Wednesday, March 21, 2012

All Hail the Caesar!

Clang, clang, rattle-bing-bing" 
Gonna drink my Caesar all day
Clang, clang, rattle-bing-bang
"Gonna drink my Caesar all day

[my adaptation of Mortimer's bedtime song 
from a Robert Munsch classic]

For those who know me personally, you are probably aware that I have increasingly become quite the avid Caesar guzzler.  Yes, I'm talking about that uniquely spicy, wonderfully savoury and dangerously addictive cocktail.  Though a blatant rejector of Caesars at first ("Yuck! Clamato juice? Puke!"), I have developed a relationship where I just can't live without it.  Similar to the onset of your typical romantic comedy (where initial absolute disgust, between characters of differing personalities, turns into 'accidental' romance over time), I can vow that my love for Caesars will never subside

It is here, where I would like to dedicate my absolute affinity for this wondrous cocktail.  Visualize as I take you on a whirlwind tour on my magic carpet of Caesar adventures throughout Vancouver. I've had my fair share of Caesars in and around town, but these are more of the 'memorable' ones.  For me, a great Caesar has the right proportion of Clamato juice, vodka, Worcestershire sauce, and tabasco sauce.  It must also have an adequate amount of garnish (extra is always better) and just the right amount of ice.  

The Caesars below are based on a 5-star rating system (*****):

suspected secret amazing ingredient: pickle juice!
Rating: ****
"Neo Caesar" with kimchi!
Rating: ***
The Mill Marine Bistro
quail eggs and bacon, anyone?
Rating: ***½
♪ ...these boots are made for sippin'... 
Local Public Eatery
Rating: ***
The Sin Bin
'Make Your Own Caesar'
(as you can see, I went all out ;))
Rating: ***½
Cactus Club
what an aesthetically savoury line-up of garnish!
Rating: ****
Rodney's Oyster House 
hellooo, horseradish!
Rating: ***½
 'Rustic Caesars' with basil
Rating: **** 
The Keg 
(with request of extra beans :))
Rating: ***
Pink Peppercorn
(why hello you tasty buttered garlic prawn twinsies, you!)
Rating: ****

(garnished with steak rub spices, could've used more of a bit of everything!)
Rating: **½ 

(not enough worchestershire sauce, but still satisfying with the prawn and all ;))
Rating: ***

(love these chic tall slim glasses...and wish I asked for an extra prawn!)
Rating: **** 

chez moi :)