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A Guide to the Best of Southern California : MOVABLE FEAST: TAKE-HOME HOLIDAY FARE : Welcome to Vienna

December 23, 1990|LINDA ZIMMERMAN

WHAT secret do Arnold Schwarenegger, his mom and top L.A. caterers share? They all know where to buy the most authentic Viennese strudel this side of the Danube: the Old Vienna Strudel Company.

Stuffed with fresh apples and laced with cinnamon, walnuts and raisins, this handmade strudel is made with layers of flaky dough that's painted with melted butter from a spray gun. Not too sweet, it's lighter than most bakery pastries and contains a surprisingly low 150 calories per 3 1/2-ounce serving. You can buy the strudel warm from the oven by the slice ($1.35), the half-loaf ($6.50) or 24-inch whole loaf ($12.50). Old Vienna Strudel Company, 10836 1/2 Washington Blvd., Culver City; (213) 280-0282.

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