Saturday, February 29th, 2020:
At Harlem's Clove, Indian-American Cooking is in Peak Form. 


Sofrito Lovers,


Clove is an awesome Indian restaurant underneath the building I grew up in!  The food and ambiance are top notch.  Every time I visit my mom, I go to Clove to get us some dinner and treats.  My mother loves their Samosas and I find their Curry Chicken and Naan to die for; it's rich, spicy, and delicious!


Check out the Eater.com article on Clove below!  I'm happy to see Eater.com highlighting the hidden gems we have in West Harlem!  I love their compilations and reviews, but my eternal criticism is the lack of coverage Uptown.  I admit this is a great first step in rectifying that deficiency!


Read the article and go Taste for yourself!  Buen Provecho!



At Harlem’s Clove, Indian-American Cooking Is In Peak Form


Critic Robert Sietsema visits a City College mainstay and finds stellar versions of traditional and inventive dishes

by Robert Sietsema Feb 21, 2020, 2:13pm EST

Uptown, Indian restaurants have a way of hanging on a long time, particularly if they’re good. Take Kismat, situated in the hill country just south of Fort Tryon Park. The name means “fate” and it’s been around since 1981, serving Indian and Bangladeshi food that runs to lush biryanis, yogurt-laced kurmas, pineapple-sweetened malais, and tandoori-cooked kebabs.

For part of that four-decade era, the chef was Sammi Ahmed, and the evolution of the menu into what might be termed Indian-American cooking is at least partly owing to him. Then five years ago he opened Clove, right across the street from the ornate main gate of City College. As with Kismat, the breadth of the menu, a mixture of Indian and Indian-American dishes, is impressive. There are 21 bulging menu sections, ending in Burgers.


Gazing out the window, you might almost feel like you’re contemplating the entrance to heaven, as good as the food often is. The dining room is broad and L shaped, with a bare brick wall arrayed with flaming candles, which lend a mystic aura to the space. A semi-open kitchen sits in the middle, from which the clatter of pots occasionally issues.


I was attracted to the place when I examined the menu online and saw that it offered sahina ($4.50), oblong fritters familiar from Trinidadian menus. Could this be the city’s only combination Indian and Trinidadian restaurant? Despite the South Asian heritage of around 40 percent of Trinidadians, the cuisines have never been offered on the same menu, as far as I can tell. But when asked about the dish, Ahmed nodded enthusiastically and said, “The sahina first came from the Uttar Pradesh state in India, where I’m from.” Aligned on the plate were four oblong patties of spinach and chickpea flour, a tasty and nutritious snack it’s easy to imagine agricultural workers slipping into their pockets as they headed out to the fields in either country.


Check out the rest of this article here!



Wednesday, February 26th, 2020:
16 Stand-Out Wings in New York City!


Sofrito Lovers,


Once again, I'm pushing a Chicken Wings related post!  The geniuses at Eater.com have compiled an incredible list of Chicken spots all over the city, except Uptown-I'll work on that one for you all!


I love the wings at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Madame Vo, and Mission Chinese Food!  If you're feeling a bit nervous about checking a wing spot, try the ones I just listed, I know you'll love it there!


Check out the post below and schedule your visits ASAP!  Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!



16 Stand-Out Wings in New York City

From traditional tangy Buffalo to ultra-crispy Thai fried versions

by Patty Diez, Stefanie Tuder, and Lorelei Yang Updated Jan 29, 2020, 10:16am EST


A good plate of wings is sure to hit the spot. And while the deep-fried, hot sauce-doused version is still the top dog among the chicken-wing eating public, there is plenty to do with a wing beyond Buffalo. Here are some of the best around town representing numerous styles including Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, American barbecue, and of course some Buffalo-style for the purists.


Check out the rest of the article here!



Monday, February 24th, 2020:
P.F. Chang's Finally Land's in New York City with a delivery only Restaurant.

P.F. Chang’s new restaurant model is headed to the Financial District


Chinese-American chain P.F. Chang’s is landing in New York City for the first time later this year. The company will be launching P.F. Chang’s To Go, its new takeout, catering, and delivery-only restaurant concept, in the Financial District, Commercial Observer reports. The new restaurant will occupy 2,000 square feet on the ground floor of a building at 60 Fulton Street; neighboring chains at the property include Taco Bell Cantina and Dunkin’. The restaurant is due to open sometime in the fall.


P.F. Chang’s first debuted the smaller restaurant format in Chicago, and Eater Chicago reported at the time that the company planned to open 20 of these new concepts across the country. P.F. Chang’s initially wanted to launch the concept in Manhattan first, but was met with enough of the city’s red tape in the development process that it made more sense to go ahead and open in Chicago. “We just have to adjust to that [consumer desire for convenience] — whether it’s retail goods like Amazon Prime, or food like P.F. Chang’s To Go,” Chris Demery, P.F. Chang’s senior vice president of off-premises dining, told Eater Chicago previously. Multiple other chains, includingWings Squad and Sweetgreen, have already launched delivery-only concepts here in the city.


Originally Posted on Eater.com



Saturday, February 22nd, 2020:
Sopa de Pollo/Dominican Style Chicken Soup.


Sofrito Lovers,


I'm sick and it's not fun.  I'm congested, coughing, and feeling gross!  What better way is there to get over this horrible illness, than with a delicious steaming bowl of Dominican style Sopa de Pollo/Chicken Soup?  If you've never had Sopa de Pollo, then check out the video below and get to cooking!  This amazing soup will change your life!


The recipe below was brought to us by Chef Zee-the Dominican Diva of Cooking!  Her recipes are incredible, easy, and always delicious! You must go to her YouTube Channel!


Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!


Saturday, February 15th, 2020:
Winter Wing Festival 2020.


Sofrito Lovers,

Are you a die-hard wing lover?  Do you have a definite opinion on the flats vs. drums debate?  If you are and do, then the Winter Wing Festival 2020 is the event for you!  

According to the information below, you'll enjoy a few hours of some amazing wings drenched in some of the best hot sauces you'll ever taste.  Check out the information below, click the link to the Eventbrite, and get your tickets now!


Winter Wing Festival 2020


Gather your squad and indulge into your finger-licking craving this Winter Wing Festival 2019.

For three hours, you can enjoy and make all your Instagram friends jealous with over 10 flavors of wings dripping in sauces ranging from Mild Classic to Mango Habanero to Xtreme Hot. Sides of fries, Mac and Cheese, and other irresistable eats also included. To top it off, quench your thirst with a complimentary hour of open bar which includes well drinks + domestic beers, blue hawaiians, BUT THIS TIME, also ANGRY ORCHARD CIDERS!

Limited tickets available.


Thu, February 27, 2020

7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EST

Wicked Willy's

149 Bleecker Street

New York, NY 10012


Click this link to the Eventbrite



Friday, February 14th, 2020:
33 Valentine's Day Recipes for a Romantic Dinner at home.


Sofrito Lovers,

Today is the Greeting Card Industrial Complex's mandatory romantic holiday- I don't sound too bitter, do I?

Back to the point! What better way to show your significant other how much you love them then by preparing a beautiful meal at home?  If you're not sure what to cook, then click the SeriousEats article link below and choose 1 out of 33 recipes that will impress that special someone!

And NO, cooking at home isn't cheap, uninspired, or uncreative!  It's thoughtful and truly heartfelt!  Click the link below and get to cooking!

Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!



Monday, February 10th, 2020:
8 One pot Pasta Recipes/Garlic Shrimp Pasta

Sofrito Lovers,


As you should know, I am a Weekend Top Chef and I'm always looking for a quick, simple, and delicious recipe for Sunday night dinner.  I found an awesome recipe for a Garlic Shrimp Pasta dish within a cool Tasty video, which featured 8 simple pastas dishes.


Honestly, the Garlic Shrimp recipe seemed far more up my alley, then the Taco Pasta meal or the Swedish meatball egg noodle meal.  The idea of delicious garlic, shrimp, and some simple one post pasta sauce had my mouth watering.  Check out the photo on the left-looks good, huh?


Check out the Tasty video below and see if one of the 8 recipes makes your mouth water.


Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!

Friday, February 7th, 2020

George Crum & The Invention of the Potato Chip

Sofrito Lovers,

Happy Black History Month!  Of all the amazing life-altering inventions, life-saving procedures, and mind bogglingly delicious culinary innovations African Americans have contributed to the world, none is as important as the delicious Potato Chip.


Where would we be without the Potato Chip?  I don't even want to fathom the idea of a chip-less world.  It's just too horrible to imagine or comprehend!  Check out the quick video below and learn the history of the world's greatest snack innovation.  Thank you Mr. Crum for changing the world!

Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!


Wednesday, February 5th, 2020

Flushing Food Festival

Have you ever heard of the Flushing Food Festival?  Yeah, me neither!

If you're anything like me then you view food festivals as an amazing opportunity to taste, learn about, and experience food culture!  I'm really curious about this festival because it's advertising a diverse array of food from 15 Queens based restaurants-many of them are Asian eateries! 

Remember, Flushing is considered NYC's 2nd Chinatown and a popular Food Mecca in itself!  I have high hopes the food is going to be scrumptious!

I can't wait to enjoy some dumplings and other treats!

Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!


Event Details
When: Saturday, Feb 8th, 2020 - 11:00am


Aiming to showcase the diverse dining scene in Downtown Flushing, the 2020 Flushing Food Festival will take place on Saturday, February 8th, 2020.

With more than 15 different restaurant vendors preparing over 100 food samples each, there will be no shortage of delightful and exciting Asian dishes to try. Our restaurant roster will present both traditional and modern samples from a variety of popular dishes ranging from sweet desserts to savory and spicy entrées. The event also received beverage sponsorship from Brooklyn Food & Beverage.

The 2020 Flushing Food Festival will be opened to the public with free admission. Each ticket could be redeemed for 3 free food samples and 1 free beverage from Brooklyn Food & Beverage on the event. Limit one ticket per person. First come first served due to a limited quantity of the event tickets.

The ticket could be reserved on Flushing BID’s website at www.flushingbid.com and picked up with photo ID on the day of the event at the event location. The online ticket reservation system will go live from 12 PM, February 3rd, 2020.



Monday, February 3rd, 2020


Cook Like A Jamaican Spare Ribs Recipe


Sofrito Lovers,


The Weekend Top Chef is back in action!  This weekend, I cooked a whole mess of Spare ribs and they were delicious!  No, it wasn't for a Superbowl Party; it was for my own satisfaction and dinner! 


 I fucking love spare ribs and I've been dying to make some delectable ribs smothered in a tangy sauce! When I came across the recipe posted below, I knew it was time!


This recipe, from Cook Like A Jamaican on YouTube, was simple, easy, and so tasty!  Give it a try!  I know you won't regret it!


Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!


Saturday, February 1st, 2020

The 14 Hottest Brunch Restaurants in NYC

Sofrito Lovers,

Are you a brunch fan?  Do you enjoy this mysterious meal time hybrid?  Because if you do, then Eater.com has an amazing resource for you!  

So, if you're still unsure about where to eat for Sunday brunch, then click the link below and pick a spot.  Maybe you'll like the Brown Rice Bowls at The Jones or the incredible pasta at Anton's

As per usual, the geniuses at Eater.com never fail to put together an awesome list of amazing eateries throughout the City.

Click the link below and start making those plans.

Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen provecho!