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I was craving Japanese food yesterday.  And country music. Go figure. These are two of my favorite dishes from my time i...
08/22/2018

I was craving Japanese food yesterday. And country music. Go figure. These are two of my favorite dishes from my time in Japan. The first is kinpira gobo, simmered burdock root and carrots. The second is hijiki salad.

I cooked them listening to Chris Stapleton and Eric Church and thinking about the first time I slid into a pair of real cowboy boots. My feet were dangling from the the bench, but I was a big girl now because I was getting my own pair of sh*t kickers. And, yes, I knew that word because raised by hippies and woodsman on a hill in Oregon no one hid words from children.

I lived on a hill in Japan, too. Milked cows at dawn in 10-below weather. It was another farm aimed at retreating from and remaking society, and here I was again, a globe away and right at home.

Which is why, maybe, country music and Japanese food makes sense to my soul.

I had a couple of special requests from private clients today. I put them together and got this.Rootbeer- glazed ham wit...
05/29/2018

I had a couple of special requests from private clients today. I put them together and got this.

Rootbeer- glazed ham with grilled pineapple, butter beans with smoked turkey, pan-fried okra, and black rice.

04/18/2018

It's with a heavy heart that we have to inform you that Celina's Kitchen will be leaving The Low Beat, suspending salad service and plate days, and refocusing operations on private chef services. As some of you know, I suffered a concussion last summer, and I've been struggling to balance the needs of a healing brain with the needs of a growing business.

We've recently had a sharp increase in rent, which has rendered that struggle unsustainable.

We will continue to private chef and, after a brief rest, to cater on a limited basis.

It's been our honor and pleasure to be invited into your lives. Through feeding you, we've gotten to know your likes and dislikes, your moods, and what nurtures you. It's been a year of growth and transformation for all of us here at Celina's Kitchen, and we've been deeply grateful to have had this time with you.

Much love and blessings ❤️

04/10/2018

Today's international menu. Come join us for lunch at The Low Beat. Or call (518) 488-9070 for pick up or delivery.

1. Curry chicken with rice and peas and plantains. $10

2. Smoked gouda mac and cheese with veggies. $10 add grilled chicken $2

3. Caribbean spiced salmon with onions and peppers. Served with rice and peas. $14 plates limited

4. Steak and mango salad over Vietnamese rice noodles. Served with house-made nouc cham sauce. $12

5. Tropical salad with grilled chicken, mango, and candied pecans over mixed greens. Served with house-made tropical dressing. $10

04/03/2018

Happy Tuesday! Call 518 488-9070 for pick up or delivery. Kitchen will be open tonight for Nitty Gritty poetry night.

1. Spicy pepper steak. Served with mango and jasmine rice.$12

2. Vegan sampler. Roasted veggies, coconut curry sweet potatoes, garlicky greens, and chick pea walnut salad over lemon parsley quinoa. Served with tahini sauce. $12

3. Pan-seared lemon-rosemary chicken. Served with sweet potatoes and jasmine rice.

4. Tropical salad with grilled chicken, mango, and candied pecans over mixed greens. Served with our house-made tropical dressing. $10

Guacamole burger with bacon and cheddar.  Guacamole is made to order.  This customer wanted extra slices of jalapeno. We...
03/22/2018

Guacamole burger with bacon and cheddar. Guacamole is made to order. This customer wanted extra slices of jalapeno. We aim to please.

How we do. Grilled onions and habanero, cheddar/mozzarella, mango burger. Yeah, baby.
03/15/2018

How we do. Grilled onions and habanero, cheddar/mozzarella, mango burger. Yeah, baby.

I had a whole plan for today. It involved cold sauce and sharp tangs. Yeah, no.Not today....in this weather. Whatever I ...
02/07/2018

I had a whole plan for today. It involved cold sauce and sharp tangs. Yeah, no.
Not today....in this weather.
Whatever I was going to serve today had to bring warmth -- deep, slow-rising, lingering warmth.
Allspice, something whispered. Sticky coconut rice. Carribean salmon.....something....maybe.
Sometimes I am at my most creative when I'm exhausted. Soothed myself by playing with flavors today. My brain was too tired to say no.

Vegan plates! Herbed farro topped with garlic-lemon broccoli and butter bean stew with Carribean spices and slow-roasted...
01/26/2018

Vegan plates! Herbed farro topped with garlic-lemon broccoli and butter bean stew with Carribean spices and slow-roasted tomatoes. Unique, this is for you, hun.

01/25/2018

International menu for Thursday.

1. Thai chicken curry over jasmine rice. $12

2. Grilled flat-iron steak or chicken with chimmichurri sauce. Served with a side of veggies over jasmine rice. $12

3. Smoked Gouda mac and cheese. $10 add grilled chicken $2

4. Tropical salad with grilled chicken, mango, and candied pecans over mixed greens with a house made tropical dressing. $10

Some days I wake up and think, "Omelets for everyone!"
01/24/2018

Some days I wake up and think, "Omelets for everyone!"

01/16/2018

Please join us for lunch at The Low Beat or call/text 518.488.9070 for pick up or delivery.

1. Curry chicken with rice and peas and plantains. $10

2. Vegan sampler. Lemon parsley quinoa topped with roasted veggies, garlicky greens, and chick pea-walnut salad. $12 add chicken $2

3. Pan-seared lemon rosemary chicken over sweet potatoes and jasmine rice. $12

4. Tropical salad with grilled chicken, mango, and candied pecans over mixed greens with a house made tropical dressing. $10

Good morning!
01/12/2018

Good morning!

Our international menu for Tuesday:1. Picadillo. A Cuban ground beef stew with raisins and olives. Served with Cuban bla...
01/09/2018

Our international menu for Tuesday:

1. Picadillo. A Cuban ground beef stew with raisins and olives. Served with Cuban black beans and plantains over jasmine rice. $12 VEGAN option available with coconut curry sweet potatoes.

2. Chicken or eggplant parm served over black pepper parmesan pasta. $12

3. Vegan sampler. Lemon - parsley quinoa topped with roasted veggies, chick pea and walnut salad, and garlicky greens. $12 add grilled chicken for $2

4. Tropical salad with grilled chicken, mango, and candied pecans over mixed greens with a house made tropical dressing. $10

Please join us for lunch at The Low Beat or call/text (518) 488-9070 for pick up or delivery.

Here is a sneak peek at the roasted cauliflower that will go into the vegan sampler.

Lentil stew with slow-roasted tomatoes, Italian sausage, and garlic spinach. Come warm up with us at The Low Beat.
01/04/2018

Lentil stew with slow-roasted tomatoes, Italian sausage, and garlic spinach.

Come warm up with us at The Low Beat.

Steak frites with slow-roasted tomatoes and Grand Marnier mushrooms.
01/04/2018

Steak frites with slow-roasted tomatoes and Grand Marnier mushrooms.

I make money moves.....and dance. And play in the kitchen. Meet "The Bonnie." Grilled chicken, avocado, bacon, tomato, a...
01/03/2018

I make money moves.....and dance. And play in the kitchen. Meet "The Bonnie." Grilled chicken, avocado, bacon, tomato, and ranch. Pick ya cheese. And, yes, I danced the whole time I made it.

Come warm up with us. Curry chicken!
01/02/2018

Come warm up with us. Curry chicken!

01/02/2018

International menu for Tuesday. Please join us for lunch at The Low Beat or call/text (518) 488-9070 for pick up or delivery.

1. Curry chicken with rice and peas and plantains. $10

2. Chap chae. Korean glass noodles with beef and vegetables. $12 VEGAN option available.

3. VEGAN Lentil stew with slow-roasted tomatoes, served with Jasmine rice and veggies. $12 Add Italian sausage $2.

4. Tropical salad with grilled chicken, mango, and candied pecans over mixed greens with a house-made tropical dressing. $10

Hello, empanadas! That's right Thursday empanada day is here. Come join us for lunch at The Low Beat or call/text  (518)...
12/21/2017

Hello, empanadas! That's right Thursday empanada day is here. Come join us for lunch at The Low Beat or call/text (518) 488-9070 to place an order. Today we have beef and cheese, bean and cheese, plantain, and cheese.

It's Thursday. That means empanadas! Today we've got cheese, beef and cheese, beef, and we are working on a plantain fil...
12/14/2017

It's Thursday. That means empanadas! Today we've got cheese, beef and cheese, beef, and we are working on a plantain filling. More on that soon. Our dough is house made. And did I mention our new special dipping sauce? Come by The Low Beat for lunch. Or call/text 518.488.9070 to place an order.

12/12/2017

International menu for Tuesday. Please join us for lunch at The Low Beat or call/text (518) 488-9070 for pick up or delivery.

1. Yassa chicken. Senegalese grilled chicken in a spicy onion and Dijon mustard sauce. Served over jasmine rice. $12

2. Grilled chorizo with peppers and onions. Served with plantains and jasmine rice. $12

3. Grilled flat-iron steak or chicken with chimichurri sauce. Served over jasmine rice. $12

4. Tropical salad with grilled chicken, mango, and candied pecans over mixed greens with a house made tropical dressing. $10

Cheese and cheese and beef empanadas on special today. Come join use for lunch at The Low Beat or call/text  (518) 488-9...
12/07/2017

Cheese and cheese and beef empanadas on special today. Come join use for lunch at The Low Beat or call/text (518) 488-9070 for pick up or delivery.

12/05/2017

International menu for Tuesday. Please join us for lunch at The Low Beat or call/text (518) 488-9070 for pick up or delivery.

1. Curry chicken with rice and peas and plantains. $10

2. Chicken or Eggplant parmesan served over black pepper parmesan pasta. $12

3. Steak and mango salad served over Vietnamese rice noodles with a house made nouc cham sauce. $12

4. Tropical salad with grilled chicken, mango, and candied pecans over mixed greens with a house-made tropical dressing . $10

You could stress about Thursday dinners or you could have a meal like this delivered to your door. Ask us about our stan...
11/30/2017

You could stress about Thursday dinners or you could have a meal like this delivered to your door. Ask us about our standing order service. We got you covered.

We've got empanadas on special! Picadillo,  cheese, and black bean and cheese. Wait till you taste our house-made dough....
11/30/2017

We've got empanadas on special! Picadillo, cheese, and black bean and cheese. Wait till you taste our house-made dough.

Three empanadas plus a side salad with our tropical dressing. $8

11/28/2017

International menu for Tuesday (11-28). Please join us for lunch at The Low Beat or call/text your order to (518) 488-9070.

1. Picadillo, a Cuban ground beef stew with raisins and olives. Seved with Cuban black beans, plantains, and jasmine rice. $12 VEGAN option available with coconut curry sweet potatoes.

2. Shrimp with Asian pesto and veggies over jasmine rice. $12

3. Grilled chorizo with onions. Served with Cuban black beans and jasmine rice. $12

4. Tropical salad with grilled chicken, papaya, and candied pecans over mixed greens with a house-made tropical dressing. $10

Drunken fries! Yeah, we did a thing.
11/15/2017

Drunken fries! Yeah, we did a thing.

11/14/2017

Here is the international menu for Tuesday 11-14-17. Please join us for lunch at The Low Beat or call/text your order to (518) 488-9070. We deliver!

1. Curry chicken with rice and peas and plantains. $10

2. Smoked Gouda mac and cheese with a side of veggies. $10

3. Grilled flat-iron steak or chicken with chimichurri sauce. Served over jasmine rice with side of veggies. $12

4. Tropical salad with grilled chicken, candied pecans, and mango over mixed greens with a house made tropical dressing. $10

11/06/2017

International menu for Tuesday.

Please join us for lunch at The Low Beat or call/text (518) 488-9070 for pick up or delivery.

1. Indian beef curry with spinach and potatoes. Served with basmati rice. $12 VEGAN option available with with eggplant and chick peas.

2. Thai shrimp fried rice with pineapple. Served with house-made nouc cham sauce. $12

3. Moroccan chickpeas with preserved lemons and spinach over jasmine rice. $12 VEGAN option available

4. Tropical salad with grilled chicken, papaya, and candied nuts over mixed greens with a house made tropical dressing. $10

Call (518) 488-9070 to order for pick up or delivery.

We are hosting our first Power Hour tonight at The Low Beat from 6-9 pm. Come mingle. Bring business cards and an appeti...
11/01/2017

We are hosting our first Power Hour tonight at The Low Beat from 6-9 pm. Come mingle. Bring business cards and an appetite. Our featured drink for the evening is sorrel sangria. Fresh mango and pineapple....rum...yum!

International menu for Tuesday Come join us for lunch at The Low Beat. Or call/text (518) 488-9070 for delivery.Picadill...
10/31/2017

International menu for Tuesday

Come join us for lunch at The Low Beat. Or call/text (518) 488-9070 for delivery.

Picadillo. Cuban ground beef stew with raisins and olives. Served over jasmine rice with side plantains. $12

2. Chicken or eggplant parm served over black pepper parmesan pasta. $12

3. Grilled shrimp with Asian pesto and veggies over jasmine rice. $12 CONTAINS PEANUTS

Shrimp and mango salad over Vietnamese rice noodles with a house made nouc cham sauce.
10/24/2017

Shrimp and mango salad over Vietnamese rice noodles with a house made nouc cham sauce.

Smoked Gouda mac and cheese, baby. Come join us for lunch at The Low Beat.
10/24/2017

Smoked Gouda mac and cheese, baby. Come join us for lunch at The Low Beat.

10/23/2017

Hey folks,

Here is the international menu for Tuesday. Please join us for lunch at The Low Beat or text your orders for pick up or delivery to 518 488-9070.

1. Curry chicken with rice and peas and a side of plantains. $10

2. Smoked Gouda mac and cheese with veggie side. $10

3. Steak and mango salad served over Vietnamese rice noodles with a house made nouc cham sauce. $12 vegetarian option available.

4. Tropical salad with grilled chicken, candied pecans, and papaya over mixed greens with a house made tropical dressing. $10

10/16/2017

International menu for Tuesday. Please join us for lunch @ The Low Beat or call/text orders to 518 488-9070.

This Tuesday is poets night at The Low Beat, and you know how much we love spoken word around here!!!! We will stay open late. Come party with us.

1. Chicken tikka masala served with basmati rice. $12 vegetarian option available.

2. Grilled chorizo with peppers and onions. Served over jasmine rice with a side plantains. $12

3. Moroccan chickpeas with preserved lemons and spinach. Served over jasmine rice. VEGAN option available. $10

4. Tropical salad with grilled chicken, papaya, and candied pecans over mixed greens with a house made tropical dressing. $10

10/10/2017

Stop in and join us for lunch at The Low Beat. Today is Tuesday and that means we have the international menu.

1. Picadillo. Cuban ground beef stew with raisins and olives. Served with jasmine rice and plantains. $12 VEGAN option available with coconut curry sweet potatoes.

2. Chicken or eggplant parm served over black pepper parmesan pasta. $12

3. Tropical salad with grilled chicken, papaya, and candied pecans over mixed greens with a house made tropical dressing. $10

Our salad special today: Summer Dream Salad with strawberries, goat cheese, and basil, topped with grilled shrimp and ma...
10/05/2017

Our salad special today: Summer Dream Salad with strawberries, goat cheese, and basil, topped with grilled shrimp and mango. Yup, we did a thing.

She said, "I'm hungry."I said, "I'm sad and exhausted, let me cook for you it will make me feel better."She said, "This ...
10/04/2017

She said, "I'm hungry."

I said, "I'm sad and exhausted, let me cook for you it will make me feel better."

She said, "This works for me."

I said, "What do you want."

She said, "Everything."

I smiled. First time in while. "Sounds good. Pasta?"

"Hmmm, no not pasta."

"Shrimp? I have some."

Her eyes lit up. "Yes, shrimp. And can you make it spicy?"

"Of course."

I watched her face. The way she tilted her head back and forth with anticipated pleasure. When she is happy, as she was now, her voice lilts, warm and breezy.

Something gave inside me. Relaxed. It had been a rotten few days. But now I was thinking of the garden tomatoes that I'd received as a gift from a woman down the block. I had cilantro, lime, olive oil. I could smell unrushed onions sweetening in my pan. My mind cleared. And for a moment, my heart settled.

"I will cook for you," I said. "It will be my medicine."

We are passionate about salads around here! Ask us about our salad service.
09/28/2017

We are passionate about salads around here! Ask us about our salad service.

A lot of starting your own business is conquering your fears, or at least challenging them to a good wrestling match. To...
09/28/2017

A lot of starting your own business is conquering your fears, or at least challenging them to a good wrestling match. Tonight, I tackled one of mine: quiche. There isn't much that intimidates me in the kitchen. Ok, ok, I am terrified of anything that requires grace, chemistry, and yeast. But, besides that, in general, I am not a nervous cook. I prefer to crank the music, swish a little, and see what happens.

But for some reason quiche has always freaked me out. Enough so that I've avoided ever making one....until tonight. You see, when you start your own business there is this little thing called money, and you have to earn it, even if that means a fake-it-till-you-make-it-of-course-I-can-get-up-5 a.m.- make-fantastic-quiche-for-your-breakfast-meeting approach. Nevermind the fact that I don't do quiche or mornings. I do now.
Well, at least the quiche part. The job is in two days, so tonight was the night to learn. There is room for improvement, but I am happy with the first try. The 5 a.m. start? Say a prayer for me.

09/12/2017

Please come join us for lunch at The Low Beat.

International menu for Tuesday:

1. Curry chicken with rice and peas and plantains. $10

2. Grilled flat-iron steak or chicken with chimichurri sauce. Served over jasmine rice with a side of veggies. $12

3. Smoked Gouda mac and cheese with veggie side. $10

4. Steak and mango salad served over Vietnamese rice noodles with a house made nouc cham sauce. $12 VEGAN version available

Roasted veggies, avocado, hummus, and dressed greens in a wrap. Come join us for lunch at The Low Beat.
08/30/2017

Roasted veggies, avocado, hummus, and dressed greens in a wrap. Come join us for lunch at The Low Beat.

08/29/2017

Today's international menu. Come see us at The Low Beat.

1. Yassa chicken. Senegalese grilled chicken in a spicy onion and Dijon mustard sauce. Served with jasmine rice. $12

2. Thai shrimp fried rice with fresh pineapple. Served with a house made nouc cham sauce. $12 available with chicken or tofu.

3. Smoked Gouda mac and cheese a side of veggies. $10

4. Tropical salad with grilled chicken, candied pecans, and papaya over mixed greens with a house-made tropical dressing. $10

It's midnight and we are finally done with the new Celina's Kitchenlogo!!!!!! Almost..... preview coming very soon.
08/26/2017

It's midnight and we are finally done with the new Celina's Kitchenlogo!!!!!! Almost..... preview coming very soon.

Address

335 Central Ave
Albany, NY
12203

Opening Hours

Monday 11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday 11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 22:00
Thursday 11:00 - 22:00
Friday 11:00 - 22:00
Saturday 11:00 - 22:00
Sunday 11:00 - 22:00

Telephone

(518) 488-9070

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