National Donut Day 2013

Well, it's "National Donut Day" here in the US of A and the Ocean in Santa Cruz decided to celebrate with big waves for all the surfers.
For me and my wife, surfing and donuts are heavily entwined. There's no comfort equal to eating a fluffy morsel of fried glazed dough after a couple hours of getting destroyed by mother nature. So, nearly every time after surfing in Santa Cruz, Jenn and I head on over to Dunlap's Donuts on the corner of Portola Dr. and 38th Ave and visit Marney (the cambodia lady who runs the place) to replenish all the calories we just burned off... and some.

Jenn's Fave: Cinnamon Twist
Dave's Fave: Glazed Blueberry Cake (and sometimes maple bar or glazed bear claw)


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How donuts found their foothold in America?

Happy National Donut Day!!!

On this National Donut Day, I want to wish you the happiest, richest glazed, fluffy and moist, most wonderful donut day ever! May every bite be a nugget from heaven and may the flavors be like 17 Justin Biebers dancing on your tastbuds.

Go support a local shop!

Is this a dream come true, or what?!


Maybe I should invest some time into this concept and create a donut that's actually healthy for us. We'll see....
I'm sorry for such a long silence. I've been very busy surfing, searching for donut shops, and playing music. New blog coming soon!

Until then, chew on this picture that my friend sent me. :)

Good Day Donuts – Mission Hills, CA

3 ¾ Nadas

There are two approaches to business that I commonly see. The first is: choose a product and make it the best it can be. Let your business be known for the quality and superiority of that one product and push it hard… real hard.


The second way to do business is more of a “fish net” tactic. Throw a broad net and catch whatever you can.


Good Day Donuts surprised me. They were a café, ice cream shop, mini mart, and donut shop all wrapped into one. And the best part is…. They were great at it all, especially the donuts!




Vibe of Shop: 2 ½ Nadas

There was good seating, but it was a little crowded. This is understandable, since it is also a mini mart. Surprisingly they stayed true to the donut, making good use of donut pink in the décor.

Outside Appearance: 3 Nadas

Nestled in a respectable strip mall it felt donut worthy though there was no outdoor seating.

Hours: 4:30am – 8:00pm


Service: The lady was a bit eggy and cold, but the milk was warm.


Taste of Glaze Donut: 4 ½ Nadas

This is the one redeeming factor that takes this place to the next level. Super moist and fluffy, the glaze was almost perfect but just a little too heavy. The taste of the donut was sweet but not overbearing.


Blueberry Donut? No.


Coffee: 2 Nadas

Watered down and tastes like Los Angeles river water with sediment.


Special: This place was a mini mart so one could buy anything from lotto tickets, to hats and sunglasses, to beer and smoothies, and even full hot meals. One could survive for weeks locked up in this place, though the donuts would most likely go stale pretty quick.

PS. The custard filled chocolate donut was AMAZING!!!



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Do something nice for someone today.

Today, as I looked through old photos on my computer I was reminded of a good friend who understood my affinity for donuts and wanted to do a kind thing for me. I was in Mexicali for the week with a youth group from Sacramento and we were there to serve a few churches in Mexico. We were staying at a large church that used to be bustling with people, but after a series of bad events it is now a small group of devoted followers of Jesus, trying to keep the church alive. My friend, Julio, is a young college student who leads the music there. He is a very talented musician with a huge heart.

Every time I head to Mexico or other "3rd world" countries I am reminded how fortunate we are here in California. I take for granted how easy it is for me to get clean drinking water, or how convenient it is to get food where ever and when ever I want. If I'm hungry at 1:00am all I have to do is jump in my car, head to Taco Bell, swipe a small piece of plastic, and fill my mouth with food I didn't really need.On that pleasant Mexican afternoon, Julio showed up with a smirk on his face, box of local donuts in hand and asked me how these donuts rated. I was blown away that he would share what little he has with me, only to bring a smile to my face.

Now, today, I am sitting here remembering how great it was to receive a small, thoughtful gift from a friend. I want to challenge you to go do something nice for someone today. It doesn't have to be big. Maybe it's just buying them a donut and giving a compliment. Whatever it is, you may make their day... and yours.PS. The Mexican donuts were tasty, but don't drink the water ;-)
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