Wayhomer Review #173: Medieval Times Atlanta

Medieval Times: A Pair of Villains
The latest issue of Super-Villain Team-Up…

It’s Episode #173 for Medieval Times Atlanta, in which our protagonist is joined by the wizard, Rox of Spazhouse. Together, they discuss the perils of giant owls, how to cheer for (and thus confuse) the villain, and how to raise your social standings through copious amounts of medieval beer.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:26:33+00:00 March 25th, 2014|Reviews, Video Podcasts, Wayhomers|0 Comments

Wayhomer Review #172: Robocop (2014)

Joel Kinnaman as Robocop

'Well thank Christ for that...at least I have a real hand left so I can still unlock my iPhone 5S.'

It’s Episode #172 for Robocop (2014), in which our protagonist enjoys back story and setup as much as the next bearded lunatic who can drive, but really wants the story to just get underway. Also, he defends remakes (no, really)…and applauds the new black color scheme for Robocop. It’s just a sensible choice.
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By | 2017-09-24T22:26:33+00:00 March 15th, 2014|Reviews, Video Podcasts, Wayhomers|5 Comments

Roots Aroma Black Original – Coffee Review

Roots Aroma Black Original Coffee

I believe I’ve complained before–and often–about a significant hole in the packaged, pre-made coffee arena. By that I mean: I’ve taken to drinking my coffee black. This because I realized a while back that with the amount of coffee I go through–and the accompanying sugar–I was expecting a collect call from Wilford Brimley at any moment. So when I’m traveling and there’s not a live barista for miles and I pull into a gas station/convenience store–and the coffee might have been freshened sometime in the past 72 hours (maybe)–I want to grab a coffee that’s already made. Starbucks, for example. They sell tasty Doubleshots and Mochas and whatnot in cans and bottles.

Know what they don’t sell? Straight coffee. Black–no sugar, no cream. In fact, I’ve yet to run across an example in the southeastern U.S. You might have–and if so, I envy you. Because it seems that I have to go to Japan to get anything close to what I want.

I say “close,” yes. Because on one hand, you get the taste of straight coffee. Not the sort of black coffee I normally make–my preferred kind is the type I have to wrestle into submission–but just straight down the middle coffee. Nothing spectacular.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:26:34+00:00 March 14th, 2014|Reviews|0 Comments

Bacon Caramel Popcorn by H & F Bread Company – Review

Bacon Caramel Popcorn by H and F Bread Company

Cosette recently told me about something found on Pinterest: “There two kinds of people in the world. Those who like bacon and those who are wrong.” Or something like that. But the sentiment, in my mind, is true. Bacon is awesome.

Another thing that is awesome is caramel popcorn. Going along with the well-known mathematical axiom that awesome plus awesome equals holy crap, we come to H & F Bread Company’s Bacon Caramel Popcorn. They’re based here in Atlanta and apparently are alchemical wizards.

You have plain popcorn as a base, then add caramel, then add bacon fat and also smoked bacon from Benton’s. In fact, here is the ingredients list verbatim: “popped plain popcorn, Benton’s smoked bacon, butter, Benton’s bacon fat, brown sugar, light corn syrup, salt, baking soda, vanilla extract.”

I have no idea who this Benton person is, but his bacon is damn amazing. The caramel popcorn has taken on the smokiness of the bacon to a very mild but effective degree. I say mild, but when first trying it, you might think it’s fairly strong instead. But that just means you haven’t eaten one of the included bacon bits. And when I say “bacon bits,” you might imagine those things you sometime shake onto a salad or baked potato. That would be incorrect. So instead, when I say bacon bits in this context, substitute in your minds the phrase “tiny smoked nuggets of joy.”

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By | 2017-09-24T22:26:35+00:00 February 20th, 2014|Reviews|0 Comments

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug – 27 Second Review

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Written by: Peter Jackson, Guillermo Del Toro, Fran Walsh, and Phillipa Boyens, based on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien
Directed by: Peter Jackson
Starring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Benedict Cumberbatch

Review: In what’s winding up to be a six (possibly seven?) part Tolkien franchise, I enjoyed this one more than its predecessor. The action, while cartoonish, is fairly consistent, and we get several little treats in the form of cameos, combat barrels, and elves using various enemies as surf boards. Not to mention Cumberbatch and Armitage having a sassy insult throwdown.

Time: 18 seconds

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By | 2017-09-24T22:26:38+00:00 January 20th, 2014|27 Seconds, Reviews|0 Comments

Fiz: The Brewery Management Game – Review

Fiz: Brewery Management Game

I spend a fair amount of my spare time playing video games. I also, as many of the Need Coffee staff can attest to, spend some of my spare time making beer and wine. Those two things rarely meet. Well, to be fair actually, they very very often meet, just not in a single product. Enter Fiz: The Brewery Management Game. It’s one of the very few points in the middle of the homebrewing/gaming venn diagram. It’s a pretty shiny point too.

Fiz, as its full name implies, is a management sim. After an introduction by a strange old beer wizard, you are walked through creating your first batch (called “Tutorial Lite”), and left in charge of a four-person basement microbrewery. As you progress through the game you level up your employees, discover new recipes, upgrade your equipment, unlock new marketplaces, and generally climb the beer ladder.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:26:40+00:00 January 4th, 2014|Reviews|0 Comments

World Market Red Velvet Coffee – Review

World Market Red Velvet Coffee

I acquired this from World Market the other day. Keep in mind this might be the most festive thing I do all holiday season. Anyway, upon cutting open the package, that red velvet smell–more artificial than usual–spills out. It’s pretty strong. My usual inclination about flavored coffee is that its flavor should be coffee. When I first started drinking coffee, circa 1912, there were two additional flavors: sugar and cream. Those seem natural. And to be clear: I’m talking about just coffee here. I will absolutely slay a white chocolate mocha from Starbucks if given the chance. I guess upon reflection, I’m fine if the flavors added after the fact. It’s frontloading the flavor with the coffee itself that I find somewhat questionable. Perhaps also it’s that, for the most part, I don’t actually enjoy the taste of most coffees*. So anything that makes it worse is simply to be avoided.

I prepared this coffee in the Aeropress and I did something I don’t normally do: I actually followed the normal ratio of coffee to water. Normally, I enjoy my coffee so sick and evil that you would expect Tim Curry’s voice to come out of it. But for the sake of actually trying this weird flavor, I thought I’d go standard.

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By | 2017-09-24T22:26:40+00:00 December 23rd, 2013|Reviews|0 Comments