Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Taka Update April 28, 2013

 Taka Update April 28, 2013

Fish delivery and more
It is not easy to get good tuna always. I did not get any good one last week. So, I did not send this newsletter. In addition, uni supply was also not great. We had it at beginning of the week. And there was no uni after that. I will get uni on Monday but tuna supply is still same, very negative.

It was rain and could not play golf on Sunday morning. We could play because of a little rain but we worried about condition and catching cold.


Business is good.
Thank you for dining. Our April sales are 8% higher than last year. This number is not bad at all. We have to make sales, we have to make profit. We have employees, we have to renovate always, and we cannot anything without making money. We focus delicious and healthy food, better services, and nice atmosphere.

A couple of restaurants in Atlanta closed. Peasant Bistro in downtown and Barca tapas in Buckhead were closed recently.


Ten delicious health benefits of eating more avocado
Avocado is called “Butter in Forest.” Would you believe that the avocado is considered by many nutritional experts to be a perfect food? It's considered a superfood by many.

Surprise, it's not really a vegetable, it's a fruit. In areas south of the border, it's often called the alligator pear because of its shape and dark green roughly textured skin.

Though avocados are heavy in calories, those are nutrient dense calories. And the fats are heart healthy monounsaturated fats and omega-3. Besides actually being healthy, there are many ways to enjoy avocado, from a few guacamole recipes to mixing into salads and to using it as a meat substitute for sandwiches.

Avocado's health benefits

(1) Healthy brain: Dr. Daniel G. Amen, author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life considers avocados as one of the top brain-healthy foods that can help prevent Alzheimer's Disease. The folate in avocado contributes to preventing the formation of brain tangles that are considered a factor for Alzheimer's.

Avocados combine brain healthy omega-3 fatty acids with natural vitamin E, which has been clinically proven to prevent Alzheimer's disease from progressing and even reversing it in its earliest stages.

(2) Healthy heart: Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fats that boost heart health and help lower blood pressure. Avocado monounsaturated fats contain the phytonutrient beta-sitosterol, which was clinically proven to lower LDL and triglyceride blood levels while raising HDL.

Avocados' vitamin B6 and the natural folic acid from their high amount of folate help regulate homocysteine, which if high is a harbinger of bad heart health. The natural vitamin E and the master antioxidant glutathione in a base of avocado's monounsaturated fat's oleic acid are also recognized heart health boosters.

(3) Pregnancy: Folic acid is commonly recommended for pregnant women to help the fetus develop its brain and other vital organs. But some health experts consider synthetically extracted folic acid a problem. They recommend using natural folate for its folic acid content instead.

Folate also reduces stroke risk, according to a study of people who eat folate rich foods.

(4) Eye health: Avocado contains the carotenoid leutein, an antioxidant that specializes with protecting the eyes from oxidative stress damage leading to poor vision, cataracts, and macular degeneration.

(5) Blood pressure: The combination of avocado's high potassium content, 30 percent more than banana, with omega-3 and oleic acid are beneficial toward reducing blood pressure.

(6) Blood sugar: Avocado's monounsaturated fats can prevent or reverse insulin resistance, a source of type 2 diabetes. The high soluble fiber of avocado helps prevent blood sugar spikes.

(7) Anti-inflammatory: Inflammation is considered the basis of most non-contagious diseases. Avocados have an abundance of plant phytonutrient polyphenols and flavonoids, which have been discovered as anti-inflammatory agents.

(8) Anti-aging: The master antioxidant glutathione supports the liver and the nervous system. It is responsible for replenishing and recycling other antioxidants in the body. It is vital for a strong immune system, and avocado is one of the few foods that contain a considerable amount of glutathione.

(9) Digestion: Nutrients and enzymes in avocado reduce inflammation in the stomach and small intestine's mucous lining. This also improves the body's ability to absorb carotenoids and nutrients.

A study's participants who ate salads with avocados absorbed five times the amount of carotenoids than those who did not include avocados. Carotenoids include beta carotene and lycopene. Beta carotene is a precursor to vitamin A, and lycopene is a compound that reduces stroke and prostate cancer risks.

(10) Cancer: Avocados can help protect against prostate and breast cancers.



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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Base of Tonkotsu ramen



I bought Tonsoku, Pork Feet the other day
I cooked meat and served.
So, this is the broth from Pork Feet.
Tonkotsu Ramen is very popular in NYC area.
And my question is why American people suddenly started to eat this kind of greasy food.
As I know try to avoid to eat fat part of meat,
Asian people like chicken feet, chicken skin, pork skin, pork feet and more.

I know American people like Hamachi, Toro, Salmon. Those are all fatty fish and high calorie
I personally like meat fat, it makes nice broth.
But greasy ramen is too much for me.
It is OK if I eat monthly.
Maybe people like to eat but they don't want to see behind the scene.

Monday, April 22, 2013

This is natural Botox, yes it is.



I see many American do  some nice cosmetic surgery, Barry Manilow is coming to Gwinett Arena on 27th, he does too.

I don't remember how much is the cost of Botox.
But wait! We have very good and cheap natural Botox in farm.
Yes, pork skin and pork feet is very good one.
I think you just don't want to see this ugly feet, maybe.
I like it but don't eat everyday.
You just need to eat once a week and your face skin become very good.
You must try this, It is only $5.00 and no side effect.

A Truth of Ginger.



Picked ginger at sushi restaurants is called Gari in Japanese.
The purpose of Gari is cleaning mouth between fish and fish.
But American people don't know this fact and they eat a lot.
They like something free, Soy sauce is free, wasabi is free, and ginger is free.
So, they use them a lot.

Our supplier told me this morning.
Pink ginger / They use pink color to make pink.
Beige ginger / They use bleach to make this color.

So, which one is better?  None of them. It is fine even if you eat a lot. You don't go to hospital.
But eating too much is not good for you, anyway.

Wisdom from my friend

[Happiness is the natural outcome of being aligned with Essence, our true self, which is experienced when we are fully present in the moment.

The key to happiness is being very awake and aware of what is really happening in every moment rather than being absorbed in thoughts about the past, the future, your life, other people, and the many other thoughts we tend to get lost in, which don't add to our life or enhance our experience of life but, rather, detract from the potential joy, peace, and contentment inherent in each moment. Happiness is in our control, since where we focus our attention is in our control. When we focus it on what the mind is telling us, we suffer; when we focus it on what is real and true in this moment, we experience happiness, joy, peace, and contentment.

The present moment is all that exists, since the past and future are simply thoughts about the past and the future. But because we are programmed to pay attention to our thoughts, we often fail to notice what is actually going on now. Most people live in a mental world. When we drop out of this mental world into the Now, we experience a depth, a richness, and a joy and peace that feel sacred. This is the experience of our true self, or Essence. So, when we talk about being in the Now, we are also talking about this experience of Essence.
 
The ego is the sense of being a me and all the ideas, beliefs, and other conditioning entailed in the sense of existing as an individual. The ego is called the false self because the ego isn’t who we really are, although it seems like it is who we are.
 
The egoic mind, which is a reflection of the ego and its conditioning, is the chatterbox mind, which produces a nearly constant flow of commentary about life based on our conditioning. We experience it as the voice in the head, as Eckhart Tolle calls it. For simplicity, I sometimes refer to the egoic mind as the mind. However, the egoic mind is distinct from the functional mind, which is the aspect of the mind that we use to read, calculate, analyze, design, follow instructions, and so forth. We need the functional mind, but we don’t actually need the egoic mind to function. The egoic mind is the aspect of the mind that talks to us, while the functional mind is a tool we pick up and use when we need it.

In my writings about the ego, I have somewhat positioned it as the enemy, as a device to help people detach from it. When people are identified with the ego, they are, in a sense, in love with the egoic mind, and I’m hoping to help them fall out of love with it, because the ego and the thoughts and feelings it produces are the source of human suffering. Of course, even the ego belongs to the Oneness, and the ego serves exactly the function the Oneness intended.

The ego isn’t actually an entity. Rather, it is the sense of being a separate individual, which is innate to us. We feel like individuals, although we are actually manifestations, or expressions, of One Being. This is the Oneness that mystics throughout time have realized as being behind all life and which the term non-dual, which means not two, refers to. While encased in a human body, we have lost awareness of our true nature, and we are meant to rediscover the truth. That discovery is what the spiritual path is all about and what spiritual practices are meant to reveal.

The sense of being a separate individual is accomplished through the mind. We are programmed to think of ourselves as separate and as having distinct characteristics and labels: “I am a man,” “I am smart,” “I am a mother,” “I am twenty years old.” Anything that comes after “I am,” defines us, and we take those definitions as who we are. And yet when you examine those assumptions, you see that they are just ideas. There is no you behind the thoughts about you. This you that you think you are is made up of thoughts! What a revelation that is!
 
Then who are you? That is the perennial question, which ultimately results in the discovery that we are not a thing but more of a being, an experience of existing. If we strip away all labels and ideas, we are left with just I am, just existence. We are that which is existing right here and now and aware of that existence. Spiritual teachers often call the true self Awareness because the experience of the true self is that it is aware. Beyond that, who or what we really are can’t be defined. It has qualities that can be felt, such as peace, acceptance, love, compassion, gratitude, kindness, patience, wisdom, and strength, although those words don’t come close to defining the mystery of our true nature.
 
Who we really are is indescribable because it is beyond anything the mind can grasp. But to speak about who we really are, we have to give it a name. It has been given many names: the Source, Spirit, Oneness, Beingness, Consciousness, God, Awareness, the Divine, the Absolute, Presence, Stillness, Emptiness, the Now, Essence, the Self, the higher self, the essential self, and the true self, to name a few. I usually refer to it as Essence, the Oneness, the Self, or Awareness. Those words mean basically the same thing. I generally use the word Essence to refer to the aspect of the Oneness that expresses itself and lives through each of us. Words and definitions are not important. You know Essence when you experience it, just as you know the ego when you experience it. Essence and the ego feel very different and are very distinct.

Awakening is another term that may need some definition. It refers to the shift from identification with the ego, or false self, to a recognition of yourself as the spiritual being that you are. This shift happens whenever we are simply in the moment without all of our thoughts. So awakeness is possible in any moment. Awakening, however, generally implies a more permanent shift to living from a place of non-identification with the ego and alignment with our true nature.

Now let us begin…
Whatever you are doing, enjoy it! You have another option, of course, which is to not enjoy it. Notice what keeps you from enjoying whatever you are doing. It’s your thoughts, isn’t it? Even if you are experiencing pain, for instance, or something unpleasant, like going to the dentist, if you don’t listen to any negative thoughts, fears, complaints, and desires related to that, you won’t suffer. You will just have the experience.
 
Your thoughts about whatever you are doing interfere with enjoying it not only because they are often negative, judgmental, or resistant to the experience, but also because thoughts—even positive ones—remove you from an experience to some degree. Some thoughts don’t interfere much with being present and enjoying what you are doing; they just float in and out of your mind, without you paying much attention to them. Other thoughts, however, grab you, and you lose touch with what you are doing and the experience you are having. When that happens, it feels like you are going through the motions or doing something just to get it done.
 
You can go through life this way if you want, but when you are not fully in contact with what you are doing, you miss out on the potential joy and pleasure in an experience. Any experience can be interesting, since you have never had it before. And any experience can be enjoyed, because when you immerse yourself in it, you lose the false self (the sense of I or me) and discover the true self, which is always enjoying life. Essence is always in-joy. And from Essence’s standpoint, every moment is an opportunity to serve life and love, which is another source of joy. What if you approached each moment as an opportunity to experience, serve, or love?

The secret to enjoying what you are doing is to get lost in it, to get involved in it. That means getting all your senses involved in it or, more accurately, noticing how all your senses are involved in it. Noticing sensory experience will take you out of your egoic mind (your functional mind is still available) and into the experience you are having. When you are present to the experience you are having, you are in the moment, and that is when you experience Presence, or Essence. The experience of Essence is highly pleasurable, so no matter what you are doing, if you are present to it, it will be enjoyable.]

Friday, April 19, 2013

TKG, One of most delicous Japanese food, believe or not.

TKG, Tamago Kake Gohan.
What is this? It is steamed rice with super fresh egg and soy sauce.
If you have Japanese friends, ask them, they love TKG.


I am very lucky, I have super fresh egg from a farmer. This egg got laid yesterday. TKG egg needs to be super fresh, I think 4 days is limit.


After egg and soy sauce together, just lay on hot steamed rice. And eat.


I can say this is the most simple and delicious food in the world.
Did I get stomachache? No, not at all.
My stomach is very sensitive, I go to bathroom when I eat bad one in 3 minutes.
I will visit this farm in May.
Now you understand, Japanese eat fish in raw and egg in raw. Please do not attempt at your home. You might go to bathroom in 3 minutes.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Taka Update April 17, 2013

Taka Update April 17, 2013
Fish delivery and more

I have big eye tuna. This one is for you, like Barry Manilow’s song. It’s really good. I can say OMG tuna.

Uni is not available, bad weather as usual. I am not sure for weekend.

We will get new fish tomorrow. I will get Fukko, young Sea bass, and some.

By the way, Mr Manilow is coming to Gwinnett Arena on 27th. I will not going to his concert. It’s Saturday, I have to make money. I feel he needs to retire. His voice is getting bad. I watched London concert in 2011 or 2012. It was not great as usual. He is 69 years old this year. Live concert is very hard work for him.


Tomatoes are 'stroke preventers'

A diet rich in tomatoes may reduce the risk of having a stroke, according to researchers in Finland.

They were investigating the impact of lycopene - a bright red chemical found in tomatoes, peppers and water-melons.

A study of 1,031 men, published in the journal Neurology, showed those with the most lycopene in their bloodstream were the least likely to have a stroke.

The Stroke Association called for more research into why lycopene seemed to have this effect.

The levels of lycopene in the blood were assessed at the beginning of the study, which then followed the men for the next 12 years.

They were split into four groups based on the amount of lycopene in their blood. There were 25 strokes in the 258 men in the low lycopene group and 11 strokes out of the 259 men in the high lycopene group.

The study said the risk of stroke was cut by 55% by having a diet rich in lycopene. Dr Jouni Karppi, from the University of Eastern Finland in Kuopio, said: "This study adds to the evidence that a diet high in fruits and vegetables is associated with a lower risk of stroke.

"The results support the recommendation that people get more than five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, which would likely lead to a major reduction in the number of strokes worldwide, according to previous research."

He said lycopene acted as an antioxidant, reduced inflammation and prevented blood clotting.

Dr Clare Walton, from the Stroke Association, said: "This study suggests that an antioxidant which is found in foods such as tomatoes, red peppers and water-melons could help to lower our stroke risk.

"However, this research should not deter people from eating other types of fruit and vegetables as they all have health benefits and remain an important part of a staple diet.

"More research is needed to help us understand why the particular antioxidant found in vegetables such as tomatoes could help keep our stroke risk down."


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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Great tuna just arrived!

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very good condition, big eye tuna , stomach side



Look this cutting edge.
Thick toro means good toro.

I can say this is very very good. I tasted a piece, it melted in my mouth.
I can say this is the BEST in April.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Taka Update April 11, 2013


 Taka Update April 11, 2013
Fish delivery and more
I have big eye tuna this weekend. It is big eye and chu-toro in it. It is not great but not bad and can sell low price.
Uni and other fish are fine. Sakura mas, Cherry Salmon also came today. But this might be the last supply of the season.


Masters Week

We closed on Monday dinner and I went to Augusta to see players. And I will come back on Sunday, the final round.
Why Masters? This is the BEST golf course in the world, the BEST golf game in the world.
Someone says Sunday tickets are going up to $10,000. I have 2 but use for private only.
I don’t drink much, I don’t buy girls, I don’t do gamble. Golf is my hobby except sushi.
Japanese say 3 biggest men’s hobbies are “ Nomu, Utsu, Kau” mean drink, gamble and girls. I am OK for those things, I just like golf. Golf is life, Life is Golf. I see so many people like me. You might say crazy, yes we are crazy people.

 

New Patio is just opened.

We renovated Patio area, spent $12,000. It looks great. We invest money every year to do something, anyway. Never finished, never stopped.

 


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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

This week's Tuna



This is big eye tuna, 1/4 is around 40 lbs.
Just chu-toro only. I expected nice toro but was OK.
The price we bought was same as well-fat toro.
I can sell Negitoro Don around $17. The last week's Negitoro Don was $25.


The Masters Monday Tradition

I always go to Augusta Masters Monday. This is our mission with friends. We don't go to the course, but to see the players and give some foods for cheering.

 I got Monday and Sunday tickets.

He is the man at Augusta. Mr. Dorman prepared tickets for me and visited him.

We rode on his cart and go back to the back door and went to inside of rope.


We visited Kuchar to cheer up. He was in good condition.


Then, we visited Poulter. My face is red? Who care about this? It was because of beer.


Poulter was super good mood and gave me a glove.


I pray one of them win this year. Amen!

I will come back on Sunday. We closed last night. I have to work hard this week.
Oh, good tuna is coming today, wild caught big eye tuna.

Monday, April 8, 2013

We will be closed tonight.



I got 2 tickets for Monday.
I will leave here around 1pm.
Taka is not working at Sushi Bar, it means I close the business tonight.
I will come back late night and go back to normal operation on Tuesday.
I will go back to Augusta on Sunday again.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Our new chopsticks



We just changed chopstick. We use this kind of non-disposal chopsticks.
If we use 100 a day,  we make 36500 sets of chopsticks trash a year. We have to reduce it.
And I like this design.



Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Taka Update April 3, 2013


 Taka Update April 3, 2013
Fish delivery and more
I have Bluefin tuna from Japan. It is called Tenku-Maguro, 100% farm raised tuna. Kinki University made up this 100% farming system. It took 32 years to establish. This is totally different from other farm raised tuna. You have to try it.
Many fish are available this week. I had Fish Omakase yesterday. I’ve been doing this for 2 months. And this is the last supply. People get bored to eat this omakase fish.Uni is fine, there is no problem. The Masters is coming next week, I am ready for it.


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.
 

Low calcium hormone disease risk
Having too little calcium in the diet increases women's risk of a hormone condition that can cause bone fractures and kidney stones, scientists suggest.
Primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) affects around one in 800 people during their lifetime and is most common in post-menopausal women.
Writing in the British Medical Journal, the team suggest increasing calcium intake cuts the risk of the disease.
Adults need around 700mg of calcium a day.
Milk and other dairy foods, nuts and fish such as sardines and pilchards (where the bones are eaten) are some dietary sources of calcium.
Taking too much could cause stomach pains and diarrhoea.
PHPT is caused by overactive parathyroid glands secreting too much parathyroid hormone.
As well as bone and kidney problems, there have also been suggestions it is linked to an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke.
The US team from Brigham and Women's Hospital looked at 58,300 women who were taking part in a much broader ongoing piece of research called the Nurses' Health Study.
All were aged between 39 and 66 in 1986, when the study began, and had no history of PHPT.

The women have completed food questionnaires to record how frequently they ate particular foods or supplements - including calcium - every four years, with the latest being completed in 2008.
Over that 22 year period, 277 cases of PHPT were confirmed.

The researchers divided all the women into five groups , depending on the calcium intake.
They accounted for factors such as age, body mass and ethnicity.

It was found those with the highest intake of dietary calcium had a 44% reduced risk of developing PHPT compared with the group with the lowest.
Writing in the journal, the team led by Dr Julie Paik, said: "Increased calcium intake, including both dietary and supplemental calcium, is independently associated with a reduced risk of developing primary hyperparathyroidism in women."

James Norman, of the Norman Parathyroid Center in Florida, added that daily calcium supplements in "modest doses" were likely to provide "more benefits than risks".
But experts in the UK say people should be able to get the calcium they need from their diets.

 
Calcium Supplements May Raise Heart Risks
Many people who take corticosteroids for inflammatory forms of arthritis also take calcium supplements to prevent bone loss and fracture. But there is evidence the supplements can increase risk of heart attack and stroke.

“The study suggests that calcium supplements do more harm in the form of heart attacks and strokes than they do good in the form of fractures prevented,” says lead author Ian Reid, MD, professor of medicine and endocrinology at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.
"We should get calcium from food, as dietary calcium does not appear to increase the risk of heart disease," he adds.

The evidence raises questions for millions of older women who take calcium supplements to keep bones strong and help ward off osteoporosis. And it may be of particular concern for those on corticosteroids, which decrease absorption of calcium by the intestines while increasing excretion of calcium through the kidneys.
Dr. Reid and other medical experts agree it’s important to talk to your doctor about your specific calcium needs, what supplements you take – for instance, if you take a multivitamin and a calcium supplement – and what your diet generally includes. These factors can impact your doctor’s recommendation.

In 2007, researchers from the Women's Health Initiative Calcium/Vitamin D Supplementation trial reported no increase in heart risks associated with calcium supplements among more than 36,000 women followed for seven years. But more than half of the women in the study were taking calcium supplements on their own before the trial began, which might have masked the findings.
So Dr. Reid and colleagues looked only at the subset of 16,718 women who had not been taking supplements at the start of the trial. Results showed that among this group, those assigned to take calcium and vitamin D had a 13 to 22 percent higher risk of heart attack and stroke. Women taking placebo had no increase in risk.

Further analyses that incorporated data from 13 other trials involving a total of about 29,000 women showed consistent findings. Overall, women taking supplements were at about 25 to 30 percent increased risk for heart attack and 15 to 20 percent increased risk for stroke.
"In our analysis, treating 1,000 patients with calcium or calcium and vitamin D for five years would cause an additional six [heart attacks] or strokes and prevent only three fractures," Dr. Reid says.

The researchers hypothesize that the sudden spike in blood calcium levels when starting a supplement causes a lying down of calcium in the artery walls that leads to hardening of the arteries, a major cause of heart attack and stroke.
We can take calcium from daily, Salmon, Tofu, Rhubarb, Sardines, Collard greens, Spinach, Turnip greens, Okra, White beans, Baked beans, Broccoli, Peas, Brussel sprouts, Sesame seeds, Bok choy, Almonds.


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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Tenku- Maguro Detail

Let's see the pictures.

 Head, about 15 lbs.
The eye is very cute isn't it!

 whole tuna from head to tail

Stomach side and Oh-toro
This Oh-toro must be good.

 Cutting edge
Toro is very thick. I tasted it and was very good.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Tenku-Maguro is coming tomorrow.

100% Farm raised Tuna is coming from Japan tomorrow. It is called Tenku-Maguro. Kinki University established this farm raised tuna. It took 32 years to make this tuna.
They buy small tuna from Kinki University and raise in Amakusa, Kumamoto, Kyushu area.
写真:海底から見上げた景色です写真:上から見た生簀です写真:一本釣りで釣り上げます
写真:電気ショックで瞬殺します写真:釣り上げ後2分以内に内臓を取り出します写真:活け締め後スラリーアイスに漬け込みます
写真:棺桶みたいに大きい箱で出荷します写真:釣ったらすぐに毎日生のまま出荷しています写真:生簀の海底付近です


It come with a whole tuna from head to tail. It is about 60 lbs,
I will report again tomorrow.

Watch Youtube It is in Japanese but fun to watch.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZUwHpalgp0

This is farm raised but very closed to wild caught tuna. This is Japanese technology.