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Holiday Hash
December 17th, 2014

Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:

The pressure wave ahead of the annual social, economic and cultural paroxysm we call “the holidays” is now quite palpable, even to the minimally sentient among us, and shortly the wave itself will break upon us in a tumult of gladness, joy, memory, anticipation, obligation, and differing degrees of stress and distress. The relative ratios thereof may vary depending on where upon life’s strand we stand, but some foamy turbulence at least is unavoidable. One could say it’s baked into the Christmas cake, though to do so would make a metaphoric hash!

Before the crest of that wave comes crashing down, one might suggest reserving a table at Solo Bistro on New Year’s Eve with Gary Wittner, or for New Year’s Day brunch from 10:30 to 2, or generally in the next couple of weeks, so as to be sure of a pleasant and restorative spot at a particular time in the midst of all the holiday hoopla . . . not least for the famous 3 Course $17.99 Wednesday Special, if you’re looking for fabulous food at a fabulous price!

Wednesday Special

To start this week’s offering, Chef Franklyn proposes a summery frisson in the form of a frisée salad, with roasted grape tomatoes, pickled onion and a blue cheese emulsion. Then cioppino, for the main course, a delicious San Franciscan Italian stew of mussels, shrimp and fish in a tomato fennel sauce. For dessert, a taste of the tropics with a coconut cake, lemon crème anglaise, and whipped cream! Bath is lovely in this season (check out David Hufstader’s beautiful images of Bath by night this time of year) but a little culinary color counters a certain paucity of sensory pleasures in these cold gray December days!

Friday Night Jazz December 19

Gary Wittner returns to the New Space with his jazz guitar and his encyclopedic knowledge of the form. And if you thought Gary has a somewhat monkish mien, you would not be far wrong, for he is one of the world’s foremost students and interpreters for guitar of the work of the great jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk. Monk’s music and more – and we’re not talking Gregorian chant — right here at Solo Bistro this Friday from 6:30 – 9:30 PM! Amen!.

As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where though all the world be a stage, at least there’s some great grub to be had nearby!


Pia & Will Neilson, Owners




Wintry Mix
December 10th, 2014

Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:

Wet and windy winter weather is washing its chilly way through the southern midcoast this midweek, after a beautiful but bitter couple of days and moonlit nights. Rambling along the road with a recalcitrant canine companion on one of those nights, it was interesting to note how the full moon rendered the now leafless trees almost transparent, the birch reflecting the blue-white light while the darker-barked trees disappeared in the shadows. What by day was a dense grove of mostly deciduous trees was suddenly by night transformed into an open sylvan scene beneath a fierce frieze of frozen moon and stars.

Sad to say a soaking rain on top of ice and snow provides none of the sharp-edged thrill of such a winter’s night, though it is not without a its own sullen note of danger. But amidst the slippery sodden slush there remains not a little to be glad of, such as Saturday and Sunday brunch at Solo, for example, or the famous 3 Course $17.99 Wednesday Special!

Wednesday Special

To start this wintry week’s special, Chef Franklyn will evoke memories of Mediterranean summer with a tomato and parsley soup, garnished with a dollop of country olive tapenade. The Mediterranean influence will continue in the Chef’s main course riposte to the miserable mess slathered on the sidewalks and streets with a plate of orrechiette pasta in a sauce of shallots, artichoke bottoms, roasted red peppers, capers and clams. For dessert, to buck one up for the return to New England winter, warm gingerbread and spiced cream cheese! Take that, oh wretched weather!

Friday Night Jazz December 12

Jazz singer Lorna Prescott returns to the New Space at Solo with piano man extraordinaire, Mickey Felder. Classic jazz at its best, right here in Bath this Friday at Solo Bistro from 6:30 – 9:30 PM! ‘Nuff said!

As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where the food is worth waiting for, whatever the weather.


Pia & Will Neilson, Owners




 
     
     
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