Thursday, January 31, 2013

New special sells well.

This is my new special. Sweet shrimp citrus flavor.

This is the last week special. Fresh baby octopus sumiso.
Octopus has 8 legs and I design it like 8 legs.

New Hitachino

We just got this beer, Hitachino Nipponia.
Nipponia is brewed using the revived Japanese breed of Kanego Golden barley which was first developed in 1900, along with another strain of hops called 'Japanese-bred Sorachi Ace'. Nipponia is a delightfully golden coloured beer with citrus edge and complex and lingering taste."
This is 6.5% Alcohol.

Akoudai, Sebastes

 Look at this big eyes.
This is Akou-Dai, Sebastes. It is from Japan. Top is Kinme-Dai, Splendid AlfonsinoThe weight is almost 3.5 kg.

And I cut this fish.
Look at this ugly face, And I decided to cook.

This cooking way is called Nitsuke, braised. We do a lot of nitsuke. We do Kinmedai, Madai, Kinki, Karei and more.

Taka Update January 31, 2013

 Taka Update January 31, 2013

Fish delivery and more

I received big eye tuna 2 days ago. Our supplier said low fat, and that was right. I gave up to sell this low fat toro as toro. So, it is same as last week. I will remove Kisu, Whiting and will get Kohada, Gizzard Shad.

Fish Omakase is coming next Tuesday. I don’t know what is in it. They send an assortment of best fish right now.

Hotaru Ika, Fire fry Squid is just started. I will get boiled one next week. And Nore Sore, baby eel is also started. This one is also coming next week. All other fishes are fine.


Nore Sore, Sea Eel baby It is clear and long,small.
Boiled Hotaru Ika
Beans a Boon for People With Diabetes, Study Finds

People suffering from type 2 diabetes can see an improvement in both their blood sugar levels and blood pressure if they add beans and other legumes to their diet, Canadian researchers report.

Chickpeas, lentils and beans are rich in protein and fiber, and these may improve heart health. Because they are low on the glycemic index, a measure of sugar in foods, they may also help control diabetes, the researchers explained.

"Legumes, which we always thought were good for the heart, actually are good for the heart in ways we didn't expect," said lead researcher Dr. David Jenkins, the Canada Research Chair in Nutrition and Metabolism at the University of Toronto.

Among diabetics, "not only did their glucose control become better, but -- and this surprised us -- it had a significant effect on blood pressure," he said.

Exactly why legumes have this effect on blood sugar and blood pressure isn't known, Jenkins said. The effect is most likely due to the protein, fiber and minerals they include, he noted.

Jenkins recommends adding more legumes to the diet. "They will do well for you," he said. "They will help you keep your blood pressure down and your blood glucose under control, and help you keep your cholesterol down."

The report was published online Oct. 22 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

For the study, Jenkins's team randomly assigned 121 patients with type 2 diabetes to eat one cup of legumes a day or whole-wheat products.

Over three months, the researchers found that those eating legumes saw an improvement in their blood sugar of 0.5 compared with 0.3 for those eating whole-wheat products. In addition, those eating legumes saw a reduction in blood pressure of 4.5 mm Hg, compared with a reduction of 2.1 mm Hg among those eating whole-wheat products, they found.

These improvements in blood pressure and blood sugar add up to better diabetes control and a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, the researchers said.

The study was funded in part by the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, a nonprofit organization representing pulse-crop farmers in Saskatchewan. Pulse crops include chickpeas, lentils, fava beans and soybeans.

Marion Franz, from Nutrition Concepts by Franz Inc., in Minneapolis, and author of an accompanying journal editorial, said "the study clearly shows that legumes are part of a healthy eating pattern."

Franz noted that patients were able to control blood sugar as well with whole wheat as they did with beans, and it may be easier for people to eat three servings of whole wheat a day rather than a cup of beans a day.

"What's really important for people with type 2 diabetes is not really what they eat, but how much they eat," Franz said. "You can overeat on healthy foods too."

Samantha Heller, an exercise physiologist and clinical nutrition coordinator at the Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital in Derby, Conn., agreed.

"For people with type 2 diabetes, beans as part of an overall healthy diet are a great addition," Heller said. "Not only do legumes have a relatively low glycemic index, they are loaded with fiber, antioxidants, protein, vitamins and minerals."

Beans provide a heart-healthy, nutritious and affordable alternative to less healthy red and processed meats, Heller said. Several studies suggest a link between eating legumes and lower incidence of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancers, along with better weight management, she said.

"While people may not eat a full cup of beans daily, as they did in this small study, including beans in a healthy diet will still provide many health benefits," Heller said. "Beans are great to use in dips, pasta sauce, salads, burritos, soups, stews and even brownies."

Another expert, who does believe in a low glycemic diet, said patients still need individualized eating plans.

"There is no standard recommendation with a low glycemic diet," said Dr. Minisha Sood, an endocrinologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "It is more beneficial to my patients to tailor diet recommendations."

Sood said she looks for specific problem areas, such as portion control or snacking. No single diet or food fits all patients.

"Dietary recommendations should be based on a patient's lifestyle, food likes and dislikes," she noted. "It really requires in-depth nutritional counseling."

Although the study found an association between eating legumes and decreased blood sugar and blood pressure, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

SOURCES: David Jenkins, M.D., Canada Research Chair in Nutrition and Metabolism, University of Toronto.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Ramen is very popular but...

As you know, ramen noodle is getting popular. If you go to NYC, you can see ramen store everywhere.
It's crazy. Americans start to eat unhealthy ramen. And it is popular in NYC and CA.
I think they don't know ramen is high calorie.

According to my research, simple ramen is around 500kcal. and heavy one is more than 1600kcal.
If ramen is 500kcal, noodle is 343 kcal and top. Soup is around 50kcal.

This is simple shoyu ramen and about 500kcal.

This ramen is from Ippudo in NYC, This style is called Tonkotsu ramen.
They use pork bone and a little bit heavy. I don't know but calorie is more than 700 kcal.

This is from Sapporo Ramen in NYC.  I think this is Miso ramen.

This is from Totto Ramen in NYC.

Oh, you can see ramen movie. This is preview.
Tampopo is very famous ramen movie in 1985.
I think you understand how Japanese people love ramen.

Do I like ramen? Yes, I do. But I don't eat weekly, monthly. Because I know it is high calorie food and high sodium food.
It is same as French fry, chicken wings. I like them but I do not eat weekly.

By the way, more than 230 people watched this article in a week.
You understand how ramen noodle is booming in this country.
We soled 2 ramen noodles at lunch. Young white ladies ordered. They were talking and eating.
When I saw the bowls in the kitchen, I was surprised. They just ate half of them.
We need to eat ramen when it is hot. This is the No.1 rule of eating ramen.
You cannot wait until ramen is warm, a little bit cool down.
The life of ramen is hot soup.
My Japanese friends went to NYC 1 month ago. They ordered ramen at ramen store.
They said the soup was not hot.
So I guessed many ramen stores don't make hot because Americans cannot eat when it is hot.
They normally wait. But what is happening when we wait ?
Noodles get moisture and make noodle very bad. Noodle lose texture.
I say NO when people want to take home their soup noodle.
Many people think they can reheat and can eat. Udon, Soba and ramen are not like pasta.
It is because of soup and noodle.
Please eat ramen when it is hot. You can make noise, you can blow noodle to make cool down.
You have to eat ramen when it is hot.  Thank you.

I received big eye tuna but....

Our supplier told me yesterday about this tuna. It was low fat tuna.
And he was right. It is very low fat toro is available.
It is good as tuna, red meat.

And it looks not bad right, but it is just looking only. It OK toro.
I can sell negitoro don but low price.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Onigiri, Rice ball

I make onigiri sometimes. It is not on the menu but our customers ask me to make sometimes.
Onigiri is rice ball. There are many ways to make but I like simple way like a picture. I use Yukari rice seasoning and make it. Yukari is red shiso seasoning and has nice flavor.
Most of our customers ask me to make sake, grilled salmon onigiri, grilled salmon is inside.Japanese people also like but local Japanese don't order.
I make it for traveler's breakfast or business people's night meal.
I also make onigiri for Sunday golf. Everybody likes my onigiri at golf courses, I make it with brown rice.


Something New right now.

Tuna supply is not great but we always have something new.
Iidako, baby Octopus.

Iidako season is just started. I get it uncooked condition. I boiled and serve with Sumiso, miso vinegar mustard. I cut head and cook it.

Shirako, Cod testicular , or Pollac Milt
I had it from Boston. And I stopped to sell it. And I got this one from Japan.
Yes, Japanese cod quality is higher than Boston one.
The price is 3.5 times higher but is worth to eat.

I try somethin new every 2months.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Taka Update January 23, 2013

Taka Update January 23,  2013

Fish delivery and more
Tuna supply is same as last week. I sell Hawaiian tuna only. It’s just like goes back to normal winter situation. Tuna is hard to get in winter.
All other fishes are fine.  There is no problem except flounder. Flounder normally comes from northeast. But this winter like weather kills fishermen. It is too cold to catch fish, maybe. On the other hand, uni is good, west coast weather is better now.

Study finds that eating fruits and vegetables improves optimism
Everyone knows that the regular consumption of organic fruits and vegetables leads to superior health, but a new study conducted by scientists at the Harvard School of Public Health has discovered yet another reason to favor a diet of natural foods - individuals who consume antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables on a regular basis are also more optimistic about the future.
The study assessed the blood concentrations of nine antioxidants - including carotenoids, which are a class of antioxidants mostly found in orange-colored produce - in 1,000 male and female participants between the ages of 25 and 74. During the assessment, the participants completed a questionnaire about their attitudes on life.
The scientists found that the most optimistic participants each had up to a 13 percent increase in blood concentrations of carotenoids compared to those who were less optimistic. Moreover, the scientists also found that the participants who consumed fewer than three servings of fruits and vegetables per day were considerably less optimistic than those who consumed more than three servings per day.
"Individuals with greater optimism tended to have greater levels of carotenoids such as beta-carotene," said the study's lead investigator, Julia Boehm. "This is the first study of its kind to report a relationship between optimism and healthier levels of carotenoid concentrations."

Avocado is super food.
First, disregard everything negative you may have read or heard about avocados. Avocados are so nutritious that many consider them superfoods. Forget the stuff about fats and calories.
Calories are irrelevant if they're nutritionally packed. It's nutritionally empty calories that lead to obesity. Avocados contain good fats that are necessary for building nervous system and brain tissue and curbing cardiovascular tissue inflammation that leads to clogged arteries.
Good fats include Omega-3 fatty acids that health conscious folks scramble to acquire from fish oils and flax seeds. There are plenty of Omega-3s in an avocado. There's also an abundance of oleic acid for Omega-6 fatty acids, which if unprocessed and not out of balance with Omega-3s support heart health. Cold pressed pure olive oil is an oleic acid provider also.
There's also a considerable amount of protein in an avocado. It's provided in a bundle of all the amino acids needed for complete proteins. This means your pancreas doesn't need to work so hard providing enzymes appropriate for digesting meat whole proteins instead of seeking and destroying cancer cells.
Avocados also provide several carotenoids and flavonoids, such as beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, lutein, lycopene, zeaxanthin and others. They all promote heart and eye health as well as protect you from neuro-degenerative diseases. You'll also get a healthy dose of natural vitamin E and magnesium.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Ngiri Sushi from Youtube


Omakase sushi

You feel good.

Taka Update January 17, 2013

 Taka Update January 17, 2013
Fish delivery and more
Tuna supply is not great. I have big eye tuna but this one is from Hawaii and there is no toro, just red meat. So, I carry Australian Blue fin toro, this is farm raised and frozen.
Uni supply is also tight but I have it and very limited. Japanese fish supply is getting back to normal. We get most of fish on Thursday.
Business in January is very good. I am working hard. Customers stayed up late last 3 days. We normally close at 10pm. But I went home 12am last 3 days. Snow is coming tonight and I will close early hopefully. Too much working is not great, makes my life short. The good thing is my golf game is very good recently. This is more than happiness and stress free.

Smoking, drinking tied to earlier pancreatic cancer
People who smoke or drink heavily may develop pancreatic cancer at an earlier age than folks who avoid those habits, a new study suggests.
It's long been known that smoking is a risk factor for developing pancreatic cancer - a disease that is rarely caught early and has a grim prognosis. Only about five of every 100 people diagnosed with the cancer are still alive five years later.

The evidence on heavy drinking has been more mixed, but some studies have suggested it's also a risk factor.

Now, the new results show the disease may strike smokers and drinkers earlier in life.

"If you do have these habits, and you're going to develop pancreatic cancer, the age of presentation may be younger," said lead researcher Dr. Michelle A. Anderson, of the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor.

Her team also found that the effect disappeared for former smokers or drinkers if they had quit 10 years or more before being diagnosed.

On average, the risk of developing pancreatic cancer in your lifetime is about one in 71. And the average age at diagnosis is 72, according to the American Cancer Society.

But in this study, current smokers and heavy drinkers were diagnosed a decade earlier than that.

That could be an important motivator for people to quit smoking or curb their drinking, according to Anderson. "That's potentially an extra decade of life," she said.

The findings, reported in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, are based on 811 patients in a pancreatic cancer registry.

Those who were current smokers were typically diagnosed around age 62, versus age 70 among non-smokers. Heavy drinkers, meanwhile, were typically diagnosed at age 61 - almost a decade earlier than non-drinkers.

Heavy drinking was defined as roughly three or more standard drinks a day. A 12-ounce beer or five ounces of wine would equate to a standard drink.

The findings do not prove that smoking or drinking led to the earlier cancers.

But Anderson's team did account for a number of other factors, like body weight and family history of pancreatic cancer. And smoking and heavy drinking were still linked to earlier diagnoses.

What's more, Anderson noted, there was a "dose" effect.

Smokers who went through more than a pack a day were diagnosed at a younger age than people who smoked less than a pack per day. And once people had refrained from smoking or heavy drinking for a decade, the excess risk of an early cancer seemed to disappear.

According to Anderson, the findings could have implications in the future, if widespread screening for pancreatic cancer becomes a reality.

Right now, there's no test that reliably detects pancreatic cancer in people who have no symptoms. So even people with a strong family history of the disease are not routinely screened.

In order to move toward screening, doctors not only need good tests, but also to know who to screen and at what age to start, Anderson explained.

If smokers and heavy drinkers do tend to develop pancreatic cancer earlier, that could help experts figure out which people could benefit from screening, and when it should begin.

SOURCE: American Journal of Gastroenterology, online August 28, 2012

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Coca Cola is nothing wrong at all.

Coca-Cola weighs in on obesity

It's a statistic we've been hearing far too often -- and for far too long. Two-thirds of American adults are either overweight or obese -- and the problem is only getting worse.
Even Coca-Cola, the world's largest beverage company, is now calling obesity "the issue of this generation."
The world's most valuable brand took the last seat at a crowded table Monday, when it launched an ad campaign aimed at "reinforcing its efforts to work together with American communities, business and government leaders to find meaningful solutions to the complex challenge of obesity."
I think you know this. Yes, Americans are big and fat. But they cannot blame Coca Cola company.
Their problem is not drinking Coca Cola. The problem is portion, quantity.
I like Coke but I don;t drink daily. I drink once a week or every two weeks. I prefer Diet Coke because I am on diet.
Taste good? I call it Chemical Coke because they use chemical sugar. It's OK if I drink once a week.
I know some people drink Coke as water, that's a problem.
Coke is not water, it is refreshment drink.
I read an article that a teenager drunk 2 cans of Monster drink and died. That's so stupid. Why we need to take 2 cans of energy drink? It's not energy drink, they just say that.
Anyway, Americans problem is portion, overeating and over drinking,
I think our customers are far above of average Americans but still they eat a lot.
And I feel Coca Cola action is almost same as tobacco company's campaign.
Tobacco companies are nothing wrong. Smoker is bad.
It is same like if you make accident with GM, and you complain GA because GM makes that car.
We have to control our mind and body, It is simple and difficult.
I feel like same as gun control. Gun is not bad but people using gun for wrong way is bad.

Did you see new cars? North America Auto Show

Is this Corolla???

Honda new SUV Concept
Hyundai Concept
Jaguar great!
Audi beautiful!
Corvette 2014

Monday, January 14, 2013

Something new in my life, food

I bought this Dried Young Coconut at Costco. I never seen it. So I thought this is new.

Philippine Dried Young Coconut 18 oz
The price was $8.99 but I checked at Amazon com, their price was $15.80.
Thank you very much Costco.

I also like this chocolate. 85% cacao makes me good. I bought this at Marshalls and the price was $2.99. I check the other places. CVS sells $3.99.
Thank you very much Marshalls.
Godiva Chocolatier 85% Cacao Extra Dark Santo Domingo Chocolate

I bought Polo Golf vest at Marshalls. The original price was $89 but I paid $20 at final sales.
I am not a bargain hunter but like to buy low prices.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Special Sake is just arrived, Nama Sake

This is Kotsuzumi, small drum. We just received special and limited one.
Nama Sake, Draft sake is just came,

We only have 20 bottles only. I tasted and was really good.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Taka Update January 00, 2013

 Taka Update January 9, 2013

Fish delivery and more
It is not great because of New Year. I have some Japanese fish but they are farm raised. Good fish are coming on Thursday. I received good tuna yesterday. This big eye tuna was not bad but the size was not big like last time. It was only 37 lbs (The last one was 52 lbs.) Uni is available.  CA storm was over and can get delivery from there.

My Weight Control and Golf
I am struggling about weight control. It never been over 170 lbs. But it is around 169 lbs. This is not fun for me. I was looking for 165 lbs 4 weeks ago and did not reach at all. I am thinking to get sweat this time and need to find more active workout. I think I need to run. But I don’t have much power to run. By the way, my golf game is really good. I play around 85 and never lose money.

 Heavy coffee drinkers at increased risk of blindess: Study
A new U.S. study suggests drinking three or more cups of caffeinated coffee a day increases the risk of vision loss or blindness.
On the other hand, researchers found regular pop, tea, chocolate or decaffeinated coffee didn't have an impact on sight.
The study looked at two American cohorts, nearly 79,000 women and more than 41,000 men, all over the age of 40. They answered questionnaires about how much java they drink, and researchers looked at their medical records for exfoliation glaucoma — which causes increased eye pressure that could damage the optic nerve and lead to vision loss.
Heavy caffeinated coffee drinkers were found to be at greater risk of developing exfoliation glaucoma than those who don't drink coffee. Researchers found women with a history of the condition have an increased risk.
Dr. Jae Hee Kang, the study's author based at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Mass., said Scandinavian residents have the highest rates of glaucoma in the world and also drink the most caffeinated coffee. In a previous study, they linked heavy coffee intake with an increased risk of primary open-angle glaucoma.
Kang said further study in more places around the world is needed.
"Because this is the first study to evaluate the association between caffeinated coffee and exfoliation glaucoma in a U.S. population, confirmation of these results in other populations would be needed to lend more credence to the possibility that caffeinated coffee might be a modifiable risk factor for glaucoma," Kang said.
The study was published Thursday in the Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science journal.

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Do you know this? Calbee is Japanese.

I went to Costco the other day and found this. Calbee is very famous Japanese snack maker. Their potato chips are really good.
Snapea Crisps originate from high quality sun-dried peas. Using new and unique technology, we created the world's first easily graspable, snow pea-shaped crisp!
It feels like eating bean. And this is not fried.  You must try!