Rye & Soda Blogger Brunch

Hi guys, I'm back with some delicious food to share with you. At the start of November, some of the Aberdeen bloggers and I were invited along to Rye & Soda to test out their new DIY Bloody Mary station and try their amazing new brunch menu created by Chris Tonner.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by bar manager, Elias, who showed us around the DIY Bloody Mary station. Now, I've never been one for tomato juice but seeing as the Bloody Mary is the renowned brunch time drink I thought I'd give it a bash. The whole table was beautifully laid out and there were so many ways to perfect your own Bloody Mary! Starting with a shot of vodka, I went for the traditional tomato juice for mixer (you could also choose a spicy tomato mixer or a beetroot and carrot mixer instead) with a touch of lemon juice and some peppers to garnish. My Bloody Mary was complete!

Some of the other girls added bacon dust on top but I decided to play it safe. I can't say I'm completely converted but it was great to try and something I would definitely try again! The DIY Bloody Mary station is going to be available for all those enjoying brunch at Rye & Soda soon so if you are a lover of the ultimate brunch cocktail this is definitely the place for you.

Now, lets talk food! Rye & Soda put on a huge selection of tasters for us to sample. All created by the food genius, Chris Tonner. Chris is all about keeping the menu as fresh and local as possible. Trying to use ingredients from local suppliers, tomatoes and chillies from The Veg Company and eggs from Katy's Eggs, as much as he possibly can.

With so much great food on offer it was hard to choose my favourites but the mac and cheese bites and the curried smoked haddock risotto were definitely top of my list though! That combined with mini burgers all made for a great, well-rounded brunch!

While we were happily stuffing our faces we were also treated to a wine tasting session. The first wine we tasted was a Chilean white wine called Pedro Ximenez. It had an earthy medium dry taste that is paired well with the smoked salmon. The next (and my favourite!) was a dry Reisling white wine from Oregon. It had a flinty taste which goes well with bruschetta. And finally, we tasted a fruity Sicilian red called Passimiento. I'm not a big fan of red wine but this wine had blackcurrant, vanilla and cinnamon tones to it which made it really drinkable. I was perfectly paired with the burgers!

Alongside it's fabulous brunches, Rye & Soda also offers its own tasting sessions and has it's very own bottle shop where you can find the perfect wine for anyone.

After all that wine and food, I just managed to make some room to try a mini chocolate muffin — 'cause no meal is ever complete until you've at least had a little bit of dessert!

For all your brunching needs I'd highly recommend Rye & Soda. Between its relaxed atmosphere and amazing food, you can't really go wrong! You can find Rye & Soda in the Academy Centre, just off Belmont Street. Thank you to the guys at Rye & Soda for having us and to Chris for putting on such a beautiful spread!

Have you ever been to Rye & Soda? If so, what did you think? What do you think about a DIY Bloody Mary station? Let me know in the comments!

**All the food and drink was kindly gifted to us by Rye & Soda. However, as always my opinions are 100% my own**