An Another Fine Week It Has Been
The incredible weather the last few days had certainly made it nice for the guys doing my deck. I always am up early – 6:30, and have time to take the pups out before they come rolling in. Of course, once Mad and Sof know they are here I open the door and out they bound to welcome their new friends. It makes me smile. They all have dogs too, but big ones, boxers, shepherds, and mixes. So my little girls are treated like royalty. They love it. Speaking of which, Maddie and Sofia, both 9-ish, are running around like puppies. They have finally started to listen to my firm “NO” to running after deer. I am trying really hard to keep them out of the woods due to the ever present ticks. Yuck! The plant life is growing in leaps and bounds thanks to the rain and sun. The peonies are just beginning to bloom and if we have a warm week there will be rhubarb on the menu next weekend. The bird houses are full; it’s always a pleasure to welcome my feathered friend’s home for the summer. A Screech owl, named Nebil, adopted us last year around this time. He, or she, disappeared for a stretch but is back now with a “spouse.” A lot of time, even in daylight, I’ll hear the “woo-woo.” Many times, after dark, if I answer back I’m pleasantly surprised to get a response. Nebil is big. I worry about my dogs but after researching I learned that small rodents and finches are their diet. The chipmunks are back with a menace. Go for them Nebil! Frogs, turtles and Sand Cranes abound. Virus doesn’t affect them. TYG.
This from last year at this time: “ Sharon and I are waiting with expectation as to when we may open the Bistro to full capacity. And also, the exciting news that the CDC has lifted the mask rule. The state of Michigan has not so we have to abide by the Oakland County Health Department guidelines. We, you, all of us can’t wait. It will be so awesome to see everyone’s smiles once again. I haven’t seen almost any of my team’s full face in over a year. We keep our mask’s on from walking in to walking out. I am very glad that I decided to keep the Bistro closed for Mother’s day. Everyone’s job has been extremely stressful during this. We are exhausted at the end of the week. It was important that we got to spend time with our families and not work on, what would surely have been, an insanely busy day. We would have pulled it off, but why? Sales are important because they obviously pay the bills but, more important is the peace and happiness that comes with one’s family."
And, with that memory of a year ago I am still happy with my decision not to open for this Mother’s day either. Covid has changed my perspective on what is important to us as a Bistro Family. A crazy, insane day isn’t imperative anymore. We have evolved into a 5 day a week operation that works incredibly well for us all. Life is good. And, know, as I remind you often, it could not happen without you.
May is dedicated to 2 worthy health causes – National Stroke Awareness Month and Mediterranean Diet Month. Stroke kills nearly 150, 00 of the 860,000 Americans who die of cardiovascular disease each year – that’s 1 in every 19 deaths from all causes. A stroke triggers brain tissue to die, which leads to brain damage, disability and death. 80% of strokes are preventable by making lifestyle changes to help control cholesterol levels and blood pressure. The symptoms of a stroke can be remembered by the acronym F.A.S.T. F= Face drooping; A= Arm weakness; S= Speech difficulty, slurring of words and T= Time to call 9-1-1 immediately if a person shows any of these signs. Sudden dizziness, blurred vision, severe headache, sudden numbness of the face, arm or leg or confusion or trouble understanding others. Don’t wait to call 9-1-1. Fast treatment can deter serious damage. Eat a healthy diet, maintain a healthy weight, be physically active, don’t smoke, limit alcohol and prevent or manage high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes and obesity. The Mediterranean Diet can help. It’s a lifestyle that embraces plenty of fruits and vegetables, includes a moderate amount of seafood, legumes, whole grains and olive oil. Red meat and dairy are eaten only occasionally and the avoidance of refined carbs and sugars highly suggested. Protein amounts should cover the least amount of space on your plate with leafy greens and colorful produce the remainder. Season food with fresh herbs versus salt and choose naturally healthy fats like nuts, olive oil and avocado. This isn’t a “diet” but a way of life. Simple changes can lead to a wealth of health benefits such as lower cholesterol and lower blood pressure.
Sharon and crew have some amazing Weekend Features starting tonight.
For a Starter: FRIED OYSTERS: Served with Joe’s Famous Mustard Sauce and a Sprinkling of Corn Relish.
BISTRO PLATES INCLUDE:
GOLDEN CORVINA: Pan Roasted with Herbs and Lemon over Ricotta Polenta with Skinny Green Beans and A Zippy Tomato Relish;
GRILLED 14 OZ. PORK CHOP: Basted with Bourbon Burnt Honey and Accompanied with Bacon Braised Navy Beans and Stewed Greens ;
SEA SCALLOPS AND GULF SHRIMP: Pan Seared and Presented Over a Diced Sweet Potato Hash with English Peas and Peanuts Garnished with a spiced Coconut Sauce and
Last, not Least
OUR SWEET: A Blondie Brownie with Chocolate Chips Served Warm with Homemade Espresso Gelato and a Caramel Drizzle. YUM!!!
Happy 72nd Birthday Stevie Wonder!!! Born in Saginaw, MI. on May 12th. He signed a contract with Motown Records at 11 years old and has been wowing us since. “You are the Sunshine of Our Lives.”
WE WISH YOU MANY HEALTHY AND SAFE MILLION DOLLAR DAYS…
Mary, Maddie, Sofia, Z and Kos
Certified Executive Chef and Owner of Diamond Jim Brady's Bistro