The Hail Mary – Do not pass!

The Rellik's Hail Mary (bloody mary) - Benicia Magazine January 2021

When all the resolutions you’ve made have been broken year after year, it’s time for you and your resolutions to come to a compromise.

January is the time to recover from the holidays, not a time for penance. Healthy choices can be made with a little bit of spice added. Who’s to say someone is watching? Maybe nosy neighbors, but we won’t tell if you don’t. 

Let me give you an example of a proper New Year’s resolution compromise. 

Say your resolution is to adopt a high protein diet with more veggies. A Double-Double from In-N-Out Burger, protein style (lettuce instead of bun), is a nice high-protein meal. The cheese and animal style fries will be your compromise.

This would be a good time to mention I’m NOT a nutritionist…

 

A better example would be to tell you about my favorite “healthy” compromise. It is essential for Sunday brunch. The Hail Mary (Bloody Mary) at the Rellik Tavern.

Let me start off by saying the bloody mary mix tastes like it was made by someone who knows how to pronounce Worcestershire sauce. This is an important detail. If you can pronounce Worcestershire (Worr-stah-shire) you have a clear understanding of this magnificent, savory sauce. The tomato juice has a perfect consistency and a kick to clear up any congestion.

Of course, you’ll find the traditional garnishings on top. Celery, asparagus, green beans, lemons and cocktail olives. Plenty of potassium, Vitamins C and B. This glass mug is not for the faint hearted. This will be your breakfast lunch and possible dinner in a glass.

My cheat meal can be found at the very top. Stacked fried chicken sliders with an onion ring in the center for good measure. A spicy jumbo shrimp roll, also known as the Raven Claw, skewered with two healthy slices of thick-cut bacon. All hail Mary!

 

I have a fruity “healthy” option for you as well.

A bubbly classic that can be found/made at the Chill. A beautiful glass of Aria Pinot Noir Brut with a dash of Lynn’s famous sangria. Off-dry bubbles with a dash of bright red ripe fruit. Guaranteed to brighten up your Sunday. 

I hope you make good choices (*wink, wink*) and a healthy, happy start to the year.

Categories: Food + Drink