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.

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Cortado Art

Cortado ArtIs it a hooded disciple of the famed South Troy Yogini?
Or a perfect rose? And which would be more emblematic of the spirituality manifesting now in South Troy?

This South Troy Bistro is full of Spirit, or at least full of something, this week. You decide, we just present That Which Comes Forth. And take a look at what’s coming forth from our kitchen these days:

New Breakfast Special:

Breakfast of Kings
–Desayuno de Reyes

Gentle blend of flavors, tangy and sweet and sharp and spicy. Keeps you reigning all day, without raining on your parade!

Desayuno de ReyesDesayuno de Reyes
And this Desayuno (breakfast) is sure fit for a Rey (that’s king!
Two Eggs Over, topped with Pico (diced pickled peppers, but that’s another story for bedtime) on Veggie Hash, with sides of Croquettas and Fried Green Tomatoes.

Then jazz it up with a Cuban Coffee— a Cortado!

Yogini Discovered in South Troy Garden

YoginiSouth Troy has been called many things,
but never Divine

Visitation to South Troy Bistro Causes Stir

Bistro Owner Carmen Gonzalez was cutting into a garden fresh sweet pepper Tuesday when she was stopped in her tracks. “I almost dropped the knife on my toe. I just couldn’t believe it!” said the restauranteur.

There, in the heart of the pepper, was a Yogini!

She noted that Albanians, living in the shadow of the State Capital or near the Governor’s Mansion, are used to visits from the Divine. South Trojans have not been so lucky— until now.

The Yogini, an emanation of the feminine aspect of the Divine, appears deep in meditation, bowed over in an attitude of worship. Or bent backwards, gazing in awe at the Heavens. It is said that divine Beings appear differently to everyone.

I picked up my spoon and stirred the picadillo for all I was worth,” said breathless Carmen. “When you are blessed, you cook while the griddle is hot!

Ms. Gonzalez later confessed she learned that saying from her mother.

Willie Marlowe / Friday Tapas / Pre(R)amble / Mundo Nuevo

Thursday, September 19 from 5-8 pm
Reception for Willie Marlowe
A Splash Of Color
Collage Dyptich # , 2008, Acrylic Mixed Media, 15 3/4 x 20″
Tapas & Sangria Will Be Served


Tapas Specials for Friday, September 20

Fried Chicken Thighs
w/ Mashed Sweet Potatoes & Veggie

Sautéed Shrimp
in Creamy Coriander Sauce over Saffron Rice

Pork Tenderloin
w/ Butternut Purée & Collard Greens

Black Bean & Plantain Falafel
w/ Toasted Pita Side Salad

Chicken Soup

Puréed Squash Soup


Death By Chocolate Cake

September 28:  The Pre(R)amble
Tour the Collar City Ramble, now in design and partly constructed
Prizes For Costumes, Bike Flags & Decorated Helmets

Starts at the Farmer’s Market at Noon, Saturday September 28
Visits the Burden Iron Works Museum
Finishes at StoryHarvest at Freedom Square,
with Great Free Food and Wonderful Free Music

Bike Flag & Helmet Decorating Party
Tuesday, September 24 at 6 pm
Oakwood Community Center, 10th & Hoosick
Supplies on hand, bring more to share
Refreshments will be served

For more info check out the website:


Friday September 27:
Mundo Nuevo

Smooth Cuban Jazz