Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Taka Update May 22. 2013

 Taka Update May 22, 2013

Fish delivery and more

In spite of good tuna last week, this week tuna supply is not great so far. So we rely on Tenku Tuna from Japan. If you like fatty toro, this is the best. I don’t think we get good tuna for weekend. Memorial Day is coming and fishermen want to stay home. They are human beings and same as me. All other fish are fine but I cannot order much for this weekend. The business will be slow.


Closed Information

We will be closed May 27th Monday, Memorial Day. We will be back on Tuesday. My plan? I stay in town and play golf, maybe. And I will close from July 4th- 7th. It is Thursday to Sunday.  I was thinking about Mt. Rushmore and Devils Tower but so many people said those were waste of time and money. Rushmore is same as Stone Mountain? Many people say it.


Eat Fish, Live Longer?

Regularly eating fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids might lengthen your life, new research suggests.

A study of more than 2,600 older adults found those with the highest blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids -- found in salmon, mackerel, herring, lake trout and albacore tuna -- lived more than two years longer on average than those with lower blood levels.

"This is not a study of fish oil supplements, it's a study of blood omega-3 levels related to diet," said researcher Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, an associate professor of epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.

The study, published April 1 in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, doesn't prove that eating fish will increase longevity, but it does suggest a connection.

"Blood levels of omega-3s are related to lower risk of death, especially cardiovascular death," Mozaffarian said.

Mozaffarian found that people with the highest levels of omega-3s reduced their overall risk of death from any cause by up to 27 percent compared to those with the lowest levels. And they had about a 35 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease.

Fish contains heart-healthy protein and fatty acids, and other studies have found diets rich in fish lower the risk of heart disease death. But the effect on death from other causes has not been clear, Mozaffarian said.

Rather than relying on self-reported intake as some other researchers have, Mozaffarian's team measured actual blood levels of the fatty acids.

At the study's start, the researchers analyzed blood samples, did physical exams and asked about lifestyle. None of the participants, who were 74 years old on average, took omega-3 supplements at the time.

During the 16-year follow up, 1,625 people died, including 570 from cardiovascular causes. The higher the omega-3 blood levels, the lower their risk of death during the follow-up, the study found.

Alice Lichtenstein, director and senior scientist at the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory at Tufts University in Boston, emphasized that although the research noted an association, it did not establish a cause-and-effect relationship.

"The results of this study support a relationship between higher fish intake and lower risk of total mortality, particularly death from coronary heart disease," said Lichtenstein, who was not involved in the study.

The researchers, however, cannot determine whether the omega-3 levels were directly responsible for the reduced risk of death or simply a marker for a healthier lifestyle, she cautioned.

For instance, those who had the highest levels of omega-3 also ate more vegetables and fruit than those in the lower level groups, Lichtenstein said, which suggests that simply taking a fish oil supplement may not produce the same effects.

The American Heart Association recommends eating two 3.5-ounce servings of fatty fish, such as salmon, each week.

If you're currently not a fish eater, don't despair. "Going from zero to some intake seems to be where you get most of the benefit for your blood levels," Mozaffarian said.

The study was funded primarily by the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Mozaffarian reported funding from Sigma Tau Pharmaceuticals, Pronova BioPharma (now BASF) and GlaxoSmithKline for studies he initiated on omega-3s.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Taka Update May 15, 2013

 Taka Update May 15, 2013

Fish delivery and more

We finally got good tuna yesterday. It was Big eye tuna, stomach side as usual. I bought 38 lbs. Toro is not the best AAA, but I can give it AA+. We will get Hiramasa, Teen yellow tail tomorrow. This is same group as Hamachi but not much fat like Hamachi. Uni supply is still good. Sweet uni is available for this weekend. King salmon sold well last week. Now this is on the menu.

Closed Information

We will be closed May 27th Monday, Memorial Day. We will be back on Tuesday. My plan? I stay in town and play golf, maybe. And I will close from July 4th- 7th. It is Thursday to Sunday. I want to be an ordinal person, just take day offs and stay at beach or somewhere. But I did not decide my destination.


95 people follow me.

I started Twitter April 29, 2013. And 95 people follow currently. This is not bad, Media Power? IT Power? I write about food, sushi, inspection, golf as usual.


Vitamin D May Extend Lifespan.

Having enough vitamin D on board is essential for preventing disease and maintaining health, but the optimal blood level of vitamin D to ensure these benefits remains controversial. Preliminary research published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition estimates that by doubling current recommended vitamin D levels across the globe, more people would avoid disease and an early death, and people might extend their lifespans.

Higher levels, lower risk of death

Certain experts have questioned whether the current recommended blood levels and daily amounts of vitamin D are enough to best prevent disease and support health. This study looked at vitamin D levels across many countries and reviewed studies on the topic to explore whether higher blood levels of vitamin D, specifically 25-hydroxyvitamin D, were associated with a decreased incidence of death from common diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and respiratory infections.

Specifically, in this study, researchers reviewed the current scientific data on vitamin D to estimate whether higher blood levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (doubled from 54 nmol/L to 110 nmol/L) would reduce the death rate in the six global regions where vitamin D–sensitive diseases are prevalent. 

Vitamin D is in Sardine, Eel, Salmon, mackerel, Saury, Yellowtail, Tuna, Mushrooms, Chicken egg.


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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Good one just arrived.

This is not bad at all.
I made Negitoro Don already. It was very good.

This part is for sushi or sashimi.

And this is for Negitoro Don. I use a spoon and scratch it.

Health Inspection report

Looks like we made it !
It's in a day.
Yesterday was 73C and today was 100A.
We supposed to take 2nd inspection on 23rd. But she came for citation. And She said she could do it today if we were ready.
So we made it!
I gave her our special coating gloves.

Monday, May 13, 2013

I compromised with glove issue.

I was thinking all day. I went to suppliers and found good one for making sushi.

These are all gloves.
Left: Non Latex from Costco
Center: Latex from Restaurant Depot
Right: Special coating Plastic from JFC

I use latex or Non Latex when I make sashimi or cut fish.

I wear Special coating gloves when I make Nigiri Sushi.
Double gloves? Yes but this is only the way to satisfy Health Inspection.
I ordered all cooking staff to wear gloves when they make foods.
So, we will be fine.
But still I am not happy to wear gloves.
Making Sushi with hands are Japanese Food Culture, We have almost 100 years of history.
Sushi Chefs make sushi with naked hands in Japan.

Erika sent me this Black gloves information.  I ordered to try.
Black Nitrile Gloves

Taka will not make Nigiri Sushi anymore.

Is this a Breaking News?

I had health Inspection this morning. We violated some. And one of them was not wearing gloves.
I wrote this issue before. We cannot make good Nigiri Sushi with gloves.
And this is our 3rd violations and I need to go to court later, and need to pay $1000 of fine.
So, I decided not to make Nigiri Sushi.
Anyway We have to wear gloves when we make sushi. Roll Sushi is fine with gloves.
But Nigiri Sushi is not same.
I tried to make many time. I changed gloves many times.
But naked hands are best.
It is very simple reason. If I cannot make good Nigiri Sushi, I have to quit.
So I decided this. It is better than closing restaurant right?
Please understand.
And we can give you free sushi rice.  Eat sashimi and become healthy.

Thanks, TAKA

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Our new roll, Brother and Sister Roll

Raw shrimp with tail is topping of sushi.
This is great. Inside, crabmeat, Outside, Raw shrimp.

Uni Jio, Sea Urchin Salt I just made it.

I was thinking about this for white fish. And I made it, It was really good.

1, Strain Uni and place on Fried Pan. It gets hard.

2, Make it small and place it back to Fried Pan. Make it dry.

3, Strain again and place it back to fried Pan.  See uni sand?

4, Make sure 100% dried and add roasted sea salt.

what I can do with this is below.

I make Hirame Nigiri Sushi and sprinkle Uni Jio.
I ate it straight, was yummy.

Taka Update May 08, 2013

 Taka Update May 08, 2013

Fish delivery and more

Tuna supply is still bad. So I decided to order Tenku-Maguro from Japan. And I received it yesterday. This Oh toro is amazing. I already posted pictures at blog or facebook. I do Fish Omakase every 2 weeks but fish is almost same. So I will skip 4 weeks. I let you know. I just wait new fish for summer season. Uni supply is great, I assume CA is sunny and no rain. Shrimp price is going up and continue go up in the future. There are 4 major places to farm shrimp, Thai, Indonesia, Vietnam and China. This time is in Thailand. Our supplier said 50% of Thai shrimp is dead. It is a sort of sick but they don’t know what is wrong.

Closed Information

We will be closed May 27th Monday, Memorial Day. We will be back on Tuesday. My plan? I stay in town and play golf, maybe. And I will close from July 4th- 7th. It is Thursday to Sunday. I want to be an ordinal person, just take day offs and stay at beach or somewhere.

New Website

We just started new website. http://www.takasushiatlanta.com/  You can go to facebook, twitter and blog from this site. It is all in one, a kind of value package, family package.


Prolonged Sitting Increases Risk Of Diabetes

A study published very recently reports that those who sit for long periods may have higher risk of diabetes than individuals who move around more frequently. The study led by Dr. Emma Wilmot, a clinical research fellow in diabetes and endocrinology at Leicester General Hospital in the U.K , combined the results of 18 independent  studies in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Europe and Japan participating more than 794,000 adults.

The study parameters for  prolonged sitting were considered cautiously such that, watching TV less than one hour a day compared to more than seven hours a day, or watching TV and driving a car for less than 11 hours a week, versus more than 23 hours a week.

More importantly, adults who even met guidelines for physical activity compromised their health by prolonged sitting, say researchers who anticipated that diabetes risk doubles with sitting behavior.

The study  published in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association of the Study of Diabetes was done in collaboration with colleagues from the newly established National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Leicester-Loughborough Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity Bio-medical Research Unit. The author of the study notes,

This is an important message because people with risk factors for diabetes, such as the obese, those of South Asian ethnic origin, or those with a family history of diabetes, may be able to help reduce their future risk of diabetes by limiting the time spent sitting.

Professor Stuart Biddle, of Loughborough University, and a co-investigator on the study, suggested some easy tips to cut down sitting time:

Such as breaking up long periods at the computer at work by placing our laptop on a filing cabinet, Perform standing meetings, walk during the lunch break, reduce TV viewing in the evenings and by seeking out less sedentary behaviors.

The researchers presumed on several potential cause for the association of diabetes with sitting behavior, such as differences in enzyme activity and insulin sensitivity in skeletal muscle.

The findings of this study have far reaching implications. By simply limiting the time that we spend sitting, we may be able to reduce our risk of diabetes, heart disease and death.


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Tenku Maguro Ohtoro Great!

I just tasted this a little bit last night. It melted in my mouth. Amazing.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Tenku Maguro just arrived.

Some people remembered we had this tuna 4 weeks ago, maybe.
It's back because of bad tuna supply recently.

Stomach side

Stomach side cutting edge Great toro

Back side

Back side cutting edge

So, I can make Toro Zukushi, All about Toro or Bluefin Zukushi, All about Bluefin.

Many customers are happy with Frozen blue fin toro when we do not have fresh big eye toro.
So, this is fresh toro comes from Japan. What do you think?
We need to rely on High Tech tuna from Japan.
To be honest, tuna supply is getting worse year by year. What  I can do is buying this kind of great farm raised toro.
Some people say "No farm, No frozen, Fresh and Wild only". But it is very hard to do that.
And many sushi restaurants don't tell the truth for taking advantage.
I don't say but I am one of  very few honest sushi chefs in the US.
I say good is good, I say bad is bad, I show sometimes behind the scene.
Many people are getting know about fish and sushi, cannot hide anything and should not hide anything.

I think American greeting is bad. How are you? I am good, I am great. I never heard " I am bad."
It's American positive thinking maybe. But I cannot say when I am not good and saying good.

Monday, May 6, 2013

New Zealand King Salmon is coming today.


We get sushi grade king salmon today. It is already popular in LA or NYC.
I will get more information later.

This is around 10 lbs. Scottish Salmon is around 12-18 lbs.

Meat is very firm.

I made nigiri Sushi and ate. It was really good.
I normally don't say salmon nigiri sushi is good but this is one not just salmon, it's king salmon.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Big eye tuna came this morning.

I have been waiting for 2 weeks.
Big eye tuna, stomach side, a little fat

You can see a part of toro is very small.  But I can make Negitoro Don.

And I received Ishigaki Dai, Spotted Knifejaw.
This is brother of Ishidai, Striped beakfish.

This was my lunch. I tasted Ishigaki Dai. It was delicious.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Taka Update May 01, 2013

 Taka Update May 01, 2013
Fish delivery and more
I ‘ve been waiting big eye tuna for 2 weeks, maybe. I will come tomorrow. I ordered stomach side around 40 lbs. Maguro Kama(collar) is also coming.
Uni supply is not bad. Summer is approaching. It means Uni quality is going to down soon.  All other fish are fine as usual.

 Closed Information
We will be closed May 27th Monday, Memorial Day. We will be back on Tuesday. My plan? I stay in town and play golf, maybe. I am thinking closing July 4th weekend.

 Now, Twitter is available.
Am I crazy? I am a sort of busy person but I do Twitter now.  I normally do 2-3 times a day. If you are interested in, follow me.

Use mangosteen to fight disease and inflammation

Have you had fresh mangosteen? It is not mango, is mangosteen. Delicious fruit from Southeast Asia, mainly Thailand, Indonessia. It is not only delicious but good health benefit. I can eat everyday but the price here is crazy high. I remembered I bought last year and the price was $6.99 per pound.

A tropical fruit known as mangosteen is a potent immune booster and anti-inflammatory that also appears to have significant cancer-fighting powers, research has shown.
Mangosteen is a small, slow-growing tropical evergreen tree native to southeast Asia. The fruit has a long history of use in the region as a traditional medicine for the treatment of diarrhea, skin infections and wounds.
Numerous studies have established mangosteen's potent anti-inflammatory properties. One randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, published in Nutrition Journal in 2009, found that eight weeks of supplementation with the proprietary mangosteen juice blend XanGo Juice led to a significant decrease in inflammation markers among overweight and obese participants. These decreases were only seen among participants who drank 18 ounces of juice blend per day, however, and not among participants who took lower doses.

Another study, conducted by researchers from Tohoku University in Japan, found that the mangosteen chemical gamma-mangostin significantly reduces inflammation in the structural cells of the brain, suggesting that it might have therapeutic potential in preventing or treating inflammatory brain conditions such as Alzheimer's disease. Researchers have also found that gamma-mangostin inhibits the activity of the inflammation promoting enzyme COX-2.
Many of the powerful healing attributes of mangosteen are attributed to its high concentrations of a naturally occurring group of chemicals known as xanthones. Xanthones are found in a variety of dark red fruits and rain forest plants, and are especially abundant in the rind of the mangosteen fruit. Likely by no coincidence, it is this very portion of the fruit that has most regularly been used in traditional South Asian medicine to treat infection.

According to research published in Free Radical Research, the Journal of Pharmacology, and the Indian Journal of Experimental Biology, xanthones are powerful natural antibiotics, antivirals, anti-inflammatories and antioxidants. At least one study suggested that this antioxidant effect helps prevent the heart from oxidative damage, thereby reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Perhaps in part due to their high concentrations of xanthones, mangosteen and its extracts have proven highly effective at inhibiting the growth of the infectious bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Staphylococcus aureus, including the drug-resistant form of the latter known as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Mangosteen seems especially effective against bacteria that infect the skin, and therefore has also shown promise as an acne treatment.

Mangosteen also appears to strengthen weakened immune systems. Perhaps due to its immune-regulating functions, it appears to function as an allergy-fighting antihistamine. Mangosteen has even shown tentative promise at inhibiting the activity of HIV-1 protease, which plays a critical role in HIV infection.
One particularly thriving area of mangosteen research concerns the fruit's apparent cancer-fighting abilities. Studies have suggested that mangosteen not only inhibits the proliferation of cancer cells, but also induces programmed cell death (apoptosis). The strength of these effects increases with the dosage of mangosteen used.

Specifically, Taiwanese researchers found that garcinone E, a mangosteen xanthone derivative, induces death in liver, lung, and gastric cancer cells. Another Taiwanese study found that mangosteen xanthones act as powerful anti-tumor agents.

A Japanese study into the xanthone alpha-mangostin concluded that this xanthone is also a promising cancer preventive and treatment, in part due to its ability to inhibit the growth of human leukemia cells. Another Japanese study, conducted by researchers from the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa, found that long-term exposure to alpha-mangostin appears to suppress tumor development.

These findings were also supported by research from Thailand, which found cancer-fighting benefits to extracts derived from mangosteen rinds.


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