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Romanticism & the Y (sent 3/27/12)
March 29th, 2012

Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:

After a week of summery weather we are definitely back into early spring in Maine – wind chills of 5 below to 10 above at 9 am this morning had flora and fauna alike – including the two legged variety – looking noticeably less exuberant than at this time last week!

One of my favorite places in Bath is the YMCA. Architecturally it’s one of the nicest YMCA’s I have known, and the social environment, with folks from all walks of life, stands out as much as the built. It seems the weight room staff have differing levels of tolerance for the televisions in the room, but at some point during the morning someone always mutes them, after which one’s ability to follow what’s going on is limited and one is more or less forced to construct one’s own narrative.

Such was the case recently when a story headlined “What do you want to do before you die?” aired on the Today Show. A bucket list kind of thing, I suppose. I was mildly surprised to find myself thinking I had no idea what I wanted to do before I died. While I suppose there may have been a time when I might have had a ready answer, now the question seems largely irrelevant – anything that can be “done” or “achieved” feels to me like it would be beside the point at the end of life. Not that I don’t have goals or things I’d very much like to do, but rather that process seems more the issue to me these days than product. Is this some individual spiritual evolution? A personal pledge of allegiance in the old faith versus works controversy? A nascent Buddhist streak? (If you know the answer, please write it on the hull of a Sundeer 64 or equivalent and send it to me c/o the Kennebec Tavern Marina . . . .) For some reason Wordsworth’s poem “Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood,” comes to mind, a poem I have not read – nor barely thought of – for at least 37 years until today!

So anyway, like I was saying, the Bath YMCA is a pretty interesting place, and if you haven’t been, you should go!

And let me just say that I consider this missive notice to the producers of the Today Show that the $17.99 Wednesday Special at Solo Bistro is to die for, and they should definitely put it on their bucket lists! Check it out:

Wednesday Special

The $17.99 Wednesday Special this week begins with a spicy chipotle Caesar salad, which, the Food Lover’s Companion reminds us, originated in Mexico in 1924, though without the chipotle! This will be followed by a main course of ocean perch with red bell pepper and ginger jelly that is one of the tastiest condiments I have ever enjoyed – kudos to Chef Lavelle. A bit piquant, a tad sweet, it’s dynamite on fish! For dessert, the kitchen will be staying with the sweet and sour theme with a key lime tart.

Given the prominence of spicy flavors in the first two courses, we’ll sell the semi-dry version of our regular Finger Lakes Dry Riesling from Dr. Konstantin Frank’s winery by the glass, in addition to the dry. Two delightful wines from the pioneer of the Riesling varietal in this country.

Friday Night Jazz March 30

This Friday we close out the month of March with vocalist Sue Sheriff, accompanied by Peter Blue at the keyboard, for Friday Night Jazz. “Sue & Blue” made their first appearance in the New Space last year and have been back several times since to the delight of diners and devotees of downtown jazz in our demographic! It may be chilly again outside, but it’ll be hot at Solo this Friday with Sue & Blue from 6:30 to 9:30 PM!

As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where the child may be father to the man, but there’s plenty of room at the table for both!*

Pia & Will Neilson, Owners


* “The Child is Father of the Man;
And I could wish my days to be
Bound each to each by natural piety.”

(From another Wordsworth poem “My heart leaps up when I behold,” quoted at the outset of “Ode: Intimations of Immortality.”)

Very Vernal Equinox (sent 3/18/12)
March 29th, 2012

Dear Friends and Customers of Solo Bistro:

So comes the sun, skipping over the equator on a northbound bounce in the celestial game of Pong between the Tropics of Capricorn and Cancer! This seductive warmth has me looking over my shoulder though, wondering if it is just a set up for a meteorological sucker punch. The crocuses and daffodils have no qualms however, and the peepers are singing with unself-conscious abandon – perhaps examples to follow when there is nothing that one can do anyway! It is sweet while it lasts, and the rest will take care of itself as it may.


Something else that’s pretty sweet – and dependable to boot – is the three course $17.99 Wednesday Special, to wit:


Wednesday Special


The $17.99 Wednesday Special this week begins with an iceberg lettuce salad and house-made blue cheese dressing. The main course will be Maine shrimp alla Fiorentina — shrimp, spinach, and a cheese mornay sauce over bucatini pasta, those thick and hollow spaghetti strands.


Dessert will be a lemon cake, which Katie intends to involve with raspberries in a form she has yet to determine, so we’ll call it a lemon cake surprise!


In the wine department, we’ll propose the delightful chard from Aubert de Villaine’s “Les Clous” vineyard, which has good acidity and minerality that will stand up to the mornay sauce without giving up on the fruit. A nice chance to try this good quality white burgundy by the glass at $8!


Friday Night Jazz March 23

This Friday the multi-talented Flash Allen returns with his keyboard, voice and sense of humor to the New Space for Friday Night Jazz. If you’re in the mood for good food, good drink and good jazz on an early spring Friday, you know where to find it! The Equinoctial Flash, from 6:30 to 9:30 PM this Friday at Solo Bistro!

As always, we look forward to seeing you on Front Street in downtown Bath, where a spot of prematurely sprung spring is not to be spurned!


Pia & Will Neilson, Owners

Solo Bistro Bistro 128 front street, downtown bath maine, 207.443.3373
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