Carmen’s Weekly Newsletter

newsletterJust about every week Jim Lewis puts his heart and soul into this weekly newsletter. He includes updates about happenings at Carmen’s Cafe. He’ll keep you informed about the weekend specials or what Carmen is serving at the Troy Waterfront Farmer’s Market.

Additionally Jim posts about the world around him. The local flavor of the Troy community, and its potential to be discovered as the gem it is, by others.  Jim puts his special brand of wit and whimsey into the newsletter.

So come on aboard for the ride, its free!


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Good Morning from the Heart of the South Troy Arts District!

New Artist!

Abby Lublin by SusanBAnthonyDoes the name Susan B. Anthony ring a bell? And she came by it honestly!

Susan is from Brooklyn, and just loves Troy. So much that she’s writing a book about us— if by writing you mean taking pictures of everyday Trojans. And we’ve got a preview hanging on our walls. This is her photograph of our hero Abby Lublin, urban grower extraordinaire.

Meet her Saturday Feb. 21, from 5-8, when we throw our usual Grand Artist’s Reception. Dinner will be available, plus complimentary Cuban hors d’oeuvres.

Fire Drum by Jim Lewis of Springwood Studios

By Jim Lewis of Springwood Studios

What did YOU do for Christmas? Jim made drums for a numbew of people. Here’s the Fire Drum, made of cherry, blooddwood, and butcherblock oak.

See him for those extra special things, from furniture to sculpture to— yes, even counters and floors like Carmen’s.

Cookin’ With Chef Carmen!

Cookin' With Chef CarmenWho makes all that delicious food? Chef Carmen, mostly.

That’s not to say she doesn’t have help, but mostly it’s her back there, bringing us authentic Cuban recipes she was taught by her Aunt Matilda. And a few things she’s picked up since then.

Here’s a picture I took of her the other day. You can tell she was dreaming about springtime.

Pretty strong dream. I hope it comes true soon!

January Hours:

Just open Weekends till we catch our breath:
Saturday & Sunday 9-4

Of course, we’ll still do a party if you call ahead!

Regular Hours start Feb 1:

Back to the full schedule:
Thursday 11-6
Friday 11-10
Saturday & Sunday 9-4

Free local delivery for orders over $15 on weekdays.

Troy Library: Shorts Out Loud

Jim-LewisJuly and August is Reading Month at the Troy Library. Jim Lewis is one of many readers, but he’ll be the only one on Thursday, August 14th at 6:30.

He will, however, be accompanied by Ray Andrews on Baroque Guitar.

Not that we are biased, but both are worth a good listen.

Vote is Closing

Thanks for Voting for Carmen’s
in Metroland Reader’s Poll!

If you havn’t yet, please vote for us:

Vote now, Reader’s Poll closes soon!

—and if you love our counter, vote for Jim Lewis as Artist!
Metroland Readers’ Poll Ends Friday at 3

Our Hours: Wednesday, Thursday: 11-6 • Friday: 11-10 • Saturday & Sunday: 9-4
Free Local Delivery Weekdays w/ $15 Minimum

—Check out our specials!

Chicken B.L.A.TSandwiches

Mango Chicken Salad w/ lettuce, tomato & onion on ciabatta

Grilled Cheese goat cheese w/ roasted red peppers & avocado on sourdough bread

Plus the regular suspects


See our full menu

Cleanse your palate– build your body right with Carmen’s half and whole Garden Salads


Why wait for the weekend? Get real food, real good, and get it now!

Popcorn Shrimp w/ potato wedges & Brussels sprouts cole slaw

Mac-N-Cheese With Avocado & Roasted Red Pepper Options: Bacon, Chorizo, or Plantains

Soups! Get a cup or a bowl

Lamb & Beef Stew— w/ polenta cakes

Hearty Veggie Stew– Vegan! w/ white beans & seasonal veggies.

Cuban Favorites

Flamenco—yes, our favorite egg dish starts with a stew! And it’s great as a stew without the eggs. Available w/ chorizo or vegan

Cubano Sandwich—Ham, Pork, Swiss, Pickle and Mustard on Pan Cubano bread

Eggnog French ToastBlackberry & Chocolate Mousse

Available on Pancakes & French Toast All Weekend Long

Rich dark chocolate, fresh raspberries— do we know a decadent breakfast or what?

Bob GullieFeatured Artist

Robert Gullie—He’s also showing at The Foundry in Cohoes thru April 13

Remember, when you buy art at Carmen’s, all the money goes to the artist.

Let Us Host A Private Party for You & Your Friends!

Have your favorite dishes, hire a band if you want, and have the place to yourselves!

Available any night but Friday (but we’ll seat a smaller party with our regular diners). Call Carmen for details!



Friday Tapas Specials / Jim Reads Poe at the Troy Library / Mini-concert by Andy Rutherford / Joy Adams: Strange Paradise

Tapas Specials for Friday, August 16

Beef Tamales w/ Chili Sauce
served w/ Seasonal Veggie

Pan Seared Perch w/ Mango-Black Bean Salsa
over Exotic Rice

Coconut Chicken
over Pineapple Rice & Veggie

Grilled Flatbread w/ Tomato Tapenade,
Manchego Cheese & Grilled Veggies


Don’t Miss This Special Event!
Thursday, August 15

Jim Lewis reads short stories out loud at the Troy Public Library

Jim Lewis Reads At The Troy Library

Jim Reads Poe at the Troy Library
Jim Lewis reads short stories out loud at the Troy Public Library
—As part of the Shorts Out Loud Program, Jim reads
The Facts In The Case of M. Valdemar
A gripping story of suspense and the afterlife
by Edgar Allen Poe,  the man who invented the short story

Also a Mini-concert by Andy Rutherford, internationally known lutist

Last Week To See The Show:
Joy Adams
Strange Paradise
works on paper and paintings

Curly Dock And Foxglove Dreams
detail—  Curly Dock And Foxglove Dreams

Jim Lewis reads short stories out loud at the Troy Public Library

Poe-etry In Motion

Jim Lewis reads short stories out loud at the Troy Public Library

Jim Lewis Reads At THe Troy Library This Thursday

Jim is reading Thursday, August 15 at 6:30 at the Shorts Out Loud program at the Troy Public Library

This year he is going to the short story source, and reading Edgar Allen Poe, “The Facts In The Case of M. Valdemar.”

“Dark?” says Jim.  “Yes, a little.  But look at the hand of the Master!  First, Poe invented the short story.  Second, he was serialized in newspapers, which means he had the common touch, and painted in strong, broad strokes.  Yet he is not without subtlety, and very gripping.”

“My last reason,” he continued, “Well,  it’s personal.  Poe wrote in the first half of the 19th Century.  This story was published in 1845, three years after Troy became a city and took its present name.  It’s what I love about Troy, too—  its bones are firmly in the Federal period.  Learning was exalted, intellectual curiosity was appreciated, it was the beginning of modern science.  Amos Eaton had just retired from RPI, having revolutionized higher education with his Laboratory Method.  And here is a story that hits the high note of most good sci fi or fantasy:  Take normal reality and throw it one curve ball, then watch all your assumptions shatter.  Poe captures the spirit of the times.  I remember marveling at the premise of this story when I first read it as a 13 year old, caught up in the idea of it.”

Join Jim at 6:30 on Thursday, August 15, at the Troy Public Library, 100 Second Street, for his reading of The Facts In The Case of M. Valdemar.  Refreshments will be provided by Hannaford of Lansingburgh.  Andy Rutherford, master baroque luthier, will be playing his incredibly beautiful hand built lutes.  Fair warning, prepare to be transported to another era!


Truly, an event not to be missed.