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Language and the Languedoc
January 3rd, 2012

Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:

This note kicks off the seventh calendar year of these emails – quite incredible to me! Over six years of verbal hijinks and hyperbole, purple prose and alliterative allusion, illusion and ellipses . . . . No one could be more surprised than me that this is so! I am honored that so many of you take the time to read my weekly bit of commercial puffery. Thank you!

Never one to let sleeping dogs lie, however, I have now started a blog where I will post these weekly missives in addition to such other thoughts on food, drink, the economy, culture and the weather as may make it past the flippers of the pinball table between my ears . . . . it will be found at solobistro.com/blog should your appetite for my immodest musings not be appeased by a merely weekly helping.

As for the more natural appetites that are the real concern of this communication, the $17.99 Wednesday Special is at hand!

Wednesday Special

 

This week’s Wednesday Special features the ideal meal for a cold snap: cassoulet, that stick-to-your ribs combo of duck, sausage and beans from the south central region of France, the Languedoc. The perfect accompaniment would be a bottle of Chateau de Flaugergues from the same region, one of my sentimental favorites! In fact we will sell it by the glass tomorrow for a mere $6.50 in hopes of introducing more of you to it. That’s a steal for this wine! We’ll call it “Languedoc Night at Solo!”

This hearty main course will be bracketed by a romaine and green goddess salad at the outset and a flourless chocolate cake at the finish! This is some darn good stuff for $17.99! Plus Flaugergues @ $6.50. Jiminy!

Friday Night Jazz January 6

We are delighted that for our first Friday Night Jazz of 2012 we will welcome back Ahmad Hassan Muhammad at the keyboard. This incredibly talented jazz pianist used to be a regular at Solo while an undergrad at Bowdoin, but since his graduation last spring he has been absent from the New Space while touring the Northeast and Midwest. Fortunately he is calling Portland home base for the moment, and we count ourselves lucky to have gotten on his dance card for this chilly January eve. Don’t miss the return of Ahmad Hassan Muhammad this Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 PM!

As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where food is the lingua franca!

Pia & Will Neilson, Owners




Thoughts on NYE 2011
December 31st, 2011

So we come to the end of another year!  The modest 2009 stimulus ran out this year, and as predicted, the economy sputtered, but – so far – each time it has seemed about to stall completely, it has lurched ahead again.  Big storm clouds lurk on both the western and eastern horizons, between the possible disintegration of the euro-zone and the possible bursting of a Chinese real estate bubble. 

I happened to watch Peter Jackson’s film version of Tolkien’s Fellowship of the Ring on Boxing Day, and the elf queen Galadriel’s pronouncement  to the effect that “the Quest stands on a knife edge, stray but a little from the path and it will fail,” resonated with more than the soundtrack’s intended reverb in the current economic and political context.  But though the economy is fairly precariously poised, I take heart from the pluck and grit of the small businesses and consumers who continue to plod ahead on hundreds of thousands of Main Streets around the country, in spite of  inclement economic conditions. 

Bath appears to be weathering the storm in good shape, Brunswick seems to have turned a corner on its post-BNAS journey, and thanks to good leadership in the region’s economic drivers (BIW, Mid-Coast Hospital, Maine Maritime Museum and Reed & Reed come quickly to mind, among others) and to some good work by the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority on new uses for the old Naval Air Station, the southern mid-coast seems in fact to be on a path somewhat broader than a knife edge.  The way through 2012 still looks to have more than its fair share of perils, but I like our prospects rather better than I would Frodo’s and Sam’s!

On behalf of Pia and myself, and all the staff at Solo Bistro, we wish our friends and customers fair winds and following seas for the year ahead, notwithstanding forecasts to the contrary.

Will Neilson




 
     
     
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