Who Will Reign Supreme in Aspen?

Winter X-Games 2014 Aspen - Day 3

Once again, Winter X Games has arrived at Aspen. The game is expected to start from 28th January and continued till 31st January, 2016. Best athletes from all over the world have arrived at Aspen in order to participate in the game. Snowboarding, Skiing and a thrown down with Snowmobile are forms of action packed games in Aspen. Therefore, exciting four days is guaranteed for the both participants and visitors. In the world of action sports, Winter X Games has obtained highest amount of regards from the participants. Therefore, it is better to keep a watch on these action sports. Both the Olympians and legends are performing at the 2016 Winter X Games that is featured live from the Buttermilk Mountain.

In the year 2016, X Games will be completing its 15 year in the sports arena. Both the prizes and medals can be won during the competition. To give optimum pleasure to the crowd, music performances have been arranged on the side.

By looking at the events of previous years, it is possible to obtain a preview for this year. 2016 Winter X Games is expected to be a huge phenomenon. More than 200 skiers, snowmobilers and snowboarders have registered for event. Most of these athletes belong from the elite class. Therefore, competition of high caliber is anticipated without any doubt. Both the prizes and glory is expected from the game.

Presence of Olympians is observed almost everywhere. Jamie Anderson, Sage Kotsenburg, Mark McMorris, Shaun White, Kelly Clark and Max Parrot is considered as the leaders of snowboarding. Therefore, great show can be expected from them. In the category of skiers, names like Gus Kenworthy, David Wise, Bobby Brown, Maddie Bowman and Joss Christenson has appeared. Most of these athletes have Olympic medals and X Games. Through the forms in Winter Games Olympic in Sochi, it is possible to obtain an idea about their forms and timing.

Women Skier

Olympic Games are not nearby. Therefore, best possible effort is expected from the skiers. Maddie Bowman has shown her skill in the last Olympic in Sochi. She can achieve more in the 2016 Winter X Games with her creative flow of juices in superpipe. In the event of women skier’s, Maddie Bowman is considered as the best.

Women Snowboarder

Due to retirement of Katliyn Farrington, a sad environment has been noticed. Kelly Clark is also a legend of the game who has won 12 medals in previous games. Torah Bright is also another name to remember. However, Torah has not won a medal since the season 2009. Therefore, it is better to keep a look over Chloe Kim. By surprising the world, she has won a silver medal last year in debut. Top quality game is expected from her.

Men Snowboarder

Shaun White is expected to grab all the attention this year as he has returned to game once again after pull out last season. However, Danny Davis has lot of practice in the Buttermilk superpipe. White has managed to defeat Davis previously. It will be interesting to see if he can achieve the same now. In addition, both Ayumu Hirano and Iouri Podladtchikov can be considered.

And if you cannot get to Aspen to see all the action first-hand, the next best thing is to visit a online bookmaker such as bet-at-home or bet365 and place a wager on your favorite superstar to ride home to glory with a gold medal. For more detailed reviews such as this Bet365 review, you can do a basic search on the Internet to see the pros and cons of each service provider.

Now all that is left is for the snow covered mountains of Aspen to transform into X Games 2016!

Faux Food – The Real Deal in the Far East


Often tourists visiting Japanese islands from elsewhere do not speak and cannot read Japanese. So how do they order food from menu lists written in Japanese?

How do you tell them you want to order a plate of Bologna and shrimp tempura?

Simple. Point to one of those samples in the window and they’ll know what you want.

They look so real that they almost tempt people to take a bite or chew into them. Appealing.

But they don’t seem to have such an admirable origin. It seems that making these fake food items originally were inspired by craftsman making organs and body parts for pathological purposes. They were one day asked to make food items. With that began a revolution in Japan. These meal deals provide you with a 3D visualization of what the restaurant has on offer. It not only gives you an idea of the food item, but also the portion size and its cost. So, you know what you are ordering, if it will fill your tummy and how much it would cost you to eat that food.

The preparation begins of course with the real stuff. Restaurants send samples of the real food. A mould is prepared and used to create the food props.

People often buy these as collectibles too. Key chains, miniatures, fridge magnets, etc can resemble food items. These display fake foods are so real looking that some shop owners make it a point to mention categorically, “these are not to be eaten”.

Even with all the detail built in, for a visiting tourist, it is difficult for an unassuming tourist to differentiate between an egg omelet and a fish cake. Some even complain that the fake food contains more details than is present in the real dish.

Tokyo is the hotbed of this food innovation industry. The Japanese are known for their perfectionist nature. They use cutting edge technology to produce confectionery that is available right on the street.

The consumer is directly exposed to the food processing experience so as not to leave any doubt in their mind about what they are eating.

Machines are used to give that perfect finish to the pastry and baked goods.

In the West, people are used to order food from the menu that comes with pictures sometimes. It might seem a little strange to order food by simply pointing at food samples. But for all you know, if you are a tourist, speaking a western language, you don’t want to end up ordering a very regional Japanese dish that even the Japanese find it difficult to name.

These real-looking samples are however extremely expensive, for all the artwork that goes into its making. So, if you are looking to buy them, visit miniature shops that sell tiny samples of these replicas.

From salads to desserts, they make them all. A Neapolitan, but plastic.

Never mind. They are appetizing definitely. Kudos to the gentleman who thought of using these fake food samples to lure visitors in to his restaurant. It is a billion yen industry today.