Mary's Blog and Sharon's Chalkboard Features
Beginning February 7, 2020
And, another fine week it has been! I’m pretty tired of the rain, only because it wreaks havoc on the dirt roads. There is a “street” mailbox at the start of my road that I almost took out due to ice that wasn’t visible. Thank heavens I wasn’t being my usual speed demon. It is actually pretty nice that we’re not inundated with snow and cold but the muddy roads have ensured that I won’t have a clean car anytime soon. It is actually kind of embarrassing... but, oh well. I’m diligent to brush off my license plate, tail and head lights. And as I write this, the flags on the barn and flag pole are not flapping in the breeze but flat out straight and all of the wind chimes are singing 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. I’ll do a town “doggie outing” and have to do a quick paw and tummy clean-up in the tub as the sidewalks are winter dirty too. And the big guys, Z and Picasso are limited to pasture turn-out with rain. And, each temperature change brings a new sheet, or “jacket”, depending on the degree. Heavy, mid-weight or light. Two horses, six sheets, on-off, all in a week. 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 65 in business. I 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 headed to JD Karting and racing in West Oaks, an indoor challenging cart racing track. We were divided into 3 teams of 8 and competed for best lap time over 3 races. The top 8 of those races are then in the Grand Prix and the top 3 times getting medals for their efforts. Each session is 7 minutes and average 8-12 laps. Our group has some very competitive people so it was an exciting afternoon. Lots of them were very sore on Monday from using upper body muscles they’re not used too. (Not me, the ponies have got me covered there!) We catered in Buddy’s pizza, the best, a salad and some appetizers and were on our way to watch the SB by 3. Another great time. 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.” I can attest to that first hand. We are family for certain.
Remember next Friday 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.
Sharon and crew have some great Specials starting tonight.
As a Starter ITALIAN BURRATA PLATE: Burrata, Think Cream Filled Fresh Mozzarella, Grilled Bread, Prosciutto and House Made Peach Jam.
Bistro Plates Include: WILD STRIPED BASS: Pan Roasted and Served with Fried Eggplant Rounds Baked with Mozzarella and Marinara Sauce;
BISTRO FILET: AKA Teres Major Steak, Grilled and Presented with a Wedge of Butternut Squash and Potato Gratin Layered with Applewood Smoked Bacon and Cheddar Cheese, Forest Mushrooms and a Port Wine Demi-Glace;
SEA SCALLOP STIR FRY: Seared to Golden Seas Accompanied with Protein Noodles (Made from Alaskan Pollack) Tossed with Asian Style Veggies and a Soy-Ginger Glaze. Finished with a Sprinkle of Crushed Peanuts, Sesame Seeds and Green Onion and, last, not least,
VEGETARIAN HUEVOS RANCHEROS: Kidney Beans Stewed with Tomato, Onion, Bell Pepper, Garlic and Mexican Spices Topped with Two Over Medium Eggs and Fresh Avocado on a Bed of Warm Flour Tortillas. YUM!!!
WE WILL ACCEPT RESERVATIONS FOR VALENTINES DAY, MAKE YOURS NOW!
WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE BISTRO AND WISH YOU ALL MANY MILLION DOLLAR DAYS!!!
Mary, Pups and Ponies
Certified Executive Chef and Owner of Diamond Jim Brady's Bistro