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Donut Touch [Feb. 17th, 2011|09:22 am]
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A story caught my eye in Tuesday’s Toronto Star that said that cupcakes, which have enjoyed the limelight for the last year or two, are yesterday. I would say they were toast but that would be too much of a mixed metaphor. Anyway, for a while the macaron was apparently a contender for the cake crown; I don’t think I’ve ever had one so can’t comment. Now, gourmet donuts are predicted to be the next big thing. The article was accompanied by a photo of some luscious-looking ginger donuts with lemon-lime filling. Sounds Yum. I’d gladly go there.

In the meantime, I’m happy with whatever Tim Horton’s serves up. They are an iconic coffee shop chain in this country, less well represented in the States. Their donuts aren’t stellar, just good. I think Boston Cream is my favourite.

Here’s another donut story. We have a friend who lives in the village, Jason Walker is his name. He paints donuts – meticulously and in great detail. Above is a sample of his work. You can see more here: http://www.madametutliputli.com/ You’ll note that he’s also a very fine portrait photographer, but donuts are his bread and butter. (Ooops,there go the mixed metaphors again.)

Jason is learning to drive. A week or two ago I was going to Toronto; he needed a ride, so we travelled together. He had a lot of errands to do around town, but part of his mission was to find unusual donuts to paint.

There is a Tim Horton’s at a service centre on the way in, where we stopped. Now Tim Horton’s sometimes has limited edition donuts and Jason happily scored two – one a simple donut with a hole, with pink icing and red and white sprinkles, the other a no-hole donut, garishly decorated with multi-coloured sprinkles. Gruesome - but perfect. Jason asked for them in a box – the server seemed puzzled but Jason explained he photographs donuts, which made the server even more puzzled. Anyway, it was a good start to the day. Part of his mission was to scour the donut shops around Chinatown for more varieties. I’m not sure how he did.

There is a good market for his paintings. As you’ll see from his website, Jason is represented by a prestigious gallery. His donut paintings sell for thousands of dollars.
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[User Picture]From: blamedstarlie
2011-02-17 02:45 pm (UTC)
Whoa. I thought that was just a really terrible photograph. lol. Knowing that he painted that changes the game completely.

I like your metaphors better. ftr. Though I am a bit of a pun connoisseur.

I never really liked cupcakes. A good muffin with a little glaze or crumble is nice. Or a decent scone. I LOVE maple bars.. .but they never have them here. I think it is a midwest thing. They put chocolate with their maple on a regular donut, sometimes they even put maple on a crueller(already with glaze on it-I love plain cruellers!). Someone needs to tell them they iz doing it wrong!

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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-02-18 03:58 am (UTC)
I agree about the cupcakes. They are mostly boring.
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[User Picture]From: fivecats
2011-02-17 03:18 pm (UTC)
i'm not sure which i admire more: jason's artistic talent, his willpower to stare at these donuts for hours on end without eating them or his ability to sell the paintings for a whole lotta money.

come to think of it, your metaphors win out over all of the above.

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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-02-18 03:58 am (UTC)
I have a feeling he throws out all the donuts!!!!!
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[User Picture]From: vasilatos
2011-02-17 03:37 pm (UTC)
really inspiring work! thanks for turning us on to it.
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-02-18 03:58 am (UTC)
Glad you liked it!
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-02-18 03:59 am (UTC)
That's good to hear, kj.
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[User Picture]From: dstroy
2011-02-17 04:16 pm (UTC)
Truly we must be Canadian at heart, because we miss Tim Hortons so much. Did you see Felix's "superbowl drawing"? haha - we were laughing because he had clearly been watching hockey a lot and had put ads for Tim Hortons around the sidelines XD

I like the powdered sugar donuts the best. We have a place in Portland called Voodoo donuts which is totally the trendy-spot with lines around the block and open late nights. They have flavors like Cocopuffs and Bacon Maple, and for a while they had cough syrup ones too... The donuts themselves are more for novelty I think - as actual donuts go they are no worse or better than what they serve in the grocery stores (without the crazy toppings) but oh man, the hype of this place!

Personally, I'll hold out on trends until the mini European-style fruit tarts come into style. :)
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-02-18 04:00 am (UTC)
Ha, we are on the same wavelength. Powderd sugar donuts with a red goop aka strawberry filling have been my faves from way back.
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[User Picture]From: zeppo_marx
2011-02-17 06:00 pm (UTC)
Just so long as the PC Decadent Chocolate Chip cookie never goes out of style, or - more importantly - off the shelves, then all will still be right with the world......


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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-02-18 04:00 am (UTC)
I'm eating them as we speak . .
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[User Picture]From: qwerty88
2011-02-18 02:15 am (UTC)
It's a good thing he didn't try to take a photo in the TH. They can get very snotty about that. Much like the LCBO really. Maybe they're concerned I'm going to plan a heist.
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-02-18 04:01 am (UTC)
Many retial spaces are like that. It's ridiculous.
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[User Picture]From: mrdreamjeans
2011-02-18 02:49 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing the mixed metaphors. Bet Jason would love Crispy Kreme donuts:)
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-02-18 04:02 am (UTC)
As long as Cripsy Kreme are visually interesting, he would like them.
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[User Picture]From: beachin
2011-02-18 01:12 pm (UTC)
I don't what to say about this. Why does he paint donuts? Was it a childhood favorite? Did he bake them at some sweet moment in his life? Your story has holes.
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[User Picture]From: ruralrob
2011-02-18 06:11 pm (UTC)
I'm honestly not sure.
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