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Mini Donuts and More!


Yesterday morning I finally made it (on the closing day…) to the special exhibit at SAM of Roman art from the Louvre.  The show was amazing and I so wish I had gone earlier so that I could have gone back a couple times. On Sunday I arrived early, anticipating the crowds that would come on this last day, and when finished found myself downtown on a crisp, clear morning.  I wandered up to Pike Place Market.  I love the time before The Market is officially open but many of the early-bird vendors are open or are setting up. 
The first thing I noticed was that the Daily Dozen Doughnuts stand was in full operation and there was no line!  That is nearly unheard of on the weekends.  I wandered over and ordered a half dozen of cinnamon-sugar minis.  They came straight out of the fryer into the paper bag where they were tossed with a generous coating of cinnamon-sugar.  The last one (number 7 – sort of a baker’s half-dozen) was tossed with a flourish into the air and then expertly dropped into the bag courtesy of the guy behind the counter.  Something that most likely wouldn’t have happened had I been there during the rush hours.  He told me he’d been practicing a lot so that he could add that little flourish – sort of like flair bartending.  I love that!  A couple of those hot-off-the-grill donuts were enjoyed right at that moment; the rest followed me home to be savored while sipping a mocha and reading the morning paper. 
Wandering through the market at this time of morning you’ll find the vendors relaxed and willing to spend a bit extra time.  Don’t get me wrong, the vendors in the market are some of the friendliest, most helpful people I know but when you are part of a long line the focus is more on business and getting everyone in and out – not so much on non-essential interactions.
I encountered this several times yesterday.  Two of the most notable interactions were with the periodical vendors, one the guy I bought my Real Change from and the other the man at First and Pike News.  The Real Change guy not only told me a joke but actually gave me a list of joke topics to choose from!  By the way, if you don’t know about this organization take a look at them.  It’s a great way to help out without giving a handout. 
If you haven’t been to The Market early in the morning I suggest you give it a try one of these weekends.  Especially with summer on the way (hopefully, anyway!) it’s a great way to get to the market, get some shopping done and avoid the tourists who are dilly-dallying in the aisles.      
  1. HEDGE permalink
    12-May-2008 6:15 pm

    Ok, those donuts look just too good!  Are you they a lot better than the new donuts at Starbucks?  I\’m sure they taste a lot better if they\’re coming right out of the fryer!  :)

  2. Culinary permalink
    12-May-2008 8:23 pm

    that\’s a little hard for me to answer.  Our Starbucks here sell Top Pot donuts which are really good but I have no idea who they are using in your area.  Sorry!  I like Top Pot and i like these, too.  I\’d be happy with either….  and yes, right out of the fryer is a really nice touch!

  3. Jennifer permalink
    17-May-2008 5:55 am

    Divine petite fried goodies served fresh and warm with a flourish.-Yum!Great take on the early morning market place.Glad you were able to see the show.-jenj

  4. Culinary permalink
    17-May-2008 7:02 am

    These are great mini-treats.  I don\’t know if I should have them more often… or not.  :-)  And I\’m really glad about the show, too.  No procrastinating next time!
    ~ B

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