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Lunch with Larry, Moe, . . . Marcel & Marcus Tullius
April 25th, 2012

Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:

The recent release of a new Three Stooges movie qualifies as a pop-culture equivalent of Proust’s petit madeleine, an evocative trigger for a rush of memories. Recollections of TV rooms in childhood homes come to mind, and as do certain memories of neighbors and friends who used to partake as well, but not much more. In contrast to Proust’s narrator, this correspondent recalls nothing specific about any of the copious quantities of Three Stooges content he undoubtedly viewed, except their distinctive slapstick physicality. It’s the perfect cinematic opportunity: plenty of warm fuzzies in a potential audience of millions, and minimal narrative constraint.

Curiously enough, a parent’s spurned invitation to his daughter to see the Three Stooges movie elicited from him a reflexive exclamation of “O tempora, o mores!” leaving the daughter exasperated, and the parent sheepishly wondering whether Cicero mightn’t have deplored his nostalgia for Larry, Moe and Curly even more than his daughter’s ignorance of them.

But speaking of re-interpreting the past in the present, we are pleased to announce that lunch service will return to Solo Bistro starting May1!! The enthusiastic response to our trial run of lunch during Maine Restaurant Week last month has convinced us to bring it back, so from May 1 we will be open for lunch from 11:30 to 2, Tuesday through Saturday, and for dinner at 5PM on the same days. Friday Night Jazz, the daily prix fixe menus, and the 3-course $17.99 Wednesday Special remain unchanged. So without further ado . . .

Wednesday Special

This week’s $17.99 Wednesday Special begins with a simple salad of romaine lettuce and balsamic vinaigrette. For the main course, there will be a vegetarian risotto with roasted red bell pepper, cauliflower & spinach and parmesan cheese. For dessert, an orange flavored olive oil semolina cake.

For a wine special we’ll look to the Veneto, the Italian region north and mostly west of Venice. The Soave DOC is a little east of Verona, and was for a while the most widely sold Italian DOC wine in the US. By the end of the 20th Century, the American popularity of Soave had been eclipsed by that of Pinot Grigio. This prompted a move toward quality by some producers including the Tamellini brothers, who in 1998 decided to started making wine from the grape’s they grew rather than just selling them. The result is this very pretty but still substantial Soave. Only $5.50 a glass!

Friday Night Jazz April 27

Friday Night Jazz at Solo Bistro this week will feature Dr. Barney Balch, by day a mild mannered senior research scientist at the Bigelow Lab in Boothbay, but by night a terror on the trombone, tearing it up with Mickey Felder at the keyboard. Totally awesome trombone this Friday night with Dr. B and Mickey Felder from 6:30 to 9:30 PM!

As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where whether you’re a knucklehead, a numbskull. or a Nobel laureate, there’s something good to nosh on! Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk!

Pia & Will Neilson, Owners

Madam of Mystery
April 19th, 2012

 Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:

Spring has found its feet for sure! The ospreys are back, and not just them! Kingfishers, grouse, redwing blackbirds, robins, and now groups of swallows and swifts arriving to welcome the unofficial state bird, the “billbird,” or common mosquito, as it emerges from the many bodies of fresh and brackish water with which we are blessed in Maine. No doubt the billbird’s partner in crime, the black fly, has already made its presence felt a little inland as well. The air is still cool but the sun is warm – it really gives you an itch to get outdoors, especially before the outdoors returns the feeling!

Speaking of barely controllable urges involving a little scratch — really little for the quality — tomorrow brings another edition of the three course $17.99 Wednesday Special at Solo Bistro!

Wednesday Special

This week’s $17.99 Wednesday Special starts off with a cucumber romaine salad dressed in a balsamic vinaigrette. For the main we go to the Gulf of Maine in the form of an herb crusted filet of fresh Atlantic Pollock with a sundried tomato basil relish. And since a main course from the Gulf of Maine of course deserves a sweet course to cap the meal, the Pollock and its purchasers will get their deliciously just desserts in the form of lemon cake with simple icing. Simply superb!

For a wine special we’ll head for the left coast and Oregon’s Rogue Valley, with a pinot blanc from the Foris Winery. Clean and crisp without being austere, it should be a delightful gustatory companion to the food. Only $5.50 a glass. Do let us know what you think, as these wine specials are a good way to try out wines that might be worth adding to the list!

Friday Night Jazz April 20

For the first time in seven years of Friday Night Jazz at Solo Bistro, a scheduling miscue has left the bill incomplete this Friday night. The queen of vocal jazz in Maine, Ms. Tracey MacLean, will be back in the Bistro, this much we know. The question of who will pay her musical court and on what instrument remains open. So especially for mystery fans, this Friday we’ll feature the Mistress of Mystery, the Midcosat’s own Maven of Modern Music, the marvelously melodious Ms. MacLean and her as-yet-anonymous accompanist from 6:30 to 9:30 PM!

As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where the unaccompanied and the unknown are neither for long!

Pia & Will Neilson, Owners

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