Category Archives: Austin

T-Shirt Tuesday #14: El Guapo’s Pinata Emporium

Oh The Three Amigos, how I love thee and this week’s tee is a perfect nod to that film.  I picked this one up in a trade at Teetrade.org, a wonderful site that makes it easy for you to trade a tee that was bought on a whim after a few too many (drinks or hours of gaming) for something you might actually wear.

Though this particular tee is no longer available on Shirt.Woot!, this one is currently available on Threadless!  Although it doesn’t reference The Three Amigos, it sure made me laugh.  I kind of think of it as 50 Shades of Pinata.

Speaking of NSFW pinatas, take a gander at the newest episode of De-Pixelated from Blue Goggles Films!

Wow!  Who knew pinatas were such a thing?  Maybe they’re the new mustache.  Until next time – Viva le Tee!

T-Shirt Tuesday #12: July 4th Edition

As I rifled through my T-shirt collection to find something fitting for this week’s post, I realized that I had nothing that was red, white & blue – not even a lone Captain America shirt in the mix.  So I decided to think out of the box a bit.  And so you have this week’s T-Shirt Tuesday featured tee. It’s from a little place called The Salt Lick, and to me, BBQ means the 4th of July.

Now, BBQ is a serious, serious thing in Texas and this post does not come down on any side of what central Texas BBQ purveyor is the best.  I’ve had BBQ from quite a few and all have their virtues – I simply have a Salt Lick tee.  If I had another BBQ themed tee, I may have featured it.  In any case, Happy 4th of July.  Eat some BBQ, drink some cold (locally made or even better, homebrewed beer) and be free to wear a tee.

T-Shirt Tuesday #11: Jester King Black Metal

It has already been one of those weeks and its only Tuesday so I felt it was fitting to feature a tee from one of my favorite Austin area craft breweries – Jester King.  This is not so much an entry about the tee (which is just fine), but about the brewery (and brews).  I discovered Jester King a few years ago with the release of their humorously named Commercial Suicide.  While I didn’t love that particular brew, what I did like was their approach to brewing.  Their first few beers (aside from Commercial Suicide) were serviceable, but it wasn’t until their shift to brewing farmhouse style beers that I really became a fan.

Add to that, leading the charge against the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission’s ridiculous and antiquated laws, and I am a lifetime fan of Jester King.  Oh, and I didn’t even mention that they are the first (and for the time only) certified organic brewery in the state of Texas!  Well guess I just did!  So much awesomeness and tasty brews – if you can get your hands on some Jester King, definitely give it a try!

So I raise my glass and give this week’s sartorial shout out to Jester King Craft Brewery!  Cue the metal, rock on & wear tees!

T-shirt Tuesday #8: Cat Lady

Cat Lady

Hello, and welcome to this week’s edition of T-shirt Tuesday!  If you haven’t noticed before, my tees are like my children (or cats) I love them all and really have no favorite, but this one is a special one.  I have always liked cats, not just the felines themselves, but things with cats on them.  Of course, such behavior gives an easy path to being called a “cat lady.”  While I’ve never considered it a derogatory term (and my single female friends say that it doesn’t apply to me since I am married), I know there is a stigma attached to it, implying the term “crazy” preceding it – see image below:

Eleanor Abernathy AKA Crazy Cat Lady from The Simpsons

Because of this, for many years  I hid my cat lady tendencies from all but those closest to me.  Recently, I have decided that, “To hell with the Haters!”  I am going to be out and proud about my cat lady status, thus the many cat themed shirts.  Now mind you, this does not mean put a cat on everything.  There is such a  thing as too much and just cat tacky.  And anything with photo-realistic cat paintings on it are just a bit too ironic and hipster for my liking.  I tend to gravitate towards cat/pop culture mash-ups.

Today’s sartorial shout-out was given to me for my birthday by some great friends.  It’s a cat lady shirt, but as one of my friends said, “It’s a sexy cat lady!”  So I’m owning being not just a cat lady, but a sexy cat lady.  This great tee comes from a great shop here is Austin that is brimming with awesome goods, Parts & Labour.  I’m not sure if this particular tee is still available, but they have plenty of cool tees and other items.  Until next week, hug a cat & wear a tee!

Tequila on a Tuesday(!?) at 400 Rabbits

Tuesday night? Tequila? Certainly!

Last Tuesday, I sauntered over to 400 Rabbits, the fairly new tequila bar attached to the Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter location, for a tequila tasting.  I had been to 400 Rabbits before since not only is it located in the same building as an Alamo Drafthouse, but it is also very close to my house.  What brought me out on a Tuesday night was the offer a free comparative tasting of tequila hosted by Bill Norris, Alamo Drafthouse Beverage Director and all around awesome bartender, and a chance to become one of the 400 Rabbits.  What’s that, you ask?  Well first I have to explain where this bar got its unusual name.  From their press release:

The name 400 Rabbits, is derived from the Aztec goddess Mayahuel, the divine personification of the agave plant. According to Aztec lore Mayahuel gave birth to the Centzon Totochtin, which in English translates to The 400 Rabbits. These 400 Rabbits were fed by Mayahuel’s four-hundred breasts that produced fermented agave. The 400 Rabbits are said to be the gods of intoxication due to their strict diet of “tequila.”

As part of their grand opening festivities, 400 Rabbits has been running various contests for locals to become one of the 400 Rabbits.  As a Rabbit, you receive a keychain signifying your status, a T-shirt(!), and last but not least, 20% off your bar and food tab for a year.  Not too shabby indeed.  And there are also a number of Rabbit-only events planned for throughout the year.

If Tuesday’s shindig was any indication of what’s to come, consider me impressed.  And for those of you thinking tequila is only good for over-sweetened and soured margaritas or for that inevitable shot that pushes you over the inebriation ledge, think again.  400 Rabbits is full of tasty tequilas many folks have never heard of.  Sure they have the fancy schmancy cocktails which as also quite nice, but I have learned to appreciate the sipping tequila in recent years.

Delicious Alambres at 400 Rabbits

Upon arriving (which I did rather early since only the first 30 attendees were awarded Rabbit status), I noticed 6 glasses set for comparing two tequila maker’s lines.  This could be interesting.  Before the tasting started, the kind folks from 400 Rabbits laid out a fine spread of some of their most popular menu items, including Alambres (skewered NY strip with bacon & poblano), Chicharrones (heavenly pork rinds), and an assortment of salsas with chips, for attendees to sample.

Once we had some food, Norris began the tasting by giving some background on tequila.  Though I thought I was pretty well informed about tequila, having majored in it for a brief time in college (haha), I managed to learn a few things:

  • Despite common belief, the blue agave which is what tequila is made from is NOT a member of the cactus family, but rather the orchid family.
  • There is a lack of bio diversity in the blue agave grown since plants clone themselves.  Therefore, if there is a genetic predisposition for disease or weakness to a certain pest, an entire plantation could be lost.
Comparative Tequila Tasting

Mmm Tequila Tastiness

Finally the actual tasting began with attendees sharing the notes they tasted in the various tequilas.  Not unlike wine, the tequilas tasted had a number of subtle notes such as menthol, pepper, wood and tobacco.  The preferred line according to my palate was from 7 Leguas, a highland tequila producer.  Reasonably priced, I found all three varieties of this line to be smooth, but complex, with a very nice agave character.  Having not tried this brand before, I now have a new favorite sipping tequila.  The night finished with a piece of Quatro Leches cake and two crowd sourced cocktails  made with  Partida Blanco – one included sage, lemon & pineapple; and the other mint, lime, and pineapple.  Not a bad way to spend a Tuesday night.  Not bad at all.

T-shirt Tuesday #6: Caturday!

To say that I have a lot of cat themed T-shirts would be an understatement. I do have quite a few, but this one would have to be one of my favorites.  This week’s sartorial shout out is Caturday.  What’s not to like about a tabby with green laser eyes on a Mayan calendar?   Per the designer’s Etsy page:

The prediction: When the Mayan calendar ends on 12/21/12 it will be Caturday. Cats will take over the world and shoot lasers out of their eyes.

When that day comes, I want to be prepared to let those cats know what side I am on.

I actually came across this shirt at the Austin Flea a few months back and had to have it.  It’s perfect for any day and always gets funny comments from people.  You can get your own Caturday gear (sweatshirts & totes, too!) from the geniuses at Hot Line Design Ink at their Etsy shop.  I think I need to get a new shirt as this one is fitting quite big these days.  Their Austin Bats are Tight shirt is quite awesome (and purple!) as well.

So until next time, watch out for cats with laser eyes and keep wearing tees!

T-Shirt Tuesday #4: Black Star Co-op

For this week’s T-shirt Tuesday, I felt the need to share one of my many Austin-related beer shirts.  While I have a serious love for all of my local breweries, Black Star Co-op gets this week’s sartorial shout-out.

You see, back long ago, I was in 4-H.  No, I did not grow up on a farm or raise animals (aside from the occasional cat).  I did, however, compete in various 4-H speaking contests at the state and local level.  One such category I competed in was Co-op Public Speaking.  Despite the title, this was not a contest where two people gave a speech together though that would have been  interesting.  This was a contest where you gave a speech extolling the virtues of Cooperatives in general.  So needless to say, I learned a whole lot about cooperatives.  Aside from some food co-ops which usual specialize in whole and locally grown foods, the most common co-op that most folks will encounter is the credit union.

Fast forward to 2008, when I heard about Black Star Co-op, the world’s first cooperative pub and brewery right here in Austin.  At that time, Black Star didn’t have a physical brewery, but the idea alone intrigued me.  Cooperative Brew Pub?  Sign me on!  So I am a member-owner of this fine establishment.  Aside from just the general coolness that is a Co-op Brew Pub, Black Star is committed to paying workers a living wage – meaning no tipping allowed, serving locally sourced, sustainable food, and brewing delicious beers. So, good for your conscious and your taste buds.  Win-win, I say!

If you’re in Austin, give Black Star Co-op a try on principle alone, though the beers are pretty top notch too! Until next week, raise your glass and sport your favorite tee!