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The nutrition facts label gets a makeover

The nutrition facts label gets a makeover

How often do you read the “Nutrition Facts” label before making a choice about what to eat? The purpose of the nutrition facts label is to help consumers make healthier choices. You may opt for a brand of wheat bread because it contains more fiber than another, or you may prefer a can of soup […]

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Which pre-packaged foods to buy and avoid

It’s 8:29 a.m on Monday. You slept through both alarms, you have no clean socks to wear and you have to be at work across town in 30 minutes. On top of everything else, the $3.11 in sofa change you found last night while watching reruns of Cake Boss on Netflix is only enough to […]

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Food for thought: Get better acquainted with As and Bs, forget the Cs

Food for thought: Get better acquainted with As and Bs, forget the Cs

Put down the energy drinks, step away from the potato chips and wean yourself off triple-shot caramel lattes from the local coffee shop. By swapping over-processed, over-caffeinated products for natural alternatives, your health, and your grades, stand to improve. Although it can be difficult to eat well between all the midterm assignments and tests, these […]

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Six Kitchen Essentials (with more uses than one)

Applesauce – A cup of unsweetened applesauce makes a great portable snack, but applesauce can add a dollop of nutrition to baked goods as well. Replace a cup of sugar with one cup of applesauce, while reducing other liquids by a ¼ cup. You may also substitute oil with applesauce, but I recommend leaving half […]

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Hands on measuring

Hands on measuring

 Measuring a teaspoon and tablespoon in your hand next to comparisons of coins ½ teaspoon: dime 1 teaspoon: penny ½ tablespoon: nickel 1 tablespoon: quarter Using your hand to test the temperature and doneness of a steak Raw uncooked Remove from packaging and thaw to room temperature Blue 115-120°F Touch fleshy part of hand (top) […]

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Oui, Chef! Kitchen etiquette and jargon

The landscape of modern kitchen environments adheres to a structural kinship similar to the chain of command employed by branches of the military. Here, cooks are the soldiers, donning double-breasted coats, aprons and slip-resistant clogs instead of camouflage, helmets and ammunition belts. And, like the military, employees have developed their own jargon to effectively communicate […]

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Measurements, conversions and kitchen jargon: big T, small t

The difference between making and destroying a recipe is as easy as replacing a tablespoon (T) for a teaspoon (t), and vice versa. Whether its a seasoning, a liquid or the issues of weight, measurements play a large part in dictating the success of a dish. Suppose, for example, I am baking a pie crust […]

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Taking it to the streets, the burgeoning expansion of food vendors

In 2010, Los Angeles Department of Public Health began regulating food trucks, which are required to post a letter grade in their window just like restaurants. Any truck grading less than a C is taken off the streets and those displaying a C, or even a B grade, can expect their business to suffer. Food […]

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Food trucks swapping wheels for doors

The prospect of wheeling around town in a retrofitted Postal Service truck slinging tacos and cupcakes to the masses isn’t as glamorous as depicted in reality shows, like “The Great Food Truck Race.” Turning a profit in the food industry is a tough nut to crack, let alone for food trucks. Countless would-be restaurant mavens […]

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March Food Truck Events

Ditch the dinner table and try food from a truck at one of these upcoming events: Abbot Kinney First Fridays (AKFF) Friday, March 7 Location: Abbot Kinney Boulevard Venice, CA Time: 5 p.m.- 2 a.m. Parking: Hourly/metered, arrive before 4 p.m. Amenities: Art, food, entertainment, music, bars, shopping On the first friday of every month, […]

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Meals on wheels, a cultural phenomenon

In 2009, spiraling downward trends in the economy forced Los Angeles’ prospective restaurateurs to reconceptualize the meaning of “dining out.” Instead of restaurants as a destination, keen culinary artists flipped the food industry on its head by bringing food directly to the consumer. Decommissioned service and delivery vehicles were transformed into mobile haute cuisine meccas, […]

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Vinh Loi Tofu is an alright option for vegan eats

Restaurant: Vinh Loi Tofu Address: 18625 Sherman Way, Suite 101 Reseda, CA 91335 Phone: (818) 996-9779 Price Range: $8-$11 per person Rating: 3 out of 5 When I’m introduced to new people, and the first thing they tell me is “I’m a vegan,” I want to hit them upside the head. Honestly, I don’t care. […]