24 May, 2010

Harvey's Gourmet Mini Donuts at Maker Faire - San Mateo, CA

The Just Fine Design/Build team brought our newest chicken coop design and my two hens to Maker Faire this last weekend and luckily there was a mini doughnut maker on hand to keep us going. Seven dollars for a dozen mini doughnuts is a rip off if you ask this experienced deal-seeker, but as part of an enormous captive audience what were we gonna do? Buy a funnel cake? I don't think so.

Many choices of toppings---I chose maple of course and to be honest the rest of the toppings didn't really register. I should have taken a picture of the sign for you.  Any doughnut will taste better hot out of the fryer and these were no exception. The oil was soy: "0 Trans Fat 0 Cholesterol.."  They had a cool stainless steel dough squeezer/fryer/flipper combination.

Tiny bite-sized morsels of dough and maple goodness. I would have bought another dozen if only some lucky urban farmer would have thrown down $2000 for our chicken coop.

'Til next time--Happy Dough Lucky.

20 May, 2010

Gateway Croissant at The Crucible - San Francisco, CA

This fella brings in a dozen doughnuts to the Crucible every Wednesday night for his stone-carving class, and I happen to be working in the Studio every Wednesday night. Finally I decided to give these dough-doughs a proper review. They are always good! Check out the Yelp page for some interesting reviews of this doughnuts-and-more joint in the Tenderloin/Civic Center in San Francsico. Tell them you're going to a class at the Crucible and they just might give you a deal. I ate that cinnamon-raisin braid and it was crispy and flaky goodness through and through. Go get one!

14 May, 2010

Pepple's Donuts via Actual Cafe - Oakland, CA

Team Bloughnut stopped by the Actual Cafe Thursday morning to "energize" at their station as part of Bike-to-Work Day.  Damn the free coffee was good but I'm sorry, the Pepple's Donuts just taste stale to me.  I like my cake doughnuts to melt in my mouth.  Coconut cake and some kind of berry situation.  And we heard a rumor as to why they changed their name from People's to Pepple's...which makes me like them even less!


We will definitely stop by the Actual Cafe again but not for the doughnuts.  Next up is the Berkeley Donut Shop which is right around the corner from my new place in Oakland!!

Lee's Donuts - Vancouver B.C.

Team Bloughnut goes INTERNATIONAL today with a posting from beautiful Vancouver, courtesy of frequent Bloughnut critic Kelly Mc:

Lee's is a lovely oldetimey stand in the public market on Granville Island. Their coconut cream doughnuts are legendary: the homemade filling is fresh, creamy, and not overly sweet. Unfortunately, when we stopped by this morning we were too early for any filled doughnuts. I didn't catch the details of why, but it's something to keep in mind for early morning snacking. 

Instead, I ended up with this cinnamon number, a fluffy cake doughnut with a crispy outer layer, dipped in cinnamon sugar. Perfect for dunking in coffee while watching the European tourists watch the Japanese school kids watch the pigeons by False Creek.

Thanks to Kelly for the INTERNATIONAL review and the photos!

10 May, 2010

Red's Donuts - Monterey, CA

Mother's Day Love Fest in beautiful Monterey, California featuring one chocolate custard bar (mom's favorite), four maple bars, and two cinnamon rolls (heated, with butter).  So good!  Pictures can't even begin to describe it.

08 May, 2010

Red's Donuts - Monterey, CA

Here's frequent Bloughnut critic Graham M. enjoying a delicious Red's maple bar explosion at the tiny art show at my tiny cabin in San Francisco!

So good!

05 May, 2010

Dosa - San Francisco, CA

Team Bloughnut comes at you from left field today.  Before the Porchlight story telling series at the Kabuki last night a big heavily-Google'd group met at Dosa.  I won't bore you with all the details of our delicious dinner; you faithfully visit my blog for the desserts.  On the menu was "Gulab Jamoon: two soft, lightly-fried milk-dough balls served in a warm, cardamom flavored sugar syrup" ($5).

Certainly the most expensive doughnut this reviewer has ever sampled, it tasted pretty much as it sounded.  Google Matt #1 (of 2) said, "Whenever I get this I can't tell if it's cheese or dough."  He was only half-kidding.  For creativity I give it 3 stars, but for delivery I think I'll stick to my Red's maple bar, thank you very much.  Thanks to Chris for the gPhone pic.