The Slow and Savory Review
Her friend Hawk, who is a bit of a perfectionist, was disturbed by this blank space on her score sheet. "You can't call yourself a brunch expert when you can't talk about where your favorite Bloody Mary is!" he explained to her one day, "I am making it my personal mission to find a Bloody Mary you like so that you have at least one in your Rolodex." After a lot of research, Hawk found a candidate he felt fairly certain about on Chez Moi's new brunch menu.
Bistro 110. The adorable spot was very much decorated with old world charm in mind, having lots of dramatic woods, Gothic art, and wrought iron, but without being too heavy or oppressive. Brandy especially loved the high ceilings and crystal chandeliers that added a touch of classic coziness.
To warm up before she dove into the Bloody Mary, Brandy first tried the Royale Mimosa. This particular iteration of her favored brunch cocktail was soft, sweet, and less acidic than a traditional mimosa with an extraordinary floral note from the use of orange liqueur. After that came the moment of truth. Brandy had the bar tender prepare a small portion of the dreaded Bloody Mary, just in case she didn't care for it, but right away she could tell that this one was something different. "The trick with this Bloody is that it's made with a French onion soup base," Hawk proudly told her, and Brandy had to admit that she was intrigued. The over all flavor was less tomatoey, but definitely savory, with a good salty kick, and came garnished with a blue cheese stuffed olive and a hunk of beef pate. "Oh my goodness," Brandy exclaimed, "I don't want to alarm you, but I think I may actually finish this whole glass! Well done, my friend, you've achieved the impossible and found me a Bloody Mary I actually enjoy!"
Now with a taste for onion soup, Brandy placed an order for the classic French bistro dish to start off her meal. This version was spot on with a generous amount of melty cheese on top and a rich, complex soup underneath. Brandy especially liked that this version incorporated several different types of onions, which added to the deep flavor.
"Well, I thought it couldn't be done. I'm not even sure that I believe it myself. But you managed to find a Bloody Mary I could literally drink gallons of," Brandy smiled at her friend. As if this monumental discovery wasn't enough, the friendly service, reasonable prices, and extraordinarily flavorful food gave Brandy plenty of reasons to return to Chez Moi. "You know, I'm still not entirely convinced I enjoyed that Bloody Mary as much as I first thought I did," Brandy said, eyeing her empty glass, "I might have to have another one. Just to make sure. For scientific purposes."
The writers of this blog were invited to dine at the restaurant free of charge in exchange for an honest review.
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