North Central: The Heart of Austin’s Stomach

16 Feb

I know this blog is supposed to be about stripes, but once and awhile, I use it as a pulpit to talk about other stuff on my mind – SXSW, Locks of Love, PR, even Lice.  Today its about food.  And while I am biased because it is my hood, holy cow North Central has some good eats!

Last night was my first time at Drink.Well on North Loop.  Awesome cute little bar/bistro I will go back to again and again. It made me think of all the other great eats in my hood these days that I must share:

  • Foreign & Domestic, just down the street, awesome upscale date night vibe (gotta try their bakery next)
  • Gusto on Burnet is really good Italian, a nice spot for lunch, grown up dinner or family dinner.  Don’t miss their meatballs
  • Next door, Blue Star Cafeteria kind of kicked off the North Central yum-fest, and I still adore their coconut chicken tenders and childhood-memory style chicken & rice soup.  Brunch there rocks too
  • But of course, old style good breakfast is at the Omelettry across the street, an Austin classic.
  • Pinthouse Pizza across the street is loud, but a great place to grab beer and pizza, with or without your kiddos.
  • If you want a quiet place for a grown up drink, Apothecary on Burnet is perfect.
  • Just down Hancock was Jorges, and something new is coming, with equally good margaritas, we hope
  • The granddaddy of the hood is Fonda San Miquel on N. Loop.  Amazing experience, everyone ATXer needs to do dinner there, brunch, but also just a night of drinks and chips.
  • And I haven’t yet tried épicerie Café & Grocery, right across the street, but must because I’ve heard great things.
  • We, of course, have Central Market on N. Lamar, and our own P Terry’s just down the street, as well as our own Taco Deli (mmmm queso) and Uchiko which I didn’t want to like but holy cow those brussel sprouts are out of this world, and everything else there is absolutely amazing too.  And don’t underestimate Taco Shack, which has the best breakfast tacos in the city, IMHO
  • We Allandalers don’t complain about the new Walmart because with it, came some great food.  Yes, Hopdoddy across Anderson (if the line out the door ever stops), but I really mean Tarka for awesome fast serve Indian.
  • For pizza in the hood, we now have two East Side Pies, with its great NY style pizza (one on Anderson and one off Airport at 53rd
  • I know everyone talks about their cinnamon rolls, but at Upper Crust, I adore their cheese soup.  Yes cheese soup.  Try it, you’ll love it
  • There aren’t a lot of great hot dog places in town anymore, and I still miss Dog Almighty, but for a great hot dog, Man Bites Dog on Burnet is delish
  • The Triangle is nearby where we can never decide between Mandolas and Galaxy Café, our two family favorites.  Galaxy also has an awesome brunch.
  • And you can’t forget family favorites like Hey Cupcake and Amy and Phil’s, both also on Burnet. And across from Atomic so you can pick up a tattoo and some hydroponics.  God love Allandale!
  • The absolute best the hood – and possibly the city – has to offer though is at retro cool Little Deli off Woodrow in Crestview.  I can never decide between pizza, the Italian Wedge, the club, the roast beef.  It is THE lunch place of choice if you are REAL Austin, and dinner rocks too (esp with BYOB).  Tony is a lot nicer than Lecretia was, but he’s kept up her food quality and then some.  Don’t miss Little Deli!

PHEW, I’m full just writing about all these, and I’m sure I missed a lot of goodies that my neighbors will point out.  My message to you in Austin is Get You to North Central for Great Eats!

Back to NCAA Hoops! Striped Madness Soon!

4 Feb

Kids in stripes for NCAA college hoops


OK, that was a pretty intense Superbowl game, eh?  I wasn’t really rooting for anyone, a bit against the Ravens b/c they took out my Patriots.  It was a snore-ville 1st half, then the lights went out and everything changed.  Awesome game.  And Beyonce – whether lip syncing or live – was pretty awesome too.

And now that football is really over, and we have just one week before pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training (Red Sox, Tues, Feb 12!!!), and just 3 weeks til our first MLB Spring Training games (Feb 22), let’s focus for a minute on COLLEGE HOOPS! YEAH!

As we head toward March Madness, and the fun of Selection Sunday on St. Patricks Day, Sunday, March 17, here’s who’s looking good with just over 4 weeks left in the regular season.

We have colors for most so get your stripedshirt now to cheer on your favorite team from now right through to the championship game April 8 in the Georgia Dome.

AP Poll as of Feb 4

Indiana – red and white (btw, they were ranked #1 pre-season too – GO HOOSIERS!)

Florida – blue and orange

Michigan – maize and blue

Duke – royal and white

Kansas – royal and white

Gonzaga – red and blue

Arizona – red and blue

Miami (FL) – (green and orange, we don’t have yet)

Syracuse – blue and orange

Ohio State – red and gray

Louisville – red and black

Michigan State – green and white

Kansas St – purple and white

Butler – royal and white

New Mexico – red and white

Creighton – royal and white

Cincinnati – red and black

Minnesota – maroon and gold

Oregon – green and white

Georgetown – navy and white

Missouri – not yet

Oklahoma State – orange and white

Pittsburgh – blue and gold

Marquette – blue and gold

Notre Dame – blue and gold

Go to now and get colors to cheer on your favorite NCAA basketball team all season long!

And then there were four! Superbowl Stripes!

14 Jan

red and blue stripedshirt for women, kids and babies. Perfect for Patriots

What an amazing weekend of NFL football, eh?  Three were among the best games I can recall, and the last, well, though it was lopsided, that was in the favor of my Patriots.  So no complaints.  And now we are down to 4, and of course, we have stripes for all!

Next Sunday, Jan 20, the 49ers , ironically wearing his old college colors, will face BC’s favorite son, Matt Ryan, and the Atlanta Falcons, at 3 pm eastern. Maroon & gold versus Red & black

And then, the Ravens will go down to the Patriots, at 6:30 pm. Purple & white versus Red and blue

Regardless of my preferences, we have stripes for all 4 teams and can get you your colors in time for Sunday, and definitely for the Feb 3 Super Bowl.  Go to and get your team colors now!

Oh, and it didn’t stink that Ohio State ruined Michigan’s undefeated basketball record, and chance to b ranked #1, this weekend too!  Go Bucks!


Striped Road to the Super Bowl, Sunday Feb 3

5 Jan


As I sit here writing in my maroon and gray stripedshirt in honor of the amazing A&M win last night, and watching, surely, a future star of the NFL in Johnny Cotton Bowl, I’m excited that we are officially in NFL play offs.

This year really has been a great year in the NFL: to watch RG3 bringing the Redskins back to dominance, the Colts killing it to honor their awesome coach, Adrian Peterson (AP?  AD?) and Peyton Manning coming back against odds, my much loved Matty Ice repping BC with the Falcons’ strong season, the Patriots actually getting it together when it mattered after some iffy games, and of course (sorry NYC), seeing the Jets implode, and yes even happy to see the Giants go down after last year’s painful (shameful?) Super Bowl.

Personally, I like all these wildcards (take note MLB).  We have 4 great games today – and stripes for all!!!  As your favorite team powers toward Feb 3, get your stripedshirt to represent in a fun, fashionable way!

Today/Saturday, Jan 5

Bengals at TexansOrange and white v. Red and blue

Vikings at PackersPurple and white v. Green and white

Sunday, Jan 6

Colts at RavensRoyal and white v. Purple and white

Seahawks at RedskinsNavy and white v. Maroon and gold

Next Saturday, Jan 12, wildcard winners will face the Broncos (Blue and orange) and 49ers (Maroon and gold)

And on Sunday, Jan 13, we’ll see wildcards up against my beloved Patriots (Red and blue) and BC’s finest Matt Ryan with the Falcons (Red and black)




LETS GO BOWLING – in Stripes, of course

3 Dec


The bowl games have been picked!  From just 2 weeks from now, December 15, through to Tuesday January 7’s National Championship game, we have 35 bowl games, 70 teams playing.  And though that is a little ridiculous, there are some fun games coming up, fun opportunities to wear your stripedshirt and support your favorite team.  Get yours now to cheer in striped style!

The big 5 Bowls are:

The other fun ones, IMHO, are:

 Striped up now to support your team, go to!


Welcome Back College Hoops!

9 Nov

Yeah!  Today is Opening Day for College Hoops, and what a great way to open it up – momentarily - with Michigan State versus UConn, in Germany, at an Air Force Base.  Beautifully timed around Veteran’s Day. How great is this!  Goosebumps.  And what a way for UConn’s new coach Kevin Ollie (former NBA star himself) to make his debut, with 3 Germans on the UConn team, btw.  Love that Tom Izzo, last year starting things off on a Carrier, this year on a Base.  He’s the best.

Other great games kick us off tonight too:
Ohio State v. Marquette

Maryland v. Kentucky

Florida v. Georgetown

It’s BACK! So excited! And as we look to the full, fun season, here’s the pre-season rankings – and of course where stripedshirt matches up with the top teams.

Go to now and get colors to cheer on your favorite NCAA basketball team all season long!

striped up for the holidays!

8 Nov

My first holiday sale was last Saturday, and another this weekend.  Thanksgiving is crazily just 2 weeks from TODAY!  And then Black Friday, which is also the 2 year anniversary of stripedshirt!  The very next day, Saturday, November 24, is Small Business Saturday, a day focused on supporting the little guy building a dream.  That’s ME!

There’s a lot of striped momentum going on and now’s the time to stripe up your holidays, and think about stripedshirt as a great gift idea for nearly any woman, kid or baby in your life!

Christmas striped shirt

Our red and green is the anti-tacky-Christmas-sweater, a cute way to support the season.  Equally cute for the holidays is our red and white, or green and white.

And for those celebrating Hanukkah, our royal and blue is perfect.

If you need a cute teacher gift this year, consider stripedshirt in your school colors, or the favorite college or pro team in your area.

Best yet, for all our supporters, we celebrate our 2 years with a deal for you.  Just enter 2YEAR at check out for 30% off your entire order, starting on our birthday, Friday, November 23, through to Cyber Monday, November 26.

Thanks for a great 2 years, and May Your Holidays Be Merry And Striped!

Mom and kids in red and green striped shirts for Christmas



NO bumblebee stripes. Ever! stripedshirt has the right way to handle yellow and black

29 Oct

Well, the Pittsburgh Steelers proved  my point this weekend: Not all stripes are good looking stripes.


Horrible bumble striped jerseys for Pittsburgh

Yellow and black stripes look like nothing but a ridiculous bumblebee.   Even gold and black.  BUT yellow and black can come together, super cute, with our yellow and white stripedshirt and a black long sleeve T underneath it.  OR a black scarf, a black skirt, black shorts or pants, etc.  You get the idea.

Yellow stripes, just add black

Hear me, Steelers fans.

But also fans of NO Saints, Iowa, Purdue, University of Colorado, Wake Forest, even you, Vandy.

stripedshirt has your colors and its yellow and white!  Just layer it over a black T and you will look loads better than our NFL friends from Pittsburgh (tho the ridiculous look didn’t stop the team from beating the Redskins!)

BTW, this goes for the amazing Giants too: black and orange together really only look good one day a year.  To cheer on SF all year long, our dark orange and white with black accents is a much cuter way to stripe up!  Check out to support all your teams, from Pittsburgh to San Fran and everyone else!

Cheer Chic! Stripedshirt in the Austin American Statesman’s REAL

26 Oct


15 striped options at stripedshirt


THX Statesman and Amy Gabriel and Cristina Facundo for the striped support and giving us a little ink in the November issue of REAL!  Love it and so very excited for this local visibility!

Cheer chic

Keep it preppy and sleek on game day with a figure-flattering tee from Stripedshirt ( The brainchild of local “momtrepreneur” Laura Beck, the collection consists of duet color combo striped shirts for women, kids and babies. Not just for Texas pride, she currently has 15 fan-friendly shirts in a variety of sizes and colors pairings. Prices start at $19.50.

10 Days Left to Stripe Up for Halloween: Where’s Waldo, Olivia the Pig, Doc McStuffins, etc.

21 Oct

10 days til Halloween.

Doc McStuffins purple and white shirt

Stripedshirt can still help with your costume, as long as orders are received by Fri night, 10/26. Please pass on word to anyone – or their kids – going as Olivia the Pig, Doc McStuffins, Harry Potter, Freddy Kreuger, Where’s Waldo, a pirate, a sailor, a french person, a hipster, Lou Tomlinson or any of the boys from One Direction.

We can help!  go to and stripe up your costume now!  Or just get your cute dark orange and white to be stylishly in the Halloween spirit!

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