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Giving the dog a bone.
Giving the dog a bone.

Raw fail

I don’t know what she was thinking. 

As Lindsay let me out of my "house," she looked at me with such pride, so much excitement in her eyes! She knelt down to grab my face and scratch behind my ears as she boasted, "Sookie, you are going to love what I got you!" 

I opened my mouth and let my tongue hang slack as I panted quickly to form what she calls my "smile." I know it makes her happy when she thinks I am.

I caught the scent of something strange on her as she gazed into my eyes, hands moving about my head, caressing my neck and body. I felt my pupils dilate as I realized what I smelled was blood.

I broke away from her to investigate the gift she had declared she was so eager to present to me.

A plain plastic bag sat on the kitchen floor. The kind of bag she used to pick up my poo. There was no writing or logo on it to indicate where it was from, but one thing was clear. The bag contained death. Frozen death to be exact. I could detect the ice crystals melting in the room temperature air, releasing the aroma of blood and flesh into the house which normally hung heavy with the sweetness of nag champa, sage and Palo Santo smoke.

I shoved my snout into the bag, urged by a primal reflex that drew me to the aroma wafting quickly into the air. I felt the cold beads of condensation from the thawing mystery moisten my nose, already wet from the novel stimulation.

"Oh, you found it!" she giggled to me as she picked up the bag and set it on the counter.

"I cannot wait to see how much you love this my Sook!" Her energy started to affect mine. I felt my own liveliness heightened by her enthusiasm and wagged (what was left of) my tail rapidly. My jaw dropped open, my tongue dislodged completely from my mouth and I salivated uncontrollably. I was a bit embarrassed at this totally primitive reaction, but went with it as it seemed to only encourage Lindsay.

The white plastic bag made noise as she extracted a large clear ziplock bag and also what appeared to be an ext…

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How do Cafe Hollanders Bloody Marys compare?
How do Cafe Hollanders Bloody Marys compare? (Photo: Caitlin Moyer)

Out for bloodies: Cafe Hollander

 "Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee.com – brought to you by Absolut, Avion, Fireball, Pama, Red Stag and 2 Gingers – is back for another round! The whole month of February, we're serving up intoxicatingly fun articles on bars and clubs – including guides, the latest trends, bar reviews, the results of our Best of Bars poll and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in! 

Bloody Marys are a Wisconsin institution. So, we've asked Caitlin Moyer of one of Milwaukee's Bloody Mary blogs to help review some of the best, or worst, Bloody Marys around town. Look for a new review every Sunday as we share the reviews from outforbloodies.com.

This week: Cafe Hollander

I can’t believe I haven’t formally reviewed the Bloody Marys at Cafe Hollander yet.

Cafe Hollander has two locations in the Milwaukee area— one on the East Side and one in Wauwatosa.

It is part of the Lowlands Grand Cafes, which include: Cafe Benelux, Trocadero, and Cafe Centraal.

I frequent each of these establishments quite regularly, with Cafe Hollander being closest to home. No surprise as each of these hot spots boasts an impressive and tasty variety of Bloodies.

On my most recent trip to Hollander for brunch with friends last weekend, I was "talked into" trying the special Bloody Mary of the day, what they called the Provincial (top photo), made with scallions, capers and garlic and garnished with a pickle, bean, asparagus, cherry tomato and an olive.

Other standard options at Cafe Hollander include: the Milwaukeean, Hasta Manana and Frenchie.

My personal favorite is the Milwaukeean, which uses Milwaukee’s own Rehorst vodka and is served with horseradish, cheese and bacon.

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Mix: Made from scratch

Chaser: Yes

Fixin’s: Varies by type

Price: Average price is $8

I definitely recommend you to stop into Hollander or any of the other Lowlands Group properties for  Bloody Mary (and great food!)—you won’t be disappointed! 

Read the rest of Caitlin's Bloody Mary reviews on outfo…

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Have you tried the bloody at Oscar's on Pierce?
Have you tried the bloody at Oscar's on Pierce?

Out for bloodies: Oscar's on Pierce

"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee.com – brought to you by Absolut, Avion, Fireball, Pama, Red Stag and 2 Gingers – is back for another round! The whole month of February, we're serving up intoxicatingly fun articles on bars and clubs – including guides, the latest trends, bar reviews, the results of our Best of Bars poll and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in! 

Bloody Marys are a Wisconsin institution. So, we've asked Caitlin Moyer of one of Milwaukee's Bloody Mary blogs to help review some of the best, or worst, Bloody Marys around town. Look for a new review every Sunday as we share the reviews from outforbloodies.com.

This week: Oscar's on Pierce!

I’ve been meaning to get to Oscar’s on Pierce since last Opening Day when I came across an image on Twitter of a special Bloody Mary that included a brat as a fixin’!

Well, last weekend I finally got there and, while the brat was a one-day only special, their "everyday" bloodies are fantastic!

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Mix: Made from scratch

Chaser: Yes

Fixin’s: Pickle, celery, olive, cheese, lemon and bacon

Price: $7.50

My dining companion and I both agreed that Oscar’s "soon to be famous" Bloody Marys were delicious; extremely flavorful with kind of a unique "smoky" aftertaste. We will definitely be back to Oscar’s soon and next time, we’ll come hungry because the food looked amazing and the scent of burgers was heavy in the air.

Read the rest of Caitlin's Bloody Mary reviews on outforbloodies.com and check back here on Sunday's here on OnMilwaukee.com as we share more of her reviews.

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Does Steny's have one of the best bloodies in town?
Does Steny's have one of the best bloodies in town? (Photo: Caitlin Moyer)

Out for bloodies: Steny's

"Bar Month" at OnMilwaukee.com – brought to you by Absolut, Avion, Fireball, Pama, Red Stag and 2 Gingers – is back for another round! The whole month of February, we're serving up intoxicatingly fun articles on bars and clubs – including guides, the latest trends, bar reviews, the results of our Best of Bars poll and more. Grab a designated driver and dive in!

Bloody Marys are a Wisconsin institution. So, we've asked Caitlin Moyer of Milwaukee's best Bloody Mary blogs to help review some of the best, or worst, Bloody Marys around town. Look for a new review every Sunday as we share the reviews from www.outforbloodies.com.

Steny’s makes some big claims about their Bloody Marys, so naturally, we had to verify or deny them. 

According to Steny’s website, Steny’s Bloody Mary was named #1 Bloody at an event last August… we’ll be the judge of that!

Steny’s menu even has an entire page dedicated to the history of its Bloodies:

And, from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, they offer the Bloodies for just $4 each.

(Unfortunately, we didn’t have a chance to inquire about the Bloody Mary Club—-maybe they will fill us in on that!)

Anyway, here’s what you’ve been waiting for: Steny’s Bloody Mary.

Mix: Made from scratch

Chaser: Yes

Fixin’s: Pickle, olive

Price: $4

The taste of the Bloody Mary was a little on the spicier side, but other than that, I’m sorry to say, this was a pretty standard Bloody Mary. The price is great when you hit the special on the weekends, but I'm not sure this warrants a trip down there on a regular basis.

Read the rest of Caitlin's Bloody Mary reviews on www.outforbloodies.com and check back here on Sunday's here on OnMilwaukee.com as we share more of her reviews.

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