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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.

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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.