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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 March 24, 2015

 Taka Update March 24,  2015

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☆ I have big eye tuna but no fat in it, actually low, very low fat in it. I carry Blue fin Oh toro this week.

☆ Uni is available. It is from Maine, not California this time. The taste is good but the color is not great. A customer returned this uni yesterday without eating.

  Live scallop is available.

Most of Japanese fish came yesterday because of holiday in Japan. This means we have many Japanese fish for the weekend.

 

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Hand Dishwashing Tied to Fewer Allergies for Kids\

Do you use dishwashers at your home?  I use it when I have parties.

 

Children whose families washed dishes by hand were associated with a lower risk of developing allergies compared with those who used a machine dishwasher, according to an observational study of Swedish families.

In a multivariate analysis, Bill Hesselmar, MD, PhD, pediatric allergology, Queen Silvia Children’s Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden, and colleagues reported that children ages 7 to 8 were less likely to develop allergic disease with hand dishwashing (OR 0.57, 95% CI: 0.37-0.85). Allergic diseases included eczema, asthma, and allergic rhinoconjunctivitis (ARC).

Read more?  http://www.medpagetoday.com/Pediatrics/Asthma/50141

 

Xenoestrogens in make-up and consumer products put women at risk of breast cancer, miscarriage, diabetes and more
The healthy food movement has increasingly gained momentum over the last few years, attracting followers from all over the world who spend a lot of time focusing on which foods to buy and which ones to avoid. Unfortunately, avoiding pesticides and other harmful chemicals is a full-time job, and it’s not just spent examining the food we eat.
We’re frequently exposed to a multitude of chemicals through a variety of other sources including personal care products, plastics and industrial products such as furnishings, motor vehicles and electronics.
A particularly prevalent group of chemicals that pose a real threat to society right now are endocrine disruptors, some of which are referred to as estrogen mimickers or xenoestrogens. Endocrine disruptors alter the normal functioning of hormones, interfering with signaling processes that tell our tissues what to do.
“When chemicals from the outside get into our bodies, they have the ability to mimic our natural hormones; blocking or binding hormone receptors,” reports WomeninBalance.org. ” This is particularly detrimental to hormone sensitive organs like the uterus and the breast, the immune and neurological systems, as well as human development.”

Read more? http://www.naturalnews.com/049140_xenoestrogens_cosmetic_products_breast_cancer.html

Nothing safe in this world. We need to watch and be careful. That is my answer.

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Taka Update March 18, 2015

 Taka Update March 18,  2015

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☆ Good tuna came yesterday, I expected nice toro but it was not there. If we think of tuna, this one is great.

☆ Uni is available. It is from Maine, not California this time.

  Live scallop is available. I think this is good for a while. The weather in NE is good.

I bought Fish Omakase from Japan. 4 kinds of unknown fishes were in it. Must try!

 

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Ginger Ginger Ginger

Researchers from the University of Minnesota’s Hormel Institute found that gingerols may inhibit the growth of colorectal cancer cells after providing the herb to mice specifically bred to lack an immune system. Scientists fed the mice half a milligram of gingerol three times a week before injecting them with human colorectal cancer cells.

After 15 days, 13 tumors were found in the control group (meaning they were not given gingerol) compared to just four tumors identified in the group that received gingerol. By day 38, one mouse in the gingerol-receiving group still had no measurable tumors; however, all of the control group mice were eventually euthanized because their tumors had grown to one cubic centimeter (0.06 cubic inch).

It’s clear that ginger has some amazing healing capabilities. Similar to turmeric, it works great medicinally, but is also a staple in many fine-tasting cuisines.

Ginger is incredibly versatile, meaning it can be used in many types of food. One of the most popular uses for ginger is for desserts. Ginger cookies, gingerbread, ginger waffles and even cocktails are just a few sweets you can make using this herb.

Actually, we use a lot of ginger for cooking. We make Ginger dressing for salad. We make Honey Ginger tea. I use Ginger for Healthy Body Soup. I also use Ginger for some sashimi sauce.
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Taka Update March 09, 2015

Taka Update March 09,  2015

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☆ Good tuna is coming tomorrow. It is big eye tuna, ¼ stomach size is 60 lbs.

☆ Uni is not available so far. We need to expect Japanese uni on Thursday.

☆  Live scallop is available.  This depends on weather in NE of USA.

☆ I buy Fish Omakase again. It starts from next week. Some people like something not on the menu.

 

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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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Mustard, Cayenne Pepper and Green Tea Boost Your Metabolism for Weight Loss
Metabolism refers to the physical and chemical processes that synthesis energy. These chemical reactions take place within the cells with help from enzymes and hormones. This process converts food and oxygen to the energy needed to run the body. Increasing the metabolism increases energy and enables weight loss. Everyone’s metabolism is different and this is largely determined by genetics. Your metabolism is also influenced by your age, and it slows down by 5% each decade after age 40. Even so, there are lifestyle and dietary choices that increase metabolism for everyone.

All foods are fat burning in reality, because as soon as you begin the process of digestion, your metabolism increases, especially during the first hour after eating. However, some foods require more energy to digest. Protein requires as much as 25% more energy, so adding high protein snacks and foods to your diet can help boost your metabolic rate. Each 100 calories of protein takes 30 calories to digest. Eggs have been shown to particularly help with fat burning.
A study in the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, found that red pepper (cayenne) added to high carbohydrate meals increased both resting and active metabolic rates for 30 minutes after eating. Some suggest that half a teaspoon of cinnamon boosts metabolism as well. Other spices that increase metabolism include ginger, black pepper, and mustard seed. A spoonful of mustard boosts metabolism by 25% for a few hours. Black pepper interferes with adipogenesis, the body’s ability to make new fat cells.

A similar function has been claimed for green tea. The active ingredient is an anti-oxidant called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which acts in the same manner as cayenne pepper. Three or four cups of green tea are needed to get the recommended amount of EGCG, 270-300 mg a day. Adding caffeine to EGCG has also shown to improve metabolism and encourage weight loss. The recommended doses are 270 mg of EGCG and 150 mg of caffeine.

 
Energy drinks cause ADHD symptoms in children

A recent Yale School of Public Health study focused on high-sugar-content beverages, both caffeinated and not caffeinated. It pretty much concluded that middle school kids who consumed high-sugar beverages often were at greater risk or more prone to become addled with attention disorders and hyperactivity.

The Yale study surveyed 1,649 middle-school students, average age 12.4 years, randomly selected from a single urban school district in Connecticut. Harvard Epidemiology Professor Jeannette Ickovics, director of CARE (Community Alliance for Research and Engagement) led this study. The research determined that boys drank more highly sugar-sweetened beverages and especially energy drinks than girls.

Some of the favored beverages among the study participants contained as much as 40 grams of sugar. The average intake was two sodas or energy drinks daily. So up to 80 grams of added sugar per day would not be unusual.

This study did not differentiate between sucrose or HFCS (high-fructose corn syrup). They lumped all added sugars together. But it has been discovered that HFCS has even worse health ramifications than sucrose. Nevertheless, the association to ADD and ADHD was in proportion to the amounts of added sugar of any type in beverages.

“As the total number of sugar-sweetened beverages increased, so too did risk for hyperactivity and inattention symptoms among our middle-school students. Importantly, it appears that energy drinks are driving this association,” said Ickovics.

She added, “Our results support the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation that parents should limit consumption of sweetened beverages and that children should not consume any energy drinks.”

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Taka Update February 17, 2015

 Taka Update February 17,  2015

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☆ I have very good tuna. Toro is low fat. I also have Blue fin Oh-toro.

☆ Uni is not available so far. We need to expect Japanese uni on Thursday.

 Walu, King salmon are coming today. But the flight might be late.

  Live scallop is available.  This is very small one.

 

Closed Info

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

 

This is our 13 years anniversary.

February 19 is coming very soon. We opened Taka Sushi on that day in 2002. This is our 13 years anniversary. Please come and enjoy some of 13 cents drinks and foods on that day. Please make reservations.

 

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Walnuts found to improve brain performance

The key to a better memory, less brain fog and improved overall cognitive performance could be as simple as munching on a few tree nuts every day. Researchers from the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) found that consuming less than a handful of walnuts daily, or about 13 grams, helped people of virtually all ages perform better on a series of six cognitive tests that looked at brain function.

The cross-sectional study, which drew from a large sampling of the U.S. population aged 20 years to 90 years, looked at a variety of cognitive factors including simple reaction time, symbol digit substitution, single digit learning, story recall and digit symbol substitution. Each of these performance evaluations was designed to collectively capture the participants’ cognitive capacities.

Upon evaluation, it was determined that those who consumed just a few walnuts daily scored better on almost every metric. This was true in every age category, and the benefits were not confined to just one gender or ethnic category. Published in the Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging, the findings are among the first to show walnut benefits in humans as opposed to just animals.

“It isn’t every day that research results in such simple advice — eating a handful of walnuts daily as a snack, or as part of a meal, can help improve your cognitive health,” stated lead author Dr. Lenore Arab in a press release.

Walnuts contain unique omega-3 components not found in many other nuts

Walnuts have long been considered for their cognitive benefits, as they are rich in antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids and other nutritive components. But it is their rich content of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a plant-based omega-3 with proven heart- and brain-health benefits — ALA isn’t found in substantial quantities in very many other nuts — that researchers believe sets it apart.

Aging “baby-boomers” and those at risk of Alzheimer’s and other debilitating brain conditions may benefit from regular walnut consumption, according to the findings, which were arrived at, at least in part, with funding from the California Walnut Commission. The overall brain benefits of walnuts appear to include a slowing of brain decline, which may help slow the aging process.

“It is exciting to see the strength of the evidence from this analysis across the U.S. population supporting the previous results of animal studies that have shown the neuroprotective benefit from eating walnuts,” added Dr. Arab, according to CBS News. “And it’s a realistic amount — less than a handful per day (13 grams).”

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there are about 36 million people in the world today who suffer from dementia — and this number is expected to not just double by 2030 but triple by 2050. It is thus more critical than ever that individuals take precautionary steps now to avoid becoming part of these harrowing statistics.

“There are numerous active ingredients in walnuts that may contribute to protecting cognitive functions,” explains CBS News. “They are high in antioxidants and a combination of vitamins and minerals. A significant amount of alpha-linolenic acid, a plant-based omega-3 fatty acid in walnuts, also benefits heart and brain health.”


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Taka Update Feb 04, 2015

 Taka Update February 04,  2015

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☆ I have very good tuna. Try our Tuna Trio, 3 tuna tasting.

☆ CA Uni is available. But this is not enough for the weekend. Japanese uni will come tomorrow. And this is also not enough.

 Walu, King salmon came yesterday from Hawaii.

  Live scallop is available.  But the storm will come to NE and will be short again.

 

Closed Info

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

 

This is our 13 years anniversary.

February 19 is coming very soon. We opened Taka Sushi on that day in 2002. This is our 13 years anniversary. Please come and enjoy some of 13 cents drinks and foods on that day. Please make reservations.

 

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.

 

Beware of these 6 common household items that cause cancer
Most people probably live under the assumption that their place of dwelling is a safe haven from all the dangers that lurk “out there.” But little do they know that many common household products contain deadly chemicals that are known to cause cancer, reproductive harm, birth defects and other health damage. Here’s six of the most popular categories to avoid for the safety of you and your family:

1) Air fresheners. They’re a staple in many American households, but conventional air fresheners are a hotbed of poisonous substances that could leave you and your loved ones infertile, brain-damaged or chronically ill. Tests conducted by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) found that most air fresheners contain phthalates, which among other things interfere with male hormone production.

Most air fresheners are also loaded with other cancer-causing volatile organic compounds as well, which interfere with reproduction, respiration and cellular regeneration. A 2008 study conducted by Anne Steinemann at the University of Washington found that all air fresheners tested emitted chemicals known to be carcinogenic, meaning they cause cancer.

Instead of toxic commercial air fresheners, stick with all-natural essential oils, which can be applied to the skin or released into the air from a diffuser.

2) Candles. Similar to commercial air fresheners, many scented candles are also toxic. A study pioneered by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) found that nearly half of all scented candles on the market contain lead wiring in their wicks, which is released into the air upon burning. This lead might make the wicks more stable, but it also leads to hormone disruption, behavioral disorders and various other health problems.

Many candles are also made of paraffin wax which, when burned, generates two highly toxic compounds, benzene and toluene, both of which are carcinogenic. Artificial fragrances and dyes are also present in many scented candles, which when burned end up in your lungs.

3) Art supplies. Cultural enrichment and creativity are both positive aspirations in life, but not when they involve many conventional art supplies. Many of the epoxy materials, glues, acrylic paints and solvents, drawing utensils and other supplies used to create art contain chemicals linked to allergies, organ damage and cancer.

The federal Labeling Hazardous Art Materials Act (LHAMA) requires that all art supplies sold in the U.S. bear warnings if they cause any acute hazards. But manufacturers are not required to provide an ingredients list, which is why it is recommended that users of such supplies purchase only products that are certified by the Art and Creative Materials Institute (ACMI).

ACMI-certified products undergo rigorous evaluations by independent toxicologists to make sure that they are safe for everyone, including small children.

4) Shampoos and conditioners. Toxins in cosmetics is a huge issue today, with many conventional consumer products — including some labeled as “natural” or “organic” — containing ingredients like sodium lauryl sulfate that generate cancer-causing byproducts when used. Other carcinogenic additives commonly used in hair care products include polyethylene glycol (PEG) and cocamide DEA.

Safe Cosmetics has put together a list of the safest and most eco-friendly shampoos on the market, which are free of most or all of the chemicals listed in its “Skin Deep” database, which you can access here:
SafeCosmetics.org.

5) Antiperspirant deodorants. Millions of people use them daily to cover up foul body odor and reduce armpit perspiration. But antiperspirant deodorants are a no-go if you want to avoid chemicals like aluminum chlorohydrate, which can absorb directly into the skin and promote the formation of breast cancer. Aluminum from antiperspirants is also believed to contribute to brain diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Other toxic additives in antiperspirant deodorants include parabens, a class of artificial preservatives that mimics estrogen in the body and promotes the growth of cancer cells. Parabens are also linked to gastrointestinal damage, nausea and central nervous system depression.

6) Shower curtains. They might help prevent water from spraying all over the floor, but your average plastic shower curtain acts something like a radiator for toxic chemical release. Many shower curtains, it turns out, off-gas harmful chemicals known as volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, that are known to damage the respiratory tract, central nervous system, liver and kidneys.

If your shower curtain has that unique “new shower curtain smell,” it is likely releasing deadly chemicals — potentially upwards of 108 different VOCs, in fact — that are harming you and your children. For this reason, it is important to stick with only non-toxic, PVC-free shower curtains made without these harmful chemicals.

 

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