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Recently, we traveled to a small town in Washington called Leavenworth. The history of Leavenworth is very intriguing!

Leavenworth, originally called Icicle Flats, was first settled in about 1885 as a trading post. With the completion of JJ Hill’s Great Northern Railway in 1893, Leavenworth, as Icicle Flats was now known, began to come into its own as a northwest frontier town. The town thrived until The Great Northern Railway pulled out of Leavenworth. The new route, which would be subject to snow closure less often, bypassed the town, causing the timber companies based along Icicle Creek to fail.

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The town languished nearly to extinction until the early 1960’s when town leaders came up with a plan to convert the town’s primary source of income to one based in tourism.

Leavenworth used the natural beauty of the North Cascades and the resemblance to the Bavarian Alps region of southern Germany to recreate itself as a Bavarian-style vacation destination.

The town has managed to thrive over the years, basing their tourism around several major festivals.

We arrived at the start of the holiday season, in time to still enjoy the beautiful fall colors, decent weather and Oktoberfest on tap, but also some of the early Christmas lights, a visit to the Reindeer Farm complete with Santa Photos and Gluhwein (mulled wine).

While we liked hopping from winery to winery down Front Street, we couldn’t, in good conscience, stop in this cute little town without checking out the Bloody Mary scene.

We visited Louie’s Café for breakfast.

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Spice & Mix: Demitri’s Mix, plus local vodka and a salted rim. We asked for it spicy, but we didn’t really feel too much of the heat.

Fixin’s: Bacon, Olive, Sweet Pepper, Celery, Asparagus, Cocktail Onion, Cheese, Lemon,

Chaser: None offered.

Price: $12.50

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This was a nice hearty Bloody Mary and we enjoyed the plethora of fixin’s in this small town so far outside of the Midwest. It had a nice full flavor (we like Demitri’s!) and paired nicely with our delicious breakfast.

We highly recommend both Louie’s AND Leavenworth in general if you ever find yourself in the Northwest. A total hidden gem. We hope to be back!

On a trip to Washington, D.C. we visited Arlington, VA and paid a visit to Tupelo Honey Cafe. Now we have dined at a Tupelo Honey in Georgia before, but it was on a Sunday before noon, so we weren’t able to imbibe.

Anyway, we had heard that this location’s Queen Mary Bloody Mary featured a “golden” bloody mary mix, so we headed there expecting a yellow-hued drink.

We were sorely disappointed to receive a normal, red-vined beverage.


The menu even noted “golden” but when we questioned our bartender he looked at us like we were crazy. I mean, we are, but crazy for Bloodies!

Anywho, not a bad drink but definitely on the pricey end and a letdown after we had made a pilgrimage there specifically for the yellow drink.

Spice: Not really.

Mix: Dixie black pepper vodka or jalapeno-poblano-infused moonshine (we weren’t offered a choice, so we assume we got vodka…boo!); “golden” tomato bloody mary mix and good ole’ Demitri’s bloody mary seasoning

Fixin’s: According to the menu: pimento cheese stuffed olive, grilled shrimp, apple cider bacon, celery, green bean, pickled jalapeno, cheery tomato, lime salt rim (Don’t believe our shrimp was grilled and also, wasn’t sure the olive was stuffed…didn’t see a jalapeno either)

Chaser: None offered.

Price: $15.00

Again, very pricey, but this place offers way more fixin’s than other establishments outside of the midwest, so we kind of get it… but honestly, you should provide what is promised on the menu. I also think our bartender was in a rush… again, didn’t ask us our choice of liqour and the fixin’s were a little lacking.

Not sure we would ever dine here again and definitely wouldn’t pony up for this drink.

Oyamel showed up on two sources that I generally trust when it comes to food and beverage: Anthony Bourdain’s D.C. list and Thrillist’s List of Best Bloody Marys in D.C.

When I happened to walk right by this restaurant, I thought it was a sign.

I sat at the bar and asked the bartender if they had their famous bloody marys. “Yeah, we make a good one,” she replied.

So shame on me for assuming the one she would make would be the same one that was written up…

According to Thrillist, “The Bloody at Oyamel proves something can be gross AND good. That’s because it’s rimmed with “sal de gusano”. For gringos, that means worm salt. The worms that inhabit the agave plant are dried and then ground down with chilies and sea salt. The wormy rim is your gateway to sips of a Bloody made with your pick of mezcal, tequila, or vodka, plus house-made tomato juice, lime juice, and guajillo chili. It’s garnished with cilantro and marigold.”

This place made Bourdain’s list simply on mezcal selection…

Anyway, here’s what I got:



Mix: Housemade, somewhat spicy

Chaser: None offered

Fixin’s: Cucumber

Price: $10


I have no idea if this bloody was rimmed with the “sal de gusano,” or not and the bartender just used vodka without asking if I had a preference, so I didn’t get to try that famous mezcal. It also was not garnished with cilantro and marigold.

Overall, this bloody mary was decent and I guess it was my fault for not inquiring further or specifying, but had I known, I would have probably tried the sangria or margarita to go with my food, which for the record, was fantastic.

The made-to-order guacamole was heavenly and melted right into the still-warm fresh-baked tortilla chips. I must admit I devoured way too much and could barely eat my meal, which was also top-notch.

Definitely a cool place to check out, but maybe skip the bloody to make more room for guac.


When researching Bloody Marys in Washington, D.C., we came across several sites that recommended Logan Tavern.

The reason Logan Tavern’s Bloody Mary was voted “Best Bloody Mary in DC” by Washingtonian Magazine readers is because of their Ultimate Bloody Mary Menu, which is served on Saturdays, Sundays and Holiday Brunch.

We had a fun time plotting out our beverage using their menu:

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Here’s what we settled on for our creation…

Mix: Housemade. We chose infused cucumber vodka with horseradish, on the spicy side.

Chaser: None offered

Fixin’s: Olive, Cucumber, Green Beans

Price: $13 (which includes additional charges for bacon & shrimp)

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With a menu like this, if you don’t like your drink, quite frankly, the only person you have to blame is yourself. However, we were quite pleased with the Bloody we had made, considering ourselves somewhat experts in the field.

The difference between Logan Tavern and a Build-Your-Own-Bar, is that you choose options from the various categories and then they construct it for you. It’s the lazy-man’s build your own bloody and it’s better because there is a little bit of restraint built in (no I don’t really need 5 pieces of bacon in my glass…).

Definitely the best Bloody Mary we had in DC and we highly recommend you check it out! Tell us about your own creations in the comments below.


On a recent trip to Washington, D.C., we stopped at the historic Old Ebbitt Grill

Founded in 1856, this is known as Washington’s oldest saloon, frequented by many a president, such as McKinley, Grant, Johnson, Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt and Harding.

The restaurant is also famous for its raw bar, so you have to order the Bloody Maryland.

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Mix: Housemade with Absolut Peppar

Chaser: None offered

Fixin’s: Celery, Olives, Lemon, a Jumbo Shrimp and rimmed with Old Bay Seasoning

Price: $13

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We started talking to our bartender at Old Ebbitt Grill and, once he realized we were from the Midwest, he told us that the Bloody Marys there were good; however, we might be disappointed if we were expecting your typical Midwest feast in a glass. We told him we were experienced travelers and knew that all Bloodies were not created equal. Still, “You’re not getting one of those beer backs here,” he reiterated.

And that was just fine with us because our Bloody Maryland stood on its own. It was very flavorful, with hints of horseradish, lemon and Old Bay… and it made the perfect beverage with which to wash down the oysters we ordered at happy hour.

This is definitely a DC tradition, so you’ll want to add this to your list when visiting the nation’s capital.