Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Whole Foods "Mexican Food" Taste Test!

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

Whole Foods "Mexican Food" 
Taste Test!

 

Sofrito Lovers,

Whole Foods Market is an awesome place to shop for produce, perishable and nonperishable goods, and a plethora of other items, but their attempts at preparing and packing "ethnic" foods is horrific.  

Why they call certain foods "ethnic" and not others mystifies me, because isn't all food ethnic?  Whatever!  Have you ever tried their prepackaged  "Mexican" food?  If you haven't, then I'm sure your reaction will be similar to the ones expressed by the brave souls in the video below!  

Posted on YouTube on the We are MiTú Channel, these Latinos taste test Whole Foods' attempt at Mexican food and the reactions are hilarious!  Check it out and laugh!

Go taste for yourself, but remember I tried to warn you!  ¡Buen Provecho!



Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: The Best Bagels in New York May Be in Harlem!

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

The Best Bagels in New York May Be in Harlem!


Sofrito Lovers,

Where can you get amazing bagels in NYC? Harlem, of course!  If you need convincing, then check out the post below, from the culinary gods at Eater.com!  Bo's Station, Harlem's newest bagel shop, is an amazing new spot near the Columbia University area, which serves a delicious selection of bagels.

Having opened this past Saturday, Bo's is the brainchild of Andrew Martinez and Ashley Dikos, who have stated numerous times that they couldn't find a decent bagel in Harlem.

Simple, stylish, and welcoming, Bo's station is a must visit when you travel uptown!  Check out the post below and go get yourself a delicious bagel!  Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen provecho!

An Artisan Bagel Shop Opens in Harlem — And More Intel

Little Tong Noodle Shop is close to opening, plus more news
by Serena Dai Mar 20, 2017, 9:39am EDT

Harlem-born bagel shop Bo’s Bagels has opened its brand new bagel retail shop. Andrew Martinez and Ashley Dikos started making the bagels when they couldn’t find a bagel they liked in Harlem. After selling from a stand for a while, they decided to open up a permanent outpost at 235 West 116th St. It will have a limited menu until the grand opening on Saturday, March 25. Local blog, Harlem Bespoke considers their bagels one of the top three in the entire city



Monday, March 27, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Harlem Eat Up!

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

Harlem Eat Up in May!


Sofrito Lovers,

May 15-21st should be considered a National Holiday!  Why? Because, it's Harlem Eat Up, a four-day festival of arts, culture, and FOOD in Harlem!  

Harlem Eat Up's Dine in Harlem is one of the most popular activities in the festival.  It's an amazing multi-room dinner party hosted by some of Harlem's most talented chefs!  Packed with culinary superstars and INCREDIBLE FOOD, Dine in Harlem is one of the most unique and jaw dropping experiences a food lover can ever have.  Join me at Harlem Eat Up!  Buy your tickets NOW!

Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!


Welcome to the 3rd annual Harlem EatUp! Festival, a four-day festival offering an exciting sampling of Harlem's sights, flavors and sounds, from artists of the kitchen, canvas, stage and streets. Enjoy Dine In Harlem, Eat Up's signature one-night-only multi-room dinner party experience, featuring Harlem's hottest restaurants and chefs hosting some of the biggest national culinary stars in their kitchens. Get your eat on as you spend the day Uptown at The Harlem Stroll, where food, art and culture will converge all in the backdrop of one of the neighborhood's most beautiful parks. Watch Harlem and national top chef cooking demos on the EatUp! Main Stage. It's a celebration of culture and good eats you won't want to miss!


A Spoonful of Sofrito: Meatball Soup/Sopa de Albondigas Recipe!

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

Meatball Soup/Sopa de Albondigas Recipe!


Sofrito Lovers,

Guess what I made for Saturday night dinner?  No, not reservations!  I made Sopa de Albondigas (Meatball Soup) with tons of veggies and it was delicious.

I combined a Mexican recipe with a Boricua one and created my "Bori-Mexicano Meatball Soup!"  It was hearty, delicious, and a big hit with my finicky food critic, my bearbear David!  He slurped down a few bowls and raved about it!  High praise indeed!

Check out the recipe below, prepare it, and then taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!

Meatball/Sopa de Albondigas:


Ingredients:

Meatballs:
2 lbs of ground beef
1 chopped Medium onion
1/3 cup of raw rice per pound of meat or
1 cup of bread crumbs
2 eggs
2 minced garlic cloves
1 Tsp of onion powder, oregano, black pepper, basil
2 Tsp of salt
1 Tbsp of butter
½ cup of milk
1 cup of olive oil

Soup Base:
4 medium tomatoes
1 whole onion
4 garlic cloves

Veggies:
2 Medium potatoes
2 medium carrots or 1 large
2 or 3 celery stalks
Bundle of cilantro
Italian Squash (Zucchini)

Other Ingredients:
Salt
Pepper
1 Cubito de res
4 cups of water
2 Tbsp of Olive oil

·       Prepare the Soup base in the blender.
·       Make Small meatballs and put aside.
·       Heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil on medium high heat in a caldero.
·       Add soup base to caldero and bring to a boil and add cubito.
·       Once boiling, add the water and bring back to boil.
·       Add meatballs, cover, and cook for 30 minutes.
·       Taste for seasoning, add carrots, cover, and cook for 10 minutes.
·       Add celery, potatoes, cilantro, and cook for 10 minutes.
·       Taste for seasoning and then add zucchini and cook for 10 minutes.
·       Serve!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: 8 One-Pot Pastas!

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

8 One-Pot Pastas!
 

Sofrito Lovers,

8 One-pot pasta recipes!  Have lovelier words than those ever been written?  I don't think so!  

As you all should know, I'm the One-pot wonder chef!  I love any recipe that revolves around a pot and a few easy steps.  When I came across this brilliant video, posted below, on YouTube's Tasty channel, I knew that I had struck gold.

C'mon, 8 different pasta dishes cooked all in one pot!  I'm in one-pot heaven right now!  This weekend is going to be all about pasta and I'm preparing at least two dishes for my bear, David!  He's the world's biggest pasta lover and I'm sure he'll be happy!

Check out this amazing video, start cooking, and go taste for yourself! ¡Buen provecho!





 


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Gray’s Papaya Midtown Opens This Week!

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

Gray’s Papaya Midtown Opens This Week!

Sofrito Lovers,

If you enjoy putting a wiener in your mouth as much as I do (Shut Up!), then you're in for a treat!  The owners of the Gray's Papaya chain are setting up to open a new location in Midtown this Thursday!  

So, if you're any where near Midtown and craving a big fat meaty wiener, then head over to Gray's Papaya!  Their wieners are legendary!

Check out the post below and go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen provecho!


Gray’s Papaya Midtown Opens This Week — And More Intel Plus, two more restaurants open in Midtown 
by Serena Dai Mar 21, 2017, 10:57am EDT 


A new Midtown location of the classic New York hot dog stand Gray’s Papaya is close to opening. Bedford and Bowery notes that the outpost at 612 Eighth Ave., near 40th St., may open as early as Thursday, serving its signature “Recession Specials” of two dogs and a drink. It’s a slow comeback for the Nicholas and Rachael Gray’s legendary restaurant chain, which has been in retraction mode, having closed many locations. For the last few years, the only outpost in the city was a flagship restaurant on the Upper West Side. Still, Rachael tells Bedford and Bowery that the company is doing well, and although they won’t be reopening further downtown anytime soon, it’s not out of the question.

Monday, March 20, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Yellow Rice with Corn and Ham!

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

Yellow Rice with Corn and Ham!


Sofrito Lovers,

What was for Sunday night dinner?  Over at my crib, I made a delicious pot of yellow rice with ham and corn with stewed beans and grilled pork chops.  It was pretty goddamn delicious if do say so for myself! I found my incredible yellow rice recipe on one of my favorite YouTube cooking channels, Sweets and Beyond!

Hosted by Ida, Sweets and Beyond is a wonderful online resource for Puerto Rican home cooking.  As you know, I've featured her videos before and deeply appreciate her efforts to educate us all.  I consider her one of my YouTube cooking school professors! I think she would give me an "A" for last night's dinner assignment.  David loved the rice; he loved the combination of corn and ham!

Check out her amazing video below!  Watch, then get cooking! Go taste for yourself! ¡Buen Provecho!