You can blame it on the weather, but the truth is I haven’t been laying about in the sun and too lazy to write about food. Things have just been busy lately, and while I still have stories to tell, finding the time to tell them has been a bit difficult to come by.
In lieu of what one may call a proper review, I’d like to crack back into things with a mini-review for you to consider.
Waking up starving for something sweet, Melanie guided the decision making early one morning this past weekend. She was feeling drawn toward 49th Parallel Roasters Café in search treats she saw on a friends Facebook page, and after a slow rise, I was more than willing to help her find them. Utilizing my everyday super-power, we secured some free parking within a stones throw and ventured inside.
Lucky’s Doughnuts resides within 49th Parallel, which was news to us since it was the doughnuts that erroneously brought us to 49th Parallel. Before us stood piles of doughnuts under glass, and we scarcely had a chance to consider all the flavours before being asked for our order. Melanie went with the Lemon Bismark, while I remained true to my tastes and asked for an old-fashioned glazed. Old-fashion doughnuts are a long time favourite of mine and remain my measuring stick, but I admit, this was hard to adhere to on this occasion. With flavours like salted caramel and peanut-butter and jelly, I was hard-pressed to stay true to my roots.
Grabbing a spot by the window, we tore the wrappers away and prepared to take our first bites. As I neared the treat I held in my hands I noticed its scent was not quite what I expected it to be. It smelled strange, and more like a rainy day than a sweet doughy mess. Shaking off the perplexing smell, I pushed on, and was met with rich and fluffy textures. The old-fashioned style doughnut was delightful in taste and texture, being not overly sweet and dense in constitution. The syrupy glaze was complimented by light cinnamon flavours, and I found it difficult to tear myself away long enough to sample Melanie’s choice while she did the same with mine.
The Lemon Bismark was rolled in sugar, which, when combined with the tartness of the lemon filling, created a pleasant blending of flavours. Sharp and fresh, the heart of the Lemon Bismark doughnut was quite exceptional, and reminded the both of us how pleasant a fresh baked good can be.
Surrounded by crumbs, I sat at the window and stared past my reflection. Melanie tugged at my shoulder and requested my leave while patting her mouth with a napkin, but I told her a needed a moment to think. During those moments I contemplated another doughnut, envisioning the salted caramel in my grasp, and how fulfilling my life would be if I could just have it and a dozen of its friends rolling around with me on the hilled slope of a grassy meadow.
And it was then that I promptly left before I went mad with doughnut envy. Another day, another time, assuredly.
Fresh made and rich tasting, these doughnuts are with your time and your pocket change. Spend your bus fare and take a walk if you’re in the area.
Lucky’s Doughnuts, 2902 Main Street, Vancouver
$3 for the Lemon Bismark and $2 for the Old Fashioned Glazed.