Heaving Sheets and Humped Caricature
February 25th, 2015
Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:
The deep freeze continues. This morning’s record lows had the chickadees on the down-low till the sun was on the up-high, and even then they were restrained. The weeks of freezing temps have created large expanses of unbroken ice on the neighborhood mud flats, except where rocks break through as the giant sheet rises and falls with the tide. Apparently the broken pieces freeze to the rocks so that successive cycles of the tide deposit further floes on top of those anchored to the rocks, building the modest ledges into twisted caricatures of themselves, large piles of oddly shaped ice sculpted twice daily by the unseen water swirling beneath the great white sheet.
With the vernal equinox coming into sight on the mensual horizon, Maine Restaurant Week is necessarily upon us: the herald in the hospitality biz of better times to come! This year’s edition will last a full two weeks, from March 1 through March 14. In the second week, Tapas Tuesday at Solo will return on March 10, with specials on Spanish wines and a smorgasbord of small plates to smite your fancy.
Also noteworthy this year in Bath is a special offer from the Chocolate Church Arts Center, which joins in the celebration of MRW by offering a 10% discount if you show a receipt for dinner on tickets at the door at all performances in those two weeks!
And speaking of discounts, who can forget the Solo Bistro $17.99 Wednesday Special, which this week will celebrate the pleasures of winter vegetables. Read on for a menu that won’t lard you up with lots of lipids likely to line your arteries!
This week the $17.99 Wednesday Special’s first course will be a coriander parsnip soup with a pepita pesto. The main course will be a winter salad of mushrooms, butternut squash, chard, red onion and goat cheese dressed in a lemon vinaigrette, and dessert will be a five spice basmati rice pudding. A healthy dinner at a happy price! Give winter the figurative kiss off and come to Solo instead!
Friday Night Jazz February 27
Gary Wittner returns this Friday to the New Space to serve up his sophisticated brand of guitar jazz. A scholar of Monk, a lover of latin jazz, a teacher and mentor to many, Gary is a professional musician at the top of his game who will endow an already excellent dinner with an extra element of art. There is no place like Solo, and no musician like Profe Gary Wittner. Guitar jazz this Friday @ Solo from 6:30 to 9:30 PM — alone in a class by itself!
As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where things are definitely chill!
Pia & Will Neilson, Owners
Chatter in the Chill
February 18th, 2015
>Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:
The pace of life seems to have slowed perceptibly since Bath’s near miss with a blizzard on the weekend. A much-needed walk along a relatively clear and dry back road through snowy woods, saw only two cars in an hour and a quarter. The deer path that crosses the road had not been used since Sunday’s snow, and chickadees provided pretty much the only visual and aural animal accompaniment. Not dissimilarly, on Front Street occasional flocks of children and adolescents, freed for the week from school, flutter by chattering, but otherwise it’s a few folks quietly picking their way with care among the snowbanks.
Tomorrow will serve up the beginning of our next bout of snow, but so too will it serve up the ever-delectable $17.99 Wednesday Special, giving one the get-up-and-go to get out of the house on yet another snowy night for great food at a great price!
This week’s $17.99 Wednesday Special kicks off with a salad of organic greens and a champagne vinaigrette. The greens will be followed by coq au vin — chicken leg and thigh braised in red wine with bacon lardons, mushrooms and fresh herbs, on top of mashed potatoes. For dessert, coconut cream profiteroles with goat cheese and amaretto cherries. Think of it as a quid pro quo for snow!
Friday Night Jazz February 20
This week longtime USM sax instructor Bill Street returns to the New Space with summa cum laude USM piano grad Mike Beling. Both Bill and Mike are composers as well as performers who collaborate in a number of different musical contexts and for whom jazz is a principal focus. Their previous visits have been much appreciated by devotees of Friday Night Jazz at Solo, so if you’re in the mood for some great jazz in this snowy, blowy week, come on out to Solo Bistro this Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 PM!
As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where the chattering classes are more comprised of chilly children, chickadees, and chipmunks than of pontificating pundits . . . .
Pia & Will Neilson, Owners