Final Fantasy XIV Parsnip Salad

ParsnipSaladWhenever people ask me what video game I am playing nowadays, the answer is Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Final Fantasy XIV is an MMORPG by Square Enix. Square Enix is best known for its work for the Final Fantasy series, but has also developed many other games as well.

FFXIV: ARR is not a game that I initially thought that I would play. I haven’t really been as into MMORPGs as much as I used to be when I used to play World of Warcraft, however, after watching LegendofLorie stream it often on her Twitch channel, I decided to give it a shot. I was immediately hooked about five minutes into playing the game. There is SO MUCH to do in this game. Not only is the main, overarching story of the game absolutely incredible, there are 10 jobs, 10 classes, eight crafting classes, and three gathering classes. Your character can be every single one of them whenever you wish, no need for an alt. Then there are the bazillion FATEs (world events), Levequests, side-quests, non-story dungeons, and raids… suffice it to say you could play this game 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and still not run out of content to play (though I wouldn’t recommend doing that).

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Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie

Chocolate Raspberry SmoothieToday’s recipe is a bit different from the norm for Eat a Byte as it is not a recipe from a video game or any other fictional work. I decided that I wanted to incorporate regular (recipes NOT based off of fictional works such as video games, tv shows, books etc) recipes into Eat a Byte to add some variety. This is going to be the first of many regular recipes that I add to the website. I have lots of ideas for others!

I’ve been on a bit smoothie kick lately as I have been trying to make healthier breakfast choices. Smoothies are quick, healthy, and easy. The chocolate raspberry smoothie recipe for today fits all of those criteria perfectly. It’s low in sugar, takes only a few minutes to make, and all you need to do is toss the ingredients into a blender and blend for about a minute.

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Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands Pineapple Lassi

Pineapple Lassi
Pineapple Lassi from the Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands video game

Harvest Moon is a game series by Natsume Inc that I have been playing for well over a decade now and I absolutely love it. It’s a peaceful, non-combat game that focuses on farm life and starting a family. I tend to prefer the story of a game over the combat, so Harvest Moon is the perfect series for me.

I got my start with this series on Harvest Moon 64 for the Nintendo 64 and have played several other games in the series since. There is so much to do, especially in the newer games, that it can take quite a while to complete the game. That is fine by me though, I’m perfectly happy to take my time with this game series and enjoy every minute of it.

One of my favorite aspects of Harvest Moon games is the number of cooking recipes. There are HUNDREDS that you can make throughout the multitude of games in the series. Today I decided to focus on Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands for the Nintendo DS. One of the recipes that you can make in the game is a Lassi, which requires milk, yogurt, and a fruit of your choice. For this particular recipe, I decided to go with pineapple. This is a tasty, healthy, and sweet breakfast or snack drink that is packed with protein from the Greek Yogurt. My kids loved it!

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Transistor’s Harvest Garden Flatbread

Transistor Harvest Garden Flatbread
Transistor’s Harvest Garden Flatbread from Junction Jan’s made in real life!

Transistor by Supergiant Games recently went on sale on Steam which prompted me to buy this little indie game that I had heard so many good things about recently.

The game itself is nothing short of incredible. The music is amazingly beautiful (I could listen to it all day!), the graphics are colorful and bright, the story is phenomenal, and best of all (for the purposes of Eat a Byte anyway) there is food! That food comes in the form of various flatbreads (including the Harvest Garden Flatbread that I am featuring today) from Junction Jan’s.

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