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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.

 

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Taka Update June 23, 2015

 Taka Update June 23, 2015

Fish delivery and more

Tuna is Big eye. I received it yesterday. It was one of the best in May-June.

Uni is not available. I expect it on Thursday from Japan.

Live scallop is available. There is no problem.

Japanese fish Omakase comes today.

Walu, Kanpachi, King salmon come today.

Upgrade

I use Japanese fresh wasabi for all sashimi and nigiri sushi. You are free upgraded. You feel it when you eat. After I came back from Hawaii, I decided this.

Spicy Tuna Roll is the most popular item in sushi restaurants. We changed the topping. It is more healthy way, we add shredded vegetables. It feels like Spicy Tuna Roll Salad.

We started to use thin noodle for Tonkotsu ramen. So our ramen is same as Japanese style Tonkotsu ramen.

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 The many health benefits of drinking lemon water
Lemons have always been cherished for their significant medicinal qualities. The ancient people of India, China and Mesopotamia regularly used lemons to treat a wide variety of medical conditions, while the ancient Egyptians took advantage of the fruit’s antiseptic qualities and embalmed their mummies in its juices. Later, in 15th century Europe, lemons were recognized as the perfect cure for scurvy.

Despite their healthfulness, however, most people today have no desire to eat whole lemons due to their extreme sourness. Thankfully, there are numerous ways to incorporate lemons into our diet without having to tolerate the entire fruit’s overbearing taste. One of the easiest and most popular ways to do this is to drink a glass of warm, purified water containing a few teaspoons of lemon juice, ideally first thing in the morning. As this article will show, the benefits of such a simple and inexpensive tonic will considerably exceed most people’s expectations.

Cleanses and detoxifies the system

Lemon water is packed with an antioxidant called d-Limonene, which is known to have a cleansing and detoxifying effect on the body. For example, research published in the journal Alternative Medicine Review noted that d-Limonene could help “dissolve cholesterol-containing gallstones” and, due to its gastric acid neutralizing effect, could be “used for relief of heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)”. Moreover, d-Limonene is known to activate enzymes in the liver that can accelerate the organ’s detoxification process.

Aids digestion

Lemon juice shares a similar atomic composition to our digestive juices, making lemon water a fantastic aid to our digestive system. Aside from encouraging the liver to create more bile, the bitter-tasting fluid that aids the digestion of lipids in the small intestine, lemon water can also relieve symptoms of indigestion, such as bloating and heartburn. The American Cancer Society even recommends lemon water for patients suffering from constipation.

Boosts immunity

Lemons are famous for their rich concentrations of vitamin C, an essential antioxidant that plays an important role in maintaining immunity. According to a German study entitled “Vitamin C and immune function,” certain cells of the immune system, such as phagocytes and T cells, need vitamin C to perform their tasks. The study author also noted that “a vitamin C deficiency results in a reduced resistance against certain pathogens whilst a higher supply enhances several immune system parameters.” For this reason, drinking lemon water is a fantastic way to decrease our susceptibility to illness.

Clears skin

The vitamin C in lemon water also plays an important role in the production of collagen, the main structural protein of our connective tissues. This fact makes lemon water an excellent natural tonic for our skin. It can help improve skin tightness and decrease wrinkles, clear skin blemishes from the inside out and, due to its alkaline nature (after it enters our body), also helps kill some of the bacteria responsible for acne.

Other benefits attributed to the long-term consumption of lemon water include improved mood and energy levels, fresher breath, balanced pH levels and superior hydration. Lemon water is also high in a soluble dietary fiber called pectin, which can help tackle hunger cravings and contribute to weight loss.

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Taka Update June 09, 2015

 

 Taka Update June 09, 2015

Fish delivery and more

Tuna is yellow fin but good quality.

Uni is available. It is from Japan.

Live scallop is available. There is no problem.

Japanese fish Omakase comes today.

Walu, Kanpachi, King salmon come today.

 

Upgrade

I use Japanese fresh wasabi for all sashimi and nigiri sushi. You are free upgraded. You feel it when you eat. After I came back from Hawaii, I decided this.

We started to use thin noodle for Tonkotsu ramen. So our ramen is same as Japanese style Tonkotsu ramen.

 

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Sushisandpassion Instagram is available. Search at sushiandpassion. You can see many of Hawaii pictures. I ate a lot of ramen this time.

 

Does Mom’s Cellphone Startle the Fetus?

The sounds emitted by cellphones carried by pregnant women may rattle the sleep-and-wake cycles of their fetuses, new research suggests.The finding is based on a small study that tracked fetal reactions to repetitive cellphone and beeper use among more than two dozen resident physicians while they were pregnant.

Read more? http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_152403.html

 

Three reasons you shouldn’t buy almond milk

1)Store-bought almond milk has very little almonds in it

Recently, it was revealed that almond milk producers are really cutting corners when it comes to the percentage of almonds that make up a carton of almond milk. In fact, it turns out that half a gallon of almond milk contains less than a handful of almonds. One analysis of European almond milk brand Alpro revealed that almonds make up a measly 2% of the total drink.

2)It contains other not-so-natural ingredients

Not only does almond milk not contain many almonds, but it also contains other ingredients primarily used as thickening agents so it appears more creamy and not watered down.

3)It is not sprouted

Even if someone chooses the finest almond milk that money can buy in the store, it still shouldn’t be mindlessly bought, as it won’t be produced from sprouted almonds.

So, we have to buy raw almond at Costco and blend it. Or just eat it straight.

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Taka Update June 01, 2015

 Taka Update June 01, 2015

Fish delivery and more

It’s Monday and not sure for tuna but fresh one is coming.

Uni is available but Kona Kanpachi is not available. It will come on Tuesday.

Live scallop is available. There is no problem.

Japanese fish Omakase is coming on Tuesday.

Just got back from Hawaii and I am very fresh. I am ready to work hard.

Next Vacation? Not sure, maybe next year.

 

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Vegetarian Diet Lowers Risk for Some Cancers, Study Finds

To prevent certain types of cancer, a vegetarian diet with some fish might be the best protection, according to a new study. Fish-eating vegetarians, or pescovegetarians, had a 43% lower risk of colorectal cancers than nonvegetarians.

This beat out the results for vegans, who had a 16% lower risk, and lacto-ovo vegetarians, who eat milk and eggs and who had an 18% lower chance. Combined, all types of vegetarians had a 22% reduced risk for colorectal cancers than nonvegetarians.

According to the researchers, the additional benefit from fish probably comes from omega-3 fatty acids. However, they note that even the nonvegetarian group in the study consumed less meat than the average American.

Colorectal cancer is the second most deadly cancer in the U.S., after lung cancer, and previous studies have suggested that meat-heavy diets, especially processed meat, can elevate risk for the condition. This latest research is led by Michael Orlich, an assistant professor of preventive medicine at Loma Linda University, a Seventh-day Adventist institution in California.

According to the researchers, vegetarians might be protected from colorectal cancer not only because they eat less meat, but because they eat more plants. “Diets high in fiber are linked with decreased risk, and fiber comes from whole plant foods, so this could be a major reason why the risk is much lower,” said Dr. Orlich.

The vegetarian groups also ate fewer fatty foods and snacks in general than the nonvegetarians. This helps reduce excess levels of insulin in the blood, which has been linked to elevated risk for colorectal cancers.
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Taka Update May 12, 2015

 Taka Update May 12,  2015

Fish delivery and more

I only carry Yellow fin tuna so far. Not sore for this weekend.

Uni was not available for a while. But it comes today.

Live scallop is available. There is no problem.

Japanese fish Omakase comes today. I really like this selection.

Our new special, Fish Guacamole is selling well.  JAP X MEX?

 

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Safe but inadequate: Tylenol flunks back pain test

Tylenol and other products containing acetaminophen do little or nothing to help lower back pain or arthritis, a new report finds.

Patients might do better with stretching and exercise, the Australian researchers report. They don’t recommend that people move on to stronger drugs such as opioids.

It’s sure to be a controversial finding. Most expert groups advise that people try acetaminophen first — even though the pills can cause liver damage, if people take too much. They’re also far safer than drugs such as ibuprofen or naproxen, known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDS. NSAIDS can sometimes cause deadly gastric bleeding.

And the dangers of opioids are even worse — dependence, addiction and overdose.

For the study, Gustavo Machado from The George Institute for Global Health at the University of Sydney in Australia and colleagues reviewed 13 different studies that looked directly at which treatments helped lower back pain and arthritis.

Ten of the trials included 3,541 patients with osteoarthritis of the hip or knee, and three trials included 1,825 patients with lower back pain.

“There was ‘high quality’ evidence that (acetaminophen) is ineffective for reducing pain intensity and disability or improving quality of life in the short term in people with low back pain,” they wrote in the online version of the British Medical Journal, called The BMJ.

To be honest, I never taken Advil or Tyrnol in my life, Medicine is poison. It is my thinking way of life. I take medicine for fatal situation only. If I get flue, I take extra vitamin C, ginger and garlic with spicy food. This is just a sample.

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Taka Update April 29, 2015

 Taka Update April 29,  2015

Fish delivery and more

I have big eye tuna and not sure for the weekend.

Uni is available. It is from Maine again. CA uni has some problems,maybe.

Live scallop is available. There is no problem.

Japanese fish Omakase came yesterday, Tile Fish, Sea Robin, Three Grant Line, Sea Bream and Grouper.

I might get Mirugai, Giant Clam today. This is not sure.

 

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Starving sea lions now fight U.S. fishermen for food as West Coast ecosystem collapses
The West Coast ecosystem is in a state of dire collapse. The Southern California sea lion population is dwindling to new lows as countless hungry and emaciated pups wash ashore. There’s simply not enough food to go around for the mammals. Some believe the acidity of the waters is intensifying, not allowing certain species of fish to survive. The sudden decline in sardine biomass off the West coast is directly impacting larger animals in the food chain like the Southern California sea lions. A record number of these beautiful sea mammals have been rescued since 2013, when an unusual “mortality event” was declared. As the animals struggle to find food, some appear to be getting vicious and may now attack humans for food.
In fact, a fisherman recently had a violent altercation with a sea lion at a San Diego marina. As he was holding a large fish and posing for a picture, a sea lion jumped from the water, hopped on deck and lunged at the man and his prized catch. The sea lion effectively took the fish and pulled the man into the ocean. Authorities said the man was injured. San Diego Fire Rescue spokesman Lee Swanson reported that the violent altercation resulted in the fisherman being carried underwater for 15 breathtaking seconds. When the man was rescued, he was taken to a local hospital and treated for cuts on his arm and hand.

Official sources may propose that global warming is causing mass migration of fish away from the West coast, resulting in starving sea lions, but slight fluctuations in water current temperature may be part of larger cycles and shifts that naturally occur in the ocean.

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