24 Hours of Donuts
LACMA had a new exhibit up that involved a 24-hour-long movie. To keep attendees fed, they had twelve different noted local donut shops each serve free donuts for 2 hour periods during the movie. One could attend the exhibit or go to each donut shop during their assigned hours for free donuts.
We weren't that crazy-- not to stay up for 24 hours to try all the free donuts, nor to drive the miles and miles to every donut shop (some of which were damned far away, such as La Puente and Glendora). Instead we hit six of them, and happily paid for our donuts in exchange for being able to eat them at a reasonable hour!
fonuts was first on the list. Their lemon (vegan/gluten free) cake donut is a bit rich and a tad grainy (since it's vegan/gluten free), but they are most famous for their strawberry buttermilk, which is rich just short of decadence-- which is a good thing, because you feel compelled to eat the whole thing and wish you had more!
Bob's Donuts and Coffee inside The Grove was next. Their cake donut was just a cake donut (not a fan of cake donuts to start with), but the apple fritter had thick enough layers of deep fried apple to be a slightly carmelized apple-y piece of awesome. S.K's was next; they were out of their special, the chocolate/glazed twist was good but perhaps too sweet. Will have to try a more normal glazed (or chocolate, not both!) donut the next time.
UMAMIcatessen was next; their beignets were good. Bittersweet chocolate dip was nice, the coffee dip underneath was a bit strong. Tres leches cinnamon cake donut was served too cold; the cinnamon cake was good, not sure the tres leches added anything.
Nickel Diner was out of donuts this far into the evening, but their ding dong was excellent; essentially a high-quality ding dong (an oxymoron, I know!). The last stop of the night was Randy's Donuts, the iconic place by LAX. They were out of french cruellers, and their apple fritter was pretty ordinary.
Several hours later (after the donuts digested), off to Chabuya for their kara kara ramen. Had to load it up with extra chili oil and spice to burn off the donuts, and the ramen seemed to be a little different than normal this time. I liked the change, Matt didn't care for it as much.