Please help me!

Since the inception of this blog, I have had quite a few recommendations on what donut shops to check out. I'm so excited to get out there and see what donuts the world has to offer. If you have any shops I should check out, please email me with your suggestions and I'll try and check it out asap!


Rose Donuts – San Diego, CA

Overall Shop rating 4 ½ Nadas
Shoes and shoelaces go together as donuts with friends.

Vibe of Shop: 5 Nadas
It felt like home. The atmosphere was welcoming and familiar. It was vintage, yet clean. Full, yet not crowded. I liked the wooden swivel seats.

Outside Appearance: 4 ½ Nadas
Conveniently located on the roadside corner of a strip mall, the sign was simple and inviting, and the windows were tastefully painted with advertisements of items served in the store.

Hours: Not 24 Hours

Service: 5 Nadas
The older Asian woman was like a kind, friendly aunty. She had such a warm smile and could really push a donut sale.

Taste of Glaze Donut: 5 Nadas
Soft, fluffy, moist, and perfectly glazed. I couldn’t ask for more.

Blueberry Donut? No. ☹

Coffee: 3 Nadas
The coffee was just average. It wasn’t something I would use in the National Barista Competition, but it wasn’t bad either.
Note the massive chocolate donut on the bottom shelf!

Special: They served submarine sandwiches in this shop, which is located right across the parking lot from a submarine sandwich shop. I thought that was very bold and brave. They also served Orange Bang! Orange Bang is a must if you make it to the San Diego area. It is like having little orange fairies dancing on your tongue.

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Spelling: Donut vs. Doughnut

As this is the new year, I have decided that I would like to get in shape as a 2010 resolution. Arguably, donuts go directly against this endeavor so I would like to take the time to talk about a few interesting donut topics.

First topic: The Spelling of Donut vs. Doughnut

After extensive research on the Internet (of about 15 minutes) I found a few answers to the spelling question. Doughnut is the proper spelling and, of course, it makes sense because these morsels are made of dough. I believe that when this specialty found it's way to the USA in mid-1800's we as Americans simplified the spelling into the slang word, donut (which I personally like better, anyway).

In my research, today and previously, I looked into the origination of the "Donut, Doughnut, Oily Cake, etc." and I thought it was some very interesting information that I would like to share with you all. Instead of re-writing the whole story I posted the link and I copied the whole article below. Enjoy!


"Origin of the doughnut" from:

By Pam Uher

I was sitting at Starbucks this morning drinking my Mocha latte and biting into a moist chocolate glazed, calorie laden doughnut feeling my cholesterol rise when a light bulb question went off in my mind. Where did the doughnut originate? I wondered almost out loud who invented this tasty morning delight that every doctor tells us not to eat?

Like most food products, especially baked goods, there are many tales and trails that lead to various inventors and places of origination. The doughnut is no exception to that food fact. I will attempt to present the interesting history of the doughnut without eating too many, as I drink my coffee and munch, while relating the various accounts that cite the origin of the fried bakery dough all people love to splurge on when they think no one is looking.


It has been said that archaeologists have found petrified doughnuts at ancient dig sites in various parts of the world, but for the sake of historical veracity I will tell the history of the little fried dough bits starting from the point of recent historical verification (be that recent legends and facts).

Many historians give credit to a Dutch sailor named Captain Hanson Gregory (also known as Mason Crockett Hanson) who lived in New England, as being the inventor of the modern doughnut. Hanson's mother, Elizabeth was a fine baker and would make him "olykoek" ("oily cakes") to take on his sea journeys. The cakes she made did not have holes and the story goes that Hanson would impale the cakes on the ship's steering wheel, so he could eat as he navigated. "One story says that the sea captain invented the donut by impaling one of the cakes on the ship's steering wheel, to keep his hands free in a sudden storm, on June 22, 1847". Hanson liked the "oil cakes" better with a hole through the middle, because the center was always doughy gooey and didn't taste like the rest of the cake. From that point on the Dutchman had the ship's cook make the cakes with a hole cut out of the middle and the doughnut was born.

Another legendary twist to the Hanson story is that his mother Elizabeth made the "oil cakes" with fry dough and nuts, which she stuffed into the middle of the cakes. Hanson it is said hated the nuts and punched the center of the cakes out with his ship's steering wheel spindle. Thus the dough and nut cakes became known as doughnuts or fried cakes.

Another tradition says that bakers knew if the fried cakes had a hole cut in the middle of the cake it would cook faster. It was hard to get the fried cakes to cook evenly and the middle was always doughy and not firm like the rest of the cake. Necessity was the mother of invention and a hole was cut in the tasty greasy doughy breakfast cakes.

The Dutch tradition of frying leftover bread dough in hot oil (funnel cakes is an example) came to America with the immigrants. Doughnuts normally are round with a hole through the middle. Dutch fried pastry took on the name doughnut even though many of the food items were not circular like a wheel. Examples of these non circular fried cakes are twisted crullers and apple fritters. It is said by some this braided or twisted fried cake looked like a rope with knots and that is where the word "dough knots" began, later evolving into doughnuts.

In 1872, John Blondell took out the first patent for a doughnut cutter. A new food product industry was beginning to take shape.

During World War I, the doughnut became an American favorite. American soldiers fighting oversees were served doughnuts by the grateful French when liberation came. And according to "Donuts and the Salvation Army" - the Army takes credit for [helping] the popularity of donuts grow. This June is the 70th anniversary of Salvation Army 'Donut Day" in Chicago, established in 1938 to honor the work of the Salvation Army supporting the troops in World War I.

After World War I the fried cake doughnuts began to grow in popularity and a New Yorker named Adolph Levitt invented the doughnut maker machine. The doughnut industry boomed when the 1934 World's Fair in Chicago called the doughnut "the food hit of the Century Of Progress". Levitt was making twenty-five-million dollars annually selling his doughnut machines to bakeries across America in the 1930's.

And in 1948 William Rosenberg opened his first coffee and doughnut shop named the Open Kettle in Quincy, Massachusetts. He changed the name to Dunkin Donuts in 1950 and began opening franchises across the country.

The round little fried pastry took on a life of its own in America, unlike anywhere else in the world. Americans just love grease and fried foods and they must have their daily carbs! Starting in the 1950's many doughnut brands began to roll on to the market such as Krispy Kreme, Dolly Madison and many more. Now every strip mall in America has a donut shop and every Starbucks Coffee Store sells exotic varieties you can hardly resist.

The world has known these little breakfast treats as many not quite doughnuts;
Aebelskiver,the Danish doughnut look-alikes that have a slice of apple inside; Beignet, a French version of the doughnut; Berliners (or Bismarcks), German versions of doughnuts, usually filled with jelly; Kolaches, a Czech pastry with a filled middle and the Zeppole, an Italian style pastry doughnut.

All I know for sure about this tasty pastry is Americans seem unable to live without them and they taste better with a cup of coffee than a granola bar!

Guest Donut Critic, Travis Oberg on Menahga Bake Shop

Overall, 3 nadas

While in the north Minnesota woods me and Dad were waiting for Loren, who was getting bearings for his fishing boat trailer at the auto shop, and we decided to get a donut for breakfast. The local bakery is the place, Dad said, and already the locals had gathered for coffee and conversation.

We went inside the nondescript building, which outside advertised only "Bakery" to find a plethora people and donut goodies. Breads and the like were all staked in the back room, so i figure they must supply other places in town.

My favorite is the coffee sign taped to the coffee machine. Obviously there have been some messes made....or else they wouldn't need such a strongly worded reminder.

Glaze: 2 nadas
It simply was just o.k.

Coffee: 1 nada
Very bad. pretty much brown water, but at .40 cents. I'm not complaining.

Vibe: 5 nadas
The locals make it what it is. mostly farmers, and woodsman, hunters and other people carved out of wood. Really good chatter about all things local, the place was full.

Specialty item: no Blueberry donut but, they have amazing Finnish Cardamon flatbread. 4 nadas. tasty tasty!

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Freshh Donuts - San Luis Obispo, CA

Overall Shop rating: 2 Nadas

Freshh Donuts – San Luis Obispo, CA

College towns need certain businesses: taco bell, bars, tattoo shops, coffee shops, more bars, and of course, plenty of donut shops (I would also add sushi but college students tend to be poor). SLO is mainly a college town, but I would not call it a donut town, as Santa Cruz, CA could likely be dubbed. This is the second stop for me in SLO and I have yet to be impressed by a SLO donut establishment.

Vibe of Shop: 2 1/2 Nadas
It was a pretty classic donut lounge: tiled floors, pink d├ęcor, and tables.

Outside Appearance: 2 Nadas
There was nothing that drew my attention to this shop except that they spelled “Freshh” with 2 H’s. I think they should have gone all the way with that and spelled “Donuts” with 2 D’s. Or they could have spelled it like this: “Frrrrrrrreshh Donuts” and gone with a Tony the Tiger theme.

Hours: Not 24 hours… and that’s all that matters.

Service: 4 ½ Nadas
4 Nadas for being friendly, ½ Nada for being Asian.

Taste of Glaze Donut: 2 ½ Nadas
It was a donut, but not moist. Pretty fluffy, but kind of stale. I know that the age of the donut drastically affects my opinion of the taste, but I feel that some donut shops make donuts that hold taste longer than others. This one did not.

Blueberry Donut? No.

Coffee: 1 Nada
Dirty mud water add caffeine

Special: They had this donut called a tiger tie or something like that. I’m telling you, “Frrrrrrrresh Donuts…..” It could work. Roar.

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