Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Steveats: BK finally hits orange gold with Cheetos



Debuting a new, semi-regular feature! I tryout questionable food items so that you don’t have to in… Steveats. (Note: Title developed in about 10 seconds of brainstorming.)

It only took Burger more than a year of disgusting tinkering, but they finally stumbled upon a golden vein of fast food deliciousness, thanks to stealing / borrowing concepts from other disgusting food companies. The Mac n’ Cheetos are pretty friggin’ delicious and exactly what you’d expect.

I’m not even someone who enjoys Cheetos, but I’ll admit
that I came into this item with high hopes because it’s basically copying the format from the Taco Bell and Doritos mash-ups. I don’t really like Doritos either, but the Cool Ranch taco shell offerings at Taco Bell are excellent “fuck it, I’m hungry and want something bad for me” foods.

Likewise, the Mac n’ Cheetos just use the snack item as a thin crust for the macaroni and cheese. According to the Burger King website, they’re put into the fryer, but the bites didn’t really taste all that deep fried to me. They are also not nearly as gooey and creamy as the promo pictures would
have you believe, but in actuality, this is a good thing, because it makes them way more edible.

Let me be clear – These aren’t the next great fast food item. You only get five of them for $2.50ish, and they’re strictly a side item, as they wouldn’t let me add fries and a drink. However, they’re pretty perfect as Drunk Food, or as the proverbial Extra Item when getting a value meal, and you feel the need to make sure your stomach REALLY hates you the next day.

This is supposed to be a limited time item, but much like the Doritos-Taco Bell tacos, it wouldn’t surprise me if the Mac n’ Cheetos stays on the menu permanently. They’re also “only” 310
calories, according to the Burger King menu item info, so it won’t completely tank your calorie intake for the day to give them a try. Again though, this is probably something that you’ll know you’ll like or hate just from the name and description.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

YPB: Episode 061 – ActRaiser (1991)



This week in Your Parents Basement, we are playing God as we level fields and destroy Satan! From 1991, we’re playing ActRaiser by Quintet and published by Enix for the SNES. The sweet baby boys are joined by special guest Mike Deeney – a fan of finer things in life, like ActRaiser.

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TIMESTAMPS
  • 0:00 – Intro, which is the rousing song from the second stage, Bloodpool.
  • 51:30 – Emails! The gang talks video game all-nights, jobs in vidya games, and potential games based on musical figures.
  • 1:17:15 – Snifferoo. Next week, we’re bad enough dudes to play the most American game of them all for the Fourth of July.
SHOW NOTES
- According to Price Charting, and as discussed on the show, ActRaiser has retained its value pretty well. The original cart goes for $28.50, with the box and manual pushing the price up to $68. The sequel, which is just a straight-up action platformer, goes for a similar price.

- As mentioned on the show, a Kotaku article on randomizing The Legend of Zelda.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Steveats: Mr. Green Tea ice cream (and The Profit)



Debuting a new, semi-regular feature! I tryout questionable food items so that you don’t have to in… Steveats. (Note: Title developed in about 10 seconds of brainstorming.)

Today, it’s a double label entry, and it’s also a double serving of Steveats this week! A couple weeks ago, I tried out Mr. Green Tea’s black sesame ice cream, which I first saw featured on an episode of CNBC’s The Profit with Marcus Lemonis. This happens to be one of my favorite reality TV shows, since it’s one of the semi-realistic ones in the style of Hotel Impossible and the UK version of Kitchen Nightmares (before it got really weird and Americanized).

First, about the show – Lemonis goes into a business, looks at its books and what not, and decides whether he wants to invest some of his own money into an ownership stake. It’s a little less drama-filled than the usual reality TV show stuff, which makes it seem a bit more authentic to me. He also isn’t afraid to just pull out of a deal, as about half the shows end up with him not investing. If you have Hulu, you can watch the show online, otherwise, it’s on CNBC and their “On Demand” service, also available online.

One of the earlier shows was on Mr. Green Tea ice cream, which confusingly, is not ice cream made from green tea. That’s just their most prominent flavor. They do specialize in bizarre flavors though, like the one I tried, black sesame. Other pints on their website: chai latte, red bean, ginger, and fortune cookie (which has chunks of the stuff).

While the flavor offerings and combinations are seemingly odd, my black sesame ice cream was pretty tasty! The consistency was REALLY smooth, and it tasted far lighter than traditional premium ice creams like Ben & Jerry’s. On the flipside though, I ate almost the whole pint in a sitting and it felt like I ate almost nothing, even though it was a normal amount of calories for ice cream.

I got my pint from Stop & Shop for around $4, and at that price, I’d much rather have Ben & Jerry’s, or Talenti’s peanut butter and chocolate gelato. Mmm… Still, if you’re looking for a fancy or unique ice cream, Mr. Green Tea is definitely worth it as an occasional treat.

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