All in brunch

New Restaurant: Royale!

The Bloody Mary from Royale! is a tall glass of bubbly bloody indulgence. I knew with the first sip there was carbonation in the bloody mary. Royale! puts a dark Irish porter in the bloody that cuts the boldness and tang of the mix perfectly and brings a dark richness to the cocktail. The bloody mary is topped with an assortment of yummy pickled veggies, a lemon wedge from their family-owned organic hopyard and orchard (yes they own a family farm), a delicious mini grilled cheese and a pickle slice!

Monster Candied Bacon Marys

Don’t you just love the smell of Barbecue? Whether it’s your thing or not, you can’t deny luring aromas billowing from slow roasted meat! Smells trigger memories and emotions within our brains, so when I pulled up to Cali Comfort BBQ and smelled the food smoking in the back, I was transported to fond memories of grilling with my dad on camping trips, holiday barbecues or just a regular Tuesday night. Oh, the nostalgia. 

Sunday Morning Remedy

Do you love blue skies, unbelievable views and great food and drinks? Then look no further than the 14th-floor rooftop destination bar, The Nolen, for “The Sunday Requirement.” I require that you try this place out as soon as possible! When I walked off the elevator and turned the corner, my jaw dropped to the floor. I was blown away by the expansive views and tall ceilings, as were the other members of my monthly Bloody Mary Meetup Group

From-Scratch Bloodys from True Food Kitchen

Have you ever tried something so fresh and tasty that you leave the restaurant feeling energized and refreshed? That’s how I feel every time I leave True Food Kitchen, located at Fashion Valley Mall, a fabulous open-air mall. So, naturally, I’ve stopped in True Food on several occasions with friends and my husband. I wasn’t aware they had brunch, so when I saw their sign outside advertising brunch, I was thrilled! 

Woody's Wharf

I was thoroughly pleased when I read the specialty cocktail list and I saw, The Ultimat Bloody. I was quite surprised when my bloody arrived to our table. The bloody is garnished with a slice of crispy bacon, olive, lime, the most delicate looking stalk of celery and a jumbo, jumbo shrimp. The largest pieces of shrimp I’ve seen on a bloody mary garnish, ever. The bloody is served in a pint glass and rimmed with bacon salt mixed with Ultimat Vodka, hence the name. Despite there being a lot of flavors going on, there is an ease to drinking the bloody mary and the flavors are well balanced.

Sandbar Sportsbar and Grill

Sandbar, has a great bloody mary in Mission Beach. Dubbed the “BAB”, aka the Big Ass Bloody, Sandbar’s bloody mary won’t let you down. Served in a tall beer mug with what seems like an entire bottle of Skyy Vodka, this bloody had me wondering how I was going to get home!