Tuesday, March 31st, 2020:
Some New Yorkers Are Flouting Social Distancing Rules For Potlucks, Speakeasies.

Sofrito Lovers,

Please forgive my blunt nature, but the following piece from Eater.com truly pissed me off!

I don't judge and don't want to sound like a jerk, but flouting social distancing just to socialize and drink with people is ridiculous and dangerous. 

This type of irresponsible behavior will only contribute to this International Pandemic Crisis.  Endangering your family, friends, and co-workers is dangerous, unfair, and unnecessary. 

I've posted this article to help educate and to start discussion.  Come to your own conclusions and formulate your opinions.

Stay home.  Stay safe. Order in. ¡Buen Provecho!

Some new Yorks Are Flouting Social Distancing Rules for Potlucks, Speakeasies by Tanay Warekar Eater.com

A tiny group of New Yorkers are reportedly flouting restrictions to gather.

While most New Yorkers are staying home amid the restrictions on public life due to the novel coronavirus crisis, a few are intent on flouting social distancing guidelines saying their “civil liberties” are being taken away by forcing them to stay at home. One of them is Lucian Wintrich, a former White House correspondent for the far-right publication the Gateway Pundit, who held a potluck at his apartment earlier this month, according to the New York Post.

The idea for the party is reportedly modeled on chicken pox parties from the ’90s where parents tried to expose their kids to the infection early on so they wouldn’t contract it later in life. It was mostly attended by a group of 20-somethings, and Wintrich added a note of caution to the Post saying that “wouldn’t hang around folks over the age of 50 and risk infecting the more vulnerable.”

Others like Knut M. Wittkowski, former epidemiologist at Rockfeller University are going to secret restaurants with only a handful of other people in attendance — though some like a secret bar operating in Brooklyn have been busted by the NYPD. Wittkowski said he believes that social distancing will only prolong the virus. While they may be openly flouting restrictions, they constitute a tiny minority of people doing so — the NYPD has highlighted in recent press conferences that most New Yorkers are staying home. Though some have criticized social distancing, even several economists argue that the public safety should be the top priority right now by minimizing contact with others, regardless of age.

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Friday, March 27th, 2020:
It’s No Longer Responsible to Dine Out at Restaurants, but What About Delivery and Takeout?

Sofrito Lovers,

Arm yourselves with accurate information!  If you're worried about ordering food from any of the million home delivery services we use, then check out the Eater.com article below.

In this time of uncertainty and instability, the more we know about this virus and how it's transmitted the safer we will be and the better we will safe guard our loved ones.

Staying home can be fun, annoying, productive, and crazy-making, but at least we can order food and have somewhat of a dining experience.  Stay home!  Be safe and try out a new restaurant tonight.

Order in and taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!

It’s No Longer Responsible to Dine Out at Restaurants, but What About Delivery and Takeout?

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, cities and states are increasingly limiting restaurants to takeout and delivery only. Here’s how you can best avoid health risks and support your favorite local eateries.

by Jenny G. Zhang@jennygzhang Updated Mar 18, 2020, 9:54am EDT

As the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the United States, several states and major cities — including New York, Los Angeles, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, and Washington — have ordered all bars and restaurants to shut down except for takeout and delivery. But even in areas where dine-in service is still permitted, the responsible thing to do is forgo a sit-down meal in favor of to-go or delivery options. Public health experts, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the White House have called for the population to curtail mass gatherings and personal interaction — like the kind that can take place in crowded food and drink establishments — in an effort to help “flatten the curve” by slowing the transmission of COVID-19, preventing a spike in cases that could overwhelm hospitals.

For those who are fortunate enough to be able to follow the recommendation for social distancing by staying home or otherwise limiting their contact with others, the idea of ordering food delivery may raise a couple of questions: First, is it safe? Second, is it ethical to expose a delivery worker to the risks you seek to avoid?

The answer to the first question is generally yes, with some stipulations. There is currently no evidence of food being associated with COVID-19 transmission, according to both the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), although Vox reports that there’s “growing evidence of fecal to oral transmission, meaning you can ingest the virus shed in feces, through inadequate hand washing or contaminated food and water.” It’s worth noting, however, that restaurants have long been required to follow food safety rules, in addition to extra measures now put into place in the wake of COVID-19. If you’re unsure about a restaurant’s food-handling standards, you can check its score on your local health department’s website. When it comes to the virus, the greater transmission safety risks are largely associated with interacting with other people.

Check out the rest of the article here!

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020:
6 Slow Cooker Meals!

Sofrito Lovers,

Do you have the quarantine blues?  If you do, then find your slow cooker/crockpot and get to cooking!  There's nothing better for the blues, then a delicious one pot low maintenance meal.  

So check out the Tasty video below and choose of theses amazing recipes!  That Chicken fajita recipe and Garlic Chicken recipe have my mouth watering and my curiosity piqued!

Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen provecho!

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020:
The Best Classic Meatloaf Recipe!

Sofrito Lovers,

I've been looking for an easy, delicious, and moist Meatloaf recipe and I think I found it on Wholesomedish.com .

Meatloafs are tricky! It's easy to start off with a delicious well seasoned piece of meat, then end up with a dried up hunk of beef leather.  Maybe you used the wrong type of ground beef, not enough water or milk, or you overcooked it-a lot can go wrong! 

But, I think the recipe below might be the one that yields that illusive delicious meatloaf!  Check out the recipe below and give it a try!  I can't wait to experiment and add some Boricua flavor to this classic dish!  I'll let you know how it turned out!

Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!

The Best Classic Meatloaf Recipe

This traditional meatloaf recipe is just like mom used to make, made with ground beef and a sweet and tangy glaze topping.

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Dinner, Entree, Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best meatloaf recipe, classic meatloaf, meatloaf with ground beef
Servings: 10
Calories: 164kcal
Author: Amanda Finks

  • 1 lb. 90% lean ground beef
  • 1 cup dried bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 2 tbsp. ketchup
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley leaves
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • For the Topping:
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp. packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a large bowl, add the beef, bread crumbs, onion, milk, egg, 2 tablespoons ketchup, worcestershire sauce, parsley, salt, garlic powder, and pepper. Use your hands to mush and mix these ingredients together until well combined.*
  • Add the meat mixture to a loaf pan. Pat the meat down into an even layer.
  • In a small bowl, add 1/4 cup ketchup, the brown sugar, and vinegar. Stir to combine. Pour the sauce on top of the meatloaf and spread it into an even layer.
  • Bake uncovered for 55 minutes.
  • Let the meatloaf rest for 8-10 minutes before serving (or it may fall apart).**

*Be sure to mix the meat really well.  This is a very moist meatloaf recipe so under mixing can cause the meatloaf to be too soft/mushy. **I use two thin spatulas to remove the meatloaf from the pan and transfer it to a cutting board. You could also slice and serve the meatloaf directly from the loaf pan, or use parchment paper to line the pan for easy removal.

Thursday, March 12th, 2020:
Irish Foods to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day that aren't Corned Beef and Cabbage.

Sofrito Lovers,

Next week is St. Patrick's Day, an undeniable foodie holiday, but if you don't like the traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage, you might feel a bit alienated from the celebration. 

Not to worry, if you're not well versed in Irish cuisine, then check out the Chowhound article below.  There's a lot more to savor and enjoy on St. Patrick's Day, then smelly old cabbage and chewy corned beef- I'm not a fan myself!

Check out the article below and go get your grub on!  Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!

12 Irish Foods to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day That Aren’t Corned Beef and Cabbage A dozen delicious ways to celebrate in proper style. ByMegan Meadows March 10, 2020

If you’re not a fan of corned beef, there are still plenty of delicious ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day—try these authentic Irish food ideas for a change.

Every St. Patrick’s Day since I can remember, my mother has made our traditional celebratory meal of corned beef and cabbage, with a side of soda bread. And though I’m about 25 percent Irish (thanks Ancestry.com!), I’ve never been what you would call “into” this traditional meal. Still, any proper quarter Irish woman wants to celebrate her heritage on this fine Irish holiday, which is why I started researching alternative St. Paddy’s Day meals to eat that didn’t involve homemade corned beef.

The history of Irish cuisine or traditional Irish food is actually quite complex—British colonialism and the Great Famine obviously had a huge impact on what is technically now considered traditional Irish fare. (Despite the fact that potatoes are what Ireland seems to be known for, they were actually brought by British settlers.) And though Irish cuisine is much more diverse than it gets credit for, much of it is categorically hearty (makes sense since clouds and rain are prevalent here—they don’t call it the Emerald Isle for nothing). The reality is however, if you walk into any Dublin pub you’ll find a varied, traditional menu that may not have the word cabbage written once. But most likely you will have a meal that is perfect for soaking up an Irish stout. Here’s how to bring some Dublin pub food into your own kitchen come St. Patrick’s Day without even cruising by the cabbage in the grocery store.

Monday, March 9th, 2020:
Mexican Dads try Frozen Mexican Food.

Sofrito Lovers,

Whether it's food competitions, cooking videos, or tasting videos, Pero Like has pretty entertaining food related content for a lifestyle and culture channel.  I watch their food videos all the time.

Watch the video posted below and laugh your ass off. These Dads are hilarious and really entertaining. I love their culinary pride!  ¡Que Viva Mexico!

Go taste for yourself!  ¡Buen Provecho!

Monday, March 2nd, 2020:
Dominican Chofan/Dominican Fried Rice.

Sofrito Lovers,

Dominican Chofan is a delicious fusion dish that highlights the best of the Chinese immigrant community's influence on the cuisine of La Republica Dominicana.  Mixing simple Chinese ingredients and cooking styles with classic Caribbean spices, Chofan is easy to prepare and so very delicious!

Click the link below for a quick recipe from Chef Zee Cooks, La Reina de la Cocina Dominicana of YouTube.  I guarantee you will love this dish!

Quick Tip:  This recipe is versatile; add whatever you want to it.  I love adding peas, mushrooms, and Longaniza (Spanish style sausage) to it.