Monday, May 29, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Museum of Food and Drink!

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

MOFAD: Museum of Food and Drink!

Sofrito Lovers,

Did you know that there was a museum dedicated to food and drink?  Yeah, neither did I! How incredible is that?  A museum dedicated to the art, science, culture, history, and production of food and drink- this is so cool!

This weekend, while I was searching the 'net, I discovered MOFAD's website and it threw me for a loop!  How could there be a foodie museum and I know nothing about it?  I poured through the 'site and fell in love!

The calendar of events is chock full of workshops, lectures, cooking demonstrations, art exhibits, and a lot more.  If you're like me, a foodie and museum nut, then this place is heaven!  I can't wait to go to their next CHOW, their monthly snack and chat about Chinese food and restaurants.

Check out the museum's Mission statement below and their website for more information! Go SEE AND TASTE for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!

MOFAD: Museum of Food and Drink

The Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) is a nonprofit dedicated to advancing public understanding of the culture, history, science, production, and commerce of food and drink.

MOFAD Lab is the museum's inaugural design studio and gallery space located in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In this space, MOFAD creates exhibits and hosts an array of public programs, including cooking classes, guided tastings, hands-on workshops, science demonstrations, discussions, and seminars. Chow: Making the Chinese American Restaurant is currently on show at MOFAD Lab.

Supported by a diverse community of donors, volunteers, and partners, MOFAD is working toward building the world's first large-scale museum with exhibits you can eat. This global center for learning will feature multiple exhibition galleries, program and workshop space, a garden, café, and more.

Join the effort by donating, joining, or volunteering.

Friday, May 26, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Cheez Doodle Tasting Video!

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

Cheez Doodle Tasting Video!

Sofrito Lovers,

Check out my latest Tasting Video!  This week, I try Wise Cheez Doodles Honey BBQ and Jalapeño PoppersWere they crunchy cheesy pieces of heaven or disgusting orange dusted nightmares?   

Watch and find out, then go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Freakin Rican Food Festivals!

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

Freakin Rican Food Festivals!

Sofrito Lovers,

Spring time is food time!  If you're foodie festival hunter like me, then you know that Spring is that delicious time of the year when food festivals dominate the weekend streets.

If you're looking for some delicious Puerto Rican fare, then you have to dine al fresco with the Freakin Rican-check out their website!

Chef Derick Lopez and his amazing partner Victor Vargas are the CEOs of the Freakin Rican Restaurant (brick and mortar coming soon), catering company, online culinary shop, and extraordinary hosts of the Freakin Rican Cooking Channel on YouTube.  These two Boricua Top Chefs (WEPA, Boricuas!) are as talented as they are sweet and welcoming.

As an avid fan and supporter, I highly recommend you visit the Freakin Rican kiosks at the following food festivals:

  1. MAY 27 ON 8TH AVE BETWEEN 42-50 ST (2 SPACES)
  2. MAY 29 STEINWAY ST ON BROADWAY BETWEEN Steinway and Crescent
  3. JUNE 04 ON 6TH AVE BETWEEN 34-42 ST
  4. JUNE 04 QUEENS PRIDE on 37th Road from 73rd to 77th Streets
  5. JUNE 11 FOREST HILLS ON AUSTIN ST from 69th to 72nd Road (2 SPACES)
  6. JUNE 17 ON 6TH AVE 42-54 ST
  7. JUNE 18 ON 6TH AVE 42-56 ST
  8. JUNE 18 ON 7TH AVE FLATBUSH on 7th Avenue from Flatbush to 16th Street (BK)

For summer dates, check out their festival calendar!

You'll love their delicious Arroz con Gandules (Rice with Green Pigeon Peas), Pollo Guisado (Puerto Rican style stewed chicken), and fried delicacies. Maybe, we'll run into each other!  Hit the streets and go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: New Yorkers Try LA Pizza!

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

New Yorkers Try LA Pizza!

Sofrito Lovers,

The old Chicago vs. New York City pizza beef is taking a back seat to the new L.A. vs. New York City controversy!  Yes, folks, L.A. has thrown its hat into the Pizza championship arena and thefight has started.  Apparently, many foodies are saying that L.A. pizza has it all over New York City style.  I don't know about that!  L.A. style pizza is good, but these odd vegetable, nut, and seed combos seem more like bird feed then pizza, but that's just me!

I've tasted Chicago Deep Dish, Southern style Pizza, and L.A. pizza and I can assure you that nothing is better than NYC style. Am I biased?  Hell, yeah!  Can I be objective? Nope, not at all! 

Check out the BuzzFeed video below as some NYCers taste some L.A. and NYC slices and give their opinions!  Who's got the best slices? Watch, laugh, and learn!

Go taste for yourself! ¡Buen Provecho!

Monday, May 22, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Cheesy Taco Pasta!

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

Cheesy Taco Pasta!

Sofrito Lovers,

Last night, I made a Cheesy Taco Pasta dish that set my BearBear David's heart aflutter!  I haven't seen him lick the plate clean in a long time!

A few weeks ago, I posted a YouTube video from the Tasty Channel titled, "8 One-Pot Pastas" and I mentioned I was going to try out a few of the recipes. Well, I'm here to report that the Cheesy Taco Pasta recipe was a resounding success!  It's easy to prepare and packs an amazingly flavorful punch.

I've posted the recipe below in hopes that you'll try it out and let me know what you think.  To jazz it up a bit, I served the pasta on a bed of tortilla chips.  The corn flavor, salt, and crunch really added a new dimension of flavor and texture to the meal.  Try it out!

Go taste for yourself! ¡Buen Provecho! 

Cheesy Taco Pasta

1 pound ground beef
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (15 oz) can whole kernel corn
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
2 cups water
1 package taco seasoning
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
1 ½ cups colby jack cheese 

1. In a large quart pot over medium-high heat brown the ground beef. Drain fat and return beef to the pot. 

2. Add taco seasoning, water, diced tomatoes, corn and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil. 

3. Add uncooked macaroni and reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 10-15 
minutes (until pasta is cooked through). Stir occasionally.

4. Remove from heat. Sprinkle cheese on top and cover.

5. Serve once cheese is melted! Enjoy!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Tasting Lay's BLT and Lime & Sea Salt Chips!

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

Tasting Lay's BLT and Lime & Sea Salt Chips!

Sofrito Lovers,

Check out my latest Chip tasting video on my brand new Sofritoinmysoul YouTube Channel!  Please SUBSCRIBE, LIKE, COMMENT, AND SHARE!

Will I like the Lime & Sea Salt and BLT Chips?  Did they taste good?  Were they nasty?  Check out my vid below and see for yourself! Please SUBSCRIBE, LIKE, COMMENT, AND SHARE!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: This Is How You Do a Pho Tour of NYC!

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

This Is How You Do a Pho Tour of NYC!

Sofrito Lovers,

A hot steaming bowl of beefy Pho is the cure for all of life's woes.  How can you worry about Homework, your kids, or whatever when you're slurping delicious rice noodles bathed in a beef bone broth so savory and delicious it brings tears to your eyes? I can't think of anything better!

Saying I love Pho is an understatement!  I eat it at least twice a week because I live and work by a wonderful of mom'n'pop Vietnamese place on Jerome Avenue!  I've gone as far as to recruit new Pho lovers at my school and neighborhood.  Why?  Because we must keep our delicious little soup spot open and thriving!

Check out 's article on the incredible Pho places throughout the city!  Do yourself a favor, choose a spot and get your soup on!  You'll thank yourself for the yummy experience!  Now read the article and go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen provecho!

This Is How You Do a Pho Tour of NYC
Visiting the best spots with The Pho Cookbook’s Andrea Nguyen

by Robert Sietsema May 15, 2017, 1:06pm EDT 

It is often my pleasure to welcome food writers from elsewhere to New York, and arrange to conduct them on culinary tours. In many cases these jaunts cover the subject the writers specialize in, cramming many restaurants into a few hours of concentrated eating. Thus it was that I recently took Northern California-based Andrea Nguyen, author of The Pho Cookbook on a tour devoted to the Vietnamese noodle soup. It’s her fifth cookbook with Ten Speed Press, along with Into the Vietnamese Kitchen and The Banh Mi Handbook. Freelance photographer Ariana Lindquist came along.