Daily Archives: July 23, 2011

Do You Know the Donut Man?

bakeries/cafes/dessert places - breakfast

I am proud to say that as of 10:55 this morning, I do.

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The Donut Man has been on my Los Angeles Bucket List for a while now. Jim Nakano’s creations have been featured on Huell Howser, Jonathan Gold’s 99 Things to Eat in L.A. Before You Die, and most recently, the L.A. Times. Unfortunately, it isn’t exactly around the corner from me.

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Enter Ngoc and Matty, who are just as crazy about donuts as I am! Abe doesn’t like them (I know, say WHAT?!?) plus he had to work. So our little trio drove the 40 minutes to Glendora without him.

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Sweet….

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…Jesus….

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…have mercy…

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It really was like church! We parked ourselves on the lawn next door with the other customers. Every few minutes you’d hear someone yell out, “Oh my God!”

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Ordered 5 things to split between the three of us, which cost about $10.

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First, the Tiger Tail, since it was the easiest to share

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This was, essentially, a very long glazed donut with chocolate (video recipe here). A solid start.

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Next, the strawberry donut, which he is famous for.

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All I have to say is – HALLELUJAH!!!! Every jelly donut I’ve previously had is now hanging its head in shame. Fresh fruit is where it’s at, and as you can see, there’s nothing canned or preserved here.

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A palate cleanser – Apple Fritter, still warm. Seriously mind-blowing perfection.

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We had some trouble figuring out which one to tackle next.

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Ngoc had the brilliant suggestion of saving the Chocolate Peanut Butter as our “dessert donut,” which almost made me pee my pants from laughing.

There’s no bathroom at The Donut Man, by the way. Nor are there any knives. We wound up passing these around, taking bites like we were in a drug circle.

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PEACHES!!! They just came in season, so if you’re reading this now get your ass there pronto!!! Raw and firm, the stone fruits added an unexpected bite to its gooey soft pillow. I can’t imagine how long it must take to peel all of them…

And finally, our “dessert donut”

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We were expecting it to be filled with MORE peanut butter frosting, but alas, there was none. Not that it needed it.

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That was a religious experience. Jim Nakano isn’t the Donut Man, he is the Donut GOD.

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Watermelon Cheeseburgers

dessert - dinner - recipe - sandwich - vegetarian

Yes, you read that title right.

Ever since we read the Bittman article about vegetarian BBQ options, Abe and I have been intrigued by this idea.

Sounds bonkers, but think about it – watermelon IS delicious grilled – straight up, or with honey and ice cream for dessert. It tastes great with feta. And what ISN’T delicious with bread?!?

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We cut the recipe in half to serve two; I acted as sous chef and helped myself to a few pieces while chopping:

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No onion in the house, so we used this instead. Brush on some olive oil, and the powder will stick right to the fruity flesh.

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Grill 5 minutes on each side

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Melted Jarlsberg Lite on top

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Of course, we needed a little nest for our “burgers” – luckily, I just received an outrageously generous delivery, courtesy of Silver Hills Sprouted Bakery:

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This Canadian product is now available in the States! In Los Angeles, you can find them at Whole Foods.

I chose two slices of The Big 16

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Abe had his on a Mack’s Flax Bagel

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The watermelon verdict?

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Definitely different.  But we both definitely liked it! The fruit loses its juiciness, mellows out in sweetness, and takes on a new texture – almost like a roasted bell pepper…

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…or a portobello mushroom?!? (The weirdest part about all of this was it actually SMELLED like portobello mushrooms!)

For dessert I dug into another recent sample – vegan chocolate chip cookies from reader, fellow actress, and now professional baker, Emily. Her online Etsy store will ship anywhere in the U.S., but if you live in Los Angeles you can pick your order up or have it delivered!

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I gave half the bag to Jasmin and Mariann yesterday, but saved a few for our own hen house:

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With frozen fruit and my daily cocoa:

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They’re very reminiscent of Soft Batch or Entenmann’s cookies, except 100% cruelty free! Plus 10% of all sales goes to Invisible Children.

Right before bed I noshed on an apple, but I was too lazy to snap a photo. Blame it on the watermelon’s psychedelic shroom powers.