Sushi Myths & Truth

Sushi is only a Japanese thing
The truth: "Most countries in Southeast Asia have some variation of this. It began as a way of preserving fish because vinegar worked as an antibiotic. Cooked rice and vinegar were packed around fresh fish to preserve them."

Sushi has to be expensive
The truth: "When sushi started out, it was street food, like a dirty-water dog in New York. There were little wheeled stalls where they'd cut the fish up. Now sushi is probably closer to stopping and getting a hot dog or hamburger. It's sort of a nice snack. It's casual food, but you don't want to overstate it and say it's fast food, because there are sushi bars in Japan where you're going to pay $500 for a meal."

Some sushi fish are served alive
The truth: "That's called ikizukuri. It's a different area of Japanese cuisine and not related to sushi at all."

Women can't be sushi chefs because their hands are too hot
The truth: "It was just not an occupation that women did; they didn't do a whole lot of cooking in public places. But now there are plenty of female chefs all over Japan."

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Salmon's a traditional sushi fish
The truth: "Salmon was not considered a traditional sushi fish because it spoils really quickly. It only rose to prominence after refrigeration became widespread in Japan."

Miso soup is an appetizer
The truth: "In Japan, miso is usually what you eat for breakfast."

Sushi pairs with sake
The truth: "Since sushi and sake are both made with rice, that's too much of the same thing. You usually pair it with beer or green tea; I can't recall seeing anyone eat sushi and sake in Japan."

Rub your chopsticks together to get rid of splinters
The truth: "When you order noodles, you rub your chopsticks together to create a rough edge to pick up the noodles, not to get rid of splinters. If you did that in a place owned by a Japanese person, you'd insult them."

Sushi means "raw fish"
The truth: "We don't really know the etymology of the word sushi. It's written with characters that are there for the sound rather than what they mean. There's a lot of questions as to what the word actually means, but the idea that sushi means 'raw fish' is wrong. 'Su' is normally vinegar, and there's a lot of disagreement on 'shi.'"

There's a sushi-specific grade of fish
The truth: "They're just basically saying it's fresh enough to eat raw. Is there some sort of special grade of fish that's suitable for sushi? There is not. It has to obviously be fresh enough, or presented in such a way that it doesn't have any bacterial growth. That's what constitutes sashimi-grade fish -- fish that is fresh enough that you can eat it raw."

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Motorola’s new three smartphones under Google


At a news conference in New York on Wednesday, Motorola Mobility introduced three smartphones under its Razr brand that will become available for Verizon customers. The focus of these phones was speed, because they could connect to Verizon’s faster fourth-generation network. And they have larger screens than their primary rival, the Apple iPhone.

The new phones, the Droid Razr HD, the Razr M and the Razr Maxx HD, have a cellular modems inside them, which connect with newer, faster fourth-generation LTE networks.

The Droid Razr HD has a 4.7-inch screen with 16 hours of talk time, which is twice as long as many similar phones.

The Razr M, which has a 4.3-inch screen, will be released next week for $100 with a two-year contract from Verizon.


Guide on Cloud Computing

In a book “10 Steps to a Digital Practice in the Cloud: New Levels of CPA Firm Workflow Efficiency” published by the American Institute of CPAs, the authors describe the 10 steps for getting a digital practice up and running:

  • Get the right technology infrastructure to leverage the cloud.
  • Provision enough Internet bandwidth, both wired and wireless, to operate effectively.
  • Select the right mix of desktops, laptops, mobile devices and software to function in a productive, effective way.
  • Install the right scanning systems to aid the shift to a paperless office. 
  • Deploy a document management system to maximize efficiency with digital records.
  • Use trial balance working paper software, if the firm performs many of these engagements.
  • Transform the firm’s Web site into a full-fledged client portal.
  • Maximize productivity with workflow software.
  • Offer clients cloud-based accounting systems.
  • Have the right plan and tools in place to ensure data security and speedy disaster recovery.

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Microsoft's Hotmail Rebrands to Outlook

outlook_logoMicrosoft gave its email service Hotmail a complete overhaul on Tuesday, rebranding the portal as Outlook.com. The new Outlook is pretty, refreshing, and chock full of useful features.

The renovated service boasts a minimalist interface that borrows heavily from the tile-driven design of Windows 8. Facebook Chat and Skype's industry-leading video calls will be built into Outlook, and users can open Microsoft Office files directly in web versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Unlike Gmail, Microsoft promises that it won't scan your inbox for keywords to deliver you targeted ads.

Microsoft makes it easy to switch from Gmail to Outlook, which has the ability to easily forward a Gmail account's inbox to Outlook.com with a few simple clicks. In other words, you can use Outlook's interface with your Gmail address.


Why Do Businesses Need An Accounting System?

Maintaining a set of accounting records is not optional, it's a law! The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires that businesses prepare and retain a set of records and documents that can be audited. Internal Revenue Code requires that business have the ability to compute taxable income by using some sort of common-sense accounting system that clearly reflects income. In addition, the federal legislation requires public companies to have a detail and accurate books, records, and accounts of transactions and dispositions of the assets.

Beyond complying with the law, a company that fails to keep an accurate record of its business transactions may lose revenue and is more likely to operate inefficiently. You can’t successfully manage your business without the accounting system. Success requires the ability to perform financial analysis, which is to accurately measure business growth, profitability, and cash flow, as well as to reasonably estimate your financial condition.

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