Gazing at the moon, sipping tea, and gorging on moon cakes. My kind of holiday.
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There are quite a few bakeries in L.A.
ripping off trying their hand at recreating Dominique Ansel‘s croissant-doughnut hybrid. I procured my crauxnut (faux Cronut™) at ConfeXion, a neighborhood spot specializing in cupcakes.
ConfeXion is owned by aunt and nephew team Vandy Altounian and Anthony Valerio. Prior to introducing the Southland to their “Brioughnut,” the duo scored big on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars.
The tiny shop, which is located on the fringes of Old Pasadena, makes three different types of Brioughnuts every Saturday and Sunday. With my friend Nastassia and her boyfriend in tow, we snagged one of each. They were priced at $5 a pop.
The most successful of the trio was the “Salted Caramel.” The Brioughnut’s sweet and salty flourishes—caramelized pastry cream, caramel syrup, and flecks of fleur de sel—paired extraordinarily with the layers of flaky, buttery dough.
I can’t say if this interpretation was anything like the original Cronut™, but it was really delicious.
Randy’s Donuts is famous for the gargantuan, doughnut-shaped sign perched atop its building on the corner of Manchester and La Cienega Boulevards in Inglewood. Designed by Henry J. Goodwin, the shop was originally part of the now-defunct Big Donut Drive-In chain.
For the past four decades, brothers Larry and Ron Weintraub have owned the 24-hour drive-through operation, maintaining the iconic signage with each passing year.
The shop offers deep-fried classics like old fashions, twists, and jelly-filled, as well as “Fancies” like apple fritters and bear claws. All are reasonably priced in the neighborhood of one dollar a piece.
For my inaugural trip to Randy’s, I brought along my friend Nastassia. Her passion for doughnuts rivals mine, so it was fitting that we visit this Los Angeles landmark together.
Donut Bar, San Diego’s first and only gourmet doughnut shop, has been on my to-eat list since it debuted this past March. However, pulling myself out of bed on a Saturday morning early enough to grab these highly coveted wares has thus far proved to be impossible.
Recently though, the shop added Sunday hours, which fortunately suits The Astronomer, me, and our dedication to nine hours of snoozin’ much better.
Owned and operated by Santiago Campa and Wendy Bartels in downtown San Diego, Donut Bar is open on weekdays from 7 AM until sold out, and on weekends from 8 AM until sold out. The Bar’s first floor is dedicated to doughnuts, while the second floor lounge is for lingering and waffles.
The shop’s ever-changing offerings are posted out front daily, as well as on Instagram (if you swing that way).