The Sundial

Farmers markets, the urban grocer

Jake Fredericks

March 31, 2014

Thank goodness for bees. Without these amazing winged specimens the season of spring would cease to exist. You don’t have look very far to see how impactful the bees’ labor of love stretches, simply look toward the variety of produce, offered in great quantities from vendors at Los Angeles’ farmers m...

Which pre-packaged foods to buy and avoid

Jake Fredericks

March 26, 2014

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 score you a tuna salad...

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

Water, blueberries, garlic, spinach and some dark chocolate can help you stay focused and energized throughout your study sessions. Photo by Jake Fredericks, chef-in-residence

Jake Fredericks

March 24, 2014

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 test...

Hands on measuring

Hands on measuring

Jake Fredericks

March 12, 2014

 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 tem...

Oui, Chef! Kitchen etiquette and jargon

Jake Fredericks

March 11, 2014

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...

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

Jake Fredericks

March 10, 2014

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...

Food trucks swapping wheels for doors

Jake Fredericks

March 5, 2014

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...

March Food Truck Events

Jake Fredericks

March 4, 2014

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...

Meals on wheels, a cultural phenomenon

Jake Fredericks

March 2, 2014

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. Decommission...

Vinh Loi Tofu is an alright option for vegan eats

Jake Fredericks

February 28, 2014

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...

Play along on Sunday with the Sundial Oscars drinking game and ballot

Play along on Sunday with the Sundial Oscars drinking game and ballot

Jake Fredericks

February 27, 2014

Tinseltown will crown the best and brightest actors, actresses and cinema engineers for the 2013 film year during the 86th Annual Academy Awards, live on ABC, Sunday, March 2 at 4 p.m. Pacific Time. Although many of us weren’t able to scalp a ticket to rub elbows and sip champagne with the stars ...

Classy drinks to celebrate for Hollywood’s biggest night

Classy drinks to celebrate for Hollywood's biggest night

Jake Fredericks

February 26, 2014

For the Ladies: “The Unspoiled Star” Muddled Mint + Ginger Aperol Spritz Inspired by the Oscars’ most decorated female (8 awards), costume designer Edith Head, who said “I have yet to see one completely unspoiled star, except for the animals– like Lassie.” A drink synonymous with a live...

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