What’s for Dinner?

Fine Dining at A Michelin 1-star Ramen Restaurant

The Menu

Sea Urchin Chawanmushi

Organic Tofu with Sea Urchin and Fish Roes

Pan-fried Scallop with Mushroom Sauce

Goose Liver Oden

Beef Sukiyaki

Caesar Salad Ramen

Lobster Ramen

Dessert – Sake Mousse

The Restaurant – RaIronMen, Hong Kong

Afternoon Coffee Break

Apple Cinnamon Waffle

Multi-blend Latte

Heart-healthy Lifestyle Also Reduces Cancer Risk

Following the American Heart Association’s Life’s Simple 7 steps to reduce your risk for heart disease can also help prevent cancer, according to new research in the American Heart Association journal Circulation.

“We were gratified to know adherence to the Life’s Simple 7 goals was also associated with reduced incidence of cancer,” said Laura J. Rasmussen-Torvik, an assistant professor at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago and lead author of the study. “This can help health professionals provide a clear, consistent message about the most important things people can do to protect their health and lower their overall risk for chronic diseases.”

Adhering to six or seven of the factors reduced the risk of cancer by 51 percent, compared with participants who met none of the factors. Meeting four factors led to a 33 percent risk reduction and one or two 21 percent.

Life’s Simple 7 is part of the association’s My Life Check campaign that advises Americans to adhere to seven factors for a healthy heart:

  • Being physically active
  • Keeping a healthy weight
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Maintaining healthy cholesterol levels
  • Keeping blood pressure down
  • Regulating blood sugar levels
  • Not smoking

When smoking status was not considered, participants who met five or six of the remaining six factors had a 25 percent lower cancer risk than those who met none.

“We’re trying to help promote a comprehensive health message,” Rasmussen-Torvik said. “Quitting smoking is very important, but there are other factors you need to be aware of if you want to live a healthy life.”

Participants included 13,253 white and African-American men and women in the ongoing Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study, launched in 1987 in four U.S. communities. Participants were interviewed and examined at the start of the study to determine which health factors they met or followed.

About 20 years later, the researchers reviewed cancer registries and hospital records and determined that 2,880 of the participants ended up with cancer, primarily of the lung, colon or rectum, prostate and breast.

Non-melanoma skin cancers were not considered, and researchers didn’t look at cancer risk factor changes over time.

“This adds to the strong body of literature suggesting that it’s never too late to change, and that if you make changes like quitting smoking and improving your diet, you can reduce your risk for both cardiovascular disease and cancer,” Rasmussen-Torvik said.

Source: American Heart Association

Cream Cheese Pickled in Miso


2 tsp mirin
1 tsp Japanese soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3½ oz red miso
5 oz cream cheese
1 baguette, cut crosswise into 16 slices, baked until brown


  1. Combine mirin, soy sauce, garlic and miso until well mixed.
  2. In a container that can hold the cream cheese comfortably, spread half of the miso mixture. Wrap the cream cheese in a cheesecloth and place on top of the miso mixture. Spread remaining mixture on top so that the cream cheese is completely covered. Close lid of the container and refrigerate for 1 week.
  3. When ready to use, remove the cream cheese from the miso mixture and cut into 16 slices. Set aside to return to room temperature before serving each slice on a piece of baguette.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Japanese magazine

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