Welcome to the Bistro!
March 26, 2021
Another fine and somewhat less challenging week it has been. It brings me great joy to have so many smiling faces back in the Bistro. What a difference 2 shots make. I have had both of mine and, speaking for myself, I felt an immediate sense of relief as I left the clinic after the second poke. I was also fortunate enough to bypass any complications. Of course, we should follow the “rules” so that the spread that is on the rise again can be nipped in the bud. Our reservation system has been very successful at ensuring a nice turn over so that we don’t have a crowd waiting for tables. It is one thing that we’ll certainly “carry over” when we’re back to whatever normal is, or, will be. We’ll see…
I have pretty much adjusted to the new time table that Spring Forward brings. The one thing I don’t like is waking up in the dark and look forward to the days of longer sunlight. It has been a treat to have the warmer temperatures and some real, live sun for the last few days. I love that the birds have started building their nests and enjoy their songs of joy. Every year my bird houses are full and the front porch light has its tenants back once again. There are all sorts of colors and types of birds but I always am glad to see the robins back. Usually their here early March but this year the first I saw was yesterday. My owls, who have been “missing” for the last month or so, are back and the first thing I hear each morning is their who-who-whooing to each other. What a great chorus to wake up to. The frogs and toads fill the night time silence with their melodies. Yesterday I saw a copper colored frog while on a walk. His tummy was huge so I’m guessing he just had a good meal of some sort. Pups and horses are happy too as they are able to be outside more and more.
Sunday marks two religious holidays Palm Sunday and Passover. The Christian feast day of Palm Sunday falls on the Sunday before Easter and commemorates Jesus’s triumphed entry into Jerusalem. It is the first day of Holy Week and the last week of Lent. Palm branches representing the branches the crowd laid down as Jesus rode into Jerusalem are distributed to those attending church and taken home and placed by holy art until Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, when they are returned to church, burned and used for the Ash Wednesday blessing. Sunday is also the first full day of Passove. It marks the exodus of the children of Israel from Egyptian slavery when God “passed over” the houses of the Israelites during the last of the 10 plagues. It ends at nightfall on April 4th. A Seder, or festive meal, celebrates the liberation of the Hebrews from servitude in Egypt with the reading of the story of the Exodus, eating special foods, drinking at least 4 glasses of wine and song.
Speaking of special foods, Sharon and crew have some awesome Weekend Features beginning tonight.
One of my favorites is OUR WEDGE: Four Blackened gulf Shrimp over a Wedge of Romaine with Crumbled Blue Cheese, Shaved Celery, Macadamia Nuts, Caramelized Red onions and Blue Cheese Dressing.
BISTRO PLATES INCLUDE:
SPRING CHICKEN POT PIE: Pulled White and Dark All-Natural Chicken Stewed with Asparagus, Carrots, Spring Onions and Peas in a Sage (from Mary’s garden) Gravy Topped with a Puff Pastry Lid;
BLT WALLEYE: Basil Breadcrumb Crusted Walleye, Pan Roasted and Presented with Spinach Stuffed Vine Ripened Tomatoes Drizzled with Hot Bacon Dressing and Topped with Locally Grown Salad Sprouts;
ARTIC CHAR: Another Favorite of Mine… Topped with Garlic Aioli and Crushed Pretzels, Oven Finished and Accompanied with Braised Red Cabbage, Brown Butter Spätzle and House Made Mustard.
Save room for...
DESSERT: RED WINE BROWNIE: Served with Vanilla Gelato and a Drizzle of Red Wine Syrup. YUM!!
WE WISH YOU MANY MILLION DOLLAR DAYS
LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE BISTRO!
Mary, The Pups and Ponies
Certified Executive Chef and Owner of Diamond Jim Brady's Bistro