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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 July 28, 2015

 Taka Update July 28, 2015

Fish delivery and more

☆I have bigeye tuna. And I will get new big eye tuna with light fat tomorrow.

☆Uni is available and from Peru. Peru’s Uni is not bad at all.

☆ Live scallop and Aoyagi Clam are available. KinmeDai is not available.

☆ Japanese fish Omakase? Just arrived.

☆ Walu, Kanpachi and King Salmon were also came from Hawaii

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Chamomile tea lowers thyroid cancer risk

The tiny, daisy-like flowers from the chamomile plant have long been valued for their medicinal properties. At least as far back as Roman times, chamomile was used in teas and extracts to promote relaxation and restful sleep as well as to support the health of the digestive system. Topically, it was used to even skin tones and to bring out highlights in blonde or light-colored hair. It is a popular treatment for the conditions mentioned above even today. However, apparently the healing power of chamomile goes far beyond promoting digestive function and sound sleep. Modern research is also discovering that the bio-active compounds in these tiny, sweet-smelling flowers can also help to reduce the chances of thyroid cancer. While this form of cancer can often be treated successfully with either surgery or radioactive iodine treatment (or both), it is even better to prevent it in the first place! Let’s look at the research.

 

Top 4 natural remedies that help diabetes

Nigella sativa

Nigella sativa, also known as black seed, has been valued for its medicinal properties for around 2,000 years. It has been shown that some of the active compounds in black seed can have an anti-diabetic effect. In order to take advantage of this, use the oil made from the seeds and use it in water or a juice daily to help modulate the effects of diabetes.

Cinnamon

This is perhaps one of the best-known (and widely-researched) treatments for diabetes. Research has found that many of the bioactive ingredients in this popular spice are able to mimic the action of insulin. In other words, they make it easier for glucose to travel from the bloodstream to the cells (where they are needed for energy). This, in turn, prevents high blood sugar and all the problems that can go with it.

Grape seed extract

Many people are not aware of this, but the liver (like the pancreas) plays a big role in regulating blood sugar levels and keeping them in a range that is safe for the body. Grape seed extract can help because it is able to protect and rejuvenate liver tissue and support healthy liver function. This is a very important factor to consider for diabetics.

Bitter melon

Despite the off-putting name, bitter melon is a popular Indian remedy for diabetes and has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years for this and many other conditions. It is believed that compounds in bitter melon mimic the action of insulin in the body and can help with natural blood sugar regulation and control.

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Taka Update July 14, 2015

 Taka Update July 14, 2015

Fish delivery and more

I have a good tuna. It came yesterday. It is with chu-toro, medium fat.

Uni is available and from Chile this time. CA uni is gone.

Live scallop is available but no live Aoyagi clam is available.

Japanese fish Omakase? It is coming today.

Walu, Kanpachi, King salmon come today from Hawaii.

 

NEW TAKA

Just finished renovation 2 weeks ago. New wall and décor are available. Feel fresh, it’s always good.

 

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Trans Fat Consumption and Memory

Higher consumption of dietary trans fatty acids (dTFA), commonly used in processed foods to improve taste, texture and durability, has been linked to worsened memory function in men 45 years old and younger, according to a University of California, San Diego School of Medicine study published online on June 17 in PLOS ONE.

Researchers evaluated data from 1,018 men and women who were asked to complete a dietary survey and memory test involving word recall. On average, men aged 45 and younger recalled 86 words; however, for each additional gram of trans fats consumed daily, performance dropped by 0.76 words. This translates to an expected 12 fewer words recalled by young men with dTFA intake levels matching the highest observed in the study, compared to otherwise similar men consuming no trans fats.

“Trans fats were most strongly linked to worse memory in men during their high productivity years,” said Beatrice A. Golomb, MD, PhD, lead author and professor of medicine at UC San Diego School of Medicine. “Trans fat consumption has previously shown adverse associations to behavior and mood—other pillars of brain function. However, to our knowledge a relation to memory or cognition had not been shown.”

After adjusting for age, exercise, education, ethnicity and mood, the link between higher dTFA and poorer memory was maintained in men 45 and younger.

The study focused predominantly on men because of a small number of women in this age group. However, including women in the analysis did not change the finding, said Golomb. An association of dTFA to word memory was not observed in older populations. Golomb said this is likely due to dietary effects showing more clearly in younger adults. Insults and injuries to the brain accrue with age and add variability to memory scores that can swamp ability to detect diet effects.

Trans fatty acids have been linked to negative effects on lipid profiles, metabolic function, insulin resistance, inflammation and cardiac and general health. In 2013, the United States Food and Drug Administration issued a preliminary determination that trans fats were no longer generally recognized as safe. According to the Centers for Disease Control, reducing dTFA consumption could prevent 10,000 to 20,000 heart attacks and 3,000 to 7,000 coronary heart disease deaths per year in the U.S.

“As I tell patients, while trans fats increase the shelf life of foods, they reduce the shelf life of people,” said Golomb.

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Taka Update July 7, 2015

 Taka Update July 7, 2015

Fish delivery and more

Tuna is not Big eye, It is Yellow fin. We had a good one last week.

Uni is coming today. It is from Maine.

Live scallop is coming today but no live Aoyagi clam is not coming.

Japanese fish Omakase? I skip this week.

Walu, Kanpachi, King salmon come today from Hawaii.

 

NEW TAKA

Just finished renovation. New wall and décor are available. Feel fresh, it’s always good.

 

 

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Older Americans Need Protein to Keep Muscles Strong, Study Says

Older adults need a protein-rich diet to maintain muscle mass and strength, a new study suggests.

Protein should come from animal and plant sources, since each type of protein appears to play different roles in maintaining lean muscle mass and leg strength. Plant protein helps preserve muscle strength, while animal protein is linked to muscle mass, the researchers said.

“With aging, there is loss of muscle mass and strength,” said lead researcher Shivani Sahni, director of the nutrition program at the Hebrew Senior Life Institute for Aging Research in Boston.

She said that protein is the body’s building block that produces muscle. “After 50, people start to lose muscle mass. Between 50 and 60, muscle strength declines by about 1.5 percent a year. After 60, the loss can be 3 percent a year.”

Losing muscle mass and strength affects the ability to move and do daily activities, Sahni said. In addition, loss of muscle can affect balance and increase the odds of falling, leading to broken bones and head injuries.

“Overall protein intake is important for maintaining muscle mass and muscle strength,” she said. “You should have protein as part of every meal.”

Findings from the study, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, were published online recently in the Journal of Nutrition.

For the study, Sahni and her colleagues collected data on more than 2,600 men and women who took part in the Framingham Offspring Cohort study. Participants — average age 60 — had their protein consumption, leg lean muscle mass and thigh muscle strength measured at various times between 1998 and 2001.

The researchers found that men needed nearly 3 ounces of protein a day to maintain muscle mass and strength, and women needed 2.6 ounces. Lean muscle mass was highest among those who ate the most total protein and the most animal protein.

Plant protein — think nuts and beans — was not associated with lean mass in men or women, the researchers noted. But those who ate the most protein from plants had more strength in their thigh muscles, compared with those who ate the least plant protein.

Plant protein may help preserve muscle strength in older adults because of its alkaline properties, or it may be a sign of the healthier diet of people who eat a lot of plant protein, the researchers said.

Samantha Heller, a senior clinical nutritionist at New York University Medical Center in New York City, agreed that the sources of protein matter.

“Many large studies suggest that those who eat diets high in animal foods have an increased rate of death and risk of diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes, while plant-based diets reduce the risks of dying and chronic diseases,” she said.

The diets of many older people lack an adequate balance of protein, carbohydrates and fat, Heller said.

“Research suggests that we may need more protein as we age,” she said. There are many reasons why older adults may consume too little protein, from being less active or less hungry to poor dental health, lower income or limited access to food, she added.

Heller said that protein intake should be spread throughout the day and included with each meal.

Protein sources she recommends include: 6 ounces plain, nonfat Greek yogurt (0.6 ounces of protein); 8 ounces fat-free milk (0.2 ounces protein); one-half cup cooked beans (nearly 0.3 ounces), and 2 tablespoons of nut butter (0.2 ounces). A 3.5-ounce portion of roasted chicken breast provides almost 2 ounces of protein; 5 ounces of tofu deliver 0.4 ounces of protein, and two slices of whole wheat bread provide 0.2 ounces of protein, she said.

“A peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole wheat bread with a glass of milk would contain just under an ounce of protein,” Heller said.

In the United States, protein is usually listed in grams on labels. One ounce contains 28 grams.

While agreeing with the study’s emphasis on protein consumption, Heller said the researchers failed to mention a key component of strength: exercise.

“One aspect that does not seem to be considered in this study is exercise, which is what helps build muscle mass and strength and can help people maintain their mobility and independence as they age,” Heller said.

Loss of strength is directly connected with reduction of muscle mass, she said. You can eat all the protein you want, but exercise is necessary to increase muscle strength, she explained.

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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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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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