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If you follow me on Instagram (@AshleyGeekGirl), you’ll find I un-apologetically snap photos of all the delicious morsels we eat– both that we make ourselves and that we find dining out. Whether I use our fancy camera (bought for the sole purpose of photographing food) or my phone, I love documenting our culinary adventures. Well,  today it has finally paid off. One of my photos is featured on a Utah news site, KSL, along with a shout-out to Geek Appetite and a quote from me, gushing about the perfect happiness that is a steak from Avenues Proper. Check out the article here.

Scouting out places to eat while swimming in the hubbub of San Diego Comic-Con can be a challenge. Luckily, I’ve attended the Con with determined foodies every year, and we’ve had the pleasure of finding some of the best food, without wandering far from the convention center. Here’s a list of my top picks:

1. Devilicious Food Truck

lobster grilled cheese

You guys, they have a butter-poached lobster and grilled cheese sandwich. It’s one of the best things you’ll ever have. Plus, this food truck is cheap, quick, and easy to eat on the run. Check out their website to see their schedule:

2. Rama


If you catch your breath long enough for a sit-down meal, Rama has fantastic Thai cuisine in the gas lamp quarter. We loved the crispy calamari (pictured), but we were also all up on their garlic-crusted chicken and duck drunken noodles. For a place with perfect food and awesome atmosphere that won’t break the bank, be sure to check it out. See our full Rama review. Located at 327 4th Ave.

3. Marina Kitchen at the Marriott Marquis


Conveniently located right next to the convention center, the Marina Kitchen is perfect for a quick bite in the middle of the day when you don’t want to wander too far from the action, but when you can’t eat anymore nachos or hot dogs from Hall H. Marina Kitchen is known for its warm potato chips topped with crispy prosciutto and cheese (pictured), as well as being a hoppin’ place packed with celebrities and industry peeps– check out the bar at night to see what we mean. Read our full review of Marina Kitchen here. Located at 333 W Harbor Dr.

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Geeky Kitchen Gear

Ashley Walton —  April 22, 2013 — 1 Comment

If you didn’t know yet, our entire apartment drips with geekery in every room—our bathroom feels like a horror scene, our living room displays action figures and a giant print depicting us as superheroes, and even our kitchen cabinets and drawers house geeky kitchen gear. As equal parts geek and foodie, our pop culture kitchen supplies are some of our most used and most loved possessions. Here’s a list of some of our favorites:

PacMan Oven Glove

pacman oven mitt

I don’t know about you, but I try to incorporate PacMan into my life any way I can. I’m the weirdo at the arcade who takes a stool and sits at PacMan forever, as if driven by compulsion and a touch of neurosis. So, when I saw PacMan could help me out in the kitchen, I was throwing money at it! If you haven’t used silicone oven mitts, you don’t know what you’re missing. Even though they may look sleek and slippery, they have fantastic grip, so even  the clumsiest of cooks (like me) can navigate the kitchen without getting burned.

Geeky Aprons

Harley Quinn apron

wolverine apron

Bethany Sew & Sew makes some fantastically geeky aprons with inspiration from comics, video games, and movies, along with a bunch of other handmade goodies. For the craftsy-inclined, she also includes sewing tutorials for how to make stuff on your own. Alas, I’m scared I would accidentally sew my fingers together.

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New York Mouth

Ashley Walton —  February 21, 2013 — 1 Comment

New York Mouth is one in a million. You can order high-quality small batch foods, shipped straight to your door. Plus, I could easily spend hours perusing their gorgeous site, complete with colorful pictures of all the food and specific descriptions of each product– some with hilarious six-word reviews. There’s something for everyone—gluten-free, vegan, and carnivore customers alike. And as awesome as their website looks, the packages they send are even better. There’s so much attention to detail, with a personalized note, a free chocolate, and a free canvas tote bag (that I now use to take lunches to work). Plus, each of the items is carefully and individually wrapped to make sure it survives shipping. It can’t get any better.

What NYM offers changes with the seasons, as good food should. There’s lots of stuff we still want to try, but we wanted to give you a look at our first shipment. We can’t wait to order more and possibly ship goodies to friends. Some highlights that we’ve loved so far: bourbon smoked sugar, peanut cocoa butter, and drunken monkey jam. We still have our eye on some outrageously good-looking stuff, such as  The King candy barblack truffle salami, and red wine poached pears.


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Chocolatier Blue

Ashley Walton —  January 31, 2013 — Leave a comment

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Even though I’m usually anti-chocolates on Valentine’s Day, just in case, I feel it is my duty as a good citizen to notify the world of the greatest boxed chocolates money can buy. They’re from Chocolatier Blue and be warned: they will ruin all other chocolates for you.

Our photo hardly does these beautiful, hand-crafted gifts justice, but pictured we have spiced apple, white Russian, spiked egg nog, peanut butter and strawberry jam, peanut butter crunch, and cookies and cream. We’ve also had the pleasure of consuming banana split and s’mores.

These are no ordinary chocolates. Each chocolate is gorgeous—with glossy luster, hand-painted accents, and even, occasionally, a hint of golden glitter. And they are made with some of the finest ingredients. Now, many cheap food companies say that phrase to the point that it becomes meaningless—“made with the finest ingredients”—but in this case, it’s true. We’re talking the world’s best butter, Fleur de Sel salt from France, and fresh ingredients. They are not kidding around.

The flavors are constantly in flux with the seasons. Some new flavors that have caught my eye: French toast, coffee and donuts, waffle cone and ice cream, cinnamon roll, and strawberry milkshake. So, if you insist on buying chocolates for Valentine’s or any other occasion, go with Chocolatier Blue. Order online, or if you’re in the Salt Lake area, stop by Caputo’s.

communal restaurant provo

We had a pretty killer New Year’s Eve dinner at a little place called Communal. As its hippie name might imply, Communal is a trendy place that offers local, organic food– we’re talking the chef hand-picks veggies in the morning and cooks with them in the afternoon. The upscale comfort food is often interesting, daring, and perfectly balanced. So, here’s what we had for our NYE dinner (a steal at $50 a person for 5 courses). All the beautiful photos were taken by Jeff.

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macadamia nut

Important news: we made some of the best pancakes we’ve ever had. The fluffy clouds from heaven were macadamia nut pancakes with coconut butter, bananas, and peanut butter. They may not have been from scratch (don’t judge us too harshly!), but they were unbelievably good, thanks to a few things:

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