Category Archives: Bloody Mary

Review: Belly and Trumpet Brunch

DSC07335by Steven Doyle

If brunch had a season it would certainly look to May as its host. The cool breezes have yet to submit to the warmer mask of Summer, and patios beckon while you satiate on plated eggs and rashers that may be washed down with tall, cool glasses of cold champagne. This is something your mother would approve of this very weekend, and do we have a selection of dishes that might make her proud.

Belly and Trumpet is a quagmire in a string of restaurant incidents that line McKinney Avenue. Surely restaurateurs have discovered that the formula for Uptown lies in sprawling patios, a quick fix for dining that is simple on the wallet, and plenty of liquor to appease the see and be seen crowd that swarm the decks. Belly and Trumpet defies these laws with a vengeance.  Continue reading


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Kosmas Demos His Employees Only Mixes At Sigels This Weekend

JACK ROSEby Steven Doyle

In Dallas we think of Jason Kosmas as super laid back barman with the killer mustache. In reality he is laid back and unassuming, but he is also building his brand of liquor, writing cocktail books, and co-owner of what has been labeled as the best bar in the world, Employees Only. He even has a television program he pitched a network in Los Angeles last week where he plays host in a quasi-version of Chopped. Today Kosmas called to let me know that he will be at Sigel’s Fine Wines & Great Spirits on Greenville Avenue tomorrow selling the Employees Only own line of mixers.   Continue reading


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Boulevardier’s Bountiful Brunch

by Steven Doyle

Boulevardier has enjoyed its first successful quarter as the hot, new French bistro in Bishop Arts. It is the first of several such bistros that will be opening soon, and chef-owner Nathan Tate of Restaurant Ava fame is busily cranking out some fantastic plates of pretty and bountiful bistro fare. We have enjoyed the interesting oysters brought in each week, as well as the hearty plates of lamb’s neck and bouillabaisse. The ration of fantastic starters are refreshing and thoughtful.

We like and enjoy Boulevardier, and now they went and added a Sunday brunch that beckoned us this week. Now we know Tate has mastered the egg.  Continue reading


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Local Garden District Bloody Mary Makes A Splash

by Steven Doyle

Aunt Gladys and her mother Lily knew how to entertain in the old tradition of southern comfort. That is why they always had a mix of their home-concocted bloody Mary mix on hand for guests who might drop in unexpectedly. Today the niece, Stephanie Sanoja has bottled the traditional family recipe for all to enjoy.

In 2008 Sanoja was a marketing director for a firm and left that job to become a full-time mother. We are not sure if sampling bloody Mary’s is part of the mom gig, and if it is we all need to consider this as a vocation, but Sanoja took to experimenting with the recipe to perfect a perfectly balanced product she could bottle and bring to your home in that same gentility her family considered for so many years.          Continue reading

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