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Doughnuts 2014

brooklyn doughnuts

photo from Dough

I grew up a doughnut fan. My grandfather favored the Doughnut Inn, a southern Connecticut chain of three stores with phenomenal coffee and a yellow and brown logo, unchanged since 1977, that makes my heart quiver with nostalgia. It was coffee for him and a doughnut for me – glazed. My parents always favored Dunkin’ Donuts, the national brand that was New England-only when I was a kid, and we would sometimes get doughnuts there after church. And, of course, there were apple cider doughnuts every time we got pumpkins in the fall.

They are having a revival of sorts, and I’m pretty excited about this. One of my New Years resolutions was to eat more high quality doughnuts, so Lara sent me this fun slide show of amazing doughnuts from around the United States, and there are three places here in New York that I’m going to try (Voodoo Doughnut in Portland has been on my Life List forever). My friends are awesomely supportive.

I’m going on a doughnut tour all year. (I also found this list of the 10 best doughnuts in New York City that I’m going to pull from.) If you follow me on Twitter, I’ll post where I’m going and when (it will likely be a Saturday or a Sunday morning), should you want to join me for some deep-fried, sugar-glazed awesomeness.

This is going to be fun.


  1. Bailie @ The Hemborg Wife

    January 30, 2014 at 4:49 am

    I was so excited to introduce doughnuts to Fredrik when we moved to California and on lazy Sundays now I am quite often bemoaning the fact that Sweden does not have cheap doughnut shops like I frequented as a kid.

  2. Kathryn

    January 30, 2014 at 9:40 am

    I’m not on twitter anymore, but I love doughnuts and if you ever need company, just email me! There are few places I won’t go for a doughnut. Are you planning on going to Mike’s in Bay Ridge? They’re on my donut bucket list.

  3. Laura

    January 30, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    I can personally vouch for Union Square Donuts (from the slideshow of US donuts) – maple bacon & brown butter hazelnut crunch are fantastic. I live about a ten minute walk from there, and it’s painfully hard not to go every weekend =)

  4. Johanna

    January 31, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Fun story.
    In 2012, when I was training for the marathon-that-wasn’t, I was looking for a way to motivate myself for a 5-mile training run on a hot August day. After a little Google-fu, I realized that Dough is exactly 2.5 miles from my house.
    Yes. Yes, I did run to Dough, eat a doughnut (cafe au lait) and run home. Because I’m awesome. So… if you ever go to Dough, I’m in. Maybe I’ll even bring my running shoes. Or we could ride our bikes!

  5. jerilyn

    February 5, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Ooh! I think I may be in NYC the 1st weekend of April – if we can sync schedules, I will definitely go for some donuts with you!

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