Thursday, January 18, 2018

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Ramen chef review instant Ramen!

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

Ramen chef review instant Ramen!

Sofrito Lovers,

I have a love/hate relationship with instant Ramen.  Sometimes, I can't stand those disgusting plastic covered salt bombs, but occasionally I break down and buy a few just to have around the house.  

Unfortunately, I can't always visit one my favorite Ramen restaurants when I get the craving, therefore I must rely on those heart attack causing sodium grenades to satisfy my noodle slurping needs. 

Not all instant Ramens are bad, some are even delicious-if you dress it up with some veggies, protein, and sesame oil.  A few days ago, I saw this cool video on BuzzfeedVideo, which featured a Ramen chef tasting and rating different instant Ramens.  Impressed and slightly curious, I knew I had to share with you.  He actually inspired me to try some new Ramen flavors...God help my sodium levels!

Watch it and then go taste or slurp for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!

PS: If you get to urge to enjoy some delicious ramen, then go to Tampopo Ramen in Washington Height!  I'm writing a review about it and I'm sure you'll love it!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Matriarch Behind Puerto Rican Mainstay Casa Adela Dies at 81

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

Matriarch Behind Puerto Rican Mainstay Casa Adela Dies at 81!

Sofrito Lovers,

A Puerto Rican food Goddess has returned to heaven.  Doña Adela Fargas, owner of the INCREDIBLE Casa Adela in the Lower East side, made her transition to the great Fonda in the sky over the weekend.  Doña Adela leaves behind a forty year legacy of amazing food and thousands of adoring fans from all over the world.  She will be missed!

I loved Doña Adela, she was sweet, funny, witty, and brilliant.  She loved to talk about food, politics, and dished out some seriously sage advice.  Our city has lost a giant!  We Boricua foodies stand on her great shoulders.

Please read the article below from and scroll down to see the information for her viewing.  And, make sure to get a meal at Casa Adela!

Matriarch Behind Puerto Rican Mainstay Casa Adela Dies at 81
Adela Fargas was known for her Puerto Rican fare and friendly demeanor!
by Serena Dai Jan 16, 2018, 9:18am EST

Adela Fargas Photo via Casa Adela

The always-present matriarch behind Alphabet City mainstay Casa Adela has died, according to the Puerto Rican restaurant. Adela Fargas — long a fixture in the East Village and LES — was 81.

A memorial with a slew of candles and flowers has already popped up outside the restaurant, which has been open for more than 40 years at 66 Avenue C, according to EV Grieve. Hundreds of comments also poured out over social media, noting memories of both her presence in the Puerto Rican community and the way she perfected the spices of a rotisserie chicken.

Casa Adela, open since 1976, became a pillar in the neighborhood under Fargas. It’s known for that rotisserie chicken, as well as Puerto Rican classics like mofongo and pernil asado. Celebrities like actress Rosario Dawson have visited the restaurant, but many locals and Puerto Rican immigrants visited for Fargas herself, whose friendly demeanor and welcoming presence made them feel like they were eating grandma’s home cooking at the restaurant.

The restaurant, run by her family, remains open. A viewing for Fargas will be held on Friday, January 19th. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Healthy versions of unhealthy snacks!

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

Healthy versions of unhealthy snacks!

Sofrito Lovers,

It's January 16th and by now many of our healthy eating and exercise resolutions have probably gone by the wayside!  But, not all is lost, there's more than enough time to start over. 

Unhealthy foods can have a powerful hold on us and old habits die hard, but it can be done.  Sometimes switching out our unhealthy snacks with healthier versions can be the motivating factor we need to get back into the exercise grind.

Check out these amazing Healthy versions of unhealthy snacks from Tasty.  Now you can reward yourself with some Greek yogurt/peanut butter ice cream after you've run a few miles on the treadmill.  You can enjoy some baked Buffalo wings before you do the Elliptical.  It's all bout being flexible, creative, and open minded.

Get back to the gym, track, or wherever you do your workout and get sweating, then go taste for yourself.  ¡Buen provecho! 


Thursday, January 11, 2018

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Homemade Japanese Curry Rice!

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

Homemade Japanese Curry Rice!

Sofrito Lovers,

I love curry!  It can be South Asian curry, Caribbean curry, Irish curry, or Ann Curry I don't care, I love it all!  That's why when I came across this amazing recipe for Japanese curry on Serious Eats I knew I had to share with all of you.

Honestly, I've never had the pleasure of tasting Japanese curry.  I've had Chinese curry and some Korean curry spiced dishes, but the Japanese recipes have always alluded me...until now!  

As you know, I'm slowly getting back into cooking and this my wonderful Sofrito Lovers is going to be one of my future cooking challenges.  I'll document the process for you!  Wish me luck!

If you try, let me know! Now go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen provecho!

Japanese Curry Rice Recipe  
I ate a lot of Japanese curry growing up. My Japanese father was the preferred cook of the household, and he would make curry rice at least once a week. Because Japanese curry roux blocks weren't readily available, he made Japanese curry from scratch.

My father simply sautéed meat, potatoes, carrots, and onions, seasoned with salt and pepper, added water, and when everything was cooked, he would add a mix of flour and curry powder dissolved in water to the pot. And it was good! Not to mention a great novelty to all my friends who'd come have dinner at home.

Indeed, I grew up thinking curry was an original Japanese dish—I had little idea of its South East Asian roots. It was only when I left home for college in the US that I started frequenting Indian and Thai restaurants—and discovered the convenience of Japanese curry blocks. It was also only then that I realized that my father's method was somewhat imperfect since the flour didn't get properly cooked (and often the curry was lumpy). When I discovered roux sometime later, I started to improve on my father's curry method.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Delicous Indian food at home!

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

Delicious Indian food at home!

Sofrito Lovers,

I miss cooking.  I started cooking because I wanted my wonderful BearBear David to eat delicious healthy home cooked meals instead of his beloved frozen and fast food. Also, we were spending way too much money eating out and I knew that I could kick ass in the kitchen if I tried.

It was so much fun!  I loved challenging myself to conquer new recipes! It was a creative outlet as well-I never followed recipes word for word.  Often times, I substituted ingredients, added veggies, and played with spices just to see how yummy something could become!  Above all else, the best part was watching David enjoy his dinner!  I swear he's the cutest eater in the world!

I think it's time I got back in the kitchen and started crushing some more recipes!  Watching the video below has inspired me to find my crock pot and get started!  

Check out the One Pot Chef's (one of my favorite cooking channels on YouTube) recipe for a delicious Butter Curry Chicken.  This is going to be my weekend project, wish me luck!  You should try it to and let me know what you think!

Go taste for yourself! ¡Buen provecho!

Friday, January 5, 2018

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Splendid Rotis in Queens and Other Cheap Eats!

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

Splendid Rotis in Queens and Other Cheap Eats!

Sofrito Lovers,

My foodie crush Robert Sietsema, from, has published another one of his amazing cheap eats articles and, as per usual, I have to share it with you!

This semi-new series, called Three Great Cheap, highlights three affordable eateries throughout the city.  The article below features a Roti place and two other hot spots.  Check out the article and plan your next culinary outing.

I'm definitely trying out Shorty Tang, in Chelsea, this weekend!  Maybe, I'll see you there!  Don't take my word or Robert's word for it, go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen provecho!

Splendid Rotis in Queens — and Other Cheap Eats Critic Robert Sietsema highlights some great affordable dishes around town 

by Robert Sietsema Jan 4, 2018, 12:09pm EST
Photos by Robert Sietsema 

Singh’s Roti Shop in Richmond Hill, Queens

Three Great Cheap, a sporadically appearing series from critic Robert Sietsema that seeks to find and popularize New York City’s cheapest and most interesting food in the five boroughs and beyond, is now going weekly. Also consult the compact guide and map 60 Cheap Eats Destinations You Should Know About in NYC.


Thursday, January 4, 2018

A Spoonful of Sofrito: El Paso Mexican Restaurant!

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

El Paso Mexican Restaurant!

Sofrito Lovers,

As the rapid gusts of wind and snow brutalize New York City, I find myself thinking of Tacos.  Yes, you read correctly, I'm thinking of tacos and how yummy it would be to have a few of these incredible little Mexican treats right now.

If the weather weren't so horrific, I would go to El Paso Mexican Restaurant in El Barrio and order a plate of their delicious Tacos de Pollo Pibil and Tacos de Carnitas.

Check out a pic of this deliciousness:

I love their Guacamole as well:

Their Tamales Oaxaqueña are also a delicious treat:

Looking at my own pictures is torture!  Hopefully, the snow will end this afternoon and I'll be able to have some delicious tacos!  Check out El Paso's website and peruse their amazing menu!  

Don't take my word for it, go taste for yourself, you might see me there with you!