Saturday, December 3, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Union Square Holiday Market

A Spoonful of Sofrito: A pinch of advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life.

Union Square Holiday Market



Sofrito Lovers,

The holidays are upon us and I'm sure many of us are using our weekends to do some holiday shopping!  One of my favorite go-to shop spots is the Union Square Holiday Market!

It may not seem like it at first, but the market has amazing food, beverages, and "foodie" gifts!  If you've got a foodie in your life, then take a walk through the market and buy him/her some nice new plates, fresh spices, amazing teas, artisanal doughnuts, incredible sea salt samples, or a "Make your own Beer" set.

Trust me, your friend will love the wonderful gifts you can purchase at the market! Go see for yourself! Make sure to taste some of the market fare-those doughnuts will change your life!  ¡Buen Provecho!  Happy Holiday Shopping!




Photo Credit: Brian Hoffsis/Photo Has Been Edited

December: Some say it’s the most wonderful month of the year, especially if you live or are visiting New York City. Besides Rockefeller Center’s Christmas Tree and ice skating rink and the infinite shopping and eating destinations, there are some amazing events going on in the City that Never Sleeps. If you are looking to do more than relax at home with family and hit up the same old bar scene with friends, we’ve lined up the following 11 events and markets involving wine, food, spirits, and craft beers that you won’t want to miss (10 in New York City and 1 in North Jersey).

Union Square Holiday Market

Through December 24th – Weekdays: 11am to 8pm; Saturdays: 10am to 8pm; Sundays: 11am to 7pm; Closed Thanksgiving – FREE! Union Square Park, Manhattan
The Union Square Holiday Market is the New York destination for an intimate and enjoyable holiday shopping experience. Allow yourself the time to slow down and wander through the holly-lined aisles, and connect with the artisans from near and far who are selling their wares and sharing their stories. It’s a delightful place to get swept up in the festive spirit. Featuring an array of warm and indulgent food and beverage, from Dognhnuttery, Brooklyn Brew Shop, Bar Suzette Creperie, Momofuku Milk Bar and many more shops.


Friday, December 2, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Adults Retry Foods They Hated As Kids!

A Spoonful of Sofrito: A Pinch of advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life.

Adults Retry Foods They Hated As Kids


Sofrito Lovers,

Tasting videos give me life!  I love watching people experience food; their reactions can be hilarious!  For today's post, I've embedded a video from BuzzFeedVideo which features adults eating foods they hated as children.  It's priceless!  We all disliked certain foods as children, but how many of us have tried them as adults?  As we grow, our preferences and palates can change drastically.  Maybe those Black eyed peas taste better now.  You never know, Broccoli might be your new favorite veggie!

Some of us grow and some stay mired in hate!  Who knows how, when, and why things change?  Check out this video; its funny and informative.  Go out there and try those Brussel sprouts again!  Give that cheese another taste!  Challenge yourself and see how your culinary world can expand!  Have fun!  Go taste something you hated again!  ¡Buen Provecho!

 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Talenti Tasting Video #3

A Spoonful of Sofrito: A Pinch of advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life.

Talenti Tasting Video #3


Sofrito Lovers,

Check out my latest Talenti Tasting Video!  I taste tested Talenti's Roman Raspberry...Did I like it?  Was it delicious or was it a tart tasting cold mess?

Check out the video below, then go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!



Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: ‘Healthful’ Restaurant Miss Paradis

A Spoonful of Sofrito: A Pinch of advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life.

‘Healthful’ Restaurant Miss Paradis Will Have A Giant Chrome Apple on Its Head


 Sofrito Lovers,

If you're a salad loving, cold-pressed juice drinking, veggie-head, then you're in for a treat because long awaited restaurant, Miss Paradis, opens this week.

I don't know much about this place, but I've heard about its impending debut for some time, mostly over Eater.com, where the article below was originally posted.

Topped with a  funky chrome apple, this restaurant's debut has been long awaited (5 years, I think) by the Soho Foodie glitterati and their hipster cousins in the West Village and Brooklyn. I'm not sure if I'll get to visit Miss Paradis this weekend or not, but if I do I'll let you all know what I think!

I'll be sure to take tons of pictures with my vintage camera and other assorted hipster gear...yeah, right!

Check out the article below and go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!

‘Healthful’ Restaurant Miss Paradis Will Have A Giant Chrome Apple on Its Head


The restaurant’s designed by the eccentric Philippe Starck

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A rendering of Miss Paradis's planned apple sculpture, to debut in a few weeks
Miss Paradis
 
Mediterranean-influenced restaurant Miss Paradis — a project from longtime French fast casual health food restaurateurs — will be debuting this Thursday after close to five years in production. Claude Louzon and his daughter Julie are opening the all-day restaurant at 47 Prince Street, at Mulberry Street, with famously eccentric designer Philippe Starck, who designed the 120-seat, bi-level space. It's his touches that people walking through Soho will likely notice first.

Monday, November 28, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Cheesy Tomato Pasta Dish!

A Spoonful of Sofrito: A pinch of advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life.

Cheesy Tomato Pasta Dish!


Sofrito Lovers,

As you all know, I'm a weekend Amateur Top Chef and this weekend I outdid myself.  Combining two recipes, I created my own Cheesy Tomato Pasta dish for my Bearbear, David!

Now, don't get me wrong, I know that I'm not the first person to combine two recipes together or to add cheese to tomato sauce, but my recipe is pretty kick ass! My partner David loves pasta dishes, so I decided to experiment and created a dinner he called, "Delicious!"  High praise indeed from Mr. Finicky!

Check out my recipe below! Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!

Cheesy Tomato Pasta Dish


Ingredients:
1 Box of Rotelle Pasta
1 Packet of Ground Beef
1/2 Packet of Mushrooms
1 Medium Onion
1 Small Green pepper
½ Packet of cherry/grape tomatoes
1 Cup of Shredded Mozzarella
½-2/3 cup of Ricotta Cheese
1 16 oz can of Crushed Tomatoes
1 Small pasta sauce jar

Seasoning:
1 Tsp. of Salt
1 Tsp. Oregano
1 Tsp. Onion powder
1 Tsp. Garlic powder
1 Tsp. Basil powder
½ Tsp. of Black pepper
¼ Tsp. of Red pepper flakes

Directions:

Prepare the pasta per the box’s instructions and
add to sauce after it's cooked.

Brown Meat on medium high heat. 
Once brown add seasonings and veggies.

Once the veggies are translucent, then add
the crushed tomatoes and pasta sauce and bring to a boil.

Cover, lower heat to medium, and let cook about 10-15 minutes.
Uncover the sauce and add the ricotta cheese and
mix until the sauce is slightly pink.

Add Mozzarella cheese and mix until melted.


Saturday, November 26, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: 15 Great Black Friday Deals on Cool Kitchen Tools!

A Spoonful of Sofrito: A Pinch of advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life.

15 Great Black Friday Deals on Cool Kitchen Tools!



Sofrito Lovers,

'Tis the season for Christmas shopping!  Yes sir, now that Thanks-Taking is over it's time to pound the pavement and start shopping for your friends, family, and co-workers!

If you have any foodies in your life, then check out the awesome article below from Grubstreetwhich features 15 great Black Friday deals on Kitchen tools.

If your foodie friend is anything like me, then he/she will love these amazing little gadgets; they make cooking super fun and easy.

Hopefully, this post will make your shopping excursion a lot easier and fun! Go taste for yourself! ¡Buen Provecho!


15 Great Black Friday Deals on Cool Kitchen Tools



It’s Black Friday, which means shopping. Retailers are offering lots of products at great discounts, and while you should stop short of buying every last gadget you can think of, it’s nevertheless a good time to knock a few people off your gift list or, say, finally replace that immersion blender. Here, 15 deals on kitchen gadgets you’ll really, actually use.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Kids Try 100 Years of Thanksgiving Dishes

A Spoonful of Sofrito: A pinch of advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life.

Kids Try 100 Years of Thanksgiving Dishes


Sofrito Lovers,

Happy Thanksgiving (Thanks-TAKING!) to everyone that celebrates this problematic foodie holiday. I'll keep this post light and won't mention how this holiday is incredibly racist and disrespectful to Native peoples.  

Instead, I've chosen to share a post from Bon Appetit titled, "Kids Try 100 years of Thanksgiving Dishes", which I thought was funny, adorable, and interesting. Who knew Oyster shooters, pickled walnuts, and Turnip puree were all once popular Thanksgiving (Thanks-TAKING) side dishes?  I find it simultaneously interesting and gross at the same time.

Check out the video below and laugh a little.  Before you gorge yourself on Turkey, Ham, or Pernil, take a minute to think of the people whose lives have been irreversibly and negatively affected by colonialism, exploitation, and racism.  Let's all be thankful for the people fighting to end these horrible -isms! I know I am grateful for them!  They make our world a new more beautiful place!

Go taste for yourself! ¡Buen Provecho!