About Tara


Tara is the Geeky Hostess. Lover of entertaining, decorating, and gift-giving with a personal and geeky flair. Have a question on Geek entertaining or etiquette? Email her at tara@geekyhostess.com !

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Cheese Wizards: Grilled Cheese Food Truck


I thought I’d continue on the cheese train this week. (Oh my, how delicious and smelly would a cheese train be? Million dollar idea, right there.)

Over the weekend, I came across a food truck that I’ve heard of, but only through epic legend.  I finally got to set my eyes on the Cheese Wizards truck. If you like grilled cheese sandwiches, delicious tomato soup, and geeky references, you need to find this truck ASAP. We tried the Greenseer and the tomato soup. The cheese on the sandwiches are first melted with a torch and then grilled so the cheese and bread both end up the perfect consistency. The tomato soup is handmade and topped with creme fresh and their own version of the cheese crackers I mentioned yesterday. No matter what you get, you’ll be happy.

Cheese Wizards conveniently parks itself at breweries and wine stores around Seattle. The next time you find yourself grabbing a beer or a bottle of wine, you just may find yourself in the company of wizards.

Find out more at WizardsofCheese.com.

Have you tried Cheese Wizards? What menu item would you recommend?

Cheese Crisps. Literally.


Some days are magical. Because some days, you receive emails out of the blue saying “We make crackers entirely out of cheese. Would you like to review them?” And you just jump up and down in your seat a little bit thinking “I’ve never heard of such a thing, but I know they will be amazing.”

This magical day happened to me a couple weeks ago. I received the Cheese Crisps in the mail, compliments of Kitchen Table Bakers, and holy cow. The crisps are just made with parmesan cheese. At first I thought “Hmm! A grown-up Goldfish cracker!” But they’re different than that. They’re rich, tangy, and (obviously) cheesy. If you’re on a diet, you’re going to love these. They’re rich enough where you don’t want to eat too many, and they’re wheat, gluten, and sugar free. More of an entertainer? These would be awesome with wine or as a garnish to a Caesar salad or tomato soup.

Kitchen Table Bakers offers 8 different varieties of the crisps, and you can buy them on their site, in gourmet grocery stores, and Whole Foods nationwide. Do it. Your guests will think you’re awesome.

Giveaway: HTC One X+

Yes, that HTC One X+. As in, a brand new phone. Haven’t heard of it? Take a peek at some of its features:

HTC was generous enough to provide me with a phone to play around with, and holy cow. It’s so thin. And fast. And takes awesome photos. And HD video. And is great for browsing the web and playing games and listening to music and the battery life is CRAZY. With wifi on, that thing has lasted 5 days without needing to be recharged. You want this phone. And luckily, they’re also giving one to you!


A few details:
  • It’s an Android phone, which I love. I’ve been an Android girl for a while. If you’re thinking of taking the plunge over from an iPhone, I say do it. What’s the harm in trying a free phone you win?
  • The phone is for AT&T and doesn’t come with a service plan. So it’s going to be best if you’re already on AT&T or are about to switch providers.
  • The contest is open to US residents only. I know, I know. I don’t make the rules.
Now let’s get to the contest! Enter below using Rafflecopter. And good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Board Game Wedding Invites


I think something may be in the water… tons of lovely, geeky couples have gotten engaged over the last couple months. I get so excited when I see wedding plan updates on Facebook and Twitter! The most fun part of the wedding planning for me was finding ways to sneak little geeky elements into the wedding that wouldn’t upset or confuse the non-geeks. These invitations would have been a great way to do that. Show off your love of games in a bright, fun invitation that’s approachable to anyone. Perfect for game designers or game lovers, it’s even an easy theme to carry on into your wedding. Have the table centerpieces be different vintage board games, and incorporate some gaming into the wedding. For instance:

  • Tables have to roll a 20 on a D20 for the wedding couple to kiss
  • Play rounds of Trivial Pursuit to see which tables are excused to get their buffet dinner first
  • Have small “wedding bingo” cards instead of place cards. Have a “prize center” where they can redeem their bingo card for a small souvenir of the wedding

Board games not your thing? Still make sure you check out OneLittleM, her invites are all amazing.

Congrats to all of the newly engaged couples out there! If you have any wedding planning or etiquette questions you’d like me to address, contact me!


Winter Fashion: Tech Enabled Clothing


Sometimes in the winter you have to leave the comfort of your home.  You have to put down the video games, the book, and your favorite tv series to brave the wilderness that’s full of wind and snow and people. (shudder.)

But if you have tech enabled clothing, you can at least still use your phone or tablet or portable game system while out in public. And look just so-darn-cute while doing it.

My clothing includes:

  • Scottevest trench coat with 18 pockets for your phone, tablet, and a bajillion other things, as well as a Personal Area Network that allows you to guide wires and earphones through your jacket.
  • Touch capacitive gloves that allow you to use electronics while keeping your hands toasty. Mine were purchased last year at Target, but you can find similar ones on Amazon.
  • Earmuffs with headphones built in to keep you dancing and gaming while outside. Mine were a gift, but you can find similar ones on Amazon.
  • Black leggings and Cole Haan booties, because dressing up a little makes me feel better about leaving the house.

What’s your go-to winter outfit? Any other tech-enabled clothing I need to check out?

These photos were taken using the #HTCOne X+ as part of their #TroopOneX campaign. The phone was gifted to me by HTC for purposes of using and reviewing. All opinions (and goofy poses) are my own!

NES Living Room

NES Living Room 1

Feel itty bitty next to a giant NES system, cartridges, and controllers with this amazing living room set. The table has an NES and SNES built in to it, so it’s ready to go for all of your nostalgic needs. For $1,350, you receive the table, two cartridge end tables, two giant controllers, and two 8-bit wooden wall pieces. Not too shabby if you’re in the market for new furniture!

NES Living Room 2

Find more details and pre-order a living room set on PixelArtStudios’ Etsy page.

(Source: Nerd Approved)

Get GeekFit!


I was Googling “GeekFit” the other day (you know, as you do), and came across a gym called “GeekFit” based in Redmond, conveniently near the Microsoft campus. Naturally, I had to try it.

GeekFit, as they put it, is:

a personal training studio that specializes in efficient exercise. Our workout engages every muscle fiber in as many muscles as possible and does so in the safest way. There’s no impact, no fast motions, and no free weights to drop.

Designed with the latest fitness research, our approach is highly effective for men and women of all ages. With just one 30 minute session a week our workout is proven to improve your aerobic capacity, endurance, and strength in just a fraction of the time of conventional programs.

So basically, it’s weight training that you do once a week for around a half hour. They work with you one-on-one and help you succeed on a personal scale.


I’ve never done weight training before, but I actually had a pretty good time. Yes, it hurt, but it was a glorious burn. I left shaking, and could feel it for the next couple days. Pretty impressive for less than half an hour of slowly using weight machines for 90 seconds at a time!

If you only have time to exercise once a week, this is the way to do it. And they’re so awesome, they’re going to give away a session for free to one of you! Just leave a comment with your workout goals (do you want to lose weight? Get stronger? Be able to run a marathon? Fit into that cosplay you’re working on?) and I’ll randomly pick a winner next Wednesday!

Not able to get to Redmond, WA? You can strength train on your own with some machines at your local gym. Just take my trainer, Aaron’s advice: Lift slow, lift heavy, lift hard.

Check out GeekFit at www.geekfit.us!

EDIT: And our winner is #3, Joe! Congrats Joe!