mmm-yoso!!! is a blog. We (Kirk, Ed (from Yuma), Cathy and a few others) write about food, either directly or indirectly. Today, Kirk and Ed(from Yuma) are busy and Cathy is writing, directly.
If you follow this blog, you know The Mister and I drive North about once a month to see the progress and assist with the decoration of Rose Parade floats. We leave home at 5 a.m., drive North on the Interstate 5, get to Pasadena at 7 a.m., view (and document) the road tests and that part of the day is over before 9 a.m. We eventually drive home South on the 15, using various navigational routes to get there. We stop along the way there and home.
Just about one mile from the Pasadena Farmers market is a small donut shop named B.C. Donut. The only workers are the owners, a husband, his wife and their daughter. The place is open 24/7 and has a small walk up window, just like the 24/7 Taco Shop that shares the same parking lot. They have a lot of offerings: smoothies, sandwiches made on their fresh croissants and a good variety of donuts.
The apple fritter is what to order here ($1.50). Fluffy, usually still warm, apple chunks and swirls of cinnamon enrobed in a smooth soft glaze. It's the best we've ever had. There are no more words.
B.C. Donuts 2525 E. Foothill Boulevard Pasadena 91107 (626) 795-0012
Driving down Route 66, parallel to the 210 to get to the 15, you will pass many iconic (or iconic appearing) restaurants, coffee shops and...in Glendora, Donut Man. Apparently we have timed our visits correctly: this 24/7 donut shop has people lined up on the front porch, ordering at the window, even at midnight.
If you want to try the fresh strawberry donuts, you need to hurry; their last batch of fresh strawberries will be sliced and used on September 28 (this Saturday). Donut Man also makes fresh peach donuts, in August.
Here's a peek through the side window...
These glorious giant twists are "Tiger Tails"- almost one foot long, raised donut twisted with chocolate and glazed...enough to share.($1.70)
These apple and lemon filled donuts are made the same way the fresh stawberry (and peach) donuts are made...the dough is fried, topped (glaze or crumb or powdered sugar) then sliced and then filled.($1.70)
Ta Da! A full tray of the infamous strawberry donuts($3.50), also crullers (95¢)...
I've never tried the ones on the left, topped with fruit and cream; I don't know if they are filled, but probably they are. The cake donuts (90¢) are always good.
Here's what it looks like through the ordering window; organized chaos.
Our order. The strawberry donut (with complimentary fork)($3.50), a plain glazed cruller (90¢), chocolate topped old fashioned (95¢) and raised crumb (90¢) . The crumb was our least favorite; it was kind of dry. If there were nothing to compare it to, it would be just a good donut...The strawberry donut- it's just overflowing with fresh strawberries on a perfect raised glazed donut.
On the way North, taking the Red Hill Exit off the 5, it's a hop and skip to get to Cream Pan, which opens at 6 a.m. daily. The shelves are not quite full at 6:15 when we get there, but everything on them is *fresh* and usually still warm.
We always get a strawberry croissant ($1.40), a ham and cheese croissant ($2.50)-my favorite ham and cheese baked in bread confection, ever...and on this visit, The Mister wanted to try the pecan roll($3). At first, The Mister was shocked at the price...then we unfurled it (after the first bite of the crispy flaky crust)...
This confection is LINED with toasted pecans! Well worth the $3.
Cream Pan 602 El Camino Real Tustin, CA 92780 (714) 665-8239
Yes, none of these 'regular' stops of ours have websites...all have great, fresh, quality treats. Hope all of you are having a good week!