A Wedding Day Bloody Mary. Red Star Tavern via Hotel Monaco.
Dear bloody mary enthusiasts, I know it's been awhile... a very long while. But I promise to be better. I must confess that my attentions have been elsewhere. You know him as The Celery Stalker. He's kind, sexy, and, most importantly, a fellow bloody mary imbiber. And dear friends, just two weeks ago, WE GOT MARRIED!
But enough about him... ;)
I'm ready to get back in the bloody mary game, so let's get to it!
I began my wedding day with some chain-smoking, last-minute vow writing, and a little early morning room service. Hotel Monaco in Portland, Oregon is named as one of the best hotels in the USA by US News & World Report. So I figured it had to be good. I have personally enjoyed many a happy hour cocktail at the hotel's restaurant, Red Star Tavern, but I've never had the occasion to brunch until now.
My room service arrived with some eggs, potatoes, toast, and a much-needed bloody mary. Considering my new
rather unhelpful Zyrtec-popping addiction, I was pleasantly surprised by the allergy-fighting horseradish punch delivered by this spicy, peppery tomato-rich mix. But if that wasn't enough, I was really most impressed by the bold and distinctly not watered down flavor of this room service delivered bloody mary. I don't know if they do this on purpose, but it really did taste like it was just made.
I'd like to try a Red Star bloody mary while actually dining at Red Star Tavern. But with that caveat, my room service bloody was just what I needed... and just what I wanted to start my wedding day.
For its spicy, horseradish-heavy and deliciously ice cold tomato-y mix, Hotel Monaco earns 3.5 Celery Stalks.
Post Script: I gotta give props to my sexy ass wedding party. Shout out to my maid of honor and my very pretty bride's men!