WELCOME TO THE BISTRO!!!
And, another fine week it has been! I’ve been watching the rain pour down for almost 3 days and fought my way home from the barn this afternoon in FOG. Yes, fog in February and now gale force winds as I write this. The flags are not flapping in the breeze but flat out straight and all of the wind chimes are shouting out at full force. Then there are my four 4 legged friends that are going stark crazy because they can’t get out to pasture or a walk. Niki and Pico and I will do a “yard walk” if it isn’t icy or deep snow. They are so grateful to stretch their legs. And the big guys, Z and Picasso are at least let out into the arena every day to move around. And, each temperature change brings a new sheet, or “jacket”, depending on the temperature. Heavy, mid-weight or light. Two horses, six sheets, on-off… polar flexes last week = heavy, then 30 degrees, mid-weight and warmer than that Mr. P goes to a light sheet as he is a hairy boy. He grows his own blanket so he’s never cold. Trust me, no complaints taking care of my furry buds. Love them a ton. And they “take care of me” too.
We celebrated our “work” Christmas Party last Sunday, Super Bowl, and had lots of fun. Sharon and I try to plan an afternoon that allows everyone to interact in a much different way than when we have our noses to the grind stone at the Bistro. We are an outstanding “work” team as we take care of business and a great extended family on our little forays. The day started meeting at the Bistro and champagne toast in thanks of another great year and in celebration of 64 in business. We always raise a glass to Tom and his dad, Jim, in gratitude for their vision and laying the building blocks of what we still stand for today. They were true pioneers in the Detroit restaurant world and the architects of a business that has persevered over 6 decades. We’re all proud to personify their principals and ethics. This part of our party is the most emotional for me. I so appreciate everyone that works with me. And it truly that, with me, not for me. We are a great team.
Then we loaded onto our party bus and headed downtown to Detroit Shipping Company in the Cass Corridor. The DSCO is a mix of beer garden and unique style “food truck “ Eateries. There are galleries for local artists and retailers . The food was great, service excellent and all in a space built from shipping containers. We had a fun day and I’m reminded of one of my favorite quotes from the book Illusions, written by Richard Bach, “The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.”
Remember Thursday is Valentine’s Day. St. Valentine lived in Rome during the rule of Emperor Claudius. Claudius wanted to have the largest army I in the world and thought that by making marriage unlawful he’d get more young men to join-up. Fr. Valentine secretly married couples until he was caught and sentenced to death. While in prison he was befriended by the guard’s daughter who spent many hours visiting with him. On the day of his death February 14, 269 AD, he wrote her a note thanking her and signed it Love Valentine. He is the patron Saint of Love. Over a billion cards are sent every year with teachers receiving the most.
Make your reservations for Thursday!
Sharon and crew have some awesome Chalkboard Features Once Again. As a starter Fried Clam Strips, Thick and Juicy, with Homemade Tartar. Bistro Plates Include Tri-Fecta Meatball Pasta: Ground Veal, Pork & Beef Big Meatballs served over Angel Hair Pasta with Travis’s Homade Tomato Sauce; Panko Crusted Rainbow Trout Roasted and Presented with a House made Shrimp and Veggie Roll, Grilled Scallion Vinaigrette and Sweet and Sour Sauce for Dipping; Veggie Plate With a Delicata Squash Filled with a Vegetarian Barley Risotto Studded with Brussels Sprouts & Sun-Dried Cranberries; and lastly Mahi Mahi Fajitas Sautéed Mahi, Tri-Color Peppers, Onion, Tequila, Lime and Mexican Spices. Served with Re-Fried Black Beans, Smashed Avocado and Warm Flour Tortillas. YUM!!!
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE BISTRO AND WISH YOU ALL MANY MILLION DOLLAR DAYS!!!
Mary, Niki, Pico, Picasso and Z
Certified Executive Chef and Owner of Diamond Jim Brady's Bistro