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.
 
 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: 5 OUTRAGEOUS Milkshake Recipes!

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

5 OUTRAGEOUS Milkshake Recipes! 


Sofrito Lovers,

Do you love milkshakes?  Because, I do!  It's getting hotter and I beat the heat with ice cream and milkshake therapy!  On one of my many searches through YouTube, I discovered the Domestic Geek channel and her incredible "5 Outrageous Milkshake Recipe" tutorial and I became an instant fan!

I love this channel!  The host, Sarah Lynne, is a bit overly perky, but I tolerate her annoying cheerfulness because her tutorials are fun, easy to follow, and really smart.

The post below is pure milkshake brilliance!  If you love 'shakes like I do, then these super easy and delicious recipes are for you.  Go taste for yourself, I know I am!  ¡Buen provecho!

  
 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Seven NYC Restaurants with Not to Miss Views!

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

Seven NYC Restaurants with Not to Miss Views!


Sofrito Lovers,

Summer is here and dining al fresco is all the rage!  If you're the type that loves dining with the city skyline as your backdrop, then this is the post you've been waiting for!

EatingNYC, one of my favorite NYC based foodie blogs, has posted an awesome list of eateries that serve amazing fare and city backdrops to die for! I promise you, you'll go selfie crazy!  One of my favorites on the list is Tom Colicchio's Riverpark, which has an awesome view of the East River.

Read and go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!

Seven NYC Restaurants with Not to Miss Views
Published on June 26, 2017 by Zoe Becker 
 
 
Ushering in the first official week of summer naturally calls for some time enjoying the city in the sunshine. While that often means rooftop bars and parks, NYC also has a plethora of restaurants with breathtaking views. From panoramas of Lower Manhattan to Central Park to Columbus Circle, here are some of our fav restaurants with not-to-miss views: 
 
 

Monday, June 26, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Homemade Falafel!

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

Homemade Falafel!


Sofrito Lovers,

Falafel.  Is there anything more beautiful, then this amazing fried chickpea fritter?  No, not at all!  As you guys know, I'm an amateur Top Chef on the weekend and next weekend I will be trying my hand at homemade Falafel!

Using the Tasty video tutorial below, I plan on making a nice Falafel salad with lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers.  I'm salivating already!  I'll snap some pics and post them for you to enjoy!

Watch the video and get your Falafel on!  Go taste for yourself! ¡Buen Provecho!



 
 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: 25 West Village Restaurants to Try During Pride Week!

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

25 West Village Restaurants to Try During Pride Week!


Sofrito Lovers,

I'm back! And ready to blog!  Tomorrow is Queer Pride and if you're going to celebrate, then support some Queer owned eateries and patron some old West Village restaurants!

Written by the amazing Robert Sietsema, my Eater.com crush, the post below provides you with 25 incredible eateries in Village that are a must visit.  So after the parade, fair, or whatever Pride celebration you attend tomorrow, get your butt to one of these places and enjoy!

Hope to see you tomorrow at Pride!  Go taste for yourself! ¡Buen provecho!


25 West Village Restaurants to Try During Pride Week Eater’s senior critic offers choices from cheap to expensive in the West Village 
 
by Robert Sietsema Jun 23, 2017, 12:34pm EDT
 

No doubt the West Village is one of the city's loveliest neighborhoods, composed of stately brownstones dating from the 1840s through the 1880s, trim storefronts, a country church with a flower garden, and reclaimed port and industrial architecture turned into lofts, galleries, and coffee shops. Two centuries ago it was a remote farming village that became a refuge for city dwellers fleeing cholera. But gaze at it now! Hordes descend every weekend to see Carrie's townhouse from Sex in the City and the homes of authors like Sinclair Lewis, Willa Cather, and James Baldwin. Crowds of people visit its many bars and restaurants, some distinguished, others not so much.
 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: The Best Desserts in NYC for $3 and Under!

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

The Best Desserts in NYC for $3 and Under!


Sofrito Lovers,

I love dessert!  As a Diabetic, my dessert options are limited and restricted, but that sweet tooth wants what it wants and at times I must yield to it.  

When I do, I look for places in our amazing metropolis that serve delicious and inexpensive desserts.  Who wants to break the bank just to get their sweet on, you know?  Especially, when NYC has an amazing array of cafes, restaurants, eateries, and bakeries that are incredible and easy on the wallet!  You just have to know where to go!

Check out the post below, from Seriouseats.org, and find yourself a great little cheap dessert place now!

Go taste for yourself! ¡Buen provecho! 


The Best Desserts in NYC for $3 and Under


In a city where a single cupcake can set you back five dollars, it's more important than ever to remember a basic point: Dessert doesn't have to be expensive to be good.

Not to knock the work of talented pastry chefs in New York, but for our everyday sugar rush, we're looking for something less glitzy; two or three bucks would be nice. And these days it's amazing what you can get on the cheap. This list below includes some staple cheap eats, but also touches on sweets from high-end bakeries that usually charge much more. Want the fine French pastry for cheaper than a croissant, or an easy snack from a vaunted Daniel Boulud spot? These budget sweets are excellent introductions to the more pricey items at the city's most renowned bakeries.

Check out the rest of the article here!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Here’s What You’ll Be Eating at DeKalb Market Hall!

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

Here’s What You’ll Be Eating at DeKalb Market Hall!


Sofrito Lovers,

The long awaited Dekalb Avenue Market Hall (Downtown Brooklyn) is opening on Friday, June 16th and promises to host an amazing array of food vendors.

Check out Patty Diez's article on Eater.com about the impending culinary sensation about to hit the streets of Brooklyn-one of NYC's up and coming foodie meccas!

With vendors like Katz's Deli, Arepa Lady, Target, Trader Joe, and a dine-in movie theater, this market hall is going to be all the new rage!  It might get my ass going to the BK far more often!  I hope to see you there!

Check out the article below and make plans to go taste for yourself.  ¡Buen provecho!
 

Here’s What You’ll Be Eating at DeKalb Market Hall In the works since 2011, it’s opening Friday 
 
by Patty Diez Jun 14, 2017, 12:27pm EDT


New Yorkers have long been awaiting the arrival of DeKalb Market Hall — opening Friday in Downtown Brooklyn — that this website first began tracking back in early 2011. Very little was known about the food hall at the time of its announcement, which anticipated opening that same year. It did not.

 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: What is a Chopped Cheese?

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

What is Chopped Cheese?


Sofrito Lovers,

What is a Chopped Cheese?  It's the most remarkable sandwich to come out of a Bodega since...well, any other sandwich I guess.

To be specific, a chopped cheese is a chopped up raw beef burger (seasoned with salt and pepper) and cooked with onions and green peppers.  Then, it's placed on a hero roll with lettuce, tomato, and covered in mayo and ketchup. Simple, cheap, delicious, and controversial as hell.

The Chopped cheese's origins are HEAVILY DISPUTED and the cause of many an argument among Harlem foodies.  I'm not touching this topic with a ten-foot long Chopped cheese sandwich! Whether it was invented in Harlem or not, it's a delicious inexpensive amazing sandwich and we should all be happy it's around!

Watch the video below from BuzzfeedVideo and learn some more about the infamous Chopped Cheese! Go taste for yourself! ¡Buen Provecho!



Saturday, June 10, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: 60 Cheap Eats Destinations You Should Know About in NYC!

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

60 Cheap Eats Destinations You Should Know About in NYC!


Sofrito Lovers,

60 cheap eats in NYC, there's nothing better than that!  So if you're looking for some inexpensive, delicious, and local fare this weekend, then look no further than this post. 

As always the foodie genius (and my personal hero) Robert Sietsema, from Eater.com, has compiled yet another deliciously handy dandy list of eateries we should all frequent and support.

I'm proud to say that I'm a huge fan of some of Sietsema's choices (Great minds and such!) such as Cafe Zaiya (Amazing Ramen), Casa Adela (Incredible Puerto Rican food), and Gurra Cafe (Hearty Albanian food).

Make this a foodie weekend!  Get out there and try some new cuisine! Check out the post below, get your sneakers on, and go taste for yourself! ¡Buen Provecho!


60 Cheap Eats Destinations You Should Know About in NYC
Eater critic Robert Sietsema rounds up good deals in the five boroughs and beyond.
by Robert Sietsema Feb 7, 2017, 1:34 pm EST


As restaurant prices continue to soar, finding a cheap restaurant meal becomes more of a priority. And if the inexpensive feed is not only delicious but also interesting, and maybe even outside your previous dining experience, all the better. From time to time, I post about cheap restaurantsI’ve stumbled on in the five boroughs and adjacent metropolitan areas, devoting a paragraph or two to each and making a few menu recommendations. Here is a collection of those restaurants, listed alphabetically!


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Healthy Processed Food Choices!

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

Healthy Processed Food Choices!


Sofrito Lovers,

Some of you have asked me to post more Healthy food related content, so here you go!  I love Mind Over Munch, an amazing YouTube health food channel, because the content is smart, funny, and really helpful for a foodie like me that likes to sneak some healthy food options into my life from time to time.

When I saw the title, Healthy Processed Food Choices, I knew I had to post and comment.  Check out this awesome video/tutorial, I found it fascinating and really informative!  Yes!  You can find some healthy options when it comes to processed foods; it's not as horrible as we all think!

Watch, learn, and use the information to make smarter snack choices.  Now go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!



Monday, June 5, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Summer Bento Snack Boxes for On-The-Go!

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

Summer Bento Snack Boxes for 
On-The-Go!


Sofrito Lovers,

Bento Boxes are awesome, especially when you pack a snack in them!  If you've never heard of Bentos before, then listen up: Bento Boxes are single portion food boxes that are quite common in Japanese culture. 

Japanese mothers are known to channel their inner Picassos when they prepare their children's snack or lunch Boxes.  Photos of these amazing culinary works of art have gone viral and have become museum exhibits.

Bentos are the perfect way to prepare a snack or lunch that's healthy and well balanced.  Being Diabetic, portion control is essential and Bentos help me put together an awesome little lunch or snack that won't spike my blood sugar.

The Mind Over Munch video posted below is really an awesome resource for Bento ideas.  Check out the video and get a feel for Bento culture, you might like it!  Watch, then go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!

Friday, June 2, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Famous Food Festival!

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

Famous Food Festival!


Sofrito Lovers,

Mark your calendars! The Famous Food Festival is on Sunday, June 27th at 10am! This festival is a fun, free, and amazing event full of vendors and delicious international cuisine!

Last year, I was blown away at the diversity of food, the free merchandise, and the contagious joy of the event.  I sampled new food from all over the world, bought some super cool new kitchen supplies, reveled in the free key chains, baubles, pens and informative literature.  This is a foodie paradise, check out the post below and get your free tickets now!

Go taste for yourself! Buen Provecho!


Famous Food Festival


On Sunday June 25th 2017 in NYC is the Famous Food Festival “Taste The World” inaugural event at the Grand Bazaar NYC. Featuring 40 Exclusive Food Vendors, 100+ Non Food Vendors, 40,000+ Sq. ft of outdoor and indoor space and loads more. This all ages fun for the whole family event is 100% Free To attend! Simply RSVP and you will get your free tickets in your e mail immediately! 
 
 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Where to Eat and Drink in Downtown Jersey City!

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

Where to Eat and Drink in Downtown Jersey City!


Sofrito Lovers,

Jersey City has become another hidden underrated food Mecca.  When I read the first paragraph of the Eater.com article below, I almost nodded my head off in agreement, the food scene in Jersey City has become fierce as fuck!

Renatos and The Archer (both mentioned in the article) are amazing places to eat!  If the other spots mentioned are as cool, then I'm going to get my ass to Jersey City as much as possible.  The growing diversity and quality of the cuisine is truly exciting; Jersey City is where it's at!

The article below lists 25 places for NYC foodies to explore!  Choose one and have an awesome time!  Check them out and go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!


Where to Eat and Drink in Downtown Jersey City Don’t count out this underrated dining destination! by Stefanie Tuder@stefanietuder May 30, 2017, 9:59am EDT
 
In the last five years, downtown Jersey City has exploded with diverse restaurants, helped along by lower costs and the rezoning of main drag Newark Avenue into a partially pedestrian-only street lined with restaurants and bars.

Here now, a guide to the best of them, including old-school Italian, James Beard-nominated pizza, Asian fusion from a celebrity chef, and several speakeasies.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Homemade Ice Cream 4 Ways!

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

Homemade Ice Cream 4 Ways!


Sofrito Lovers,

Summer is on the horizon and I plan on being ready to beat the heat with delicious, cooling, and refreshing snacks.  And, if you know me, then you know making homemade Ice cream is on the top of that list!  

Check out the Tasty Video below with 4 simple ways to make delicious homemade Ice cream.  Usually making homemade Ice cream can be a long and arduous process, but the geniuses at Tasty Videos have found a way to make it easy and fun!  Cookies and Cream, Cookie Dough, or Strawberry cheese cake, it doesn't matter, I'm making them all!  

Watch, learn, and then taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!


Monday, May 29, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Museum of Food and Drink!

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

MOFAD: Museum of Food and Drink!


Sofrito Lovers,

Did you know that there was a museum dedicated to food and drink?  Yeah, neither did I! How incredible is that?  A museum dedicated to the art, science, culture, history, and production of food and drink- this is so cool!

This weekend, while I was searching the 'net, I discovered MOFAD's website and it threw me for a loop!  How could there be a foodie museum and I know nothing about it?  I poured through the 'site and fell in love!

The calendar of events is chock full of workshops, lectures, cooking demonstrations, art exhibits, and a lot more.  If you're like me, a foodie and museum nut, then this place is heaven!  I can't wait to go to their next CHOW, their monthly snack and chat about Chinese food and restaurants.

Check out the museum's Mission statement below and their website for more information! Go SEE AND TASTE for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!


MOFAD: Museum of Food and Drink




The Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD) is a nonprofit dedicated to advancing public understanding of the culture, history, science, production, and commerce of food and drink.

MOFAD Lab is the museum's inaugural design studio and gallery space located in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In this space, MOFAD creates exhibits and hosts an array of public programs, including cooking classes, guided tastings, hands-on workshops, science demonstrations, discussions, and seminars. Chow: Making the Chinese American Restaurant is currently on show at MOFAD Lab.

Supported by a diverse community of donors, volunteers, and partners, MOFAD is working toward building the world's first large-scale museum with exhibits you can eat. This global center for learning will feature multiple exhibition galleries, program and workshop space, a garden, café, and more.

Join the effort by donating, joining, or volunteering.