Wednesday, May 23, 2012

 Taka Update May 23, 2012

 Fish delivery and more

Memorial Day weekend is coming. We will be closed 7 days. I ordered less Japanese fish this time.Some are coming, some are not coming. Obviously I did not buy much tuna. Actually I don’t get good tuna this week.Uni is coming on Wednesday.

Closed Information

We will be closed the business from May 27th to June 3rd.

I go to Hawaii for vacation, but I bring PC and do some project. I will not make sushi in Hawaii.

 How to find good sushi restaurants

Some people will eat sushi somewhere next week. Everybody wants to eat good sushi. So, bellows are my advices.

1, Avoid bad names like Osaka, Tokyo, Happy, Sumo, and Wasabi. Those are normally not owned by Japanese.

2, Try to find owner chef restaurants. You might find good places.

3, Avoid big restaurants. Small places are normally serving better sushi.

4, Eat Tamago, Egg omelets. This is a good judgment to find good sushi places. Good sushi restaurants make tamago in store. Bad places buy it from supplier. It is frozen and taste is really bad.

5, Ask them about any Japanese fish from Tokyo Tsukiji fish market. If they carry it, I can say good places.

Hopefully these 5 things work for you.If you don’t like the place, just leave and say “Family Emergency”. They understand this.

 Children's Sunglasses

Young eyes need extra protection from the sun, especially in summer, when kids spend full days outdoors.Plastic sunglasses are inexpensive and come in a rainbow of colors, shapes, and styles to entice little wearers. Polycarbonate lenses and flexible rubber frames will withstand the rigors of play, and spring hinges protect glasses from breaking, no matter how often kids pull them off and on.

Comfort is essential for children with sensitive skin or allergies. Choose hypoallergenic materials like titanium or nickel-free frames-which include plastic or nylon material-and comfort cables that coil around the ear for a secure, chafe-free fit.

Because children's eyes are more sensitive to high energy visible (HEV) and UV rays, opt for amber and copper lenses, which block damaging sunlight and brighten the colors of nature.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Is this tasty? ; Yogurtiamo

Costco is fun place and I always buy something new.
I found this Yogurtiamo this afternoon.
There was no question, I just bought. A good thing was this was not ice cream.
Frozen yogurt made me some healthy images.
You might remembered they had frozen yogurt bars last time. Those were not great and gone from the shelf.
I just tasted mixed berry sauce, I liked it.

I am looking forward to taste blood orange sauce very soon.

New Pickles from Tokyo Tsukiji Fish Market

OMG, These pickles are really tasty.
Many people think Tokyo Tsukiji Fish market sells fish only.
They sells dried sea products, pickles and more.
I always buy pickles from there.
They make fresh pickles and really tasty, not salty.

The left one is Za-sai, Sichuan vegetable, zha cai. We sometimes see it in ramen noodle.
But this za-sai is fresh pickle.

The right one is Daikon, Japanese radish. This daikon is pickled with kelp and great combination.
I can eat more than 10 pieces.

New Fish Just Arrived!!!

Akamutsu, Black throat

 It is called white meat toro.
This meat is really tender and fatty.
2 pieces of Nigiri sushi in NYC is $18.00. I sell it $9.50 as Georgia price.

Meat of Akamutsu

Mako Garei, Marbled Sole

. This is my first time. The meat is really firm and sweet. It is completely different from flounder in east coast.

Meat of Mako Garei

Ainame, Fat Greenling

 This is my 2nd time. It is just between Mako Garei and Akamutsu. It has fat and firm texture.

Meat of Ainame

Japaneser fish is fun to eat.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Dehumidifier, This is good one.

I was reading Consumer Report and found this. This is Frigidaire FAD704DUD and water tank capacity is 70pt.
They also have medium size and this capacity is 50pt. The price is not much different. 70pt is $240 and 50pt is $200. So I decided to buy 70pt.
I have basement and need to keep dry. I used to use disposal one but tired to dump water and replace chemical.
This dehumidifier has a big capacity tank and timer. So, there is no problem to worry.

I bought this from Amazon .com , my online store.The orice was $200.

One night Dried Ika

This is common scene in country area in Japan.
But this picture is from Buckhead Atlanta. I bought Surume Ika and cut it, applied some sea salt and dried one night at outside.
They we just grill it. It is really tasty but American people might not understand this flavor.
If you really like true Japanese food, must try this. It is not on the menu. Just ask for it.


This is really disappointment.I thought I could get good tuna 3 weeks straight. That dream is gone.
This is back side like last week.
Our supplier called me in the morning when they cut tuna. They knew it not much toro at that time.
And I cut and felt this is disappointment. The size was big like 43 pounds. And I expected toro.
But you can see there is no toro on picture.
And juice is leaked. I have to dump so many parts of this tuna.

So I asked them for discount. Our supplier got an information from a shipper in Miami. They said that was good one.
Anyway, it's a big mistake and happens sometimes.
It's OK for tuna.

Summer fish is coming!

A big one is Suzuki, Japanese Sea Bass. I like Suzuki Arai, moment seared suzuki with plum soy sauce.
Suzuki is clear meat and has nice texture.

A small one is Tobi Uo, Flying fish. I could not sell well last season but tried this season.
I think the best way is tataki style like Aji. Lightly chop and mix with grated ginger, scallion and shiso.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Taka Update May 15th 2012

 Taka Update May 16, 2012

 Fish delivery and more

I ordered big eye tuna on Monday and came on Tuesday. I really expected good one but was so disappointed.

It was just like a blind date. Just imagine that someone introduces a cute girl for me. I was very excited to meet her. Then I went to a place to meet her. And she was not beautiful, was overweight.  Someone gave me the wrong information.

It was exact same this time. Our supplier said that very good tuna was available. They had the information from a shipper in Miami.

Then tuna was arrived and cut. There was no toro, was just read meat only. And the price was high enough as good tuna.

I really complained for discount. And our supplier was asking the shipper for discount. It was easy to complain now. I just took some pictures with smart phone and sent them. This was great technology.

So, we do not have good tuna this week. But don’t give up. We will have new fish on Thursday.

We received Tobi Uo, Flying fish and Suzuki, Japanese Sea bass on Tuesday.

And we will have Ai-name (Fat Greenling), Mako Garei (Marbled Sole) and Akamutsu (Black Throat) on Thursday.

I have some Uni and will come again on Friday.

Weight Control and Golf

My weight was same as last week. Golf tournament was canceled because of bad weather. I played 5 holes under the rain and gave up playing.

Closed Information

We will be closed the business from May 27th to June 3rd.

I go to Hawaii for vacation, but I bring PC and do some project. I will not make sushi in Hawaii.

Taka sushiandpassion

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

Is this good?: Delmonte Fruit

This is from Costco. I liked it. The first thing is around $4.00.  There are pineapple and papaya in it.
I sometimes buy some fruits and cannot finish. Then I dump them.
So, this is economically great product,
Do I buy again? Yes, I do.


Yes, we are rated very well.
Food score is same from last time. But decor is 1 point up, service is also 1 point up.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

This is also good Big eye tuna.

I bought 1/4 back side again.

See? Toro was more than I expected.

This toro is much much better than last week.

And Maguro Kama is available. Actually there were 4 and sold 3.
Take th elast one if you want.
Call at 404-869-2802 Right now!

Taka Update May 09, 2012

 Taka Update May 9, 2012

 Fish delivery and more

We have big change this week. Japanese fish is coming on Thursday because of Holiday in Japan.
You don’t need to come Wednesday this week.
But if you would like to taste good tuna, just come. Again?  Yes, I will get good one on Wednesday. The size will be same as last week.
Tobi Uo, Flying fish is in season. I also try something new,

 Weight Control and Golf

My weight situation was better than last week. It was 168.6 lbs. It was not good but not bad.
Golf game was great. I played Saturday and Sunday. I did not lose any money.
We have Japanese Chamber of Commerce May tournament this Sunday. I am defending champion and do it again.

Reducing Academic Pressure May Help Children Succeed

Children may perform better in school and feel more confident about themselves if they are told that failure is a normal part of learning, rather than being pressured to succeed at all costs, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.
“We focused on a widespread cultural belief that equates academic success with a high level of competence and failure with intellectual inferiority,” said Frederique Autin, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Poitiers in Poitiers, France. “By being obsessed with success, students are afraid to fail, so they are reluctant to take difficult steps to master new material. Acknowledging that difficulty is a crucial part of learning could stop a vicious circle in which difficulty creates feelings of incompetence that in turn disrupts learning.”
The study, published online in APA’s Journal of Experimental Psychology: General®, could have important implications for teachers, parents and students, said Jean-Claude Croizet, PhD, a psychology professor at the University of Poitiers who supervised the research based on Autin’s doctoral dissertation. “People usually believe that academic achievement simply reflects students’ inherent academic ability, which can be difficult to change,” Croizet said. “But teachers and parents may be able to help students succeed just by changing the way in which the material is presented.”
In the first experiment with 111 French sixth graders, students were given very difficult anagram problems that none of them could solve. Then a researcher talked to the students about the difficulty of the problems. One group was told that learning is difficult and failure is common, but practice will help, just like learning how to ride a bicycle. Children in a second group were just asked how they tried to solve the problems. The students then took a test that measures working memory capacity, a key cognitive ability for storing and processing incoming information. Working memory capacity is a good predictor of many aspects of academic achievement, including reading comprehension, problem solving and IQ. The students who were told that learning is difficult performed significantly better on the working memory test, especially on more difficult problems, than the second group or a third control group who took the working memory test without doing the anagrams or discussions with researchers.
A second experiment with 131 sixth graders followed a similar procedure with the difficult anagrams and discussions with a researcher. An additional group of students took a simpler anagram test that could be solved, and this group was not told that learning is difficult. All of the students then completed a reading comprehension test. The children who were told that learning is difficult scored higher than the other groups, including the students who had just succeeded on the simple test. How students think about failure may be more important than their own success when learning challenging skills, the study noted.
A third experiment with 68 sixth graders measured reading comprehension and asked questions that measured students’ feelings about their own academic competence. The group that was told that learning is difficult performed better in reading comprehension and reported fewer feelings of incompetence.
The study noted that the students’ improvement on the tests most likely was temporary, but the results showed that working memory capacity may be improved simply by boosting students’ confidence and reducing their fear of failure. “Our research suggests that students will benefit from education that gives them room to struggle with difficulty,” Autin said. “Teachers and parents should emphasize children’s progress rather than focusing solely on grades and test scores. Learning takes time and each step in the process should be rewarded, especially at early stages when students most likely will experience failure.”

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That's why Soy sauce is salty.

I found crystals of salt on top of soy sauce can.
And I really realized that's why soy sauce was salty.
We just cannot see it in soy sauce but so many salt in it.

This is from Mayo Clinic
You've been trying to eat less sodium — just a pinch of table salt on your baked potato and a dash on your scrambled eggs. But a pinch here and a dash there can quickly add up to unhealthy levels of sodium. Consider that just one teaspoon of table salt has 2,325 milligrams (mg) of sodium. And it's not just table salt you have to worry about. Many processed and prepared foods already contain lots of sodium — and it's these foods that contribute the most sodium to your diet.
If you're like many people, you're getting far more sodium than is recommended, and that could lead to serious health problems. See how sodium sneaks into your diet and ways you can shake the habit.

Sodium: Essential in small amounts

Your body needs some sodium to function properly because it:
  • Helps maintain the right balance of fluids in your body
  • Helps transmit nerve impulses
  • Influences the contraction and relaxation of muscles
Your kidneys naturally balance the amount of sodium stored in your body for optimal health. When your sodium levels are low, your kidneys essentially hold on to the sodium. When sodium levels are high, your kidneys excrete the excess in urine.
But if for some reason your kidneys can't eliminate enough sodium, the sodium starts to accumulate in your blood. Because sodium attracts and holds water, your blood volume increases. Increased blood volume makes your heart work harder to move more blood through your blood vessels, which increases pressure in your arteries. Such diseases as congestive heart failure, cirrhosis and chronic kidney disease can make it hard for your kidneys to keep sodium levels balanced.
Some people's bodies are more sensitive to the effects of sodium than are others. If you're sodium sensitive, you retain sodium more easily, leading to fluid retention and increased blood pressure. If this becomes chronic, it can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and congestive heart failure.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

CAS freezing?

This squid is not ordinary freezing one. It is called CAS freezing, Cells Arrive System.

The CAS Mechanism
CAS freezing works on the simple principle that water molecules cannot cluster and form cell-wall-damaging ice crystals if they are in motion during the freezing process. Whereas a microwave vibrates water molecules to generate heat, CAS uses a rotating electrical field to spin water molecules. This spinning motion prevents water molecules from clustering. The result is a frozen product that has zero damage from freezing. This process has been granted patents in the EU, U.S.A., China, Australia, and else-where. Cell wall damage from ice crystals is responsible for the loss of flavor, texture and aroma of frozen products. CAS frozen products, when defrosted, retain 99.7% of their aroma, flavor and texture. Fatty foods, notorious for being easily oxidized even when stored at - 60Ž for one year, can have their storage life extended to two years or more when stored at - 40Ž in a CAS environment.

But Squid is hard to tell the difference of CAS freezing or not, to be honest. That's my opinion.

Our new Special in Summer, Gazpacho

Yes, we are Japanese restaurant and sell Gazpacho. Why not?
I really have good recipe for this item.
And I add some Japanese essense.I just forgot to make for a while and our customers asked me when I started to make this year.

New Chardonnay by the glass

We carried Paul Hobbs Chardonnay but this offer was finished.
The reason was very simple. The buying cost went up 57%. If we sell same wine by the glass, we have to charge $30 by the glass.

So we decided to keep same price and good quality with $15. My choice was Crossbarn by Pual Hobbs.
This is from Sonoma Coast.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Which one is better? Lowe's or Home Depot

I was repainting patio chairs and decided to change the color. Black was really good matching with tables.
I used Valspar from Lowe's first and used Rust-Oleum from Home Depot later.
And the winner is Valspar, I am sure.
Pushing part is bigger than ever and easy to use, Spray is very clean and no leaks.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

50 pounds of Big eye tuna arrived!

This is back side. It was stomach side last week.
We could not sell any Oh-toro last week. So, I decided to buy back side this time. I never bought 50 pounds of tuna.
I estimate the whole weight around 250 pounds.

This is vertical cut. Thick toro is available. This Chu-toro is really good. It is tender and no chewy.
It is getting mature now. Today is good and tomorrow is better.

Tuna is my gamble. I have to sell it otherwise, I lose money.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Taka Update May 2, 2012

 Taka Update May 2, 2012

 Fish delivery and more

I have great news again. Excellent tuna is coming today. This is big eye tuna.  I ordered back side this time because could not sell Oh-toro at all. I also asked them kama, collar. This part is premium and 4 orders only. I will update the pictures on my blog later.
Blue Shrimp is has problem. FDA is holding and out of stock. They inspect not only fresh fish but frozen items.

Uni is fine. I think we have enough inventories for next 2 days.
Japanese fish has some problem. It is Golden Week in Japan. Some people take vacations from April 29th to May 6th. Believe or not, this is the only chance to take a long vacation for workaholic Japanese.

Anyway, Hotaru Ika and Mahata are not available this week. And Thursday delivery is not available.

Weight Control and Golf

I did not lose weight much. It is flat and 169.95 lbs. Our business is very god in April and I was lazy.

My golf was not lazy. I won a small tournament last Sunday. My score was just 92 but I was just lucky.

 Chili peppers could lower cholesterol: the heat can boost the health: study
A new study suggests that the compound that gives chili peppers their heat could have the ability to lower cholesterol and boost heart health.

After putting mice on a high cholesterol diet and adding varying degrees of capsaicinoids - the active compound in chili peppers -- a team of Chinese researchers found that the dietary additions resulted in lower total cholesterol levels compared to control groups in the study, reported in Friday.
The study was published in the European Journal of Nutrition.
The chili compounds were also associated with decreased levels of inflammation, also a precursor for heart-related diseases.
While the addition of capsaicinoids reduced total cholesterol, triglycerides (a form of fat) and non-HDL cholesterol levels (or ‘bad' cholesterol) levels, the effects of chili pepper compounds were not related to a specific dose.
To date, no such research has been carried out in humans.
The latest research builds on previous studies which have shown that spices can do everything from curb appetites to help cancel out the unhealthy effects of a fatty meal.
In one Spanish study, scientists found that cloves had the highest antioxidant capacity over sage, rosemary, thyme, and oregano.

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