Blogging in Boston has opened so many doors for me and most importantly has allowed me to meet some really great people. Part of all of that is the ability to attend events and try things I may have never encountered in life pre-blogging. I had the pleasure yesterday morning of attending Bloodypalooza at Turner Fisheries in downtown Boston. The fabulous Christine from Citysearch organized the event which was full of delicious food and of course, spicy Bloody Marys.
Turner Fisheries has a fun, swanky design and layout AND offers lots of great light for food photos. The important things we bloggers have to think of!
When we arrived at Bloodypalooza, were given an overview of what was available for the make your own Bloody Mary bar. Pickled string beans, jumbo shrimp, lobster, crab claws, seared tuna, and oysters were on ice, and containers of regular olives, blue cheese stuffed olives, and citrus were available for garnishing.
To get us started, our hosts provided shots of their clear Bloody Mary mix which is made by juicing tomatoes through cheesecloth to get the color out. As a result, you get more of a tomato broth. This was mixed with lobster juice, and while I am glad I tried it, I will stick to the more traditional mix. Other available bases included Bloody Caesar mix and clamato juice.
For my drink, I opted for a jumbo shrimp and olives in a classic Bloody Mary. The homemade mix was perfectly spicy with lots of horseradish and black pepper.
Alongside these delicious drinks, we were served a few of Turners’ food specialties. I didn’t try it, but this chicken top a Bloody Mary risotto looked delicious, and my husband loved it.
There were also lobster tacos and these sandwiches, upstate New York specialties called spiedies. Apparently, spiedies are a big deal; there is even a festival to celebrate them!
It was great to spend some time on a beautiful Saturday sampling great food, sipping one of my favorite spicy drinks and seeing some blogger/Twitter favorites like Michelle and her fiance, Bret, and Justin and his wife, Leah. Here Michelle and I are posing for our high school yearbook photos with the over the shoulder smile
Many thanks to Citysearch and Turner Fisheries for hosting such a fun event. I look forward to seeing everyone again soon!
Do you like Bloody Marys? Which combo would you have chosen?