Monday, October 17, 2016

When In Austin, Eat Doughnuts

Actually that's a motto that's good for any city. While I visited Austin for BlogHer Food 16, I did some sightseeing and sampled some of the delicious food that Austin is known for. One of my stops was at Voodoo Doughnuts on Sixth Street. The Austin branch is part of a legendary small chain of handmade doughnut shops that began in Portland, Oregon. I didn't know that I was visiting one of the iconic doughnut shops in America and stopped in because the signage drew me in. I had just had a nice, reasonably healthy lunch, but once I set foot inside I knew I would be trying a doughnut (or two). 
The woman who is the model for this painting does not eat a lot of Voodoo Doughnuts. 

I was very taken with the pink products, but since it was my first day in Austin restrained myself from going wild buying things. I was especially tempted by the cute mug.

Now on to the doughnuts. At the top of the display is the Voodoo Doll doughnut. It's filled with raspberry jelly, coated in chocolate and a pretzel is the stake. The doughnut directly below is called the Loop and pays homage to Fruit Loops. On the far right is the Voodoo Bubblegum Doughnut, adorned with bubblegum dust and garnished with a piece of bubblegum. For this doughnut fan, it was a difficult choice.  

Because my doughnut excursion followed lunch I wisely only chose one reasonably unadorned doughnut, the Lemon Chiffon. It is a French cruller with vanilla frosting, lemon dust and three mini marshmallows. I don't think it was the best choice I could have made. The cruller is a light doughnut and the very sweet vanilla frosting overwhelmed it. It was pretty, it was sweet and it was good. But was it iconic? Not so much. Was I disappointed? Yes. I eat doughnuts so rarely -- though I wish it could be more often -- and I hope my choices on those infrequent occasions will be more than good.

I'm back in New York and catching up on a million -- that's what it feels like, but probably no more than a dozen -- projects. I've got plans for a general post on BlogHerFood16, my visit to see "the bats under the bridge" and a Halloween giveaway for this week. I hope you'll stop by later this week for all of the fun.

I could be writing about autumn in New York, but the minute we get a day of autumn, summer returns. It was at least 80 today and that's the forecast for the next few days. I put away the last of my summer clothes when I got back from Austin and actually took one dress out today. I'm not longing for snow, but I'd be happy for actual seasonal weather soon.

As always, thanks for visiting and have a terrific Tuesday.


Kerin said...

Seems that you had a nice time on your trip, I'm so glad.

Boo, about the donut shop.
You know, we've been to a few places to eat that we're famous, and supposedly wonderful, and we found that most of them are more about the hype, and less about the wonderful food too.
Yep.... it's disappointing.
We now, proceed with caution ~~ LOL!

Have a great day.


I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

We are to have another 80 degree day here too. It's very usual to be this warm in October. I packed away my summer things and have been scrounging to find something cooler to wear. Happy Tuesday !

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Like you, I love doughnuts but eat them very seldom, What a disappointment to choose one that you did not care for. I know I would never pick the one with fruit loops but that chocolate covered one has my name on it.

Theresa said...

Summer has returned here too! I sure would like one of those doughnuts this morning with my coffee! They look delicious! Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

Barb said...

That pink mug was calling your name - you should have bought it instead of the donut. I thought you'd be into fall now in NYC - enjoy your lingering summer weather.

Mimi said...

Bubblegum dust. Lemon dust. I have never heard of such things. Fruit Loop donuts? Nope, never hear of that either. Are you sure you were still on this planet? Voodoo, indeed.

Paula Kaye said...

That is how it is in Kansas too. A bit of autumn and the return of summer. It was 100 degrees yesterday in Dodge City. That donut looks good! In fact they all do.

Annesphamily said...

I do love a French crueller occasionally. But I am not a fan of cereal and such adorning donuts. I will take a hot off the press Krispy Kreme glazed donut and always eat it to remember it was my mom's favorite. :-)

Susie said...

Buttercup...those are killer donuts. I know some kids who would really go for those. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Melinda said...

Wow! Wow! Wow!

M : )