Eat here: Do-Rite Donuts, Chicago

50 W Randolph St, Chicago

Wow this was a magical one.. We arrived into Chicago last night and decided that the best way to start today would be with a donut. It’s Christmas Eve, after all!

We tried the traditional buttermilk glaze, a yeast-free, cake-like donut, smothered in seriously sugary sweet glaze; it was DELICIOUS! I was eyeing off the bacon maple too, but there’s no way I could stomach that much sugar! Oh well, still here for another few days 😉 if you’re in the area, get on it!!


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Eat here: Shortstop Coffee & Donuts, Melbourne

Shortstop Coffee & Donuts


There has been a LOT of hype about this place. They’ve been teasing the city of Melbourne for literally months on Instagram, it’s been spoken about in every hot magazine and written about on every foodie/lifestyle website around, and the lines can take a while to get to the front of, if they haven’t sold our first. The brain child of Anthony Ivey and partner Sinye Ooi, these donuts are the product of 12 months of working on their craft, after travelling around America and Canada “researching” (read: eating) donuts. Oh, to be doing what those kids did (actually, I will be doing that in a few months… WOO!)…


Anyway, I’d been curious about these puppies for a while, but, to be completely honest, couldn’t really be bothered walking all that way across the city from my work offices to pay $5 for a donut, that may have been sold out by the time I got there. First world problems, I know, I’m hanging my head in shame as I type this.

Last week, curiosity for the better of me, and I decided to spend my lunch break productively; walking 20 minutes (in heels, idiot!) to the other side of the city to purchase some donuts to bring home to the husband. I got there around 2pm mid-week, and to my happy surprise, found only 4 people in line in front of me! Not bad, considering what I’d heard!

To my greater joy, nothing was sold out at that stage, so I had my pick of the bunch! I went, from left to right, a peanut butter and jam, a bourbon creme brulee, and an earl grey and rose. I have to mention here a big apology to Terri at – I found out via Instagram that we actually must have JUST missed each other at Shortstop by a matter of minutes, when she posted that she was told they’d just sold out of the bourbon creme brulee a few minutes before her order – a post that popped up on Instagram a few minutes after I left with my donuts! Sorry if that was me who took the last donut Terri!!!


Anyway, the donuts. They weren’t cheap at 3 for $14.50, but my goodness they were good! The earl grey was well glazed and had a nice flavour, but not as strong as I’d have thought.

The bourbon creme brulee was fantastic, and the cream filling actually tasted like bourbon!!! Very, very strongly too – a few of these and you wouldn’t be driving home! The dough itself was soft too, but thick enough to hold it all. The burnt sugar brulee top was lovely too, not too burnt or overpowering for the filling.

The PB&J was my personal favourite – the frosting tasted like ACTUAL peanut butter, and that home made jam was something else… so good! I’d just about walk the 40 minute round trip again just for one of those!! Top marks!


Oh, and they do coffee too – apparently it’s very good, but I’m not a coffee drinker, so you’ll just have to take everyone else’s word for it! If you’re in the city, don’t be too discouraged by the potential for long lines. Yeah,I guess they’re designer donuts and they’re gonna cost you a bit, but they’re good enough to justify it every now and then! Oh, and if you wanna go a bit nuts and order a few, you can actually pre-order online, which means you can skip the line and the potential “sold out” heart break! Get on Shortstop people, they make a mean donut!

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Eat here: All Day Donuts, Melbourne

All Day Donuts, Brunswick, Melbourne

I’m a HUGE fan of the work of Raph Rashid, the genius behind such favourites of mine as Beatbox Kitchens and the Taco Truck. Naturally when I heard he was turning his brilliance towards donuts as his next venture, I was ridiculously excited. I love carbs, I love sugar, it’s a party.


A nondescript little brick front marked with a printed sign with directions for Beatbox and Taco Truck deliveries indicated we were in the right place. It was set up like a small, unadorned school cafeteria, with your 6 options presented upon entry.


It was tough, but we narrowed it down to the original, the raspberry glaze and the strawberry cheesecake.


The donut itself was delicious – it was light and fluffy, not too thick, cakey or doughy. Also, didn’t taste like a deep fryer, as some donuts often do. And they were FRESH. Like, still a little warm. Apparently, the average kitchen to mouth time is around 30 minutes – I believe that. So dough, massive tick.


The original glaze was really nice, but I loved the raspberry glaze! And the milk berry rubble was UNREAL! It was like little chunks of love perched up on the donut – a really superb donut that I look forward to eating again, and husband agreed!


Lastly was the strawberry cheesecake donut, which was purely for my benefit (husband doesn’t do cheesecake, fool). It. Was. AMAZING! Same gorgeous, light dough filled with a ton of soft gooey cheesecake business. It was silky smooth, very flavourful without being overpowering, and crazy delicious. Want another one. Now.

They weren’t particularly cheap ($13.00 for the lot), but I’m a believer of paying decent money for a decent product. I was more than happy to part with $13.00 for these, because I honestly thought they were that good. Believe the hype, go and grab some.

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Eat here: Big Lou’s Donuts, Melbourne

Big Lou’s Donuts, Melbourne

This post should be pretty self-explanatory, given my love for all things that include sugar and dough. After an awesome night wondering the streets of Fitzroy to enjoy the Gertrude Street Projection Festival, it was time to wind up the night and catch the tram home. But not before a hot drink and some dessert.

Given our pending trip to America, I’ve been doing my homework, researching donut places over there. They’re the one sweet treat that I thoroughly enjoy, but don’t really seem to be a “thing” in Melbourne (yet?!). We wondered why we’d never given Big Lou’s a try and figured there was no time like the present, so:

This is the TOTALLY NUTS donut, and it was totally delicious. Thick, cakey donut, solid chocolate frosting, and stacked full of crushed nuts. No idea why we hadn’t given these a chance before last night, but we apologise and we will be back. Next time you’re on Brunswick St and you see Big Lou’s, don’t be too quick to dismiss it. They do a good donut!

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