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Best Doughnuts/Donuts in Toronto: 2014

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magic Feb 1, 2014 05:04 AM

The 2013 thread is getting quite big so maybe time for a new thread?

I added the Donuts spelling variation cuz why not!

Ok, I had an incredible raised chocolate dip donut at Calabria Bakery (Midland Ave. location) yesterday. I prefer cake to raised so if I'm saying this was incredible it was.

Old school, mega flavour. No fancy tricks. Just a delicious goddamn donut. I had mine well after it was made, at 10pm or so, and it was still killer.

Calabria Bakery is a very special place. I'd highly recommend you go on a Thursday or Friday before 5pm, as they make delicious old school pizza on those 2 days only (in the most beautifully impressive brick pizza oven I've seen in Toronto).

Not sure if donuts are an everyday thing there, they kind of bake what they like when they like, but if you can make it to Scarborough maybe call ahead and ask. If they're not an everyday thing I bet they'd make a batch if pre-requested, they are super nice. Enjoy the pic.

 
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    frogsteak Feb 1, 2014 05:31 AM

    I got some for a meeting at "modern" on College yesterday. I tried 3 varieties and they all sucked and were quite expensive.

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      magic Feb 1, 2014 05:38 AM

      I take it you mean Jelly Modern.

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        frogsteak Feb 1, 2014 06:24 AM

        yes

        it wasn't even worth learning its real name

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          kwass Feb 7, 2014 11:49 AM

          I agree frogsteak. I can't understand why people rave about them. They are some of the worst doughnuts I've had!

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            prima Feb 7, 2014 11:55 AM

            I think Jelly Modern might be hit or miss, or perhaps a little inconsistent. They were a miss for me when I was in Calgary before they opened their TO location, but I know a few TO Chowhounds who really enjoy them.

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              kwass Feb 7, 2014 12:02 PM

              I wish that were the case prima. I've had them 3 or 4 times, and they've been a miss every time. They get points for freshness. They're unbelievably fresh, but that's the only good thing I can say about them.

              They're waaaaay too sweet, and they use waaaaay too much frosting. I think their motto is more is always better.

              I wanted so much to like them, but they just aren't good!

              They need to take a page out of VON doughnut's book and pull back a little.

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                prima Feb 7, 2014 01:12 PM

                At least yours were fresh! My complaint about the Jelly Modern doughnuts I tried in Calgary was that they were a little stale.

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                  foodyDudey Feb 7, 2014 01:15 PM

                  Probably because they are not selling fast enough. There are no stale donuts (or doughnuts for that matter) at VON

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                    prima Feb 7, 2014 01:38 PM

                    To be fair, donuts do dry out faster in Calgary, due to the climate, and I visited mid-afternoon. That being said, my old school donuts from the Donut Mill in Red Deer are always fresh.

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                    kwass Feb 7, 2014 01:46 PM

                    In their favour, I've only had fresh doughnuts from JMD.

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                    Ediblethoughts Feb 7, 2014 05:52 PM

                    I agree some of them are yucky in terms of over-icing (and I love icing..). But the creme brulee was gooood.

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                      kwass Feb 7, 2014 06:00 PM

                      I didn't realize JMD had a creme brulee doughnut. I don't remember seeing that there.

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                        Full tummy Feb 7, 2014 06:08 PM

                        Have you tried Von's creme brûlée version?

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                          kwass Feb 7, 2014 06:14 PM

                          No. Because I've only been there on Sundays, and they're not available on Sundays. I'm thinking of making a special order, which I know they'll do, depending on the amount ordered.

                          P.S. Oops, I thought you were asking me. Sorry FT!

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                            CocoaChanel Feb 7, 2014 06:21 PM

                            We're going tomorrow. The creme brûlée is on the list. I really wanted To try the carrot cake, but it's not available on Saturdays.

                            Edit:going to Von's

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                              Full tummy Feb 7, 2014 06:38 PM

                              Hehehe! No problem. I also really liked the peanut butter and jelly doughnut, and another that was caramelly, but I don't know which one. Also enjoyed the dill though I felt it was too sweet to be really enjoyed as a savoury option. Thought the banana cake doughnut, Porky Monkey, needed more banana oomph. Looking forward to trying more of their flavours!

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                                mrsleny Feb 7, 2014 07:01 PM

                                Loved Von's peanut butter jelly time doughnut! It was fresh and not too sweet.

                                Can't wait to go back to try other flavours, especially the creme brulee.

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                              Ediblethoughts Feb 7, 2014 08:24 PM

                              I've tried both. Von's has way more of filling and burnt sugar but JMD's was good too. Less of both but still nice.

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                                mrsleny Feb 8, 2014 07:39 PM

                                Is JMD's yeast raised? I am not a fan of cake doughnuts.

                                Thanks for the info.

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                                  kwass Feb 8, 2014 08:13 PM

                                  yeast raised and cake

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                                    Ediblethoughts Feb 9, 2014 07:44 AM

                                    As kwass said, they have both. Most are yeast raised though. (The creme brulee was yeast-raised.)

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                                      mrsleny Feb 9, 2014 03:56 PM

                                      Thanks kwass and ediblethoughts! Can't wait to try.

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                                        kwass Feb 9, 2014 04:15 PM

                                        Actually, mrsleny, I'm not a fan of JMD, but who knows, you might like them.

                                        Whatever the case, please report back :)

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                                          mrsleny Feb 9, 2014 04:32 PM

                                          I'd like to hear more details about why are not a fan. I can't afford to waste calories on a mediocre doughnut :)

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                                            kwass Feb 9, 2014 04:39 PM

                                            JMD are ridiculously sweet, and they use way too much icing. I don't like them @ all. Not worth the money and definitely not worth the calories!

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                                              mrsleny Feb 9, 2014 07:18 PM

                                              Thanks kwass! Think I will stick to Von Doughnuts then.

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                                                kwass Feb 9, 2014 07:25 PM

                                                Good decision ;)

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                                                  Ediblethoughts Feb 10, 2014 06:22 PM

                                                  If I was in the neighbourhood and they were both options, I'd pick VD also. But when I'm west around 400s of Queen, they are the main choice. (Except for the Danforth choices for Greek, not alot of reason to go East!)

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                                              Ediblethoughts Feb 9, 2014 06:38 PM

                                              I agree that some have waaay too much icing--as in cupcake level. They look like cupcakes. But there are exceptions like the creme brulee and salted caramel was almost as good.

                                              The rest... well, probably prettier to look than pleasant to eat.

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                      Ediblethoughts Feb 2, 2014 07:31 AM

                      I had the creme brulee last night and I thought it was very good.

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                        kwass Feb 7, 2014 11:49 AM

                        That was from VON doughnuts, right ET? Does JMD make a crime brûlée?

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                      juliewong Feb 1, 2014 05:47 AM

                      Stopped in at the start of this week at Furama on Spadina for some sweets. Tried their coconut twist. Just like a regular sugar twist donut but twice the size and had coconut sugar on top. Delicious! Had to stop by again on Friday and purchased some more. At only 90cents you cant go wrong.

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                        magic Feb 1, 2014 05:49 AM

                        Sounds amazing. Will have to try that.

                        Also a Furama location in the PATH, at First Canadian Place.

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                          julesrules Feb 1, 2014 12:28 PM

                          I've tried the PATH Furama sugar donut and it was just too greasy, in an almost beefy way. I don't know if it picked up flavour from something else in the fryer or it was my imagination, but I didn't enjoy it.

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                        barneyvernon Feb 1, 2014 11:59 AM

                        Paula's in Buffalo . Obviously not in Toronto but enough of us know about them so they're worth mentioning. True, old school doughnuts like we used to get as a kid. Its worth the drive. Anybody think we could organize a delivery service from them? With enough orders, you never know.

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                          magic Feb 1, 2014 02:38 PM

                          Road trip!

                          Enjoy the Paula's pics.

                           
                           
                           
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                            Bigtigger Feb 1, 2014 05:20 PM

                            Hey those coconut-crème filled bismarks available at grocery stores (have seen them at Sobey's and Loblaw's) for 99 cents are plastic wrapped and do doubt highly processed but pretty darned tasty for the money imho.

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                              barneyvernon Feb 1, 2014 08:03 PM

                              Thank you, majic!. I have GOT to shuffle......

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                                Yongeman Feb 2, 2014 04:56 AM

                                Is that a filled cake doughnut or cruller i the first pic? I don't think I've ever had either of those filled in my doughnut eating past.

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                                  magic Feb 2, 2014 07:23 AM

                                  Raspberry jelly filled cake stick. To die for.

                                  Filled cake raspberries are unheard of here but seem are not too uncommon in the States. Americans know how to make a donut. We used to know how.

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                                    Yongeman Feb 3, 2014 12:21 AM

                                    Mmmm. Gotta get to Paula's soon.

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                                      prima Feb 7, 2014 01:40 PM

                                      Want.
                                      *I think some Canadians outside the GTA (in Red Deer, not sure where else) still have the donut know-how.
                                      Next time I go to NOTL, I'm going to stop in Hamilton to try Grandad's:
                                      http://www.thespec.com/living-story/2550158-sweet-showdown-hamilton-doughnut-maker-takes-on-all-comers/

                                      http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilto...

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                                        magic Feb 7, 2014 05:43 PM

                                        Thanks for these links, prima. I'm going to read.

                                        True, I can really only attest to Toronto's donut know-how, which I remember as being fantastic growing up. But now, I find donuts either awful or too fancy. Tasty sometimes yes, but not like it used to be :( Maybe I should start researching good Canadian donut joints.

                                        Now I feel I have to go to the States to get my donut fix. So I just do that. :)

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                                          kwass Feb 7, 2014 05:57 PM

                                          Magic, you should try VON Doughnuts. Although their doughnut descriptions sound fancy, they're actually quite simple doughnuts (I think I may have said that previously. If I did, I apologize). And I think that you'd really like their cake doughnuts! The carrot ones rock!!

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                                            magic Feb 7, 2014 06:00 PM

                                            Oh I will for sure try. Prolly within a month :)

                                            I'm looking forward to it. Everyone has good things to say so I'm not worried.

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                                              kwass Feb 7, 2014 06:04 PM

                                              Awesome!! Can't wait to hear your thoughts!!

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                                                magic Feb 7, 2014 06:06 PM

                                                For sure.

                              2. kwass Feb 7, 2014 11:46 AM

                                BlogTo just did a feature on best doughnuts. It's a pretty accurate list, with the exception of JMD, which in my opinion are just horrible!!

                                Here's the link:

                                http://www.blogto.com/toronto/the_bes...

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                                  foodyDudey Feb 7, 2014 01:21 PM

                                  Who here agrees with BlogTo and would place GHD in the #1 spot?

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                                    justsayn Feb 7, 2014 01:31 PM

                                    no way

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                                      prima Feb 7, 2014 01:38 PM

                                      I didn't think GHD were all that. I still have to try VON.

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                                        kwass Feb 7, 2014 01:42 PM

                                        Please do prima. I'd love to hear your thoughts. Even though the descriptions are deceiving, they are actually quite restrained...and utterly delicious!

                                        P.S. When I say that the descriptions are deceiving, what I mean is that they make the doughnuts sound quite over-the-top, when in fact, they're not. They're really a great-quaility, great-tasting doughnut.

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                                        kwass Feb 7, 2014 01:40 PM

                                        I would definitely not place GHD in the #1 spot. I would reserve that for VON doughnuts. I wasn't agreeing with the order, I was agreeing with the list.

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                                          foodyDudey Feb 7, 2014 01:44 PM

                                          I understand, but I asked the question as I can't imagine that GHD is truly #1. Perhaps a case of "money talks"

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                                            kwass Feb 7, 2014 01:45 PM

                                            I think @ this point it's name recognition. When people think of gourmet doughnuts, they think GHD.

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                                              foodyDudey Feb 7, 2014 01:48 PM

                                              That brings up the question - when eating a GH doughnut, which side of the hole should I eat, the back or front? Obviously only one side is the glory hole.

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                                                kwass Feb 7, 2014 01:49 PM

                                                I think I should keep quiet on this ;)

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                                                  prima Feb 7, 2014 01:50 PM

                                                  FD, time for you to google GH.

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                                                    foodyDudey Feb 7, 2014 02:00 PM

                                                    I know what they sell, and I know what the tern refers to, I just had to ask that silly question to add a bit of my style of humor to the conversation. :-)

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                                                  prima Feb 7, 2014 01:49 PM

                                                  I think of Doughnut Plant when I think of Gourmet doughnuts! :-)

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                                                    kwass Feb 7, 2014 01:50 PM

                                                    I am dying to try doughnut plant. I'm constantly harassing them on Instagram to open a shop in Toronto.

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                                                      justsayn Feb 7, 2014 01:59 PM

                                                      lol

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                                                        kwass Feb 7, 2014 02:04 PM

                                                        It's true ;)

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                                                        magic Feb 7, 2014 05:50 PM

                                                        Behold :)

                                                        Doughnut Plant - Blackout, creme brulee, and others....

                                                         
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                                                          kwass Feb 7, 2014 05:56 PM

                                                          magic, you're killing me!!!

                                                          You have to follow them on instagram. Their daily pics make me very happy...but also a bit sad, since they're all the way in NY ;)

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                                                            magic Feb 7, 2014 06:05 PM

                                                            Doughnut Plant was YEARS in waiting for me. Imagine what I went through! NYC is no short order for me, it's a big deal for me to get there. It was a tough wait. You'll get there too.

                                                            Paula's is more doable and frankly, better.

                                                            Doughnut Plant is great don't get me wrong and I look fwd to getting back for sure, but Paula's is real special. And easier!

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                                                              kwass Feb 7, 2014 06:10 PM

                                                              I rarely, if ever go to Buffalo, but I do have family who goes occasionally. I might just have to ask for a favour :)

                                                              As for NY, I haven't been in years. I have friends who go, but getting them to bring me back doughnuts is never easy. Trust me...I've tried :(

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                                                                magic Feb 7, 2014 06:13 PM

                                                                Lots of incredible food in Buffalo.

                                                                But yeah, it's not easy, of course.

                                                                My last Paula's run was just a day trip. There and back. Doesn't even have to be a whole thing.

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                                                                  kwass Feb 8, 2014 04:15 AM

                                                                  True!! Maybe it's time to dust off the passport :)

                                          2. kwass Feb 7, 2014 11:48 AM

                                            Those doughnuts look awesome magic!! Unfortunately, I'm never out that way :(

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                                              magic Feb 7, 2014 01:17 PM

                                              Sucky. Well, who knows, maybe one day, right.

                                              I think you'd like.

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                                                kwass Feb 7, 2014 01:40 PM

                                                I'm going to do my best to get out there magic because those doughnuts do look ridiculously good!!

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                                                  magic Feb 7, 2014 05:50 PM

                                                  kwass, they are stupid.

                                                  Please get there. You'll see what I mean. In fact, I kind of want to be there when you see for yourself.

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                                                    kwass Feb 7, 2014 05:54 PM

                                                    You're too funny magic!! Ok. I'm definitely going!! I have a few places to get to 1st, but I promise, that I'm going to go sometime within the next month.

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                                                      magic Feb 7, 2014 05:58 PM

                                                      Within a month! Wow, that would be great.

                                                      If you do go check out the Main St. location. Both locations are great but I just like the neighbourhood feel of the Main St. location. Tons of tables and counter seats to enjoy a gorgeous donut and coffee (or millk!) and watch the locals.

                                                      Get the carrot cake too to bring home (even great several days later). Best I've ever had.

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                                                        kwass Feb 7, 2014 06:03 PM

                                                        Ok. Will take your advice on both counts...carrot cake and Main St location :)

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                                                          magic Feb 7, 2014 06:07 PM

                                                          You'll be happy :)

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                                                            kwass Feb 7, 2014 06:15 PM

                                                            I'm sure I will! I trust your recs!!

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                                                              magic Feb 7, 2014 06:40 PM

                                                              :)

                                            2. TorontoTuna Feb 7, 2014 02:03 PM

                                              Was in Saskatoon in August on business and heard they were offering the holy grail of donuts at the Saskatoon Ex....that would be Spudnuts kids. They were perfect and I took two dozen back that night on the plane. They sold 10,000 every day! I used to bitch about the lack of Q in Toronto and one day someone will open a Spudnut shop here and make a mint.

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                                                kwass Feb 7, 2014 02:04 PM

                                                Sud Forno makes potato doughnuts. Would that qualify as a spudnut?

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                                                  TorontoTuna Feb 18, 2014 02:45 PM

                                                  Thanks Kwass. Went there yesterday just as they came out of the oven. Beautiful yeast spudnut with a fine dusting of sugar. Not too sweet with a soft, yet solid interior. I suggested a dark chocolate icing and the baker said on the weekend. A few of these and some Mexican hot chocolate from Soma and I was in hog heaven. Thanks again.

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                                                    kwass Feb 18, 2014 03:15 PM

                                                    My pleasure! I'm so glad they ended up being what you were looking for :)

                                              2. CocoaChanel Feb 8, 2014 11:04 AM

                                                So, Mr. Vuitton and I went to Von's this morning. Hand to heart, I will never eat another krappy doughnut (I'm looking at you Tim Hortons) again. I knew Tim's weren't good, but the sour cream glaze are oooooookaaaaaaaaay. Nope, they are not. (No, I am not trying to compare TH to Von's - there is nothing to compare).

                                                Von's are the doughnut of childhood. Soft, fresh, pillowy doughnut. A delicious yeast array with good chew and not at all sickeningly sweet. And, and, and!!! No filmy, greasy, icky aftertaste/feel in the mouth afterwards that so many doughnuts now seem to have. The Von's tasted of no oil whatsoever. They were beautiful and fresh. We shared 4 doughnuts, and there was no "ugh" feeling in my stomach, like after other doughnuts (yes, Tims, I'm looking at you, again) >:-(

                                                So we had caramel salt n pepper, creme brûlée, greek town, and one night stand. No carrot cake today. :(.

                                                They were all lovely raised doughnuts. My favourite was the greek town. Nice sprinkling of pistachios, and the glaze was soft, fresh and appropriately sweet; there was no filmy, overly sweet taste. Definitely would get again.

                                                Mr. Vuitton's favourite (my second favourite) was the one night stand. The fresh lime zest is absolutely amazing on this doughnut. I couldn't taste the flaked salt (fine by me), and again, the right amount of glaze topping, not sweet. Yay! Would definitely get again.

                                                Next was the caramel salt and pepper. The caramel glaze has excellent buttery flavour, a little salted, just enough glaze/not over dipped. Very flavourful; the pepper was present and really added to the flavour. The only thing I didn't really like was the chocolate drizzle. I was a hard "shell" type drizzle rather than a soft drizzle, but that is personal preference. The chocolate on the doughnut was just right, but I would have preferred a soft chocolate drizzle. Could take it or leave it a second time.

                                                Least favourite for both of us was the creme brûlée. So, full disclosure, I am not a huge cream pastry/dessert fan. But, both Mr. Vuitton and I found the cream filling a little too thin for our liking and too sweet for us. Also, we found the caramelized sugar over torched - tasted a little burnt to both of us. I was disappointed - this was the one I was wanting to try most; and maybe my expectation was a factor. Would not get again.

                                                We wanted to try the pucker up sucker, but thought that 4 doughnuts was more than enough.

                                                Anyway, future visits are in order. :). Also, the gentleman at the counter was very nice. I realized after we left I didn't leave my change in the tip cup. Will remedy next time. :).

                                                So, 4 doughnuts and two large coffees for $18.50.

                                                Now, it is time to hit the treadmill. :). We agreed next time we would go would be spring, so that we could then walk off the delicious calories.

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                                                  kwass Feb 8, 2014 12:12 PM

                                                  I can't tell you how glad I am that you had such a great experience CC. I wasn't lying when I said they make the best doughnuts in the city ;)

                                                  Sorry to hear about the Creme brule.

                                                  And you didn't miss out by not getting the lemon doughnut. That was my least favourite doughnut there.

                                                  Have fun on the treadmill :)

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                                                    justsayn Feb 8, 2014 12:31 PM

                                                    OK......Doughnut Diva . And Cookie Queen coming up kwass

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                                                      kwass Feb 8, 2014 01:16 PM

                                                      ;)

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                                                      CocoaChanel Feb 8, 2014 12:45 PM

                                                      Thank you for the recommendation, KWass. :). We really enjoyed it.

                                                      Next time on a Sunday for a greek town and carrot cake.

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                                                        kwass Feb 8, 2014 01:17 PM

                                                        Again, I'm so glad! And make sure you report back once you've tried the carrot.

                                                        BTW...I'm with you on the Greek town. It rocks!!

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                                                        justsayn Feb 8, 2014 01:07 PM

                                                        Let me know when you grab doughnut diva and I will upload cookie queen. Do it the same way you did Butter Tart Tart...then you can switch between them.

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                                                          kwass Feb 8, 2014 01:18 PM

                                                          I love that justsayn! I'm ready whenever you are :) I forget how we did butter tart tart though.

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                                                            justsayn Feb 8, 2014 01:25 PM

                                                            copy and paste my icon and save it to your computer.

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                                                              justsayn Feb 8, 2014 01:26 PM

                                                              right click and choose save picture as.

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                                                                kwass Feb 8, 2014 02:10 PM

                                                                Ok. Thanks justsayn! I'm not @ home right now, so I'll do it when I get home :)

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                                                                  justsayn Feb 8, 2014 02:12 PM

                                                                  cool. then I will upload Cookie Queen so you can go with your mood between the three. : P

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                                                                    kwass Feb 8, 2014 02:26 PM

                                                                    You're the best!! Thanks justsayn!

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                                                                      justsayn Feb 8, 2014 03:10 PM

                                                                      Don't look at me! You earned the titles! ; )

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                                                                        CocoaChanel Feb 8, 2014 04:16 PM

                                                                        I feel like KWass just won a contest. ;)

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                                                                          kwass Feb 8, 2014 04:18 PM

                                                                          Me too :)

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                                                                    kwass Feb 8, 2014 08:26 PM

                                                                    I did it!! Thanks justsayn!!

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                                                                      justsayn Feb 8, 2014 09:13 PM

                                                                      Alright!! Grab the cookie avatar too if ya like.

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                                                                        kwass Feb 8, 2014 09:46 PM

                                                                        Oooh...I do like!! Thanks justsayn!!

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                                                                          justsayn Feb 9, 2014 02:27 PM

                                                                          Great! Did you have a chance to grab the cookie avatar? If not I can put it back up.

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                                                                            kwass Feb 9, 2014 02:33 PM

                                                                            I did. Thanks so much justsayn! I'll keep this one for a while and then switch it up :)

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                                                                              justsayn Feb 9, 2014 02:39 PM

                                                                              OK great!

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                                                                                ylsf Feb 9, 2014 03:06 PM

                                                                                You two need to get a room (i.e. follow each other on twitter )... :)

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                                                                                  kwass Feb 9, 2014 03:09 PM

                                                                                  Ha ha

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                                                                                    LexiFirefly Feb 9, 2014 04:28 PM

                                                                                    They already do :)

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                                                                frogsteak Feb 8, 2014 01:26 PM

                                                                hey guys,

                                                                as per your suggestions, i went back to montreal on thursday. on the way i stopped at timmies. my lady had a honey cruller that was sopping wet as if someone poured a glass of water on it. i had a chicken wrap which had at least 10 tblspoons of bbq sauce on it. it was absolutely sickening.

                                                                fortunately i've already had some good and well priced beer, 49th parallel coffee, proper smoked meat and bagels. I also had donuts last night from leche desserts which are the best in the world.

                                                                see you tomorrow toronto, i kind of miss you.

                                                              3. kwass Feb 9, 2014 10:43 AM

                                                                Went to Emma's Country Kitchen today and had their lemon cream doughnut, which is brand new to the menu. It had powdered sugar on top and was filled with this absolutely delightful (I don't know how else to describe it) creamy lemon filling. It wasn't tart, as the cream brought a lightness to it and balanced it out. I can't say enough about this doughnut!!

                                                                And if it wasn't good enough on it's own, they asked me if I wanted whipped cream on top. Well...how could I say no to that?!

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                                                                  cheesymama Feb 9, 2014 12:57 PM

                                                                  Just read on twitter that VON has a new french toast kabob. I'm hoping they have it Wednesday, I have coffee and doughnut date there with a couple of friends.

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                                                                    kwass Feb 9, 2014 01:22 PM

                                                                    You definitely have to tell us about that if it's there when you go. That just might require a special visit :)

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                                                                      cheesymama Feb 12, 2014 05:57 PM

                                                                      I was in luck, they had the french toast kabobs today!
                                                                      So good! I would have liked to taste the regular glazed next to the ft to make a true comparison, however I would say it had a richer, more caramel/maple flavour. A full sized doughnut glazed with this and topped with bacon would be amazing.
                                                                      We also shared a one night stand and a caramel salt & pepper. Great, as always.

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                                                                        kwass Feb 12, 2014 05:59 PM

                                                                        Thanks CM! I can't wait to go and try it now!! So many doughnuts...so little time :)

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                                                                      justsayn Feb 9, 2014 02:28 PM

                                                                      Wow that sounds good!

                                                                    3. kwass Feb 9, 2014 09:11 PM

                                                                      This is why we need doughnut plant in Toronto:

                                                                      http://instagram.com/p/kOQzgRuvPO/

                                                                      http://instagram.com/p/jzU1mDOvCA/

                                                                      I could go on ;)

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                                                                      1. re: kwass
                                                                        justsayn Feb 9, 2014 09:48 PM

                                                                        YUM!!!!

                                                                        VON could expand and be our doughnut plant! They have the skills!

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                                                                          kwass Feb 10, 2014 03:05 AM

                                                                          They certainly do! That would be awesome!!

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                                                                        lsk Feb 12, 2014 03:59 PM

                                                                        Got the chocolate dip from Calabria Bakery's Markham location and it is excellent. Agree that it's no frills, but just well-executed. The light, soft, tender base itself was fantastic -- better than GHD and JMD. The frosting/glaze wasn't as tasty as the one on the chocolate dip from JMD (too sweet but very chocolatey), but still serviceable and not too sweet.

                                                                        The price also doesn't hurt -- only $1! magic, thanks for the rec; I will probably go back and try some of their other flavours. They said they had a vanilla doughnut with chocolate-banana frosting on Monday when I called.

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                                                                          magic Feb 12, 2014 04:26 PM

                                                                          Right on, so glad you enjoyed lsk :)

                                                                          I cannot vouch for the location you went to as I've never been. I've only been to Calabria's Midland (Scarborough) location. And the chocolate dip I had was genius.

                                                                          Happy to hear Markham location is good too.

                                                                          Check out the Midland location if you can. On Thursdays/Fridays they fire up their stunning pizza oven and make fantastic old school pizza.

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                                                                            kwass Feb 12, 2014 04:28 PM

                                                                            Magic, any idea if they make the pizza on the weekend as well, or is it only Thursday and Friday?

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                                                                              magic Feb 12, 2014 04:43 PM

                                                                              I believe it's only Thursday and Friday. :(

                                                                              But you can always call and ask (416-755-1175). They're very nice.

                                                                              The Markham location might make their pizza daily - I've never been. But I highly suggest getting to the Midland location on pizza days. The whole place smells like smoke - in the best way possible.

                                                                              I know it's inconvenient. I hardly ever get there myself as I'm almost never available Thurs/Fri.

                                                                              But there's always the Markham location....

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                                                                                kwass Feb 12, 2014 04:49 PM

                                                                                Thanks for the # magic. I'll definitely give them a call. Chances are, I'm going to go on a Sunday, so I'll give them a call tomorrow and see what their pizza schedule is :)

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                                                                                  magic Feb 12, 2014 05:42 PM

                                                                                  Good luck! Donuts & pizza. Not too many places ofer both. :)

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                                                                                    kwass Feb 12, 2014 05:48 PM

                                                                                    I know! San Remo's does, but if I can find another place to add to the list, I'll be very happy :)

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                                                                                      magic Feb 12, 2014 07:45 PM

                                                                                      Ok, well keep in touch about this. If I can help let me know.

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                                                                                        kwass Feb 12, 2014 07:48 PM

                                                                                        You're too sweet magic!! Will do :)

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                                                                                          magic Feb 12, 2014 07:49 PM

                                                                                          True! :)

                                                                                          Ok.

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                                                                                  lsk Feb 13, 2014 09:36 AM

                                                                                  Markham location does do pizza everyday but doesn't have a wood-fired oven.

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                                                                                    magic Feb 13, 2014 10:21 AM

                                                                                    Which is as I thought. Thanks lsk.

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                                                                                lsk Feb 13, 2014 09:33 AM

                                                                                Apparently the Markham location gets its bread from the Scarborough location, so it was possible the doughnut I had was from the Midland location.

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                                                                                  kwass Feb 13, 2014 09:38 AM

                                                                                  Interesting!! I'm going to call this afternoon and do some investigating :) I'll report back.

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                                                                                    kwass Feb 13, 2014 10:29 AM

                                                                                    Ok. Here's the scoop. The Midland location does provide the Markham location with their doughnuts. There is no pizza on the weekends @ the Midland location. On the weekends, doughnuts are ready anywhere between 8:30 and 9:30. And, the Markham location is closed on Sundays.

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                                                                                      magic Feb 13, 2014 10:31 AM

                                                                                      And no pizza Mon-Wed at Midland as well?

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                                                                                        kwass Feb 13, 2014 10:38 AM

                                                                                        That's right. Thursdays and Fridays only.

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                                                                                          magic Feb 13, 2014 10:46 AM

                                                                                          Ok then.

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                                                                                ylsf Feb 14, 2014 05:55 AM

                                                                                EDIT - Removed details so not to make people's mouth water!

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                                                                                  Klafouti Feb 14, 2014 06:46 AM

                                                                                  To me this looks like it's in London, UK…?

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                                                                                    ylsf Feb 14, 2014 07:22 AM

                                                                                    Oh Crap.. False alarm!

                                                                                    Ha, Someone who I follow re-tweeted it.. Darn, they look so good! I thought it was the St. Johns in Toronto without checking!

                                                                                    1. re: ylsf
                                                                                      kwass Feb 14, 2014 07:31 AM

                                                                                      If it's any consolation, GHD is doing rhubarb-raspberry filled doughnuts today.

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                                                                                        kwass Feb 14, 2014 07:36 AM

                                                                                        And look what VON Doughnuts is doing for Valentine's day:

                                                                                        http://instagram.com/p/kZn1uLKk5r/

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                                                                                          justsayn Feb 14, 2014 07:38 AM

                                                                                          VON is awesome

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                                                                                          Klafouti Feb 14, 2014 07:48 AM

                                                                                          Too bad!! I would have gone!

                                                                                    2. prima Feb 14, 2014 12:00 PM

                                                                                      Happy St Fabulous Day!
                                                                                      Von Doughnuts has some special Valentine's doughnuts today! The blueberry marshmallow, the chocolate chip cookie and the lemon one were amazing. Haven't tried the other 3. Best doughnuts I've had in 2014. Best Canadian doughnuts I've had in years.

                                                                                       
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                                                                                        justsayn Feb 14, 2014 12:43 PM

                                                                                        http://www.thestar.com/life/food_wine...

                                                                                      2. Nevy Feb 15, 2014 10:46 AM

                                                                                        I went to a friends place this morning for brunch and she had several items that were freshly made and bought from the Dimpflmeier bakery in Etobicoke. I've never had a fresh Berliner before and wow, it was great! Light, fluffy, and with a good yeasty flavour. It was filled with a raspberry filling that was a nice balance between tart and sweet. The berry flavour really stood out nicely. The sugary coating wasn't too heavy. It's not fancy like the most recent generations of doughnuts but this was thoroughly delicious. My friend was saying they have other variations so I'm tempted to go in at 7 am to grab the fresh batch

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                                                                                          Full tummy Feb 16, 2014 07:31 PM

                                                                                          They have fresh Berliners at Vienna Fine Foods on Birchmount. Not sure if it's every day, but they are very yummy.

                                                                                        2. kwass Feb 16, 2014 09:40 AM

                                                                                          Look what's available at VON doughnuts today. Boy do I wish I was in the area today!!

                                                                                          http://instagram.com/p/ke19ArKk5q/

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                                                                                            justsayn Feb 16, 2014 12:54 PM

                                                                                            WOW!

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                                                                                              foodyDudey Feb 16, 2014 01:15 PM

                                                                                              I should not have looked at the picture. Now I want to walk over and pick one up! I just drove past 5 minutes ago.

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                                                                                                kwass Feb 16, 2014 01:18 PM

                                                                                                Go!

                                                                                                You only live once :)

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                                                                                                  foodyDudey Feb 16, 2014 01:40 PM

                                                                                                  They are saving me one, I am on my way over

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                                                                                                    justsayn Feb 16, 2014 01:42 PM

                                                                                                    Very, very impressed! With you, VON is a given.

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                                                                                                      kwass Feb 16, 2014 01:43 PM

                                                                                                      Awesome!! Can't wait to hear how it was :)

                                                                                                      P.S. It should be noted that VON has great customer service!! They'll bend over backwards whenever they can to meet a request.

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                                                                                                        foodyDudey Feb 16, 2014 02:09 PM

                                                                                                        I went over to buy one of those chocolate dipped doughnuts with the heart and cookie, and then I saw a curry coconut one which jumped into the bag with my order! I am just finishing half of that now, and will eat half of the chocolate one later today. (The other halves are for Mrs fD). So far, so good.

                                                                                                         
                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                          justsayn Feb 16, 2014 02:13 PM

                                                                                                          Jump'n coconut!

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                                                                                                            foodyDudey Feb 16, 2014 02:20 PM

                                                                                                            It was pretty good. I got the last one. There were still people coming in after me. I arrived there at 4:50 and I bet everything was sold before the 5:00 pm closing. ( I was hoping for a half-price sale in the last 10 minutes :-)

                                                                                              2. kwass Feb 16, 2014 09:43 AM

                                                                                                And here's what's available @ the Beast:

                                                                                                http://instagram.com/p/kezTjdzPs3/

                                                                                                http://instagram.com/p/ke0H9JzPuf/

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                                                                                                1. re: kwass
                                                                                                  justsayn Feb 16, 2014 12:56 PM

                                                                                                  Vietnamese coffee cake - HOLY CRAP!!!!

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                                                                                                    kwass Feb 16, 2014 12:58 PM

                                                                                                    I know!

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                                                                                                      justsayn Feb 16, 2014 12:59 PM

                                                                                                      They're killing me here!

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                                                                                                        kwass Feb 16, 2014 01:05 PM

                                                                                                        :)

                                                                                                2. kwass Feb 18, 2014 10:29 AM

                                                                                                  Check out these beauties from VON doughnuts today:

                                                                                                  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...

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                                                                                                    Helen Feb 18, 2014 11:09 AM

                                                                                                    You must have shares in this place:}:}

                                                                                                    My son brought three beauties for me last weekend, I must admit they really are terrific.

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                                                                                                      kwass Feb 18, 2014 11:13 AM

                                                                                                      Funny that you say that. I was thinking that they should put me on their payroll for all the PR that I do for them :)

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                                                                                                        Nevy Feb 18, 2014 11:23 AM

                                                                                                        Or at least name a donut in your honour.

                                                                                                        Maybe a Chowhound donut... yeast donut, dark chocolate mousseline filling, peanut butter glaze and a sprinkling of amaretti meringue on top.

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                                                                                                          kwass Feb 18, 2014 11:28 AM

                                                                                                          Ooh...I like that :)

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                                                                                                            Nevy Feb 18, 2014 11:31 AM

                                                                                                            Dang, I just made myself hungry. It's my perfect donut... light but not too sweet, custardy with crunch, and with that nutty note to give a nice salty spin to it.

                                                                                                            Heck, I'd just settle for a stale greektown kabob and still consider myself lucky. It's too bad Von is so far away from me :(

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                                                                                                              kwass Feb 18, 2014 11:32 AM

                                                                                                              Unfortunately, it's a trek for me as well :(

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                                                                                                                Nevy Feb 18, 2014 11:34 AM

                                                                                                                I will admit, I like how Von tempered their donut flavours to be less 'wild'. The blueberry glaze with candied ginger and white chocolate was calling my name.

                                                                                                                I think I need to head to San Remo this weekend for an Apple Fritter!

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                                                                                                                  kwass Feb 18, 2014 11:46 AM

                                                                                                                  Everything about VON doughnuts is tempered. I think that's what makes their doughnuts so wonderful!

                                                                                                                  As for San Remo, it's been waaaaay too long since I've been there. I'm a little bit jealous Nevy :)

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                                                                                                                    Nevy Feb 18, 2014 11:51 AM

                                                                                                                    It's been too long since I've been to San Remo as well. I think it was nearly last Spring that I went. It's overdue as I missed out on their gelato season last year. I wonder if they have French Cruller as well... I dont remember seeing it. It's not very popular but I had a mind blowing variation while in Florence and I'm hoping to find something similar.

                                                                                                                    I know this isn't a donut but if you like the apple fritters from San Remo, you should try this apple treat from the Danish Pastry House in Oakville.

                                                                                                                    http://danishpastryhouse.ca/Aeblestan...

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                                                                                                                      petek Feb 18, 2014 12:05 PM

                                                                                                                      Why are these amazing pastries^^^ so far away from me? :(

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                                                                                                                        Nevy Feb 18, 2014 12:08 PM

                                                                                                                        It's a good thing they're a moderate drive for me or I'd gain like a ridiculous large amount of weight.

                                                                                                                        Not to derail the doughnut thread but these butter squares are AMAZING. They're filled with an almond paste!
                                                                                                                        http://danishpastryhouse.ca/firkanter.cfm

                                                                                                                        Same goes for the custard pastries
                                                                                                                        http://danishpastryhouse.ca/HighSnail...

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                                                                                                                          kwass Feb 18, 2014 12:15 PM

                                                                                                                          Those look pretty good too!! I never get out to Oakville, but I might just have to make a trip :)

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                                                                                                                            petek Feb 18, 2014 12:19 PM

                                                                                                                            Everything there looks damn tasty!

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                                                                                                                              kwass Feb 18, 2014 12:27 PM

                                                                                                                              I agree!! Did you see the cinnamon snails?

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                                                                                                                                justsayn Feb 18, 2014 12:29 PM

                                                                                                                                The Snail must be so buttery good!

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                                                                                                                                  kwass Feb 18, 2014 12:40 PM

                                                                                                                                  Buttery goodness @ its best!!

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                                                                                                                                  petek Feb 18, 2014 12:33 PM

                                                                                                                                  I saw everything and I can't make it go away!

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                                                                                                                                    kwass Feb 18, 2014 12:40 PM

                                                                                                                                    Don't you just hate when that happens?

                                                                                                                                    :)

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                                                                                                                            kwass Feb 18, 2014 12:10 PM

                                                                                                                            Wow Nevy!! That place looks awesome...especially the apple stick!!! The butter squares look amazing too!!

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                                                                                                                              kwass Feb 18, 2014 12:28 PM

                                                                                                                              I'm not sure if they have cruller's Nevy, but if they do, please let us know :)

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                                                                                                                                ylsf Apr 4, 2014 07:24 PM

                                                                                                                                I just noticed this place for the first time tonight as I was in the plaza where Longo's is. It was closed tonight but I came here to find reviews and can't believe I missed mention of it in this thread!

                                                                                                                                Anyone gotten out there to try anything? I will hit it up over the next few days. It was dark out front but there was a picture of something that looked doughnut like on the poster, I didn't find it on the website though. I will try to take a closer look in person.

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                                                                                                                                foodyDudey Feb 18, 2014 12:17 PM

                                                                                                                                Combine a trip to San Remo with one to the Cheese Boutique! Have you been there? And if you want apple fritters at San Remo, try to get there before 10 am or they could be sold out. I am lucky that I have super self control, I can walk by VON and not buy anything. I will be passing by soon on my way to Mr Greek Meat Market. Heck it's my BD today so maybe I'll see if they have something interesting. I was planning to go out for dinner but Mrs fD still has a bad cold, so looks like I am cooking at home tonight. :-(

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                                                                                                                                  kwass Feb 18, 2014 12:26 PM

                                                                                                                                  Happy Birthday FD!!!! I hope you're having an awesome day!! And don't cook on your birthday!! At the very least, get take-out!

                                                                                                                                  I was thinking about combining the danish pastry house with San Remo. I haven't been to the cheese boutique, because (I know this is sacrilege) but I'm not a big cheese-lover. There I said it ;)

                                                                                                                                  As for getting to San Remo before 10, I always do :)

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                                                                                                                                    petek Feb 18, 2014 12:32 PM

                                                                                                                                    < I haven't been to the cheese boutique, because (I know this is sacrilege) but I'm not a big cheese-lover. There I said it ;)>

                                                                                                                                    the CB has a lot more going on than just great cheese..it's worth a visit.

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                                                                                                                                      kwass Feb 18, 2014 12:41 PM

                                                                                                                                      I didn't realize that. Thanks petek. Then maybe I will make a day of it and add the CB to my adventure.

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                                                                                                                                        petek Feb 18, 2014 12:47 PM

                                                                                                                                        kwass..try going on a weekday if possible, weekend get real busy.

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                                                                                                                                          kwass Feb 18, 2014 12:55 PM

                                                                                                                                          Thanks petek. Weekdays are hard for me. But I'm always up and out super early on the weekend, so I'm sure I'll get there before there are any crowds :)

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                                                                                                                                            petek Feb 18, 2014 01:06 PM

                                                                                                                                            I think they sometimes even have donuts so...win win!

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                                                                                                                                              kwass Feb 18, 2014 01:07 PM

                                                                                                                                              ooh...now you're talking my language petek :)

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                                                                                                                                      foodyDudey Feb 18, 2014 12:52 PM

                                                                                                                                      There is a lot more than cheese at the CB! Have you checked their website? It can be the meat boutique, pasta boutique or pastry boutique all rolled into one place!

                                                                                                                                      I just can't figure out why more people from CH have not visited at least once!

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                                                                                                                                        kwass Feb 18, 2014 12:59 PM

                                                                                                                                        I just took a virtual tour on their website. It looks like a pretty interesting place.

                                                                                                                                        As for why more people from CH haven't visited, my guess would be location.

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                                                                                                                                      justsayn Feb 18, 2014 12:27 PM

                                                                                                                                      Heck it's YOUR BD today so GO see if they have something interesting.

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                                                                                                                                        foodyDudey Feb 18, 2014 03:32 PM

                                                                                                                                        I went, I looked and I left! They only had about 5 or 6 donuts left when I got there around 4 pm, and none were calling my name. I happened to notice that KITCHEN ROOTS which is almost directly across from VON's has a closing sale with 30% off everything including a good selection of Le Creuset, Henkels, and Staub, in case anyone is looking for any of those products. Then I went to Simone's and picked up some fish and pumpkin soup and a shrimp roti. Both of those were just perfect. If you like shrimp roti and are in the area, give it a try.

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                                                                                                                                          kwass Feb 18, 2014 03:52 PM

                                                                                                                                          As long as you had some good food on your birthday :)

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                                                                                                                        justsayn Feb 18, 2014 12:24 PM

                                                                                                                        Well the truth is that donut place after donut place, VON Is the first to do it so perfectly....aside from their distant location that is : )

                                                                                                                        So when the other donut makers shake their head wondering why we are such a tough group, realize that VON has finally proven the itch can be scratched!

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                                                                                                                          kwass Feb 18, 2014 12:29 PM

                                                                                                                          I agree wholeheartedly justsayn!!

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                                                                                                                            foodyDudey Feb 18, 2014 03:33 PM

                                                                                                                            What distant location? I think you live in a distant location ! :-)

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                                                                                                                              kwass Feb 18, 2014 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                              A lot of us don't get out to the east end much.

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                                                                                                                                foodyDudey Feb 18, 2014 04:08 PM

                                                                                                                                I am at the west end of the east end!

                                                                                                                                I am curious, roughly which area are you in? If not around here, you must be closer to the CB. I can drive there in 15 mins.

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                                                                                                                                  kwass Feb 18, 2014 04:36 PM

                                                                                                                                  I spend most of my time in the west end...Queen West, Ossington, Saint Clair West, etc.

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                                                                                                                                    justsayn Feb 18, 2014 04:46 PM

                                                                                                                                    more like....."I spend most of my time in the west end...Queen West, Ossington, Saint Clair West, etc. AND AT VONs"

                                                                                                                                    : P

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                                                                                                                                      kwass Feb 18, 2014 04:48 PM

                                                                                                                                      Not enough time @ VON's :)

                                                                                                                                  2. re: foodyDudey
                                                                                                                                    justsayn Feb 18, 2014 04:46 PM

                                                                                                                                    Bigger problem with CB is limited transit access based on posts I've read in the past.

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                                                                                                                                      kwass Feb 18, 2014 04:49 PM

                                                                                                                                      Ok. I'm completely drawing a blank. What is CB?

                                                                                                                                      Cancel that...Cheese Boutique

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                                                                                                                                      kwass Feb 18, 2014 04:50 PM

                                                                                                                                      Nowhere near CB foodyDudey

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                                                                                                                                        petek Feb 18, 2014 04:54 PM

                                                                                                                                        CB= Cheese Boutique
                                                                                                                                        And if you drive, assuming you live and play in west TO, you're about as close to CB as you are to VON's

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                                                                                                                                          kwass Feb 18, 2014 04:59 PM

                                                                                                                                          I know. It took me a few minutes, but I figured it out :)

                                                                                                                                          And yes, I guess you're right. I just don't venture out of the area much.

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                                                                                                                                            petek Feb 18, 2014 05:12 PM

                                                                                                                                            I just don't venture out of the area much.
                                                                                                                                            You should, life's too short....

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                                                                                                                                              kwass Feb 18, 2014 05:14 PM

                                                                                                                                              True :)

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                                                                                                                              justsayn Feb 18, 2014 12:20 PM

                                                                                                                              Finally more chocolate! Is their chocolate awesome?

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                                                                                                                                Klafouti Feb 18, 2014 12:28 PM

                                                                                                                                Yes!!!!! Had the "wake me up" this weekend - chocolate cake doughnut with mocha ganache and hazelnuts. Incredible!!

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                                                                                                                                  justsayn Feb 18, 2014 12:30 PM

                                                                                                                                  drool

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                                                                                                                                  kwass Feb 18, 2014 12:29 PM

                                                                                                                                  Haven't tried any of their chocolate doughnuts yet. But, they certainly look awesome!!

                                                                                                                              2. kwass Feb 19, 2014 10:43 AM

                                                                                                                                Daily VON doughnut update:

                                                                                                                                https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=466305803470620&set=pb.388087804625754.-2207520000.1392835224.&type=3&theater

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                                                                                                                                  justsayn Feb 19, 2014 11:20 AM

                                                                                                                                  Are we allowed to say Holy Fuck on here?

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                                                                                                                                    kwass Feb 19, 2014 11:23 AM

                                                                                                                                    I think you just did :)

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                                                                                                                                      justsayn Feb 19, 2014 11:25 AM

                                                                                                                                      LOL

                                                                                                                                      To be completely honest....I am so thankful that VON is not anywhere near my addicted self!

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                                                                                                                                        kwass Feb 19, 2014 11:28 AM

                                                                                                                                        Tell me about it!!

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                                                                                                                                    cheesymama Mar 2, 2014 11:10 AM

                                                                                                                                    And today it's a new tiramisu doughnut!
                                                                                                                                    https://www.facebook.com/VonDoughnuts...
                                                                                                                                    Hope DH gets home from work in time for me to pick up some to eat while watching the Oscars.

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                                                                                                                                      kwass Mar 2, 2014 11:59 AM

                                                                                                                                      Darn it!! I wish I had known!!

                                                                                                                                      Beast also has some new doughnuts today:

                                                                                                                                      http://instagram.com/p/lC3W5MTPnt/

                                                                                                                                      http://instagram.com/p/lC3NjvTPnd/

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                                                                                                                                        cheesymama Mar 2, 2014 12:18 PM

                                                                                                                                        That maple one sounds too good!

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                                                                                                                                          kwass Mar 2, 2014 12:38 PM

                                                                                                                                          So does the peanut butter one! But I'm a sucker for anything peanut butter :)

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                                                                                                                                            Full tummy Mar 2, 2014 06:46 PM

                                                                                                                                            Me too, but with chocolate even more so, and I hope Von finds a way to pair them!

                                                                                                                                  3. kwass Feb 23, 2014 11:24 AM

                                                                                                                                    Just wanted to let you all know that McEwan's Grocery Store is now carrying VON Doughnuts :)

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                                                                                                                                      petek Feb 23, 2014 11:58 AM

                                                                                                                                      I wonder if they'll have any today(off to Scarbs to visit the folks)?

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                                                                                                                                        kwass Feb 23, 2014 12:07 PM

                                                                                                                                        They probably will. If you do go, can you let us know what the selection is like?

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                                                                                                                                          petek Feb 23, 2014 12:14 PM

                                                                                                                                          I might drop by,but at this time of day they might not be all that fresh.

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                                                                                                                                            kwass Feb 23, 2014 12:58 PM

                                                                                                                                            You know what? The last time I bought VON doughnuts, I bought them 1st thing in the morning and ate them throughout the day, and they managed to stay fresh. I think as long as you eat them same day, you'll be ok.

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                                                                                                                                              petek Feb 23, 2014 06:01 PM

                                                                                                                                              If your thinking of buying your VON's at McEwan's, I wouldn't bother.. pretty dismal looking selection when I got there at 3:30ish. 1 crème brule a couple of caramel sea salt&pepper and 2 other stale looking cake d-nuts .
                                                                                                                                              $3.99 each and they looked a day or 2 old.

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                                                                                                                                                kwass Feb 23, 2014 06:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                That's such a shame! And it seems like quite the mark up as well. I can't remember how much the doughnuts are @ VON's, but I don't remember them being that expensive.

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                                                                                                                                                  cheesymama Feb 23, 2014 06:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                  $2.85 at VON, I think.

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                                                                                                                                                    kwass Feb 23, 2014 06:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                    That sounds about right.

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                                                                                                                                                      petek Feb 23, 2014 07:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Can't blame them for the markup but it doesn't look like they're putting a lot of thought into the donut side of the pastry department.

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                                                                                                                                                        kwass Feb 24, 2014 03:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                        No. From what you're saying it doesn't, which is a shame, because it means that people's 1st experience with VON isn't going to be a pleasant one.

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                                                                                                                                                          julesrules Feb 24, 2014 10:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                          I'm pretty much against donuts being brought in. Rachel's donuts at Sam James have not been a great experience for me either. No matter what kind of delivery timing they claim it does not seem to work in the long term.

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                                                                                                                                                            justsayn Feb 24, 2014 11:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Distribution doesn't work very well with fresh non-preserve, non-sugar-soaked donuts like VONs. The secret of KK is that the donut is a sponge to the sugar and the sugar doesn't fully crystalize for days.

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                                                                                                                                                              LexiFirefly Feb 24, 2014 04:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                              When we got VONS with 3.5 people they were around almost 3 days ( we cut them in quarters) the yeast ones held up really well. The cake ones not so much. So if buying from an outside source I'd recommend getting the yeast ones. *note, the SO thought they tasted better eaten upside down. ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                justsayn Feb 24, 2014 04:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                HAHAHA! You're right! The stress IS getting to him! : )

                                                                                                                                                                Actually I can see that. Let all the goodness hit the sensors directly. I'm going to try that!

                                                                                                                                                                Did you try the cake donuts fresh and they didn't hold up, or maybe they cakes were just not as much to your preference as the yeast to begin with regardless of fresh or day(s) old?

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                                                                                                                                                                  LexiFirefly Feb 25, 2014 04:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  The cake ones were really great the day of but didn't hold well overnight. I do generally prefer yeast doughnuts, but I enjoyed the cake ones the day of more than I thought I would. The violet, blurberry, lemon flavours were amazing and with the cold, tasted like spring! :)

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                                                                                                                                                                  GoodGravy Feb 24, 2014 08:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  He's right. The toppings hit the taste buds directly. Not many taste buds in the roof of your mouth.

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                                                                                                                                                                    kwass Feb 24, 2014 09:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    It's kind of brilliant :)

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                                                                                                                                                                    julesrules Feb 25, 2014 07:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    It's true the VON donuts hold up better than expected over a day or two (I stuck mine on the uninsulated back porch...). However if I'm paying McEwan over 3 bucks for a donut it'd better be fried in house and dusted in... not gold but something very tasty ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                      LexiFirefly Feb 25, 2014 08:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Agreed.

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                                                                                                                                                                  kwass Feb 24, 2014 12:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  I wouldn't say that I'm opposed to it, because it offers a level of convenience. But I agree with you jr, that the doughnuts are never as good. I've also had less than satisfactory experiences @ Sam James with Rachelle's doughnuts.

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                                                                                                                                                                    julesrules Feb 25, 2014 07:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Ha, for a sec I thought you were calling me "junior" ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                      kwass Feb 25, 2014 08:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Never :)

                                                                                                                                          2. kwass Feb 25, 2014 01:07 PM

                                                                                                                                            Look @ these from Touhenboku Ramen. I'm not sure if they actually have them or if they're just posting a pic, but I thought it would be fun to share the pic regardless :)

                                                                                                                                            https://twitter.com/TouhenbokuRamen/s...

                                                                                                                                            Update: they're from the Thai Branch of Mister Donut.

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                                                                                                                                              millygirl Feb 25, 2014 01:16 PM

                                                                                                                                              soooo cute!

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                                                                                                                                                ms. cornbread Feb 25, 2014 05:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                I was recently in Thailand. I would give up my first born child for a Mister Donut to open in Toronto. Really though.

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                                                                                                                                                  kwass Feb 25, 2014 05:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                  Now that's funny!!

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                                                                                                                                                    petek Feb 25, 2014 06:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                    . I would give up my first born child for a Mister Donut to open in Toronto. Really though.

                                                                                                                                                    You mean re-open. They were around years ago..

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                                                                                                                                                      kwass Feb 25, 2014 06:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Thank you for pointing that out petek. I thought I remembered Mister Donut.

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                                                                                                                                                        ms. cornbread Mar 2, 2014 04:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Yes, I'm aware - I've done my research! Never had them back then though, I would've been pretty young. I wonder if they were like the ones I had in Thailand or if they've changed...

                                                                                                                                                  2. petek Mar 6, 2014 07:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Finally got around to VON's to see what all the fuss was about.
                                                                                                                                                    Got the Caramel S&P- (Didn't taste much salt or pepper) Greek Town and the Crème Brulee. All very tasty and fresh. Mind blowing? Nope.. Best in the city? They were the best donuts I've had today.I rate them up there with GHD(Von is a bit more convenient for me,(30 min round trip vs 45 + for GHD)

                                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                                                      kwass Mar 6, 2014 12:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Sorry to hear you weren't blown away!! Great pics though :)

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                                                                                                                                                        petek Mar 6, 2014 01:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                        Apology accepted.. :D

                                                                                                                                                        Just kidding. Very tasty donuts and I will go back (after I shed a few lbs)

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                                                                                                                                                          Yongeman Mar 6, 2014 04:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                          I must say that, having tried VON for the first time last week, the creme brulée was amazingly good. The first bite released that beautiful creme brulée custard, oozing gently out, not nearly as congealed as most doughnut fillings. The second, encountered more of the filling as well as the burnt sugar topping, slightly resistant, then cracking as I bit in. It was really good!

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                                                                                                                                                            petek Mar 6, 2014 05:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Ya, the Crème Brulee was very tasty but mine wasn't oozing with filling and not a lot of caramelized sugar. The lovely woman behind the counter said this particular batch was larger in size(each donut) than usual, so maybe that made a difference.

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                                                                                                                                                              Yongeman Mar 7, 2014 03:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                              I guess that could explain the lack of 'ooze', petek. I also tried one with chocolate icing, peanut drizzle and bacon which was delicious, but not as remarkable as the creme brulée. And they were reasonably priced, too.

                                                                                                                                                    2. petek Mar 8, 2014 09:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                      FYI.. All the Best is selling GHD donuts now(or soon)
                                                                                                                                                      Good news for my lazy ass, bad news for my belly...

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                                                                                                                                                        kwass Mar 8, 2014 10:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                        They're being sold @ a lot of different places now. There's a new place across from trinity bellwoods on Dundas, that I can't remember the name of, as well as a coffee shop called Early Bird or something like that, on queen @ Porland. Our girl is branching out :)

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                                                                                                                                                          petek Mar 8, 2014 11:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                          I can walk/bike down to All the Best. Much more convenient for me.
                                                                                                                                                          Hopefully they'll be fresher than the VON's I saw at McEwan's

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                                                                                                                                                            kwass Mar 8, 2014 11:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Let us know! I'm curious to hear how they are. I have to say that I did get some from Early Bird's and they were incredibly fresh, so hopefully they will be @ All The Best as well :)

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                                                                                                                                                              petek Mar 8, 2014 01:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                              All the Best's twitter said they sold out real quick..

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                                                                                                                                                                kwass Mar 8, 2014 01:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                I'm not surprised! Most people who live in that area don't get out to Parkdale, so this was probably their 1st experience with GHD...which I'm sure was very exciting for them :)

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                                                                                                                                                            flonie Mar 8, 2014 09:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Are the prices comparable to buying them at the GHD bakery?

                                                                                                                                                            I'm surprised they are branching out and selling their stuff elsewhere because I thought the point of having a site was to exclusively only sell there.

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                                                                                                                                                              kwass Mar 8, 2014 09:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                              If I recall correctly, they were more expensive. Maybe Petek can confirm this.

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                                                                                                                                                                petek Mar 9, 2014 06:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                There's probably a markup involved. McEwan's marked up their VON d-nuts by a buck so...

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                                                                                                                                                                julesrules Mar 12, 2014 07:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                I'm also curious as to whether she had figured out how to have donuts all day at her own shop before branching out. I'm not local and I've never had GHD, but if I was a local, loyal supporter still encountering the supply issues people spoke of when they opened, I'd be pretty irritated that she was managing to supply other stores.
                                                                                                                                                                I do get that it's tough to crank out fresh, expensive donuts all day while minimizing loss at end of day, and that regular orders from stores may be easier to fill. But as I've already ranted about, you then lose the super fresh and in-house aspect that is a huge part of the appeal with donuts.

                                                                                                                                                          3. kwass Mar 30, 2014 09:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                            I went to Calabria today, and was I ever disappointed. They shelves were almost bare, and they had no doughnuts...that's right...I said no doughnuts.

                                                                                                                                                            I asked the lady behind the counter how that was possible, and she said that they don't make doughnuts every day. I told her that I had called, and the woman that I spoke to assured me that they make doughnuts every day. I even told her that I'd be there on a Sunday, and she said that wouldn't be a problem...that they have them every day.

                                                                                                                                                            They were extremely apologetic, and asked who I had spoken to. Of course I didn't know, because I didn't ask for a name.

                                                                                                                                                            I think I was more upset because I travelled out of my way to get there, when there were so many other places that I could have gone to. Oh well :(

                                                                                                                                                            And don't feel bad magic, it's totally not your fault, and has nothing to do with you. I just happened to speak to someone who had no idea what she was talking about when I called.

                                                                                                                                                            But for those of you who are interested in trying this place out, make sure you call before you go to see if they have doughnuts that day :)

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                                                                                                                                                              magic Mar 30, 2014 12:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Uggh, sorry kwass :(( That sucks. I should note, the Midland location is not a donut shop. They're a bakery/hot table who I guess make donuts, though apprently not every day. I know they switch things up daily.

                                                                                                                                                              Curious, which location did you go to? Midland or the Markham location. I can't vouch for the Markham location as I've never been.

                                                                                                                                                              Regardless, I'd be really put out as well. That's a total drag.

                                                                                                                                                              Glad they were at least nice. Midland's staff is lovely.

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                                                                                                                                                                kwass Mar 30, 2014 12:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                I went to the Midland location. Funny thing is, when I called I was specifically told that the Markham location is closed on Sundays, but the Midland location is open and that they would have doughnuts. The whole thing was very strange.

                                                                                                                                                                But, yes, the staff were very nice and very contrite. In fact, the man, who was the baker/possible owner, said that if he had dough in the back, he could make me some. But it would have been a 30-45 minute wait, and I didn't have time to wait that long.

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                                                                                                                                                                  magic Mar 30, 2014 04:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  Strange. Well, sorry about that experience, kwass. Sucks.

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                                                                                                                                                                    kwass Mar 30, 2014 04:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks magic!! It did suck, but I guess these things happen :(

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                                                                                                                                                                      magic Mar 30, 2014 04:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Yup, happens to us all :S

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                                                                                                                                                                        kwass Mar 30, 2014 04:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Unfortunately, I know :(

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