Monday, October 31, 2011

Portland Oddity: Voodoo Doughnuts

I am just going to apologize right now.

I seem to have taken a lot of photos of food while I was in Portland. (it was easy to do because the food all looked and tasted so darn yummy!)

 Voodoo Donuts.

The small bit of information I gathered before I went to Portland is that Portland is odd. And they LOVE their oddness. Voodoo doughnuts are one of those odd places that people LOVE to go to! We landed at 8:00 p.m. and went straight to the donut shop that is in the cities Northwest side close to 3rd and Burnside Street. Normally you will encounter a line out the door (I have not seen a line like that since Chipotle was privately owned) but on our first night there, there was not so much of a line. (We walked by Voodoo several other times during the weekend and there was always a line.)

You must have cash when you visit Voodoo. They do not take plastic cards.  We ordered three doughnuts and took them home to enjoy while we caught up and made weekend plans.

 The donuts all have fun names and often are shaped oddly. We tried the Portland Creme (Portland's Unofficial Official Doughnut, the Voodoo doll, and The Dirty Bastard. You can't tell it but that Dirty Bastard is a yeast doughnut with chocolate frosting, oreo's and then drizzled with peanut butter. Calories. Fat Grams. Both out the window!

There were a few doughnuts we did not try and wanted to. On Sunday, a few short minutes before we needed to leave for the airport we found ourselves back down in the Voodoo neighborhood.  We had to stand in line but we were determined to take doughnuts home to our families.

They even have their own pink delivery truck!

And can you tell that the outside brick has been painted and glittered?

 I am planning to update my resume when I get back home. Maybe they will pick me?

This is the Voodoo doll. He is a raised doughnut filled with some of the yummiest raspberry jam. I hate to admit this but I tried him and he is yummy, and I do not like jelly/pudding filled doughnuts. Ask my hubby he can tell you. When we were dating, he said that was my strike two.

 So, if a Voodoo doll is too scary, how about a Captain my The Loop (vanilla frosting and Fruit Loops), or A Grape Ape (purple frosting with sprinkles) or a Mango Tango (filled with mango jelly), a Double Bubble (cake doughnut with a piece of gum for afterwards.

 I love the eyeball but my friend reminded me it probably would not travel well. I did take home a Maple Bacon (a raised doughnut with Maple Bacon frosting topped with two strips of bacon (DO NOT WRINKLE your nose! it was amazing!) They also have a Texas Challenge right there in Portland. A glazed raised doughnut that equals six regular doughnuts. OH, it was big!

So, if you are planning a Portland trip,  take a break from the pods and head over to Voodoo doughnuts!

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