Saturday, April 17, 2010

Donut Paradise

Today is a donut day. I try not to consume them very often, but after three days back at work, I am exhausted and Larry sensed I need a treat. So breakfast is donuts and a big glass of milk to counter the sugar. Of course, a cup of coffe as well. BTW, I did not eat all those donuts in the photo.

I was raised on donuts. Mostly those miniature white powdery ones in the box at the grocery store. Not so appealing now. Must be a childhood association - I have a lot of bad food memories. Now Dunkin' Donuts is the gold standard. When I was in college, I worked a full-time second shift job at a nursing home. Every night after work we stopped at Dunkin' Donuts for three donuts and a glass of milk to reward ourselves for surviving the night. I gained twenty pounds in three months. It is no doubt, an addiction. Recently I met someone who lives in Rhode Island with a similar problem. There are seven Dunkin' Donuts within walking distance of his office. Two in his building. This could be heaven or this could be hell......

For a while, I worked at a small device company where I was the only Regulatory person on staff. Often as many as three teams would need me for a meeting at the same time. One sharp young engineer discovered my addiction. He would come by my office with the big pink box and wave it under my nose saying, "I've got the donuts..." and he knew his team would get my attention. They kept a good secret and the others never did figure it out.

Have you seen the TV show Donut Paradise? I think it is on the Food Network. A fun show about distinctive donut shops across the country. On a trip to LA, we decided to try out Randy's Donuts from the show. It is a local icon near LAX. We got in line on Sunday morning (no sign of Hank Moody) and selected 16 different kinds of donuts and gallon of milk for a taste test with Matt and Elyse. Overall, I was disappointed. I'm a donut purist. No frosting, sprinkles or peanuts on top for me. No jelly or cream or anything gooey on the inside. Just give me a cake donut that is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside - buttermilk, for example. Or DD makes a great blueberry cake. Or a glazed donut that is not too sweet with a fluffy, melt-in-your mouth interior. Alas, we have no Dunkin Donuts here. That's probably a good thing. But we've found a passable substitute in the Donut Wheel. It has served us well for over 20 years.

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