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Chef Taka Moriuchi

Chef Taka Moriuchi

Taka Moriuchi was born in Hiroshima, Japan in 1962 and as a teenager, he dreamt of coming to the US. After graduating from high school, Taka worked as a sales rep for a shoe retail company called “Ginza Esperanza”. He went on to become a manager and merchandiser for the company, designing pumps and traveling to Europe every six months.

Taka left the shoe company after 10 years and bought a convenience store in Tokyo.

He soon learned of an opportunity for a lottery green card from a friend living in Atlanta, GA. He applied and was fortunately selected out of 240,000 applicants. Taka realized his dream of coming to the US on February 15, 1995.

Taka’s first job on American soil was as the assistant manager at Kobe steaks, where his responsibilities ranged from washing dishes and bussing tables to greeting guests. He quickly realized that sushi was becoming a popular trend in America, so he left his management position behind to learn the craft of sushi-making.

Taka began practicing the art of sushi at Soto when Soto opened his sushi restaurant in August 1995. He stayed on with the flourishing restaurant for four years before partnering with Kevin Rathbun to open Bluepointe in 1999. In February of 2002, Taka started his own restaurant known as “Taka Sushi Café.”

Taka’s revered sushi restaurant took on the “sushiandpassion” tagline in 2007. What is sushiandpassion? It is inspired by Barry Manilow’s famous song “Copacabana” in which he sings of “Music and Passion.”

As an avid Barry Manilow fan, Taka felt that Manilow’s perseverance mirrored his own. During a concert, he was impassioned by the message the Manilow shared with the crowd: “You can give in, give out. But don’t give up.” Since becoming the sole owner of Taka Sushi in 2006, Taka’s restaurant has become a renowned Buckhead dining establishment with celebrity patrons from Hollywood actors and professional athletes to musicians and TV personalities: John Travolta, the Dixie Chicks, Kiss, Matt Kuchar, Ian Poulter, Luke Donald, Dallas Austin, Jake Gyllenhaal and more. Taka plans to enjoy his success on the beaches of Waikiki, where he plans to retire one day.

 

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    “Sheltered from the local party scene by a row of upscale salons,
    this small sushi restaurant resembles a sleepy Gulf Coast seafood shack.”

    City Search

    Rated 5.0/5.0 star
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    “I eat at Taka a lot because it is around the corner and I just can’t stand
    how pretentious Soto is. Tonight was darn good and I just had to write
    about it. We had the Thai style red snapper sashimi which came with
    pine nuts, cilantro, shredded daikon/shizo mixture, and peanut
    sauce..so tasty.”

    The Blissful Glutton

    Published by The Blissful Glutton on September 15, 2005 at 8:47 PM
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    “In a world where oceans of fish dishes are done in paint-by-numbers style,
    Takao Moriuchi maintains a beautiful touch.”

    “Sushi As Artistry” By Meridith Ford, Access Atlanta

    Published by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on October 26, 2004
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    “Taste sushi as it was meant to be: pristine, pure, fresh.
    This intimate cafe from chef-owner Taka Moriuchi, a native of Hiroshima,
    specializes in sushi, but offers a wide range of hot and cold appetizers.”

    Gayot

    Rated 14/20
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    “Taka takes his appetizer cues from his days at Soto.
    The list is extensive and the flavors unusual but mostly well-balanced,
    though I find I’m more taken with the sashimi
    and cold starters than I am with the hot.”

    Bill Addison, Creative Loafing

    Published March 5, 2003
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    “Sushi in Atlanta = Taka Sushi Cafe for me. They have the freshest fish. Sashimi is really the best here, but the rolls are good too.”

    City Voter

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    “This Buckhead sushi den attracts laid back locals (often toting mini sushi proteges).
    Remember where you are with a Home Depot or Diet Coke roll (flip the menu for translation).
    Go beyond creative names with noodles or a cold salad of snow crab and thinly sliced cucumber.
    Wall colors change annually to redefine the mood of the season, but the fresh food stays perfectly the same.”

    Black Book

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    “A longtime fan of American music and culture, Taka Moriuchi was ecstatic when he won
    a lottery green card to come to the United States in 1995. While learning English,
    he worked his way up from being a busboy at Kobe Steaks
    to become the sushi chef at Soto Japanese restaurant, then BluePointe.
    Now, he’s the owner of this upscale sushi joint, located in the Buckhead building
    formerly occupied by Taco Mac.”
    City Guide AOL

    Rated 4.0/5.0 stars
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    “Sushi chef has way with words
    Taka Sushi Cafe in Buckhead gets less of my business than I’d prefer.
    We’ve got sushi we like closer to home and are creatures of habit.
    But every time we visit, I am always reminded of what
    a thoughtful chef owner Taka Moriuchi is,
    both for his sushi bar creations and his hot food.”

    “What’s For Dinner?” By John Kessler, AJC Evening Edge

    Published by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on April 03, 2008

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Come visit our restaurant located in Buckhead, Atlanta, Georgia. With a beautiful restaurant and patio, Taka sushiandpassion of Atlanta is one of Georgia’s hidden treasures.

  • Lunch: Monday – Friday 11:30am to 2pm
  • Dinner: Monday – Saturday 5:30pm to 10:00pm
  • Sunday Closed
  • Happy Hour Specials
  • Daily from 5:30pm to 7pm
  • Special prices on beer, wine and sake.

 

SushiandPassion

Taka Update January 13, 2016

   Taka Update January 13, 2016

Fish delivery and more

☆Tuna is yellow fin only. I did not get any good big eye tuna after New Year.

☆We have uni from Peru and Maine. Maine uni season is almost over.

☆ Live scallop is coming today.

☆ Fresh Ikura is not available any more. You have to wait until October.

☆ Hawaiian fish came yesterday, Kanpachi, Walu, Uku (Snapper), Albacore.

☆ Special fish of this week? Majina, Opal eye is available.

 

Open St.Valentines Day

Yes, we are opened February 14th Sunday.

 

Closing date of current location

We finally decided the date of closing. It is March 5th Saturday. We will clean up next 2 days and move to a new location.

I want do so a special week from February 29 – March 5. “ Thank you Atlanta good bye sale”? Something like that.

But the opening date of new location is not sure. “Construction is always delayed.” This is the theory of new openings everywhere. But I still hope the first week of April.

New address is 4600 Roswell Rd. Suite E110, Sandy Springs GA 30342

 

Campbell’s Soup for taking a step in the right direction and announcing GMO labeling.

All ingredients in Campbell’s food products that contain genetically modified organisms will now be labeled. It’s still unclear whether the labels will make distinctions on the kind of GMOs used, but one thing is for sure: customers are going to know which ingredients contain GMOs in general.
But do you buy Campblee Soup cans? I don’t buy them. Fresh made soups are much much better than cans.

45 million Americans now on food stamps

The number of Americans receiving food stamps exceeds 45 million – a level which has remained relatively constant for more than four years now. That figure accounts for nearly 20 percent of the population of the country.

In 1969, there were 2,800,000 Americans in the food stamp program. Since then the number has increased more than 15-fold.

In the midst of a sluggish economic “recovery” (one which many consider non-existent), there is little doubt that a large percentage of these recipients are indeed struggling to feed their families and deserving of assistance, as the gap between the rich and poor in our nation grows ever wider.

I don’t know why but Japan is getting similar as US. Many low income people, many single moms, no saving money at all. It was not like hat when I was in Japan around 1990. Rich people become richer, poor people just stay low zone, a few middle people can climb up to upper class and most of middle drop to bottom. I am still lucky that I feel. I came to US and made some money, having a good life.

Taka Update December 15, 2015

Taka Update December 15, 2015
Fish delivery and more
☆Tuna is big eye so far. And blue fin toro is just a little bit.
☆We have uni from California and Maine again.
☆ Live scallop is available.
☆ Fresh Ikura is available. The season will be over soon.
☆ Hawaiian fish is coming tomorrow.
☆ Special fish of this week? Not sure so far.

Our business during Holiday
We will be closed on 25th and New Year Day, January 1st.

New Year’s Eve
Yes we are open as usual. This is the last New Year’s Eve at current location. We will provide free sparkling wines for your dinner. Please join us. We don’t need to be crazy but must celebrate 2016 welcoming.

New TAKA
Our closing date will be February 27th or March 10th. It depends on construction delay. I signed the lease last week. I had a meeting with designer and contractor already. I gave my idea. The opening date is April 1st 2016. The construction will start middle of January and out team say it is a week early on schedule. This is wonderful.
New address is 4600 Roswell Rd. Suite E110, Sandy Springs GA 30342

Too Much TV Linked to Leading Causes of Death
A new study links watching too much TV with some of the leading causes of death in the United States.
Ninety-two percent of Americans have a TV in their home, according to background information in the study. And 80 percent of American adults watch an average of three-and-a-half hours of TV a day, which is more than half of their leisure time.
“We know that television viewing is the most prevalent leisure-time sedentary behavior and our working hypothesis is that it is an indicator of overall physical inactivity,” explained study author Sarah Keadle, a cancer prevention fellow at the U.S. National Cancer Institute.
“In this context, our results fit within a growing body of research indicating that too much sitting can have many different adverse health effects,” Keadle said.
In the study, the researchers followed more than 221,000 people, aged 50 to 71, who did not have any chronic diseases at the start of the nearly 15-year study. All were followed until death or until December 2011.
The more TV the older adults watched, the more likely they were to die from conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, flu/pneumonia, Parkinson’s disease and liver disease, the investigators found.
Compared with those who watched less than one hour of TV per day, the risk of death during the study period was 15 percent higher among those who watched three to four hours of TV a day, and 47 percent higher for those who watched seven or more hours a day, the findings showed.

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Taka Update December 07, 2015

Taka Update December 07, 2015
Fish delivery and more
☆Tuna is big eye so far. But there is not much toro in it.
☆We have uni from California and Maine. Uni supply is really good in winter.
☆ Live scallop and surf clam are coming later today.
☆ Fresh Ikura is available. The season will be over soon.
☆ Hawaiian fish is coming thisweek.
☆ Special fish of this week? Mejina and Hira Suzuki are coming tomorrow.

Our business during Holiday
We will be closed on 25th and New Year Day, January 1st.

New TAKA
Our closing date will be February 27th or March 10th. It depends on construction delay. I signed the lease last week. I had a meeting with designer and contractor already. I gave my idea. The opening date is April 1st 2016.
New address is 4600 Roswell Rd. Suite E110, Sandy Springs GA 30342

185,000 Americans bought guns on Black Friday
National Instant Criminal Background Check System – processed 185,345 requests on November 27, the day after Thanksgiving, and a day that historically is one of the biggest retail sales days of the year.
“This was an approximate 5% increase over the 175,754 received on Black Friday 2014,” wrote Stephen Fischer, the FBI’s head of multimedia productions. “The previous high for receipts were the 177,170 received on 12/21/2012.”
So, apparently Black Friday is quickly becoming “Gun Friday,” if recent trends are any indication.

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Taka Update November 23, 2015

Taka Update November 23, 2015 Happy Thanks Giving Day

Fish delivery and more

Tuna is big eye so far. Please don’t expect this week because of holiday season.

We have uni from California.

Live scallop and surf clam are coming later today.

Fresh Ikura is available. It will be one more month and the season is over.

Hawaiian fish is not coming this week. I buy Kanpachi from a local supplier.

Special fish of this week? Maybe not. I have whiting Tempura today. It’s good.

 

Our business during Holiday

We will be closed on Thursday lunch and dinner and Friday Lunch.

 

New TAKA

Our closing date will be February 27th or March 10th. It depends on construction delay. I signed the lease last week. I had a meeting with designer and contractor already. I gave my idea. The opening date is April 1st 2016.

New address is 4600 Roswell Rd. Suite E110, Sandy Springs GA 30342

 

Walking is Good, with Strength Training, Even Better

Walking is great exercise. Enthusiasts reap many health benefits, both physically and emotionally. Walking and other aerobic activities help to improve sleep and to decrease symptoms of depression, the risk of developing heart disease and Type II diabetes. Walking also helps to reduce obesity while decreasing body fat and improving circulation.

However, to increase and maintain bone and muscle mass, strengthening exercises are the way to go. Little by little, fat replaces muscle and bone tissue as you age. While the bathroom scale may not change, your body composition does — unless you take action.

The Benefits of Strength Training
In comparison to walking programs, strength-training programs are more effective in increasing muscle mass and bone density, with as little as two half-hour sessions per week. In addition, strength training provides benefits similar to aerobic exercise such as decreasing depression, improving sleep, helping with weight management and decreasing body fat.

Increased bone density reduces the risk of osteoporosis, a condition in which bones become thin and brittle and are easily fractured during falls or other accidents. And maintaining muscular strength is extremely important for continued independence and physical function as you age.

Integrating Strength Training into Your Exercise Program
If you are walking an hour every day, six days a week, substitute a portion of your walking time with strength training to receive the maximum benefit from exercise. For example, on three of the six days, decrease your walking time to a half-hour and reserve the second half-hour for strengthening exercises. On the other three days, continue to walk for the full hour. It is important to take a day off in between strength-training sessions. Walking everyday, whether strength training or not, is fine.

To Modify Your Current Walking Program to Include Strength Training, You Have Several Options for Getting Started:
At home — To start a program at home, you will need to purchase equipment and instructional materials. My two books, “Strong Women Stay Young” and “Strong Women Stay Slim,” outline at-home strength training program. The second book also includes nutrition and aerobic exercise components.
At a fitness facility — To utilize the equipment provided at gyms and health clubs, it is important to receive instruction from a trainer on staff before starting a program. Be sure to ask your questions as they come up.
Using a personal trainer — Either at home or at a fitness facility, you may also want to work one-on-one with a personal trainer who can give added motivation, guidance and instruction. You can find personal trainers through local gyms and health clubs, or in the phone book.

All physical activity, be it gardening, walking, biking, hiking, swimming or strengthening exercises, is important for maintaining independence and function as you age. Regular physical activity also decreases the risk for developing various chronic diseases, including heart disease, arthritis and osteoporosis. However, the best way to maintain bone and muscle mass and cardiovascular function is to do a combination of activities that includes both strength training and aerobic exercise.

Eating and drinking season is coming at the corner. Walk more after eating and drinking. It’s easy 1000 calorie taking in, 1000 calorie taking out. And your weight never changed.

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Taka Update November 10, 2015

   Taka Update November 10, 2015

Fish delivery and more

☆Tuna is great. Just received Big eye Tuna. I have enough amount for weekend.

☆We have uni from California and Maine.

☆ Live scallop and surf clam are available.

☆ Fresh Ikura is available. It has texture, you must try what is fresh.

☆ Hawaiian fish is just arrived. We have Walu and Kanpachi.

☆ Special fish of this week? Chikame-Kintoki and Knifejaw are available.

 

New TAKA

Our closing date will be February 27th or March 10th. It depends on construction delay. I signed the lease last week. I had a meeting with designer and contractor already. I gave my idea. The opening date is April 1st 2016.

 

Raw food or cooked food?

 Certainly, there are benefits to consuming plenty of raw fruits and vegetables. These foods supply us with high nutrient levels and are generally low in calories too. Eating lots of raw foods is a key feature of an anti-cancer diet style and a long life. Raw vegetables are dramatically low in calories and we probably only absorb about 50 calories a pound from raw vegetables.

And we have to eat live food. For instance, brown rice is better than white rice, same as wheat bread is better than white bread. Fish is also same. Raw fish is better than cooked fish. So, eating sashimi or sushi is very reasonable thing. Sashimi is just like fresh vegetable salad right?

Eating raw food is necessary for good health and is an important feature of a healthy diet. Baking, frying, barbecuing and other high heat cooking methods that brown and damage food form acrylamide, which is potentially carcinogenic. Browning and other high heat cooking methods should be avoided. Cooking techniques like steaming vegetables, stewing foods in a pressure cooker and soup making, do not have these drawbacks. They do not brown foods or form acrylamide.

 

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