When I lived in a large, windowless room at 2121 (N San Fernando Road), Donut Factory was a short walk away.
I would stop there most often when I got off the bus from work to grab a sandwich, but Sunday mornings were the best. Most of my roommates were sure to be hungover or gone, so I could hole up in my room and write with the door open.
To get an early start, I'd head over to Donut Factory with change collected from the weekend and get myself a sprinkle donut and a coffee, then talk to my dad on the way back to the building. If I didn't sit on the front stoop and eat my donut while talking to my dad, I'd wait to get inside and take bites between sentences.
(Notes about Donut Factory -- they have the best mural you'll ever see in a donut shop and their drive-thru window is 24 hours and at night, you don't need to have a car to go up to the window)
Kettle Glaze (First Trip)
(Looking back entry)
I remember when this photo was taken (on a disposable camera) because I was having a bad day and so was my friend, Sarah, who took the photo. We went to Kettle Glaze because she has Celiac's and I had heard through the grapevine that Kettle Glaze offered gluten free options.
I'm never opposed to making myself look dumb or ugly eat a donut, but all that jelly was about to bust out and we had so few napkins! Someone should really make a keychain with a wet wipe dispenser for big children like us.
What to do when a coworker brings donuts to the office and you want to eat them all?
Road Trip Up the 101 Leads to....
My friend Sandra just moved to LA and I was sick of being in the city, so we did some googling and found an all night diner out in Riverside....
So we went the other way because Ventura has led me to some great places in the past. Come to find out, the Channel of the Islands college has all the old abandoned buildings boarded up and security is beefed up... I forget sometimes when I'm outside LA that there isn't as much happening....
We ended up taking the freeway pretty far and got off at a dark shore. We literally went to water. I probably wouldn't have been so creeped out if Sandra hadn't been so amped up on how creepy and like a horror movie set up it looked like, so we opted to turn around when another car started heading towards us!
After finding our way out, we rationalized the car that seemingly came out of nowhere to follow us the whole way out of the area, then laughed at ourselves for acting like dweeby teenagers.
As the dust from the laughing settled, we decided it was time to go home... but we needed something for our whole drive out here, so I found the only 24 hour donut place around -- K D Village Donuts.
At night, only the window is open, so we rolled up and realized the donut shop used to be a house and the drive-thru window was five feet off the ground with a very old school, hand painted menu. The man working late didn't quite understand our donut requests, but he was also so entertained by us (I had pulled up so close to the building I couldn't open the door stand up to the window, so I had to kneel on the front seat and lean halfway out my window), he stuck two extra donuts in our bag.
We stopped off for gas and took a poorly lit selfie before heading back to reality.
California Donuts (and my great hair)
My temporary roommate, Tawni, and I are notorious for buggering off to get coffee in the morning... and for running into each other whilst retrieving a midnight snack...
So, I came home and was standing in my room, which is across the hall from her, and we commenced a Facebook chat where I asked if she was home and if she was down to get a snack. She responded that she was just looking up California Donuts and was about to text me the same thing. I laughed my stupid loud laugh and asked if she could hear me laughing from her room...
Anywho, in the uber ride, she showed me the greatest Yelp review I've ever seen of a donut establishment (honestly, it deserved an award) that wasn't wrong at all and didn't really compliment the donuts, but did draw us in.
In a nutshell, I will say my hair is on point in this photo, but I won't be returning to California Donuts -- it's an expensive, Instagram donut.... and that's it.
I'm going to be very disappointed if I don't receive this for my birthday.
.75 Handmade Donut
Every time I'm back in New York, I stop at Red's and Trudy's at least once.
The funny thing is, the woman, Dar, who has worked there since probably her high school days, always remembers me because she and my dad grew up together (v. small town), but she never remembers my mom when I show up without my dad.
Anywho, I love this place. It's simple, cash only, with menu prices adding up to less than $15 for two cokes, two burgers (loose meat and butter-salted bun!), and a thing of fries; not to mention the photo collages dating back decades. At Christmas, the decorations come out -- age-faded Santa and Frosty paper cutouts and garland.
My dad and I most always take a seat at the counter, we'll take a booth if we have to, but really we prefer the counter. In between orders, Dar will come up and talk to my dad about someone they both know or her son, she'll ask me how California is, and I'll take a photo of my burger for Instagram that my high school friends will reminisce with me about.
On our way out, this time, I decided "yes, I have room for a donut."
A whopping seventy five cents and it was more delicious than any donut I have had.
If I could get Red's and Trudy's out here, I wouldn't eat anywhere else.
There is nothing I can say about this donut, but I later had a fresh Dough's doughnut.... unicorns sprung from my eyes.
In all seriousness, I went Covert Coffee every morning I was in NYC. We won't talk about my first trip, but this was my second trip and I intended to make up for the disastrous first go.
I went in on New Year's Day with the intention of getting a bagel and coffee, but they sold out of bagels, so I was offered a doughnut. Sticking with the theme of cinnamon sugar doughnuts, I went for it.
It was amazing and delicious. The texture was perfect, not chewy, but not tough. And it was THICK! I ate this and felt ready for adventure to cross the Brooklyn Bridge.
The Wedding is in May....
On the phone with my mother:
Endless: I'm on my way to pick up Vicky to get donuts.
Mom: Donuts? Again?
Endless: Yeah, it's what I do.
Mom: You know that wedding is in May and you gotta fit into that bridesmaid dress.
I love sprinkles. Colorado makes this delicious sprinkle donut with vanilla frosting.
Recently I started working at the Music Center, again, so my hair had to change...
This donut was amazing, but I think in reality, I picked due to color envy.
I don't want to work at the Music Center forever, it's good for now, but I have to believe that this too shall pass.
I met my friend, Sarah, in film school ten years ago. She quickly became my editor and has since edited nearly every video/film project I've done.
This time we were working to finish up a music video I'd shot last summer, but instead of working off a tiny laptop screen at one of our abodes or in the editing room of film school.... we were working on the Fox lot.
It didn't matter that we were working on a music video no one would ever see any money for, the point was we had grown since film school. We communicate without words or with phrases like "smidgen" without confusion. We're older and wiser, I can call shots better and Sarah can wiz around the Avid with a few snips and voila! Magic.
My favorite thing about going on friend dates with Poni is there are no rules or guidelines and we rarely bring others (unless it's Kat, so we can have Trifecta dates).
What's even better than a friend date with Poni? A donut date.
When out with boys on donut dates, we get one donut and coffee and politely eat them in the car going to wherever it is we have business at.
Poni dates, though.... 3 donuts, an Arizona Ice Tea (if no Yerba), and a water.... each....
This was our first Colorado Donuts date.... we our cronuts there at a booth while a few patrons came in to buy lotto tickets and coffee. We got a few looks.... I mean, we are two adorable girls going to town on a pile of donuts....
We got back from from the Salton Sea (a very tumultuous trip I still want a "do-over" desert trip for) yesterday, the rain has mostly stopped, but my car is caked in desert mud and dust with camping gear still in the hatch.
Poni called to see if I could help her return their rental van and in return we could stop for donuts....
I wasn't paying attention when we stopped at this place, it was rainy, we were on the west side, and we were exhausted. I remember it had all the donut shop basics:
-ATM -Lotto tickets -Racks of donuts -Creepy man outside staring us through the window....
As always with Poni, we got multiple donuts. I got a chocolate frosted with sprinkles (my favorite!) and this gorgeously delicious orange cream that I have never found anything like since.
Come back orange cream! *blows dog whistle*
I came into a ukulele not too long ago and decided I'm going to teach myself how to pay it.
Being not a musician, I got a hold of Vicky Peeps who agreed to tune it on the conditions that we get a late night donut. I agreed on the condition we try a new spot.
SK Donuts.... You have so much of my love....
I Ugly Eat Donuts.
I devoured that first SK Donuts donut with pure lust.
As I get older, I'm starting to put myself together.
I still wear Converse and jelly sandals, blouses with ice cream cones and floral prints, but I'm starting to get my business plan together.
I do sometimes wish I had a booth at Musso & Frank's I could sit at to write my book, so when I'm dead people would go there to sit at that particular booth....
Instead, I have donut shops.
The Mustang Motel
Wednesday morning text
Poni: If you're off during the day on Friday, want to help me with an anniversary surprise for Matty? I want to get a room at the Mustang Motel. It's a hooker hotel with a heart shaped bathtub, but there's no phone number or place to make reservations so I need to get down there. I also need to hit the dollar store.
Endless: You had me at heart shaped tub.
Poni: Great! I need to do a bunch of errands, if you're down for that, I'd love to get donuts.
I just love these donuts. This one is from Kettle Glaze.
It's terrible. It's horrible. I'm such a snob.
But my donut adventures in Los Angeles have ruined Tim Horton's for me (except the coffee).
I will still get the Timbits and the donuts when I'm in town, it's one of the few places I have history with that's still standing, so how could I ever say no to a nostalgia trip?
Every now and then I look like a star at Kettle Glaze.
Vicky Peeps and I roll up and get rock star parking right out front, like right in front of the window. When I got out, I looked inside and saw Doug, my favorite donut-tender, staring back at me like the Joe Biden window meme. (If you've never been to Kettle Glaze and met Doug, he's tall, goofy, and looks kinda like Joe Biden)
I had immediately started laughing to myself as we walked to the door. Upon entering, a very clean woman in yoga pants and sunglasses came up to us and said with conviction, "Just so you know, he hates you guys, he just said it." and left.
I was still laughing, Vicky Peeps looked confused, and Doug looked worried and disappointed.
"No, she- ugh- Guys, you know I don't hate you. What happened was I saw you guys pull up and said 'ugh, these two, I hate these two.' then realized you guys couldn't hear me because you were outside, so I tried to explain to her that I really don't hate you guys, I just feel like we, the three of us, have that rapport where we can give each other sh*t."
"Absolutely!" Vicky Peeps agreed.
"Of course! I honestly saw your Joe Biden-upset look when I got out of the car, so none of this surprises me."
And then we got free coffee.
Rarely will I leave a bad review for anywhere, unless it was really bad.
See my review of VooDoo Donut on Yelp.... or read on....
List of why I tried VooDoo Donut:
-Donut -New -Apparent staple of Portland -People nagging me to try it
Lists of why I will not return to VooDoo Donut:
-Bad donut -Okay donut -Overprice -Out of the way -Long line -Employees hate their job -Employees treat me terrible -Better donuts, service, and experience closer to home
National Donut Day!
National Donut Day is upon us! Here is Poni and I ugly eating our SK Donuts after a 4 day sugar fast.
I'm eating the raspberry jelly donut I nearly finished before leaving the store and Poni had a raised, chocolate frosted with whipped cream and berries on top. The photo is by Vicky Peeps.
Side note: I would like to get life points for not scoffing at all the gym rats in line for Donut Day and calling them all amateurs.
So, Sandra and I share the same birthday, but she's going out of town, so even though I finally get to share the same birthday with a close friend... we don't get to celebrate together.....
So, she came to Echo Park the other night and after a drink at Little Joy, we decided to head over to Ms. Donut for a late night donut.
Now, I LOVE the man that works overnight at Ms. Donut; really, I just love Ms. Donut and their staff, but the overnight man is just great!
We showed up to stare through the front window at the donuts available, but saw it nearly empty with the man working in the back frosting a new batch.
With our decision made, we moved to the side window, giggling and staring at the man's handy work when he finally turned around and saw us. He just started to laugh so hard at the sight of our faces in his window, which made us laugh!
We asked him for the donuts he'd just made, so instead, he frosted two new ones and set them carefully on the bags for us.
The donuts were still warm and the frosting still gooey when we snapped this selfie with our birthday donuts.
Make a wish
I had a party to celebrate my birthday on June 17th and it went from great to sh*t show in a matter of hours.
So on my real birthday, June 19th, I woke up in the morning and decided I was going to take myself to lunch because, like donuts, I love lunch.
I threw an open invitation out on Facebook and, so, was accompanied by Ray and Chelsea to Astro's Doughnuts and Fried Chicken in DTLA.
It was so wonderful and magical! We ubered down and arrived to see these delicious donuts! We strategized and each picked a different flavor so we could try more -- Ray got the maple bacon (so good with the smoked flavor!), Chelsea picked the lemon-blueberry-thyme (subtle, but good), and I went for the cherry pie donut that had sparkles and glitter coming out our eyes.
We went to town on our fried chicken sandwiches on donut buns (get the old bay donut), then decided it was time to head back to Echo Park.
Before we left, it was decided I should get the birthday cake donut since there was no cake at my party.
When we got back to my house, I made us all lemon drops and Chelsea lit a tea light candle on the donut. She and Ray sang "happy birthday", I made a wish, and blew out the candle.
32 has been a magical birthday.
I left a Yelp review for Big Jim's Donuts. I highly do not recommend this place.
I walked on the verge of an anxiety attack, just looking to try a new place and grab a donut or two.
I was rushed and bought what I thought was strawberry sprinkle donut and a crueller that were both stale and turns out the strawberry was actually bubblegum....
It's the next day and I still feel sick even though I didn't finish them.... could be the anxiety though.
Reachin for It
Sometimes I do nice things like buy donuts for my Storytelling class... granted I just happened to have been in the area of Kettle Glaze and had the gut instinct Doug was there...
I had him pick out the six for me, but also pop in my favorite.... he picked the best sprinkle for me.
The bond between a donut lover and a donut tender is strong here.
I had a dream this morning I was driving across the country back to NY in my car, The Muffin Tin, with Poni and her boyfriend, Matt Teardrop, and a guy I went to film school with, Allesandro, but we were all taking separate cars and I was the last to leave.
I waved bye to Poni and Matt, then turned around to wash my hands in a big plastic, work sink that had piles of Cabbage Patch dolls in it.
I woke up as I was digging through the drowning dolls trying to find my favorite one.
This morning, I went to Winchell's for a donut and coffee, but decided on two since they make sprinkle donuts with chocolate donuts and a strawberry filled, which I rarely see these days. I got home and popped in The Royal Tenenbaums, taking a moment to reflect on my goals.... the conclusion I came to is I know the location I would like to open my bookstore at.