Go big, or go home

15 May

New York

This weekend, after spending the past two weeks digging myself out of boxes and cleaning products, I ventured out in to my beloved NYC and actually explored.

With my camera.

Ground-breaking, right?

However, it felt… Amazing. Like I was back in business. After a really lonely winter and struggle with the blues, I’d like to think that I’m waking up again, which, coincidentally, matches the coming of summer. I’m not gonna sugarcoat things; the past few months have been rough. Real rough. I lose all enthusiasm for school and dealt with a copious amount of stress and dissatisfaction at work. Ask any of my friends and I was one negative nancy.


But, this weekend I felt like the old Amanda, er the new Amanda… The more lively Amanda, I guess.

What better way to celebrate the gorgeous weekend than a little excursion to get monster donuts. Donuts that have a loyal (albeit cultish) following. My friends and I made the trek to the Doughnut Plant, a Lower East Side doughnut shop that has a damn good reputation for delivering fatty, sweet doughnuts. The line was long, but not as bad as expected for a Saturday morning. However, I should warn you that the shop is teeny tiny. One man working the register, and at least a dozen customers excited to nosh their brains out.

While I love a good cake donut, this time I was all about the yeast kind. They had a range of flavors including Vanilla Bean, Coconut Cream, Valhrona Chocolate, Cashew, Fresh Mango, Creme Brulee, and so many more. Resisting the urge to get them all, I settled on a true winner: the Peanut Butter-glazed doughnut with Blackberry jam filling.


Oh. my. god.

It was heavenly. No, seriously. I heard angels sing. The salty crunchy peanut butter glaze combined with the sweet blackberry jam was exactly what I wanted. Not to mention, the actual monster-sized donut was pretty stellar. Soft, with a fried outside, but moist inside. It is sad to see a donut fall flat and thankfully, the Doughnut Plant’s did the exact opposite.

Next time, I plan on trying the fresh mango flavor because I just can’t imagine what mango + donut actually tastes like.

Till then, I will dream about the epic donut I had.


10 Responses to “Go big, or go home”

  1. ellen May 15, 2011 at 12:26 pm #

    oh my yum! one look at that donut, and i think i just flew to heaven- wow. that probably smelled amazing and it looks GREAT. and with that coffee? girl, i’m jealous!! i hope you are feeling better because this donut surely would top it off! nomnom

  2. Andrea ~ From the Bookshelf May 15, 2011 at 1:23 pm #

    Welcome to New York!!

  3. Maddie May 15, 2011 at 1:47 pm #

    Traveling, or exploring your own city, is most fun when you plan around restaurant pit stops. This totally makes me want to come to NYC for some amazing breakfast!

  4. joy May 16, 2011 at 2:42 am #

    I found your blog via Food News Journal. Welcome to NY! One of the great things about the city is discovering the little, out-of-the-way places that are special. Yes, the Doughnut Plant (and its creme brulee doughnut) is one of them. Also nearby is the Tenement Museum at 108 Orchard Street, another small place that packs a punch. For an enchanting early morning adventure, I recommend the Hua Mei Bird Garden, at Sara Delano Roosevelt Park (Delancey St, between Chrystie and Forsyth Sts); it’s a magical gathering of bird lovers; a great place to sit, listen and enjoy a doughnut.

  5. Run Fast Travel Slow May 17, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

    I’ve never been much of a donut fan, but that’s a gorgeous donut! I’d love to try the Vanilla Bean.

  6. Diane May 17, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

    Oh Amanda you make me want to hop on a plane and come to NYC! I haven’t been there in so long. This is my first time visiting your blog and I think it is very cool. Your writing style and photos rock! I’ll be back!

  7. Nastassia (Let Me Eat Cake) May 17, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

    love! i’m going to try that flavor next time! the lower eastside shop is so tiny, kinda prefer the chelsea one since you can sit and enjoy the doughnuts!

  8. Molly May 18, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    a mango-flavored donut? yum. let us know how that one tastes!

  9. viv @ vivre May 20, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    i totally know how you feel! i had officially started by blog in winter, but it just wasn’t happening. now that spring and summer have come around i feel more alive and ready to take on the world! i really enjoyed your blog and just suscribed. :)

  10. whitneyinchicago May 27, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

    I LOVED the Doughnut Plant. HOlygoodnessyum.

    I think I tried the same flavor.


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