Saturday, November 18, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: 5 Restaurants to Try This Weekend in NYC!

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

5 Restaurants to Try This Weekend in NYC!

Sofrito Lovers,

If you're scrambling around for last minute plans, then check out the post below from and check out some of great places to eat!

I might be visiting Veselka (one of the eateries mentioned) tonight because I'm going to be near the East Village around dinner time!  I'll let you know how it is! Try one of these spots and have some fun!

Go taste for yourself! ¡Buen provecho!

5 Restaurants to Try This Weekend in NYC
Weekly inspiration for last-minute dining by Eater Staff Nov 17, 2017, 10:13am EST

Welcome to your weekend planner, where Eater editors recommend restaurants, cafes, and bars — whether they’re new and hot or the old standbys. As always, please let us know if you’d like to see something specific.
November 17, 2017

For stylish Sichuan in Flushing: There are a raft of new Sichuan restaurants in Flushing more expensive and stylish than their predecessors. Szechuan Mountain House and DaXi are examples of this phenomenon, and now we also have Alley 41. Located on 41st Avenue, it’s not really an alley, but a place that looks like an underground rock club from the ’90s, with concrete floors, rec room light fixtures, and tables and chairs scattered seemingly at random. The core of Sichuan standards is impressive, but there are also many invented dishes, including a wacky plate of mashed potatoes with spicy meat sauce, and another of sautéed cauliflower with whole Sichuan peppercorns — but skip the steamed okra with peanut butter. 136-45 41st Avenue, Flushing — Robert Sietsema

For an unfussy Brooklyn date night: If you’re a fan of restaurant/wine bar hybrids like Wildair, Four Horsemen, and Estela, I can safely say you’ll love Otway. Aside from the space being wildly aesthetically pleasing, and the staff so lovely you’ll want to move in, the food stands on its own as a reason to visit any day of the week. Snack on aged beef fat chickpeas throughout your entire meal, which should also include the carrots, raw venison, and most certainly a cocktail to start. If the kitchen is running anything special, just get it. 930 Fulton Street, Clinton Hill — Patty Diez

For Ukrainian comfort food in a classic setting: Open since 1954, Veselka is a true New York treasure. The Ukrainian diner serves up rib-sticking fare like pierogis, beef stroganoff, stuffed cabbage, and potato pancakes — the kind of food that feels just perfect come winter. Warm up and support a classic spot all at the same time, at any hour of the day, since it’s open all 24. 144 Second Avenue, East Village — Stefanie Tuder

Friday, November 17, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Op Ed piece about abuse in Restaurants!

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

Op Ed piece about abuse in Restaurants!

Sofrito Lovers,

Today's post isn't one of my cheesy, campy, or corny lighthearted little fluff foodie pieces.  Today, I share this incredibly powerful, poignant, timely, and NECESSARY piece on sexual abuse, racism, and sexism in the restaurant industry.  

Originally posted on, this OP Ed piece by Richie Nakano brings to light a dangerous hypocrisy and inexcusable culture of silence that is hurting many people in the food industry.

Read, think, and act.  ¡Buen Provecho!

OPINION: Our Track Record On Speaking Up Sucks, And It Shouldn’t

We braced for a wave of accusations and none came. Why?
November 14, 2017

By Richie Nakano | Image via iStock

The restaurant industry is touted as a place of sanctuary. And yeah, at its best, it can be a place to escape, to start anew. 

In the heat of the kitchen, what you do in the moment matters more than some murky moment in your past. Being locked up on a drug charge last year doesn't matter to any of your coworkers, as long as you can hold down your station tonight. Some of the culinary world's biggest names tell tales about how the restaurant industry saved them from themselves, and because we love stories about redemption and second chances, we forget the darkness that brought them and only remember the fable.

And we’re fickle with who we forgive. We accept a station-crushing alcoholic, a misogynist, an abuser; but we can't quite accept Guy Fieri because he has frosted tips. There are whisper networks about who the creeps are, and direct messages sent about who not to hire, but rarely, if ever, do we call anyone out in public. That silence trickles down and infects a restaurant’s culture and its employees.

When the flood of accusations came out against Harvey Weinstein, James Toback, Kevin Spacey, and on and on and on, everyone in the famously ill-behaved restaurant industry held their breath and thought, HERE IT COMES. Then came the news about John Besh, which kicked off a small wave of essays and hand-wringing about how broken our industry is. And then? Nothing. The tidal wave never happened. Everyone went about their business.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Caldo Verde - Portuguese Sausage Kale Soup

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

Caldo Verde - Portuguese Sausage Kale Soup

Sofrito Lovers,

It's fucking cold!  Like super brick-ass cold and if you"re like me your eating a lot of soup.  There's nothing better than a yummy savory broth with copious amounts of veggies, meat, and grains to warm your bones and belly.

One of my favorite soups is Portuguese Caldo Verde, which is a simple sausage, kale, and potato soup! Check out the Food Wishes cooking tutorial below for a quick, fun, and delicious version of this incredible soup!  I promise you will love it...if you make some, then invite me over!  I'm cold!

Watch, then go taste for yourself! ¡Buen provecho!


Monday, November 13, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: PUERTO RICO FUNDRAISER!

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

Supporting Relief efforts and sustainable living!

Sofrito Lovers,

I bring you another act of solidarity from lovers of Puerto Rican culture and food! My friend long-time activist and artist Melissa Montero is organizing a hurricane relief benefit at La Fonda Boricua, a much loved, respected, and acclaimed Puerto Rican restaurant in El Barrio!

Come out, support, and show your love of charity and incredible Puerto Rican cuisine!  Join us and taste for yourself! ¡Buen Provecho! 

Sunday, November 12, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Buenos Aires Rest. for Puerto Rico!

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

Buenos Aires Rest. for Puerto Rico!

Sofrito Lovers,

As I've said before, foodies are a charitable bunch!  Check out this amazing event TONIGHT at Buenos Aires (a wonderful Argentinian restaurant downtown) for hurricane relief for Puerto Rico.  

The love and support that has come from the food community in NYC toward Puerto Rico has been nothing less then beautiful.

I hope to see some of you there! Let's go taste for ourselves together for Puerto Rico!  ¡Buen provecho!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: 6 Go-to Latin Fusion Restaurants!

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

6 Go-to Latin Fusion Restaurants!

Sofrito Lovers,

Latin fusion restaurants are finally getting their props!  For years, the Chino-Cubano places and Peruvian-Japanese eateries were often overlooked or seen as a novelty, but now many foodies, gourmets, and gourmands are finally catching on to the amazing flavor profiles these eateries create!

Check out the article posted below from HipLatina on 6 of the best Latin fusion restaurants to visit in NYC!  I love this compilation; I couldn't have done it better myself...though I might try!  

I highly recommend Flor de Mayo (Peruvian-Japanese) and Sushi Samba (Brazilian-Japanese) and Zengo (Asian-Latino).  I know you will love the amazing food at these places! Go taste for yourself! ¡Buen Provecho!

6 Go-To Latin Fusion Restaurants in NYC

One of my favorite things about New York is that you can find literally whatever you want whenever you want it, especially when it comes to food. New York is the world capital of ethnic cuisine, and the melting pot of cultures comes through loud and clear in the city’s food offerings. Not only will you find plenty of options for whatever country’s cuisine you happen to be craving, but you’ll also find plenty of innovative fusion options developed right here. When plain old tacos or arroz con pollo aren’t quite doing the trick for your taste buds, here are six Latin fusion restaurants to help switch things up.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Best Mac & Cheese NYC!

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

Best Mac and Cheese in NYC!

Sofrito Lovers,

If incredible food photography and delicious cuisine are your thing, then check out One Hungry Jew, it's quickly becoming one of my favorite food blogs.  

I love the pics, the restaurant choices, and the short, but detailed restaurant reviews!  This blog has inspired me to start my own little quick review section for you guys!  It'll be a short, yet detailed break down of some my favorite places Uptown!

Check out the post below for some of the best Mac and Cheese (Yes! more comfort food!) in the City!  I'm about to have the most Mac and Cheesiest weekend ever!  I hope to see you at some of these spots!

Go taste for yourself! ¡Buen provecho! 

Best Mac and Cheese in NYC!