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stupendousgirlie
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posted 11 January 2006 11:16 AM      Profile for stupendousgirlie     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Doughnut or "Donut" - you choose.

I am eating a honey glazed braided doughnut from Safeway, it's still warm. I get my doughnuts from Safeway because Tim's are too expensive and taste mass produced. I like their coffee though.

So as I munch on this lovely piece of heaven (you can get 14 for the price of 12 at Safeway BTW) it got me thinking... who has the best doughnut and where babblers get them?

Krispy Kreme are ok, too sweet for me. There is a german bakery on 17ave in Calgary and their doughnuts are fabulous, but these Safeway doughnuts - soooo good! (Also, they come in a serve yourself powder pink box with a cellophane window on the top - packaging is everything you know.)


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posted 11 January 2006 11:33 AM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm not very fond of doughnuts in general, at least not the mass-produced, overly-sweet kind. The only ones worth the calories in Montréal are the Polish Packsi (sp?) Wawel bakery/pastry http://www.wawelpatisserie.com/ sells at the Jean-Talon market. Basically they are the same as the German Berliner and a similar Dutch doughnut. They are handmade and have apricot, custard or prune-jam filling.

I can't abide the word "Donut" - they aren't made from Do, are they?


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stupendousgirlie
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posted 11 January 2006 11:40 AM      Profile for stupendousgirlie     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
OOOOO!!!! A BAKERY WITH A WEBSITE!!!

I dislike "donut" as well....


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posted 11 January 2006 12:00 PM      Profile for Accidental Altruist   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm a plain doughnut grrrl. Either old fashioned plain or sour cream plain. No hiding behind a thick glaze of chocolate icing or custard cream - it's just bare pastry goodness.

I sooooooo mourn the decline of Timmy's doughnuts. Haven't bothered to buy one in months. Tim's doughnuts no longer have that delicate crispiness on the outside & light cakey moistness on the inside. It's all just thick, bland dough. Meh.

If anyone knows a good place in Ottawa to get plain doughnuts I'm eager for tips!


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lagatta
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posted 11 January 2006 12:02 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Church bazaars? The best plain doughnuts and similar sweets I've had were at bazaars.
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My mother's. And anyone who disagrees will be forced to relisten to all 4 leaders debates everyday for the next 4 years.
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posted 11 January 2006 12:28 PM      Profile for CHCMD   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Prince Rupert, local bakery on 3rd Ave, can't remember the name. Best honey-glazed anywhere! Used to stop by in the morning on my way home from night-shift and pick up a dozen, eat half before I hit the sack and the other half for breakfast when I crawled out of bed in the evening.
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posted 11 January 2006 01:27 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I take it you were under 30 when you could do that without feeling sluggish and ill for three days afterwards...
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posted 11 January 2006 02:07 PM      Profile for scooter     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by CHCMD:
Prince Rupert, local bakery on 3rd Ave, can't remember the name. Best honey-glazed anywhere! Used to stop by in the morning on my way home from night-shift and pick up a dozen, eat half before I hit the sack and the other half for breakfast when I crawled out of bed in the evening.

I hope for the sake of our health care system that you don't have a heart attack or stroke.

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posted 11 January 2006 03:30 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Originally posted by stupendousgirlie:
I am eating a honey glazed braided doughnut from Safeway, it's still warm. I get my doughnuts from Safeway because Tim's are too expensive and taste mass produced. I like their coffee though.
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I'm just the opposite - I find Tim's in-store coffee too strong; but I love their donuts. We get Tim's shipped here: donuts in big boxes, and ground coffee in cans. I perk Tim's coffee to a lesser strength than their in-store product, and it's okay. I live in an isolated community, so can't enjoy their donuts baked fresh. The stuff we get here is still pretty good.

ETA: because of a history of heart trouble (including a stroke) I don't generally eat donuts; maybe one a year - always a Tim's. I drink two (weakened) Tim's coffee every morning.

[ 11 January 2006: Message edited by: Boom Boom ]


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posted 11 January 2006 03:48 PM      Profile for Yukoner   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
-slight drift-

A month or so back, I bought a blueberry muffin from Tim's. I took a bite and it seemed like it was raw, I actually spit it out thinking it was just under cooked.

Last week, a bought another. Same texture. Then my wife mentioned she had heard they had changed their recipe. I was never a huge fan of their old recipe, but it was OK for eating on the fly....this new one? Blech!


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posted 11 January 2006 04:01 PM      Profile for googlymoogly     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Tim's was better when their donuts were made from scratch. I have to admit, those maple walnut ones were great, but they don't make those anymore, at least not at the one closest to me.
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quote:

My mother's. And anyone who disagrees will be forced to relisten to all 4 leaders debates
everyday for the next 4 years

I think this would get Amnesty International on your case.


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There was this little shop in my hometown that made donuts using potatoe flour. They never put any icing on or cream inside, but they were what I remember as real donuts growing up. I think Weston's bought them out, and I'e never had anything like them since. They were very good.
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Don't eat doughnuts much, but occasionally stop at Sollie's bakery for a cinnamon bun. Extraordinary.
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Say what you want about Tim's, but their crullers are divine.
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I've heard that TH's supplies come from Nestles. Since the boycott against Nestles is still on, I avoid, if possible, TH and will do until I hear differently about their source of supplies.
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stupendousgirlie
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posted 13 January 2006 08:49 AM      Profile for stupendousgirlie     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It's Friday morning, I am going to Safeway to buy more doughnuts. Big meeting this morning... yum!
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If you live in the Vancouver area, the best donuts can be found at Lee's Donuts at Granville Island. Yum.
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Yeah, what ever happened to "making their own" doughnuts at Timmy's? Were the ovens too hot, too expensive, or what? Enquiring mouths want to know.

However, this disaster of doughnuts might cause me to lose a pound or two.... I hope.


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*donut pedantry* Donuts are not baked in ovens; they're fried in great big deep fat fryers.
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After 4 months in Cambridge, I'll take Tims over the Dunkin Donuts that are prolific here (I can think of three within a 2 minute walk...).

I can't stand Krispy Kreme's. I have a sweet tooth, but those are way, *way* too much for me.


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Hi Sam! I always knew you'd make it to a place like Oxford or Cambridge. Check your PM's.
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posted 15 January 2006 03:05 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
There was this little place in Lakefield that I remember from my childhood...

Good memories...of doughnuts.


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In the old schoolhouse, just on the outskirts of Lakefield?

Great little bakery - though I usually went for the danishes, myself.


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posted 15 January 2006 03:11 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
My mother made great sourdough donuts back in the 1950's, and we could add our own flavourings: white confectioner's sugar, or cinnamon, or by themselves. In the summer at the Ottawa Ex, there was an outlet in the Food Building called 'Tiny Tom's' (or 'Tiny Tim's', I forget which) that made donuts right before our eyes from an assemply line operation. Delicious, tiny donuts, again with our choice of toppings. I cherish the memory of all these, but, really, I can't eat this stuff anymore.
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Boom Boom,

Tiny Tim's is still at the CNE (or at least was the last time I overnighted in Toronto at CNE time).

I've seen virtually the identical setup in the lobby of conference centers in widely divergent parts of the US and I even saw one in Bermuda.

Love the things but my waistline is glad they're not readily available.


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Originally posted by abnormal:
Boom Boom,

Tiny Tim's is still at the CNE (or at least was the last time I overnighted in Toronto at CNE time).
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Wow - that's amazing! I first saw them at the Ottawa Ex in 1957 or 1958, almost 50 years ago. I love the little things, but can't handle donuts anymore, well, maybe once a year. My favourite is the sourdough, either with icing, or without. Fantastic.


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Boom Boom,

I grew up in southern Ontario - the Ex was a day trip (no 401/QEW/whatever) and we'd leave at four thirty to get there when the grounds opened.

I remember those donuts from age 5. They fall in the comfort food category since I associate them with all the things that go along with being four or so with your parents at the biggest fair I could imagine. I haven't lived in Canada for a very long time but did end up having to overnight in Toronto (actually the weekend) about two years ago and decided to go to the Ex since I hadn't been there for 20 plus years. The Food Building had been totally re-organized and wasn't what I remembered at all but the donuts were still there.

As an observation when you buy the equivalent to Tiny Tim's elsewhere you may well be handed a container of icing to dip them in (that's in addition to the sugar they are loaded with in the first place).


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Wow - sounds like it was quite an adventure to go the CNE way back then - no 401 or QEQ!!! Holy cow.

I was born in Ottawa (1949) and lived there until I moved to Toronto in 1977. I went to the CNE a couple of times with friends but instead of donuts that time, loaded up on really great pizza.
Nothing like pizza in Toronto!

In 1980 I moved to northern Ontario (Thunder Bay) and have lived in northern communities since. None of them have Tiny Tim Donuts.


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To a four year old it was a real adventure.

By the way, I've been calling them Tiny Tim, it is Tiny Tom - personally I've never seen them anywhere in Canada except the CNE but I expect they're elsewhere.


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Yes, I had tiny donuts at the Ottawa Ex as far back as 1957. I remember them well, as well as my first taste of pizza - ever - in the 1960's, again at the Ottawa Ex.

I miss the Ottawa Ex - I used to love it. I've been to the CNE a few times, but it's just too big (or was). I spent a few weeks at Expo 67; now THAT was enormous!

I'd love to go to another World's Fair, but not by myself.

ETA: I have great memory for food items, as well as significant events in my life. I can still taste those tiny donuts, even though it's been 35 years since I had one. I can still taste my first, sloppy, dripping pizza. Tonight, for whatever weird reason, I'm having flashbacks to the 1950's and 1960's. Fantastic.

[ 15 January 2006: Message edited by: Boom Boom ]


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quote:
Originally posted by Boom Boom:
Yes, I had tiny donuts at the Ottawa Ex as far back as 1957. I remember them well, as well as my first taste of pizza - ever - in the 1960's, again at the Ottawa Ex.

Did you grow up in a very remote area, BB? I'm a bit younger than you, but honestly don't remember a pre-pizza time. I thought it spread rapidly in popularity in North America following WWII, and would have thought it would have spread to the most remote parts of Canada before 1960. Dean Martin recorded "That's Amore" in 1953, after all.


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Young whippersnapper!!! Only those who grew up in Ottawa in the 1950's have any sense of how remote the notion of a restaurant serving pizza was back then. There was one really, really famous place on Rideau Street called La Roma - but it mostly offered those classic pasta and red sauce and meatballs or perhaps, veal dishes of that period. Ottawa was (and still is, some would say) a very stuffy, buttoned-down town with bland restaurants until the 1960's, that's when Pizza 'parlours' came into fashion.
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posted by RealityBites: Did you grow up in a very remote area, BB? I'm a bit younger than you, but honestly don't remember a pre-pizza time. I thought it spread rapidly in popularity in North America following WWII, and would have thought it would have spread to the most remote parts of Canada before 1960. Dean Martin recorded "That's Amore" in 1953, after all.

edited to add: Just read Boom Boom's post below and need to add that the Chinese take-outs back then offered atrociously diluted versions of Cantonese-style dishes, along with 'Canadian' food such as fish and chips.

[ 15 January 2006: Message edited by: deBeauxOs ]


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I did live there briefly in the mid 70s, and can testify that good pizza was still quite unknown there.
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No, I grew up in Ottawa, but in a very WASP-ish family. My parent's idea of exotic food was takeout from a Chinese restaurant, and maybe twice a year. My first taste of pizza was probably the year 1962, before I entered high school. Never had it when I was very young, unless my memory is playing tricks on me. But, once I had pizza the first time, I was addicted to it. I think my favourite Ottawa pizzeria was Cicero's on Bank Street next door to Landsowne Park.

My mum was descended from very strict Presbyterians (in Ottawa), my dad was a Baptist from Kingston, and in the military, and in the 1950's and early 1960's we hosted a lot of military folk in our home, and my mother was one of the Good Housekeeping/Better Homes and Gardens folk. I didn't get out much until I started High School in 1964.


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A few years back the Toronto Sun polled cops in the GTA on the best doughnuts; Coffee Time, of all places, got the nod.
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