Years ago when I visited China, I was told to say I’m Chinese American who can’t speak a word of Chinese. I became Eric Chang, King of Lacrosse and Dodgeball. The guy who scored 800 in English on the SAT but scored a paltry 550 in math. The opposite of Asian was important to keep my disguise strong. I purposely spoke English loudly. Yes, I was having fun with it. Now, it’s a matter of survival. In this example, a Japanese sushi shop owner in China is transforming his shop to become a Korean owned sushi shop. It might stop the onslaught of rocks being thrown at his business. (Koreatimes – Korean in China)
GR interviewed David Gelb a while back about this film. You can read the interview here. Imagine a person who strives for perfection. It doesn’t have to be in food, it could be anything. Searching for it and finding it is a rare thing, and Jiro has done that. The film is stunning, seriously, and it’s opening up nation wide now! Here’s a link to the page. For anyone local in LA, it begins today at the Nuart.
and no… this isn’t a photo of the actual tuna, but we’ll guarantee it looks just like this but bigger. Odd story and a tremendous waste. Imagine, a sushi chain (which means cheaper sushi) buys a tuna for 730k but then carves it up into 10,000 pieces of sushi worth $1.50-$5 a piece meaning some mangled math telling us that they lose about 600k. The reason? It’s patriotic? Showing how dumb economics majors can be? It’s about ego, breaking records, and being dumb with money and we do hope the sushi at least tasted great. It’s written that to break even each piece needed to be something like $50+ each. (Bloomberg – 730k tuna)
Bluefin tuna… overfished. Yes, it’s not new and along with the numerous fish that’s overfished without any signs of slowing down, this one is still just in it’s infancy stage. The reports have been around for years, but until the fish is truly endangered like certain whales will things really get done. Why is that? Does thousands of tons seem like a lot? The consuming of toro is important, expensive, but can and should be limited until there’s a larger recovery. A 24% chance of recovery in a decades time? That’s extremely low odds. As much as an outcry of shark fins being cut, this will one day be of equal importance. (Guardian UK – Bluefin)