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Is it Worth Your Allowance? – Beseige

Is it Worth Your Allowance? – Beseige

Is it Worth Your Allowance? is a new column where my 15 year old geekling reviews video games that cost about 10 dollars. He will give a run down on all the relevant information, a short review, and will let *your* geekling know if it’s a game that’s worth their allowance.

Reviewed by Nate
Besiege
Genre: building, physics
Cost: $6.99
Developer: Spiderling Studios
If you’re interested in buying this game go to this link http://store.steampowered.com/app/346010/

Besiege is a game where you build medieval siege machines to complete a given objective. I recomend this game for people ages 10 and up because it has cartoon violence and minor gore (you can burn or run over people, though it’s not realistic). 

The games allows you to make almost anything from the wide variety of given parts. It has 15 levels for you to go through with challenges ranging from destroying buildings to moving boulders. The developers are still adding content like levels and building materials. 
I dislike that the camera is always manually controlled, but that isn’t really a problem – more of a preference. This is an early access game which means that it isn’t 100 percent finished, but the game is completely playable and the devs are still adding and changing things. 
The most impressive machine I built was an airship that had 7 flamethrowers on the bottom, which  I used in a challenge to kill sheep. My airship is nothing compared to the things the community has built, like transformers and giant walkers.
Overall, my final rating for this game is 8/10 and I definitely think it’s worth your allowance.

Have an idea for an inexpensive, teen friendly game Nate should review?  Email him here.

Bellevue Staycation Part 2: John Howie Steak.

Bellevue Staycation Part 2: John Howie Steak.

This is the second part of my Bellevue Staycation wrap up!  Read the first part here.

I  have been ruined. After the amazing anniversary dinner we had at John Howie Steak, I don’t know if I’ll  ever want to eat “normal” food again.  I dream of the delicious food we served that night, and I am a little hesitant to even share it with you, lest you suffer my fate.  But, it’s kind of my job to share with you, so I will.

When we first started thinking about where to celebrate our 15th Anniversary, many friends suggested iconic Seattle restaurant Canlis.  We loved the idea of eating at a premier high-end restaurant, but Canlis is a pretty dressy-uppy place (they actually won’t seat you near a window if you aren’t wearing a jacket) and while I love to get dolled up, it’s not Super-Dad’s thing.  One of our favorite parts of dining at John Howie was its “come as you are” attitude.  I was wearing a causal dress, and SD had on dark jeans and a sweater.  We were totally comfortable and didn’t feel at all out of place.  Looking around we saw many other couples dressed like us, a party really dressed to the nines and one couple who was very casual with the lady in a tank top.  Everyone was treated with the same fantastic service.  It is hard to enjoy yourself if you feel like everyone is judging you, so John Howie Steak’s welcoming atmosphere was definitely a highlight

We were comfortable at John Howie, and it just added to the magnificent experience, but don’t get me wrong, John Howie is FANCY.  White table cloths, the waiters wear white coats and bow ties.  In between courses they cleared the table with a crumb scraper; I didn’t even think those were real things any more.  When we arrived our awesome waiter brought us a great selection of bread and crackers and an amuse bouche of soup.  I had a taste of the creamy crab and smoked salmon chowder, Super-Dad is gluten free, and they accommodated him with a taste of tomato soup.  We were each a little jealous, salmon chowder is one of his favorites, and I love tomato soup.  I was able to taste his, but thanks to his Celiac Disease, I couldn’t share the chowder  (Darn, more for me!).

We started our meal with a spinach salad prepared tableside.  It was so fun to watch one of the waitstaff  “captains” prepare salad. We watched him sautee the bacon and shallots, made the vinaigrette and tossed the whole thing together with some Marcona Almonds, the whole thing was topped off with perfectly fried quail eggs, which made a unctuous sauce with its yolk.  The salad was

delicious, with just the perfect amount of wilt on the spinach.  He cooked over a single piece of charcoal, which was much cooler than the sterno or hot plate we’ve seen at other restaurants.

Then it was time for my favorite thing to eat: meat. Look, we know beef.  Super-Dad’s parents own a cattle ranch in Washington’s Skagit Valley.  We’re not talking a giant, commercial farm here.  Hemlock Highlands is a boutique ranch that raises a small herd of Scottish Highland Cattle for beef.  Their beef is aged for 21 days, an artisanal process that most big farms that supply restaurants don’t have time to devote to. This is why seeing that John Howie offers steaks aged for 28, 35 or an astonishing 42 days  blew our minds.  Most restaurants are more concerned about getting their product to the customer as quickly as possible, John Howie cares about quality, and it shows.

For our entree we had a terrible time deciding which cuts of meat to order, everything sounded so good.  We decided that since it was an anniversary dinner we would go with a Tableside for Two choice.  We chose the 36 oz. Prime Bone-in Rib Eye Steak. In case your math is bad, that’s two and quarter pounds of steak! It came out looking like something from the Flintstones, just a huge, beautiful cut of meat with a big bone sticking out of it. It’s served with roasted vegetables and a Bordelaise sauce that the chef specially prepared to be gluten free.  The tableside service means that this perfectly  medium rare beauty was sliced and plated right in front of us.  It was so, so good.  SD ate all of his steak, the vegetables and the side of wild mushrooms we ordered.  I ate as much of mine as I could and (probably a bit more), and I still had enough leftovers to make an amazing meal the next day.

We almost passed up dessert, but we just can’t say no to creme brulee, and this was the best creme brulee we had ever had.  It was perfectly smooth, without a hint of graininess, and just a touch of sweet vanilla.  It was served with a cute heart shaped candle in honor of anniversary.  SD accompanied his with what he called an “awesome” Irish Coffee, and I had an expertly crafted latte.

We left with a few truffles, very full bellies, a wonderful Anniversary memory  and plans to return (they have a Sunday Family Dinner that I bet my geeklings would love)!  The service was impeccable, we especially appreciated the care with which they accommodated Super-Dad’s dietary restriction.  The atmosphere was elegant but comfortable, and the food was some of the best we’ve enjoyed.  Thanks, John Howie Steak for hosting our Anniversary dinner!

For more information and reservations: https://www.johnhowiesteak.com/

Join ParentingGeekly at SAM Remix on March 13

Join ParentingGeekly at SAM Remix on March 13

Hey Seattle Area geeks! I am jazzed to be one of Seattle Art Museum’s guest tweeters for their SAM Remix party on March 13th, in celebration of their Indigenous Beauty exhibit. I will be taking over the @iheartsam twitter handle for an hour (Exact time TBA) and will be live tweeting the rest of the event from my twitter handle – @ParentingGeekly.

From SAM:

Choose your own adventure from this fabulous late night of performances, activities, dancing, and more with Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection and SAM’s fantastic collection. No two #SAMRemix events are the same!

Tickets and more info can be found here: http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/visit/calendar/events?EventId=30724

This is a fun way to experience the museum in a non-museum like setting (DJs! Irreverent tours! Rube Goldberg machine making!) and I would love to see some blog readers there. ParentingGeekly readers can get $5 off the ticket price by using the code twitterremix0313 during checkout.