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Celestial Tillage
July 30th, 2014

Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:

The week began again with a defile of drenching downpours and a dense blanket of fog. By the end of the day yesterday though, the lowering clouds had been plowed by some titanic atmospheric tractor, leaving narrow slits of bright blue amidst the furrowed gray. Through those slits fell strips of yellow sunlight that turned the treetops in the middle distance into a brilliant chartreuse ridge behind a stand of dark green pines hunkered down across a brown mudflat. It was an almost offhand declaration of a natural beauty so prodigious, that even those for whom it has become commonplace are occasionally obliged to look up from their quotidian cares and smile!

Of course natural beauty may be a feast for the senses, but it makes a meager meal for the stomach. On the other hand, a good meal will fill the alimentary and aesthetic bill in one go, not to mention the economic bill as well, if it’s the $17.99 Wednesday Special at Solo Bistro!

Wednesday Special

This week’s $17.99 Wednesday Special begins with a salad of local lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes with a lemon vinaigrette. The main course will be pan seared hake, accompanied by saffron arancinis – deep-fried rice, cheese and herb balls – wilted greens, parmesan cream and romesco sauce. A rum raisin brownie topped with cocoa powdered whipped cream will be the sweet.

Friday Night Jazz August 1

Gary Wittner returns from Poland to give an auspicious start to our August. This globe-girdling jazz guitarist gets his groove on from 6:30 – 9:30 PM this Friday in the New Space at Solo Bistro.

As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where beauty is in the eye of the beholder and near at hand to boot!


Pia & Will Neilson, Owners




Not-so-sour grapes.
July 23rd, 2014

Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:

After the long cold winter and short cold spring, summer is sliding by as sublimely as a summer in Maine may, if (of course) too quickly. It is indeed the epitome of estivation, the opposite in every way of hibernation, at least as practiced in this time and place!

Fortunately for hungry and thrifty estivators among us, season in and season out, sumptuous sustenance at a pittance pitches up weekly on Wednesdays in the form of the $17.99 Wednesday Special at Solo Bistro!

Wednesday Special

In this week’s $17.99 Wednesday Special, farm fresh lettuce with a warm bacon vinaigrette opens the show. The headliner is a Mediterranean dish featuring grape tomatoes, country olives, artichoke hearts, kale and feta cheese in a basil wine butter over torchio pasta. The closer is a square of lemon cheesecake with a strawberry coulis and honey whipped cream!

As it happens, one of this correspondent’s oenological ticks is that when “honey” is heard, “falanghina” follows for no other reason than that the elder Pliny reportedly called the grape “beloved of the bees.” Pliny, who died while attempting a rescue of victims of the famous eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79 AD that destroyed Pompeii. Today the falanghina grape still grows on the slopes of Vesuvius, and the wine from it will pair beautifully with this week’s Wednesday Special, so let us make a special of it too, at $7 a glass. It will be a perfect opportunity to recall the illustrious past and present pleasures of this grape!

Sunday brunch continues as does lunch and dinner the rest of the week.

Friday Night Jazz July 25

This week jazz vocalist Molly Pitcher returns with gypsy jazz guitarist Dave Clark for an evening of mostly classic jazz in the New Space at Solo Bistro. Based in the Bangor area, and widely known for their work with other ensembles, this duo is increasingly followed throughout the state in their own right. Check them out in Bath this Friday evening from 6:30 – 9:30 PM!

As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where daily the past and present belly up to the bar to hoist a toast to tomorrow!


Pia & Will Neilson, Owners




 
     
     
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