Monday, December 30, 2013

The last delivery of 2013

If I judge 2013 tuna supply, It is really good. I had big eye tuna most of the time.
And I sold a lot of toro.

It is not easy to get good tuna in winter. We will see it next year.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Taka Update December 19, 2013

Taka Update December 19, 2013

Fish delivery and more
Tuna is not bad. It came yesterday and had good chu-toro. Uni is great. I have 4 trays now and enough for this weekend. I have Shirako (Cod testicular) and Namako ( Sea Cucumber). Both are sold out last week. I was very surprised.

Holiday Closing Information
We will be closed 25th Christmas Day and January 1st  New Year Day, that’s all.


Steaming Broccoli Preserves Potential Power to Fight Cancer: Study
The way you prepare broccoli and related vegetables can alter their potentially cancer-fighting powers, new research shows.

Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables are a good source of sulforaphane, a phytochemical (naturally occurring plant compound) that has shown strong anti-cancer properties in lab studies.

However, the enzyme myrosinase in broccoli is needed for sulforaphane to form. If the myrosinase is destroyed, sulforaphane cannot form.

Researchers compared boiled, microwaved and steamed broccoli, and found that steaming broccoli for up to five minutes was the best way to retain its myrosinase. Boiling and microwaving broccoli for one minute or less destroyed the majority of the enzyme, according to Elizabeth Jeffery, a researcher at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jeffery also found that if you do eat well-cooked broccoli, you can still get sulforaphane to form by adding raw foods containing myrosinase to your meal. Study participants ate a broccoli supplement with no active myrosinase. When some of them ate a second food with myrosinase, their blood and urine levels of sulforaphane were significantly higher than those who did not eat the second food with myrosinase.

The findings were presented Thursday at the annual meeting of the American Institute for Cancer Research in Bethesda, Md. Findings presented at medical meetings should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

"Mustard, radish, arugula, wasabi and other uncooked cruciferous vegetables such as coleslaw all contain myrosinase, and we've seen this can restore the formation of sulforaphane," Jeffery said in an institute news release.

Previous research has found that:

Crushing or chopping garlic, and then waiting 10 to 15 minutes before exposing it to heat allows its inactive compounds to convert into the active, protective phytochemical known as allicin.

Cooking tomatoes and other foods that contain lycopene allows our body to more easily absorb the beneficial phytochemical.

Boiling vegetables for a long time means you lose water-soluble vitamins, such as vitamin C, folate and niacin that leach into the water.

"As we're learning, food processing isn't just what happens to food before it reaches the grocery shelves," AICR associate director of nutrition programs Alice Bender said in the news release. "This research highlights that what you do in your kitchen can make those fruits and vegetables on your plate even more cancer-protective."


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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Konbu, this is the key of good foods.

This is dried kelp. It is called konbu.
And this one is from Rishiri, Hokkaido, Japan.
Rishiri konbu is the bet konbu in Japan.

I make miso soup, noodle soup, oden broth, healthy body soup. I use a lot.
And I sometimes eat this after used. It is good minerals in it. The taste is not great but I eat for my health.

Rishiri Island

It is located north of Hokkaido island.

 Uni is famous in Rishiri.

Hokkaido Island and Rishiri island

Uni Sashimi Lima Style

One of friends told me about this. I arranged it a little bit.
Uni sashimi with Yuzu lemon juice, Wasabi pickle, Sliced jalapeno and white truffle oil.

Oden, Japanese Hot Pot

I think people like ramen. And those people like Oden.
This is our winter dish. We have Oden restaurants in Japan.
You must try it.
Sushi is not the only Japanese food.

Shirako, Cod testicular

It is in season now, I buy it from Japan. I normally but it from Boston area but they are not ready.
Japanese shirako is 5 times expensive. And the taste is 5 times better.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Taka Update December 11. 2013

 Taka Update December 11, 2013

Fish delivery and more
Tuna supply is negative. We have been shaving good tuna for 7-8 weeks. I had blue fin tuna on Tuesday but I did not buy it. That was not my standard. I carry yellow fin tuna and frozen blue fin Oh-toro this time. Uni supply is really good. I make Uni pasta and try to make Uni Martini. Sounds good? Kinme-Dai came yesterday. And I also received Hawaiian fish, too. We have Ono, Mongchong, Walu and Grouper. 20days are available in 2013. Times go by as usual.

Holiday Closing Information
We will be closed 25th Christmas Day and January 1st  New Year Day, that’s all.

Book Information
What is going on my book? I wanted to know it. I sent a mail to Savory Books. They will send me the final this week. If I approve it, go to printing.  I can say maybe in February. But it is coming in 8-10 week. It’s holiday season and everybody is busy like me.

Women Under 60 with Diabetes at Much Greater Risk for Heart Disease
Results of a Johns Hopkins study published today in the journal Diabetes Care found that young and middle-aged women with type 2 diabetes are at much greater risk of coronary artery disease than previously believed.

Generally, women under 60 are at far less risk for coronary artery disease than men of the same age. But among women of that age who have diabetes, their risk of heart disease increases by up to four times, making it roughly equal to men’s risk of this same form of heart disease.

“Our findings suggest that we need to work harder to prevent heart disease in women under 60 who have diabetes,” says Rita Rastogi Kalyani, M.D., endocrinologist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and lead study author. “This study tells us that women of any age who have diabetes are at a high risk for coronary artery disease.”

While men generally have a higher incidence of heart disease than women, the study found that diabetes had little or no effect on men’s heart disease risk.
Kalyani said the new study is believed to be the first to focus specifically on gender differences in coronary artery disease among younger and middle-aged people with diabetes.

For the research, she and her colleagues analyzed data from more than 10,000 participants in three widely regarded studies: the GeneSTAR Research Program, the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) III. None of the participants had a history of heart disease. All three studies yielded similar gender differences in rates of diabetes and the risk of developing heart disease.

“Our study adds to growing evidence that gender differences exist in the risk of coronary artery disease brought on by diabetes,” Kalyani says.

Interestingly, in both women and men, these findings were unrelated to differences in obesity and other traditional cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure, cholesterol and smoking.

Kalyani and her colleagues offer several possible explanations for the increased risk. There may be distinct genetic and hormonal factors related to the development of heart disease by gender. Differences in adherence to heart-healthy lifestyle behaviors, compliance and treatment of cardiovascular treatments between genders are also possible but need to be further investigated, Kalyani says. Also, the relationship of diabetes duration and glucose control to risk of heart disease remains unclear.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

New Pinot Noir by the glass

10 Span is our new Pinot Noir by the glass.
I think CA or OR Pinot Noir price are going up.
We carry Darcie Kent Pinot Noir. This price is going up from $9 to $12-13.
So we give up Darcie Kent and switch to 10 Span.

Uni Shot

I am trying to make Uni shot. The idea came from Lima, Peru.
I might change the name to Uni Martini.
It is under development.

Hawaiian Fish of this week

From Left
Ono, Mongchong, Walu and Grouper
Mongchong is coming back because of low price.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Namako, Sea Cucumber

This is namako, sea cucumber from Japan.
Namako is seasonable item and New year dish in Japan.
It is ugly and ditry.

I use seas salt and clean it.
It is very beautiful after clean.

This is Namako Sunomono, marinated namako.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Shochu is available now.

We carry Japanese Shochu now.

Mugi Shochu, Mugi is Barley.

Imo Shochu, Imo is Sweet potato.

You can drink on the rock, with water, with hot water.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Taka Update December 04, 2013

 Taka Update December 4, 2013

Fish delivery and more

Tuna supply is not bad. I have very good big eye tuna for this week. Kinme-Dai did not come yesterday. Uni is the best in season. I make Uni pasta for special and good response. You have to try this.26 days for 2014 and time is flying.
We have hard liquor license now and can serve Sho-Chu, Japanese spirits. You can drink it with ice water, hot water. But I do not like Sho-chu personally.

Holiday Closing Information
We will be closed 25th Christmas Day and January 1st  New Year Day, that’s all.

ZAGAT rated us very well.

My comment?  Be nice to the customers.

Doctors still overprescribing antibiotics
Prescriptions for sore throat, acute bronchitis more common than they should be. This is from CNN NewSourse.

With all the talk of "superbugs" and antibiotic-resistant bacteria, you might think prescriptions for unnecessary antibiotics is relatively infrequent, especially for conditions where these drugs rarely work.

New research from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston suggests the opposite. Dr. Michael L. Barnett, lead author, and Dr. Jeffrey A. Linder, senior author, found that prescriptions of antibiotics for sore throat and acute bronchitis are far more common than they should be.
"You have a viral infection for which the antibiotics are not going to help, and you’re putting a chemical in your body that has a very real chance of hurting you," Linder said. Side effects of antibiotics include diarrhea, vaginitis in women, interactions with other medications and more serious reactions in a small number of people.

Also concerning: When you take antibiotics, there's a chance the disease you're fighting -- or other bacteria in your body -- will mutate, making it more resistant to antibiotics in the future.
"People may have infections that are harder to treat down the line because we're overusing antibiotics today," Linder said.

Disturbingly, says Linder, if you have taken an antibiotic recently there is a measurable amount of antibiotic-resistant bacteria on and inside you. It's not possible to say any particular person is going to end up with an infection that's resistant to antibiotics because of taking these drugs. But science has shown that community levels of antibiotic use are related to rates of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, Linder said.
Results from two studies by Linder and Barnett were presented at IDWeek 2013, a meeting of health professionals, this week.

In a research letter published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, the researchers showed that while only 10 percent of adults with sore throat have strep, the specific condition requiring antibiotics, doctors prescribe antibiotics in 60 percent of sore throat cases.
The study authors used data from large nationally representative surveys of ambulatory care in the United States: The National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey and the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey. The surveys are sources of information on physicians and their practices.

Linder and Barnett analyzed data from 1997 to 2010 for more than 8,000 sore throat visits, from patients who did not have injuries, immunosuppression or other infectious diagnoses at the same time. Based on this information, they determined that physicians have been prescribing antibiotics in about 60 percent of sore throat visits since around 2000.
They also found that prescriptions for penicillin, the choice antibiotic for strep throat treatment, held steady at 9 percent, while the more expensive alternative azithromycin has been prescribed more and more. In 1997 to 1998, prescriptions for azithromycin for sore throat were too uncommon to reliably measure; in 2009 to 2010 it was prescribed in 15 percent of visits.

There are limitations to this study, however; the researchers have no way of knowing whether individual prescriptions for antibiotics are appropriate, and the surveys only include patients seen in clinic or emergency department settings.
"The financial cost of unnecessary antibiotic prescribing to adults with sore throat in the United States from 1997-2010 was conservatively $500 million," the study noted. The cost could have actually been 40 times more expensive because of diarrhea and other

Researchers also found alarming trends regarding antibiotic overprescribing for acute bronchitis using nationally representative surveys. This study, unlike the research letter, has not been published in a peer-reviewed journal but was presented at IDWeek 2013.
Ideally, says Linder, antibiotics would almost never be prescribed for acute bronchitis because of the abundance of evidence that they do not help this condition.

Yet the prescribing rate of antibiotics for acute bronchitis nationally has remained steady over the past 30 years around 73 percent, he said.
Researchers excluded anyone who had a chronic lung disease such as asthma and emphysema from this study.

Part of the problem of overprescribing is patient demand -- people ask for antibiotics because they think these drugs will make them feel better. The other side of the coin is that many doctors have been prescribing antibiotics in abundance for years and are following old habits.
"I think there’s a discussion that should be happening between patient and doctor that doesn’t happen, that automatically leads to an antibiotic prescription," Linder said.

If you have a sore throat, for instance, you can tell your doctor that you want to know if you have strep -- and that if you don't have it, you don't need an antibiotic.

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Mt Fuji with cloud

Mt. Fuji is just beautiful, 3776m high.

Uni Omakase 10 courses, I made it.

It was slow night before Thanksgiving Day and our regular Omakase customers showed up. They loved uni and asked me uni dishes more.
So I decided 10 courses Omakase with uni.

1, Flounder with uni
2, Uni Ravioli
3, Uni Yamakake, Uni with grated Nagaimo
4, Uni Tempurawrapped with Anago, sea eel
5, Ealu Carpaccio Uni topping
6, Uni Pasta
7, Toro Tartar with hidden uni
8, Toro sashimi with uni
9, Uni Ika Kelp
10, Dream 5 Don

Uni pasta
This dish was made for Jason Family later. They loved it.

The last course, Dream 5 Don.
Uni, Toro, Ama-Ebi, Live Scallop and Sujiko (fresh Salmon Roe)

I really enjoyed making this Omakase. I love my job.

Saturday, November 23, 2013


Just bought at Restaurant Depot.

I like fried oyster.
Hiroshima, my home town is famous for oyster farming.
I used to eat it a lot when I was young.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Japanese Curry Rice, next star item.

This is Japanese Curry Rice. I think this will be a big hit in the future.
People eat Ramen now but they eat this curry rice soon.
I believe so.

Taka Update November 21, 2013

 Taka Update November 21, 2013

Fish delivery and more

Weather is getting cold this weekend. I have very good tuna this week. It is big eye tuna and 60 lbs for ¼ size. I never seen this kind of big one before. We cannot expect next week because of Thanksgiving Day. Uni supply is really good. Most of Japanese fish are coming tomorrow. I already cut Spanish mackerel. But fresh salmon roe is still coming.


Holiday Closing Information

We just close Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday lunch and Christmas. You can bring your families and friends Friday night or Saturday night.


Why high-heels are habit-forming

High-heel tottering fashion slaves often complain that stepping down to normal footwear is extremely uncomfortable following the elevating effects of a six-inch height boost. Now scientists know why.

In a paper in the Journal of Experimental Biology, Manchester Metropolitan University scientist Marco Narici explains how he used newspaper ads to recruit over 80 women with at least a 2 year, 5 cm high-heel history, 11 of whom reported discomfort when walking without their heels.

Ultrasound measurements of the calf muscle lengths amongst these women showed significant shortening - by 13% - of the muscle fibres compared with non-heel wearing controls.

At the same time, MRI scans showed that the Achilles tendons of the two groups were the same lengths, indicating that the tendons of the heel wearers had not lengthened to compensate for the shorter muscle length, although the heel wearers tendons were nonetheless thicker and stiffer than those of the controls.

Consequently, walking on flat-feet becomes uncomfortable for these people because the tendon cannot stretch sufficiently to compensate for the altered posture.


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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Katsu Don is popular in NYC?

I am not sure but there is an article about Katsu Don.

 This is Katsu Don.
Crispy fried pork or chicken over the steamed rice.

I show you step by step.

Braising onion with sweet dashi sauce.

Add crispy fried Katsu,

Add egg with green onion and wait a few minutes.
And go over steamed rice. That's it.

This Don is not bad.

I like making this kind of dishes.
Live scallop and uni make flowers and place fresh ikura in the middle of dish.

The biggest tuna ever!

 It was really heavy.  59.75 lbs for 1/4 size.

 And this is the cutting edge. It was still a few days after died.
It needs a couple days more to get mature.

Monday, November 18, 2013

New Sushi Bar Wall Decor

We finally finished all renovations.
I will not spend money any more, maybe. But I am not sure.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Book sneak preview

They just sent me this. I need to decide the layout. They sent several types and I decided to go with this.
Maybe next year. But it is coming.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Taka Update November 13, 2013

 Taka Update November 13, 2013

Fish delivery and more

Bad weather did not kill our business. But some items are not available. Live scallop, Ankimo and Live Aoyagi Clam are not available. High tide disturbs fishing, catching those items. Tuna supply is great. I have big eye tuna with midium fat. CA is very nice weather and Uni is no problem. Hawaiian fish are also available.


Holiday Closing Information

We just close Thanksgiving Day, Black Friday lunch and Christmas. You can bring your families and friends. My next vacation will be Memorial weekend in 2014.


Are Your Blood Pressure Meds Causing Cancer?

It turns out that the blood pressure medicine you’re on might be helping your hypertension, but it comes with another very dangerous side-effect: it may be a risk factor for breast cancer. About 67 million American adults suffer from high blood pressure—that’s one in every three American adults. This condition comes at a high price: about $47.5 billion is spent every year on the medical costs associated with high blood pressure, such as the cost of blood pressure medicine and doctor visits, plus another $3.5 billion is wasted in lost employee productivity. As the number of Americans with high blood pressure rises, so does the number of people turning to blood pressure medicine: 70% of Americans use blood pressure medicine to combat the condition. So while blood pressure medicine may be reducing your hypertension, just what else is it actually doing? According to a new study published early this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that long-term use of antihypertensive medications was associated with breast cancer. Why might this blood pressure medicine be a risk factor for breast cancer? To date, research has not found a conclusive link between patients who take blood pressure medicine such as antihypertensive medications and a risk of cancer (in particular, as a risk factor for breast cancer). In this recent study, researchers used a population-based case-control study in women aged 55 to 74, of which 1907 had breast cancer and 856 had no cancer (control group). Then, the researchers looked at the use of blood pressure medicine—in particular, calcium-channel antihypertensive medications. The women who were using this type of blood pressure medicine for more than 10 years had a higher risk of ductal breast cancer and lobular breast cancer. This study is the first of its kind to show that long-term use of blood pressure medicine (in particular, the calcium-channel blockers used in this study) can be a risk factor for breast cancer, but more research needs to be done to understand the association between the two conditions. If you’re currently on blood pressure medicine, and you have a higher risk of breast cancer (have a BRCA mutation, or a family history of cancer, for example), then raise the subject with your doctor. The study did note that certain types of blood pressure medicine were not shown to be a risk factor for breast cancer (diuretics, beta blockers, and antigotensin II antagonists) so ask your doctor about switching to those instead.


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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Thi sbroth go into ramen broth.

We have slow cooked short rib on the menu.
So I use this beef broth into ramen broth.
It means my ramen broth is chicken, pork and beef, triple power.

I think beef is expensive in Japan and they do not use it. But we all know beef broth is the BEST.
I use it, no matter what. I believe it good and better, best.

Cold tonight and tomorrow. Come to TAKA and eat ramen noodle.

Monday, November 11, 2013

New Tuna Jist arrived

This is 47 lbs of stomach side. Not bad, the meat is very firm. It means very fresh.

Now, you can see the cutting edge, see some dark spot. That is a damaged part.
May be tuna hit on something before died.
But this tuna has nice fat.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Is this a winner of 2013 dish?

Hey how about this?
Fresh sea urchin with fresh sujiko and Oh-toro.
This is OMG dish, maybe. I ate last night.

Sujiko. Fresh Salmon roe is available.

 It is in season right now. Fresh salmon roe is wonderful.

I cleaned it and soak in Dashi soy sauce.  It is available in November only.
You can feel the difference from Frozen salmon roe.
We normally serve frozen one.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Miss Korea 2013? Same faces?

Look at those faces. All faces are same? Why? Plastic Surgery?