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Amiable Alimentation
August 20th, 2014

Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:

If this morning’s forecast is to be believed, we are in the midst of the best week of the summer. Hints of the coming change of season appear here and there – a flash or two of color in marshy scrub trees, the browning of chestnut leaves, striped bass coming back on the flats, and most of all the clear, dry air that makes for warm days and cool nights. Not yet elegiac, it is a time of plenty, with gardens and farmers markets brimming with their beautiful bounty, and of pleasure, both prandial and social, each enhancing the other, as good friends and good food are wont to do.

And, of course, where better to enjoy good friends and food for an almost freakishly frugal price than Solo Bistro on a Wednesday evening, when the 3 course $17.99 Wednesday Special is on offer? Nowhere, this correspondent immodestly, but sincerely, suggests!

Wednesday Special

This week’s menu will begin with farm fresh lettuce, deliciously dressed in a champagne vinaigrette. For the main course, Chef Franklyn proposes a Mediterranean inspired dish of chicken sautéed with farm tomatoes, capers, country olives, kale and feta in a lemon-white wine butter sauce over torchio pasta. For dessert, a chocolate brownie finished with a dab of strawberry jam and a dollop of whipped cream. Frankly fantastic!

Friday Night Jazz August 22

Saxophonist Bill Street of USM and piano-man Mike Beling will be spicing up the fourth Friday of this five-Friday month with their sophisticated, syncopated and much celebrated jazz talent from 6:30 – 9:30 PM at Solo Bistro.

As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where in weather fair and foul, friends are fêted with good food and drink, and heartfelt gratitude for the pleasure of their fellowship!


Pia & Will Neilson, Owners




Dogfishin’
August 12th, 2014

Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:

A study of 40 transponder-tagged spiny dogfish is raising a ruckus in the sometimes rough-and-tumble world of fisheries management. It seems that if the behavior of these forty fish are generalizable, instead of one population that migrates between New England and the Carolinas along the bottom, there may be two distinct populations migrating east and west and active throughout the water column, which in turn could mean that there are many, many more spiny dogfish in the sea than previously thought. Some are speculating that dogfish may be the reason codfish stocks have not been rebounding as hoped . . . .

Luckily Chef Raymond Franklyn is riding to the rescue, though his white hat is a chef’s toque and not a ten-gallon one, and instead of a six-shooter he wields the Solo Bistro $17.99 Wednesday Special as he leads his company in the Gulf of Maine Research Institute’s charge to relieve the beleaguered codfish!

Wednesday Special

While scheduling constraints have prevented getting the full menu out in this missive, (you will be able to see it here this afternoon), the main course will be fish & chips, for which “rock salmon” – a British name for dogfish – is the ideal fish. Indeed in Europe the spiny dogfish stock is heavily depleted by robust consumption in the UK, France and the Benelux countries, but here in the US, even before the possibility of vastly larger stocks was raised, squalus acanthus landings were far below the quota. Chef Franklyn will be trying it out in various recipes this month, but the classic fish and chips will kick it off!

Friday Night Jazz August 15

Gary Witner and Raul Freyre return to the New Space with classic and Latin jazz. Don’t miss these two old friends and accomplished musicians this Friday night from 6:30 – 9:30 PM at Solo Bistro.

As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where the livin’ is doggone good!


Pia & Will Neilson, Owners




 
     
     
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