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Draggin’ in the New year
February 4th, 2012

Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:

Last Tuesday it was all about the deep freeze, this Tuesday it’s all about the shirt sleeves. It looks like the January thaw will be brief, as have been the cold snaps. More than just meteorological bungee jumping, everything today seems to this correspondent to smack of ambitendency – the tendency to exhibit contradictory behaviors arising from conflicting impulses. For example, the news this morning reported on Chinese New Year and the Year of the Dragon which begins today, and then on the passage by the French Senate of a bill criminalizing denial that the almost century-old killings of Armenians in Turkey was genocide. And as I write the political rituals of the the State of the State and the State of the Union addresses are kicking off with all their own — or, perhaps, our own — bipolarity.At least the media is saying that the Year of the Dragon is the luckiest of the 12 years in the Chinese “zodiac,” so there’s something to look forward to!

Of course every week of every year since 2006 brings something to look forward to in Bath: the $17.99 three course Wednesday Special, and this week is no different!

Wednesday Special 

This week’s $17.99 Wednesday Special will start with a classic salad of iceberg lettuce dressed with a parsley vinaigrette. The main course will be the Solo take on one of my childhood faves, shepherd’s pie — ground lamb, onions, carrots, peas topped with house-made duchess potatoes. For dessert, a delightful and delicious sticky toffee pudding. Sweet!

For the wine pairing this week, we’d like to introduce a pinot noir from Oregon that we have recently added to our list, the 2009 “Heritage Cuvee” from Arbor Brook Vineyards. It’s an elegant example of what this fine grape can produce, one the Wine Spectator rated at 91 points. It’s a very fine wine, and at $6.50 a glass it’s a steal that’ll make shepherd’s pie a meal fit for a king, not to mention a duchess!

Friday Night Jazz January 27
This week Flash Allen returns to the New Space with his keyboard, his voice and his inimitable panache. A consummate entertainer, Flash is a master at going with the flow of a room, moving from background to foreground and back again as the mood requires. If you’re looking for a thoroughly thrilling or at least particularly pleasant experience to round out this yoyo of a week, you’ll find it here at 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 ambitendentious, ambidextrous, ambulatory or merely ambient are seldom ambivalent when it comes to good chow!


Pia & Will Neilson, Owners

Janus’s Month (email of 1/10/12)
January 15th, 2012

Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:

Ah, January in Bath! One of those periods in which one’s mind takes up the vagabond life . . . . A lot of gray, a lot of cold, folks hunkered down at home; one goes through the motions, still recovering from the exertions of the holidays, not quite ready to face the expanse of time stretching out till spring.Fortunately, Chefs Lavelle and Merry have turned their daydreams of azure seas, cerulean skies and toastier temps to good use and have come up with a deliciously practical response to the problem of January in Bath for tomorrow’s $17.99 three course Wednesday Special!

Wednesday Special 

Last week’s culinary fling in the Languedoc demonstrated two things – a hearty dish is an appealing thing on a cold winter’s night, and a well-paired wine is widely appreciated! Taking the lesson to heart, we’ll give it another go this week, only moving the venue across the Pyrenees to Catalonia, whose Mediterranean shores offer a mental antidote to our iron-gray and icy seas. (Those seas nevertheless produce the most delectable treats, including the Maine shrimp that will star in this week’s main course. But that is getting ahead of the game . . . )

The first course in our little break from January will be escalivada, a roasted vegetable salad with eggplant, peppers, onions and garlic, followed by the aforementioned fresh Maine shrimp in a suquet, a Catalan seafood stew with potatoes and house-made chorizo in a tomato sofrito – onions, tomatoes & garlic among other things.

Paired with this hearty shrimp and sausage stew we’ll offer the Cesca Vicent Priorat for only $6.50 a glass. The semi-arid conditions of Catalonia’s Priorat region make for low yields and intense wines, amongst them some of Spain’s most sought after and expensive ones. Cela Cesca Vicent is a certified organic producer whose vineyards date back to the 15th Century. Maine shrimp in a Catalan seafood stew with Catalonia’s most famous appellation by the glass for only $6.50 – what’s not to like!!!

For dessert, candied almonds and crème catalan, a custard flavored with bay leaf, cinnamon and lemon to seal the escape from the ordinary! We’ll get some good out of January yet!

Friday Night Jazz January 13
This week the Downeast Dean of Darn Good Jazz Guitar, Mr. Gary Wittner, along with boffo bass man Tom Bucci, Jr. will play the New Space on Friday. Gary is a scholar of Thelonious Monk’s work, having published a collection of his transcriptions for guitar of Monk’s compositions (Thelonious Monk for Guitar), and is also a devotee of latin jazz. He has been a regular at Solo Jazz nights from the outset. Tom Bucci, a double bass player who is well known throughout the region for his work with Port City Jazz. Tom has also appeared at Solo on numerous occasions to the delight of patrons.

The perfect pair to ease the passage of mid-January in the Mid Coast, this Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 PM!

As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where January just isn’t as jubilant as July!


Pia & Will Neilson, Owners

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