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Green Apple chinese-Studio City (NY Style Egg Rolls)

I just have to chime in and say that Green Apple is our favorite chinese in the area. We love the dumplings and their bbq pork. I guess its a "to each his own" type of thing, but we count on it at least once a week and it has always been high quality and fresh.

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Green Apple
6256 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Oct 19, 2010
caseykay68 in Los Angeles Area

I miss my mom's______dish!

this post got me sentimental. My mom is not longer with me, but there are serveral things that I miss. First and foremost her beef stroganoff. I don't make it myself, I think I'm afraid it wont measure up. Like several others she also made a great mac and cheese with ham. Was a wonder with any kind of casserole. And I also always loved when we had breakfast for dinner, with pancakes and bacon

Sep 12, 2009
caseykay68 in General Topics

Starbuck's Fresh Brewed Iced Tea...no lemon slice..only lemon sugar water!

As a couple have mentioned they don't have lemon, never have. Contrary to what others have posted, the black tea, green tea, and passion are brewed.

I have a Starbucks iced black tea at least once a day. In all other situations when ordering iced tea I do like a lemon, but with sbux i don't need it, I find their tea a different blend from the regular type of iced and don't need lemon.

I think they gave you a great alternative. Another alternative, bring your own as well or try it without.

Sep 12, 2009
caseykay68 in Chains

Jersey Mike's -- Yays, Nays, and Best Subs

They are good "east coast" style sandwiches. The cold subs are good (the slice the meat fresh right in front of you) and the cheese steaks are meaty and good. I don't recall the prices, but definitely reasonable. Also, definitely different than Togos.

Nov 29, 2008
caseykay68 in Chains

diploma, certificate, associates, bachelors?

as has been mentioned, it really is an individual choice. I have certificates in restaurant management and culinary arts, and for when I was in the food service industry those were just fine, combined with experience (internships etc.). I would say most places, even fine dining are willing to work with individuals that they can see have talent and want to grow. I'm not in food service now, but if you don't have your bachelors I would recommend that mostly because I am an advocate of higher education and the bachelors is going to denote to future employers a certain level of education they expect from you (i.e. good communication/writing/decision making skills).

Take a look at all the programs available to you and make your decision based on what your future goals are.

Nov 16, 2008
caseykay68 in Not About Food

Brat Brothers Sausage Grill Sherman Oaks

I have to reply to agree that this is a great place, and encourage folks to support a locally owned place. The sausages are really good and the brothers are great as well. Has become a semi-regular stop for us on Friday nights. As to the hot dogs, they do have the flat dog which is a hot-dog style sausage, in a loaf that they slice and grill.

Apr 20, 2008
caseykay68 in Los Angeles Area

Santa Monica Sushi Lunch?

I wanted to report back that we did go to Echigo and enjoyed it quite a bit. As you say, it is traditional, but it was actually perfect for what we were looking for.

Mar 17, 2008
caseykay68 in Los Angeles Area

Lunch Beverly Hills

I did a search and there were some suggestions but thought I would also post a current thread. I'm new to working in the B.H. area and want to meet a friend for lunch who is in CA visiting (from Ohio). What would your recommend. Cuisine is open, preferred location would be somewhere between Wilshire and Beverly and La Cienega and Fairfax although could travel outside of that area as well!

Thanks for any suggestions.

Mar 17, 2008
caseykay68 in Los Angeles Area

Santa Monica Sushi Lunch?

Sushi isn't my first choice, so I'm not really an expert, although not totally new to sushi. I have some friends visiting (from Ohio) and they want to try some Sushi.

We are planning to be in Santa Monica (they want to go in the ocean, too cold for me the Californian, I'll be watching) but I thought we would find someplace in Santa Monica for a Sushi lunch.

Ideally it would be a casual place (we will be in beachy clothes although thats not unusual for Santa Monica :) and relatively inexpensive--maybe someplace with a good lunch special. Something where my friends could try a couple things (and certainly not just the California roll that you can get anywhere.)

Also any suggestions for things to try or suggest for newbie yet adventorus eaters.

Thanks in advance

Feb 25, 2008
caseykay68 in Los Angeles Area

Fudge in the Valley

Yes, kind of a weird request, but I'm looking for a bakery or candy store that has homemade fudge (preferably peanut butter) in the SF Valley. Studio City, Burbank, Woodland Hills, Tarzana etc. I'd like to get some for my valentine (he's having a craving) and it wouldn't be a surprise if I make it at home. I appreciate any ideas or suggestions :)

Feb 13, 2008
caseykay68 in Los Angeles Area

Paris on a budget?

No problem at all...I am so looking forward to it, we will both have to report back on our trips.

Oct 29, 2007
caseykay68 in France

Paris on a budget?

We are travelling on a package so the 18th is where the hotel is, I didn't really have much choice in the matter, thanks for your advice! It sounds a lot like what I was planning, good to have my ideas echoed by someone with experience

Oct 29, 2007
caseykay68 in France

Rome recommendations on a budget

I'm curious if there are any recommendations for Rome dining on a budget. My trip is in a couple of weeks, we will be there for 3 nights (the previous 3 nights having been in Paris). I'd like to aim for $100 a day...do you think this is doable?

Also any specific suggestions? Thanks for any advice, I am so looking forward to the trip and enjoying the Italian experience (but also need to stick to a budget)

Thanks!

Oct 27, 2007
caseykay68 in Italy

Paris on a budget?

Hi all--

I've been reading the recommendations and they have been helpful. My question is this...what are your recommendations for eating in Paris on a budget but still enjoying the Parisian experience? (of course understanding that the dollar to euro exchange sucks).

I will be in Paris Nov 13-15. I'd like to aim for $100 per day or less, and I think thats doable, but wanted to get ideas advice and any specific recommendations you might have. We are staying in the 18th but I feel comfortable with being able to get around the city using public transportation.

Thanks for any thoughts or advice.

Oct 27, 2007
caseykay68 in France

Culinary Schools in CA

As a graduate (wow how time flies, about 10 years ago), I will ditto the DVC recomendation for Northern California. The education is the same as you would get at a private school and much more affordable. And as mentioned the student restaruant is a great deal :)

Oct 23, 2007
caseykay68 in Not About Food

who has better food Mexicali or Senor Fred's???

Well I can only report on one, but both times I have been to Mexicali I have been disappointed. One visit I had the carnitas which I found dry, and the second time I had a brunch dish--I forget the name but it was eggs over two cheese enchiladas, I ordered the eggs over easy they came out over hard, and the cheese enchiladas were a little much. But its always busy there so they must be doing something right, they do have good chips and salsa :)

Jun 10, 2007
caseykay68 in Los Angeles Area

Pinkberry Locations

someone already mentioned it but your valley location is studio city. Its in the Trader Joes center at Laurel Canyon and Ventura

Be prepared for a line (and horrible parking). I live right around the corner. I've been once to see what they hype was about, and was underwhelmed. It is fresh tasting but I don't get all the fascination. For my money I like Studio Yogurt, in the adjacent shopping center. More traditional froyo but a great assortment of flavors and fresh toppings (and generous with their toppings)

Apr 26, 2007
caseykay68 in Los Angeles Area

Ventura Blvd

Thanks for the replies. I have a good list to work from. I have heard good things about Gorikee (echoed by a couple here) so will definately have to try. I might have to start reporting on adventures up and down Ventura Blvd and in Studio City

Apr 23, 2007
caseykay68 in Los Angeles Area

meat and fruit..so verr verr wrong...

I soo have to agree with you PG. My particular dislike in the fruit and meat (or even for me fruit and side dish) discussion is raisins...blech! Or frankly any dried fruit. But there are some pairing that I like so, like you its not a hard and fast rule. Of course there is orange or lemon chicken which I love (citrus for me is the exception to the rule.)

The SO the other night was making dinner, he said we were going to have applesauce with dinner. I think I looked at him with a look of horror! He said, applesauce is a dinner thing I always had applesauce with dinner growing up. I said you can have it...I'm not, or I would have it for dessert!

Apr 23, 2007
caseykay68 in General Topics

Ventura Blvd

I've started taking the bus to work. I take the 750 Metro Rapid from Studio City to Woodland Hills, it goes right down Ventura Blvd. Riding the bus lets you look out the window and spot things you wouldn't normally when zooming by in your car. There are of course lots of great restaurants along the Blvd. I am wondering what some of your favorites are, especially in the Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Encino area, but really anywhere up and down the Blvd. I'm not looking for any particular cuisine but just wanted to see which places where the ones that chowhounders liked and were worth a try! So yes, the topic is kind of broad...but there it is :)

Apr 21, 2007
caseykay68 in Los Angeles Area

Butter

Somewhat related to this discussion, I too keep butter on the counter, I have no patience to try to spreak rock hard butter on toast.

My other big pet peeve is when at a restaurant they give you ice cold rock hard butter pats with the bread basket...what good is that? It is just going to tear the bread apart! :)

Apr 04, 2007
caseykay68 in General Topics

Why NOT Cameron Mitchell?

For me, I just found them over-rated and nothing special, especially for the money that you pay. I have been to Martini (very underwhelmed), Cap City Diner, the Meatloaf was good, and Molly Woo's which was entirely forgettable. The same could probably be said for lots of restaurants but I think with Cameron Mitchell, especially in the Columbus area that is such a "name" you go in expecting more than you get.

Storing Green Onions/Scallions

Yes, the very slightly damp paper towel works wonders for me...not wet, just barely damp. I do get at least a week out of mine.

Mar 12, 2007
caseykay68 in General Topics

$5 Pizza all you can eat

I had been a few times to one in Columbus OH (I live in L.A. now) and actually found it quite acceptable. The one we went to, the pizza's were fresh and they will actually make you any kind of pizza you want fresh. Certainly its not gourmet, but we found it a good deal with good food.

Mar 01, 2007
caseykay68 in Chains

Food at Sheetz and Wawa...yay or nay?

Oh this makes me sad, I miss WaWa...(and tastycakes as newbatgirl mentions above), but WaWa had great sandwiches and I also really liked their soups (particularly italian wedding). No WaWa on the left coast

Feb 21, 2007
caseykay68 in Chains

Schools of Culinary Arts

I will ditto the recommendations a couple of people have made to look at community college programs along with the "name" schools. The community college program will give you the basic foundation that you need. As also recommended, get a job in the industry, thats probably the most valuable experience. I have a certificate in culinary arts and in restaurant management from a community college and feel my culinary education was more than adequate (and much less expensive than Johnson and Wales or the CIA). That said, I no longer work in the industry...so getting the real world experience will be valuable for you as well. Good Luck.

Feb 19, 2007
caseykay68 in Not About Food

Good authentic German food?

I will ditto the Lowenbrau Keller. Family run and definately worth it for the "ambiance" although you can't tell from the outside. Traditional german fare and nice people (and reasonable priced).

Feb 17, 2007
caseykay68 in Los Angeles Area

ISO Baltimore Cheesecake

I have been searching for a recipe for what I know as Baltimore Cheesecake. It is different from NY style cheesecake. I'm used to getting it in square pieces, I believe its usually baked in regular 13 x 9 pan or sheetpan. The cheesecake layer has a hint of cinnamon and the crust is usually more cake or pastry like.

We used to often get it at a grocery store bakery (Super G) when we lived in Wilmington DE. My many searches online have not yielded a recipe that gives what I am looking for, so I thought who better to ask then the hounders. Any ideas out there? Thanks!

Feb 10, 2007
caseykay68 in Home Cooking