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Federal Bar LB is an Agency of Aid…For Your Hangover 

Federal Bar in Long Beach is a unique experience in itself as it is an old bank converted into an awesome bar and restaurant. The high ceiling inside the great room will have your eyes gazing all around. Original woodwork is still in tact in this large cavernous like place. Like a speakeasy above ground….oh but there is an underground space where you can drink in the original vaults. With such a beautiful canvas you can only have a beautiful menu of food and craft cocktails. As you take a seat you will imagine what the hustle and bustle of this establishment was when it was Pacific National Bank building back in 1925.

On weekends, this gastropub offers a great brunch and a menu of Bloody Mary’s. Pair your drink with a Bloody Mary Burger and Short Rib Poutine. This combo will cure anything that is ailing you.

Their Bloody Mary is a marvel and addicting. Try their Habanero style Mary donned with a spicy slider! Ballast Point Fugu Habanero vodka, pickled Habanero juice, house made steak sauce, Lime juice, Worchestshire and Ballast Point Bloody Mary Mix. It is not for the faint of heart! Wowza. It’s got a kick for sure! You will not be disappointed.
Where: 102 Pine Ave., Long Beach

Info: (562) 435-2000; http://www.thefederalbar.com

“Best Bloody Mary Long Beach”

#bestbloodymarylongbeach

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Bloody Mary Search Back On! 

It’s been awhile since I have posted due to a variety of reasons that are not that good. Hopefully you have been following me on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with my adventures! Here is a quick run through of a few places I have been.


Anvil Pub Dallas….mediocre at best. They are supposed to have an over the top selection on weekends but won’t serve during the week. That was a disappointment and this mix was too. Just Zing Zang in a glass.  #bloodymary #bloodymarydallas

Gladstones #legendarymary #longbeach #bloodymary Add a side of their Steamers and enjoy a great view! A #bloodymary that drinks like a meal!

When you are wined out in wine country you need to head to The Market in Yountville, CA and get some excellent fish tacos and #bloodymary #bloodymarynapa
The 20 Minute #bloodymary at Murphy’s in Sonoma Square. Get a pint while you wait for this massive Mary. Add a plate on the side to Noah on the Bacon, Fried Pickles, Hamburger Slider, Cucumber and Olives. It is a spicy, briney concoction with a Guiness floater on top. #bestbloodymarysonoma


In OC their are many claims to fame as the best Bloody Mary but Reunion comes very close! The Jalepeno Popper maybe the reason I liked this so much. #bestbloodymaryoc #orangecountybloodymary #bloodymary


Todd English Build Your Own Bloody Mary in Las Vegas. What makes this special? The huge menu and how quickly you can escalate the cost of your drink. But who can resist Lobster. #bestbloodymarylasvegas #bloodymary


My new favorite Brewery and they make a stellar #bloodymarymix. Head to SD and taste their amazing selection of brews. Especially their Salt and Peppa which is great as a Michelada. I am so so excited they are opening a joint in Long Beach as I will be a regular. And stocking up on this mix. #bestbloodymarymix #bloodymary #bestbloodymarysandiego

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Best of Texas 

Smoke remains the best of my tour of Texas. This is my second time here and will be a staple of all return visits. Best BBQ cuisine and a great mixologist on staff. This is not to be missed when you are in Dallas. Smoky, peppery, fresh tomatoes and a great sweet spiced salt rim. Try the brisket and don’t miss the best cole slaw with bleu cheese.   #bestbloodymarydallas #bloodymarytourist #smokedallas “best bloody mary dallas”

I Speak Devil. Habla Diablo.

I started this journey after a lifetime of drinking and searching the best Bloody Mary. The journey continues and I now find myself not only drinking them but writing about them. While I am pretty new to the blogging world I have had the great opportunity to find and follow new friends who share the same passion and are on the same journey. Who knew!? This really is an enjoyable experience and the connections have allowed me to learn from others, get recommendations, gain invitations to connect in person in different cities and to have the opportunity to try new mixes that are coming to the market.

During the kick off to March Madness I was hanging with friends at the Monte Carlo “The Pub” and was on an all you can eat and drink bender….and so were 10,000 other friends. While I do not expect much from all you can drink and eat I at least expect a Bloody Mary Mix to stand tall in Las Vegas. Sadly, it was quite deficient. C’est la vie…Keep Calm and Drink On. Nothing is going to bring me down. No, not even my disappointment in The Pub. Usually, they have a Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar during the Football Season and it is pretty epic. Great build your flavors and garnishes that are a meal in itself. Prosciutto, Beef Straws, Cornichons, Green Beans, Bleu Cheese, various stuffed Olives etc. So, I cannot tear them apart for this poorly made Tomato and Vodka concoction.

What I was most excited about in Las Vegas was the fact that I made another connection! Another devoted Bloody Mary connoisseur. Habla Diablo®  reached out to me on Twitter @Habla_Diablo and invited me to come on over and try their restaurant Egg Works where they have tested, perfected and now offering in stores.

http://www.habladiablo.com/

“Habla Diablo® is a product line of EW Live® developed by Egg Works™ Restaurant Group with the key adage, We Make Heat Taste Great™!  Anyone can make something taste hot but can you make it taste flavorful?  That has been our goal since day 1 at Habla Diablo®.  Habla Diablo® products are produced in California and derived from the freshest most high quality ingredients.  Whatever your vice may be, whether it be Bloody Mary’s or Micheladas, or even flavorful Spices to bring out the best in home cooking Habla Diablo® has your fix!”

Born in Las Vegas at Egg Works

Born in Las Vegas at Egg Works

You can imagine my glee that I made a connection and they want me to come and try their Bloody Mary. Alright, alright, alright! Sadly, our schedules did not align and we could not make the connection while I was in Vegas. However, Habla Diablo did one better. They shipped me their mix to try it out!

One weekend my friends and I headed to Sonoma for a weekend where I am the Chief Bloody Mary Officer. I believe that half of their refrigerator at the Wine House is filled with my ingredients for Darcey’s Ultimate Bloody Mary Morning After Wine Tasting Mix. Say that one three times fast. I was excited that this round I would be able to whip out the Habla Diablo and have a taste testing for kick off of a long wine tasting day. I left in its purity as I normally take a mix and make it my own. Only adding some fancy garnishes like Bacon, Jalapeno Stuffed Olives, Cocktail Onions etc.

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Time to taste! Cheers!! Here is my take on it. Habla Diablo, I had an expectation that this would be a BAM experience in which the spice levels would be armed and ready for consumption. The heat was lacking. UGH! What a bummer. It really has a great flavor profile but it was not speaking Devil at all. Now, I have been told that my palette for spice is unique and borderline abusive in comparison to most so I am glad that I had my other taste testers who are not of the same cloth when it comes to hot and spicy. They, too, agreed that there was a hint of spice but it was not spicy enough. I think the mix would be AWESOME for Michelada’s for sure but a Master Mary Drinker would need to have their Habla Diablo Sauce or Seasonings to kick it up a notch.

You can try this product out yourself! When in Las Vegas you must make a trip to Egg Works and take a sip yourself and check out their food. Or you can go to their website and order your own! Let me know what you think of this new mix.

Thank you Habla Diablo for the opportunity to not only try but drink the entire sample with my best buds to share this experience. I hope next time when in Vegas we can finally meet in person and share a Mary together!

 

Hunting in Huntington Beach for the Best Bloody Mary and Celebrities

The scene is Southern California. A warm Spring day on the eve of a Marketing Conference. What do you do? Grab your friends, find a Bloody Mary, hit the beach, drive down the coast and make it a Sunday Funday.

I went to my usual search of Bloody Mary’s and through the assistance of Yelp I found a new place that opened on 39. Mamma’s On 39. Being a former SoCal gal I was excited to see a new place off the beaten path of Main Street in Huntington Beach. The reviews looked great and there was a good amount of chatter about their mondo Bloody Mary.

The joint was packed! Looks like this is the place to be for Brunch. Breakfast pizza, Chicken and Waffles, homemade Mac N’ Cheese, Beer Can Chicken….so much good stuff. Comfort food from who else….Mamma!

http://www.mamason39.com/

Then, there is the Mamma Mary! And what a Mamma it is! A Mason Jar filled with a housemade BM mix that is infused with Jalapeno, dashes of Horseradish, Black Pepper, Garlic, hints of Olive Juice, Sriracha and a blend of multiple Veggies. Pickled garnishes make their splash and complement the BM. Pickle, Celery, a slice of Red Pepper and pickled Green Beans (homemade, of course). Great flavors and I do enjoy them garnishes. My only wish was that it was a little spicier, bolder in flavor as it was good but needed a punch. Kick it up a notch, Mamma! I also saw that they make their own infused Sriracha Vodka. Our waitress did not alert us of this but I will try it next time I am in town. Overall I was pleased and it was an Ultimate Mary that was priced right. Only $10.39. Usually, the mark-up on a Bloody Mary are extraordinary.

Mamma's Bloody Mary

Now, let’s talk about the food. It was fabulous. Everything that was brought out of the kitchen next to us made me drool like a fool. The menu is extensive with the large portions. This is a Sunday Hair of the Dog destination to get your spirits restored and a perfect start to some day drinking.  For your non-Mary friends (and let’s face it…you shouldn’t have these kind of folks in your company) there are Bottomless Mimosa’s.

Read More Here:

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/mama-308899-menu-made.html

This kicked off our Sunday Funday as we then decided to act like we were the Real Housewives and headed to Javier’s for some Margarita’s and Ceviche. Luckily enough, we were treated to a Housewife sighting….Shannon Beadour and her family. Then we had the ultimate sighting….as we were slugging down spicy Margarita’s and stuffing Guacamole in our face… it happened. Whisping by our table was none other than Jennifer Lopez and Casper Smart. Not even joking. Hands down this is a bragging moment in the blog as it has NOTHING to do with a Bloody Mary but, man, that was a moment. She was absolutely gorgeous and we were gobsmacked that she was there in our midst.

We then traversed back to our hotel all giddy about our celebrity sightings and decided to pop into the Red Chair Lounge at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach. Only to run into Cougar Town’s own Brian Voln Holt who was staying over after a charity event. He was a real down to Earth Dude and we all ended up chatting with him for quite some time. Of course we asked him if they really drink wine on the show. You can guess at the answer. I will say it was very strange to speak with him without the heavy Southern accent he uses for his character. He commented that he is from the South….Southern Cal that is.  It was a very cool moment to have met he and his beautiful girlfriend. I made sure to grab a photo with him.

We ended our Sunday Funday and headed to the fire pits to retell the adventures of our day with our other friends. I think it was all due to a good start to the day with a good Bloody Mary. Thank you, Mamma!

Cougar Town

A perfect end to a perfect Sunday Funday.

Hyatt Huntington Beach

Hyatt Huntington Beach

Upcoming Cities. Need Your Recommendations for the Best Bloody Mary!

It’s a new month and the Tourist will be back on the road again (Humming Willie Nelson). I have a few spots picked out but need a little help from my friends! 

Las Vegas: I planned to try the Hard Rock for the Ultimate Bloody Mary at Mr. Lucky’s. I will be there for the kick off of March Madness so I see a lot of Bloody Mary’s in my future. What would you recommend as the best Bloody Mary in Las Vegas? (Please remember, I have already had Hash House A Go Go). It does not need to be on the Strip either but not too far off. 

Charleston: Husk was recommended for their multiple ingredient Bloody Mary sans garnishes. I also heard it maybe over priced. Where would I find the best Bloody Mary in Charleston. It’s my first time there so I am excited to take in the city! Downtown locations are preferred. 

What Makes a Bad Bloody? God Forbid.

Yes, sadly there is a world filled with bad Bloody Mary’s. Have you ever had the friend who thinks V8, Vodka and a celery stick make a Bloody Mary? What about the lazy bartender that cannot be bothered with building the ingredients and throws tomato juice, a squeeze of lime, salt and pepper, Vodka and, oh yeah, the celebratory celery stick.

There are other #bloodymaryfails you can incur when ordering a bad Bloody Mary.

Too Salty: Building flavors can also build the sodium and soon you will blow up like a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon.
No Salt: Please, take the the damn time to salt the rim. *Unless you are reducing  your sodium intake. If that is the case. Why the hell are you drinking a Bloody Mary?
Spicing it up with Horseradish: Listen, I think it has its place. A very small amount. SMALL! Yet, many folks think that this is the ultimate solution to making a Spicy Bloody Mary. I want a little Emeril “BAM” when I drink a Bloody not to blowout my nostrils like I just had Sushi. Go for other flavor builders to spice it up. There are plenty of choices from Tapatio to Cholula to Franks Red Hot or Crystal….you get the point.
Bad Juice Watered Down: You know you have had this one. Like the ice cubes were in the glass far longer than needed and watered down the cocktail.
Did you puree a tomato? The sludge like pasta sauce Bloody Mary. Way too thick to be enjoyed…yes I sound like Goldie Locks.
Clamato: This will cause debate. This is a choice. I DO NOT LIKE Clamato. I think I just threw up a little thinking of it.
V8: Nuff said.
Garnishes: Make it something to look at. A dried, old celery stalk does not make it. You do not need to build the world’s tallest Bloody Mary garnish but olives, cocktail onions, lemon and lime can doll up any glass.
Ordering from a Wine and Beer Only Joint: Ahhh… the dreaded Rice Wine alternative for Vodka. Nothing quite like it. Soju they call it. You will call it gross. However, when desperate you will drink it begrudgingly.

What are some of your #bloodymaryfails? Share them!