We'll get to the subject line in a moment.
So I've got an out of town guest from Australia, and in an attempt to show her a bit of 'old LA' we stopped at the apple pan. Now I've derided their burgers for being way too expensive for a non-extraordinary burger, but enough people recommended the hickory burger with cheese that I decided to try it. I need to revise my opinion somewhat-- it was rather tasty and rather unique, though is still FAR too expensive for what you get. (Upwards of $7 for a fast food burger?? $6.50 for pie a la mode? Give me a break!!)
Anyway, now that I was back at The Apple Pan after a couple of years (with memories of the heavenly so-thick-you-could-stand-a-metal-spoon-up-in-it whipped cream dancing round my head), I decided to ask the owner about it (I assume he's the owner-- the tall old guy who looks like he could be Drew Carey's uncle)
Me: "Last time I was here I ordered the whipped cream."
DCU: "It's good, isn't it?" he says with a sly smile.
Me: "Yes, it was amazing. I'm curious, I've tried making whipped cream at home before and it never comes out like that. I was wondering..."
DCU: (suddenly, startingly defensive "What do you mean? It's fresh cream, you just whip it up!"
Me: "I know but my cream is always too thin...."
DCU: "You just whip it up!" and he turns away to talk to another customer.
Guess I hit a nerve with the guy... trade secrets perhaps?