Saturday, March 12, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Sweets reviews Goya Frozen Tostones!

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

Sweets reviews and tastes Goya Frozen Tostones!

Sofrito Lovers,

Online product reviews are all the rage!  I love watching people try food products and appliances, then letting us know if they're worth purchasing.  You can't get a more honest opinion, then the wonderful people on YouTube!  

Recently, my girl Ida, from the YouTube channel Sweets and Beyond, posted a product review that I had been thinking of doing myself.  I've always found Goya's frozen food selection really interesting because some of their products are pretty good, but some are horrible.

I've never tried Goya's frozen Tostones, but I've been curious about them for a long time.  Ida's review was really helpful and inspiring!  I'm thinking about starting a Goya Frozen food product review series for this blog.  I think it'd be really helpful, fun, and interesting to let you know what I think of their frozen food selection.  I'll let you know when I start! ¡Vamos a ver!

Watch it, buy it, and taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: One-Pan Garlic Chicken Pesto Pasta

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

One-Pan Garlic Chicken Pesto Pasta

Sofrito Lovers,

Tasty cooking tutorials and cooking hacks are fuckin' awesome!  These videos are simple to follow and yield amazing results.  As an amateur cook, the boost of confidence you get once your dish is complete and delicious is invaluable.

I recommend you go to the Tasty YouTube channel, and see for yourself how fun these cooking are!  if they don't inspire you to run to the kitchen and start cooking up a storm, then I don;t know what will!
The Tasty video posted below is going to be my Saturday night dinner challenge; I plan on making that pesto pasta and feeding it to the most finicky eater I know: My partner David.  Hopefully, he'll like it!  I'll let you know it turns out!  

Watch it, cook it, and taste for yourself!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: TabeLog: Online Community for foodies by foodies!

A Spoonful of Sofrito: A Pinch of advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life.
TabeLog: Online Community for foodies by foodies!

Sofrito Lovers,

As an aspiring food writer, reading other blogs helps me sharpen my skill and hone my craft.  Recently, I discovered this wonderful blog, TabeLog, which features insightful and well written restaurant reviews for eateries throughout NYC, Chicago, San Francisco and other cities.

The more I browse through the site, the more I'm inspired to make this humble blog a lot more informative and interesting.  There's so much to explore within food culture.  I plan on blogging about it all!

TabeLog is an invaluable resource for food lovers!  The writing is top notch and the food photography is incredible.  So, if you're looking for a site that features a broad restaurant-finding search engine, product reviews, and amazing food porn, then TabeLog is for you.

Read it, go eat, and taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho! 

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Remembering La Nacional, A Treasure Lost!

A Spoonful of Sofrito: A Pinch of advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life.
 Remembering La Nacional, 
A Treasure Lost!

Sofrito Lovers,

My heart is broken!  A piece of history is gone! La Nacional, an amazing Spanish restaurant in Chelsea, has closed its doors.

Yesterday, I was sitting eating my lunch, when I received a notice from to check out a few of their latest articles.  I decided to click on a few and to my dismay I read the title, "Remembering La Nacional, A Treasure Lost!"

I shouted, "Oh, fuck no!"  I couldn't believe this incredible, unpretentious, deeply historical, and overall extraordinary eatery had closed.  I will miss La Nacional.  

I discovered it years ago with my partner David.  We both loved the food and the ambiance.  It wasn't one of these ultra chic or trendy Yuppie/Hipster/Chelsea Boy establishments, full of assholes who are full of themselves.  It was laid back, welcoming and peaceful.

La Nacional was a place where you could just chill and eat good food.  You didn't have to be bombarded by the obnoxious losers who love to visit Chelsea.

Since our first visit, David and I have eaten there several times.  I've visited several times on my own as well.  I've loved eating there alone, enjoying the Paella and reading X-Men comics.

All good things must come to an end!  I will miss La Nacional.  I wish I had written about it and recommended it to more people.  Check out the article below on this great culinary loss!  ¡Buen provecho!

Remembering La Nacional, A Treasure Lost

Robert Sietsema
An appreciation for an old Chelsea favorite
Since 1868, the Spanish Benevolent Society on West 14th Street has been anchor of the fading neighborhood known as Little Spain. Its barren basement bar was a gathering place, first for Basque mariners, then for immigrants from many regions of Spain, and later for community leaders, diplomats, and visiting artists and writers, some of whom lodged in the transient rooms upstairs. By tradition, Luis Buñuel, Federico Garcia Lorca, and Pablo Picasso all stayed upstairs during visits to New York, and presumably took the occasional nightcap in the downstairs workingman’s bar.


Monday, March 7, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Recipe for Jamaican Beef Curry!

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

Jamaican Beef Curry!

Sofrito Lovers,

Learning to cook good Jamaican food is one of my life's goals!  I love Caribbean curries, brown stews, ackee, and anything with jerk seasoning. When I decided to get serious about cooking again, I immediately started looking for tutorials to get me on my way to cooking like an island boy!  

Fay and Angela's YouTube channel, CooklikeaJamaican, and their website, CooklikeaJamaican.comhave been a life-saving gift from God! The easy to follow and delicious recipes have demystified Jamaican cuisine and have given me the confidence I need to whip up my favorite Caribbean delicacies.

If you've never tried this jaw-droppingly good cuisine, then you MUST try out these tutorials and enjoy the fruits of your labor! I'm telling you it's amazing! Watch, cook, taste, and Buen Provecho!