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Friday, September 28, 2012

Episode 36: Dusting Things Off... and Summer Gaming on XBLA and Steam

Ep. 36: Dusting Things Off... and Summer Gaming on XBLA and Steam
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Duration 1:11:42 m

Rando decided he needed to lock himself in a room and play Chrono Trigger while drinking peyote, so he didn't make it to the podcast. Matt, Brian, and Chris talk Dust: An Elysian Tail, Xbox 360's Summer of Arcade and Steam Summer Sale titles, Sleeping Dogs, Darksiders II, and all sorts of wonderful stuff. At Lautering Bytes we prefer to keep things simple… so we did. But don't worry, we still have plenty of video game news! Oh, and Chris tells you how to make the perfect French Dip... easy AND delicious, and you don't even have to use the oven!

Christopher Nieto, Brian Phan, Matthew Netzley

Friday, August 17, 2012

More Fan Art By Clyde Kim

We may have a for sure #1 fan of Lautering Bytes. Clyde Kim of Chucking Dice has been delivering us some more 8-bit style fan art creations and they are all awesome.

Look  below to see the new pictures

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Episode 35: Lautering Bytes Goes Down Under

Ep. 35: Lautering Bytes Goes Down Under
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Duration 1:39:11 m

It's been a while! Matt was trapped in a prison colony in New York, Chris' wife had a baby, Rando fell down a rabbit hole and Brian... well we don't know what happened to Brian, but no worries, because we're all back! In episode 35 we celebrate our Australian listeners, and dedicate this episode to them. Sure we talk about some Aussie wine, but we also talk about Assassin's Creed 3, Comic Con, Okami HD, Quantum Conundrum and Playstation All-Stars: Battle Royale. Also, we have wonderful prizes to give out this episode (while supplies last). Enjoy !!!!

If you are one of our Australian listeners, don't forget to participate in the contest for this episode. Email us at or leave us a voicemail at 818.293.7469. Make sure to leave us your contact information and get in touch with us.

Matthew Netzley, Rando Evans, Christopher Nieto, Brian Phan

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Lautering Bytes Goes Retro

Clyde Kim, Host of Chucking Dice, a past special guest on Lautering Bytes Episodes (Episode 27: Minority Report, Episode 10: Superheroes and Board Games) and friend of the show made up this awesome Lautering Bytes fan art just for us. 

Thanks for spending a sleepless night creating this awesome image for us! 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Episode 34: Stories from the Show Floor of E3 2012

Ep. 34: Stories from the Show Floor of E3 2012
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Duration 1:39:11 m

Rando is back from E3 and sits down to tell us his trials and tribulations of what he saw firsthand. We talk all games, large and small. There are too many games to mention (Neverwinter, Assassins Creed III, Far Cry 3, Watch Dogs, Zombi U, The Last of Us, Star Wars 1313, Rayman Legends... and many more), but we also chat about those smaller, more indie games you might not have heard of yet. In addition, we give you the story behind a good bottle of Chardonnay... okay, don't make fun of us and our white 1980s housewife wine yet; it's perfect for summer, we swear! It's not like its White Zinfandel or anything. Geez! Brian and Matt listen to the E3 stories as they chow down on cucumber tea sandwiches (recipe included), while special guest musician Ian Levy keeps things grooving.

Rando Evans, Matthew Netzley, Brian Phan

Featured Artist: Ian Levy

This week our featured artist is Ian Levy. Ian's "The Hourglass EP" released March 13, 2012 and features spoken rap over original beats.

You can download the album at Ian Levy's bandcamp. Feel free to let us know what you think about Ian's music in our comment section below.

If you have a band or artist you would like to feature on our show contact us at 

We are always on the lookout for artists to feature on the show.

Food Recipe: English Tea Cucumber Sandwiches

The recipe on this episode was submitted to us by Emily Robinson (@Auntieemily). Thanks for taking the time to recommend this recipe, we generally enjoyed these neat sandwiches. You can find the link to this recipe here.

We hope someone rises to Rando's challenge and tries this recipe for themselves. Take a picture of you eating this recipe and Rando will send you some random junk. Hurray!

As always feel free to email us your recipes at or you can tweet us @lauteringbytes.


1 cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion salt
1 dash Worcestershire sauce
1 (1 pound) loaf sliced bread, crusts removed
1 pinch lemon pepper (optional)


Place cucumber slices between 2 paper towels set in a colander. Allow liquid to drain, about 10 minutes.
Mix cream cheese, mayonnaise, garlic powder, onion salt, and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl until smooth.
Spread cream cheese mixture evenly on one side of each bread slice.
Divide cucumber slices over half of the bread slices; sprinkle lemon pepper on cucumber.
Stack the other half of the bread slices with spread sides down over the cucumber slices to make sandwiches.

Cook's Notes [Author's Notes]:
To make these the night before, cover with SLIGHTLY damp paper towels, then cover with foil. Keep in fridge.
To make as appetizers, cut bread slices into rounds with a cookie cutter. Spread with cream cheese mixture and top each with a cucumber slice. Yields approximately 48 rounds.

Additional Pictures and directions after the jump


We wanted to take some time to give a Thank You and shout-out to the Lazy Tech Guys for lending Rando a cellphone charger during E3.

LazyTechGuys' is an online tech site that brings fresh and irreverent perspective to the ever changing landscape of technology. Our original content is formatted in conversational media and provides answers to those who've been spiritually crippled by the crashing of their favorite devices or the burden of providing information to the technically challenged.

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Follow them on Twitter      - @lazytechguys

Friday, June 1, 2012

Episode 33: The Grand Pre-E3 and Diablo III Show

Ep. 33: The Grand Pre-E3 and Diablo III Show
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Duration 61:36 m

Rando is still away, so the remaining Lautering Bytes crew calmly talk about Sniper Elite V2, Max Payne 3, Diablo III, and MineCraft on Xbox 360. Don't worry, we talk about strawberries too! Everybody loves strawberries... right? RIGHT!? You'll hear Chris talking about strawberry nachos and beer (what!?), while Phan dollops out the latest gaming news for you and Matt cries over the absence of Rando Evans. Enjoy!

Matthew Netzley, Christopher Nieto, Brian Phan

Food Recipe: Strawberry and Arugula Salad

Here's an online recipe of one of Chris' favorite salads, especially during the hot summer days when strawberries are in season and he's lounging around in his underwear in front of the A/C, not wanting to turn on the oven.  A few changes were made with the dressing since the original called for drizzling the oil and vinegar over the salad instead of making a vinaigrette.  With the exception of the oil and vinegar, it's best to use cold ingredients, that way you don't end up eating a warm salad (which is for a different podcast).  Having the balsamic vinegar and oil at room temperature will also help with the emulsion process when whisking away.  Enjoy!

  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of sliced red onions
  • 4 cups baby arugula, or torn arugula leaves
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup of Gorgonzola Cheese, crumbled
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 of a cup of extra-virgin olive oil
1. In a bowl, combine walnuts, red onions, arugula and strawberries.

2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar and olive oil until well incorporated and smooth.  Add salt and pepper to the vinaigrette, dip an arugula to see if you need more salt or pepper.

3. Once seasoned, pour the vinaigrette immediately over the salad and toss to evenly coat every bite.  Serve on a chilled plate and sprinkle with the crumbled Gorgonzola cheese.

- For another layer of flavor, toast the walnuts in a small saute pan over medium heat until they're a light golden brown.  Allow the nuts to cool before incorporating them into the salad.
- Gorgonzola cheese can be substituted with blue cheese, goat cheese or even Parmesan.
- Spinach can be added or used in place of the arugula, just make sure you wash all greens before preparation.
- It's best to start off with 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar when making your vinaigrette.  If you prefer more vinegar or think the vinaigrette is too oily or heavy, add more balsamic vinegar in tablespoon increments.
And her is our very own Christopher Nieto enjoying strawberry beer and sparkling strawberry wine at this year's Oxnard California Strawberry Festival!  Sorry Lautering Bytes fans, the police confiscated the after pictures.

Indie Game:The Movie

On this week's episode of Lautering Bytes we discuss Indie Game: The Movie. Matt and Brian got a chance to catch a screening of the film and walked out inspired by the film and received a greater appreciation for indie games and the developers behind them. You too can watch and own a copy if the indie film.

Check out their website here. You can purchase hard and digital copies, merchandise and from different sources including iTunes and Steam. We highly recommend watching this film if you are interested in video game development. Indie Game: The Movie will be available June 12th, but is available for pre-order now.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Food Recipe: Coconut Madeleines

Hey Lautering Bytes Listeners! This is Brian from the LB crew here with a pretty easy recipe to make coconut madeleines. These are popular to have with coffee or tea and are dense mini-cakes popular in French baking.

This recipe was found online, my version makes a few altercations to this recipe, but I'll be posting the original here.

Guys/Gals baking is a fun activity to do as couples or doing a group hangout, plus you all get a yummy reward after you are done. So try baking with someone


24 madeleines
Required madeleine pans which can be found at cooking stores.

1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter, to grease the pans, plus 1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled.
3 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup sweetened shredded coconut
Confectioners' sugar, optional


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Thoroughly butter and flour the madeleine pans.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the eggs, sugar, and vanilla on medium speed for 3 minutes, or until light yellow and fluffy. Add 1/4 pound of butter and mix. Sift together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt, and stir into the batter with a rubber spatula. Stir in the coconut.
With a soup spoon, drop the batter into the pans, filling each shell almost full. Bake the madeleines for 10 to 12 minutes, until they spring back when pressed. Tap the madeleines out onto a baking pan lined with parchment paper and allow to cool. Dust with confectioners' sugar, if desired.

-Ensure that you do grease and flour your pans so that the madeleines do not get stuck to the pan after baking. You still might have to give the pan a few love taps either way.
-It's important that your melted butter be cooled to avoid scrambling (cooking) your eggs when incorporating the butter. If you are crunched for time, be sure to temper your butter into the wet mix.
-Although this recipe calls for shredded coconut, you could replace this ingredient and be imaginative with it. Replace coconut with coco powder to make chocolate madeleines or adding ground espresso+ coco powder to make mocha madeleines.
-When using a mixer ensure that you are using a paddle attachment. Using a whisk will introduce air into the batter/mix and will not be the consistency that you are looking for.
-I think this recipe makes 2 dozen mini madeleines, if you use regular size madeleine pans like I do this won't make 24, so don't freak out you'll likely end up with about 18.

Pictures and more information after the break

Friday, May 18, 2012

Episode 32: One Year Later, 20 Percent Cooler

Ep. 32: One Year Later, 20 Percent Cooler
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Duration 55:22 m

It's our one year anniversary, but we're still the same group of misfits we've always been. We got some roasted pork loins coming your way, along with plenty of E3 2012 predictions. Even though Rando is out collecting soda bottles to keep the podcast afloat, we talk about The Last of Us, Bioshock Infinite, Halo 4, The Witcher 2, and Dragon's Dogma, amongst other things. Have a listen!

Matthew Netzley, Christopher Nieto, Brian Phan

Food Recipe: Roasted Pork Loin with Apples

Here's great roasted pork loin recipe we found online for all you Lautering Bytes foodies out there.  This can be prepared as is or you can customize it however you'd like.  Remember to use a meat thermometer to make sure the internal temperature is 145 degrees Fahrenheit.  Don't worry if your pork is a little pink, as long as the internal temperature is 145, it should be safe to eat.  If you don't like it pink, feel free to cook for another 10 minutes.


  • 1 pork tenderloin split into 2
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and cut into slivers
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 Tbsp canola or any cooking oil you use
  • 1 cup of chicken or beef broth
  • 1 cup dry white wine (you can substitute with apple brandy or apple cider)
  • 2 medium sized apples, peeled, cored, and sliced


- Preheat your oven to 400° F. With the tip of a sharp knife, make deep little slits all over the tenderloin and insert the garlic slivers. Season the entire tenderloin with the salt, pepper and cumin.  Feel free to cut your tenderloin in half or quarters if it's too big for your skillet or roasting pan and to make it easier to handle when searing.

- Heat the oil in a skillet on medium high heat and sear the tenderloin well on all sides.  When you searing the outside of the tenderloin, you're making a golden brown crust on the meat to seal in all the juices.

- Remove the tenderloins from the skillet (do not discard the juices in the skillet) and place in a roasting pan. Add the broth and white wine (or substituted liquid) to the roasting pan and cook in the oven at 400°F for 10 minutes.

- After you've placed the tenderloins in the oven, cook the apple slices in the same skillet (with the remaining oil and juices) that you used to brown the tenderloin. Cook until the apples are soft.  Once soft, remove the apples from the pan and set them aside, making sure to save the juices that are in the pan.

- After the tenderloins have cooked in the oven for 10 minutes remove them from the oven. Remove the tenderloins from the pan to a cutting board, cover with aluminum foil and let rest for 10 minutes. The tenderloins will continue to cook while they sit. While the pork is resting, pour the roasting pan juices into the skillet and boil everything on high heat for 5 to 10 minutes to reduce the liquid to gravy like consistency.  This time will vary depending on how much liquid if left after roasting the pork loin.

- Slice the tenderloins and serve with the apples and pan sauce and enjoy!

- Adding cinnamon, anise, nutmeg or even brown sugar while cooking your apples will give you more layers of flavor and a slightly sweeter note.
- Besides garlic, fresh herbs can also be stuffed into the slits of the tenderloin.  Herbs like rosemary or winter and summery savory go really well with pork.
- Seasoning mixes and spices like paprika can also be used besides salt, pepper and cumin on the tenderloin.  And, don't be afraid to marinate your pork loin the night before either!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Episode 31: Bananas Foster Vs. Rum Vs. Lautering Bytes Vs. Fez

Ep. 31: Bananas Foster Vs. Rum Vs. Lautering Bytes Vs. Fez
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Duration 39:00 m

We talk a little bit about PAX, but not much, because we were all at home playing Fez and chasing psychedelic desert toads. In between a little bit of Rum talk by special guest and gamer-cook extraordinaire, Sudeep, Chris gives us the lowdown on Kid Icarus: Uprising for Nintendo 3DS. We also talk about Mojang's new space game announcement, 0x10c, and the brand new Zelda for 3DS. Oh, and we tell you how to make a killer Bananas Foster!


Brian Phan, Matthew Netzley, Sudeep Gundam, and Christopher Nieto

Featured Band:
Jordy Velez -

Food Recipe: Bananas Foster

Here's a simple recipe with not too many ingredients.  The addition of the banana liqueur will add a sweeter, candy note to the sauce but feel free to omit it.  As always, when dealing with alcohol and open flames, exercise caution and always have a fire extinguisher close by.

  • ¼ cup (½ stick) butter
  • 1-cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup banana liqueur
  • 4 bananas cut in half lengthwise, then halved
  • ¼ cup dark rum
  • 4 scoops vanilla ice cream

- In a good-sized sauté or fry pan, combine the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon and heat over low heat until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves.
- Add the banana liqueur and stir. Add the bananas and cook until they start to soften and begin to brown. Be careful not to burn them.
- Remove the pan from the flame and add the rum.  Return the pan to the stove and tip it slightly towards the flame to ignite the rum.  Cook until the rum is hot, about two minutes.  This will burn off all the alcohol and leave the rum flavor.  Pour over a bowl of vanilla ice cream and enjoy.


- When cooking with alcohol and open flames, always add your alcohol into the pan away from the flames.
- Instead of tipping the pan to ignite the rum, use a BBQ lighter.  This is safer and will prevent any spills from occurring.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Episode 30: A Journey into Madness, Chicken Wings, and White Wine

Ep. 30: A Journey into Madness, Chicken Wings, and White Wine
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Duration 58:34 m

Chris is having an E3 baby – no really, he is, and so we celebrate so loudly that the LAPD stops by and arrests Brian. That may, or may not have actually happened, but regardless, we try to avoid domestic disturbances and talk about Journey, Mass Effect 3, Silent Hill: Downpour, as well as Unit 13 and other wonderful titles. Chris tells you how to make some killer chicken wings. Rando gives his two cents about Riesling white wine types and makes dead sommeliers turn over in their graves and living ones wonder why this guy has a podcast.

Rando Evans, Matthew Netzley, Christopher Nieto, Brian Phan

Food Recipe: Chicken Wings

This is a really simple chicken wing recipe that Chris created by looking at various recipes and preparations found on the internet.  Broiling was a preferred method because it cuts down on the fat and clean up of frying.  Also, because you're creating the marinade and hot sauce from scratch, you can really customize it however you please.  For example, if you want hotter wings feel free to add more cayenne pepper, red chili flakes or any other hot spice to the mix.  Not one for hot wings?  Try substituting cayenne pepper with other herbs and spices like curry powder, grated parmesan, onion powder or even poultry spice mixes.  And don't be afraid to use fresh ingredients like roasted minced garlic, grated ginger or even orange zest!

Chicken Wing Recipe

Hot Sauce (Also used as the Marinade)
1/2 cup of vinegar
2 tablespoons of melted butter
1 tablespoon of Cayenne Pepper
1/2 teaspoon of Paprika
1 tablespoon of Garlic Powder
2 tablespoons of Brown Sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper, or to your taste

24 chicken wings

- Separate the wings from the drumettes, if they are still attached, by making a cut at the joint.
- In a large (big enough to hold all the wings and drumettes) combine all hot sauce ingredients and whisk together.
- Add chicken wings and drumettes and coat evenly, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Before you turn on the broiler, line the broiler pan with aluminum foil to catch any drippings.
- Remove wings from the fridge arrange on a broiler pan, broil for 10 mins. on each side until golden brown.
- Remove from the broiler pan and serve with your choice of dipping sauce.

- If wings are still under cooked after 10 mins. on each side, add an additional 5 mins. for each side.
- Try not to over crowd the broiler pan, give each wing and drumette enough room to cook all around
- If you prefer wet wings, make another batch of hot sauce and coat the already cooked wings with it before serving.
- If wings are browning too quickly, place broiler pan lower from the heat source.
- If hot sauce is too runny, reduce the amount of vinegar used by 1/4 of a cup.
- If your oven doesn't have a broiler, set your oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit and follow the cooking directions.

Preparing the Wings

Preparing the Marinade


The Finished Product!

Matt Working Hard for the Lautering Bytes Crew By Being Our Taste Tester

Looking for a moist towelette.

Presentation is Everything.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Sneak Preview of Episode 30 of Lautering Bytes!

Hi Listeners and Fans!  The Lautering Bytes crew just finished recording Episode 30, so while Matt's working his magic to make Chris and Rando sound audible, here's a sneak preview of what's to come on the next episode of Lautering Bytes.  Thanks for listening!

Any fan of spicy food and competitive eating will immediately recognize what we have cooking up for our next food segment.

Christopher Nieto's 1up Page!

Hey listeners, when you're done listening to the wild antics that are Lautering Bytes, browse on over to Christopher Nieto's newly created 1up page!  There, you'll find his latest blog posts on new releases, current trends, food talk and even some behind the scenes with the Lautering Bytes crew.  Follow the link below delve into the mind of a man torn between good food, good games and not enough hands.  And once again, thanks for listening!

Christopher Nieto's 1up page

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Episode 29: Vita-Vega-Vegamin

Ep. 29: Vita-Vega-Vegamin
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Duration 58:34 m

This time we talk about the Vita, as it's been our life for the past few weeks, but we also go portable with our food chat and talk about the perfect picnic. We discuss Vita games like Uncharted: Golden Abyss, WipEout 2048, and Dynasty Warriors, other titles like MGS 3D and Alan Wake's American Nightmare, and we also chat about the epic cutscene that is Asura's Wrath. Later, we go on a GameStop rant... but mostly talk about Mike (employee of the year). The LB crew is also excited to have on the show a special guest musician, Casey Lalonde, from the Indie Gala bundle. Matt gets a little crazy over the new Assassin's Creed reveal photos, and we hold him down in the bathtub and dump a bucket of ice on him.

Christopher Nieto, Matthew Netzley, Rando Evans, Brian Phan

Check Out Casey LaLonde

If you've had the chance to listen to Episode 29 of Lautering Bytes. You'd know that we had Casey LaLonde as our featured artist on this week's episode.

Take some time to check out some of Casey LaLonde's music at

Casey LaLonde is also featured in the The Indie Gala a special indie game and soundtrack bundle where you get to name your own price.

Check out the bundle for yourself and support Indie Developers and Artists.

You can follow Casey LaLonde on twitter @CaseyLaLonde and the Indie Gala @IndieGala

Food Recipe: Gravlax by Chris Nieto

Salmon fillets are cold-cured with salt, sugar, pepper, dill, and alcohol to make gravlax. It is imperative that the fish be absolutely as fresh as possible. No cooking required. Plan ahead. This will take about 3 days.


1 (3- to 4-pound) salmon, weighed after cleaning and beheading, skin on
3 Tablespoons salt
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 good-size bunch dill, roughly chopped, stems and all
1 Tablespoon spirits: brandy, gin, aquavit, lemon vodka, etc.


Fillet the salmon or have the fishmonger (a dealer of fish for consumption) fillet it for you; the fish need not be scaled.

Lay both halves, skin side down, on a plate. Sprinkle with the salt, sugar, and pepper, spread the dill over them, and splash on the spirits. Sandwich the fillets together, tail to tail, then wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Cover the sandwich with another plate and something that weighs about a pound -- an unopened can of coffee or beans, for example. Refrigerate.

Open the package every 12 to 24 hours and baste, inside and out, with the accumulated juices. On the second or third day, when the flesh has lost its translucence, slice thinly as you would smoked salmon. Serve with cream cheese and crackers or toasted bread.

Food Recipe: Cucumber Tea Sandwich by Chris Nieto


  • 1 loaf of pullman bread, sliced thin (any white bread can be used)
  • 1 cucumber, sliced thin (skin is optional)
  • 1 cup of butter, softened (can substitute with cream cheese)
  • salt


Spread a thin layer of butter on 2 slices of bread.

Cover one side with cucumber slices, sprinkle with salt.
Place other slice over, trim off the crust and cut diagonal to make triangle shapes.

MLP: FIM is Loving It.

Matt and Brian may have gone to McDonald's recently just so they could get their hands on some My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Happy Meal Toys. Is it kind of sad that the toy is almost as big as the newer smaller portioned Happy Meal Fries? 

You can snag yourself a pony of your own by purchasing a Happy Meal this month or you could be a wuss and opt for a Transformers toy. 

Friday, February 17, 2012

Episode 28: We Love Tim Schafer!

Ep. 28: We Love Tim Schafer!
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Duration 58:34 m

The Lautering Bytes reunites the semi-original cast and chats about Final Fantasy XIII-2, The Darkness II, King Arthur II, Port Royale 3, Tropico 4: Modern Times, Hard Reset, Vita news, and the classy Steam mobile app. Chris gives us the lowdown on eating out... you know, the basics: how to find a good restaurant, and the etiquette required to impress that special someone when you go out to eat. Oh, and we talk plenty of Tim Schafer and his kickstarter project.

Christopher Nieto, Matthew Netzley, Rando Evans, Brian Phan

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Matt & Tim Schafer at San Diego Comic-Con 2009

Pictured is our host and episode editor of Lautering Bytes, Matthew Netzley with Double Fine Production's Tim Schafer. Not pictured is the epic and sensual beard stroking that occurred right after. 

Food Recipe: Chocolate Dipped Strawberries by Brian

Hello loyal listeners, Brian Phan here for a special Valentine's Day recipe you might want to try to wow your loved one this Valentine's Day.

We all know girls love chocolate and enjoy getting that big heart-shaped box of chocolates and a nice bouquet of flowers on Valentine's Day.

I'm gonna share a recipe with you that is super simple, easy on the wallet, and will wow that lady you want to impress.

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries:

Things You'll Need:
  • A dozen strawberries
  • A 1lb of either melting chocolate or chocolate chips
    (choose chocolate to taste you can use semi-sweet/milk/dark or even white chocolate)
  • Microwave safe bowl 
  • Plastic Wrap

Go ahead and pick out your strawberries at a market or farmer's market if you are lucky enough to be in an area where strawberries are locally grown, such as in Los Angeles.

When picking out strawberries, remember they should look bright, juicy and appealing. Any indication of bruising means your strawberries are already going downhill.


Place the bag of chocolate chips in your microwave safe bowl and cover the bowl in plastic wrap.
Place in your microwave heating the chocolate in 30 second intervals at power level 50.

The important thing here is to not nuke your chocolate as it can easily be burned in a microwave and once it is burnt, it will be ruined.

After each 30 second interval, inspect the bowl of chocolate chips and stir vigorously to check the consistency.

Even though some of the chips will appear to still keep their form, with a little stirring the chocolate chips will melt apart on contact.

In general it should take about 2-3, 30 second cycles in the microwave for the chocolate to melt completely.

Once the chocolate is melted. Simply hold the strawberries from their stems (the green leafy tops) and completely dip the strawberry in the chocolate. The chocolate should be pretty much a liquid consistency.

Place the chocolate dipped strawberries on a cookie sheet topped with parchment paper or plastic wrap and allow them to cool.

Store the strawberries in your refrigerator until you are ready to serve them.

Voila you have chocolate dipped strawberries, and trust me doing it yourself is practically 50% cheaper than buying them at a store, plus your lady friend will be so impressed you did it yourself.

Another alternative is to also use Maraschino Cherries (you can find these in your canned fruit aisles at your supermarkets/grocery stores) and dip those in chocolate with a fork or slotted spoon. You can also use the melted chocolate and a heat source to do a simple chocolate fondue for dessert on Valentine's Day.

That's all for now. From gamer to gamer, I hope you score and I'm not talking about on your Xbox 360.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Episode 27: Minority Report

Ep. 27: Minority Report
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Duration 66:57 m

Rando is in San Francisco for a Kalypso-related event, and Brian is in the desert licking toads on The Old Republic-related business, so we have a very special and diverse game podcast for you! Korean, Indian, Mexican roots (and Matt) all mesh together to discuss Resident Evil 6, the SOPA/PIPA issues, Dead Space, Dark Void 0, and Final Fantasy XIII-2, while Clyde Kim talks about his ten year break from gaming and his experiences in the new world of gaming. Don't worry, we talk about food too! Sudeep educates you on fresh fruit and produce, and how to get a hold of the good stuff (aka - not finding tomatoes on the ground after the neighborhood fruit truck passes through). Oh yeah, and everyone is drinking some leftover ale. Enjoy!

Sudeep Gundham, Clyde Kim, Christopher Nieto, Matthew Netzley

Monday, January 16, 2012

Episode 26: Pure Madness (Welcome to 2012)

Ep. 26: Pure Madness (Welcome to 2012)
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Duration 44:15 m

We try to talk about games, but we're all pretty loaded… Hey, at least we get some information out! Special guest Sudeep gives a stint about kitchen cutlery, but we mostly talk about tequila (again) along with Postal 3, Rayman Origins, Uncharted, and our predictions for 2012 (like how BioShock Infinite might turn out). Enjoy!

Rando Evans, Chris Nieto, Matthew Netzley, Sudeep (Guest Host)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Episode 25: Happy Holidays from Lautering Bytes

 Ep. 25: Happy Holidays from Lautering Bytes
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Duration: 11: 28 m

Happy New Year everyone! Regular episodes of Lautering Bytes will return shortly, but this time the crew phones it in! This is a small collection of holiday cheer left on our voicemail. Rando and Chris call in full of holiday spirit (and alcohol), Brian reminds us to check out Stranger's Wrath on PSN, and Matt tell us what Santa brought him! Also, some friends, family, and listeners call in to share in the festivities.

Hosts: Rando Evans, Chris Nieto, Matthew Netzley, Brian Phan