Friday, December 28, 2012

Great Tuna is available for the end of 2012

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

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

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

Thursday, December 27, 2012

New Fish Kasago, Rock Fish

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

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

New sushi bar is ready to serve.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Taka Update

Taka Update December 19, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

I think this is the last one of this year.

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

Toro is better than last week's one.

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

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Taka Update December 12, 2012

 Taka Update December 12, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Taka sushiandpassion

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

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

This week's Tuna

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

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Taka Update December 06, 2012

 Taka Update December 06, 2012

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

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

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

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

Taka sushiandpassion

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

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Namako, Sea Cucumer is available.

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

I made mochi on Sunday.

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

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

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

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

 Before pounding, smash slow.

 Then pound rice and tunr over rice each time.