Monday, July 30, 2012

Myoga is ready!

This is home grown myoga. Myoga is Japanese ginger. We eat this as fresh or pickles.
It is same as scallion, wasabi. We use it for garnish.
It is good with tuna, flounder sashiimi. And it is good with miso soup, soba noodle.
Myoga is very limited season. I normally get in August and September.
I feel this year;s harvest is early.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Barry Manilow at Chastain

Sorry, it was canceled. He was sick.
I went to there and a policeman had a board to show me.
I think he works too much.
He was in Louisville KY on 27th, Nashville TN on 28th.
The weather was very hot last week.
3 nights straight outside concerts for 68 old man?
Just crazy!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Sushi Class

I had a sushi class yesterday. Ashley and mother joined this class.
They enjoyed to make sushi and ate with sake.

Big eye tuna again!

I received big eye tuna yesterday. It was 43 lbs, stomach side.

This toro is not bad.

It is available all this weekend.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Taka Update July 25, 2012

 Taka Update July 25, 2012

 Fish delivery and more

It’s been good business and no problem. But it was very slow last night. Hot and humid summer killed our business. I had no idea last night.
Good tuna is coming today. It is big eye tuna and stomach side. I also ordered kama, collars. There is only 2 pieces and first come first serve. You should eat this kind of things before you die. It is worth to try.
I cut Malabar Grouper and Blue Fusilier . Grouper was a little bit chewy, Fusilier was not much great. I need to find something new.
Uni is fine. It is a little bit watery but still sweet.


We donate some money to Seacology, environmental NPO in CA.  It was $500 per month but I rose to $1000 from July because our business was good.
Save our islands and coral leaves all over the world. I personally donate $50 every month.

Weight Control and Golf

My weight is still same, around 170 lbs.  It is hard to lose 5 lbs. now. I sometimes get sweat but take beer after that. So, it is same basically.
My golf? It was just like Adam Scott. I was very good until 17 holes and I shot 11 at 18. Just tired and frustrated. This is the life and golf.
Barry Manilow is coming this Sunday. Hot and humid weather might kill him. He is 68 years old and does 2 hours performance.

Strawberries again vindicated in the fight against heart disease, diabetes and cognitive decline
This is from Natural News.
Flavonoids from many fruits have been associated with potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties to help prevent a host of diseases ranging from cardiovascular ailments and metabolic disorders to dementia and cognitive decline. Increased antioxidant activity promoted by consumption of strawberries is essential to halt damage to metabolically active organs such as the heart and brain, and when consumed as part of a regular dietary regimen can prevent cellular damage associated with chronic disease and early death.

Researchers from the University of Warwick in the UK have been studying the beneficial effects of strawberries on our cardiovascular health, particularly with regard to how they prevent the development of heart disease and diabetes. A study team led by Dr. Paul Thornalley has found that extracts from strawberries positively activate a protein in our bodies called 'Nrf2' which is shown to increase antioxidant and other protective activities. The protein decreases total blood lipids and levels of oxidized cholesterol, two elements known to promote cardiovascular disease.
Prior research has shown how consumption of strawberries can counter post-meal blood glucose surges and improve dangerous levels of oxidized LDL cholesterol, thereby decreasing the risk of diabetes and heart disease. This is the first time that strawberry extracts have been demonstrated to positively stimulate proteins that offer us protection against disease.

Dr. Thornalley commented "We've discovered the science behind how strawberries work to increase our built-in defenses to keep cells, organs and blood vessels healthy and which can reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular problems such as heart disease and diabetes." Strawberries and other members of the berry family modify our blood cholesterol profile with an effect similar to that seen with a high fiber diet, where cholesterol is absorbed in the intestines before it can be processed by the liver.

Strawberries accomplish this effect by down-regulating the impact of genes in the digestive tract that influence cholesterol absorption. The berries can also impact how the liver processes cholesterol, the degree of damaging oxidation and re-absorption of cholesterol for use by the trillions of cells throughout the body. As with most other natural foods that are shown to influence the expression of individual genes, only small quantities (one to two servings of strawberries, several days a week) of the super fruit are needed to provide positive health benefits that may help prevent a host of chronic illnesses.

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

New Carpet Looks Good.

This is before.

And this is after.

What do you you think? Not bad, right? We changer carpet on Thursday night. It feels like a new restaurant. Keep clean,keep nice are keys of success.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Taka Update July 17, 2012

 Taka Update July 17, 2012

 Fish delivery and more

We really had good tuna last week. It came on Wednesday and finished to sell on Monday. Toro was super and made a lot of Negitoro Don.
I am not sure it for this week. Our supplier always calls me the last minute.
So many bad weathers happen in Japan and might effects fish delivery. The entire world is going to crazy. I cannot surprise less than 100 people dies.
You might know about 500 of dead penguins came to Brazil coast.  They are looking for why.We see heavy thunder storms every day in Metro Atlanta.

 Weight Control and Golf
We had a monthly Japanese Chamber of Commerce tournament last Sunday. I shot 46-40-86. The score was not bad but I shot 10 at one of par 4. I just lost my mind at that moment. But I came back and made OK score.
My weight is same. I really enjoy my dumbbell training. It really works for my golf game.
So, I do not care much for weight issue. My weight is just 170 lbs. this morning.

 Babies With Pets Not Dogged by Colds: Study

Babies who live with dogs and cats during their first year of life may be less susceptible to respiratory infections, such as the common cold, according to new research. The study of nearly 400 children found that dogs were especially protective, and the babies who lived with dogs during their first year were about one-third more likely to be healthy during their first year, compared to babies who didn't have a pet in the home. Babies with dogs in the home were 44 percent less likely to develop an ear infection, and 29 percent less likely to need antibiotics than their petless peers.

"Children who had dog contacts at home were healthier and had less frequent ear infections and needed fewer courses of antibiotics than children who had no dog contacts," said the study's lead author, Dr. Eija Bergroth, a pediatrician who worked at Kuopio University Hospital, in Finland, at the time of the study. Bergroth also noted that "cat contacts did not seem to have as strong of an impact on infection frequency in multivariate analysis as the dog contacts."

Results of the study, released online July 9, will be published in the August print issue of Pediatrics. Previous research on pets in the home has suggested that animals, and dogs in particular, may provide some protection against the development of asthma and allergies. But, other studies have found that household pets may increase the number of respiratory infections in children, according to background information in the study.

To get a better idea of the impact of pets on a child's health, Bergroth and her colleagues reviewed data from a study of 208 children whose mothers were recruited during their last trimester of pregnancy. The mothers were from rural areas in Austria, Finland, France, Germany and Switzerland.

The study also included data from 216 mothers living in rural or suburban areas in Finland, who gave birth at Kuopio University Hospital in Finland. After excluding children with incomplete information, researchers looked at data from 397 children overall.

During the first year of life, 72 percent of the children experienced a fever, 40 percent had an ear infection, 97 percent had a runny nose, 84 percent had a cough and 32 percent wheezed at some point. Almost half of the children were given antibiotics at least once during their first year of life, according to the study.

Sixty-two percent of the children had a dog, and 34 percent had a cat at some time during the study. But, at the end of the 11-month study, almost two-thirds of parents said they had no dog in the home, and three-quarters said they had no cat.

Overall, children who had some exposure to dogs or cats in the home were healthier than those who didn't. They had fewer weeks with cough, ear infections and runny noses, according to the study. They also needed fewer courses of antibiotics.

Exposure to cats also showed a protective effect, but it wasn't as strong as the effect from dog exposure.

Bergroth said it's not clear how dogs might offer protection against respiratory illnesses.

"One possible explanation might be that the dogs bring something inside the house -- dirt, soil -- that affects the immune maturation of the child, leading to more composed immunologic reactions to infectious agents later when the child comes in contact with viruses and bacteria," she said.

A U.S. expert said the explanation might not be so simple.

"Having pets may have some positive aspects. Pets may offer some protection against developing a propensity for infections or atopic diseases, but I think the development of the immune system is very complicated," said Dr. Jennifer Appleyard, chief of allergy and immunology at St. John Hospital and Medical Center, in Detroit.

"Parents shouldn't feel guilty about having or not having a pet when their child is young. If you want a pet, get a pet," she advised.

Bergroth said she wouldn't tell parents whether or not to get a pet, but that her study's findings suggest that there is "no reason to avoid animal contacts because of fear of infections, at least not respiratory infections." She added that if there's a family history of allergies, it's more difficult to make recommendations regarding pets, and that the decision must be made on a case-by-case basis.

Six natural remedies to help relieve migraines

Feverfew - This is one of the oldest herbal remedies for migraines; this plant can be eaten raw or steeped in tea. Alexander Mauskop, M.D., and a board certified neurologist who focuses on headaches states that this herb can help treat migraines. The reason is because it contains a powerful chemical called parthenolide, which has been known to fight migraines. The earliest study comes out of Great Britain in the 1980's, showing that 70 percent of people who chewed a few leaves each day saw their symptoms improve.

Butterbur - Any form of this herb is toxic, except for the processed supplement. The chemicals in butterbur help relieve spasms and decrease inflammation, which can cause headaches. Another study on migraines showed that patients who took 75 milligrams of butterbur twice daily experienced 48 percent fewer migraines.

Magnesium - Research done by Mauskop showed that people who experience migraines can be deficient in magnesium. A small study showed that the daily consumption of magnesium supplements reduced the frequency of migraines by 42 percent, compared to only about 16 percent in patients given a placebo pill.

Riboflavin - Although this study found that riboflavin in doses that would need to be prescribed by a doctor helped migraine relief, it still helped ward them off. Riboflavin is found in foods like milk, meat, nuts and green veggies.

Omega 3s - These healthy fats can fight off inflammation, which is likely to be the cause of many headaches and even migraines. A few daily recommendations are flax seeds, salmon, and fish oil supplements.

Water - As obvious as it sounds, many headaches are caused by dehydration. If you know how to catch migraines early, drinking water immediately can actually stop a migraine in its tracks says Mauskop.

Most of these recommendations are person specific, and it is beneficial to try a number of things to see what works best for you. If you are tired of relying on medications to help your migraines, this is a great place to start.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Yes, this is big eye tuna.

It just came this morning, It's big eye tuna, stomach side.

Look at this toro. Sounds good?

And I prepare toro for Negitoro Don.  Come to get this.

Motsu Nikomi, True Japanese Food.

I made this, Motsu Nikomi. It is slow cooked beef viscera basically. I used heart, omasum tripe, short rib with bone, pork leg and cabbage, carrot, gobo, yum cake.
Motsu Nikomi is street food in Japan. It is from Kyushu area( south of Japan). Many Korean Japanese lived there and they started.

If you have a chance to go to NYC, go to Hakata Tonton.
I think this is the only Motsu restaurant in East coast.
I made this with miso, dashi and soy sauce. the taste is very light, meat is very tender.

And what is good for this? It is collagen. It is natural Botox with side effect.And this is only $6. It can makes your skin beautiful and makes your stomach happy.
I don't know so many American people avoid to eat chicken skin, OX tail, pork feet and skin.
Those are natural collagen. Just eat every week and get good skin if you are over 40 years old.
I am 50 years old without wrinkle. I am Asian but still have good skin.
This dish is available all this week. Please don't forget $5 natural Botox.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Taka Update July 10, 2012

Taka Update July 10, 2012 

Fish delivery and more

We will get some new fishes from japan this Thursday. I posted on my blog.
So, I removed Ainame, Mako-Garei We also carry Madagascar shrimp now.  We can eat this shrimp as raw.
Tuna supply is not great. I am hanging with O2 tuna from Philippine. Uni is not sure. We don’t have right now. It will not come tomorrow.

Weight Control and Golf
I played golf on July 1st,  4th,  6th and 7th . Is this too much? I really enjoyed. Playing golf every day is my dream.
Golf and business is same for me. Run for the target. That’s it.
Weight is not great but I feel OK so far. I started dumbbell training. I felt may fat changed to muscle a little bit. And golf score is better now.

 Beef lever sashimi banned in Japan.

Japanese Government banned selling beef lever sashimi at restaurant after July 1st. Sounds like same as California government banned selling foie gras after July 1st.
If someone breaks the law, $20,000 fines or less than 2 years of jail time might apply. This is because of prevention for food poison.
We eat horse sashimi in Kyushu area. I think we also eat chicken sashimi but a few part of it. We do not eat monkeys or snakes. And I never had horse sashimi in my life. I am not picky.

 Cell phone use in pregnancy may cause behavioral disorders in offspring
This is from Yale News

Exposure to radiation from cell phones during pregnancy affects the brain development of offspring, potentially leading to hyperactivity, Yale School of Medicine researchers have determined.

The results, based on studies in mice, are published in the March 15 issue of Scientific Reports, a Nature publication.

“This is the first experimental evidence that fetal exposure to radiofrequency radiation from cellular telephones does in fact affect adult behavior,” said senior author Dr. Hugh S. Taylor, professor and chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences.

Taylor and co-authors exposed pregnant mice to radiation from a muted and silenced cell phone positioned above the cage and placed on an active phone call for the duration of the trial. A control group of mice was kept under the same conditions but with the phone deactivated.

The team measured the brain electrical activity of adult mice that were exposed to radiation as fetuses, and conducted a battery of psychological and behavioral tests. They found that the mice that were exposed to radiation tended to be more hyperactive and had reduced memory capacity. Taylor attributed the behavioral changes to an effect during pregnancy on the development of neurons in the prefrontal cortex region of the brain.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), is a developmental disorder associated with neuropathology localized primarily to the same brain region, and is characterized by inattention and hyperactivity.

“We have shown that behavioral problems in mice that resemble ADHD are caused by cell phone exposure in the womb,” said Taylor. “The rise in behavioral disorders in human children may be in part due to fetal cellular telephone irradiation exposure.”

Taylor said that further research is needed in humans to better understand the mechanisms behind these findings and to establish safe exposure limits during pregnancy. Nevertheless, he said, limiting exposure of the fetus seems warranted.

First author Tamir Aldad added that rodent pregnancies last only 19 days and offspring are born with a less-developed brain than human babies, so further research is needed to determine if the potential risks of exposure to radiation during human pregnancy are similar.

“Cell phones were used in this study to mimic potential human exposure but future research will instead use standard electromagnetic field generators to more precisely define the level of exposure,” said Aldad.

Other Yale authors on the study include Geliang Gan and Xiao-Bing Gao.

The study was funded by grants from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, and Environment and Human Health, Inc.

A good thing is I use more text message than talking now, especially for the business.

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It's new! Madagasucar Shrimp

FDA is still holding blue shrimp from New Caledonia. What are they thinking? Maybe, nothing.
So, anyway our supplier found a new one.
This is really good. It is from Madagascar, just like Disney movie. Of course you can eat this as raw.

Monday, July 9, 2012

New Fishes in summer of 2012

Fish season changes always. It is hard to catch up.

Ao-Dai, I think this is a group of Snapper, Sea bream family.

Yaito Hata, this is a group of grouper.

Some people know Magochi, Bartail Flat head.  White meat but has good texture

These fishes are coming on Thursday, maybe.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Fresh Lychee is in season.

If you go to Asian grocery stores, buy this or just bite. It's so good. Fresh fruits are always good.
Do I like it? Of course. I like all kinds of fruits.

Health benefits of Lychee

  • Lychee fruits are low in calories, contains no saturated fats or cholesterol, but rich in dietary fiber, which, can be very important for individuals who are concerned about their excess body weight.
  • Research studies suggest that oligonol, a low molecular weight polyphenol found abundantly in lychee fruit. Oligonol has been found to have several anti-oxidant, anti-influenza virus actions. In addition, it helps improve blood flow in organs, reduce weight, and protect skin from harmful UV rays (Takuya Sakurai (Kyorin University, Japan), Biosci. Biotechnol. Biochem., 72(2), 463-476, 2008).
  • Litchi, like citrus fruits, is an excellent source of vitamin C; 100 g fresh fruits provide 71.5 mg or 119% of daily-recommended value. Studies suggest that consumption of fruits rich in vitamin C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.
  • It is a very good source of B-complex vitamins such as thiamin, niacin, and folates. These vitamins are essential since they function by acting as co-factors to help body metabolize carbohydrates, protein, and fats.
  • Litchi also contains a very good amount of minerals like potassium and copper. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids help control heart rate and blood pressure; thus offers protection against stroke and coronary heart diseases. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells.
See? You have to eat for your healthy life.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Is this tasty? Publix Frozen Yogurt

This is OMG!  Publix really makes good ice cream and these kinds of products. Actually I think they don't have a factory and ask local ice cream company.
It is very creamy. They say Low Fat. But we need to be careful. It is same as low sodium soy sauce. 40% sodium reduced soy sauce is same if you use 2 times portion.
They should sell No Gain, Reduced weight things.