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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 October 22, 2014

 Taka Update October 22,  2014

Fish delivery and more

☆ Tuna is not bad. I have good big eye tuna.  But not sure for weekend.

☆ Uni is not available so far. I might get it for weekend.

 Ocean Trout is not available anymore. Short supply in Atlanta and our supplier sells frozen only. I do not like it,. I have King salmon. This is fresh one.

  Live scallop is fine so far. And we will get fresh salmon roe tomorrow. It will last at the end of year.

Closed Info

We will be closed January 1-3. I will get my family from Japan and want to spend time.

 

Tuna Club at Yahoo group

I have a trouble at Yahoo group. So, I will not use that one any more. If you cannot get this newsletter, please contact sushiandpassion@gmail.comThank you.

 

Best foods to detoxify the body

The benefits of detoxifying the body go well beyond merely striving to help it bounce back after a weekend of unhealthy eating or drinking. In fact, the flushing out of toxins on a regular basis helps eliminate harmful substances that gradually accumulate in the blood and, in turn, wreak havoc on the body.
An overload of toxins can jeopardize health from slight issues to life-threatening conditions ranging from bad breath and acne to depression and cancer. While many people choose to eat healthy, organic, whole foods, there still exist opportunities for harmful chemicals to seep into the body; everything from aluminum-containing deodorants to declining air quality are ways that people are exposed to potentially problematic health conditions.
Even some foods often considered healthy may not necessarily be, as Mike Adams demonstrated during his appearance on The Dr. Oz Show. For example, he noted that some rice protein powders, typically ones that are imported from Asia, contain high levels of lead, cadmium and even tungsten.  Adams expressed that his concern comes from the fact that many people ingest all kinds of toxins day in and day out, and their accumulation over time is what can negatively impact health.
Of findings like lead and tungsten, Dr. Oz says that “metals do lots of things… they’re good for us, but they’re not supposed to be in our foods.”

Best foods to help detoxify the body

To help the body purge such harmful substances, regular detoxification is beneficial. Here’s a closer look at the foods that can best detoxify our system so it functions at optimal levels and stays as healthy as possible.
Turmeric    One of the main ingredients in this popular spice is a phytochemical called curcumin, which has been found to help the liver detox and also decrease inflammation throughout the body.
Garlic    Since ancient times, garlic has been used as a way to detox the body, removing toxins from the liver and kidneys. Garlic’s natural substance alliin is broken down into allicin, which has healing properties that fight free radicals.
Dandelion    Typically something that people frown upon when seeing it all over their lawns, dandelion leaves are actually safe for consumption and a good source of potassium and iron. Whether eaten in a salad or taken as an extract, it’s known to help stimulate bile production and improve liver and overall health.
Greens    Chlorophyll, which is what gives vegetation its green color, may have the ability to prevent cancer-causing chemicals from being absorbed in the body. Look for parsley, arugula, green beans and spinach, which are very good chlorophyll sources.


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Taka Update September 25, 2014

 Taka Update September 25,  2014

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☆ Tuna supply is not great this weekend. Our supplier has big eye tuna but no fat at all. So I decided to carry Yellow fin. Toro is different Oh-toro. This one has more fat.

☆ Uni is also available. The quality is good. But I do not have much for the weekend.

 Ocean Trout is coming today. NZ King Salmon arrived yesterday.

  Bad news for Live scallop. It came on Monday and Tuesday. But all have gone already. I do not think coming again this week.

Closed Info

We will be closed October 5th- 12th. I am planning to fly to Japan. I need to go to Sapporo, Kobe and Hiroshima, my home town.

 

Tuna Club at Yahoo group

I have a trouble at Yahoo group. So, I will not use that one any more. If you cannot get this newsletter, please contact sushiandpassion@gmail.comThank you.

 

World’s almond supply approaching collapse due to California drought
Almond farmers in California’s Central Valley, where about 80 percent of the world’s supply of almonds is grown, are desperate for water. As most of the state hobbles through one of its worst droughts in history, growers are reportedly siphoning off water wherever they can get it, robbing taxpayers and the general public of a shared and increasingly scarce resource that could take many years to replenish.
 Though they are fairly drought-resistant, almonds are growing in popularity all over the world. They have exceeded peanuts here in the States as the consumer nut of choice, and developing nations like China are demanding them like never before. This has resulted in the conversion of more than one million acres of the Central Valley into almond orchards, more than twice the amount compared to 1996.

5 Healthy food pairings that Supercharge health and diet
What if eating the right combinations of foods had the ability to impact the body for the good? Some things just go together well, but inside the body they can pack a powerful punch when paired with the right component. So many people want to go on restrictive diets that are actually not healthy. Having a varied diet that incorporates a wide variety of nutrients is not only healthy but can help lose weight faster. To super boost a healthy eating lifestyle, try pairing some of the following blends.
1. Tomatoes and avocado

This dynamic duo is known to reduce inflammation. Tomatoes are commonly used in Mexican foods, and adding a little avocado may take it to a whole new level. Avocado has a healthy fat and it can absorb lycopene in the body. A study from the Ohio State University showed that people who added avocado to their salsa mix were absorbing more than 4x more lycopene. Eating foods rich in lycopene plays a role in cancer prevention. It can also help with inflammatory disease and can prevent cataracts.

2. Green tea and lemon juice

This pair allows the body to have greater antioxidant absorption. Any tea with lemon tastes good, but adding lemon juice to a drink has a great deal of health benefits. The citrus juice when added to green tea helps the body to have an increased ability to absorb antioxidants. The more lemon juice the better.

3. Pasta and vinegar

Pasta is great but adding a bit of vinegar to it will help a person feel full longer and fight fat. Many people eat a big plate of pasta but are hungry soon after. Because of its sugar content, pasta causes one’s sugar levels to spike. However, the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that vinegar can reduce these glucose spikes. Cold pasta salads with vinegar dressing work well.

4. Skim milk and banana

Want stronger bones, have some skimmed milk and bananas. Dairy products are full of calcium. Bananas help with calcium absorption and can create strong and healthy bones. Try a smoothie with bananas and milk and add some oatmeal for bulk. Bones become brittle as person begins to age, but the potassium and calcium in this mixture is great for bone health.

5. Fish and red wine

Fish and red wine are both known to enhance heart health, but putting them together is an ultra-mix for the body. A nice piece of salmon with a glass of red wine may be heart healthy and provide great antioxidants for the whole body. An omega-3-rich fatty fish, like salmon and trout, just increases these body benefits further. But bear in mind they are not calorie free. Try to stick to a glass of wine that is about 4 ounces coupled with 4 ounces of fish, and add garlic to the mix for an extra immune system boost. Talk about a delicious treat that is also healthy, fish with garlic and red wine is a truly heart healthy dinner.

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Taka Update September 10. 2014

 Taka Update September 10,  2014

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☆ I have big eye tuna but low fat. It will come again tomorrow but also low fat.

☆ Uni is also available. The quality is good and very sweet.

 Ocean Trout is coming tomorrow. NZ King Salmon is just arrived. I ordered small one to avoid breaking meat. We will see it.

 Bad news for Live scallop. Bad weather and other issues. Maybe not this week.

Closed Info

We will be closed October 5th- 12th. I am planning to fly to Japan. I need to go to Sapporo, Kobe and Hiroshima, my home town.

 

Tuna Club at Yahoo group

I have a trouble at Yahoo group. So, I will not use that one any more. If you cannot get this newsletter, please contact sushiandpassion@gmail.com.  Thank you.

 

10 superfoods for babies and toddlers

Babies and toddlers do not eat much food because their tummies are tiny. That is why it is important to feed them foods that are packed with nutrients. Superfoods are natural foods that are high in nutrients and antioxidants packed with health giving properties. They are easily digestible and keep the body and mind healthy and working great. These 10 superfoods are essential for babies’ and toddlers’ growing bodies:

1. Avocado
Avocados are the best first food for your baby. They are a perfect consistency and they contain an abundance of nutrients including high levels of omega-3s. You can simply slice open an avocado and feed it straight into your little one’s mouth. If you would like a smoother consistency, add a little breast milk or substitute and mash.

2. Beans
Beans are super nutritious. They are very high in antioxidants containing 10 times the amount of antioxidants as oranges. They are high in fiber, which prevents your baby from becoming constipated. They are high in iron, protein and vitamin B. They should be soaked overnight before preparing to decrease cooking time.

3. Blueberries
Blueberries are super nutritious. They are higher in antioxidants than any other fresh fruit and very beneficial to your baby’s brain, urinary and nervous systems as well as their heart and eyes. They are also high in fiber, and vitamins A and C.

4. Coconut
Coconuts contain medium chain fatty acids which have significant health benefits and are similar to the ones found in human breast milk. They help boost the immune system, improve digestion, and balance the blood sugar.

5. Chia seeds
Chia seeds are higher in antioxidants than blueberries and have more calcium than whole milk. They are very high in omega-3s, magnesium, fiber, iron, potassium, and protein.

6. Dark leafy greens
These leafy greens are rich in antioxidants and high in iron and folate. They are a top superfood because they contain large amounts of vitamins C, and K as well as calcium. Vitamin K and calcium are great bone-builders.

7. Eggs (cage-free/organic)
Eggs are full of high quality nutrients for your baby. They contain choline, a B-vitamin that plays an important role in the development and function of the baby’s brain. Eggs are full of protein and omega-3s as well as vitamin D, folate, the antioxidant lutein and many minerals such as zinc, iron, and selenium, a great immune booster.

8. Oats
Oats are a good source of soluble and insoluble fiber and they are also rich in phytochemicals, vitamin E, zinc, iron, magnesium and selenium. Oats are a good source of protein and a great way to start the morning. Use plain oats and add your own toppings such as nuts, seeds or fruit.

9. Quinoa
Quinoa is a complete protein making it perfect for vegetarian babies, it is high in lysine, an amino acid important for tissue growth and repair. Quinoa has a good amount of fiber and is high in nutrients such as manganese, magnesium and has a very high iron content. Quinoa is a gluten-free grain and is an alternative to whole grain rice in many baby food recipes.

10. Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes are among the most nutritious vegetables available. They are rich in phyto-nutrients and high in vitamins A and C. They have a naturally sweet flavor and creamy texture making these vegetables appealing to babies and toddlers.



 

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Taka Update August 27, 2014

 Taka Update August 27, 2014

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☆ I have great tuna, big eye both sides. It is only 25 lbs. for ¼ but has great toro.

☆ Uni is also available. The quality is good and very sweet.

 I erased Suzuki and Ao-dai. And Stone flounder is coming.

I will not carry NZ King salmon. The reason is quality. The meat is broken all the time.

Closed Info

We just close Labor Day, Monday.

 

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The benefits of dance for senior citizens

The thought of exercise may make some people groan and sigh in anticipation. However, physical activity doesn’t have to be grueling or boring. Engaging in dance is wonderful for healthy aging and keeping seniors strong while they have a ball.

A study conducted at St. Louis University used dance therapy intervention to reduce hip or knee pain and improve mobility in residents of a senior living community. Results showed a positive relationship between weekly dance classes and mobility strength. According to the lead author Jean Krampe, Ph.D., seniors have a higher risk for falls when they aren’t stable on their feet.

“Doctors and nurses recognize gait speed as the sixth vital sign that can help us predict adverse outcomes for older adults,” said Krampe, an assistant professor of nursing at SLU.

Study procedure
This research was published in Geriatric Nursing and involved a 12-week study of retirement community residents, half of which attended dance classes. A customized dance therapy plan, dubbed Healthy-Steps, was created for the investigation. Healthy-Steps was designed for older people with knee or hip pain. It incorporates low-impact dance moves and can be done sitting or standing up.

Most of the participants were women, with an average age of 80. They all had pain or stiffness in their knees or hips, often due to arthritis. The intervention program entailed dancing for 45-minute sessions once or twice a week. Individuals in the group who completed the dance program reported a 39 percent reduction in their need for pain medication while the other half increased pain relief medication consumption by 21 percent.

Why choose dance?
Many health organizations recommend seniors remain physically active to avoid or postpone health issues ranging from cognitive decline to cardiovascular disease. Dancing can be much more enjoyable than other aerobic exercises, but those interested may want to check with their doctor before beginning a new workout routine.

According to Livestrong.com, dance can be used as a method of physical therapy because it improves both gait and balance. Most classes don’t require any experience with dance or practice between sessions. Most importantly, many community centers and retirement homes offer free or inexpensive dance classes for senior citizens. Enrolling in one of these age-specific programs ensures the moves will be more appropriate for individual strength levels. Additionally, they provide great opportunities for socialization with other seniors. 

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Taka Update August 13, 2014

Taka Update August 13, 2014

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☆ Big eye tuna is available. It is 45 lbs for ¼ stomach side.  This is good one.

☆ Uni is also available. The quality is good.

  King Salmon and Ocean Trout is also available.

  Japanese fish next week is not easy. It is National Holiday in Japan. We only can

      get farmed fish from there.

 

Closed Info

I will postpone going to Japan. I will go there in October. So I will open the business Labor Day week.

 

Tuna Club at Yahoo group

I have a trouble at Yahoo group. So, I will not use that one any more. If you cannot get this newsletter, please contact sushiandpassion@gmail.com.  Thank you.

 

Top 6 herbs and spices for losing weight
Herbs and spices have long been used to enhance the taste of foods. It is only within the past few years that researchers have discovered that these popular components of everyday life can also aid in the weight loss battle that so many people wage. Below are six of the most potent herbs and spices that have been shown to have positive effects on weight loss.

Cinnamon

In addition to boosting the metabolism – an important step in helping to lose weight as well as maintain a healthy weight – cinnamon has also been shown to be an effective regulator of blood sugar. Other benefits that have been noted in people with type 2 diabetes including a reduction in triglycerides, LDL – or bad – cholesterol and the total cholesterol levels. Additionally, the metabolism of glucose is increased by about 20 percent when cinnamon is consumed.

Turmeric

A mainstay in the cuisines of India, turmeric is the base from which a good curry is built. This yellow-orange spice contains curcumin which is one of its most studied components. Curcumin has been shown to suppress the blood vessels necessary to form fat tissue. This, in turn, may lower both weight gain and body fat.

Cumin

Useful for both energy production and digestion, cumin is also helpful for improving glycemic control when it comes to people who have type 2 diabetes. Along with its long history of medicinal uses, cumin has also been shown to provide anti-stress benefits as well as enhance memory.

Ginger

A warming spice, ginger has been shown to relax and smooth the intestinal tract. In addition, this popular spice has anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have pointed to ginger’s ability to both boost the body’s metabolism as well as suppress the appetite.

Dandelions

A plant in which every part is edible, dandelions are packed full of health benefits. They help to slow the digestive system which helps a person to feel fuller for a longer period of time. In addition to its antioxidant properties, dandelions also contain crystalline compounds that are bitter. These include taracerin, inulin, taraxacin and levulin, and are thought to be behind many of the plant’s therapeutic benefits. Dandelions contain fiber, beta carotene and vitamin K1 as well as other vitamins and minerals.

Mustard

A member of the cruciferous family of plants that also includes Brussels sprouts, cabbage and broccoli, mustard can bump a person’s metabolic rate up by 25 percent. By eating 3/5 of a teaspoon of mustard seeds on a daily basis, the body could burn 45 additional calories per hour.

The type of herbs and spices that The are purchased matters a great deal. Buying organic whenever possible helps ensure that there are no harmful chemicals intermingled with them as well as ensuring the highest quality.


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