Saturday, October 1, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: REVIEW of Taqueria Diana!

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

REVIEW of Taqueria Diana!

Sofrito Lovers,

I'm infatuated with my newest foodie blog find: The Infatuation! The Infatuation is a wonderful food blog, which features articles, restaurant reviews, and city guides to direct you to some of the best places to eat in NYC.

The brief, yet informative, restaurant reviews are my favorite section of the site! Posted below, is a review of Taqueria Diana, in the East Village; I'm going to visit it either today or Sunday!  I'll let you know if I liked it or not!

Check out the post below and take a good look at The Infatuation website! I hope you develop an Infatuation...for good food!  Forgive me for the piss poor pun!

Check it out and go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!

Taqueria Diana

Taqueria Diana isn't really a taqueria. Or at least it shouldn't primarily be known as such. The name is factually accurate - tacos are indeed made here. But in spirit, it's not a taqueria. This is a temple to the holy San Francisco burrito. Pray before it, lest you be forsaken.

Too often in this city do we come across lost souls - those who worship false idols, elevating mediocre tacos to heavenly status. And yet they know nothing of the glory of a true burrito from the West, filled with al pastor and guacamole and unconditional love. To those people we say, if you cannot make it to the promised land, let Diana be your New York shepherd. For it is she who will make you a true believer.

Friday, September 30, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Quinoa Sticks Tasting Video

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

Quinoa Sticks Tasting Video
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Sofrito Lovers,

Check out my "Hi, I'm Skinny Quinoa Sticks" tasting video from Facebook!  Will I like these Quinoa sticks?  Are they any good?  Will they make me gag in horror? Watch and learn!  Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!


Thursday, September 29, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: 8 New NYC Restaurants Openings!

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

8 New NYC Restaurants Openings!

Sofrito Lovers,

It should be no surprise that I'm always on the hunt for the next great restaurant  to enjoy a meal in!  As always, makes my life much easier with their handy dandy lists and guides!  I can't want to try out some of their recommendations.

Yesterday, posted a listing of 8 new restaurants that are opening downtown!  I wish they had included at least 1 or 2 uptown openings, if any of course!  For the full list, click the link below!

Hopefully this weekend, I'll be able to  visit 1 or 2 of these places!  I think I might go to Mew Men in the village ( you guys know I'm a Ramen fanatic, right?) or Wok Chi in Midtown- I love stir fry!  Let me know, if you visit any of these places and what you thought of the food!

Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!

Mew Men, Bar Fortuna, Maison Kayser East Village, and More NYC Openings

Vital info on eight new restaurants


1) Greenwich Village: Fabio Raffaelli is a former Daniel bartender who is now leading the program at Bar Fortuna, a new cocktail bar on the second floor of Casa Apicii. Casa Apicii, which LA chef Casey Lane opened in July, is providing a short list of bar snacks, including local charcuterie, bagna cauda with vegetables, and arancini. All the Italian-influenced cocktails on the list are $18. Bar Fortuna is closed Sunday and Monday. Status: Certified Open; 62 West 9 Street, 212-353-8400

2) West Village: Mew Men is a new ramen restaurant that opened last week from the team that previously opened Her Name is Han and the new Korean small plates restaurant Atoboy. At Mew Men, the theme weighs heavy on music and sound, where a sheet music stand at the entrance holds the restaurant's menu; music cases are used as legs for the dining tables; and the ceiling is lined with stage light fixtures. The signature ramen is Shoyu Chintan, a variation of chicken soup. Mew Men is closed on Mondays. Status: Certified Open; 7 Cornelia Street

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Sushi Burrito Recipe!

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

Sushi Burrito!


Sofrito Lovers,

I love Sushi and burritos, therefore the sushi burrito must be delicious: AND IT IS!

Posted below is an amazing sushi burrito making tutorial from Emmymadeinjapan!  I love Emmymadeinjapan's videos, because they're fun to watch, easy to follow, and very entertaining!  I think she's a brilliant teacher and really knows how to convey a creative process.

If you're skeptical about sushi burritos, watch this video and give it a try!  Watch, prepare, and taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!

Monday, September 26, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Chinatown's Bassanova Ramen

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

Chinatown's Bassanova Ramen/Mini-Review!

Sofrito Lovers.

This weekend, I had a wonderful bowl of ramen at Bassanova Ramen in Chinatown and I couldn't wait to blog about it!

Located at 76 Mott St., Bassanova Ramen may occupy a small space, but has a huge following with its reputable foodie awards and countless raving reviews. The restaurant space is sparse and simple; it features bare white wooden walls with a few seats at the sushi bar, a large family style table, and a few smaller tables for two.  It's not much to look at, but it's clean, simple, and uncrowded.

I stumbled onto this gold mine completely by accident; I was walking aimlessly down Mott St. trying to find a nice place to have a late lunch and suddenly Bassanova's simple black white lettered sign caught my eye.  Being a ramen fan, I decided to give it a try and as the old saying goes, "Fortune favors the bold!"

The first thing I ordered was the Minced Beef on Japanese Cucumber!  I loved its simplicity and bold flavors; it was simultaneously salty, spicy, and refreshing. The pairing of salty and piquant beef on a cool earthy cucumber was utter genius!

After my wonderful appetizer, I enjoyed the Tondaku Ramen, which is made with Berkshire pork, Kikurage mushroom, fried ginger onion, crushed sesame, nori, and scallions.  The flavors melded together perfectly; the earthy mushrooms, salty nori, and tangy ginger truly made this ramen a masterpiece.

The soup noodles had a delightful aldente chew and the portion size was excellent!  Some ramen places can be really stingy with the noodles, but not Bassanova! It was a pleasure to slurp up those long strands of noodles! It's okay to slurp your noodles in Japanese culture, it's considered complimentary! 

Folks,  I love Bassanova Ramen and can't wait to visit again.  I hope you do the same; I'm sure you'll love it!  Now, get your butt to Chinatown and enjoy an amazing bowl of ramen!  Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!