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Dirty Martinis

So last night, I ended up having a rather impromptu dinner with my new-new boss. Love her to bits. Partially relief that she's not the old-new boss, but also just a sense that this a person who operates in way that's much more in synch with my personality. (If I present her with a problem caused by my screwing up, her initial reaction will be "how do we fix this," as opposed to "how could this happen?".)

Anyway, we went to the fabulous Marketbar, because the food is awesome, and so she could see The Bay Lights, and after getting lost for forty minutes, she arrived and ordered a Dirty Martini. NOW, my name is K-gal and I am an alcoholic, but even though I haven't had a drink 26 years, I do spent a lot of time sitting at a bar and I consider myself fairly knowledgable about mixology what goes in what etc.

I was astonished when the drink arrived and upon perusing the olives, new-new boss announced that this was NOT a proper Dirty Martini, as the olives were not stuffed with blue cheese. I had never heard of such a thing, not the delicious-sounded (although insanely fattening) blue cheese-stuffed olives, or the idea that they were the necessity for a Dirty Martini. I thought the key ingredient in a Dirty Martini was the addition of the water from the olives being poured into the drink.

The waitress at Market Bar agreed with me. They didn't even HAVE any blue-cheese stuffed olives on the premises.

I'm now thinking this could be a regional thing. New-new boss lives in Indiana, her accounts are mostly Chicago-based and she's a native of Houston.

Do any of my actively-drinking, or just living in other parts of the country, friends have any insight into this matter? What do YOU consider a "Dirty Martini?"


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Aug. 2nd, 2013 07:30 pm (UTC)
I've never heard of Dirty Martinis before but the notion of an olive stuffed with blue cheese (any specific variety required?) sounds heavenly on its own, no Martini required!
Aug. 2nd, 2013 07:53 pm (UTC)
IKR? Since a lot of what I'm currently carrying came in the form of an absolutely insidious blue cheese called Bay Blue. Mixing something like that with a good quality olive? OMG!
Aug. 2nd, 2013 07:47 pm (UTC)
How strange, I've certainly never had blue cheese-stuffed olives in a Dirty Martini, not even in the bar called Dirty Martini in central London. Blue cheese anywhere near a cocktail sounds like a very bad idea to me!

A Dirty Martini to me is, as you say, a Martini with a little of the olive brine added. Also maybe a sprig of Thyme but that's optional.
Aug. 2nd, 2013 07:54 pm (UTC)
The thyme sounds like a good addition. I will run this by my bar-tender friends a the Mint, but I've honestly never heard of such a thing and I was getting a massive case of embarrassment during the whole exchange, because new-new boss seemed absolutely convinced she was correct, so this much be happening SOMEWHERE!
Aug. 2nd, 2013 09:04 pm (UTC)
As far as I know, Morganmuffle is right - a dirty martini is made with added olive brine. from what I understand, it's an acquired taste.
Aug. 2nd, 2013 09:06 pm (UTC)
That's what I thought...but it must not be the case...somewhere.
Aug. 2nd, 2013 09:33 pm (UTC)
The only Dirty Martini I know is a drag queen.
Aug. 2nd, 2013 10:31 pm (UTC)
Me likey!
Aug. 3rd, 2013 01:27 pm (UTC)
I'm not a drinker so don't know squat about martinis, but now I'm wondering whether any place that would have decent blue cheese-stuffed olives is open yet.

Your new-new boss sounds like a better fit for you than your old-new boss. Is Old-new Boss still in the picture?
Aug. 3rd, 2013 02:51 pm (UTC)
Old-new boss is still with the company, but not involved with our account. The official reason for this is some babble about "global implementation" because we're allegedly getting ALL of the Law Firm's business which we had previously been splitting with another Travel Agency. Whether there are other factors involved, I don't know. I do know that none of us on the team were really happy with old-new boss, but I don't know if she had similar feelings or if that would have affected a corporate decision in any case.
Aug. 5th, 2013 05:39 am (UTC)
Ah. And, your company has more business, then? I hope that's a good thing.
Aug. 3rd, 2013 04:18 pm (UTC)
I'm an ex-bartender and I've never heard of putting blue cheese-stuffed olives in a dirty martini although i think the blue cheese-stuffed olives might make a pretty popular snack on their own.
Aug. 6th, 2013 04:20 pm (UTC)
I know, right? Assuming decent quality olives and a good blue cheese? YUMMY! Fattening as hell though.
Aug. 6th, 2013 03:21 am (UTC)
I've never had a martini, let alone heard of a dirty one, but I agree with everyone else that those olives sound delicious.

I'm glad new-new-boss is promising! I hope your work environment is a bit better because of her.
Aug. 6th, 2013 04:21 pm (UTC)
I'm really glad I stuck it out and survived the previous regime.
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