Friday, April 12, 2019

Steveats: KFC's Chicken and Waffles


This feature went away for a while, but now... IT'S BACK! I tryout questionable food items so that you don’t have to in… Steveats. (Note: Title developed in about 10 seconds of brainstorming.)

Hey guys, how have you beeeeeen? Good, I hope? Annnnyyywwaayyyy. I've been squirreling away these meals over the past couple of months, but a combination of some writer's block and lack of time has been loosened by another journalism industry-related downturn in employment status. (That's a nice way of saying that I got laid off again, as I often have done to me.)

So, let me instead focus on more pleasant things, or at least, more mediocre things. That being, the KFC chicken and waffles. I actually tried these out for the first time when they were introduced in November, but they've resurfaced in advertisements tied around MARCH MADNESS 2019 and its amateur athletics basketball tournaments.

If I pitched to you, “Chicken and waffles from KFC,” the product and taste that inspires in your mind is probably exactly the same as the experience I had. By that, I mean it is exactly average KFC-like food. I might be mistaken, but I think they even use the same exact boneless chicken as they use for their tenders.

And the waffles... Well, they're kind of bland and flavorless. They come with a little individual package of syrup, and you'll need to douse those waffles in it, or pair it with a bite of chicken each time, because they are disappointing. My were pretty gummy, and tasted like a product that had been microwaved, but oddly, they weren't as good as an Eggo.

Since they've returned, they are now a “proper” part of the KFC value menu, meaning they're in the $5 to $10 range, depending on how many you'd like and the sides you want included. Also, by the way – the basic chicken-and-waffle “sandwich,” with syrup, runs about 1,100 calories, according to their nutrition calculator. It definitely rates toward the bottom of my desired fast food items when you factor that in as well.

(Scheduling note going forward: I have a couple more of these in the queue, in terms of things I took pictures for or bought with the idea of doing a Steveats. Karen and I are kind of busy this month and next though, so I'm not entirely sure when they will end up on the site. As usual, I'll push them out on my Facebook and other channels when I remember.)

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Steveats: Papa Gino's Buffalo chicken mac and cheese “pizza” monstrosity

This feature went away for a while, but now... IT'S BACK! I tryout questionable food items so that you don’t have to in… Steveats. (Note: Title developed in about 10 seconds of brainstorming.)

According my notes, the last Steveats I did was in honor of Valentine's Day and my birthday, and for that, I had the Naked Chicken Chalupa from Taco Bell. Obviously, it left such an impression on me that I did not bring this feature back for 15 months! (The boring, real answer though – Man, life sure does get busy sometimes, huh??? Plus, when you're living with another human being as I am now, you manage to eat a lot better.)

With my significant other gone for a month, well, that has left me with some free time to really explore the studio space of Steveats. You know... EXPLORE the studio space. So, without further adieu, I bring you... The Papa Gino's Buffalo chicken mac and cheese pizza.

I had somewhat high hopes with this one, because, hey, it's kind of hard to screw up Buffalo chicken! It is one of the world's most magical and wonderful substances. You can use it in a wide variety of delicious things, whether you're having it straight-up or mixed with blue cheese. Or ranch, if you're a soulless monster.

I was expecting Buffalo chicken dip, or small chunks of chicken, mixed with some mac and cheese, on top of a pizza. Instead, what I got was probably breaded Buffalo chicken sandwich meat, thrown on top of a mac and cheese pizza. No sauce. Scandal! Outrage! What kind of fool do they take me for?

Apparently, a fool they thought would pay $18 for a pizza. Thankfully, I had a coupon, so the total damage was just $13. Still, this was disappointing. The mac and cheese was also really bland, which surprised me, since the Papa Gino's all you can eat pasta is usually serviceable, as is their pizza.

Anyway... I still ate the god damn thing over the course of two and a half days. It was still tasty, but disappointing. Missed potential, like watching a high draft pick flame out on your favorite team. As of right now, the plan is to have one Steveats a week, but we'll see how that goes, and how motivated I'll be to keep eating (mildly disappointing, usually) junk food.

Want to support Steve’s blogging? Then purchase something via the Amazon clickthru link for Your Parents Basement, Steve’s other project! Or, you know, check the show out! If you have a request for a future Steveats, leave it in the comments on here or on my Facebook. To check out some of the past Steveats, go here!

Monday, March 20, 2017

YPB: Episode 099 – Blast Corps (1997)

This week in Your Parents Basement, we are using bulldozers, dump trucks and robots to destroy everything in our path! From 1997, we’re playing Blast Corps by Rare for the Nintendo 64.

You can manually download this week’s destruction-filled podcast here or subscribe to the show via the iTunes store. To manually subscribe, use this link in the device / podcast player of choice. You can also follow us on Twitter, or ‘like’ us on Facebook.

As always, if you like the show, support us by buying from Amazon! You can use this link to go to Amazon, and any purchase you make will kick a couple bucks to the show, with no extra cost to you. It’s a win-win!

Want to have an email or comment read on the air? Send us a message on the ole Twitter or Facebook, or, shoot that mail to parentsbasementpodcast@gmail.com.

TIMESTAMPS
  • 0:00 – Intro, which features the excellent title theme from the game.
  • 1:45 – Today's sponsor, along with a shoutout!
  • 21:00 – We get soooo many letters! It's the email portion, of the show!
  • 30:00 – It's the return of a popular segment! The ToddBitSkit!
  • 32:30 – We help someone out, with... Ask The Sweet Boys.
  • 38:45 – Our next show is #100, and we have the funkiest fresh commercial from that game!
SHOW NOTES
- According to Price Charting, Blast Corps is still quite affordable! The loose N64 cart is only $8, and you can get the box and manual thrown in for $29.

- Blast Corps is one of the games included on the excellent Rare Replay for the Xbox One, along with past show subjects R.C. Pro-Am. You can listen to our previous show on that here!

Monday, March 13, 2017

YPB: Episode 098 – Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (1994)



This week in Your Parents Basement, we are getting killed by bats, rats and traps in one horrible game! From 1994, we’re playing Disney’s Beauty and the Beast developed by Probe Entertainment and published by Hudson Soft for the Super Nintendo.

You can manually download this week’s tale-as-old-as-time podcast here or subscribe to the show via the iTunes store. To manually subscribe, use this link in the device / podcast player of choice. You can also follow us on Twitter, or ‘like’ us on Facebook.

As always, if you like the show, support us by buying from Amazon! You can use this link to go to Amazon, and any purchase you make will kick a couple bucks to the show, with no extra cost to you. It’s a win-win!

Want to have an email or comment read on the air? Send us a message on the ole Twitter or Facebook, or, shoot that mail to parentsbasementpodcast@gmail.com.

TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which is the trailer from the 1991 movie version.
  • 19:00 – Todd performs his magic, as he unearths more gold for another segment of… Video Game Theater. (WARNING! Strong language.)
  • 24:30 – We have a Most Best Game of All-Time segment! From the Most Best Gift Giver!
  • 27:15 – Emails!
  • 40:00 – Next week, we’re playing a deeeeeep, story-driven game for the Nintendo 64.

Monday, March 6, 2017

YPB: Episode 097 – Willow (1989)



This week in Your Parents Basement, we are questing and earning XP as a humble little person! From 1989, we’re playing Willow by Capcom for the arcade and NES.

You can manually download this week’s heroic podcast here or subscribe to the show via the iTunes store. To manually subscribe, use this link in the device / podcast player of choice. You can also follow us on Twitter, or ‘like’ us on Facebook.

As always, if you like the show, support us by buying from Amazon! You can use this link to go to Amazon, and any purchase you make will kick a couple bucks to the show, with no extra cost to you. It’s a win-win!

Want to have an email or comment read on the air? Send us a message on the ole Twitter or Facebook, or, shoot that mail to parentsbasementpodcast@gmail.com.

TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which features the well-done but incredibly repetitive main theme from the NES edition of Willow.
  • 25:00 – It’s the segment for shout-outs! Comments, Concerns and Questions.
  • 32:00 – Emails! The alternative relationships of some co-hosts are none of our business.
  • 43:00 – We help some more people this week in… Ask the Sweet Boys.
  • 48:00 – It’s the segment we didn’t even know existed! It’s so unexpected we don’t have bumper music for it! We get a Voicemail from a friend.
  • 55:30 – Snifferoo. Beauties and/or beasts next week!

SHOW NOTES
- According to Price Charting, Willow is a pretty affordable game. It’s about $10 for the loose cart, and $25 if you want the cart, box and manual. However, it’s not popular enough to be on the various re-release carts or emulator packages Capcom has done.

Monday, February 27, 2017

YPB: Episode 096 – Turok: Dinosaur Hunter



This week in Your Parents Basement, we are hunting down creatures with our explosive bow and arrow! From 1997, we’re playing Turok: Dinosaur Hunter by Iguana Entertainment and published by Acclaim for the Nintendo 64. We’re joined by friend of the show Dale!

You can manually download this week’s interdimensional podcast here or subscribe to the show via the iTunes store. To manually subscribe, use this link in the device / podcast player of choice. You can also follow us on Twitter, or ‘like’ us on Facebook.

As always, if you like the show, support us by buying from Amazon! You can use this link to go to Amazon, and any purchase you make will kick a couple bucks to the show, with no extra cost to you. It’s a win-win!

Want to have an email or comment read on the air? Send us a message on the ole Twitter or Facebook, or, shoot that mail to parentsbasementpodcast@gmail.com.

TIMESTAMPS

  • 0:00 – Intro, which is the title theme from Turok.
  • 39:30 – We find out who thought this game was the… Most Best Game of All-Time.
  • 43:15 – Comments, concerns and questions, from two listeners this week!
  • 48:30 – Emails! How are the kids?
  • 1:03:30 – We can’t let an opportunity go by without helpin’ some people. It’s… Ask the Sweet Boys.
  • 1:09:30 – Snifferoo. We’re playing a game based on a movie that totally didn’t steal everything from The Hobbit.

SHOW NOTES
- According to Price Charting, most of the Turok games are quite affordable! Except for a rare variant of Rage Wars, everything is between $5 and $20 for Turok.

- Dale has a website! Check out Dale Is Great here!

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