Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: 5 Seafood Standouts in NYC!

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

5 Seafood Standouts in NYC!

Sofrito Lovers,

I don't know what it is about the autumn weather, but I never crave seafood more than when it's Fall!  Despite my partner David's deep seated pure hatred of seafood, I still manage to get my mariscos (Spanish for Seafood) on from time to time.  I just have to do far far far away from him and then brush my teeth thoroughly afterwards or there will be no smoochies for me!

When I came across this incredibly informative article on ChowHound, I knew I had to try out some of these eateries and, of course, share this post with you!  I'm slowly making my way through Ms. Liu's list and so far I've loved them all!  I highly recommend Laut in Union Square, the food was incredible!

Read the article below and go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen provecho!

5 Seafood Standouts in an Infinite Sea of Options!

by Liana Lau, Chowhound

New York City is a twenty-four-hour amusement restaurant park brimming with 45,000 rides for all ages. An urban layout of 200 cuisines, for a daily estimate of 8.55 million thrill-seekers, probing for the next meal to savor. Excitement awaits you every time a door is opened, when your name is heard through the crowd to the seats that will take you on a remarkable experience. New York City converts every ingredient in the world, creating a melting pot of revolutionary art forms. Seafood is the Picasso, a predominant figure in this gargantuan metropolitan, innovative, forward-thinking and imaginative.

Monday, October 9, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Creamy Red Lentil Curry!

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

Creamy Red Lentil Curry!

Sofrito Lovers,

The One Pot Chef strikes again!  As many of you know, YouTube is my impromptu culinary school and one of my favorite professors is the One Pot Chef!  I may not know his name, but his channel has inspired me to to buy a  crock pot and use my calderos (Dutch ovens in English) to prepare some incredible meals.

Check out the video below-especially you vegans, vegetarians, non-dairy, and healthy wealthy people-and learn how to make a delicious meatless Red Lentil creamy curry!  It's an incredible recipe!  I must admit that I cheated and added bacon to the recipe and it was amazing!  As corny and cliche as it sounds, bacon does make everything better!

Check it out and go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: 60 Cheap Eats Destinations in NYC!

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

60 Cheap Eats Destinations in NYC!

Sofrito Lovers,

Once again, my hero and foodie crush Robert Sietsema, from, has published another amazing compilation of cheap eateries throughout our fair city!

Sietsema's lists point us in the direction of several eateries that are inexpensive, delicious, and often ignored or underrated.  Who says a little fondita (small Boricua mom'n'pop) with great pernil can't be as good as some five star restaurant?  I sure as hell don't! 

Sietsema hit it right on the head with some of his uptown picks (La Salle Dumpling Room and Ecuatoriana) and his Bronx spots (Gurra Cafe and Fouta).  I love these places and have even written reviews on this blog for some of them, as well!  Go check them out!  

Go taste for yourself! ¡Buen Provecho!

60 Cheap Eats Destinations You Should Know About in NYC Eater critic Robert Sietsema rounds up good deals in the five boroughs and beyond. by Robert Sietsema Jul 19, 2017, 8:58am EDT

As fancy restaurant prices continue to soar, finding great inexpensive ones becomes more of a priority. If the food is not only delicious but also outside your previous dining experience, all the better. In short write-ups, neighborhood round-ups, and full reviews, I post about cheap restaurants I’ve stumbled on in the five boroughs and adjacent metropolitan areas, and make menu recommendations. Here is a choice collection of those restaurants, listed geographically. Please let me know by email about restaurants you’ve visited that deserve to be more appreciated.


Monday, October 2, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Food Waste Hacks! - Mind Over Munch

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

Food Waste Hacks! - Mind Over Munch

Sofrito Lovers,

We're all fun and games here, but from time to time, I think it's necessary to drop some food related science and social justice content on you guys!

Recycling, reusing, re-purposing, and sustainability is extremely important to foodies, especially when you realize how much edible food goes to waste in this country!  Any intelligent person, would question why we're wasting TONS of food every year when it can be used to help people, reduce our carbon footprint, or be re-purposed.

Check out the video post below from YouTube's Mind over Munch and put into practice these brilliant, creative, and world saving food hacks.  Every little bit helps us feed people, save the environment, and live a more prosperous life!  Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen provecho!


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Perfect fried Chicken Sandwich!

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

Perfect fried Chicken Sandwich!

Sofrito Lovers,

The Fried Chicken Sandwich is truly a work of art! There are many styles and versions of this sandwich, which have their merits, but the classic potato roll, pickles, and special sauce combo can't be beat!

Check out the post below from the Institute of Culinary Education and learn how to make this simplistic, yet incredible little snack! Quick, simple, and delicious-just how I like it!

Go taste for yourself! ¡Buen provecho!

By James Briscione — Director of Culinary Research

The fried chicken sandwich, by law, may only contain bread, chicken, pickles and sauce. Never mind which law that is — the point is this: if you try to put anything more on my sandwich, we are going to have problems. With just four components to build it out, this sandwich is perfect in its simplicity, so each ingredient that goes into it better be perfect, too. Any missteps or half measures are going to stand out big time and completely throw off your chicken sandwich mojo.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Aspira Collecting food for Puerto Rico!

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

Aspira Collecting food for Puerto Rico!

Sofrito Lovers,

Millions in Puerto Rico have been left homeless, without electricity, and without food.  An old friend of mine that works for Aspira of New York has asked me to help spread the word about their donation drive.

She asked me to stress they need for food donations in particular!  Check out the post below and give generously!  We foodies have a long history of charitable activities, especially in support of people that have become food insecure and food unstable!  Please donate and inspire others to follow suit!

Monday, September 25, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Cuban Elena Ruz Sandwiches!

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

Cuban Elena Ruz Sandwiches!

Sofrito Lovers,

Have you ever heard of an Elena Ruz sandwich?  Yeah, neither have I!  Apparently, this little Cuban American beauty has evaded my Cuban cuisine loving ass for the longest.

It's a Cuban or Cuban American sandwich (I can't figure out which) that is prepared by spreading cream cheese and guava or strawberry jam or jelly on toast, then adding slices of turkey.  Weird, yet tantalizing right? At first mention, the recipe sounds gross, but if you think about it, the salty, savory, and sweet combo of it all becomes quite intriguing.

Check out the video below from We are Mitú and try out the recipe for yourself!  I'm running to my local bodega tomorrow to get some guava jelly and maybe some pan sobao to make my Elena Ruz.  I'm still trying to figure out why it's called an Elena Ruz, let me know if you do!

Check it out, go taste for yourself, and Buen provecho!