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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!

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!

Dispatches From Brewtopia: Off-Centered Film Fest 2012 Part 2 – Great Food, Leone, and More Beer (Oh My!)

Though it has been almost two weeks since I attended this event, I couldn’t go without a blog post on it even if it is a bit belated.  I have mentioned that I like good drinks, good food and good films, often at the same time.  The Once Upon A Time In the West Dogfish Head Beer Feast is a prime example of some of my favorite things all wrapped in a delectably decadent night.  An epic Sergio Leone western with a six course, Italian themed feast?  Yes!  With eight beer pairings? Yes, Yes, a thousand times Yes!  The film-crazed, foodie, beer aficionado in me was like a giddy child on Christmas Eve in the days preceding the event.  I studied the menu imagining the deliciousness to come.

Finally, the night of the event was upon us.  Seated in the theater, we waited as a western-themed pre-show played on the screen.  Soon, the first beer appeared, Ta Henket, a brew from Dogfish Head’s Ancient Ales series.  Light and refreshing, Ta Henket was a perfect introduction for the evening.

The first course, Roasted striped bass in fennel broth with leek & tomato, along with the second beer of the night, 2010 Burton Baton, arrived just as the opening credits of the movie unspooled.  This pairing was interesting, though I felt like the Burton overwhelmed the delicate fish in a light broth.  On its own though, the beer was sweet and boozy (10% ABV) with a nice woodiness that came from being barrel aged.  Taken separately, these were both very good, but I felt as a pairing, it missed the mark.

As with the first course, by just looking at the second course, you would think it was an odd pair: Raison D’Etre with a grilled oyster topped with goat cheese, crushed red pepper, and moscato.  Raison D’Etre is a robust, sweet, Belgian-style brown ale which I thought would overpower the oyster.  Of course, I did not consider the element of goat cheese.  The oyster itself had a nice briny flavor, but the addition of the goat cheese elevated the dish to go head to head with the paired brew.  Overall, a successful pairing.

Next, the rather rare 2010 Olde School Barley Wine appeared in front of me. Fermented with dates and figs, this heady 15% ABV brew lingered on my palate. The pour was only a couple of ounces, so I wanted to savor every sip.  And it was a good thing I did as I found it paired extremely well with the third course, cured duck breast, cherry white balsamic vinaigrette, grilled rhubarb confit, Gorgonzola on a pine nut crisp.  Yes, a whole lot going on there, but oh how it paired with the complex, fruity barley wine.  The cured duck breast was smokey and salty which played against the sweetness of the brew.  The tart, creaminess of the Gorgonzola tied all of it together.  A second beer was paired with this course, Indian Brown Ale.  This is one of the most common Dogfish Head beers, and since I am not much of a fan of brown ales and it paled in comparison with the Olde School, it served as a palate cleanser.

The fourth course was my favorite overall: 2011 Immort Ale with lamb meatballs and semolina-artichoke gnocchi in truffle cream.  Ooh la la!  Even a week and a half later, my mouth waters just reading the description.  The Immort Ale, like so many beers served at the feast is an unusual, strong, slightly sweet brew.  Paired with the gamey-ness of the lamb meatballs and the creaminess of the truffle sauce, it was near perfect.

Bitches Brew, the very unusual brew inspired by the Miles Davis masterpiece was paired with Spaghetti Carbonara for the fifth course.  Bitches Brew is a combination of an Imperial Stout with an African style honey beer.  The result is something very unique.  While many of the earlier courses were small plates with a couple of bites each, this was a full on bowl of very tasty pasta.  However beautiful this dish was, I was nearing maximum density in terms of food (there’s always room for beer!)  The pairing was OK, but I felt the beer was truly the star this course.

The final course included one of my all time favorites from Dogfish Head, 2011 120 Minute IPA, paired with a ricotta-rosemary cake with almond meringue and candied strawberries.  Again, I felt despite the very tasty sounding description, this dish played second fiddle to the hoppy nectar that is the 120 Minute IPA.

But what about the film?  I am ashamed to admit I hadn’t seen Leone’s 1968 masterpiece before this screening, but the opening sequence won me over  immediately.  It was the kind of film, that despite being nearly three hours long, felt just right in length.  Charles Bronson, Henry Fonda, and Jason Robards were particularly incredible.  As I mentioned to my husband afterwards, the sixties really were the golden age of beautiful Italian women in film.  Claudia Cardinale is simply gorgeous as Jill McBain.  And to think, she was 30 when this was released!  If you haven’t seen it and you have any interest in Westerns, see it now.  DVD and BluRay versions are available and relatively cheap.

NOTE – For those of you expecting pictures of courses and beers, I’m sorry to disappoint.  No food porn here.  The Alamo Drafthouse has a strict no talking, no cellphones out during screenings policy.  This is something I really appreciate and it is a prime reason for choosing the Alamo Drafthouse to see movies. Of course, some folks in the audience couldn’t control their urge to take a snapshot and repeatedly took photos during the service.  This wouldn’t have tweaked me so much if there hadn’t been a completely badass movie playing and the repeated flash behind me was quite distracting.  I complained at the time and was given a couple of rainchecks (that did not cover the full ticket cost) but I will think twice about attending a movie themed feast if some idiot has to take a picture of his food and drink throughout the night.  I get it.  Lots of people blog/facebook, etc but if everyone who has a camera on their phone took a picture of their food, the flashing would never end. 

/steps off of my soapbox.

T-shirt Tuesday – Inaugural Edition

I have an unabashed love of t-shirts.  Not only are they oh so comfy, but they are a nice way of letting folks know what you like.  Also, they tend to be relatively cheap.  While I have always been on the look out for fun tees, the abundance of daily/biweekly/monthly shirt sites has both emptied my wallet and filled my closet within the past year.   Because of this (and the fact that I am somewhat lazy and this gives me an easy blog entry) I have decided to feature one of my many (and ever growing collection) of T-shirts.  So I present to you, gentle readers, the inaugural edition of T-shirt Tuesday.

Since this is the first of hopefully many T-shirt Tuesdays, I wanted it to be special.  The featured tee, though quite new, is one near and dear to my heart as it is for Blue Goggles Films.  Blue Goggles Films is an Austin based production company focusing on video game inspired content. Pretty cool, huh?   Over the past couple of years I have been lucky enough to work with them on a number of short films, so having a way to advertise for these guys makes me so happy.  Check out their YouTube channel, subscribe, and all that good stuff because there are a number of fun shorts planned for the coming months.

Check out one of my personal favorites below.

If you dig the tee or you just want to give a sartorial shout-out to a kick-ass production company, pick up your very own Blue Goggles T-shirt !  That’s it for the first T-shirt Tuesday.  Until next time, live long and wear T-shirts.