Your Guide To Eating Sushi Properly

With more sushi restaurants opening nationwide, it has become more important for people to know how to properly eat this Japanese dish. Sushi etiquette is not only a great conversation starter, it will help you learn how to fully appreciate the dish. Japan-based chefs have listed the proper ways to eat sushi.

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The first — and perhaps most shocking — lesson is that cut rolls are meant to be eaten with one’s hands. Tokyo sushi chef, Naomaichi Yasuda, explained in a video posted on LATimes.com that proper sushi etiquette did not include using chopsticks for certain sushi varieties. Naturally, this has changed over the years; more people are accepting of using chopsticks, but traditional methods still call for a hand-picked bite.

Second, sushi was not meant to be “dunked” in the soy sauce. The dip is basically that, a dip. Sushi flavors were thoughtfully planned by the chef; overexposing the dish to soy sauce will mask the various flavors. The soy sauce is meant only for taste. Moreover, pickled ginger is never eaten with the sushi; these should be eaten by themselves, after eating the piece of sushi. This is to cleanse the mouth.

Another no-no, according to Yasuda, is dipping the nigiri into the soy sauce. The chef explains that the fish, and not the rice, should make contact with the sauce. This not only ensures that no rice kernels fall into the soy sauce, but again, to enhance the original flavor of the dish, and not overpower it.

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On a final note, the chef reminds customers that sushi is mainly about the rice, and not the fish. While the fish is often the “featured” item in many Japanese restaurants today, traditional sushi makers say that the fish is only the secondary ingredient. It is the rice — the quality and texture of it — that makes a good sushi great.

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Phased-Out Video Game Consoles Worth Remembering

As the daughter of a videogame fan, I had the chance to try out some of my dad’s precious videogame consoles even after they’ve been phased out. Some lived up to the hype while some weren’t destined to last long. Let’s take a moment to remember all the great video game consoles children of this generation will no longer experience.

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Neo-Geo Pocket Color

The NGPC will go down to history as GameBoy’s most memorable nemesis. Easy on the fingers and with a lot of games to choose from, kids who have played this console will remember spending hours on Bust-A-Move, Fatal Fury, Metal Slug, and Sonic the Hedgehog. Unfortunately, SNK ran out of resources to fund the production of this handset.

Sega Saturn

I’m sad about the end of this console because from what I’ve heard, it was Playstation’s worthy opponent. It had a great suite of titles in pretty 32-bit that will draw in gamers. Though the Saturn was released earlier, as it turns out, Sony had better strategies. What would life be like if the Saturn was continued?

Nintendo GameCube

Back in the day, GameCube looked weird. This console, however, became the brand’s representative in the console wars during the early 2000’s. While Xbox and PS were hashing it out, Nintendo had its own number of loyalists who are willing to try everything the brand offers. Resident Evil 4 and Mario Kart Double Dash were some of the good games we played on this purple box.

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Do you still remember these? If you know someone who collects vintage sets, it would be nice to check out some games on these consoles.

Hi! My name is Diana Wylde and I’m a 19-year-old Computer Science student from Duke University. I am a videogame and sushi lover. Solvang in California is my favorite place on earth. Visit this page to know more about me.

Playstation Plus Reveals First Free Game

PlayStation Plus is a subscription service offered by the gaming giant that allows customers to get special features for their PlayStation 3, 4, and PS Vita. Gamers are invited to join so they can take part in the online multiplayer platform on PS4, receive massive game discounts, and take advantage of PlayStation’s online game save service. The subscription is relatively inexpensive, being around US $10 for one month and around US $50 for a year.

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Still, PlayStation is constantly trying to attract new people. This is why it recently revealed the first of its free PlayStation Plus games that will be on the PS4 platfrom. The game, called Drawn to Death is from the creator of such epics as God of War and Twisted Metal, David Jaffe.

Drawn to Death is a multiplayer game and is similar to Twisted Metal in that it is an arena-style type brawl. The graphics have a distinctive, sketchbook style, paying tribute to the classic Twisted Metal series (back when Sweet Tooth was still a clunky ice cream truck). According to Jaffe, Drawn to Death has been in creation for nearly three years. Producers of the game wanted to make something nostalgic for die-hard brawl fans but relevant enough for modern gamers. The highly competitive game is rumored to come with some amazing features, which haven’t been revealed yet. Inside sources though say that there will be many hidden missions that will unlock bonus costumes, characters, and taunts.

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The game takes place inside a high school kid’s notebook, making the game incredibly fast-paced and over-the-top. The best part is that this will be free for all PS Plus members.

This is Diana Wylde, computer science major and lover of sushi. One of my goals in life is to explore all the Santa Barbara County in California. So far, my favorite is Solvang. Learn more about me when you visit this blog.

Nostalgia Overload: Classic Games That Will Make Their Comeback In 2017

The new year is shaping up to be an interesting one in the gaming world. Popular franchises are gearing up for an epic comeback in different consoles. My fellow gamers, get ready because these titles are coming soon.

1. The Legend of Zelda

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild impressed critics and hardcore gamers in last year’s E3 convention. If you’re a Wii U user or if you’re saving up for the new Nintendo Switch, you’re in for hours of fun with Zelda and the gang. When I told my dad about this, he was ecstatic. I guess other old-school gamers will have the same reaction.

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2. Crash Bandicoot

Sony Playstation’s mascot is making a grand return via the PS4. In Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy, gamers will get a chance to revisit the first three adventures of the whole gaming franchise. For someone who only heard about the first incarnation of Crash, this sounds interesting. Loyal Playstation users are in for some throwback action.

3. Tekken 7: Rage and Sorrow

If you’re a big fan of fighting games, this would be a treat. This new Tekken title is predicted to be Bandai Namco’s entry to the e-games biz. Story-wise, there’s a lot to look forward to with the characters and the fights. The gaming franchise is older than I am but I’m so impressed with how much it has evolved in the last 23 years.

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Are you excited about these games? I know I am! I cannot wait to get my hands on these soon.

Hello there! My name is Diana Wylde and I’m a 19-year-old computer science student from North Carolina. I’m a computer game fan and a wannabe sushi connoisseur. Visit this page for updates in the gaming world.

Nom Nom Nom! Talking About The Health Benefits Of Sushi

Admittedly, the thought of eating raw fish scares most people. The more adventurous ones laugh heartedly at the concept, thinking it as another challenge to add to their bucket list. Tamer people, however, shy away from the idea entirely. Yet there is nothing challenging or scary at all about sushi. This Japanese delicacy has taken root in the country. More people are finding the dish to be not only interesting but incredibly delicious – despite its initial serving as raw.

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Beyond its taste, sushi also offers incredible health benefits. Some of these are listed below:

It’s good for the heart: Sushi has high concentrated forms of omega-3 fatty acids. Nutritionists encourage the intake of this good cholesterol for its observed positive impact on one’s heart. Eating sushi regularly balances cholesterol levels and decreases the levels of bad fat. Consequently, sushi prevents various heart conditions such as clogged arteries and increased blood pressure.

It regulates hormones: The seaweed wrap that accompanies most sushi is high in iodine. This helps regulate and control the endocrine system, particularly the thyroid gland. Eating proper amounts of iodine ensures the proper production of various hormones.

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It helps with metabolism: Sushi is high in protein and low in calories and fat. This helps with the body’s ability to function and create new cells. This helps metabolize energy more efficiently and keeps people feeling energized and strong.

Sushi has also been found to have anti-carcinogenic and anti-mutagenic properties due to its antioxidant properties. These, along with other benefits, make the dish a must-have for any foodie.

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Girl Power: Video Game Heroines I Love

I don’t always pick women characters when I play, but I will admit that seeing strong female characters in games, especially playable ones, does make me feel empowered and represented. And over the years, I’ve come to have a couple of favorites.

First off, from one of the more recent games I’ve played, is Max Caulfield from the five-episode graphic adventure game “Life is Strange.” Perhaps I love Max mostly because she’s a mostly relatable character – I don’t have the power to rewind time (yet), and because she’s a smart, creative, mature, and kind person and players can see her grow from being very self-conscious to more confident during the game.max_plays_guitar-wordpress-i

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And there’s Samus Aran from the “Metroid” series. Admittedly, it was a big surprise when I realized Samus was a girl just like me because up to that point in my life, I was only exposed to women being saved as opposed to being the heroes of the game. Thanks to her Power Suit, Samus has enhanced strength, but she was also endowed with superhuman agility and has a strong sense of justice that makes her the perfect hero.

And then while I do realize that most people who played the epic “Final Fantasy VII” game were attached to Aerith, and I do love her, I mostly gravitated to Tifa Lockhart. For some reason, playable girl characters were typically relegated to healer or mystic roles before then but then there was Tifa, who used her fists to beat up monsters and villains. Her independence, loyalty, and bravery were inspiring to me, as were her awesome boots.

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Other favorites of mine are the ultra-cool free-running protagonist of “Mirror’s Edge,” Faith Connor, Crash Bandicoot’s adorable, tiger-riding sister, Coco Bandicoot, and Nana, the pink-clad mountain climber from the retro game, “Ice Climber” because she’s an equal to her companion, and she has a huge mallet that she’s not afraid to use.

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Why Grand Theft Auto 3 is the Best Game in the Series

Okay, let’s just make one thing clear: Grand Theft Auto is really about destruction. For the most part, the series revolves around stealing cars, running away from the police, and earning as much money as you can. Each game features a different city and protagonist. The game is inherently funny, and a lot of the characters are endearing despite their more questionable life choices.

My favorite game from the series is Grand Theft Auto 3: San Andreas. Allow me to explain why.

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There is an actual story: Fine, it’s not an Earth-shattering story, but it’s good enough to keep the ball rolling and make you want to exact revenge of Tenpenny in the end. Unlike the other games that have vague storylines, GTA3 keeps you readily involved in Carl’s life. Additionally, a lot of the side stories are fun and engaging. My particular favorite was the mini storyline involving the Triads.

Best.Soundtrack.Ever: GTA3 was the first game that introduced a fully comprehensive radio list that suits everyone’s needs. When the game first came out, the top comment was that it had the best soundtrack ever. Most games have their own composer, but GTA3 made it truly like real life, with several stations to choose from, each with their own DJs, song selections, and commercials. It is arguable that while the previous GTAs had their own radio list, none were as comprehensive as GTA3.

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Grand Theft Auto 3 is quite a long game, especially if you’re interested in completing all the mini-games and submissions, but I found the entire experience to be incredibly fun and exhilarating. There is something uniquely special about GTA3 – perhaps it’s the soul or the story – but I’ve never felt the same way I did when playing the other games in the series.

My name is Diana Wylde and I love playing computer games. When I need to take a break from my games, I dream of traveling to Santa Barbara, CA, and its charming cities, Santa Maria, Goleta, and Solvang. Learn more about my interests when you subscribe to my blog.