Thursday, April 22, 2010
Third and Fairfax
This isn't a local spot, It's nestled in the Farmers Market in Los Angeles, CA.
I was there last May. I only got one item but it was so delicious that I went back for the same item the next day.
60 cents will get you the freshest Doughnut you ever sank your teeth into.
I was drawn to the Beignet for it's simplicity.
If your not sure what a Beignet is, It's a fried piece of dough, with out the hole, sometimes filled. this one was not. and it was heavenly. Tasting doughnuts from the West Coast makes me wonder if Philadelphia isn't really a "Doughnut Town".
Not that Philly does not have good doughnuts, but they are far and few. That makes this experiment that much more of a challenge.
I give the one Beignet 4 stars **** for air, density, flavor,
and Bob's Doughnuts 4 Stars overall on price and freshness, and an awesome experience.
I aspire to find a doughnut on the East coast worthy of the same rating.
Monday, April 19, 2010
Philadelphia, PA 19148-3747
First off I would like to start off saying I learned a few lessons after my 1st round of doughnut tasting.
1. Get a picture of the bakery and the staff to add to the entry.
2. Only test the doughnuts in small tasting proportions, not full bites then powering through the entire doughnut after deciding which are most tasty, resulting in the feeling of wanting to toss my doughnuts afterward.
Frangelli's is located in deep South Philadelphia, on a corner property, I have had their strawberry shortcake and rum cake that they are so famous for, but never their little round pillows of dough.
I did a tasting of Glazed, Cream filled, Jelly Filled ,2 cake frosted and one sugar twist.
Based on a 4 star rating
Glazed : ** Good flavor batter, Clean lard flavor, A little dense, not as airy as I would have liked.
Cake/frosted * Nothing to write home about, lacked in moisture.
Jelly ** flavor and dough were nice, esp the filling, but the inside was a little undercooked, i got a mouthful of raw dough toward the center.
Cream filled* very heavy, very dense dough, and heavy cream, my least favorite.
Sugar*** The sugared twist was my favorite one of all. nice stretchy chewy dough, not overly sweet. Not over cooked or undercooked. I would definitely go back for this one.
Over all the batter's were good in flavor, the lard was clean, no filmy residue left on the roof of your mouth, like cheap low cost lards that are often overused. Density was fair, Air could have been lighter.
I give the over all experience 2 and a half stars.
If you have the time to stop by Frangelli's for a tasting of your own, I highly recommend it over a chain doughnut spot.
Friday, April 16, 2010
While waiting for Krispy Kreme to open in PA, Once again after closing all of their stores in the tri state area, I plan to do a doughnut tasting, Mostly in PA, NJ and where ever else my travels of dough take me.
I plan on testing at least 3 types of doughnuts from each vendor.
Cake, Glazed, and Filled.
I will be scoring these delectable delights on 5 categories,
Flavor of batter
Flavor of lard
And over all on a 4 star rating system.
Please recommend if you have a vendor/Bakery you would like me to test.