And, another fine week it has been. My yard is a carpet of leaves thanks to the rain and colder weather. The pups traipse through them to “do their business” and, come in plastered with a coat of fall color. It is pretty funny to watch them running around the yard stirring up a snowfall of downed fall foliage behind them. They seem to get a kick out of it. I had an extra ride yesterday getting a lesson on my trainer’s horse Danny. He is a decade younger than Z and doesn’t know as many “tricks.” He is a really cool horse and a very kind guy and gave me a run for my $$ trying to keep up with a youngster. Lots of fun. I rode Z afterward and he was full of spunk too. I attribute it to the cooler temps. Most of the horses are wearing a lightweight sheet now to slow down or prevent coat growth. It takes way too long for them to dry out after a ride if they are furry. Oh, the joys of seasonal change.
Speaking of which, there’s been very few people using the outside tables so many of them will be put into storage until the Spring. We’ve obviously been much busier inside and have been strictly following the rules of social distancing, mask wearing (or should I say policing?) and general and hand sanitization. During peak hours we still are going on a wait, although now there is no bar or lobby waiting areas. However, on most days, the Bistro is not busy early afternoon. It is a good time to come in if you’re concerned with being around a gathering of people. And, to make it more appealing, we’re starting a “Quiet Happy Hour” 2-4 Monday thru Friday. We’ll take 10% off your bill, drinks included. We are planning on opening for lunch/brunch on Sunday’s soon. Sharon and I are trying to figure out how to fit another Let Mary and Sharon Cook day in knowing that the demand is there. Remember that the full menu is always available for to-go as are cocktails and wine. We’re happy to run it out to your car too!
Halloween, next Saturday, is the celebration of the Eve of Saints. The word dates back to 1745 and marks the end of harvest and beginning of winter or “the darker half of the year.” Trick-or-Treating began in the Middle Ages when poor people collected baked goods called “soul cakes” from the wealthy. In exchange they promised to pray for the giver’s deceased loved ones. Costumes were worn in an effort to scare spirits away, Jack-0-Lanterns were used in ancient Ireland to frighten away ghosts and bobbing for apples was celebrated during the Roman festival for Pomona, the goddess of fruit and orchards around November 1. The first person to catch a bobbing apple with their teeth would be the first to marry in the New Year.
Also, the International Committee of the Red Cross was founded on October 29th, 1863 by Jean Henri Dunant, a wealthy Swiss businessman, who was moved by war’s devastating effect on both the soldiers and civilians while on a business tour of battle fields in northern Italy in 1859. He urged for the creation of a multi-national relief effort that would care for those wounded in wartime. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1901; the first ever awarded, and bequeathed the money to charity. His mission statement: “We are all brothers.” He died on October 30th, 1910 but his vison lives on.
Sharon and crew have some awesome Chalkboard Features starting tonight.
The Special Drink is a BLOOD ORANGE MARTINI.
For a Starter, the ever popular, ½# CLAM STRIPS are back and Served with a Tabasco, Lemon Aioli.
Bistro Plates Include: Boneless, Skinless
RAINBOW TROUT Fillets Rubbed with Citrus Aioli, Roasted and Presented with Fennel, Wilted Spinach and a Smoked Grapefruit Vinaigrette; a Grilled
1# COWBOY STEAK Accompanied with Lyonnaise Potatoes, Roasted Forest Mushrooms and Horseradish Butter; Sautéed
PECAN CRUSTED WALLEYE , Citrus Glazed Sweet Potatoes, Skinny Green Beans and a Dollop of Cranberry Relish,
and last, not least
VEGETARIAN STUFFED PORTOBELLO MUSHROOM Chock Full of Spinach, Artichokes and Fresh Mozzarella. Presented with Marinara Sauce and a Garnish of Crispy Zucchini Straw. YUM!!!
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE BISTRO!
BE SAFE, WEAR YOUR WHEN REQUIRED ANDMAKE SURE YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR GREATEST PRIVDLEGE, VOTE!
XXOO, Mary, The Pups and Ponies