A classic combination, no? I have yet to try the beloved east coast Dunkin Donuts but don’t worry (not that you are, I’m sure) it will happen. I actually tried one of their donuts about 6+ years ago when we traveled back to New York and Boston for a family spring break trip, but was not quite the coffee drinker that I am today. I’m crossing my fingers I don’t really enjoy it because I have trouble enough staying away from various coffee shops. A coffee here, iced latte there…Oops, there goes my first paycheck. Just kidding Mom and Dad, I’m spending wisely 🙂 Sidenote, I’ve actually considered working as a barista or even bartender at some point. Not sure when or where, but it might be fun to have that experience (of course crazy schedule too but hey, dreams are dreams).
Well, when I was out in Laguna visiting grandparents, I was lucky enough to spend two mornings with my aunt Katie from Newport. I really do consider myself blessed to be so close to my family. They have been there through thick and thin, always offering encouragement and perspective. Katie is all about healthy living and eating, along with moderation, which is part of the reason I really look up to her. (She would definitely be the first one to try something out of the norm and even would order a green juice with me. 🙂 )
This time around, she invited me to take part in her weekly bootcamp. At 5:30 in the morning. Meaning I would have to wake up at 4:45 to get to her place. Sure, why not? Sounds crazy but it wasn’t that bad waking up and I thoroughly enjoyed catching up,
sweating my guts out working out, and grabbing a cup of coffee. The first day we met my grandpa at The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and as we left, she asked if I wanted to do it again the next morning. I don’t know what it was, but I hadn’t sweat that much in ages and it felt great, so of course I said yes.
The next morning after our sweat session (no really, it’s insane how much one can sweat…maybe that’s gross but it’s natural), we made a last-minute pitstop at Sidecar Doughnuts and Coffee. She had sent me pictures of these outrageous looking creations and so, seeing that the store was open, we stopped in for a peek and possibly treat. Sidecar is a specialty doughnut shop that creates an array of unique flavored pastries each week. In their words, it’s a shop that “infuses an exciting, soulful energy into the art of doughnut making, while using only the finest ingredients possible.” Now if you aren’t dying to try one of their creations after reading this, let me entice you with some pictures.
They use simple recipes, fresh ingredients, and never use preservatives or artificial flavors or colors. They rotate the flavors every week and I swear, there is not a normal doughnut in sight! From banana nutella to birthday cake, samoa, maple bacon, and even pumpkin spice for your fall pleasure. I simply have to include their explanation of how they make the doughnuts.
“Everything is made in house, from real ingredients – infused glazes, hand crushed jams, flavored creams, and even a homemade pie-crust to use as a crumbled topping. Our chocolate is French artisan, our salt is hand-harvested, our huckleberries are foraged daily in Oregon, and our bacon is all natural and nitrate-free. The use of such high quality components make our doughnuts truly unique and delicious… they also allow you to eat more than one and still feel great.”
Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee
270 E. 17th Street
Costa Mesa, CA
Eat in, take-away, enjoy the day