Monthly Archives: June 2014

Where to Eat Breakfast in Los Angeles – Square One Dining

Square One Dining has become one of the most revered breakfast spots in the Los Angeles area, celebrated largely because of its dedication to quality, fresh ingredients. The restaurant uses locally sourced organic and small farm produce as much as possible, and serves only hormone-free meats. The winner of the “Stellar Breakfast” award from Los Angeles Magazine, Square One Dining is perhaps best known for its breakfast options, including its brioche French toast, which has been described as “a marvel” by the New York Post. The restaurant’s breakfast menu also includes several pancake dishes as well as a selection of omelets, eggs Benedict, and classic and baked egg dishes varied enough to satisfy even the most discerning of egg lovers.

Lunch options are also available, with cold and hot sandwiches featuring prominently on the menu alongside several salads and a la carte items. Los Angeles food lovers can find the original Square One Dining at 4854 Fountain Avenue. An additional location, Square One at the Boathouse, is located near Echo Park.

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Questions to Ask when Researching EMT Programs

If you are considering training to become an emergency medical technician, or EMT, you will naturally want to find the best program available. Talking to current or former students is one of the most effective ways to get a sense of each program’s quality. You might also contact an area emergency medical services agency to obtain answers to the following questions:

What percentage of students passed the certification exam?
Pass rates for training programs are the best objective indication of how effective the program is. Even though you should not expect very high pass rates, as the certification exam is difficult, a pass rate that is consistently low likely indicates that the program’s training and standards are not rigorous enough.

How does the program balance lectures and hands-on training?
Lectures provide important theory and basic knowledge, while hands-on training is crucial for building practical skills. A good, even combination of both components is essential for a balanced training experience.

What was the student-teacher ratio for hands-on training?
Too many students in hands-on training sessions decreases the amount of time each student has with the training equipment and reduces the chance of one-on-one interaction with the instructor. Look for programs that focus on bringing down the student-teacher ratio. For example, in many states, EMT courses stipulate a maximum of 10 students for every skilled instructor.

What was the state of the training equipment?
The care that a program takes with its training equipment is a useful sign of the care that it likely takes with its students. Even if a program’s training equipment is old, it should still be well maintained and not mistreated or neglected.

Where to Eat in Los Angeles – Marmalade Cafe

First opened in Santa Monica, California, more than two decades ago, Marmalade Cafe has since become a staple of the Los Angeles family dining scene, with nine locations throughout the greater metropolitan area. At its original location on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, Marmalade Cafe features a complete coffee bar and bakery along with its classic breakfast, lunch, and dinner entrees. For added convenience, Marmalade Cafe offers full-service catering and delivery, with after-hours catering available upon request.

Although the catering menu does not feature any of the establishment’s breakfast options, catering customers can choose from a variety of appetizers, soups, salads, and entrees, such as Beef Wellington or salmon and spinach roulade. At the cafe itself, diners ordering off the breakfast menu can choose among nearly 30 items, including the Marmalade Omelette, a delicious combination of eggs, avocado, tomatoes, onions, peppers, mushrooms, and jack cheese.

The Santa Monica location is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

Cuban Treats at Porto’s Bakery and Cafe in LA

Diners searching for authentic Cuban treats need look no further than Porto’s Bakery & Cafe, a Los Angeles-area fixture for more than four decades. Since opening its first tiny store on Sunset Boulevard, the bakery has moved twice to accommodate increased demand and has launched two additional locations in Burbank and Downey to supplement the main Glendale store.

In addition to expanding its locations, Porto’s has broadened its offerings. It now serves croissants and brioche from France, classic American desserts such as Dutch apple pie, and South American mainstays such as dulce de leche and empanadas, while continuing to serve the Cuban baked goods that made the bakery a local success. Bolillo (a soft bread roll), galletas (crackers), and pastel de guayaba (guava strudel) are all made daily at each Porto’s location, as are the bakery’s trademarked refugiados, puff pastries filled with cream cheese and guava.

At the cafe in Glendale, customers can dine on breakfast sandwiches in the morning or enjoy any of its numerous other sandwiches, pastries, or breads all day long. Each Porto’s location is open seven days a week, beginning at 6:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. on Sunday.

Some of the Best Places for Greek Food in Los Angeles

Greek food has grown in popularity in recent years, largely due to the health benefits of a low-fat Mediterranean diet that can reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Fortunately, Greek cuisine is also extremely flavorful with fresh vegetables, seafood, and a unique blend of spices. Los Angeles has a number of excellent Greek restaurants, such as Papa Cristo’s, a neighborhood favorite in the southern part of the city. Papa Cristo’s offers a unique family night on Thursdays and range of tasty meat, seafood, and vegetarian dishes.

Moreover, diners will find tasty options at The Great Greek in Sherman Oaks. Located on Ventura Boulevard, The Great Greek serves traditional dishes, like cognac-flamed saganaki, a cooked cheese dish, and pastitsio, a combination of cheese and pasta. Other favorites like spanakopita and braised lamb dishes are also highlights of the menu.

In the Mid-City West area, Ulysses Voyage offers a more creative approach to Greek cuisine that is modernized with exciting twists. Featuring live music on a regular basis, Ulysses Voyage provides a truly unique and engrossing restaurant experience.