Sunday, March 31, 2013

The Detail of April 2nd Fish Omakase

I have the information of April 2nd Fish Omakase.
There are Itoyori, Chinu, Chikame-Kintoki, Renko-Dai and Houbou.





And this is Itoyori, new face.

The English name is Golden threadfin-bream.

This is the one of eating waty, Yubiki, Sashimi moment seared with hot water.

Or can steam with kelp and eat with ponzu sauce.

All fish are coming on Tuesday.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Taka Update March 28, 2013

 Taka Update March 28, 2013

Fish delivery and more
We received good tuna 2 days ago. But it was very bad when I cut it. I took toro part ans returned to the supplier. We cannot expect any good tuna this weekend.
Uni is fine, I have more than enough supply right now. I also received Ishidai, Striped Beakfish from Japan. This fish is available this weekend only.

 Closed Information
We will be closed on April 8th Monday Dinner. I have to go to Augusta to see The Masters players, this is my Spring Break.

 Apple extract kills colon cancer cells better than chemo drug in latest study
Oligosaccharides from apples killed up to 46 percent of human colon cancer cells in vitro, and outperformed the most commonly used chemo drug by a wide margin at every dose level tested. And unlike toxic chemo drugs, oligosaccharides are natural, health-promoting compounds widely present in fruits and vegetables.
Colon cancer is currently the second leading cause of cancer-related death for women worldwide, and the third leading cause for men. The standard-of-care chemo drug used for colon cancer has seen limited success, and can have serious side effects such as coronary spasm, neurotoxicity, anemia, and immunosuppression. Researchers focused on apples as a natural means for treating and preventing colon cancer because they are the most widely consumed fruit in many countries, and have already demonstrated activity against breast cancer, ovarian cancer, lung cancer, liver cancer, and colon cancer. Apple oligosaccharides were used in this study because their anti-cancer properties have been established in previous studies, and they can be cheaply derived from apple pomace - a widely available waste product left over from the apple juice processing industry.
University researchers in Xi'an, China isolated polysaccharides (pectin and other fibers) from apple pomace and treated them with natural pectinase to break down their molecules into smaller oligosaccharides (which have only three to ten sugar units per molecule). The oligosaccharides were then added to cultured human HT29 colon cancer cells at various concentrations, and compared with the most commonly used chemo drug for colon cancer.

For every concentration tested, the oligosaccharides outperformed the chemo drug at inducing programmed cell death (apoptosis). For example, at just 0.9
micrograms per mL (about 0.9 PPM), oligosaccharides killed 17.6 percent of the colon cancer cells after 36 hours, while the chemo drug killed only 10.9 percent (at a higher concentration of 1.3 micrograms per mL). More importantly, because the apple oligosaccharides are non-toxic to healthy cells, they can be used at higher concentrations than possible with the chemo drug. At 9.0 PPM, the oligosaccharides killed 46 percent of the colon cancer cells (the chemo drug was not tested at this level).
Oligosaccharides have been gaining increasing attention recently as general health-promoting functional foods, and are probably used to enrich several foods you already eat (i.e. as fructo-oligosaccharides). They have been found in studies to promote healthy intestinal flora, control blood sugar, and modulate the immune system. Oligosaccharides occur naturally in many plants (fruits, vegetables and algae) as well as in honey and milk. They can also be formed by breaking down the fruit's more complex carbohydrates (i.e. pectin) by pectolytic enzymes, as was done by the researchers in this study. To some extent, this reaction may also occur when eating the raw fruit, since apples naturally contain about 1.5 percent pectin as well as the pectinase enzyme. However, it should be noted that most commercially processed apple juice contains virtually no pectin or active enzymes, and also contains only about 10 percent of the health-giving polyphenols compared to raw apples. As usual, eating raw and fresh is far healthier than consuming the processed version.

This new study adds further evidence to the health-promoting effects of apples and the potent anti-cancer effects of their oligosaccharides, even at low concentrations. The fact that these oligosaccharides can be derived from a widely available waste product of the apple juice industry (about four million tons of pomace are produced annually) offers promise for a low-cost natural medicine in the future.

I eat 2-3 apples a week. I used to peel skins because I did not like it. But now I don’t peel skins and eat together. Read below.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away... as long as you eat the peel
An apple a day really could keep the doctor away – as long as you don’t throw away the peel.
The chemical behind the apple skin’s waxy shine is being credited with a host of health benefits from building muscle to keeping the lid on weight.

Ursolic acid also keeps cholesterol and blood sugar under control, meaning an apple a day could do wonders for all-round health.
Researcher Christopher Adams said: ‘Ursolic acid is an interesting natural compound. It’s part of a normal diet as a component of apple peels.

‘They always say that an apple a day keeps the doctor away…’
The importance of apple peel was discovered after Dr Adams, a U.S. expert in how hormones affect the body, set out to find a drug that stops muscles from wasting, keeping pensioners strong as they age and cutting their risk of hard-to-heal fractures.

He said: ‘Muscle wasting is a frequent companion of illness and ageing.
‘It prolongs hospitalisation, delays recoveries and in some cases prevents people from going back home. It isn’t well understood and there’s no medicine for it.’

In order to remedy the situation, Dr Adams, of the University of Iowa, studied the genetic changes that occur when muscles waste or atrophy.


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

This week TAKA

Big eye tuna came this morning. 35 lbs but had fat.

You can see toro, it's not bad at all.

And Fish Omakase is available.
Muro Aji and Tobi Uo are new.

Fish Face shot.
You can have 7 fishes tonight and tomorrow.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Fish fin is beautiful, isn't it!

This is beautiful or not? I try to take a nice photo.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Ramen at Joli Kobe

You know Joli Kobe is famous for bread and pastry. But you can eat ramen noodle now.
A new chef, Mihoko makes Tonkotsu Ramen. You have to try it.

Joli Kobe  Sandy Springs, Prado Mall

Friday, March 22, 2013


Atlanta...The Consulate-General of Japan in Atlanta will host a free prescreening of the anime film "From Up on Poppy Hill" in Atlanta on Thursday, March 28, 2013 to show appreciation for the support of Japan's recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011.  This film is part of its ongoing 2013 Japanese Film Festival.
The prescreening will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Landmark Theatres Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta GA 30308.  The Landmark Theatre is located on the corner of 8th and Monroe and has plenty of nearby parking.  
Seats are limited.  Those interested in attending should contact the Consulate-General of Japan in Atlanta at with their name and the number of tickets requested.  A confirmation email will be sent to those receiving tickets. 

From Up on Poppy Hill (Kokuriko-zaka kara) (2011, 91 minutes) (Dubbed in English)
Animation, Goro Miyazaki, Japan
From the legendary and highly celebrated Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away, Ponyo, and The Secret World of Arrietty) comes From Up on Poppy Hill, the uniquely inspired and highly anticipated coming-of-age story from Goro Miyazaki and Hayao Miyazaki. Set in Yokohama in 1963, this lovingly hand-drawn film centers on Umi (voiced by Sarah Bolger) and Shun (voiced by Anton Yelchin) and the budding romance that develops as they join forces to save their high school's ramshackle clubhouse from demolition. The top-grossing Japanese film of 2011 and winner of the Japan Academy Prize for Animation, From Up on Poppy Hill captures the innocence of new love as well as the beauty of Yokohama's harbor and lush surroundings. With its rich color palette, stunning exteriors, sun-drenched gardens, bustling cityscapes and painterly detail, From Up on Poppy Hill provides a pure, sincere, and nuanced evocation of the past, and marks yet another creative triumph for Studio Ghibli. GKIDS is the distributor for this film. 
From Up on Poppy Hill is scheduled to open in Atlanta on April 19th.  

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Taka Update March 20, 2013

Taka Update March 20, 2013

Fish delivery and more
A good tuna last week was gone. Now we go back to ordinary tuna again. Our supplier said this weekend would be negative. Uni supply is not bad I have and will come tomorrow. I replaced Sayori, Halfbeak to Isaki, Chicken Grunt. Sayori season will be over in April.

Closed Information
We will be closed on April 8th Monday Dinner. I have to go to Augusta to see Masters players, this is my Spring Break.

Even in Normal Range, High Blood Sugar Linked to Brain Shrinkage
People whose blood sugar is on the high end of the normal range may be at greater risk of brain shrinkage that occurs with aging and diseases such as dementia, according to new research published in the September 4, 2012, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

"Numerous studies have shown a link between type 2 diabetes and brain shrinkage and dementia, but we haven't known much about whether people with blood sugar on the high end of normal experience these same effects," said study author Nicolas Cherbuin, PhD, with Australian National University in Canberra.

The study involved 249 people age 60 to 64 who had blood sugar in the normal range as defined by the World Health Organization. The participants had brain scans at the start of the study and again an average of four years later.

Those with higher fasting blood sugar levels within the normal range and below 6.1 mmol/l (or 110 mg/dL) were more likely to have a loss of brain volume in the areas of the hippocampus and the amygdala, areas that are involved in memory and cognitive skills, than those with lower blood sugar levels. A fasting blood sugar level of 10.0 mmol/l (180 mg/dL) or higher was defined as diabetes and a level of 6.1 mmol/l (110 mg/dL) was considered impaired, or prediabetes.

After controlling for age, high blood pressure, smoking, alcohol use and other factors, the researchers found that blood sugar on the high end of normal accounted for six to 10 percent of the brain shrinkage.

"These findings suggest that even for people who do not have diabetes, blood sugar levels could have an impact on brain health," Cherbuin said. "More research is needed, but these findings may lead us to re-evaluate the concept of normal blood sugar levels and the definition of diabetes."

The study was supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council Australia and the Australian Rotary Health Research Fund.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Fish Omakase March 19, 2013

I am still buying Fish Omakase box.

From Left
Chinu, Black Porgy , Fukuoka
Yazu, Baby Yellow Tail, Fukuoka
Mejina, Opaleye, from Ohita
Hira Suzuki, Sea bass, from Nagasaki
Shima Gatsuo, Silver Pomfret , from Fukuoka

All faces are here.

All tails are here.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Masters Decor is ready!

It's coming soon. Masters will start April 8th.
We will be closed Monday dinner. I need to go to Augusta.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Laundry Detergent Pods Poisoning Children

To some kids, the bright colors and bite-size packaging of single-doss packets of laundry detergent simply look too much like candy. Last night, one-and-a-half-year-old Jeivon Williams put one in his mouth and it burst.  He was rushed to the emergency room with severe nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
The packets are advertised as no more mess, spills or heavy jugs of detergent, but the American Association of Poison Control Centers is reporting a recent surge in calls about the packets making children violently ill.
“The children who are getting into these little pods are developing many more symptoms than we would have expected,” Bruce Ruck, director of drug information and professional education at New Jersey Poison Center, told ABC News.
The same thing that gives the packets their cute, convenient appeal is the very reason they are so incredibly dangerous. The container for Tide Pods even resembles a candy jar. Responding to the concerns, Tide told ABC News it plans to have new child proof containers out this summer and the detergent company, Drops, defended its products.

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Tide detergent pods sitting next to a bag of orange candy.
Look at this ! It is same like candy.

Friday, March 15, 2013

The Art of Bonito and a dish

Bonito Head ant Tail

 I made this, Katsuo Tataki.
Seared Bonito is very popular this in Japan.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Taka Update March 14, 2013

 Taka Update March 14, 2013

Fish delivery and more
I finally received good tuna this morning. It was big eye tuna, ¼ size was around 50 lbs. I had stomach side and very happy to have this.
I also have Sakura Masu, Cherry salmon, wild caught in Hokkaido, Japan. This wild salmon is amazing, meat is super tender. You must try.
Uni is not available now but will come tomorrow. Thank you God, it’s Friday. 

Taka Sushi Atlanta Facebook
I am continuing add pictures. I do normally about 10 pictures. Please go to Taka Sushi Atlanta. Like it? 

Sake Tasting is coming in March.
A few seats are available. I do it on 27th Wednesday and 28th Thursday. 


Green tea consumption prevents protein tangles that promote Alzheimer's disease progression

Green tea catechins block the formation of plaques to help prevent Alzheimer's disease
As new cases of Alzheimer's disease are expected to quadruple over the next several decades, Big Pharma researchers are plowing billions of research dollars into finding a synthetic cure for an illness that has its roots deeply seated in poor diet, excess stress and a generally unhealthy lifestyle. Unfortunately for the giant pharmaceutical concerns, drugs have yielded nothing but dismal results as one potential miracle cure after another fail to provide any hope as new cases of the mind-robbing disease continue to mount.
For more than a decade, nutrition scientists have been heralding a small number of natural compounds including resveratrol, curcumin and EGCG from green tea extracts that easily cross the blood-brain barrier to promote brain health and improve cognitive function. Researchers from the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute, publishing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, explain how extracts from green tea may block the formation of beta-amyloid plaques that have been linked to the onset of Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative conditions that prevent the misfolding of specific proteins in the brain.

Improper accumulations of proteins known as metal-associated amyloids are a hallmark sign of many neurological conditions, including Alzheimer's dementia. Researchers used green tea extract to control the generation of metal-associated amyloid-beta aggregates associated with Alzheimer's disease. Building on a volume of prior studies suggesting a protective role for regular green tea consumption, the team set out to establish a beneficial relationship between the active compound in green tea (epigallocatechin-3-gallate, also known as EGCG) and the formation of amyloid plaques.

The scientists determined that EGCG prevented the formation of amyloid tangles by preventing protein misfolding, and broke down existing aggregate structures in the proteins that contained metals, specifically copper, iron and zinc. Referring specifically to the bioactive catechin, EGCG, lead study author Dr. Mi Hee Lim concluded "A lot of people are very excited about this molecule... we want to modify them for the brain, specifically to interfere with the plaques associated with Alzheimer's."

Nutrition experts note that green tea contains 30 to 40 percent of water-extractable polyphenols while highly oxidized black tea contains between three and 10 percent. White tea has undergone less oxidation than green tea and provides the most potent dose of EGCG catechins. A wealth of scientific evidence supports drinking three to five cups of green or white tea every day to support cardiovascular health and prevent protein aggregates in the brain that significantly increase Alzheimer's disease risk.

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Good tuna just arrived!

Finally got goo one. I thought the last time was at the end of January.

See? How many Negitoro Don I can make?
Many customers were waiting for this toro.

And I got Sakura Masu, Cherry Salmon from Hokkaido Japan.

You can see the bones, very pretty. This color is natural, no add color or flavor, no plastic surgery.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Taka's Fish Arts

What do you think? I thinks these pictures are good.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Sake Tasting is coming soon.

It is March 27-28, 2 days.
If you are interested in, join us.


Monday, March 11, 2013

March 12 Fish Omakase detail

 I received the information from our supplier.

Hagatsuo, Bonito from Nagasaki
Hira Suzuki, Sea Bass from Nagasaki
Chikame Kintoki, Alfonsino from Nagasaki
Renkodai, Red Sea Bream from Nagasaki


Normally Bonito meat is red but Hagatsuo meat is not red. It is white.

Ha means tooth. This fish's teeth are like dog, very sharp.
I need to take a picture of teeth tomorrow.

Hira Suzuki

The name is Suzuki but the meat is like Madai or Isaki.

Fish Omakase is getting popular. I did 4-5 times and sold out in 2-3 days.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Fish Head Art

写真: FIsh Head Sashimi?
No, this is just joke.

What do you think? I think this is the ART. Let's go crazy!

It's beauty, Kasugo Tai, Sea Bream baby.

写真: Kasuga Dai, baby Sea Bream
It is available only in spring.
This is called Kasugo Tai. Kasugo is spring sunshine, and Tai is Sea Bream.
The whole size is around 5 inches. And the color of body is light pink juts like cherry flower. Kasugo Tai is spring fish.
It is too small to make sashimi, it is too small to braise, it is too small to grill. The treatment is same like Kohada, Gizzard Shad.
Cut, apply salt and wash and apply vinegar. I need to be careful to cut this fish. It's baby and meat is super tender. I sold 3 yesterday and 3 left for next day.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Taka Update March 06, 2013

 Taka Update March 06, 2013

Fish delivery and more
Tuna supply is still same. I only carry big eye tuna from Hawaii. Yellow fin tuna is short a couple of days. And the price of tuna is very high. I pay same price as good tuna for Hawaiian no fat tuna? Can you believe it?
Uni came yesterday but not much, very limited supply. Softshell crab is short also. The regular size is gone from the market. I am keeping extra box at my home. I did same thing when Unagi price was high.
Fish Omakase from Japan is available today and tomorrow. The season’s best in Kyushu area fish are great to taste. 

Sake Tasting is coming in March.
I did not remember when was last time, may be it was 2 years ago. It’s back. It will be on March 27th Wednesday. I changed the date from 28th.   5 sakes and 5 food paring will be prepared. If you are interested in this event, please call us or send an e-mail. You will get in detail later. We have special guests from Japan and NYC. Sake brewers are coming. US Sake market is growing and they love to come and talk. You don’t know sake share in all alcohol is only 1%. So, there are big potential to grow. Drinking sake is good for body but not much. 

I changed again to 28th. 27th has 2 big concerts.

sushiandpassion E-book is coming soon.
I‘ve been working on it with Brown Bag Marketing, Atlanta’s best marketing company. Hopefully it will come in spring.  I want to introduce many fishes from Japan and my way of sushi, Japanese cooking. Also printing book is coming in fall.

Nonalcoholic Red Wine Might Help Lower Blood Pressure
While some say it's not as flavorful as the real thing, drinking nonalcoholic red wine might help lower blood pressure in men at high risk for heart disease.
Middle-aged and older men who drank moderate amounts of de-alcoholized red wine daily for four weeks had drops in systolic (top number) and diastolic (bottom number) blood pressure, according to a small new study by Spanish researchers.
"In the context of a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle, daily consumption of de-alcoholized red wine can help prevent hypertension," said study author Gemma Chiva-Blanch, at the department of internal medicine at the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona.
The study was published online Sept. 6 in the journal Circulation Research.
The nonalcoholic wine drinkers also showed increased levels of nitric oxide -- a molecule in the blood that previous studies have linked with improving blood-vessel health and lowering blood pressure.
While some studies have shown that moderate alcohol consumption lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease, others suggest red wine in particular is beneficial, possibly because it's rich in polyphenols, which are antioxidants linked with lowering blood pressure.
Though it is well-documented that binge and heavy drinking are bad for blood pressure, the effect of moderate alcohol consumption has been unclear, the authors said.
The study "compares the effects of red wine and a nonalcoholic red wine with identical composition -- except for the alcohol content -- in the same subjects," Chiva-Blanch said. The scientists also analyzed gin's effect.
Participants were 67 men aged 55 or older who either had type 2 diabetes or more than three risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, being overweight or obese, or a family history of premature coronary heart disease.
After an initial two-week abstinence period, they were separated into three groups assigned to a different beverage: three ounces of gin, 10 ounces of red wine or 10 ounces of nonalcoholic red wine. After four weeks of daily consumption, the men rotated to a new beverage, and so forth with the third beverage.
After each rotation, researchers measured blood pressure, heart rate, and nitric oxide levels in the blood, and then a statistical analysis was performed.
They found a reduction in blood pressure after the men drank red wine but it was not statistically significant, and gin consumption did not reduce blood pressure. However, after the men drank the alcohol-free red wine, blood pressure levels dropped significantly. Systolic blood pressure levels decreased by about 6 mmHg, and diastolic blood pressure levels dropped by 2 mmHg.
In theory, the authors said those changes could reduce the risk of heart disease by 14 percent and cut the chance of a stroke almost 20 percent.

Mayo Clinic cardiologist Dr. Sharonne Hayes said the new research is "a hypothesis-generating study" that needs more investigation.
"Gin, Mai Tais, wine, beer -- a lot of studies would suggest that when it all comes down to it, it's the alcohol. But then there was a rise of interest in polyphenols -- resveratrol in red wine and grapes. But most of those studies showed that giving polyphenols by themselves showed no benefit or change. So the thinking has circled back to maybe it's just the alcohol," Hayes said.
She noted that the study was small, with no control group. She said it's known that blood pressure goes up when alcohol is withdrawn, even if the person is not a heavy drinker, and she speculated that the two-week "wash-out" period before the study could have influenced the results.
"So I have problems with the methods in this study. It's intriguing; it's suggestive, but not definitive. It needs to be explored. The methods may not be enough to allow us to extrapolate this to say that alcohol or de-alcoholized wine is better for you," Hayes said, adding that lowering blood pressure for a few weeks also doesn't indicate that cardiovascular risk will decrease long-term. "But to be fair, the authors say this, too," she added.
American Heart Association president Donna Arnett said the research is interesting because it looks at a specific type of drinking.
"This is that in-between phase of solidly moderate drinking. So in that way it offers something new," said Arnett, who is also an epidemiologist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
While the research holds promise, Arnett said she is concerned about the methodology. She noted, "They didn't have a 'wash-out' period between the interventions and that's important because it lets people stabilize and return to their blood pressure value before the intervention. It is possible that there is a carryover effect from one of the drinking periods to the next. That had me concerned from a study-design perspective."
Hayes said it would be intriguing to study other groups: a mixed-sex group, a younger group including patients with lower risk factors and women in perimenopause.
"High blood pressure is an important issue in women. And we now know there are sex differences in responses to alcohol intake," Hayes said.
The authors of an editorial that accompanies the study said there is growing evidence that the chemicals in red wine confer health benefits beyond alcohol, and the new research adds to it.
"However, numerous issues need to be resolved in order to clearly assess the preventive or therapeutic potential of red wine constituents," wrote Huige Li and Ulrich Forstermann, with the department of pharmacology at Johannes Gutenberg University Medical Center in Mainz, Germany.
Chiva-Blanch noted that while this study showed de-alcoholized red wine seems to have "exclusive" effects in blood pressure, "when talking about other cardiovascular risk factors such as low HDL cholesterol, de-alcoholized red wine has no effects."
She also pointed out that other research shows red wine consumption has protective effects in atherosclerosis and cholesterol.
Would people be willing to swap their cabernets and Chiantis for an alcohol-free version, if the health benefits were confirmed?
Mayo Clinic's Hayes isn't sure. She said nonalcoholic red wine lacks the body and fullness of real red wine.
"People drink for other reasons that are complex and personal -- whether it's how you feel or it's about the complex taste. If we found that drinking de-alcoholized red wine was truly therapeutic, that it actually lowered blood pressure, I think people would probably take it as medicine," Hayes said.
Chiva-Blanch said, "It depends on the health awareness of the population. People who care about their health would be willing to switch to nonalcoholic drinks, while others would not."

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Fish Omakase March 5, 2013

We only get 4 kinds of fish this time.

This guy is huge. The name is Shima Gatsuo, Pomfrets.
I had similar fish last year and called Mana Gatsuo.

This is Mana  Gatsuo.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Shortage of Softshell Crab

Softshell Crab is getting out of stock.
I aslked our supplier and they said the peoblem of supply and demand. This problem will continue for a while.

Watch this video. You understand how they make it.

And wild caught one is like this/
The soft shell crab got its name from the stage when the crabs are harvested. At this point, the crab has just molted its shell. If the crab is caught before it has molted, it is called a peeler. Crab-farming facilities will gather peelers to harvest them right after they have molted. The soft shell crab can be found on the Eastern Seaboard as well as the Gulf of Mexico.