The Verdict: Donuts are the New Cupcakes

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SO – Donuts are everywhere. Really donuts are all over the blog-o-sphere, all over Instagram, Facebook, everywhere! They are invading the Internet more than Kim Kardashian’s booty – which means they are truly all over the place.

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Moving on. I would be much happier if donuts “break the internet” rather than Kim Kardashian’s magazine cover.

Donuts are all the rage right now. I think I made that point clear. So to take on this donut trend and see what people really are talking about, I went to Stan’s Donuts in Wicker Park in Chicago.

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“Stan’s is famous” my friends told me when I was visiting them in Chicago at the end of a work trip.

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So, after eating Chicago’s most famous tacos at Blue Star in Wicker Park (honestly on a side note Big Star tacos were probably the best I’ve had – or I was just hungry and cold) my friends and I popped into Stan’s on our walk home. But, no I didn’t get to try Stan’s, the best donuts, after eating the best tacos. They were sold out of the gluten free donut that night…gasp! How could they do such a thing!

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Well it just so happens that we went back to Wicker Park the next night for sushi dinner at Mirai, and we decided to give Stan’s another chance – it was Halloween after all, so they definitely couldn’t sell out of the gluten free donuts on Halloween. And they didn’t! And all my wishes came true!

I tried the gluten free donut of the day and it was so good and it didn’t even have chocolate in it…normally I would consider this donut blasphemy, but I didn’t even miss the chocolate. The old-fashioned pistachio lemon glutenless donut was incredibly satisfying. I mean post-sushi glory at its finest? YES.

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LA Foodshop: Strangers are nice

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Eating a gourmet farm-fresh dinner in a metal worker’s studio warehouse at a communal table filled with strangers...sound like an ideal night? It was. LA Foodshop is the definition of “cool”. It doesn’t have to try to be cool it just is…just think Jessa when she was cool on the first season of GIRLS. She, however, hasn’t been so cool in the two most recent seasons. More Shosh time.

Speaking of GIRLS, the warehouse where dinner is served is sorta similar to the one in Bushwick where the crackcident takes place. But obvi more sanitary and all that jazz.

The warehouse where LA Foodshop takes place

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So LA Foodshop is held on different weekends throughout the year and it is by invitation only. Also, every weekend has a different food theme. And if you RSVP and are a no-show then you are banished to Askaban…not really but you are blacklisted from LA Foodshop.

Our group of diners at LA Foodshop on a beautiful March 9th in Venice Beach

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All of the plates and dishware and glasses etc. are mismatched and this just adds to the environment.You really feel like you are having an industrial picnic made up of a fresh homecooked meal surrounded by fun people enjoying life. Oh ya and wine 🙂

Back to the food – everything was super fresh and served appropriately and timely. At LA Foodshop everyone sits at the long communal table in the middle of the metal workshop, and everyone is split into dining groups with the people sitting in their part of the table. So if you’re awkward or don’t like meeting new people and eating good food,well, you’re probably terrible, but also…LA Foodshop would not be fun for you.

OK, REALLY – back to the food…it was so good! I will go into detail more about the experience below, but here is the menu from the night I went to LA Foodshop.

                         The Menu (Suggested Donation $70)

  • Apritif whiskey, sweet vermouth, blood orange, cherry, bitters
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  • Bread & Butter warm bread & freshly churned butter, crisped Nagoya kale
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  • Spinach Salad Bloomsdale spinach, blood orange, almonds, fennel top, agave vinaigrette
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  • Baked Potato local farmer potatoes, shopmade creme fraiche, chives
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  • Dry Aged Steak* 30 day dry-aged rib eye, garlic, thyme, blooming Cipollini
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  • Chocolate dark chocolate molten cake, port, blood orange
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  • DRINKS Please bring beverages of your choice (deep red & smooth scotch is recommended)
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  • *Seared scallop substitution available by prior request only.

Each weekend that LA Foodshop is held, there is a different food theme. The weekend that I went was steak dinner weekend. #carnivoresforthewin 

The Steak

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Even though my friend and I are true carnivores, we pre-ordered one of the scallops since we wanted to try bit of everything. They were equally as good as the steak, and that is saying something.

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Each course was served to each dining group in a timely manner and we were all able to meet each by passing around the communal dishes and serving each other. Honestly everyone was so interesting…but really all of the people were actually interesting! Who knew it could be fun talking to strangers? I mean everyone loves their friends and all but it is pretty refreshing to meet random people that are nice and cool and can carry on an intelligent conversation…yay civilization!

Here are pics of the rest of the amazing courses at LA Foodshop…yes dessert included. Chocolate molten cake anyone?

                           Chocolate molten cake

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Blooming Cipollini Onion #amaze

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Let them eat cake…from Lady M Cake Boutique

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Checker Cake. Lady M cake boutique. From the Lady M booth at The Plaza Food Hall. Eloise ain’t got nothing on this. Kevin McCallister would definitely choose Lady M cake over the ice cream feast he had in his suite at The Plaza. Don’t like chocolate? You may some personal issues if you don’t like chocolate but you’re in luck because Lady M also has a variety of non-chocolate cakes. Mille crepe is their specialty and it is delicious. The checker cake was probably my second favorite of the Lady M cakes – who doesn’t like a fluffy, light, chocolate cake that has a wonderful checker pattern to it? The Picasso of cakes. Taking cubism to new levels. 

If you haven’t been to The Plaza Food Hall – you NEED to go. You can get lobster rolls, macarons, cake and MORE … all at the same place! Oh ya and if you don’t like chocolate- you need to work on that.