Archive for April 21, 2014




After dinner and drinks at the Hubbard Park Lodge, we decided to check out Camp Bar, also in Shorewood.

Camp Bar is a unique place with a lodge/”up north” type atmosphere. It was recently announced that Camp Bar is opening a second location in Wauwatosa, so I wanted to check it out in advance of it coming to my ‘hood.

Camp Bar

…And I’m pleased to report that East Tosa is getting another great Bloody Mary to join the ranks of Juniper 61, Red Dot and the like.

Mix: Homemade

Chaser: Yes–a Rhinelander Shorty!

Fixin’s: Cheese, pickle, asparagus, olive, beefstick, pepperoni

Price: $Unknown

I am told that Camp Bar also features a 22oz Bloody Mary for $8 on Sunday (or mini- Marys for $6.50, but where’s the fun in that?). I can definitely see this becoming a great spot to watch the Packers games this fall. I can’t wait until August.






Since last Friday was Good Friday, we decided to spend it in a very Wisconsin fashion–with a Lenten Fish Fry, complete with live Polka music, at Hubbard Park Lodge in Shorewood.



Located off the beaten path in a beautiful park, Hubbard’s is currently only open for Fish Frys and Sunday Brunch (you can also rent the unique space for your event); hence, there is a fairly limited menu.

Of course, I gave their Bloody Mary a go. Here’s the review:

Mix: Jimmy Luv’s

Chaser: Yes-Miller Lite

Fixin’s: Two olives, a lemon and a lime

Price: $8

This was pretty much your average Bloody Mary, but the food was good and the company was great. Here’s a little video to give you an idea of what you can expect as far as atmosphere:


Thanks to Salvy Sousa for sending me two bottles of Bloody Mary mix to review!

Between going “out for bloodies” and my travel schedule, it’s been a while since I made them at home; however, I recently “forced” myself to make a Bloody Mary at home.

To keep the test pure, I sampled Salvy Sousa mixed with an unflavored Skyy Vodka and added olives, smoked mozzarella string cheese, and a beef stick.


Salvy 1 Salvy 2


According to their website, Salvy Sousa was started by Salvador Bianchine, the owner’s Italian grandfather who was a butcher in a family market in Tarrytown, New York. His final resting place is in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery from the famed Washington Irving tale of the Headless Horseman. He was married to their dear Portuguese grandmother Loudwina Sousa. Between the two of them, these recipes and more were concocted and passed through the family. Salvy Sousa was  the brand “created to honor [this] family and their concoctions. Salvy Sousa has become larger than life. He loves fast cars and spunky women and loves to cook on his big ass grill. He is ornery, and in your face, and you will love every bit of him!”

And, their Bloody Mary mix isn’t just for drinking: “The Bloody Bull will give a kick of awesomeness to your chili, soups, red sauces, etc.!” 

You can buy Salvy Sousa online for $12/bottle.

The verdict: I LOVED this mix, but then again, I love all types of condiments, like ketchup, mustard and BBQ sauce… and this mix definitely tasted more like a condiment than a Bloody Mary mix. It was extremely thick (that just means you have to use extra vodka to thin it out!) and very tangy. Like other thick mixes, this is probably going to be polarizing for some people, but it definitely appealed to me. AND I definitely want to try making some sort of Bloody Mary chili with this product next… I will keep you posted!

Thanks again to the good folks at Salvy Sousa for the samples!



I recently wrote about the newest member of the Lowlands Group, Cafe Bavaria in Wauwatosa.

Since this German gastropub has a wide selection of Bloodies, I knew I had some work to do. During my previous visit, I had ordered the “Dusseldorf” and my dad ordered the “Haus”. This time, I tried the special, a Bloody made with sage-infused vodka, while my dining companion was a bit more adventurous, trying the jalapeno “Wurzig” Bloody.

Here’s my write-up on the special:

cafe Bavaria


Mix: Homemade, with different vodkas/spices depending on which beverage you order. This one had sage-infused vodka.

Chaser: Yes

Fixin’s: Varies, depending on the variety you order; this special had bacon, lemon, lime, olive, Brussels sprout, pickle, cheese and a piece of sausage.

Price: $7-$9

As previously mentioned, like its sister restaurants, Cafe Bavaria takes its Bloody Mary offerings seriously.  Delicious, I will be back again (and again!).

And, as a teaser, my aforementioned dining companion? She is also a Bloody Mary aficionado! I met with Susan Fiebig, author of “The Bloody Trail,” a book about her search for Wisconsin’s best Bloody Marys. After hearing about her book, I just knew I had to meet a fellow Bloody Mary lover from the area–over Bloodies of course!

Look for my review on her book to come.