Thursday, November 28, 2013

Mt Fuji with cloud

Mt. Fuji is just beautiful, 3776m high.

Uni Omakase 10 courses, I made it.

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, November 23, 2013


Just bought at Restaurant Depot.

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

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Japanese Curry Rice, next star item.

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

Taka Update November 21, 2013

 Taka Update November 21, 2013

Fish delivery and more

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


Holiday Closing Information

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


Why high-heels are habit-forming

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

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

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

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

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


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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Katsu Don is popular in NYC?

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

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

I show you step by step.

Braising onion with sweet dashi sauce.

Add crispy fried Katsu,

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

This Don is not bad.

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

The biggest tuna ever!

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

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

Monday, November 18, 2013

New Sushi Bar Wall Decor

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

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Book sneak preview

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

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Taka Update November 13, 2013

 Taka Update November 13, 2013

Fish delivery and more

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


Holiday Closing Information

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


Are Your Blood Pressure Meds Causing Cancer?

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


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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Thi sbroth go into ramen broth.

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

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

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

Monday, November 11, 2013

New Tuna Jist arrived

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

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

Friday, November 8, 2013

Is this a winner of 2013 dish?

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

Sujiko. Fresh Salmon roe is available.

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

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

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Miss Korea 2013? Same faces?

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

Taka Update November 6, 3013

 Taka Update November 6, 2013

Fish delivery and more

This is the almost first time tuna is not great. I received tuna yesterday and was OK. I could say A, just A rank. Uni is available and stable quality. I also received Hawaiian fish yesterday, Sail fish, Walu, Mongchong.

Sujiko, Fresh salmon roe is coming tomorrow. This is very limited offer. We sold out 2 weeks ago.

22 day for Thanksgiving Day and 49 days for Christmas. Times are flying.


Sushiandpassion Book Update

This is jst like the first baby born. It takes time, it is pain and it is fun. I don’t  know when gonna be. Maybe 2014 January?  I am tired, very tired. But it is coming anyway.


Holiday Closing Information

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


Eating broccoli may help prevent osteoarthritis

New research from the UK suggests that sulforaphane, a compound found in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage and Brussels sprouts, could help fight osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis.

Led by the University of East Anglia (UEA), the study used cell and tissue tests to show that sulforaphane blocked cartilage-destroying enzymes by intercepting a molecule that causes inflammation.

The researchers also found that mice fed a sulforaphane-rich diet suffered significantly less cartilage damage and osteoarthritis compared with mice whose diet did not contain the compound. Their research is published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism.

Sulforaphane is released when eating cruciferous vegetables such as: Broccoli,Cauliflower,Brussels sprouts,Kale,Cabbage,Bok choy or Chinese cabbage.



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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The tuna I got this morning.

This is the tuna, November 5, 2013
I say this was just A not plus or minus.

This was the tuna last week.
I said this was AA+.

And this was the tuna 2weeks ago.
I said this was AAA+.

Buying tuna is not easy.
We don't know before cut. And we will know it after cut.
Can I return ? No, I cannot.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Free Movie from Japan America Society of GA

Sora Tobu Kingyo

Fresh Albacore from Boston Today and tomottow only

 We normally but it from CA not from Boston.
CA albacore season is August- September.

I can make sashimi and sushi.
The meat is very tender ands delicious.

2 days only!

Something New at TAKA

Fish changes always like wine list? Maybe.

 Black Cod
We did not get fresh Black Cod and was only for grilled item.
But we have fresh one now and can eat sushi or sashimi.
West Coast people started to eat this and not bad at all.
 Black Cod Nigiri
The meat has nice fat and tender like Hamachi.
So, I can say this is very good for American people.

Sawara, Spanish Mackerel
We normally don't eat Sawara as raw. But if the season comes, the condition is different.
This Sawara comes from Yamagata, Japan Sea and it is in season.
It is available only October- November.
Sawara Nigiri
It is so good with fresh grated ginger and scallion.
Don't confuse it as mackerel. This fish is not like that.
Must try!

Sayori, Halfbeak
It is the first arrival. Sayori is clear meat and has nice texture.

Sayori Nigiri
It is not like any other fish. Sayori is satori.

November is perfect month for fish. They are very tasty and we can enjoy them.