Monday, September 18, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Tasting New Ruffles flavors!

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

Tasting New Ruffles flavors!


Sofrito Lovers,

Check out my latest Chip tasting video!  Will I like the Ruffles Flamin' Hot or the All Dressed Chips?  Which one did I hate?  Which one do I recommend?

Check out the video and then go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: The Bronx Food And Wine Festival - Hip Hop For Hunger

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

The Bronx Food And Wine Festival - Hip Hop For Hunger!


Sofrito Lovers,

Foodies are truly humanitarians!  Food festivals that double as fundraisers for food justice campaigns, food accessibility programs, and nutrition based educational campaigns are quite common! If you've got some time and are feeling generous this weekend, then check out EAT NYC's Hip Hop for Hunger; a benefit for the Food Bank of New York.  

Access to food and food security (having the ability to feed yourself and your family) is a huge issue in the BronxMany people go to bed wondering if they will eat the next day or if they will have enough to feed their families for the week.  Your support could help an elderly person, large family, or single parent home have some peace of mind.

Check out the event below and go taste for yourself! Eat, drink, and donate!  ¡Buen Provecho!


Eat nYc The Bronx Food And Wine Festival

- Hip Hop For Hunger

To Benefit Food Bank For New York City

A Collaboration with Windows Of Hip Hop



The Bronx is home to Hip Hop, Fashion, Food, and culture but it is also home to the largest number of "Food Insecure Homes" than any other borough in our city. So This year Eat nYc will UNITE all of those facets of our borough to take a stand against hunger here in our commUNITY! This is our hometown and HUNGER is not welcomed!

We welcome you to join us as we team up with Windows of Hip Hop, September 16th, 2017, take a stand against hunger right here in our own hometown.

- Event: Eat nYc The Bronx Food And Wine Festival - Hip Hop For Hunger

- Date: September 16, 2017

- Time Check - in time 4:30 pm - 8:30pm

- Location: The Andrew Freedman Mansion aka Hip Hop Mansion

HOSTS - Hip hop legends Melle Mel, Hip Hop Legend Grand Master Caz, The Culinary Ambassador of The Bronx Baron Ambrosia


Live Performances, Fashion show, Live Auction and more...

Event indoor /outdoor - Guest will be Greeted on The Lawn with Cocktails, Fashion show, live performances, Live Auction by Hunt Auctioneers. Onsite Cooking Demos outdoors on the massive sprawling lawn of The Andrew Freedman Mansion and inside the mansions Grand Ballrooms will feature samples of Food /beverages/ and promotional products from the local restaurants, wineries, distilleries breweries, bakeries and local businesses

Every $1 Donated to Food Bank For New York creates 5 meals to be given to those in need - we need your help!

No One Should Go Hungry! Contact Eat nYc The Bronx Food And Wine Festival at Eatnyc2015@gmail.com or call us at 347 621 4365

Monday, September 11, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Smartfood Popcorn Tasting Video

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

Smartfood Popcorn Tasting Video!



Sofrito Lovers,

Check out my latest Tasting Video!  Will I like Smartfood's newest popcorn flavors?  Which did I love?  Which one made my gag?  Watch and find out!

And as always, go taste for yourself! ¡Buen Provecho!




Wednesday, September 6, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Cuban Tamal Casserole

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

Cuban Tamal Casserole!


Sofrito Lovers,

As you all should know by now, I'm a weekend Top Chef!  During the week, I eat what's available, edible, and affordable, but on the weekend I become a fuckin' Puerto Rican Wolfgang Puck.  I cook up a storm that would leave Gordon Ramsey humbled, quiet, and respectful!  

This weekend, I'm making the delicacy pictured above!  This Goya recipe is a variation on the traditional Cuban Tamal, but in casserole form!  Cuban tamales, like all tamales and pasteles, are a time consuming and arduous process to prepare, but the recipe posted below makes this delicious dish far easier to enjoy!  

No more wrapping, steaming, and waiting an eternity to enjoy a delicious tamal, now you can make it on a stove top in a quarter of the time!

I think David, the Corn meal King, will love it!  Check out the recipe below and give it a try!  I'll let you know what I think!  Go taste for yourself! ¡Buen provecho!

Tamal en Cazuela – Cuban Tamal Casserole
 


In Cuba, tamales are made by mixing savory cornmeal dough with tender pork, then stuffing into corn husks, rolling, tying and steaming before serving. In this stovetop variation, the pork, cornmeal and traditional seasonings are cooked together in a pot until thick, and then ladled into bowls for serving. The results: All of the delicious flavor of traditional Cuban tamales … but no wrapping and steaming required! 


Monday, September 4, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: 13 Excellent Things to Eat, Drink, and Do in New York City This September!

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

13 Excellent Things to Eat, Drink, and Do in New York City This September!


Originally from Grub Street! Flatiron lunch spot Verde is now open for dinner. Photo: Melissa Hom


Sofrito Lovers,


I've fallen in love with this amazing food blog called Grub Street and I couldn't wait to share the amazing article posted below! 

Written by Chris Crowley, he shares with us an amazing listing of activities that every foodie, up-and-coming foodie, and wannabe foodie should try out this September. 

Socially conscious and adventurous, this article encourages us to step out and embrace the various food cultures of this great metropolis and to just plain have fun!

Check out the article below and challenge yourself to try 1 of these amazing 13 foodie challenges! Go taste for yourself...and have fun! ¡Buen Provecho!




13 Excellent Things to Eat, Drink, and Do in New York City This September




Flatiron lunch spot Verde is now open for dinner. Photo: Melissa Hom
Every month in New York, there’s a bewildering number of new dishes to eat, drinks to imbibe, and food-themed events to attend. Often, the hardest part is just figuring out what’s really worth your limited time. So Grub kicks off each month with a curated collection of dishes, drinks, and events that should absolutely be on your agenda. Make your plans now.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Latinos Try Pupusas For The First Time!

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

Latinos Try Pupusas For The First Time!


Sofrito Lovers,

Pupusas are God's gift to the taste buds!  Pupusas (thick flat fried meat filled tortillas) have become a major player in the street food movement, yet many folks still haven't tasted this incredible Salvadoran treat.  

If you happen to be one of the uninitiated, then enjoy the Pero Like video below!  And, if you live in NYC, then you should check out La Cabana Salvadorana in Washington Heights and finally pop your pupusa cherry.

Watch, laugh, and learn!  Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!


Friday, September 1, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: 13 Plump Chinese Dumplings to Try in NYC!

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

13 Plump Chinese Dumplings to Try in NYC!


Sofrito Lovers!

I'M BACK!  Break time is over and it's time to get back to the blogging!  It was a long summer full of work, fun, food, and exhaustion, but I'm back to bring you the best in foodie culture, news, events, and recipes!

Sofrito Lovers, I bring you dumplings!  If you're looking for some amazing Asian style dumplings in NYC, then you must check out the post below from Eater.com!  

As you all know, I love Eater.com and their in depth restaurant compilations!  They're my go to source for finding new places to grub at!  Today, I bring you, 13 Plump Chinese Dumplings to Try in NYC!  

Honestly, this post has me salivating and itching to take the 4 train down to Canal St. to feast on some delicious Guiote (fried meat filled dumplings)!

Check out the post below and make this Labor Day Weekend, a Dumpling weekend! Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen provecho!

13 Plump Chinese Dumplings to Try in NYC
Pan-fried or boiled, but always juicy 

by Eater Staff and Serena Dai Aug 28, 2017, 10:29am EDT 




One of New York’s finest dumpling shops shut its doors recently, but tons of other restaurants across New York City still offer fantastic versions of the dish. The term dumpling, of course, applies to foods in a variety of cultures. To keep things tight — and as a bit of an homage to the recently closed Lam Zhou — this guide will look only at Chinese dumplings, particularly guotie (pan-fried dumplings) and jiaozi (boiled ones). Soup dumplings deserve a category of their own and do not show up on this list; look out later for a guide to those.

 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: 5 EASY Summer Ice Cream Recipes!

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

5 EASY Summer Ice Cream Recipes!


Sofrito Lovers,

Usually, August is the hottest month of the summer-depending on where you are- and the only way to truly beat the heat is with HOME MADE ICE CREAM!  Fuck the calories, dairy, and sugar, it's time to make some delicious non-churn ice cream at home!

Check out this amazing cooking tutorial/DIY video posted below, from The Domestic Geek, for four decadent ice cream recipes!  The Maple syrup ice cream recipe and strawberry cheesecake are definitely on my to do list.  Check it out and go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!


 
 

Monday, August 7, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Best Italian Hero on Arthur Avenue is a DIY Sandwich Hack!

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

Best Italian Hero on Arthur Avenue is a DIY Sandwich Hack!


Sofrito Lovers,

I'm truly blessed to live so close to the amazing 'hood called, Bronx's Little Italy!  With delicious fare, incredible shopping, and fresh produce, Bronx's Little Italy is a foodie paradise!  That's why when I came across the article posted below,on Seriouseats.com, I knew I had to re-post and share it with my blog familia.

The Best Italian Hero on Arthur Avenue isn't found in Arthur Ave (Bronx Little Italy's main street) it's created from the incredible products found throughout the neighborhood.  Check out the post below, then make your way up to the Bronx for a foodie adventure you soon won't forget.  

After the reading the super simple DIY instructions, I plan on assembling this delicious sounding hero this week!  I hope you join me in the adventure!  Go taste for yourself!  Buon Appetito! 
 

The Best Italian Hero on Arthur Avenue is a DIY Sandwich Hack
Bronx Eats
Chris E. Crowley
 

Let it be our secret: the best sandwich on Arthur Avenue can't be found in any deli. It's one you make yourself with great ingredients from all over the neighborhood.

This is a simple Italian hero, heavy on the meat and cheese, one that forgoes nonsense like lettuce. You can make it on a bench with minimal mess, and it perfectly captures the slowly disappearing essence of Arthur Avenue's Italian spirit. Start with a split sesame loaf from Madonia Bakery, then go shopping for your fillings.
 

 
 

Monday, July 31, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: FastasFuck Fried Rice!

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

FastasFuck Fried Rice!

 Image result for FASTasFUCK - Fried Rice in 10 minutes 

Sofrito Lovers,

YOU MUST WATCH THE POSTED VIDEO BELOW!  You will laugh your ass off!  It's the perfect recipe for Fried Rice!  One part rice, one part veggies, 2 parts comedy, and 3 parts profanity! 

No more spoilers!  Check out FASTasFUCK Fried Rice!  Go taste for yourself...it's mega-tits!  ¡Buen Provecho!



Saturday, July 29, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: 13 Theme Bars Worth Visiting in NYC!

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

13 Theme Bars Worth Visiting in NYC!


Sofrito Lovers,

Check out the Eater.com article below for an amazing list of theme Bars throughout NYC!  This article has become my new summer go to guide for interesting drinks and spirits!  I can't wait to try the Hawaiian themed Surf Bar and the Latino styled, The Drift.

If I see you there I'll buy you a drink! Check out the post and go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!


13 Theme Bars Worth Visiting in NYC
These bars have found a way to make kitsch feel cool 
 
by Jesse Sparks Jul 27, 2017, 5:25pm EDT 
 
 
New York City has more than its fair share of themed bars. Between the terribly tacky and the oft overpriced, it’s hard to find the diamonds in the rough. From old-school speakeasies to cocktails resembling a scene from JAWS, these 13 themed bars capture themes at their finest.

Note: Bars are listed based on geography, starting south to north in Manhattan, then north to south in Brooklyn 
 

Friday, July 28, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: DIY Boba / Bubble Tea!

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

DIY Boba / Bubble Tea! 


Sofrito Lovers,

Do you like Boba Tea?  Yeah, you do!  So do I!  I've always wanted to learn how to make Boba tea at home, so when I came across this Mind over Munch video on YouTube I knew I hit the jackpot!

How can you go wrong with these awesome Boba recipes?  I can't wait to try out these recipes at home, especially the PB&J Boba and the Coconut Banana cream! 

Check out the video below and let me know what you thinkGo taste for yourself! ¡Buen Provecho! 


Sunday, July 16, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: 4 Easy no-Bake Treats!

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

4 Easy no-Bake Treats!


Sofrito Lovers,

Tasty's cooking tutorials are ALWAYS amazing! When I saw the video posted below for 4 Easy no-bake recipes, I fell deeper in love with this incredible channel!

How can you go wrong with 4 recipes for modified Rice Crispy treats (minus the Rice Crispies) with all types of delicious ingredients?  You can't, that's how!  Check out the video posted below and start preparing these incredible treats!  You'll love them as much as I did!

Go taste for yourself!




Saturday, July 15, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: The 38 Essential New York Restaurants Summer 2017!

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

The 38 Essential New York Restaurants Summer 2017!


Sofrito Lovers,

If you're looking to fill your hot summer nights with some delicious fare or if you're wondering where you can enjoy an amazing weekend brunch/lunch, then let me suggest checking out Eater.com's amazing list, "38 Essential NY Restaurants Summer 2017!"

This list, produced by various Eater.com authors, is a pretty kick ass compilation of restaurants, cafes, and eateries throughout NYC.  It has become my summer "must try" list.  I'm planning on visiting some of these spots before I go on my vacation to California.

I'm most excited to try out Spicy Village, Patsy's Pizzeria, and Los Tacos No. 1!  I'll let you know what I think!

Check out the list below and then go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!


The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, Summer 2017

Your answer and ours to any question that begins, "Can you recommend a restaurant?"
by Eater Staff Jul 11, 2017, 2:26pm EDT 
 
 
It's time to update the Eater 38, your answer and ours to any question that begins, "Can you recommend a restaurant?" This highly elite group covers the entire city, spans myriad cuisines, and collectively satisfies all restaurant needs, save for those occasions when you absolutely must spend half a paycheck. Every quarter, we add pertinent restaurants that were omitted, are newly eligible, or have stepped up their game. Restaurants must be open at least six months to be included.

Rather than having a stage-four meltdown over the exclusion of your favorite restaurant from this list, wouldn't it be more productive to just nominate it for inclusion? Or just go ahead and tell us your thoughts in the comments below.
 
 
 

Saturday, July 8, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Burger King's New Lucky Charms Milkshake!

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

Burger King's New Lucky Charms Milkshake!


Sofrito Lovers,

As you all know I hate most things fast food, but when I found out that Burger King (of crap) had launched a Lucky Charms milkshake, I was totally in!

Growing up, I was never allowed to eat any cereal other than Conflei (Spanglish for Cornflakes)!  I longed for the Captain Crunch, Trix, and my all time favorite Lucky Charms!  My Mami wouldn't flinch; she never allowed those cereals at homeShe used to say that they were, "pura azucar" (pure sugar)!

As an adult, I'm not a cereal person at all, but when I heard about the Lucky Charms milkshake it brought back all my childhood yearnings.  I'm getting one this weekend!  I have to partake of this massive sugar bomb-Diabetes be damned!  I'll let you know what I think of it!

Watch the BuzzFeedVideo review below and hear what some YouTubers thought of it!  I'm so excited!  Finally!  Lucky Charms!





Monday, July 3, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: 3 Summer Sangria Recipes!

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

3 Summer Sangria Recipes!


Sofrito Lovers,

It's summer time and for me that means it's Sangria Time!  Nothing beats the heat and gets the party turnt up, then a nice cold delicious glass of fruity Sangria. 

As you might have noticed, I've become a huge fan of The Domestic Geek channel on YouTube! Sarah Lynne's recipe tutorials are short, simple, and delicious!  She's starting to be come one of my "go-to" YouTubers!When I saw her video on summer time Sangrias my jaw hot the floor; these recipes all sound amazing!  

Check out her video below and break out the wine and fruits!  It's about to get amazing! Go taste for yourself! ¡Buen provecho!
 


Saturday, July 1, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Perú Fusion/Food & Pisco Festival 2017!

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

Perú Fusion/Food & Pisco 
Festival 2017!


Sofrito Lovers,

Next weekend is the Peru Fusion/Food & Pisco Festival in New Jersey!  This INCREDIBLE Peruvian feast is a two day extravaganza full of amazing sites, sounds, and flavors.  

If you've never had Peruvian cuisine before or are just curious to see what these food festivals are like, then click the EventBrite below and start the adventure!  YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!

I can't wait to have a delicious Pisco Sour (A Peruvian national drink), a big heaping plate of Lomo salteado (A grilled seasoned beef dish), and some Papas ala Huancaína (potatoes served in a heavenly spicy sauce)!

Check out the description below and click the link to the EventBrite!  Peruvian food is an amazing gift to the culinary world!  Go taste for yourself! ¡Buen provecho!


Perú Fusion | Food & Pisco Festival 2017
 

Join us again on July 8–9, 2017 for the 3rd annual Peru Fusion | Food & Pisco Festival to take place at the Van Vleck House & Gardens in Montclair, New Jersey. The food festival will offer a unique opportunity to experience the diversity of Peru’s gastronomy, where we’ll once again bring together the world’s best cuisine to seduce your palate and entertain you in high style. 
 

Friday, June 30, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: 5 Slushie Cocktails Perfect for the 4th of July!

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

5 Slushie Cocktails Perfect for the 4th of July! 


Sofrito Lovers,

Sarah Lynne, the host of The Domestic Geek, has done it again!  If you're planning a 4th of July barbecue, Anti-July 4th get together, or first weekend of summer party, then these delicious adult beverage slushie drinks will help you loosen up and beat the heat!

The recipes for these slushie liquor drinks sound amazing!  Sign me up for a Strawberry Roseay slushie or the Spiked Mocha Frap right now!

Check out the video below and then fish out the blender!  I bet your party/celebration/get together will be the talk of all your friends!  Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!


 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: The Burger Lab's Top 10 Tips for Making Better Burgers!

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

The Burger Lab's Top 10 Tips for Making Better Burgers!


Sofrito Lovers,

July 4th isn't just Independence Day it's a high holy Barbecue holiday!  If you're planning to grill some burgers or hot dogs, then I suggest you check out the post below.

SeriousEats always publishes amazing articles on cooking, grilling, and baking! Their Burger Lab is amazing and cranks out wonderful content! So if you want your burgers to be outstanding, then check out the  article below and upgrade your grilling skills this July 4th! 

Go taste for yourself! ¡Buen provecho!
 

The Burger Lab's Top 10 Tips for Making Better Burgers The Burger Lab

Burger recipes and cooking tips from J. Kenji López-Alt. J. Kenji López-Alt
 

Editor's Note: Since this article was originally published, the photographs have been changed, the text has been lightly edited for clarity, and the tip order has been updated, but the content is the same. 
 
We're taking a break from hardcore testing at the Burger Lab and Food Lab for the next two weeks,* but I thought I'd use the time to write something that a lot of folks have been asking me for: a basic handbook for taking your burgers to the next level.