The Asian cuisine has some of the most delicious food I’ve ever tasted. And some dishes can only be truly enjoyed when eating them with chopsticks. Chopsticks are probably the most versatile utensil ever. It’s a fork, a spoon, a knife, a pair of tongs, and a whisk all rolled into one.
For some of us who weren’t born to using them, eating with chopsticks can be a bit of a challenge. So, here’s a step-by-step guide:
Place the first chopstick on your dominant hand between your pointing finger and thumb. Balance it using your ring finger.
Place the second chopstick in the valley between your index finger and thumb, along with the first stick, but this time, balance it using your middle finger.
Use your thumb, pointer, and middle finger to grasp the second stick more tightly. It should look like your holding a pencil.
The first chopstick should be stable and should never move. Your index and middle finger should do the work in moving the second chopstick. Practice moving the second stick up and down until you get comfortable. If your chopsticks form an “X,” then you’re doing it wrong, and you won’t be able to pick up food.
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Looking for new multiplayer games to try? When it comes to choosing multiplayer games, the first thing you need to check is the community. Are there enough people that play the game? Are the forums active? Is there enough content that you can read online about the game? Here are the most popular multiplayer games you can play right now.
Overwatch: Overwatch was released just over a year ago, but the game is dominating the online shooting world. You’ve probably already heard of it. Not only is it the most popular online shooter, but the content and folklore are also amazing. You’ll instantly get hooked once you play its ranked games. What makes this game so successful is it forces you to play as a team if you want to win.
Diablo 3: Diablo 3 has been out for more than a couple years now, and it’s still one of the most popular multiplayer games out there. This hack-and-slash action-RPG from Blizzard is still receiving occasional updates (it’s one of the reasons many are still playing this game). The setup is quite simple: pick a hero and set out for an adventure to destroy evil in the world while making your hero powerful with enhanced armor and weapons.
CS:GO: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a thriving online shooter in the PC platform. The game is an evolution of the early 2000’s game, Half-life 1. Unlike Overwatch, the game is heavily focused on mechanical skill and accuracy.
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For the massive number of fans eagerly awaiting the third and latest installment in the acclaimed Blizzard role-playing series “Diablo,” to say D3 started off on the wrong foot is an understatement. The game was a huge disappointment, mainly due to the inclusion of a real-money auction feature.
For one, gamers had waited 12 years for the game’s release in May 2012 only to be confronted by a beta-like version. The game had lots of glitches, and the mechanics were incredibly punishing; monsters were too powerful and finding good gear was nearly impossible. Then there’s the great consequence of the auction house design: most players spent more time buying and selling and sniping items on the main auction menu instead of playing the game. It was the same place where those good gear were being offered. And for actual money.
This was a deal-breaker for many players expecting a refinement of features from “Diablo II.” While the auction house provided an investment opportunity for those with lots of time on their hands to farm for gear, the real winners were those with money to spend, as they got the most overpowered gear.
By the time the game’s expansion “Reaper of Souls” came out in 2014, the developers had abandoned the model. And with good reason, as the removal of the auction house signaled the beginning of the game’s rise and renewed playability. And D3 is still going strong in 2017.
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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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Are you excited about these games? I know I am! I cannot wait to get my hands on these soon.
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