I am a total wannabe foodie. But then I get in the kitchen and I get overwhelmed almost immediately. My grandmothers were both masterful in the kitchen. One was Italian and taught me everything there is to know about basil and noodles. The other was Scandinavian and had a real talent for meats, potatoes and breads. Yum, breads.
If I have one of their recipes in hand or in my mind, I’m set. But as soon as it gets beyond that, well, I start to feel OVER IT. And so I set out on a mission to make my kitchen conquests more geeky and therefore, more my speed. After all, if you make it high tech and dorky, it’s bound to be at least a little bit fun along the way.
1. Start with the Nerdy Recipes Archive on Being Geek Chic!
I don’t know if you know this, but Emma Carew Grovum, our resident food writer is a freaking genius. Like honestly, she makes food so much more approachable, because she tackles all my favorite things. Some of my personal favorite recipes she’s dreamed up for us: Veronica Mars Marshmallows, Death Star Popcorn Balls and Iron Man’s Arc Reactor Cookies.
2. Use a Giant Tablet for Referencing Recipes and Images
I’ve been using the AOC My Smart All in One Tablet to get access to all my favorite recipes on my family’s shared Google Drive, check out Emma’s awesome images on the blog and watch some really great cooking shows on YouTube so I can follow along with some of the funnest shows on the web. Not only does it feel super high tech, it makes my time in the kitchen feel like play time, which is both shocking and delightful. It’s also kind of shocking to me how affordable it was to add this tech to any kitchen. For under $400, you’ve got a touch screen tablet that can stream movies if you get bored, give you access to a ton of tutorials via YouTube and even let you Skype with your aunt so she can help you with the perfect onion slicing.
3. Subscribe to Bitchin’ Kitchen and other great YouTube cooking shows
I am perfectly willing to admit this: Bitchin’ Kitchen is silly as hell and I love it. Nadia G, the internet cooking show host turned Food Network host, is Italian so I feel a certain kindred spiritness with her food tendencies. Also, she is 100% who she is and I respect that. AND, she did the thing so many internet people dream of: she turned a web show into a television series. Gotta respect that. Other shows you might like to check out: Bon Appetempts is hilarious because it’s all about trying to make fancy foods and failing. And then hopefully succeeding through learning new stuff. Kitchen Vignettes from PBS Digital is just absolutely beautiful and aspirational. To put it simply: it’s food porn. It feels weird to call something PBS distributes porn, but people, it is. Blueberry Lime Cake. It’s on my list to try and make it. No promises it will look quite this beautiful. In fact, let’s just admit right now that it just won’t be that beautiful.
4. Holy geek kitchen gear. You win.
Spatulas don’t have to be boring. How about a spatula shaped like the Enterprise? Who says mixing bowls can’t be beakers? I refuse to subscribe to the idea that a Spock oven mitt is impractical. No, no my friends. It’s a winning solution to not burning your hands.
I may not be a master chef anytime soon, but by making my kitchen a bit more tech savvy and a lot more geeky, suddenly cooking feels like a game I can win.
Thursday seems like a perfect day for a giveaway. And while many of you are headed back to class, I always find that autumn is the perfect time to pick up a new book. Or how about 12 books in the case of this giveaway?
If you like emotional thrillers, than you are probably no stranger to Ellen Hopkins’ books. Since the release of her New York Times Bestseller Crank 10 years ago, Ellen Hopkins has continued to write powerful verse fiction that has been impacting readers for the last decade. And Rumble promises to be just as amazing.
Here’s what you’ll WIN:
A copy of Rumble PLUS the back-catalog of Ellen Hopkins books, including:
*The fine print: Giveaway only open to US readers. All prizing is provided by Simon & Schuster and Being Geek Chic. The total value of the prize is $75 plus shipping and handling. The giveaway also includes the cost of shipping to one address in the continental United States. Please follow the rules and be kind to one another.
When we think about ass kicking women in media, we don’t often consider the world of animation. And it’s easy to see why. Women in animation have been princesses and tea pots (well, one was…) for decades and never really the leader or the protagonist. But not right now. Now there are a host of incredible options.
1. Burka Avenger: this show is not in the US, but I hope it will be soon, because I’m so impressed by the message. Think Malala as a TV show for youngins’.
2. Bee And PuppyCat: This amazing series was recently successfully funded on Kickstarter for a bunch more episodes. And we are all the awesome recipients.
3. Gravity Falls: I love me some Kirsten Schaal. How can you not? Well, this kids show pairs her with her brother as they deal with growing up in a rather weird place with their creepy uncle. There is some potential for this to be weird, but I appreciate what The Mary Sue had to say about it.
4. Ametheyst: Princess of Gemworld: And here’s a blast from the past I just love and you can watch online… can you say ladies saving the prince?! Hell yeah, 80s comics!
What shows am I missing? Is there an animated web series or TV series with lady leads that you love? Clue me in, friends!
Emily Ong (@) is a cosplay queen and a high (and low) fashion devotee with a penchant for video games. She graces the California Bay Area with her fashion-forward looks injected with a generous dose of geek culture, and she blogs about it over at The Stylish Geek.
We love her for her Gotham-inspired outfit, perfect for brunches and daytime dates, her super chic and work appropriate Stormtrooper look, and her night-on-the-town ensemble that has more than a hint of Spidey.
And oh my gosh, she crafted her very own Baby Groot in a pot.
So check out Ong’s interview with Being Geek Chic and discover why you shouldn’t be a trend follower, her early interest in Magic the Gathering, and her not-so-secret obsession with Chris Pratt. Read on!
Q: How did you discover your passion?
A: I was into clothes while growing up, but was pretty much a tomboy until my 20s. Then one summer, I took a trip to Tokyo followed by another trip to New York. At that point, I started getting really into fashion - from low end to high end and even really over the top styles, especially the fashion in Tokyo. I was really intrigued by how extreme Japanese girls dressed - school girl, goth, lolita, gyaru, and even ganguro girls . All of it was really fascinating to me, which is probably why my style is a bit all over the place! I think appreciation for extreme fashion also led to me wanting to try cosplay. I started cosplaying about 7 years ago and now I’m addicted!
Q: What geeky fashion trends can we look forward to in the fall?
A: The thing about geek fashion is that it’s pretty much on it’s own path and doesn’t follow typical fashion trends. I mean, we may see some trends carry over in terms of style, but in the end, geeks will dress however they want and that’s the best part! There really is no “trendy” way to dress geeky. You just wear what you’re into! I know for me, I’m not sick of Guardians of the Galaxy yet and have yet to find a cool GOTG tee. And with WB’s fall TV lineup of new DC shows, I’m sure we’ll be seeing a rise in DC popularity.
Q: When did you discover you were “geeky”?
A: I think I realized it when I was around 15. I started playing Magic the Gathering for a few months with some friends and not that gender has anything to do with it, but in a way it does because I was the only girl I knew who played MTG. At that point, I started questioning why I wasn’t into the same things other girls my age were into, almost asking myself “What’s wrong with me?”, but then eventually not really caring what other people thought. I guess by me realizing I had slightly different interest than a lot of my female peers, I mentally put myself in a different category, which I later realized was what you might call “geeky”. This happened quite a lot throughout high school and instead of pushing it away, I embraced it and never looked back. Now that I’m older, I realize how lucky am that I was still accepted by my peers instead of getting bullied or teased for my interests.
Q: If you could take any fictional character out for a drink, whom would you choose and what would you drink?
A: Star-Lord, but only the Chris Pratt version b/c it’s CHRIS PRATT! I’d buy him a boba since that’s my favorite thing to drink.
Q: What would you tell your 13-year-old self?
A: I’d tell my 13 year old self to take more risks in life and don’t be afraid to follow your passions. People always say “it’s too late to do xyz…” but it’s never too late! I wish I learned that at an early age. I would also like to give my 13 year old self some hair and make up tips. I really didn’t learn much about those things until I was in my mid-20s!
Emma Bauer is a Being Geek Chic Contributor. Clearly, she’s got great taste. She is a PR enthusiast, dog lover, tea drinker, art appreciator, and of course, aspires to Be Geek Chic. Follow her on Twitter: @emmalynnbauer
For years, a big blue box has been invading my dreams, filling my closet and improving my Saturday nights. So it only made sense that seeing a “real” TARDIS was on my travel to do list last year when I made my way to Cardiff, Wales for the Doctor Who Experience. I said then that it was glorious, because it was. But I wanted to expound on that a little for people who are considering spending a ton of cash going there OR who may never have the chance to see it for one reason or another.
Big Blue Box isn’t just a silly name the show’s writers came up with in a moment of whimsy. The TARDIS is quite simply put, a giant blue prop, upon which many a nerd have placed a fantasy or a thousand. Many a drunken night has ended with a wish for a Big Blue Box. And with science fiction, time travel seems to be one of our key tools of choice. Whether Hermione’s Time Turner or Doc’s DeLorean, we nerds have a fondness for controlling time. For me personally, it’s a bit of an obsession. I have said to friends once too often: if it’s about time travel, I don’t care what Rotten Tomatoes says, I’ll watch it. Remember, The Butterfly Effect?
And so the TARDIS holds special meaning to me and seeing it was undoubtedly a fun memory. But the truth is, I didn’t NEED to see it for it to hold such importance to me.
I couldn’t open the door. It wasn’t truly bigger on the inside. I wasn’t going to travel to another space or time. It’s meaning was truly attached to how much I love the sentiment of the show.
This post isn’t mean to discourage you from making the trek to Cardiff if you want to see the real deal. Trust me, it is fun. But I would like to remind us all of something that can become so true when you are a fan of something: you don’t NEED the THING for the THING to be the THING. That can be a very expensive movie prop, or a trip to a set or something as simple as a tee shirt. Sometimes, we celebrate our nerd loves in a way that can be financially costly… and forget the main truth: It’s already in your heart. You just need to tap into it.
It’s my birthday today, which isn’t that exciting for you, but is very exciting for me. Because, Ice. Cream. Cake. Well, that’s only part of the reason. The real reason is because a few years ago I instituted The Birthday Rule.
What is The Birthday Rule, you ask? It’s kind of like Retta’s Treat Yo Self. On your birthday, you are required to buy yourself one present. One thing that you would not normally buy because:
1. It’s silly.
2. It’s expensive.
3. It’s inappropriate.
4. It’s just kind of dumb… but it makes you smile.
5. It’s a duplicate of or very similar to something you already own.
It’s The Birthday Rule. Just buy it. This year, I am buying myself a poster of a giant crystal structure. It’s expensive. And huge. And totally not necessary. But I love it and I want it, so thank goodness for The Birthday Rule.