dynamo donuts & coffee
i blame you, dynamo donuts. you're the reason why i wasn't as hungry as i should have been before i got to chez panisse. but it was worth it because you are so different. :)
dynamo donuts & coffee first caught my attention when i was watching food network's "the best thing i ever ate: with bacon" episode where chris cosentino can't get enough of this bacon-y treat. ryan and i were planning to try this place out back in february but it fell through.
as we were waiting..anxiously (anxious because i was afraid they were gonna be sold out of donuts), there were constant stream of people ordering their coffee and donuts at the shop front which was bright and cheery with green and yellow shades. most of them walked past through the shop, out to the back and we wondered why. ryan followed after them and found that there was an outdoor patio out back where they can enjoy the sun except it was kind of cold that day.
a lot of people say, everything is better with bacon. they've got it right! i am a bacon lover and when i heard about this maple glazed bacon apple donut ($3), i knew i need to somehow fit it into my food itinerary.
this airy, doughy donut glazed with maple and then topped it with salty bits of bacon. oh and they have pieces of apple baked into the donut itself. it was sweet, it was salty, it was doughy. basically, it was delicious. i love these balanced pairings of sweet and savory salty which is weird but that's what i think is special when it is done right. and they even have a play on the different textures. yummy love! :)
the other donut we shared was the apricot cardamom ($2). another glazed donut with bits of apricot in the dough itself. i personally wasn't as blown away by this, took a bite of two and focused on the bacon donut instead. it was alright in my book. same airy, doughiness with a subtle hint of cardamom.
some of the other donut selections available that day were open hand peanut buddy, bitter queen (grapefruit campari), cornmeal blueberry, vanilla bean and lemon thyme.
disclaimer this is written based on my personal experience and opinion. experiences and taste buds may vary for others