Saturday, May 7, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Star Wars Ramen

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

Star Wars Ramen: May the 4th be with your Ramen Bowl!

Sofrito Lovers,

You all know that I'm a diehard foodie, but what you don't know is that I'm also a SciFi geek.  I love all things Star Trek, Dr. Who, Earth Final Conflict, Battlestar Galactica, and Star Wars!  That's why when I came across this recipe for Star Wars Ramen, from Food and Wine, I had to post it.

I haven't prepared this dish yet, but I can't wait too!  The geeky fanboy in me is totally chomping at the bit to get that Storm-trooper mold so I can bite their heads off!

May the food be with you; I'm  sorry for the horrible pun!  Make it, taste it, and ¡Buen Provecho!

Reposted from Food and Wine

May the 4th is Star Wars day, a day to celebrate the movies and fandom by using the Force to bring a little more Star Wars into your life.

Use your Jedi mind tricks to add subtle Star Wars elements to your meal. This stormtrooper boiled egg makes it’s presence known in the noodle bowl, but with the fastest chopsticks in the galaxy you’re sure to come out ahead. May the 4th be with you!

Stormtrooper Noodle Bowl

1 egg

1 serving Udon noodles
1 cup dashi
2 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon mirin

3 slices BBQ Pork
2 slices Kamaboko
Fried Nori Chips

Place the egg in a saucepan and cover the egg about 1 inch of water.
Bring the water to a boil then turn off the heat. Cover with a lid, and let sit undisturbed for 12 minutes.

Drain and immediately peel the egg while still hot. Place the peeled egg inside the egg shaper, locking to close, then immerse into an ice bath to cool.
Once the egg is cool, keep in the fridge until ready to use.

Prep the udon noodles according to package. Rinse, do not drain.
In a saucepan bring the dashi, soy sauce and mirin to a boil. Pour the hot broth over the noodles in a bowl and add toppings of BBQ pork, kamaboko, edamame, fried nori chips and the Stormtrooper egg to serve.

Jenn Fujikawa is a lifestyle and food writer. Follow her Twitter @justjenn and Instagram@justjennrecipes for recipes, DIYs and lots and lots of Star Wars treats.

Friday, May 6, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Americans Try Native American Food For The First Time!

A Spoonful of Sofrito: A Pinch of advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life.
Americans Try Native American Food for the First Time!

Sofrito Lovers,

Have you ever tasted Native American food?  Many Native American cuisines aren't as popular as they should be, but many of the ingredients, spices, and herbs we use every day were first used by Native peoples.  

Any dishes made with corn, potatoes, tomatoes, certain types of beans, and squashes have Native American influences, but when it comes to actual Native American cuisine most of us are unexposed.

The brilliant minds behind BuzzFeedVideo decided to dedicate one of their tasting videos to Native American food.  The reactions are so honest, affirmative, and inspiring.  It makes me want to run out and try Frybread and Wild Rice salad; I'm going to look up some recipes!

Check out the video posted below!  Watch it, enjoy, and taste for yourself! ¡Buen Provecho!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: New Mexican Restaurant in Harlem/Hamilton Heights

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

New Mexican Restaurant in Harlem/Hamilton Heights

Sofrito Lovers,

According to, a new Mexican restaurant, named Oso, just opened across the street from where I grew up.  Oso-Spanish for Bear- features Mexican street food inspired by one of the owner's travels through Mexico City.

I'm excited!  For the past few years, my area of Harlem, more often referred to as Hamilton Heights now, has experienced a restaurant renaissance with incredible eateries opening up all over Amsterdam Avenue and Broadway. Some of my favorites are: The Grange, which features New American Cusine; The Clove, delicious Indian/Pakistani cuisine; and Grill on the Hill, a gastropub with awesome modern American cuisine.  

Oso is the latest in this burgeoning food revolution.  I haven't been there yet, but I'll be visiting my Mami this weekend; I guess I'll be treating her to some fish tacos and octopus tostadas.  I'll let you know how she liked it!

Check out's article on Oso below!  Read it and then go taste for yourself! ¡Buen Provecho!

Three Willow Road Vets Open Oso in Hamilton Heights Tonight

by Patty Diez May 4, 2016, 3:53p @pattydiez

Tamales, tostadas, and more

Tonight, Matthew Trebek and Nodar Mosiashvili are opening Oso — their Mexican restaurant just off the City College campus.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Incredible Breakfasts around the world!

A Spoonful of Sofrito: A Pinch of advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life.
Incredible Breakfasts around the world!
[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]
Sofrito Lovers, 
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!  That tired, corny, and over used line has been slammed down our throats for years.  Honestly, I prefer breakfast for lunch or dinner!  Yes, I'm the type that prefers his pancakes or waffles with Fried Chicken and his egg omelets with rice and beans.
Unfortunately, I'm a  Diabetic so I have to eat breakfast to keep my blood sugar stable.  Lately, I've taken it upon myself to research different breakfasts food around the world and discovered a brand new selection of dishes that could make me an excited morning eater!
The article posted below, from, features incredible breakfast food from all over the world.  Reading the article has sparked my interest in PREPARING some of these incredible dishes!  I think that Arepa con huevo, Irish fry up, and Shrimp and Grits might make a cameo in my kitchen some time soon!  Let's see what happens!
Read the article and enjoy your Captain Crunch (groan!)!  ¡Buen Provecho!

It's Always Morning Somewhere: My Favorite Breakfasts Around the World 
Pho ga. [Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt] 
A couple of months ago, while on vacation on the internet-free deck of a small boat in the Galápagos, my wife, my sister, and I started playing the old "If you were shipwrecked on one of these islands and had nothing but marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies to munch on for the rest of your life, what breakfast would you miss most?" game

Monday, May 2, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Where To Eat Near Grand Central

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

Where to Eat Near Grand Central

Sofrito Lovers,

Due to some projects for work, I've had to spend a lot of time around the Grand Central Station area.  Like every good foodie, the first thing I do when I've got to spend an extended period of time in a particular neighborhood is research the local fare. 

At first glance, the area seems devoid of anything other than chain restaurants, but with the help of the Infatuation, an awesome food blog I frequent, I learned that the area is full of delicious variety.

Below is the article I reviewed which lists an amazing assortment of eateries in the Grand Central Area.  Having dined at a few-Num Pang, Naya Express, and Pietro's-I can assure you that you'll be pleasantly surprisedThese hidden treasures are everywhere, you just have to find them!

Take a look, go taste for yourself, and ¡Buen Provecho!

Where To Eat Near Grand Central

True story: we once took a Metro North train from Grand Central where we sat behind three suburban teenage girls talking about how they had just shoplifted Juicy Couture velour jumpsuits from a department store. Slightly disturbing, but highly memorable.

Regrettably, we can't promise that level of entertainment from a trip to Grand Central, but we can hook you up with some places to eat. If you commute, work, or simply enjoy spending time around Grand Central, you know it's not teeming with millions of awesome restaurants, unless you really enjoy Pret A Manger. So we’ve put together a guide to your best options - now updated with more spots - whether you’re looking for a sit-down meal outside the terminal or a sandwich to go with your velour hoodie. (Please pay for the sandwich.)