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Blue Star Donuts – Portland

Blue Star Donuts - Portland

Voodoo might make Portland’s most famous doughnuts, but Blue Star fries its finest!

Blue Star Donuts - Portland

As soon as we pulled ourselves out of bed on our first morning in Portland, my travelmates and I made a beeline for Micah & Katie Camden’s doughnut shop. Awash in natural light and staffed by friendly folks, Blue Star was every bit as splendid as I had been told.

Blue Star Donuts - Portland

The doughnuts here are made from scratch throughout the day using a classic French brioche recipe and well-sourced ingredients. Head pastry chef Stephanie Donlan brings together bread flour from Shepherds Grain, cage-free eggs from Stiebrs Farms, whole milk from Sunshine Dairy, and European-style butter from Larsen’s Creamery for her recipe. The fruits used in the fillings and glazes are organic, while the oil is made from rice.

Blue Star’s uncompromising craft, commitment, and care makes for some really, really amazing doughnuts.

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Mary’s Donuts – San Diego (Santee)

Mary's Donuts - Santee

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 Donuts - Santee

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.

Mary's Donuts - Santee

Even though I initiated the visit to Mary’s, both The Astronomer and Grandma were game! Everyone loves doughnuts.

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Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee – Costa Mesa

Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee - Costa Mesa

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.

Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee - Costa Mesa

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!

Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee - Costa Mesa

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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Lozzi Donuts & Coffee – Chengdu

Lozzi Donuts & Coffee - Chengdu

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 Donuts & Coffee - Chengdu

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.

Lozzi Donuts & Coffee - Chengdu

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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