Donut Bar

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Mandatory stop on any trip for me, is a donut (doughnut, potay-to/potah-to) shop. So, when I was in San Diego, I went downtown to visit the Insta-famous Donut Bar.

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Ok, so, I went on Sunday morning. Whoops. It was also Easter. Double whoops. Not that that’s a bad thing, but, the line was definitely in place. But, it’s the only day I could make it there, so, I sucked it up and realized that some of the donuts I’ve been seeing pictures of, might not be available, and sold out. I was right. However, there were still some beautiful looking donuts there, ready for me to take them and shove them in my face. 

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First, I got The Homer, because, I mean, look at it. It’s huge and bright, and pretty, and just makes you happy and think of Homer Simpson. If you’re into simpler sweets flavors, this one has your name all DOH!-ver it (wink). The dough has a perfect balance of denseness, but still light and doughy. How do you achieve that? Magic? Unicorn poo? Fairy dust? I don’t know, but I’ll let Donut Bar handle those logistics. Although the icing glaze was pink, it’s sweet and deliciousness was done with a neutral sugary flavor. I’m just glad it wasn’t that artificial strawberry flavor that some other places do. 

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Then, I also got their Mexican Hot Chocolate. I really enjoyed this one. You have the same yeast dough, but this one topped with a rich, chocolate glaze, sprinkled with some pepper for a touch of heat. 

The Shorts:
Name: Donut Bar
Location: 631 B Street, San Diego
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Definitely. But, next time, I’ll get there on a weekday, and on the earlier side. I’ve got a lot more flavors to tackle.
Would I recommend it? For sure. These donuts are large and in charge, just the way I like them. Definitely plan to go close to when the open at 8am so you’ll get first dibs at all the flavors, because they will sell out. 

BESFREN

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Pastries. I love em. Like, a lot. I’ve tried them from lots of different countries and cultures. However, when it comes to Korean pastries, I really can’t say that I’ve had any. Korean savory food, of course, yes, and, I love it, but was unfamiliar with the Korean world of pastry. So, I needed to check out BESFREN in K-Town, NYC

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Along with their own in-house made classic Korean pastries, with a modern twist, you’ll find some classic pastry items like chocolate chip cookies, and items from local vendors.

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Now, these guys have been getting a lot of Insta-love for their Triple Chocolate Cookie, so, I had to see what all the hype was about. First off, it’s large and in charge, pretty much the only way I like my cookies. There are three variations of chocolate chunks, hence, the triple part. Now, the cookie is super delicious, but, I wouldn’t go so far to say it’s anything ground breaking, it tastes like a good chocolate chip cookie. What they got really right is the great consistency, the edges are slightly crisp, the center is soft and chewy, and the chocolate chunks are rich and melty. So, while it’s not the most unique thing there, for it’s size, at only $2.50, it’s certainly worth getting. 

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Then, I went with something more unique to the shop, I got their Jasmine Green Tea Roll Cake. Visually, it’s really pretty and definitely photogenic (because, in this age, if you didn’t take a picture of it, it never happened). The cake is super moist (terrible word) and somewhat spongy, with a light green tea flavor. The center is where you’ll get a much more rich and strong green tea flavor, with the consistency of a buttercream. All together, it’s lovely and delicious, and has a feeling of decadence, yet still light enough so that you can scarf down that mega cookie. 

The Shorts:
Name: BESFREN
Location: 315 5th Avenue, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes. It’s a great little spot to grab a coffee and pastry, with a hand full of cafe tables along floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Sweet treats and a view.
Would I recommend it? Yes. The items and flavors are unique, yet still very accessible, so it’s definitely worth a try.