My name is Brian.  I’ve been lucky enough to travel all around the world with my job.  There are so many things to see and experience….and eat.  I’m not a “foodie,” but I can certainly tell the difference between a good meal and a bad meal.  But my passion lies somewhere else….somewhere sweeter….somewhere doughy-er.

Wherever I go, I always try to hunt for the best local donut shop.  It’s a delicious endeavor that gives me an excuse to get up early in the morning.  I’m not quite sure where I contracted my obsession for donuts.  It could be in my blood.  A theory that donuts were invented in North America by Dutch settlers could ring true, since my paternal grandparents (and their parents) could speak Pennsylvania Dutch.  It could be in my sweet tooth.  Growing up I was never too far away from a baked good.  But whatever the reason, I’m on a quest to hunt for the nation’s and world’s best donut.


Rules for Judging a Donut Shop

Here is the way I go about judging a donut shop.  It requires you to order (at least) 3 donuts.  That doesn’t mean you have to eat all 3 in their entirety in one sitting, but it’s best if you at least try all 3 while they’re fresh.

1.) Order the original glaze:  They say the best way to judge a pizza place is to try the plain cheese.  Same goes with donuts.  Try their plain glazed to see how the most basic donut flavor stacks up before moving onto some other flavors.

2.) Order one that you will love: It’s a donut after all, so treat yourself.  Go for something that looks amazing or that is your favorite.  If you like Sour Cream Old-Fashioned, try that.  If you like Boston Cream, go for that.  If you think the Passion Fruit Milk Chocolate sounds up your alley, place that order.  You should already know what a good donut of that flavor tastes like, so if it disappoints, you have a good bar to measure it up to.

3.) Order one that you wouldn’t usually order: Some of the most memorable and surprising movies I’ve seen are the ones where I walk into the theatre not expecting anything or knowing much about it.  So go into the third donut flavor that way – not knowing what to expect and not having many predispositions.