Saturday, June 30, 2012

Hijiki Fried Rice

Did you know this? Hijiki fried rice is available at Trader's Joe.
California is 5-10 years advanced from Georgia.
It is good sometimes, it is bad sometimes.
I do not think All Californians eat this kind of food.
This is frozen item and just use microwave to eat.
I don't like frozen food.
And I feel same way that advanced people in California.
This is a gift from my Japanese friend. I did not buy it.

Is this tasty?: Chobani New version

These are new flavors from Chobani. I tasted all of them. Evrything was good.
I will buy again. Where did I buy ? Costco

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Taka Update June 27, 2012

 Taka Update June 27, 2012

Fish delivery and more
We had so many problems with Japanese fish.
We could not get Kinme-Dai, Tobi-Uo, Seki-Aji and more. They came to the airport but with high temperature. Fish did not have high fever. Somehow ice in the cooler box was melted and could not sell as sushi fish. Is it because of high temperature in Atlanta? I am not sure.
Some fish are coming on Thursday again.
Tuna is not great. We had a good one last week. I am not sure for this weekend.
Uni is also not available. It might come on Friday, but don’t much expect summer uni.

 Weight Control and Golf
I had so many bad shots last Sunday. My score was 95. I was not happy with this result.
Gold is not power, I understand. But I could not understand last Sunday.
I will play this Sunday again. Don’t worry. We will start at 8:30am. And we will go home around 1pm. It will be very hot this weekend.
Weight? This is no comment this time. It is over 170 lbs. I am fixing now.

Apple peel compound may help fight obesity

Those who peel an apple before eating it may be discarding a helpful tool for fighting obesity. A study involving mice finds that a compound in apple peel called ursolic acid may curtail obesity by increasing muscle mass and boosting calorie burning. In addition to the weight control benefit, it may also deter fatty liver disease and pre-diabetes.

In the research published in PLoS ONE, all the mice were fed a high fat diet, but only half of them received food augmented with ursolic acid. Although the half that received the ursolic acid ate more, they gained less weight. Additionally, the investigators found they burned more calories, had more muscles and displayed greater endurance than the group who did not receive the compound. Furthermore, their blood sugar levels were near normal and they did not incur obesity related-fatty liver disease.

The mechanism of action responsible for the obesity-fighting benefit appears to be two-pronged. Author Christopher Adams explains that since muscle tissue is a good calorie burner, the muscle-building effect of ursolic acid may account for part of it. While the researchers were aware of this effect from prior research, they were surprised to find this compound also increases a substance called brown fat, which is a superb fat burner.

Adams notes that because of brown fat's healthful properties, scientists are endeavoring to discover how to increase it. Some research has associated greater levels of brown fat with reduced levels of obesity, along with improved blood sugar and lipids, indicating this substance can assist in weight management and in preventing diabetes.

Earlier studies show apple peels are richly abundant in antioxidants and polyphenols. Also, eating an apple a day lowers the risk of lung and colon cancer.

Adams intends to study the effect of ursolic acid on humans to determine if it is as beneficial for them as for mice. If this proves to be the case, the next step would be to ascertain the number of apples a person would need to eat to experience the positive effects. In the meantime, eating an apple a day seems like a good idea, but it is best to choose the organically grown ones to avoid insecticides and wax present in the peel.

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More about Hijiki

This is Hijiki. It is dry, same as other seaweed or kelp. It gets 7 times bigger after soak in the water.

Now, you can see soaked hijiki, and bok choy, edamame, celery, fish cake, lotus root.I will cook all together.

Hijiki is good match with oil. I use sesame oil to cook.
And I use sake, soy sauce, mirin, sugar, red pepper.

This is a new version of hijiki salad. I cooked hijiki with kabocha squash.

We gave to most of customers yesterday and today. Some people liked this and some people did not like.

If you need good and strong hair, you have to eat hijiki. This is natural vitamins with no side effect.

This is good to see it.

This is from NASA, means out tax? Good job.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Hijiki Salad

 Some people know this. Hijiki is kind of seaweed.

Research studies have determined hijiki to have 34 grams of minerals per 100 grams. It has excessively high amounts of calcium and fiber. It also contains many other beneficial minerals. These mineral are essential to our health, which makes the health benefits of hijiki important to the well being of our bodies. It can also improve the strength and condition of one's hair.

Like many sea vegetables, hijiki is an excellent bone-builder, since it contains more calcium than any other seaweed available. For this reason, frequent consumption of hijiki will also guard your body against osteoporosis and other bone diseases. Hijiki is also an excellent source of fiber, which helps to lower elevated cholesterol and regulate blood sugar levels. It also contains the following nutrients, to varying degrees: Iodine, iron, beta carotine phosphorus, potassium, protein, sodium, vitamins B1, B2, B3, and B12, magnesium, as well as the compound fucoidan, which is known to prevent cancer.

So, what is a problem? American people don't like the color of black.
Some of our customers don't like nori, seawseed for sushi. It sticks on teeth, that they say.
American need to know more healthy benefits than looks or something like that.

 I make hijiki with edamame, fish cake, lotus root. You can try this. Being healthy is not difficut, jut eat good food.
We were very healthy before. The turning point was 1971. The first McDonal's opened in Tokyo.They have 3300 stores in Japan.
That was a big mistake. Japanese people think this is fast food and trendy. I feel this is junk food and for poor people.
Anyway, we have to eat something good. If I need to eat something quick, I go to Subways, this is still better than frozen meat pate. Don't you think so? Or, I just don't eat. I can do this.
Ask me for Hikiji Salad tasting.

Friday, June 22, 2012

These were my lunch yesterday.

It is very hot today. High will be 91F ant tomorrow will go up to 93. And many people think cold food. Of course I eat cold noodle sometimes.
But Hot food is also good.
The left one is Ma-bo Tofu, Pan fried ground meat with tofu and vegetables. I like this and make for lunch special sometimes.
And the right one is my lovely Healthy Body Soup. Believe or not, a few customers still ask me to make this. So, I always keep it and make for them.
After eat those foods, I feel better. Hot summer and hot food and get sweat, this is healthy thing.

Is this tasty?: Smoothie from Costco

 I go to Costco 2 times a week. I always find something new and buy them.
This Natures Collection is really good. There are 2 flavors and both are lovely.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Best tuna in June, 2012

This is big eye tuna, around 40 lbs, Stomach side.

You can see the thickness of toro, I can make many Negitoro don.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

 Taka Update June 19, 2012

 Fish delivery and more

Good tuna is coming tomorrow. It is big eye tuna and I buy stomach side this time. The weight of ¼ is almost 40 lbs.

So far all Japanese fish are good. We only have 15 days to July 4th. I went to Costco this morning and saw a big fireworks box. July 4th and fireworks are good matching.We are not open on July 4th.

Weight Control and Golf

I played golf last Sunday and made some money. I did no lose any money. That was a good think. I will play this Sunday again.
Weight is fine in bad level. It was 168.50 lbs. this morning. I am doing weight training for Sunday golf game.

Sleeping Pill Use Increases Risk of Death and Cancer

If you use sleeping pills such as zolpidem (Ambien) or temazepam (Restoril), even less than twice a month, you are at an increased risk of death, according to a new study in the online journal BMJ Open. The same study noted that high doses of sleeping pills may also increase your risk of cancer.

The findings of this new study are disturbing, especially since use of sleeping pills (hypnotics) is on the rise. According to the authors, between 5% and 10% of adults used sleeping pills in the United States in 2010.

Data from the NHS Information Centre showed a 3% increase in prescriptions for sleeping pills between 2007/08 and 2010/11 in England, as well as a 28% rise in antidepressant use. Experts believe the stress of economic problems are causing more people to experience stress and difficulty sleeping.
In the new study, which was conducted by researchers at the Scripps Clinic Viterbi Family Sleep Center in La Jolla, California, and the Jackson Hole Center for Preventive Medicine in Jackson, Wyoming, the authors followed 10,529 adults (mean age, 54 years) who had been prescribed sleeping pills for an average of 2.5 years between 2002 and 2007. They were matched with 23,676 controls who had not used hypnotic prescriptions.
The two most commonly used sleeping pills were temezepam and zolpidem, which accounted for more than 50% of the drugs used. Others included eszopiclone, zaleplon, and various barbiturates and sedative antihistamines.
After allowing for factors such as age, underlying health conditions, sex, and lifestyle habits, the investigators found evidence of a link between use of the sleeping pills and an increased risk of death. More specifically:
·         People who were prescribed up to 18 doses a years were more than 3.5 times as likely to die as were individuals who were not prescribed sleeping pills

·         Individuals taking from 18 to 132 doses of sleeping pills were more than four times as likely to die

·         Anyone who took more than 132 doses of the pills were more than five times as likely to die as were non-using controls

·         Although these risks were seen in all age groups, the risks were greatest among people aged 18 to 55

·         Adults who took the highest number of doses were 35% more likely to be diagnosed with cancer, and this risk was not related to any pre-existing condition

Dr. Trish Groves, editor-in-chief of BMJ Open, pointed out that “Although the authors have not been able to prove that sleeping pills cause premature death, their analyses have ruled out a wide range of other possible causative factors.”
So what now? The authors noted that “the meager benefits of hypnotics, as critically reviewed by groups without financial interest, would not justify substantial risks.” They pointed out that “a consensus is developing that cognitive-behavioral therapy of chronic insomnia may be more successful than hypnotics.”
In fact, a recent study in Psychology Research and Behavior Management reported on “New developments in cognitive behavioral therapy as the first-line treatment of insomnia.”

The authors, from the Sleep Medicine Center at Stanford University School of Medicine, reported that cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTI) is well grounded in science and that “there is strong empirical evidence that CBTI is effective.”
The new findings of an association between use of sleeping pills and a substantially increased risk of death and cancer are reason to reconsider the use of these medications, say the authors, including even short-term use.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Free Japanese Culture Summer Camp for Rising 6th Graders!

It is summer and your kids might stay all day. This is a great offer from Conslate geb]neral of Japan. Free summer camp is available.

Kids will get to learn all about Japanese culture, including writing Japanese characters with a calligraphy brush, experiencing a traditional tea ceremony, listening to a shamisen (Japanese banjo) performance, folding paper cranes, arranging flowers Japanese style, learning karate, and much more!
Monday, July 9 through Friday, July 13
9:05 am - 11:45 am

Phipps Tower, 2nd Floor Conference Room
3438 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30326-1555

Click here for directions.

Rising 6th graders
*Students who participated last year and Japanese citizens are not eligible.
Cost:Absolutely FREE!
Please note:
The camp is limited to the first 35 students to register. Spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. We will open registration on Thursday, June 14, at 10:00 am. If you register but then are unable to attend the class for any reason, please email us as soon as possible so that we may give your spot to someone on our waiting list. Please refrain from bringing food or drink to the camp.

Please email us the following information to register:
Student's Last Name
Student's First Name
Student's Age
Student's Grade
Student's Gender
Guardian's Last Name
Guardian's First Name
Student's Address
Zip Code
Email Address
Phone number where guardian can be reached during camp
Emergency Contact First and Last Name
Emergency Contact Phone Number
Does the student have any food allergies or restrictions?
Volunteers: If you would like to volunteer at this event, please email us.

We're looking forward to meeting you!

Taka Update June 13, 2012

 Taka Update June 13, 2012

 Fish delivery and more

Good tuna is coming today. This is big eye tuna and the size is not big like last time.

I ordered ¼ and around 30lbs. I am expecting this tuna.

Kinmedai did not come yesterday. It will come tomorrow.

I just changed the menu. I took off Fried calamari, our long time seller and replaced Pan fried Spicy Calamari. I also add Coconut Shrimp. This is a kind of Hawaiian essence.

Some cold appetizers are also available.

Focus young people and old people follow. Keeping same menu means get old restaurant and keep old people. If we focus old people, young people don’t follow.

Focus ladies and guys follow. It is same reason. We have so many ladies customers and am proud of this.

 Weight Control and Golf

It was rain and the golf tournament was cancelled. I was so frustrated. I want to play golf. Anyway, I will play this Sunday.

Discover the amazing ability of curcumin (turmeric) to fight chronic disease
For thousands of years, ancient cultures throughout Asia have been using turmeric, also known as curcumin, to spice up food -- and today, curcumin is used throughout the world. But this relative of ginger is hardly just a flavor enhancer, as studies continue to show that curcumin contains powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, antioxidant, and even anti-cancer properties that render it a powerful, disease-fighting medicine in addition to being a culinary spice.

A mixture of natural resin and turmeric oil, curcumin and the science behind its effects on the body continue to captivate the attention of scientists who have unveiled quite a bit about its healing capacities. Though it has long been used in traditional medicine, scientists have only recently within the past several decades uncovered the specifics of how curcumin works in the body to prevent and treat disease.

Curcumin fights harmful bacteria, bad cholesterol, and disease-causing inflammation
A 1949 paper published in the journal Nature is one of the earliest known studies to identify curcumin's powerful antibacterial properties. In it, the authors found that curcumin effectively targets Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella paratyphi, Trichophyton gypseum, and Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

Later in the 1970s, researchers found that curcumin is also effective at keeping cholesterol levels in check, fighting diabetes, relieving disease-causing inflammation, and targeting health-destroying free radicals. And by the 1980s, it was discovered that curcumin is also a powerful remedy for preventing and treating cancer, as it regulates the expression of genes that contribute to tumorigenesis, cell survival, cell proliferation, invasion, and angiogenesis.

Curcumin improves cell communication throughout the body

The human body is composed of an intricate network of cells that communicate with one another to promote growth, fight disease, process nutrients, create hormones, and perform other vital functions. This is accomplished via signaling molecules present throughout the body that act as messengers for cells, constantly delivering crucial information back and forth between them.

And curcumin has been shown to directly influence many of these signaling molecules, including inflammatory molecules, transcription factors, enzymes, protein kinases, protein reductases, carrier proteins, cell survival proteins, drug resistance proteins, adhesion molecules, growth factors, receptors, cell cycle regulatory proteins, chemokines, DNA, RNA, and metal ions.

When cells fail to communicate properly, all sorts of diseases can emerge. Diabetics, for instance, suffer from their condition because of a breakdown in pancreatic cell communication, which is responsible for producing insulin. And individuals with multiple sclerosis suffer from a failure of nerve cells to adequately send information from one section of the brain to another.

Supplementing with curcumin is a great way to help prevent a myriad of diseases
All in all, supplementing with curcumin is an excellent way to avoid diseases of all kinds. From ulcers and cardiovascular disease to gastrointestinal disorders and cancer, curcumin is an excellent source of health-promoting nourishment that offers multiple benefits. And best of all is the fact that curcumin is relatively inexpensive, even when purchased as a supplement in capsule form.

I can say simply eating curry is good. We have Japanese curry rice and getting popular.

Curry contains curcumin.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The truth about sushi, how to eat sushi healthy.

My friend sent me this. What do you think?

A sushi dinner can weigh in at a paltry 200 to 300 calories, or easily top 1,000 calories. What you order – and how much of it – is what makes the difference. We went to nationally known registered dietitian Tanya Zuckerbrot for some tips to help you enjoy your next sushi meal without the worry of gaining weight.

Lighten up by skimping on rice
:What’s sushi without rice? Sashimi – and ordering it will save you quite a lot in refined carbs and calories. One piece of tuna sashimi (approximately 1 ounce of protein with no rice) has about 35 calories. Make it a piece of tuna nigiri (with rice) and it’s about 61 calories. A typical sushi roll is prepared with one cup of rice, which amounts to three servings of carbs and 240 calories. And that’s before the fish, vegetables and any sauce has been added.

Tanya’s Tip: Order "Naruto." Have your roll wrapped in cucumber instead of rice and you’ll save a few hundred calories. If you are craving rice don’t worry. Just ask for your roll to be prepared with “light rice” and, if available, request brown rice for a nutritional boost.

Opt for lean protein and healthy fat. Salmon, tuna and yellow tail (all staples at the sushi bar) are among the leanest proteins you can eat. And, you don't have to eat them raw; most Japanese restaurants offer a selection of broiled, grilled or steamed seafood.

Go ahead and enjoy a few pieces of fatty, cold-water fish such as mackerel and eel, which are both rich in heart-healthy Omega 3. You can still keep the calories down by rounding out your meal with a vegetarian roll made with cucumber, asparagus, or avocados (instead of fish). Keep in mind that while avocados are a good source of healthy fat, they are also higher in calories than other vegetables, so eat them in moderation.

Tanya’s tip: If sushi is a mainstay of your diet, regularly include vegetarian rolls to help reduce your intake of mercury from fish. The USDA recommends that women who are pregnant or breast feeding limit their fish and seafood intake to 12 ounces per week.

Avoid “Americanized” sushi
As with many ethnic cuisines, Americanized versions are usually less healthy than the original old-country recipes. At a sushi restaurant you’ll see this particularly in the offering of fattier rolls using ingredients such as cream cheese, duck, tempura flakes, mayonnaise and deep fried fish. As a rule of thumb, the more words used to describe a roll, the fattier it’s going to be. For example, a basic salmon avocado roll has 304 calories. Add a tablespoon of cream cheese and you get another 50 calories; a roll with Japanese mayo tacks on another 90 calories.

Tanya’s tip: Avoid the mayo, typically found in “spicy” versions of common rolls. Each tablespoon of spicy mayo packs an additional 100 calories and 11 grams of fat into the roll, and possibly more for the tablespoon of cream cheese used in a Philadelphia roll. Even creamy Japanese salad dressings can add significant calories to simple greens you’re eating. Ask for dressings on the side or avoid them all together.
Don’t be tempted by tempura:Stay away from menu items billed as “tempura” or “crunchy,” as these mean the dishes are breaded and deep fried. Shrimp by itself is low in calories and fat, but served up as a shrimp tempura roll it packs about 544 calories and 13 grams of fat!

Tanya’s tip: To avoid saturated fat and extra calories from frying, be sure none of the ingredients in a dish are fried. Remember, what appears like a standard roll on the outside may contain fried fish or breading, so read descriptions closely.

Know proper portions:While traditional sushi is a healthy food, it’s still important to stick to proper portions if your aim is to eat light. For most of us, an order of miso soup and a roll doesn’t quite seem like a meal. Rather, it’s more like soup, salad, and two to three rolls, and that’s a lot of calories and fat when you consider the rice and any sauces used. As a guide, figure a sensible sushi meal consists of six sushi or sashimi pieces, or one to two basic rolls.

Tanya’s tip: Avoid the “combo” specials that often come with soup, salad and three rolls, and definitely go easy on sauces by omitting them or ordering them on the side.

Keep sodium down
Some Japanese foods are very high in sodium, the culprit behind water weight gain and bloating. The trick is to choose foods that have little to no sodium, such as sushi and sashimi.

Tanya’s tip:
Use less soy sauce or request the low-sodium kind. Also keep in mind that anything “miso” is high in sodium. Even a serving of edamame may be flavored with salt, so ask if you can have it salt-free.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Taka Update June 07 2012

Taka Update June 07, 2012 

Fish delivery and more

Vacation is over! Hot summer is coming. Eat cold sashimi and sushi. That’s a good idea in summer.
I had information about big eye tuna yesterday. Our supplier said “Light fat in it”.
So I decided to not buy it. The last time was really bad and needed to choose right one.
Uni supply is not bad. It is available. Japanese fish is also no problem.
The 2 bad news are available. Kanpachi is not available.  And live Scallop is also not available. I have no idea about those items. Those are not FDA holding.
I erased Blue Shrimp from the menu. This was FDA holding. How long? I’ve been waiting for releasing from FDA for 2 months. Are they on vacation?

Weight Control and Golf

I gained weight in Hawaii. And I also got sick the last day in Hawaii. I am getting better now. And the weight is coming back to normal. It was 168 lbs. If I take vacation, I gain weight. If I work every day, I can keep my weight. That means I don’t need vacation. I made vacant some part of brain this time. That was a good point.

Eating Citrus Fruit May Lower Women's Stroke Risk

A compound in citrus fruits may reduce your stroke risk, according to research reported in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. Eating higher amounts of a compound in citrus fruits, especially oranges and grapefruit, may lower ischemic stroke risk. Women who ate high amounts of the compound had a 19 percent lower risk of ischemic stroke than women who consumed the least amount.
This prospective study is one of the first in which researchers examine how consuming flavonoid subclasses affects the risk of stroke. Flavonoids are a class of compounds present in fruits, vegetables, dark chocolate and red wine.

"Studies have shown higher fruit, vegetable and specifically vitamin C intake is associated with reduced stroke risk," said Aedín Cassidy, Ph.D., the study's lead author and professor of nutrition at Norwich Medical School in the University of East Anglia in Norwich, United Kingdom.

"Flavonoids are thought to provide some of that protection through several mechanisms, including improved blood vessel function and an anti-inflammatory effect."

Cassidy and colleagues used 14-years of follow-up data from the Nurse's Health Study, which included 69,622 women who reported their food intake, including details on fruit and vegetable consumption every four years. Researchers examined the relationship of the six main subclasses of flavonoids commonly consumed in the U.S. diet -- flavanones, anthocyanins, flavan-3-ols, flavonoid polymers, flavonols and flavones -- with risk of ischemic, hemorrhagic and total stroke.

As expected, the researchers didn't find a beneficial association between total flavonoid consumption and stroke risk, as the biological activity of the sub-classes differ. However, they found that women who ate high amounts of flavanones in citrus had a 19 percent lower risk of blood clot-related (ischemic) stroke than women who consumed the least amounts.

In the study, flavanones came primarily from oranges and orange juice (82 percent) and grapefruit and grapefruit juice (14 percent). However, researchers recommended that consumers increase their citrus fruit intake, rather than juice, due to the high sugar content of commercial fruit juices.

A previous study found that citrus fruit and juice intake, but not intake of other fruits, protected against risk of ischemic stroke and intracerebral hemorrhage. Another study found no association between yellow and orange fruits and stroke risk, but did link increased consumption of white fruits like apples and pears with lower stroke risk. An additional study found that Swedish women who ate the highest levels of antioxidants -- about 50 percent from fruits and vegetables -- had fewer strokes than those with lower antioxidant levels.

More studies are needed to confirm the association between flavanone consumption and stroke risk, and to gain a better understanding about why the association occurs, the authors said.


I think eating fruits are also good for skin. And we have to eat fresh fruits, not juice. And we have to eat seasonal fruits. Berries are on market right now. I buy strawberry, black berry, raspberry now. And I love blueberry but wait for a month. Local grown blueberry is coming soon and the price will drop.

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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Pictures from Hawaii

Ko Olina Golf resort

Kapolei Golf Club

Rainbow and Diamondhead

Waikiki area

A view from Condo

Canal view from Condo