Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Hertz Donut

I was thrilled to be asked to be a 'celebrity judge' at the Blogging L.A. Donut Summit 2011!

What qualifies me to judge donuts? I eat A LOT of donuts. Or at least I thought I did. Until I saw 40 dozen staring back at me...
Los Angeles donut fans brought a dozen from their fave local donut shops. This is the greatest idea ever - because L.A. is so big, there's no possible way you can drive out to all of these places to try so many donuts. So here they all were in one place, in pretty pink and white boxes, stacked, prepped and ready to be devoured.
I met my fellow judges, Shelley (The Fry Girl) and Billy (the 99 Cent Chef). Armed with clipboards and iced coffee, we were off! I attacked the donuts with a plan, by going down the 'Donut Categories' list and trying to identify the winners in my book. Best glazed, best filling, most roundest.
I gave my best effort and found some really unique and lovely donuts I never knew existed. Did you know Philippes makes donuts? Yes - the sandwich shop! And they were lovely, beautifully round (design is important to me), not greasy, the perfect sweet bite. A wonderful cake donut that I plan to buy all the time from now on.
My other favorite was The Donut Man's peach donut. He's the king around these parts but I've never been able to venture alllll the way out to Glendora, from the Westside, that's quite a haul.

Luckily someone brought them in and WOW, truly amazing. I didn't think I was huge fruit + donut fan, but the freshness of the peaches won me over and now I will definitely be making the drive, especially for his most famous 'Strawberry Donuts.'
So what was the one that stood out? The one that I still wanted to go back to even though I'd just eaten my way through a year's supply of donuts? Stan the man. Stans' Donuts in Westwood makes a peanut butter filled (!) chocolate covered donut. It's not as sweet as you'd think and the balance is damn near perfect.

Stan's chocolate peanut butter filled donut was the clear judges choice - all three of us agreed!
Judging a donut contest was a whole lot of fun! Perhaps it was the three cups of Intelligentsia iced coffee talking, but at the end of it all, after trying 40 dozen donuts, I STILL wanted to eat donuts. That is TRUE donut love.

Here's a complete list of winners, thanks Blogging L.A.!

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Blogger Sizzle said...

Peanut Butter + Chocolate = Best Flavor Combo EVER

Wednesday, August 03, 2011 7:58:00 AM  
Blogger The 99 Cent Chef said...

hi Jenn, it was a delicious honor to judge with you! Here's my youtube video of Donut Summit 2:

Wednesday, August 03, 2011 12:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Woodsy said...

Patty just brought 4 dozen to the office by mistake (she only asked for 2) and we thought that was bad!!!! 40- that's alot of donuts!!!!!! You do some of the coolest things!!!!

Friday, August 05, 2011 9:19:00 AM  
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