Friday, May 26, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Cheez Doodle Tasting Video!

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

Cheez Doodle Tasting Video!


Sofrito Lovers,

Check out my latest Tasting Video!  This week, I try Wise Cheez Doodles Honey BBQ and Jalapeño PoppersWere they crunchy cheesy pieces of heaven or disgusting orange dusted nightmares?   

Watch and find out, then go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Freakin Rican Food Festivals!

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

Freakin Rican Food Festivals!


Sofrito Lovers,

Spring time is food time!  If you're foodie festival hunter like me, then you know that Spring is that delicious time of the year when food festivals dominate the weekend streets.

If you're looking for some delicious Puerto Rican fare, then you have to dine al fresco with the Freakin Rican-check out their website!

Chef Derick Lopez and his amazing partner Victor Vargas are the CEOs of the Freakin Rican Restaurant (brick and mortar coming soon), catering company, online culinary shop, and extraordinary hosts of the Freakin Rican Cooking Channel on YouTube.  These two Boricua Top Chefs (WEPA, Boricuas!) are as talented as they are sweet and welcoming.

As an avid fan and supporter, I highly recommend you visit the Freakin Rican kiosks at the following food festivals:


  1. MAY 27 ON 8TH AVE BETWEEN 42-50 ST (2 SPACES)
  2. MAY 29 STEINWAY ST ON BROADWAY BETWEEN Steinway and Crescent
  3. JUNE 04 ON 6TH AVE BETWEEN 34-42 ST
  4. JUNE 04 QUEENS PRIDE on 37th Road from 73rd to 77th Streets
  5. JUNE 11 FOREST HILLS ON AUSTIN ST from 69th to 72nd Road (2 SPACES)
  6. JUNE 17 ON 6TH AVE 42-54 ST
  7. JUNE 18 ON 6TH AVE 42-56 ST
  8. JUNE 18 ON 7TH AVE FLATBUSH on 7th Avenue from Flatbush to 16th Street (BK)


For summer dates, check out their festival calendar!


You'll love their delicious Arroz con Gandules (Rice with Green Pigeon Peas), Pollo Guisado (Puerto Rican style stewed chicken), and fried delicacies. Maybe, we'll run into each other!  Hit the streets and go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!



Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: New Yorkers Try LA Pizza!

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

New Yorkers Try LA Pizza!


Sofrito Lovers,

The old Chicago vs. New York City pizza beef is taking a back seat to the new L.A. vs. New York City controversy!  Yes, folks, L.A. has thrown its hat into the Pizza championship arena and thefight has started.  Apparently, many foodies are saying that L.A. pizza has it all over New York City style.  I don't know about that!  L.A. style pizza is good, but these odd vegetable, nut, and seed combos seem more like bird feed then pizza, but that's just me!

I've tasted Chicago Deep Dish, Southern style Pizza, and L.A. pizza and I can assure you that nothing is better than NYC style. Am I biased?  Hell, yeah!  Can I be objective? Nope, not at all! 

Check out the BuzzFeed video below as some NYCers taste some L.A. and NYC slices and give their opinions!  Who's got the best slices? Watch, laugh, and learn!

Go taste for yourself! ¡Buen Provecho!


Monday, May 22, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Cheesy Taco Pasta!

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

Cheesy Taco Pasta!


Sofrito Lovers,

Last night, I made a Cheesy Taco Pasta dish that set my BearBear David's heart aflutter!  I haven't seen him lick the plate clean in a long time!

A few weeks ago, I posted a YouTube video from the Tasty Channel titled, "8 One-Pot Pastas" and I mentioned I was going to try out a few of the recipes. Well, I'm here to report that the Cheesy Taco Pasta recipe was a resounding success!  It's easy to prepare and packs an amazingly flavorful punch.

I've posted the recipe below in hopes that you'll try it out and let me know what you think.  To jazz it up a bit, I served the pasta on a bed of tortilla chips.  The corn flavor, salt, and crunch really added a new dimension of flavor and texture to the meal.  Try it out!

Go taste for yourself! ¡Buen Provecho! 

Cheesy Taco Pasta


INGREDIENTS
1 pound ground beef
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (15 oz) can whole kernel corn
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
2 cups water
1 package taco seasoning
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste
2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
1 ½ cups colby jack cheese 

PREPARATION
1. In a large quart pot over medium-high heat brown the ground beef. Drain fat and return beef to the pot. 

2. Add taco seasoning, water, diced tomatoes, corn and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil. 

3. Add uncooked macaroni and reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 10-15 
minutes (until pasta is cooked through). Stir occasionally.

4. Remove from heat. Sprinkle cheese on top and cover.

5. Serve once cheese is melted! Enjoy!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Tasting Lay's BLT and Lime & Sea Salt Chips!

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

Tasting Lay's BLT and Lime & Sea Salt Chips!


Sofrito Lovers,

Check out my latest Chip tasting video on my brand new Sofritoinmysoul YouTube Channel!  Please SUBSCRIBE, LIKE, COMMENT, AND SHARE!

Will I like the Lime & Sea Salt and BLT Chips?  Did they taste good?  Were they nasty?  Check out my vid below and see for yourself! Please SUBSCRIBE, LIKE, COMMENT, AND SHARE!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: This Is How You Do a Pho Tour of NYC!

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

This Is How You Do a Pho Tour of NYC!


Sofrito Lovers,

A hot steaming bowl of beefy Pho is the cure for all of life's woes.  How can you worry about Homework, your kids, or whatever when you're slurping delicious rice noodles bathed in a beef bone broth so savory and delicious it brings tears to your eyes? I can't think of anything better!

Saying I love Pho is an understatement!  I eat it at least twice a week because I live and work by a wonderful of mom'n'pop Vietnamese place on Jerome Avenue!  I've gone as far as to recruit new Pho lovers at my school and neighborhood.  Why?  Because we must keep our delicious little soup spot open and thriving!

Check out Eater.com 's article on the incredible Pho places throughout the city!  Do yourself a favor, choose a spot and get your soup on!  You'll thank yourself for the yummy experience!  Now read the article and go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen provecho!
 

This Is How You Do a Pho Tour of NYC
Visiting the best spots with The Pho Cookbook’s Andrea Nguyen

by Robert Sietsema May 15, 2017, 1:06pm EDT 


It is often my pleasure to welcome food writers from elsewhere to New York, and arrange to conduct them on culinary tours. In many cases these jaunts cover the subject the writers specialize in, cramming many restaurants into a few hours of concentrated eating. Thus it was that I recently took Northern California-based Andrea Nguyen, author of The Pho Cookbook on a tour devoted to the Vietnamese noodle soup. It’s her fifth cookbook with Ten Speed Press, along with Into the Vietnamese Kitchen and The Banh Mi Handbook. Freelance photographer Ariana Lindquist came along.

Monday, May 15, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: How to Make Crispy Nashville-Style Fried Chicken!

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

How to Make Crispy Nashville-Style Fried Chicken!


Sofrito Lovers,

Nashville style Fried Chicken is taking the culinary world by storm!  After recently tasting this awesome southern dish, I think this delicious, crispy, and piquant delicacy should be considered one of the eight foodie wonders of the world!

My amateur Top Chef motto is, "If you love it, then learn to cook it!"  Once you do, then you can live in fried chicken heaven!  After a ten second YouTube search, I found this awesome recipe on Food Wishes, so next weekend I'll be frying up a storm!

Check out this recipe and get your fry on folks!  You won't regret it! Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!


Saturday, May 13, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: 20 Drinks for Your Mother's Day Brunch!

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

20 Drinks for Your Mother's Day Brunch!


Sofrito Lovers,

Tomorrow is Mother's Day and what better way is there to celebrate our amazing moms than with a delicious brunch cocktail!

Check out the post below from SeriousEats.com and get inspired!  Let the inner Mixologist out and start muddling those fruits, pouring out that Champagne, and making those Margarita mixes!  Your mom will love it!

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms who read this blog!  Without you, we are nothing!  Go taste for yourself! ¡Buen Provecho!

20 Drinks for Your Mother's Day Brunch


What better way is there to tell your mom you love her than a homemade brunch on Mother's Day? And while you're at it, what better way is there to say, "Thank you for putting up with me" than a well-mixed brunch drink? Consider this your recipe guide to delicious brunch cocktails (plus nonalcoholic options!) that are a little more unusual than your standard mimosa.



Friday, May 12, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Mother's Day Recipes - Ideas for Mother's Day

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

Mother's Day Recipes - Ideas for Mother's Day


Sofrito Lovers,

Mother's Day is in two days!  So get your ass in the kitchen and start cooking for the woman who birthed you, loved you, and cooked for you, your whole childhood!

Your mom put up with all your crap while you were a kid, the least you can do is cook her an amazing meal.  Check the post below, from Allrecipes, and get inspired!  She deserved creamy crepes, amazing omelets, and other incredible treats!

To all my Moms out there, HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!  Treat yourself and Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Cuban Guava and Cheese Pastries!

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

Cuban Guava and Cheese Pastries! 

 

Sofrito Lovers,

Laugh, explore, and share!  These three virtues are the cornerstones of my perspective as a foodie!  I love to laugh, taste new foods, and share what I've learned with the masses!  That's why this blog exists; this is why I do what I do!

Check out the post below, from YouTube's  PeroLike Channel, and laugh your ass off at the PeroLike content creators tasting Cuban Guava and Cheese Pastries. After you've laughed yourself silly, get out there and try some of these amazing pastries yourself, you'll love them!  Don't forget to bring a friend; food always tastes better with  a pal!

If you're having trouble finding a good Cuban bakery, then let me suggest the following two: 

Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!

 

Monday, May 8, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Harlem Eat Up Reminder!

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

Harlem Eat Up Reminder!


Sofrito Lovers,

Just reminding everyone that Harlem EatUp starts next week!  Mark your calendars with all the amazing foodie events taking place in Harlem from May 15th-19th!   Check out the event synopsis below, then click the link for the festival calendar.

Don't miss out on one of the most amazing foodie events in New York City! You'll love all the strolls and dinner parties, they're amazing! I hope to see you all there!

I can't wait to taste for myself!  ¡Buen Provecho!


Harlem EatUp! Festival


Welcome to the 3rd annual Harlem EatUp! Festival, a four-day festival offering an exciting sampling of Harlem's sights, flavors and sounds, from artists of the kitchen, canvas, stage and streets. Enjoy Dine In Harlem, Eat Up's signature one-night-only multi-room dinner party experience, featuring Harlem's hottest restaurants and chefs hosting some of the biggest national culinary stars in their kitchens. Get your eat on as you spend the day Uptown at The Harlem Stroll, where food, art and culture will converge all in the backdrop of one of the neighborhood's most beautiful parks. Watch Harlem and national top chef cooking demos on the EatUp! Main Stage. It's a celebration of culture and good eats you won't want to miss!


Saturday, May 6, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: 7 Meals That Could Cure Your Hangover!

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

7 Meals That Could Cure Your Hangover!


Sofrito Lovers,

It's Saturday, May 6 and I know that some of you drunks hit it hard last night! Right now, some of you are regretting the day you ever heard the words Cinco de mayo and tequila!

Well, never let it be said that this blog isn't useful!  Check out the post below from BuzzFeedBlue and enjoy the delicious hangover cures!  These breakfasts will settle those tequila tummies and alleviate that never ending pounding in your head!

Enjoy!  Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!

Friday, May 5, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Party Friendly Foods for Cinco de Mayo!

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

Party Friendly Foods for Cinco de Mayo!


Sofrito Lovers,

Happy Cinco de Mayo!  Today, we celebrate...something Mexican! Okay, fine! I don't know much about Cinco de Mayo, but what I do know is that this is a foodie holiday full of delicious Mexican food, copious amounts of Tequila, and kick ass parties!

For all you party planners, I've posted a great article, from Chowhound.com, that should help make your Cinco de Mayo party spread absolutely delicioso! There's nothing better than churros, quesadillas, and freshly made pico de gallo! Check out the post below and plan a party people will salivate over!

Enjoy! Go taste for yourself! ¡Buen Provecho!

Party Friendly Foods for Cinco de Mayo



Cinco de Mayo commemorates Mexico's unlikely victory against the French Army led by Napoleon III on May 5, 1862. To celebrate this win for the country just south of our border with the food we so love, there's an easy Mexican shrimp cocktail recipe you need to try. You'll need fresh shrimp, tomatoes, chipotle chiles, avocado, and cucumber for this recipe. Make your own tortilla chips or buy the best chips you can find. This is a good party food that goes beyond the regular cheese and bean dips, and even salsas.

Check out all of the recipes for Cinco de Mayo to make your celebration special.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: One Pot Beef Mince Curry | One Pot Chef!

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

One Pot Beef Mince Curry | One Pot Chef!


Sofrito Lovers,

I've discovered the coolest, cutest, and most delicious YouTube Channel, it's called the One Pot Chef Show and I'm in love!   The One Pot Chef Show specializes in recipes that you can quickly and easily prepare in one pot!  No fuss, no muss!  No complications! Just straight up yummy recipes you can make in your caldero or dutch oven.

Check out the cooking tutorial below for an Indian inspired minced meat (ground beef) curry with veggies!  The photo above is my own attempt at this easy to follow recipe; David and I loved the dish!  it was an awesome Sunday night dinner!  I bet you will as well!  

Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen provecho!


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: 20 Lovely Outdoor Dining Spots in New York City!

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

20 Lovely Outdoor Dining Spots in New York City!


Sofrito Lovers,

The weather is gorgeous; that means it's time to start eating outside!  Dining al fresco is one of my favorite past times, there's nothing better than eating a great meal while you people watch! 

The foodie geniuses at Eater.com have published a list of lovely places for us to dine al fresco in our beautiful metropolis!  Check out the post below, pick one, and spend a lazy Saturday or Sunday afternoon sipping mimosas and chowing down!  I'm pretty sure that you owe it to yoursef!

Have fun this weekend!  Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen provecho!


20 Lovely Outdoor Dining Spots in New York City
Get outside!
by Patty Diez Apr 14, 2017, 2:00pm EDT
 
 

After a few false starts, al fresco season is finally here. While some restaurants haven't yet dusted off the patio furniture, there are a few outdoor dining options already opening for the season. Whether you're looking for a secluded patio or prime street-side people watching, here are 20 great places currently open for dining outside.
 

Monday, May 1, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: CUBAN POT ROAST RECIPE – IN THE CROCKPOT!

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

CUBAN POT ROAST RECIPE – IN THE CROCKPOT!


Sofrito Lovers,

This was my 6th anniversary weekend!  David and I have been together 6 amazing years; he's my super "smoochie bear bear" and I love him! We were too busy celebrating so I couldn't cook but had I planned a meal it would've been the delicious Cuban Pot Roast Recipe from My Big Fat Cuban Family (BFCF).

BFCF is a hilarious, heart-warming, and unapologetically Cuban-American lifestyle blog that features all types of content; my favorite are the mouthwatering Cuban recipes.  YouTube Diva and all around Cuban American Princess, Jenny Lorenzo, mentioned the blog in one of her Abuela Mami unboxing videos and I decided to check it out and I loved it!

A few days ago, I found a recipe for Cuban Pot Roast prepared in a crock pot and I thanked God for the inspiration!  I'm in awe of this recipe's simplicity and preparation!  I'm making it for next Sunday night for sure!  I'll let you know how it turns out!

Check out the recipe below and get to crock pottin'!  Go taste for yourself! ¡Buen Provecho!

CUBAN POT ROAST RECIPE – IN THE CROCKPOT!

 


Thursday, April 27, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Homemade Oreos!

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

Homemade Oreos!


Sofrito Lovers,

Homemade Oreos!  Oreos made at home!  As many as you want-ANY TIME!  What could be better?  The very idea sends me into a Diabetic coma; a happy Diabetic coma!

All jokes aside, this Tasty video tutorial on making homemade Oreos is a revelation!  Imagine being able to make this indescribably delicious snack at your own leisure; it's pretty incredible! I'm all over it!

This weekend, the pastry chef in me is getting out his mixer, spatula, and pastry bags with one goal in mind: One Dozen Homemade Oreos!  Watch the video below and get your bake on this weekend!  Watch, bake, and taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!





Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: The 38 Essential NY Restaurants, Spring 2017

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

The 38 Essential NY Restaurants, Spring 2017


Sofrito Lovers,

Just in time for the weekend, the geniuses at Eater.com have updated their 38 Essential NY restaurant list for the Spring, so start planning that foodie weekend NOW!

With old faves like Mission Chinese and new places like Momofuku Noodle Bar, this list will point you in the right direction when it comes to good food in NYC!  Again, I lament the lack of Uptown representation-where are the Harlem and Washington Heights eats?

This is inspiring me to make my own list and get it out there, ASAP!  Look out for the Sofrito Essential List to Uptown Restaurants coming your way soon!

Until then, check out the post below and go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!


The 38 Essential New York Restaurants, 
Spring 2017 Your answer and ours to any question that begins, "Can you recommend a restaurant?" 
 
by Stefanie Tuder and Eater Staff Apr 4, 2017, 1:54pm 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.
 
 

Monday, April 24, 2017

A Spoonful of Sofrito: DIY UNICORN Frappuccino!

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

DIY UNICORN Frappuccino!


Sofrito Lovers,

I avoid corny food fads like the fucking plague!  Normally, I wouldn't give a hot damn about this Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino bullshit, but after tasting one of these tie-dye hipster concoctions I've got to admit they're pretty delicious!

As many of you now, I hate coffee with a passion, but this rainbow unicorn thing (Why unicorn, anyway?) is a lot more milkshake than coffee!  Honestly, it's a sour/sweet sugar bomb, but I do recommend people go out and try it or make your own!

This weekend, I came across this post from Emmymadeinjapan, one of my favorite YouTube channels, that teaches you how to make your own unicorn frapp at home.  Honestly, I'm super tempted to make one next weekend as a dessert drink for David!  I'll let you know how he likes it!

Check out the post below and go taste for yourself! ¡Buen provecho!