Saturday, December 31, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: What To Eat For New Year's Good Luck!

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

10 Lucky Foods for the New Year!

Sofrito Lovers,

Each culture has it's own versions of Lucky Foods to eat for the New Year! Whether it's the Chinese tradition of eating long noodles for longevity or the Spanish tradition of eating 12 grapes for a sweet new year, cultures around the world celebrate the upcoming year with some delicious food tradition.

Check out this cool post from AFIJ, a news site online, for a cool article on Lucky foods for the New Year!  Happy New Year!  Start the new year right: Go taste some of these foods for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!

What To Eat For New Year Good Luck 

Friday, December 30, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: New York’s Best Dining Neighborhoods!

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

New York’s Best Dining Neighborhoods!

Sofrito Lovers,

What is the best dining neighborhood of 2016?

I think this is an extremely difficult question to answer!  How can you possibly choose from all the amazing neighborhoods in this city? I can't answer this question! Well, the food critics from have definite answers to this query.

As you all know, I'm a huge fan!  I think their articles, reviews, restaurant lists, and other content is all brilliant, but I think they neglect Uptown Manhattan and the Bronx most of the time.  

If you check out their answers to the question posted above, they mostly answered: The Village, Lower East side, and Williamsburg! I think's critics need to ride the subway past 96th St. from time to time and check out the culinary meccas we have up here!

Despite my criticism,  I still love them!  Check out the post below and read their responses and restaurant recommendations.  Read and then go taste for yourself! ¡Buen Provecho!

New York’s Best Dining Neighborhoods

Williamsburg and the East Village had particularly good years


As is the tradition at Eater, our closeout of the year is a survey of friends, writers, and experts. This year, we asked the group eight questions running the gamut from meal of the year to top restaurant newcomers. Their answers will appear throughout the week. Responses are related in no particular order; all are cut, pasted, and (mostly) unedited herein. We've heard about the top standbys and the hot newcomers. Now it's time for the hottest dining neighborhoods. Please add your answers in the comments.

What is the best dining neighborhood of 2016?

Amanda Kludt, Eater editor-in-chief: In the eight years I've filled out this survey, my neighborhood has never had restaurants that felt all that exciting. Even with the Tarlow empire, with the Luger standby, with Saltie and St. Anselm and The Commodore and my ever-favorite Bamonte's, they never seemed to stack up to what was happening elsewhere in any given year. But now we have all of those AND Lilia AND Barano AND Carms' perfectly whimsical Mister Dips and Leuca and Llama Inn and The Four Horseman and Emmy Squared. I'm interested to see how the scene fares when its main artery — the L train — is cut off in two years.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: New Year's Food Resolutions 2017

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

New Year's Food Resolutions 2017

Sofrito Lovers,

In 3 days it'll be 2017, now is the time for you to make your Food Resolutions for the new year.  You might be asking yourself, "What are food resolutions and how are they different from any other resolutions?"  The answer is simple:  Food resolutions are the indulgent, selfish, and delicious resolutions you make that you will actually keep.  They're not the bullshit meaningless promises you make like, "I'm going to the gym every day" or "I'm going to become a vegan!"  

Food Resolutions are more fun and totally indulgent.  For example, three of my resolutions are to try different cheeses, learn to cook Chinese food, and to drink a lot more alcohol.  You see?  These resolutions are far cooler and more realistic than that gym/vegan shit.

If you need some help coming up with food resolutions, then check out The Sporkful's podcast on New Year's Food Resolutions 2017.  The Sporkful is an amazing podcast hosted by Dan Pashman, of the Cooking Channel's, You're Eating it Wrong, which covers food culture and news in all it's amazing diversity.  I've become a  fan of this podcast and thought this new segment on food resolutions was awesome.

Check out this amazing podcast by clicking the link below and enjoy making your resolutions list.  Indulge yourself!  Be healthy and wise, but still be adventurous!  After you've made your list, remember to go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!

The Sporkful explores the huge, fun world of food and eating that lies beyond the realm of chefs, restaurants, and recipes. It's not for foodies, it’s for eaters. Hosted by Dan Pashman of Cooking Channel's You're Eating It Wrong and the book Eat More Better. Subscribe to The Sporkful today! 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: 15 Solid Choices for New Year's Eve in NYC!

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

15 Solid Choices for New Year's Eve in NYC!

Sofrito Lovers,

Do you have New Year's Eve plans?  Where are you going to be when the ball drops?  If you don't then, check out's 15 Solid Choices for New Year's Eve in NYC.  

As per usual, the geniuses at have put together an awesome list of restaurants and bars where the party will be poppin'!  So, if you're in the mood for a New Year's Eve bar crawl or just want to hunker down in an amazing place, then check out the post below.

Happy Early New Year!  Have fun and be safe!  Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!

15 Solid Choices for New Year's Eve in NYC

Deciding where to ring in the New Year is not always an easy task, especially because many restaurants are closed and others offer ludicrous packages. Here to help is a list of 15 wonderful choices for awaiting 2017. You'll find everything from a camp-themed flannel party to a blow-out Italian feast. We've also mixed in a few restaurants that are serving the regular dinner menu if a prix fixe dinner is not your style.

[Restaurants are listed by geography: south to north in Manhattan, north to south in Brooklyn]