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Duckin’ the Cat in the Hat
November 26th, 2014

Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:

With the sun nearing its annual nadir, the sunrises and sunsets that manage to penetrate the lowering clouds are mere watercolor washes of their summer selves. Out with the dog at dawn last week by our accustomed Back River salt marsh, a convoy of ducks swam single file up a winding ribbon of water through the mudflat; to the east a narrow swatch of pale yellow and to the west one of palest blue, sandwiched between a slate sky above and the similarly slate-hued flat below. The pale yellow brightened abruptly as the sun crested the trees of Westport Island and briefly poured itself into the slot between the clouds and the mudflat. The ducks diverted from the channel and waddled off across the mud, the sun passed above the edge of the clouds, and the scene reverted to the leaden livery of late fall. This evening’s sunset sky furrowed orange and purple is the first reprieve from that monochrome meme in the days since, and it has faded in the time it took write this sentence. Sic transit gloria mundi . . . .

Fortunately the chromatic challenges of the season are hardly a match for the colorful culinary capabilities of Chef Ray Franklyn, whose famous 3 Course $17.99 Wednesday Special will certainly paint rainbows all over your blues – or grays, as the case may be!

Wednesday Special

This week’s Wednesday Special will start with Westport Island’s own Tarbox Farm spicy greens with toasted walnuts and a cranberry vinaigrette. Country style oxtail stew will be just the thing to fortify you for the forecast snowfall! It will be slow-braised in a red wine and tomato soauce with carrots, leeks and potatoes. For dessert, a fudge brownie with vanilla soaked berries and whipped cream. That alone is worth a battle with the elements!

Friday Night Jazz November 28

Bill Barnes returns to the New Space with his old guitar and new, at least at Solo, collaborator, Spike Hyssong, on the bass. Plucky fellows whose string-plucking will pluck up your morale on the far side of the holiday’s tryptophanic torpor, at Solo Bistro this Friday from 6:30 – 9:30 PM!

As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where we are proud to proclaim with the Cat in the Hat, “I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny!”


Pia & Will Neilson, Owners




Muddying the issue
November 19th, 2014

Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:

Mud season is suddenly here in more than name only. After a dry and benign fall, a series of substantial storms in the last two weeks has topped up local ponds and streams and left folks squelching through their lawns, though from the forecast the squelching will shortly turn to crunching or cracking! The leaves are mostly down, the rose in the dooryard that began to bloom after the first snowstorm has had its unfurling unceremoniously arrested, and wood smoke is in the air. Winter is making its approach felt firmly all up and down the Kennebec from its already snowy headwaters to the chilly, choppy waters of Popham and Seguin.

But here in Bath we’re bundling up against the breeze and baking up the bounty of our farms to blunt the frigid blast that’s blowing into town. Happy are those for whom the baker is Chef Ray Franklyn, and doubly so when the product of his formidable talent is found in the famous fixed price Solo Bistro 3 Course $17.99 Wednesday Special! Read but on!

Wednesday Special

That hardiest of local greens, kale, will form the base of a late fall salad accented with bacon lardons, parmesan cheese and lemon Caesar dressing. The main course will be a duck and rabbit pot pie, with potatoes, carrots and celery, green pea velouté and a flaky crust! For dessert: chocolate pudding with balsamic raspberry sauce and whipped cream. $17.99? You betcha!

Friday Night Jazz November 21

Piano man Jesse Feinberg returns solo to Solo this week for Friday Night Jazz. A teacher of classical and jazz piano at the Portland Conservatory of Music and a summa cum laude grad of UMA in jazz performance, Jesse is well known throughout Maine and Massachusetts as a performer, composer and band leader. If you like piano jazz, come to Solo Bistro for some of the best this Friday from 6:30 – 9:30 PM!

As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where even old man winter will while away the dinner hour in comfort and style!


Pia & Will Neilson, Owners




 
     
     
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