Thursday, April 28, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Spring 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: A Pinch of advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life.
The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Spring 2016

  
Sofrito Lovers,

Eater.com has published the latest version of their amazing Eater 38 list!  Just in time for the weekend (or the rest of your Spring Break!), now you can plan out a few dates, brunches, or romantic dinners.

As much as I adore the list, I'm annoyed that the only restaurant above 95th St. in Manhattan is The Cecil.  There are tons of amazing eateries in Harlem, Washington Heights, East Harlem, Inwood and the Bronx to choose from!  I'm planning on reaching out to Eater.com and start recommending some uptown eateries for them to explore!

Hopefully, the next version of the Eater 38 will have some uptown spots for those of us who can't always trek all the way to Brooklyn or Queens!  I have faith they'll respond well to the suggestions!

Read and then go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!

The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Spring 2016

Eater Staff on Apr 5, 2016, 1:20p 



It's time to update the Eater 38, your answer and ours to any question that begins, "Can you recommend a restaurant?" This highly elite group covers the entire city, spans myriad cuisines, and collectively satisfies all of your restaurant needs, save for those occasions when you absolutely must spend half a paycheck. Every quarter, we add pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible (restaurants must be open at least six months), or have stepped up their game.


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Katz's Cut a $17M Deal With Luxury Developers To Stay In LES

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

Katz's Cut a $17M Deal With Luxury Developers To Stay In LES


Sofrito Lovers,

For months, Katz's Deli was on the verge of being lost to developers, but according to the Eater.com article below one of NYC's most historical culinary landmarks has been saved.

Gentrification is carving its way through various NYC neighborhoods-the Lower Eastside is no exception.  Various developers have been closing mom 'n' pop businesses left and right; Katz's was almost one of those institutions.  I won't get into the details of what happened because the article explains the matter better than I could.  

Thankfully, we still have a Katz's Deli, if you haven't had their incredible sandwiches before, then get down there immediately!

Check out the article below for more information on Katz's survival.  Read and then go downtown and get the best pastrami sandwich in NYC!  ¡Buen Provecho!


Katz's Cut a $17M Deal With Luxury Developers To Stay In LES

by Serena Dai Apr 25, 2016

The business sold its air rights and neighboring lots

Katz's Deli guaranteed its stay on East Houston Street partly by cutting a deal with developers to sell its air rights and neighboring lots for $17 million, according to a report from the Times. The nearly 130-year-old family-owned deli sold air rights and two properties by the iconic 205 East Houston St. location so that developers could erect an 11-story condo building next door. "So many people in the city have a story and a connection to this place," Katz's owner Jake Dells tells the Times. "To me personally, preserving it was the most important thing."



Monday, April 25, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Pizza Flavored Cream Cheese

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

Pizza Flavored Cream Cheese


Sofrito Lovers,

Innovation and invention are the difference between a mediocre cook and a brilliant one.  Being able to combine ingredients, especially disparate ones, together to create an amazing meal, condiment, or beverage is truly a unique and rare gift.

Posted below is a recipe for Pizza flavored Cream Cheese from Tasty Food, another one of my favorite YouTube Channels, which I think is pure brilliance.

I admire the mind that decided to mix cream cheese with classic Italian seasonings together to create an amazing snack or breakfast condiment; it's simplicity is what makes it sheer genius.  It's truly amazing and will liven up your plain morning bagel!  Try it on an onion and garlic bagel and I guarantee it will change your life.  

Who knew something as innocuous as cream cheese could give you some pep in your step?  Some culinary genius did and I profusely thank him or her!

Watch the video, make the cream cheese, and ¡Buen Provecho!




Saturday, April 23, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Delicious 15-Minute Or Less Meals

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

15-Minute Or Less Recipes


Sofrito Lovers,

Who doesn't love a quick, delicious, and inexpensive meal?  As an amateur cook, I love learning quick recipes that don't require many ingredients and are easily prepared.  There's nothing more satisfying than mastering that type of recipe and adding it to your repertoire.

The Chowhound article posted below features 16 recipes that will take you 15 minutes or less.  Whether you're a dessert junkie, spice fanatic, or soup lover, you'll find two or three selections to satisfy your particular tastes.

After reviewing the list,  I'm planning on preparing the Grasshopper Milkshake, Quick Chicken Pho, and Sauteed Broccoli rabe.  I'm also intrigued by the banana chocolate crepes and the Orange Julius Smoothie, as well!

Do yourself a favor and check out the article below; it'll save you time, money, and will taste amazing!  Read, cook, and ¡Buen Provecho!

Cilantro-Ginger Halibut




Fish is an animal protein that doesn't need much cooking at all. Plus, they're often too delicate to mess with much anyway. You're only working for 15 minutes to make this light, healthy cilantro-ginger halibut recipe. Make your food processor do its job and chop way faster than you can to make a bright, fresh, flavor-packed sauce that enlivens the delicate white fish. Full disclosure: Plan for about 10 more minutes while you let things blend and cook. We think you'll deal.

Friday, April 22, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: There’s a Scientific Reason Why Indian Food Is So Delicious!

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

There's a Scientific reason why Indian Food is so Delicious!

Sofrito Lovers,

I love Indian food with an undying and unyielding passion!  Two of my favorite restaurants in NYC are Indian eateries-The Jackson Diner in Queens and Polash in El Barrio.  Why do I love it so much?  Easy!  Indian food is complex, rich, and delicious.  It combines sweet, savory, and spicy elements together to create flavor profiles that are delicious and extremely satisfying.

According to the Munchies article posted below, Indian cuisine is unique with spice pairings that aren't found in other cuisines.  The preparation of Indian food is also one of a kind as well.

I won't give away any more details, you should read the article below.  It's an interesting read and very informative.  Read it, go have some Indian food, and ¡Buen Provecho!


There’s a Scientific Reason Why Indian Food Is So Delicious!







When I die, bury me inside a vat of saag paneer. Indian food is categorically delicious: its flavors are complex, oscillating between sweet, savory, and spicy; its textures meld creamy sauces with doughy breads and tender meat and vegetables to make the slop of dreams. It’s a divine synthesis that is aromatic and sophisticated without being bougie. Hell, you can get a better-than-decent plate of it for nary more than the cost of a deli sandwich.




Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: People Try Cuban food for the first time!

A Spoonful of Sofrito: A Pinch of advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life.
 
 People Try Cuban food for the first time!
 

Sofrito Lovers,

Once again, I share an another tasting video with you! I'm obsessed with Buzzfeed's tasting videos because they offer insight into the American perspective on food.  I love it when they have a diverse group of people tasting an "exotic" cuisine, because of the cultural comparisons people make.

Comparing a different type of cuisine to one you're more familiar with instills a sense of curiosity and open-mindedness that allows you to enjoy something new.

I loved the video posted below because Cuban food is considered "foreign" and "uncommon" by many people, yet is essentially similar to most cuisines.  Many of the participants went into this tasting with preconceived notions that were delightfully dashed; there's nothing cooler, than seeing people's attitudes change and minds open.

Enjoy!  Watch it, go taste something new, and ¡Buen Provecho!


 
 
 

Monday, April 18, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: How to use up Herbs

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

How to use up Herbs


Sofrito Lovers,

Cilantro, Parsley, Dill, Rosemary, and Chiles! These are only a few of the amazing herbs that give flavor, dimension, and tantalizing aromas to the dishes we all prepare.

As an amateur cook, learning to use herbs and spices has truly been an incredible and worthwhile scholarship.  The article posted below, from Chowhound, features a list of mouth-watering recipes that are made with different types of herbs; these recipes highlight each of their unique and bold flavors.

I'm planning on preparing a few of these recipes for myself this week!  The various pestos, guacamole, and the roasted rosemary walnuts have caught my eye; I'll let you know how they taste.

This list has inspired me to get into the kitchen and get creative; I hope it does the same for you!  Read it, cook it, and ¡Buen Provecho!



Easy Basil Pesto

One of the easiest, most useful things you can do when you have leftover fresh herbs is to make a pesto. This easy pesto recipe calls for basil leaves, but you can make pesto with any fresh green herb or even leafy greens, from mint and parsley to watercress and spinach. This classic basil pesto also includes Parmigiano Reggiano, pine nuts, garlic, and olive oil. Once made, you can use it to top everything from pasta to eggs. It keeps in the refrigerator for up to three days, or store it in the freezer for as long as a month. Your pesto could be a lifesaver for weeknight dinners.A perfect pesto recipe has as many uses as it does variations. This basic basil version can brighten up any number of things, from grilled corn to scrambled eggs, or use it as a pizza sauce, like on our asparagus and goat cheese grilled pizza.... Read More