My friend who was formerly an exchange student in my home when I was in elementary school was getting married. She came all the way from Japan to get married in a beautiful chapel overlooking the ocean. It was such a delight to be able to go to her wedding and spend time with her family.
Our trip was quick! My family left Sunday morning and came back Tuesday afternoon. There was only one day where we weren’t at our house in Spokane, so it felt like a whirlwind. We packed a lot into those short 54 hours like driving over to Pomona for the LA County Fair (see the picture of my cotton candy ice cream sandwich below), driving down to San Clemente to visit with some of our oldest friends, spending a morning at the beach, and of course going to multiple donut shops!
Donuts are a big deal in my family. One year for my mother’s birthday, we had a donut taste test. We went to five different donut shops in Spokane to find our favorite. We began at seven in the morning to make sure we got to the shops early enough for their freshest donuts. It started out that each of us got one donut. Well, by shop number two we were already feeling pretty sick. At the next shops we only ordered one donut and split it because we were so sugared out! It is pretty common for us to eat donuts on vacation as well.
One of my favorite things about going on a trip is finding donut shops or bakeries that I have never been to before. Donuts are one of the things in life that make me incredibly happy. How can you be upset when you’re eating a donut? I even told my family that the way to my heart is with donuts. (Listen up, guys!)
The particular area of LA we were staying in did not have any of the top ten donut shops found on this list, but it did have some hole in the wall places. We stopped at S K Donuts in Redondo Beach where I ate my all time favorite donut-a sprinkle donut with pink glaze. I hate almost everything pink except for when it comes to sprinkle donuts. Pink glaze is the way to go. This particular donut was not as great as my hometown donut shop’s version, but it was delightful nonetheless.
As we were driving around town we made our way up to Manhattan Beach where I spotted a Blue Star Donuts! I first went to a Blue Star Donuts in Portland, OR and had one of the best donuts I had ever had, so I knew we had to go on this trip. The following morning, on our way to the airport we stopped in, and I got a lemon poppy seed buttermilk donut that was to die for. A perfect balance of sweet and sour! Unfortunately, I ate it before I could get a photo.
Since being home from LA, I have been craving another lemon poppy seed buttermilk donut. Since I can’t just run over to Blue Star Donuts, I instead made lemon poppy seed loaf bread that I thought would satiate my craving. Because in my mind I was wishing it was actually a donut, I was not too happy with the result. Donuts are truly a thing of their own, so I’ll just have to wait for my next trip to Portland or LA to get that perfect donut.