. We love this but too fat to eat for American? We call it But Kakuni. Most of Japanese restaurants carry this item on the menu.
It is simple and just take a time to make it. It's kind of slow cooked food.

Taka Update January 25, 2012

Taka Update January 25 , 2012

Fish delivery and more

Bad weather in Japan effects some fish delivery. Seki Aji is no coming this week. Sayori, Iwashi are not available so far. I am not sure tomorrow delivery.

Tokyo got 1 inch of snow yesterday and the city was panicked. It is same as Atlanta. People in Tokyo are not familiar with snow and a few inches of snow makes everything bad.

Tuna supply is back to normal, means bad normal. Toro is also same.

Weight Control and Golf

I am trying to lose weight but am keeping same weight. Our business is really good and hard find the time to work out.

Golf? I shot 97 last Sunday. Can I excuse? Bad weather, bad condition, I will go back to revenge this Sunday. It will be 55F high and sunny. I expect sunny in my golf mind.

Good business in January

Our business in January is really good. I expect the new sales record in January. 6 more days and need to make it. Making number is XTC.

10 years Anniversary night is coming in a month.

I opened TAKA Sushi on February 19th 2002. Yes, this is our 10 years anniversary is coming very soon.

Of course, we do crazy specials as usual. Let's celebrate our 10 years anniversary.

Actually 19th is Sunday this year, I need to play golf on Sunday and do this on Monday. I name it Monday Night Anniversary. I show you more detail later.

Taka sushiandpassion

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

Monday, January 23, 2012

F-35B Great landing and departing


I do not know well about military aircraft. But this is great.
Anyway, this is our TAX, right?

Friday, January 20, 2012

New Pinot Grigio

It is new Year and I am switching many wines.

Grandi & Gabana Pinot Grigio

Bright golden yellow in colour with green hues. Strong floreal bouquet with hints of green apple. Pairs well with appetizers, shellfish, fish, soup, poultry.

Tangent Pinot Gris

This wine shows vibrant minerality and traditional hints of a pine-resin character. Tropical and stone fruits jump from the glass, but are well balanced by a bit of lemon and a nice acid backbone. My aim here was to keep to the pure Alsatian style. It pairs nicely with many foods, especially fried calamari and classic risotto.”

Kohada, Gizzars Shad

Kohada is must item of Edomae Sushi, authentic Japanese sushi.
Ko means child and hada means skin.
This fish is very soft and meat is just like child skin, so they started to say kohada.
This is a group of herring.
The size is very small and hard to cut because the meat is very soft.
The big fish bottom is kodai, small size sea bream.
I juts display for size comparison.

Kohada is marinated fish like saba,
I normally don't carry. It was a gift from our fish company.
I thought it was disorders or over orders. Anyway free is good.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Japanese curry rice

If you have Japanese friends, ask them.
"Do you like curry rice?'"
I think 99% of them say YES,
Curry rice is national food in Japan.
Our Curry is from India originally and thicker than Thai curry.
You should try it, you might like it.
It comes with steamed rice or fried rice.
And we can do katsu curry rice, crispy fried pork cutlet over the curry rice.
High calorie ? Yes, it is. But great taste beats healthy issue sometimes. We do not eat this everyday just like some Americans eat McDonald everyday.
We have some Japanese curry fun.

The Picture? I was heating up curry.

Bento Box

This is bento box. I made this fro a Japanese company.
They do lunch meeting at the office.
This assortment comes with miso soup, salad and steamed rice. Price? around $15.00

Bule fin Tuna, Very surprised!

I received blue fin tuna this morning. It was fresh one.

My supplier called me 7am today. He did not expect fat in this tuna. But he found after cut it.
So, he woke me up and I ordered.
I ate it , not bad.
It is available until Saturday.

Guess when was the last time I had food tuna. I think October in 2011.

We need to share this natural art. Sushi is very simple food, good fish and good rice.

This is the scene.

It was beautiful night with full of customers.   We had a 9 people reservation last night. It was someones birthday party. All of them are beautiful white ladies.This is TAKA, This is my target, this is Buckhead and this is the scene. I just took a picture.And I thought it was my happy moment.Busy is good but good busy is better than anything.            

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Taka Update January 18, 2012

Taka Update January 18 , 2012

Fish delivery and more

Some fishes are not available. Flounder was out of stock for a couple of days. But it comes today.

Japanese fish are almost available.

Please do not ask me about tuna, nothing is changed.

Weight Control

Did you gain weight? I did. I was 162 lbs before holidays and 167 lbs after holidays. That's really bad, One of reasons was gifts, several people gave me sweets like cookies and chocolates. These were really good and I ate them accidentally. It was temptation obviously.

So, I decided to lose weight as usual. And my weight was 165 lbs this morning. I ate salad with nuts and raisins last night. I take a coffee but no sugar for a while. I eat rice but take brown rice for a while.

Golf game is doing good. I shot 40-42- 82 last Sunday. One of par 3 was almost hole in 1, just one ball distance from the cup. A week ago was 39-54-93. I will play this Sunday again.

Study Suggests New Benefits of Eating Nuts for Patients With Metabolic Syndrome

The article, published in the Journal of Proteome Research, is authored by Cristina Andrés-Lacueva, Sara Tulipani (first author), Rafael Llorach and Mar Garcia-Aloy, from the University of Barcelona's Department of Nutrition and Bromatology, Olga Jaúregui, from the Scientific and Technical Services (CCiTUB), and the experts Jordi Salas Salvadó, Patricia López-Uriarte and Mónica Bullo, from Rovira i Virgili University (URV) and the Spanish Biomedical Research Centre in Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition (CIBERobn), which is part of the Carlos III Health Institute in Madrid.

The study reports the first application of metabolomic techniques to analyse the effects of diet on metabolic syndrome patients. The disease, estimated by the World Health Organization to affect 20% of the adult population, is related to inflammation and oxidative stress and increases the risk of type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In Catalonia, as in the United States, the prevalence of metabolic syndrome is close to 25% in adults. In Spain as a whole, in children with moderate obesity the prevalence is 17% (compared to 33% for the same population group in the UK).

The clinical part of the study, carried out by the URV's Human Nutrition research group, used two patient groups: one given a diet rich in nuts (specifically, walnuts, almonds and hazelnuts), the other given a diet containing no nuts at all.

As noted by Cristina Andrés-Lacueva, head of the UB's Biomarkers and Nutritional and Food Metabolomics research group and coordinator of the experimental work for the study, "Metabolomics involves the quantitative, multiparametric measurement of human response to a pathophysiological stimulus. It enables us to take a new approach to biochemical and biomedical research, as it is not tied to restricted hypotheses. Metabolomics allows us to identify small alterations in metabolism and homeostasis and broadens the range of possible results thanks to the capacity to detect new markers that could indicate the risk of certain diseases and overall changes in the patient's state of health." Health benefits of a nut-rich diet The scientists behind the study analysed the wide spectrum of compounds excreted in urine and found evidence of various significant changes following nut consumption.

Patients given the nut-rich diet produced a higher level of metabolites derived from the metabolism of tryptophan and serotonin, fatty acids and polyphenols, giving more weight to the hypothesis that these molecules could be at the root of certain health benefits observed in other studies. "It we look at the results for the two patient groups," says researcher Sara Tulipani, "we find significant differences in the levels of these biomarkers. What we do not yet know is the percentage of the metabolite level detected in urine that is stimulated endogenously or exogenously by the patients' metabolism, and whether these metabolites have a direct or indirect role in the health benefits of nut consumption." Improve dietary habits to prevent disease In the field of food science, many studies focus on the importance of dietary changes in preventing metabolic alterations.

The new article provides the first results outlining the health benefits of nut consumption through the reduction of substances associated with inflammatory processes and other cardiovascular risk factors in patients with metabolic syndrome. This area of research could be extended in future work to include other nut varieties and a broader population sample (for example, subjects with diabetes, obesity, etc). "In food and dietary studies, the focus is always prevention. If we look specifically at this new research, we are not talking about a particular drug or introducing dietary supplements but simply replacing once source of fats with another, in this case nuts," explains Dr. Jordi Salas-Salvadó.

The UB's Biomarkers and Nutritional and Food Metabolomics research group, which contributes to the Fun-C-Food Consolider Project and is a member of the Food-Omics Network, works primarily with metabolomics, a key technique in the area of systems biology. The group, an active participant in international collaborations, focuses its research on the search for new robust, safe and sensitive biomarkers, based on analysis of their bioavailability and activity and the consumption of specific foodstuffs (consumption markers), and the simultaneous examination of different metabolic routes to determine their association with obesity, aging and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease (disease risk markers).

10 years Anniversary night is coming in a month.

I opened TAKA Sushi on February 19th 2002. Yes, this is our 10 years anniversary is coming very soon.

Of course, we do crazy specials as usual. Let's celebrate our 10 years anniversary.

Actually 19th is Sunday this year, I need to play golf on Sunday and do this on Monday. I name it Monday Night Anniversary. I show you more detail later.

CA highend Cab for speacial occasion

My investment, drinking good wines. It is simple. I think many people are making money because economy is coming back slowly.
But do you spend money or invest to somewhere.
Stock market is very difficult right now. Commodity is also hard to do that.
So, I assume many people just carry cash and wait enxt movement.

But someone needs to spend money otherwise money does not move around.

Drink wines, drink domestic wines and invest by yourself.

Jarvis Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Napa
100% Cabernet has a deeply intense, ruby red color. After fermentation, an extended period of skin contact moderated the tannins in the wine achieving a smooth, approachable character at an early age. This Cabernet was cave fermented, aged 2 years in new French Nevers oak barrels and was bottled unfiltered and unfined. This wine has gone through extended cave aging and released when our winemaker felt it was ready for you and your friends to enjoy. Best to consume within ten years.

Hewitt Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Rutherford Napa

According to the Wine Spectator: Intense and full-blown, rich and concentrated, with a rustic, earthy edge to the dried currant, sage and underbrush notes. The depth and dimension of the flavors are cloaked in chewy tannins, requiring time to unfold. Best from 2010 through 2016. Winemaker Notes - Hewitt Cabernet Sauvignon opens with an entrancing violet aroma, then unfolds its richness in the mouth, with juicy ripe plum, rich olive, and round tobacco fruit, graced by just a hint of oak graham, which serves to further frame the fruit and push it forward. The wine is fleshy and well integrated, and thus a bit on the subtle side.

B To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Napa
To Kalon is seductive and elegant offering the best in Napa Cabernet. A heady display of black fruits, exotic spice box and coffee house aromas leading to a generous mouthful of currants, black cherry and hints of licorice. A perfect choice for the collector’s cellar this wine will age well over the next 10-12 years. Only 100 cases produced.

I love this "only 100 cases produced". Limited is always good. Cheers!

Tamago, Japanese egg omelet

This is  process of making tamago.
It is just like Baumkuchen, famous germany cake.
Watch this.

And making tamago, watach this.

Tamago is very important factor of Sushi restaurant.
I always say to our customers.
Good sushi restaurants have good tamago.
So, it is very easy to judge sushi restaurants grade.
Here in Atlanta, guess how many sushi restaurants make tamago in store? I guess less than 10 or around 10.
I hired many non-Japanese sushi chefs, all of them could not make tamago. Even I hired Japanese chefs, they could not make it sometimes.
If they can make tamago, they can cut fish and do good job. This is my simple judgment.

If you go out of town, states and try to eat sushi, go check tamago first. If tamago is cooked on same day and not frozen, you can go ahead order sushi otherwise just leave. Just say " Family emergency".

Amaebi and Uni Special

How about this? It was slow last night because of bad weather and I had nothing to do.
One of customers ordered Omakase and I made this. It took 4 minutes to make it.
Greenland Sweet shrimp with Uni and chopped wasabi, sliced cucumber with mentaiko, spicy cod's roe.

Need to play sometimes.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Do you need this?

 I was surprised with this. YP? It is almost same like VHS tape? Or Walkman?

Who needs this? Maybe old people who cannot use Internet.

I will dump this for recycle this week.

Barcelona Best Tapas in town!

We went to Barcelona tapas wine bar on Sunday.
It was packed.

This is 11th weeks after they opened.
They had 200 people reservations tonight.
All foods are excellent and wine is bottle 50% of on Sundays.

We ordered Rioha wine and very good.

We will be back very soon. AJC gave 3 stars but I gave 4 stars.
This is real tapas. All tastes were not heavy and right.
Some people might say not much flavor, but very enough for me. Atlanta people need to escape from strong salt and pepper and spiciness.

Chiliean Sea Bass Marinating process

I cut fillet of Chilean Sea Bass. The total was 180.
Then, I made Saikyo Miso which is  Sake, sugar  mirin ,miso and yuzu juice mix.
I put Chilean Sea bass Fillet and leave 2 days.

It is easy to make this.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Calamari legs

 I like this part.
It is hard to sell but I like. Fresh one is good but grilled one is also good.

I think Japanese eat 70% of al caramari consumption in the world.

Thiscalamari is called yari-ika from Indonesia. I make sushi and okonomiyaki with this.
If I do not sell it, I grill with salt and eat.

Real Ama-Ebi from Greenland

Believe or not this is from Greenland.

Many people think Ama-ebi means a big one. But the truth is small one is Ama-ebi.
The big shrimp is called Botan-ebi in Japan and called prawn.
This prawn comes from British Colombia, Canada.
Ama means sweet and ebi means shrimp.
The taste is not like sugar sweet but it is sweet taste.
My opinion? It's good, Just think it is from Greenland, there is not factory, no contaminated water.
It is just clean place and the taste should be good.
But many people expect fried head, right? This ama-ebi comes with no head.
I hate to fry shrimp head, It makes oil dirty.
We do not charge for fried head and gets oil dirty right? I just lose money. Or I can say this is good customer services.

Short Rib Stew

I make this in winter. I make OX tail soup, Beef tongue stew and short rib stew.
These are our winter dishes.

Sushi is good all year around. But do you think you would like to eat cold sushi in cold winter?

It will be 25F this morning.

I prefer something hot.

This stew is very tasty and good with cabernet sauvignon.

What is in it?  Bone is short rib but take bone after make broth. Potato, cabbage, carrot, celery and onion.
And red wine and tomato sauce are the keys to make good.

This Chilean Sea bass $1300

This is really Oh My God! We just finished our stock and I ordered to the supplier.
They said this Chilean sea bass was huge and need to cut in half.
And this was the only one they carried.
So, I decided to get this fish.
It was 77 lbs and $1300.
I never paid $1300 for tuna and never ordered more than 40 lbs of fish.

By the way, this fish in in danger. It is hard to get.
But the taste is really good. So I just buy if they have it,

I use miso sauce and grill. We have black cod like this but Chilean sea bass is the best. We are facing food crisis and we will face more bad situation. We have to eat to survive anyway.

By the way, do you know the real name of Chilean Sea bass? It is Patagonia Tooth fish. This name is very ugly and hard to sell with this name. So someone named Chilean Sea Bass. Marketing is always available everywhere.

It is almost same story as White Tuna. It is not white tuna and there is no white tuna in the world.
I heard Gwinnett County or Dekalb County forced to Sushi reataurants put real name on fish. No more fake names on th emenu.
It is good for everybody. Cunsumers don't know anything. Sometimes supplier sell black thinngs as white. Black is black but if we say more than 3 times it is white, people believe it is white.We need to be honest.

Our new Cabernet Sauvignon

Cab with SUSHI? Why not? That's a personal choice.
One of our customers drinks Cab all the time.
He must be a full body guy.

Anyway, we always buy new wines and change menus.

Halter Ranch, Paso Nobles CA 2007
80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec
Blended with small amounts of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec, our 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon boasts a dark ruby color and deeply concentrated aromas of ripe blackcurrant, blackberry and black plum fruit interwoven with scents of earth, sage, and herbal spice. Big, ripe and juicy on the palate, its mouth-filling blackcurrant and dark plum flavors are supported by round, supple tannins that guide the wine through its long, rich and smooth finish. Delicious now with grilled steak and lamb, prime rib, venison stew and other hearty repasts, it will age beautifully for another 7-10 years.

Counterpoint, Sonoma Mountain CA 2007
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
2007 was a great vintage for all wine growing regions in California from Napa to Sonoma down to the Central Coast. It was especially good for Cabernet Sauvignon. Bright ruby-red. Aromas of red berries, tobacco, mocha and smoky minerals, with suave notes of spicecake and rose adding complexity. Juicy, penetrating red fruit flavors become sweeter in the mid-palate and repeat the floral note. There's good minerality here, which adds a nervy underpinning, but the fruit is to the fore right now. Finishes with good juicy cling and echoes of rose and cherry. The wine's sneaky tannins bode well for aging.
There’s been much talk about how well Napa Cabernet faired in 2007, but very little on how Sonoma Cabs performed. We discovered one recently while visiting in California. It is a small production wine from the Sonoma Mountain appellation, the Laurel Glen Counterpoint Cabernet Sauvignon.
The 2007 Laurel Glen Counterpoint Cabernet Sauvignon is delicious with very ripe black currant and cassis fruit with a nice tannic structure on the finish.

So many wines are in the world and need to studay more and more.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

I drink these wines on 29th.

My friend;s birthday is coming soon. And I ordered these wines for him.
But I got Stags Leap Fay from my friend with some conditions.

Anyway, we open these wines on 29th and I cook roasted rib eye for him.

Looking forward to taste them.

Life is short and cannot bring wines to heaven.
Just open them whenever we are ready.

Makiing money and saving money are fun but spending money is also fun. I like the process of making money, like struggling with troubles. And pain turn to be happiness, right?

Saba, Mackerel

 I just wonder how many % of Americans like saba.
I assume less than 5%.
The reason is they say , " I don't like. I don't like fishy. I don't like salty."
But do they know how saba is tasty when it is cooked?
Most of people don't know.
I always make saba special and serve as omakase orders.
They love it.

This saba is from Norway. It was very reasonable price but not any more.
Now, the price is 2 times higher than 5 years ago. But is is still cheaper than other fishes.
And saba contains DHA and EPA as all blue skin fish.
I make saba misoni, braised saba with miso broth. And I make saba steak with onion sauce. I have more dishes with saba.
This guy is really good for your body, don't say just "I don't like." Eat first and say it.

Taka Update January 11, 2011

Taka Update January 11 , 2012

Fish delivery and more

Tokyo Fish Market started from January 3rd but we could not get enough fish for this week.

We do not have Kinmedai, Seki Aji, Iwashi. And Flounder is also not available.

We received big eye tuna on Monday but it was very small and no fat was in it.

I tasted it and was OK for red meat tuna. And this tuna will be gone at the end of tonight business.

And I will go back to O2 tuna from Philippine again. Toro is same situation, I buy Australian frozen oh-toro. This was the only deal I could get toro.

Fabric softeners contain toxic chemicals

This is from natural news.

Fabric softener ads often portray an image of comfort, freshness and sweetness. Yet most fabric softeners contain a grim list of known toxins which can enter your body through the skin and by inhalation, causing a wide range of health problems, particularly for young children.
Some of the harmful ingredients commonly found in liquid or sheet fabric softeners include:

• Chloroform: This substance was used as an anesthesia in the 1800s up through the early 1900s when its potential for causing fatal cardiac arrhythmia was discovered. A carcinogenic neurotoxin, it is on the EPA's Hazardous Waste list. Inhaling its vapors may cause loss of consciousness, nausea, headache, vomiting, and/or dizziness, drowsiness. It may aggravate disorders of the heart, kidneys or liver. Its effects worsen when subjected to heat.
• A-Terpineol: Causes Central Nervous System (CNS) disorders, meaning problems relating to the brain and spine such as Alzheimer's disease, ADD, dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, seizures, strokes, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Early symptoms of CNS problems include aphasia, blurred vision, disorientation, dizziness, headaches, hunger, memory loss, numbness in face, pain in neck and spine. A-Terpineol also irritates the mucous membranes and, if aspirated into the lungs, can cause respiratory depression, pneumonia or fatal edema.
• Benzyl Alcohol: This upper respiratory tract irritant can cause central nervous system (CNS) disorders, headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and dramatic drops in blood pressure.
• Benzyl Acetate: This substances has been linked to pancreatic cancer. Its vapors can be irritating to eyes and respiratory passages and it can also be absorbed through the skin.
• Ethanol: Another fabric softener ingredient which is on the EPA's Hazardous Waste list and linked to CNS disorders.
• Pentane: A chemical known to be harmful if inhaled.
• Ethyl Acetate: This substance, which is on the EPA's Hazardous Waste list, can be irritating to the eyes and respiratory tract. It may also cause severe headaches and loss of consciousness, as well as damage to the liver and kidneys.
• Camphor: Another substance on the EPA's Hazardous Waste list. It is easily absorbed through body tissue, causing irritation of eyes, nose and throat. Camphor can also cause dizziness, confusion, nausea, twitching muscles and convulsions.
• Linalool: A narcotic known to cause respiratory problems and CNS disorders. In animal testing, exposure to linalool has resulted in death.
• Phthalates: Used in scented products to help the scent last longer, phthlates have been linked to breast cancer and reproductive system problems.
• Limonene: This known carcinogen can cause irritation to eyes and skin.
• Also, if you follow a vegan lifestyle, you should be aware that many fabric softener sheets are made using tallow, a form of animal fat.

Manufacturers are aware that the products contain toxic chemicals. The packaging on many brands include a warning that the product should not be used on children's sleepwear. Since some of the same brands also have large images of children and toys, however, consumers may miss the small print message.

If you use fabric softener, these toxic chemicals coat your towels, sheets and clothing so that you absorb toxins through your skin, the largest organ of the body. When you wear chemically "softened" clothes, you inhale these chemicals with every breath. Even if you do not use fabric softener, you can ingest these chemicals through dryer exhaust sending them into the air or simply by working with someone whose clothes have been chemically treated in this way. Fabric softeners are designed to remain in fabric for a long period of time, slowly releasing into the air.

Fabric softeners were invented to hide the unpleasant smells of synthetic fabrics, whose odors tend to become stronger when heated, whether on a sweating, active body or in the dryer. The chemicals in fabric softeners include those meant to eliminate static cling, as well as perfumes to disguise both the other chemicals and the odor of synthetic fabrics.

Fabrics air dried outside on a line do not develop static cling and are more likely to have a natural pleasant smell. If weather or other factors make natural line drying of your clothes an impractical choice, try using more other natural means to eliminate static cling and impart a fresh smell to your laundry.

If possible, install a water softener. You can also eliminate many clothing odors by thoroughly dissolving a cup of baking soda in the water before putting your clothes in the washing machine.

There are several types of dryer ball products on the market. The ones made of rubber may not be the most eco-conscious means of reducing static as these may off-gas. Instead, try the variety made of felted wool. Some natural retailers offer dryer bags, like large tea bags, containing dried lavender. You can also make your own version of these bags by sewing laundry sachets using cotton muslin and filling them with your favorite dried herbs.

In part two of this series, we will look at the listed ingredients and warnings for mainstream fabric softeners, as well as some product lines which are both vegan and environmentally friendly.

Taka sushiandpassion

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

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Taka Update January 5, 2011

Taka Update January 5 , 2012

Fish delivery and more

Happy New Year, Tokyo Tsukiji Fish Market was just opened 2 days ago. They had the first tuna auction of year. And the highest price tuna was 593 lbs and $743,289. This price is higher than my house price. They had 754 lbs and $427,500 last year. This tuna was fresh blue fin from Ohma, Aomori.

We received some fish from Japan but all of them were farm raised fish.

It was New Year and fishermen wanted to stay home with family.

So, we have Hamachi , Shima Aji, madai from Japan. And we have Kona kanpachi, live scallop, mirugai , aoyagi and sole from domestic.

I think normal delivery starts from next Tuesday.

How to raise a smarter, healthier child

Nothing says cute like a pudgy baby. And now researchers have found evidence that what babies drink may make them grow up smarter and healthier.

One study shows that male babies fed breast milk for at least six months performed better academically when they reached middle school than kids breast-fed for less time.

Breast-feeding for at least half a year boosted male babies' brains, the study by Telethon Institute for Child Health Research in Australia found. Researchers studied more than 1,000 children. Reading scores for females improved, but not enough to be statistically significant.

"We've always known that breast milk is the best thing to feed babies. There have been studies out for a while showing higher IQ in babies who are breast-fed," said Dr. Amie Prough, a pediatrician with Integris Family Care Edmond Renaissance.

Infants breast-fed longer were also less likely to have mental health issues as teens, according to lead researcher Wendy Oddy's previous study. And a 2008 McGill University study of 14,000 children shows that prolonged and exclusive breast-feeding raises kids' IQs and improves their academic performance.

While milk does a mind good, a common baby formula may do a body almost too much good.

Babies on cow's-milk-based formula gain weight much faster than babies on a protein hydrolysate formula, other researchers found. The predigested protein formula is used by a fraction of parents because it's expensive, the taste is inferior and it's typically given just to infants with allergy or digestive tract problems. Even after 3-1/2 months of age, the cow's-milk-formula-fed babies weighed significantly more for their age. And the cow's-milk-fed kids remained heavier throughout the study.

Experts say it is worrisome that children are sent down a pathway toward obesity even before they start solid foods. And almost one-third of 9-month-olds nationally are overweight or obese. Data show that a fat baby is likely to grow into an overweight adult.

Few parents are concerned about their youngsters' weight, according to observations by Dr. Brooke Nida, a pediatrician with Renaissance.

"In fact, with older kids, sometimes their parents are surprised when we tell them their child is overweight," Nida said. "As a society we are larger than we used to be. So they're comparing their children with classmates."

Nida, Prough and The American Academy of Pediatricians recommend breast-feeding because it is protective against future risk of obesity, among numerous other pluses.

"I think there is a trend toward obesity in formula-fed babies that we don't see in breast-fed babies," said Tanya Shamblin, program administrator for the Oklahoma City-County Health Department's Children First, pairing nurses and expectant or new mothers, to help with nursing and nutrition.

She said breast-fed babies also get the benefit of a change in flavor depending on the mom's diet, while formula babies get the same flavor each day.

Jennifer Like, the new mom who also is a dietitian, said she'll offer her baby the benefits against obesity, allergies, diabetes and many illnesses by following pediatricians' advice to breast-feed even after daughter gets solid food and past her first birthday. Oftentimes, babies continue getting breast milk into their second year.

"Breast-feeding teaches the baby to feed on demand ... rather than being concerned with how many ounces they're drinking," she said. "Breast-feeding starts instilling good habits from the beginning."

"If we prevent the weight gain from happening in early childhood, we wouldn't be having this problem with obesity as adults."

Taka sushiandpassion

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

Monday, January 2, 2012

New items from Tokyo Tsukuji Fish market

We just received 3 new items from Tokyo fish market.

Many people think fish only there but so many side dish things around there.

Karashina-zuke ~ Green vegetable pickle. Karashi means pepper but this is not spicy.

Akakabu zuke ~ Red radish pickle is a kin dof good luck and red color is happiness.

Shishamo Kikurage ~ Shishamo is smelt and they use roes from it and mix with kikurage, Auricularia auricula (Hook.)Underw or Auricularia auricula-judae. Do you understand?

It is a kind of  mushroom grow on tree. It looks like seaweed but not from the ocean.

I gave to some customer last week and they loved.