Archive for February, 2013

Posted: February 24, 2013 in Uncategorized
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I’m traveling in Arizona right now and I couldn’t resist getting a Bloody to review for the blog. Unfortunately, the one I picked wasn’t the best. It was from a cute little place in Scottsdale called Karsen’s Grill. The place is smaller than my living room, but the waitstaff is attentive and the clientele friendly (not uber-trendy like many other Scottsdale establishments). Unfortunately, I’ve been spoiled by the hearty Wisconsinite Bloodies as of late, so this one left me underwhelmed. Oh well, they can’t all be winners!

Spice:Not very.

Mix: Unknown.

Chaser: None.

Fixin’s: You get one slice of lime and you’ll like it!

Price: Unsure, but I would guess $5-6.

Today, I tried out a new establishment in a familiar location—Ella’s Barstaurant in the former home of Sluggo’s. No, that’s not a typo, it really is called a Barstaurant.

The inside of the place looks the same—and some of the clientele has carried over from Sluggo’s as well; however, there is one major upgrade as far as I could tell—the $3 Build Your Own Bloody Marys on Sundays! Yes, that’s right,$3 ($4 if you want Smirnoff; $5 if you want Absolut.).

And, as you can see from the photos, the fixin’ bar is stocked—there’s nowhere else where you can get AYC stuff in your drink beef sticks, cheese, bacon and shrimp, plus the staples like pickles, celery, olives, beans, asparagus and onions.

Spice:  I requested it to be spicy and it had the perfect amount of kick!

Mix:Sacramento Bloody Mary Mix—who knew this tomato juice purveyor also made Bloody Mix? So simple, yet so good!

Chaser: None, but here’s a tip: go with friends who order pitchers and you’re good to go!

Fixin’s: See above—the highlights are the shrimp and bacon!

Price: $3 with rail vodka

As my friend Gordie so eloquently put it, “Where else can you cram that much crap in a glass for $3?”

Ella’s has definitely immediately climbed into the Top 10 and is the running for a new place to gather and watch Packers games this fall.


PS- While this is a Bloody blog, I could not help but  notice the $10 bottomless mimosas on Sundays as well…not as trendy as the Third Ward, but could be a good choice for your next girls’ brunch!

Posted: February 10, 2013 in Uncategorized
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The Iron Horse Hotel

Yesterday,  I had a work meeting at the Iron Horse Hotel. Of course, I couldn’t leave without trying their Bloody Mary.

Overall, this was your standard simple bloody, but it had a great taste. Wouldn’t go out of my way to get there for the Bloody Mary, but I’d definitely go hang out at their bar (or their patio, which is amazing in the summer) and while there, I would order this drink. Cheers!

Spice:  I requested it to be spicy and it had the perfect amount of kick!

Mix: Unsure.

Chaser: None offered.

Fixin’s:  Lime, Lemon, Pickle, Olives, Celery

Price: $Unknown

Posted: February 8, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Last night,my friend Carol hosted a neighborhood book club gathering. Carol is a fellow Bloody Mary lover and I was delighted to find that her husband had made Bloodies for the occasion.

Dave used Mr. and Mrs. T’s along with some of his special spices to mix the delicious drink. He added in lemon, a pickle, olives, celery and a beef stick. I was very impressed! The only drawback? Dave is better know for his home-brewing prowess; with mad skills like his, a chaser would have sent this drink soaring to the top of the homemade charts! 🙂

Posted: February 3, 2013 in Uncategorized
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Although I was not overly impressed with Finn McGuire’s Bloody Mary, one highlight of the evening was the opportunity to play with the new Vine app. Enjoy!

Tomatoes… Fresh off the Vine. #bloodymary . See original post on Twitter.

On Friday night, I tried out a new Irish Pub: Finn McGuire’s in Hales Corners.

Of course, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try a new Bloody Mary as well.

Although the pub was very cute, I was a little disappointed in the drink, I must admit. The Bloody really wasn’t bad, but it was pretty much your standard, run-of-the mill beverage.

The highlight was that I was able to test out the new Vine app for you (see next post).

Spice:  Not very.

Mix: Unsure.

Chaser: One was offered, but I wasn’t in a beer mood.

Fixin’s:  Lime, Lemon, Pickle, Olive

Price: $Unknown