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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 January 28, 2015

 Taka Update January 28,  2015

Fish delivery and more

☆ Tuna is just big eye tuna and no toro in it.

☆ CA Uni is not available. I think it will be fine this weekend.

 Walu, King salmon came yesterday from Hawaii.

  Live scallop is available. But it will be short tomorrow because of bad weather.

  I make Tuskiji fish Sashimi special now. Good for tasting Japanese fish.

 

Closed Info

No more closed business until Memorial Day. Just do it, just work hard for you. I will fly to Hawaii.

 

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Curcumin eradicates brain protein fragments to fight Alzheimer’s disease

Curcumin means Turmeric. Turmeric means curry. Curry means our Japanese curry rice.

 Alzheimer is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, affecting more than 5 million Americans.
 Women are particularly at risk for the disease, making up two-thirds of Alzheimer’s cases. Women in their 60s are about twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease during the rest of their lives as they are to develop breast cancer, according to data provided by the Alzheimer’s Association.
 Also at issue is the health of the primary caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The emotional stress of caring for someone with the disease has been rated as “high” or “very high,” with one-third of caregivers reporting symptoms of depression.
 In just a decade, deaths related to Alzheimer’s have increased by 68 percent! “Alzheimer’s disease is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed,” the Alzheimer’s Association reported.

 However, recent scientific breakthroughs involving turmeric, a popular, ancient Indian spice, offers new hope for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

 Curcumin, one of turmeric’s most beneficial compounds, has been proven to fight pain and inflammation, as well as help stimulate stem cell growth, a remarkable breakthrough for Alzheimer’s and dementia research.

Researchers now believe that turmeric could be key in helping repair brain damage in humans.
“Curcumin has demonstrated ability to enter the brain, bind and destroy the beta-amyloid plaques present in Alzheimer’s with reduced toxicity,” said Wellington Pham, Ph.D., assistant professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University and senior author of the study.
 Accumulation and aggregation of protein fragments, known as beta-amyloid, drives the irreversible loss of neurons in Alzheimer’s disease.

Developing small molecules to reduce this accumulation or promote its demolition is crucial, but the ability of these small molecules to cross the blood-brain barrier has been a restricting factor for drug delivery into the brain.

 

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Taka Update January 21, 2015

 Taka Update January 21,  2015

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☆ Tuna is Ok. I have big eye tuna and this is good one.

☆ CA Uni is not available. I might  have Japanese one tomorrow.

 Walu, King salmon came yesterday from Hawaii.

  Live scallop is available. It is good supply so far.

  Many Japanese fishes are coming tomorrow.

 

Closed Info

No more closed business until Memorial Day. Just do it, just work hard for you.

 

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Yogurt cuts risk of type 2 diabetes

Published in the journal Diabetologia, the study showed that eating yogurt in place of a portion of other snacks such as crisps also reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The study found that higher consumption of yogurt, compared with no consumption, can reduce the risk of new-onset type 2 diabetes by 28%, and that higher consumption of low-fat fermented dairy products – including all yogurt varieties and some low-fat cheeses – also reduced the relative risk of diabetes by 24% overall. According to lead researcher Dr Nita Forouhi, from the Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge: “This research highlights that specific foods may have an important role in the prevention of type 2 diabetes and are relevant for public health messages.” The research was based on the large EPIC-Norfolk study, which includes more than 25,000 men and women living in Norfolk, UK. It compared a detailed daily record of all the food and drink consumed over a week at the time of study entry among 753 people who developed new-onset type 2 diabetes over 11 years of follow-up with 3,502 randomly selected study participants. This allowed the researchers to examine the risk of diabetes in relation to the consumption of total dairy products as well as individual dairy products. Total dairy, total high-fat dairy or total low-fat dairy consumption was not associated with new-onset diabetes once important factors like healthier lifestyles, education, obesity levels, other eating habits and total calorie intake were taken into account. Total milk and cheese intakes were also not associated with diabetes risk. However, those with the highest consumption of low-fat fermented dairy products (such as yoghurt, fromage frais and low-fat cottage cheese) were 24% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes over the 11 years, compared with non-consumers. Previous studies on the link between dairy product consumption (high fat or low fat) and diabetes have proved inconclusive, prompting this more detailed assessment of diary product consumption. Type 2 diabetes is common and its incidence is increasing. In 2013, there were 382 million people worldwide with diabetes and by 2035 that number will increase to 592 million, according to the International Diabetes Federation. While this type of study cannot prove that eating dairy products causes the reduced diabetes risk, dairy products do contain beneficial constituents such as vitamin D, calcium and magnesium. In addition, fermented dairy products may exert beneficial effects against diabetes through probiotic bacteria and a special form of vitamin K (part of the menaquinone family) associated with fermentation. “At a time when we have a lot of other evidence that consuming high amounts of certain foods, such as added sugars and sugary drinks, is bad for our health, it is very reassuring to have messages about other foods like yogurt and low-fat fermented dairy products, that could be good for our health,” said Dr Forouhi.

I love yogurt, especially Greek God brand. I eat it with fresh blue berries. TAKA
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Taka Update January 07, 2015

Taka Update January 07,  2015

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☆ Tuna is Ok. I will get big eye tuna tomorrow but low fat one. Toro is Blue fin.

☆ CA Uni is available. I will have Japanese one tomorrow.

 Walu, King salmon came yesterday from Hawaii.

  Live scallop is available. It is good supply so far.

Not much Japanese fish because of New year holiday. It will be back normal next week.

 

Closed Info

No more closed business until Memorial Day. Just do it, just work hard for you.

 

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.

 

Skip breakfast? Just eat banana

Bananas are highly nutritious, and a large number of studies confirm their many health benefits. This article takes a closer look at the research into these much-loved fruits.

Like most fruits, bananas are rich in dietary fiber and can help sweep the colon of accumulated waste. However, a study published in Anaerobe in December 2011 also found that bananas can improve digestive function. The results showed that women who consumed two medium-sized bananas per day demonstrated reduced bloating and greater amounts of beneficial Bifidobacterium gut bacteria, than the control groups.

There’s a good reason why so many people feel happier after eating a banana or two: One medium-sized banana contains an impressive 22 percent of our recommended daily intake (RDI) of vitamin B6, a water-soluble nutrient that helps the mood-regulating hormone serotonin cross our blood-brain barriers.

Moreover, bananas contain small amounts of the amino acid tryptophan, which possesses proven sedative and mood-boosting properties. For example, a review featured in the Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience discovered that tryptophan “significantly decreased quarrelsome behaviours and increased agreeable behaviours and perceptions of agreeableness. A study published in Psychopharmacology also found that tryptophan can help treat insomnia.

A small but growing body of research suggests that eating more bananas can reduce our blood sugar and cholesterol levels. A study published in the April 2014 edition of the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, for instance, found that banana extracts could suppress the carbohydrate absorption rate of diabetic rats, thus providing anti-diabetic effects. The banana’s cholesterol-lowering effects, on the other hand, were revealed in a study published in the Journal of Dietary Supplements, which proved that the flavonoids in bananas could reduce cholesterol, fatty acids and triglycerides. These results suggest that eating more bananas can considerably benefit our cardiovascular health and reduce our risk of heart disease.

Compared to other fruits, bananas contain moderate amounts of most essential nutrients. Aside from the aforementioned vitamin B6, one medium-sized banana supplies our bodies with approximately 17 percent of our RDI of vitamin C, 16 percent of our RDI of manganese, 12 percent of our RDI of potassium and between 1 and 8 percent of our RDI of most other vitamins and minerals, including the all-important magnesium.
It is just a piece of banana but this is banana. I like eat it straight or make smoothie, acai bowl.

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Taka Update December 02, 2014

 Taka Update December 02,  2014

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☆ Tuna is Ok. I will get big eye tuna tomorrow but low fat one.

☆ Uni is available. I have many but not many customers now. Funny?

 Hawaiian fish is coming today with NZ King salmon.

  Live scallop is available. I might get sea cucumber on Thursday.

 

Closed Info

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

 

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NFL to Farmers

When a well paid NFL football lineman quits the game to raise food for the needy, that’s an unusually interesting story. After St. Louis Rams center Jason Brown decided to leave the game for good, his agent told him that he was making the biggest mistake of his life. Jason adamantly replied, “No I’m not. No I’m not.

Jason Brown had decided that he wanted to do something more worthwhile and worthy of the covenant that he and his wife, both devout Christians involved with the Wisdom for Life Ministry, had made with God.

Jason says the message he had received to walk away from the NFL included moving back to his home state of North Carolina and starting a farm, even though he knew nothing about farming. And his “covenant with God” was to use the farm for raising food for the needy.

http://www.wisdomforlife.org/first-fruits-farm.html

you can see Jason Brown’s home page. I like it.

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Taka Update November 19, 2014

 Taka Update November 19,  2014

Fish delivery and more

☆ I have good tuna. It came yesterday. I can make Negitoro Don.

☆ Uni is available. It is from CA. But we don’t have many people now. Too cold to eat sushi?

 Hawaiian fish came yesterday. Walu sales are going rise.

  Live scallop is available. All fish are good. Weather is not good and that’s a problem.

 

Closed Info

Thanksgiving Day, I will cook miso marinated Turkey. I never made turkey dishes.

We also close November 28 Friday lunch. We opened last year. That was a big mistake.

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

 

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Eating fish twice a week ‘protects women’s hearing’

A new study has forged a connection between eating two or more portions of fish a week and a decreased risk of hearing loss.

Scientists analysed the diets of more than 65,000 women from 1991 to 2009 before reaching their startling conclusion.

“Consumption of any type of fish tended to be associated with lower risk,” said lead author Dr Sharon G. Curhan, of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School.

“These findings suggest that diet may be important in the prevention of acquired hearing loss.”

Study participants self-reported 11,606 cases of hearing loss, with data revealing those who ate fish at least twice a week had a 20% less chance of hearing loss than those who did not.

Dr Curhan said the research, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, showed that higher fish consumption and intake of long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids helped improve cochlear blood flow.

“Blood flow to the inner ear needs to be very well regulated to meet its high energy demands,” she added.

“Acquired hearing loss is a highly prevalent and often disabling chronic health condition.

“Although a decline in hearing is often considered an inevitable aspect of ageing, the identification of several potentially modifiable risk factors has provided new insight into possibilities for prevention or delay of acquired hearing loss.”

The study team do not yet know whether eating fish has the same benefits for men.

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