Dentists and doughnuts don’t usually go together, but the two collided on a recent Saturday morning thanks to Grandma. When she needed a lift to a dental appointment in Santee to fix a pesky chip, The Astronomer and I happily obliged, knowing that a visit to Mary’s Donuts afterward was definitely in the cards.
Mary’s 24-hour doughnut operation has been around since 1985. This spot came recommended to me by my aunt Nancy; she and my uncle have been heading here for post-temple sugar highs for years. Recently, fellow blogger Ila confirmed its worthiness.
Even though I initiated the visit to Mary’s, both The Astronomer and Grandma were game! Everyone loves doughnuts.
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The Astronomer and I crossed county lines for a taste of Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee, and boy was the trek worth it.
Located in a “nice” strip mall in Costa Mesa, Sidecar has been wowing Orange County residents with their yeast-raised, cake, and buttermilk old-fashioned doughnuts since debuting just a year ago.
The shop is a collaborative effort between Chef Brooke Des Prez, Sumter Pendergrast (an artist and clothing designer), and Chi-lin Pendergrast (a photographer). It’s no wonder that the space and design elements here are as impressive as the doughnuts!
Our friend and O.C. resident Kat showed us the ropes on our inaugural visit; lucky girl lives down the street.
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Doughnuts have a way of finding me, even when I’m in China.
While strolling along the wide boulevards of Chengdu, walking from one restaurant to the next, no doubt, The Astronomer and I stumbled upon Lozzi Donuts & Coffee. Even though I knew in my gut that these deep-fried wares weren’t worth my precious stomach real estate, curiosity got the best of me and in we went.
Lozzi’s brightly-lit and cutely appointed shop had me feeling hopeful about the doughnuts on offer. Each of the nearly three dozen varieties boasted awesome toppings and even more awesome names. “Banana James,” anyone? How ’bout “Fundy Talk”?
I was particularly intrigued by the savory doughnuts, “Spicy Fitness” and ”Mwat Fitness,” which were garnished with pork floss, but The Astronomer gave me a disapproving look and steered me in a different direction.
After much hemming, hawing, and perusing, I finally settled on two doughnuts that were presented in a neat box featuring Lady Liberty and a gramophone.
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You won’t find decadent French toast or overstuffed omelettes on the brunch menu at Echo Park’s Cortez, but what you will find, inspired Mediterranean fare, is quite possibly even better.
Marta Teegan, the owner of nearby green grocer Cookbook, opened Cortez after years of hearing from neighbors and customers that she really ought to have a restaurant. In the spirit of Cookbook, Cortez serves locally grown organic produce, sustainable seafood, and pasture-raised meats. The room is as simple and comfortable as they come.
My brunch-mate Kat and I sipped cava mimosas ($11) to start, a bubbly, zippy reward for enduring the horrendous traffic to get there.
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