Bayou Bloodys at La Valencia
The Med: La Valencia Hotel, La Jolla
I love meeting new people who share my affinity for brunch and bloody marys! That’s why I was so excited when Christelle, a foodie in San Diego, reached out to me to go on a bloody good adventure together!
I suggested The Med at the La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla because I had been eyeing their bloody marys for a while. They have a whole menu of bloodys! Anytime a place has a menu of bloody marys, you know they are serious about them! Oh, and did I mention the views? The views at The Med are drop dead gorgeous! So, on a beautiful Saturday in Southern California, we met for the first time, at a patio table for two with panoramic ocean views, at “The Pink Lady”.
The Med has four different bloody marys; Classic, Maria, La V, and Bayou. Feeling like adding a little spice to my life, I chose the Bayou. Christelle, being new to bloodys, went with the classic. When the server brought the Bayou Bloody to the table, I was astonished by the vibrant color and the giant prawn sticking out of the glass. Besides the giant prawn, The Bayou was topped with a yummy fried oyster, and my favorite; shishito pepper! It was one of my favorite and most lavish garnishes I’ve had.
The vibrant red bloody and was thick and rich and served in a tall pint glass. The Bayou was jam-packed with spices that didn’t just settle on the bottom. The vast amount of spices made the bloody incredibly flavorful and peppery. This bloody can be described as a hair of the dog bloody mary due to the bold horseradish flavor. The horseradish was tingling the roof of my mouth and the freshly squeezed lemon juice brought a touch of citrus to the mix. Horseradish and citrus perfectly complimented the seafood garnish and cleansed my palate. The Bayou had a generous amount of heat from the black pepper, Cajun spices, and Tabasco sauce. The Med does not go lightly on the vodka. This bloody was strong, and I caught more than just the ocean breeze that afternoon.
Christelle loved the classic! It has the same mix as the Bayou, just less heat, but still incredibly tasty and bold! The garnish was more traditional with lemon, lime, olive and a bacon slice. I also tried the Maria, which substitutes tequila in place of the vodka. The Maria was bold, strong, hearty, and salty. If you love tequila, you will love this bloody! The Maria was topped off with the traditional toppings and they threw in another shishito pepper. The Med really knows the way to my heart!
I highly recommend The Med at La Valencia Hotel! The brunch is wonderful, the bloody marys are incredibly tasty and strong, and the million dollar views are to die for. The service and management are there to cater to you and provide top-notch customer service and guest experience. The luxurious coastal Mediterranean charm of this Four Diamond hotel is enough to just want to be seen there. Not ready to stop the party after brunch? Before exiting the hotel, take a detour into Cafe La Rue! They have amazing happy hour specials from 3-6pm daily!