The hot chocolate festival is back again this year for the 7th time with 29 participants and 61 flavours to try! I had a craving for Lucky’s Doughnuts and Forty Ninth Parallel Cafe is also participating in the hot chocolate festival so it was the best of both worlds. Their hot chocolate is also reasonably priced as well. The festival runs from Jan. 19 to Feb. 14, 2017.
Doughnut Time seems to be everywhere in Sydney! I’ve passed by five locations and I just had to give them a try! These babies are huge! It’s like a doughnut meal! The shops are really small with just a window displaying the sugary goods and you just take it to go. With a neon doughnut sign on the front of the retro green shop, they’re hard to miss.
Honey Doughnuts is a popular cafe in Deep Cove and it was part of the reason I went hiking there! As a big doughnut and dessert fan, I had to try them out. In addition to doughnuts, they also have a lot of breakfast and lunch items. There is also outdoor seating available as well.
I have been going through a doughnut phase lately so I dropped by Lucky’s Doughnuts!
I managed to snag the Matcha Bismarck on my visit! I’ve seen pictures of it and boy was I excited to eat it! Matcha everything ftw! =D
The inside was filled with a glorious matcha cream and there was plenty of it too. The matcha flavour was distinct but still fairly light. Also I was surprised that there was a tart lemon flavour from the icing on the outside as well but I like lemon so that was good for me! The bright green doughnut was soft and not doughy. I totally inhaled it… =D There goes my waistline…
Also tried the Memphis Hash. I had no idea what it was but the server described it as a peanut butter cream filled doughnut with Nutella icing on top and carmelized banana slices. Sounded like a good combination to me! There was plenty of peanut butter cream but the dough part was more dry compared to the Matcha Bismarck. The carmelized bananas were stiff on the sides from the sugar glaze so it tasted a little unusual to me but it was a fun doughnut creation that successfully united peanut butter and Nutella.
I had some donut cravings lately and thought of Cartem’s! I think they’re my fave donut place now and next would be Tim Horton’s since it’s cheap and convenient and they’re really opposite ends of the donut spectrum haha I can appreciate most donuts though!
First we have the Candy Cane donut. This was my least favourite since it felt dry which is rare for them and the flavour was a bit artificial for me.
I think I’ve found my favorite donut shop! Also, I follow them on Instagram and I saw pictures of their London Fog Stuffie so I knew I had to try it. I’ve been on a bit of a London Fog/Earl Grey craze this year… They are located on Pender and Seymour, a block away from Waterfront station. Donuts are $3 each and tax is included already.
Here is the London Fog Stuffie! I was too busy stuffing my face to notice what kind of a glaze was on top of the donut. But the inside was very light fluffy.
Donuts are practically a dietary staple since they’re pretty cheap at Tim Horton’s. However, at Lucky’s these are not your typical mass produced doughnuts. Everything is made from scratch and in-store everyday. That also explains the higher price points (~$3). I dropped by one day while I was in the area and snagged a Lemon Poppyseed Doughnut. Yes still going through that lemon phase folks.
Okay please excuse my hastily snapped picture and the weird lighting. I was taking it to go and it was quite busy in there so I just quickly took a picture on the counter lol and left before people would think I was weird… =_________=
Anyway, there was a good amount of poppyseeds on it and it was a good size. When I bit into the doughnut, I was expecting maybe a more cake like fluffy texture. It was actually more like a cross between a light doughnut and a cruller but less moist. It just retained a slight chew to it but it wasn’t that light either. Hope that makes sense! The lemon glaze was zesty with the right amount of sweetness to it. I thought it was pretty good but I’m not sure if I wanna pay over $3 for a doughnut. Then again I have to say I wouldn’t mind grabbing one occasionally :P