Monday, May 21, 2018

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Puerto Rican Rice with Chicken!

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

Puerto Rican Rice with Chicken!


Sofrito Lovers,

It's Recipe Monday, the day I share one of my favorite recipes from YouTube, my personal culinary school!  Today, I bring you Chef Julio Rodriguez's recipe for Puerto Rican style Arroz con Pollo (Rice with Chicken).  This Puerto Rican staple is one of our most versatile and delicious dishes.  Simple and flavorful, this rice dish can be paired with stewed beans, salad, viandas (boiled tropical roots and tubers) or stand alone as an entree.

I love this DIY video!  Chef Julio's attention to detail, careful preparation, and simple instruction make following this recipe a breeze.  Check it out and make yourself a delicious caldero of Arroz con Pollo!  Let me know what you think!

Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!

PS: For more Chef Julio Recipes check out Ibrahim Gonzalez's YouTube Channel.



Friday, May 18, 2018

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Tasting Doritos Poppin' Jalapeno!

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

Tasting Doritos Poppin' Jalapeno!


Sofrito Lovers,

Are Doritos Poppin Jalapenos really poppin'?  You have to watch the video posted below to see! Remember to like, subscribe, turn on notifications, and share with everyone!

Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!



Sunday, May 13, 2018

A Spoonful of Sofrito: The Freakin Rican Restaurant Opens!

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

The Freakin Rican Restaurant Opens!


Sofrito Lovers,

Whenever a dream comes true, we must celebrate, commemorate and most importantly support!

Last week, Chef Derrick Lopez, of the Freakin Rican Restaurant/catering/YouTube Channel, opened his first brick-and-mortar location in Astoria, Queens! Yes, Queens people, there's a new amazing Puerto Rican restaurant in your borough!

For years I've enjoyed their wonderful fare at local street festivals, but now I can finally sit down and truly enjoy Chef Derrick's culinary art- and you can too!

So, this weekend, make some plans to have lunch or dinner at the Freakin Rican!  I know it'll be worth the trip to Astoria!



Friday, May 4, 2018

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Mini-Review: Tung Thong Thai

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

Mini-Review: Tung Thong Thai


Sofrito Lovers,

Do I have a scoop for you!  If you like, love, or are interested in Thai food, then make your way to Tung Thong Thai in Washington Heights! 

Tung Thong Thai is a small mom'n'pop establishment with delicious Thai fare at reasonable prices. The orange brick walls, wooden tables, and narrow space aren't the most aesthetically pleasing, but who cares?  The food is why you should make this trip to the Heights.  Check out their menu here!


The Yellow Curry-prepared with carrots, potatoes, and onions-is creamy, a bit spicy, and loaded with that subtitle, yet incredible, coconut flavor.  The dish is served with  with your choice of chicken, beef, or shrimp!  I suggest the chicken, it was incredible!



The Pineapple Fried Rice, also served with your choice of chicken, beef, or shrimp,  is packed with yummy curry goodness-once again, simplicity can be delicious!  Who knew this neat little mound of rice could be so satisfying and incredible?



Last, but certainly not least, is the seminal dish of all Thai restaurants: Pad Thai!  Tung Thong Thai's Pad Thai is a delectable combination of veggies, bean sprouts, stir fired noodles, and whichever protein you choose.  Quick tip:  If a Thai place has delicious Pad Thai, then you know the rest of the menu will be good!


Not to be too repetitive, but you have to try the food at Tung Thong Thai, it's one of Washington Heights' best kept secrets! I'm sure you'll love it, but don't take my word for it, go and taste for yourself!  ¡Buen provecho!

Tung Thong Thai
561 W 169th St
New York, NY 10032
Tel: (212) 795-5995

Thursday, May 3, 2018

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Goya Carne Asada Tacos!

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

Goya Carne Asada Tacos!


Sofrito Lovers,

Saturday is Cinco de Mayo and nothing says Cinco de Mayo celebration then...Tacos!  I'm sure you thought I was going to say Tequila, but NO!  It's about yummy food, not that nasty beverage.  Yes, you read correctly: NASTY!

I know I've just started a war, but I don't care!  tacos are what make this holiday worthwhile!  Check out the recipe posted below from Goya and make a tray of delicious Carne Asada Tacos for your celebration!  And if you must, serve them with some Tequila....eeewww!

Watch, then go taste for yourself! ¡Buen Provecho!

Carne Asada Tacos


Ingredients

1½lbs. flank or skirt steak, trimmed of excess fat
1bottle (24.5 oz.) GOYA® Mojo Criollo
½ white onion, very finely chopped
¼cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
2 limes, one juiced (about 2 tbsp.), the other cut into wedges
½tsp. salt
1tbsp. GOYA® Corn Oil
12 GOYA® Corn Tortillas


Directions

Step1 
Cut steak into ½" pieces; transfer to a large non-metallic bowl or deep dish. Pour Mojo over steak, making sure all pieces are completely submerged; cover and transfer to refrigerator. Marinate at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours. Bring steak to room temperature 30 minutes before cooking; drain and discard marinade.


Step2 
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together white onion, cilantro, lime juice and salt until combined; cover and refrigerate until ready to use.


Step3 
Using a paper towel, pat steak dry. Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add steak, making sure not to crowd pan; cook in batches, flipping occasionally, until dark golden brown and cooked through, about 5 minutes per batch; transfer to serving platter; tent with foil to keep warm.


Step4 
Heat large griddle, cast-iron skillet, or another heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add enough tortillas to cover the surface of griddle; leaving some space between each tortilla. Cook, flipping once, until very lightly charred, warmed through and pliable, about 30 seconds per batch; transfer tortillas to tortilla holder, a foil packet, or clean dish towel to keep warm.


Step5 
To assemble tacos, fill the tortilla with meat; garnish with reserved onion-cilantro mixture. Drizzle with taco sauce, if desired. Serve with lime wedges.



A Spoonful of Sofrito: Mozzarella and Marinara Chip Tasting!

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

Mozzarella and Marinara Chip Tasting!


Sofrito Lovers,

Check out my Mozzarella 'n Marinara Chips tasting video!  Will I like it?  Will I gag?  Check it out and see!

Watch my video, share, subscribe, click notifications, and become an online Sofrito Lover!

Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!



 
 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Can These 8 Americans Handle Caribbean Food?

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

Can These 8 Americans Handle Caribbean Food?


Sofrito Lovers,

Food makes us laugh, especially when you watch people try a cuisine for the first time.  I love watching the trepidation, fear, and then relief as people taste something new.  I enjoy their bravery and willingness to try a dish that's totally out of their repertoire of food.  It's funny and inspiring!  Every time I watch a tasting video it makes me want to explore a new food culture!

Check out the BuzzFeed video below, as a bunch of Americans try various Caribbean dishes.  I hope it inspires you to get out there and try some delicious Caribbean fare!

Watch, learn, and laugh, then go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen provecho!