Our blog would not be complete without an entry about Voodoo Doughnuts, located in Portland. For those of you unfamiliar with V.D. (Voodoo Doughnuts), it is the doughnut mecca. It has been featured on numerous food shows and is a must see if you are ever in Portland. It's not only a doughnut shop, you can also arrange to get married there!
V.D. is a teeny tiny shop about the size of some rich people's bathrooms. And at almost all times there is a line stretching out the front door and around the building. I have had to wait up to 45 minutes for one of their doughnuts, but the wait for one of their zany creations is well worth it.
Are they the best doughnuts? I'd have to say no, as they lean toward the sweet side. But the flavors are unique and the experience of standing in line listening to death metal piped through the speakers in the shop, to get a hot, sugary doughnut makes them taste going to V.D. worth it. Everyone in line has this sense of giddiness and you can feel the pre-doughnut buzz in the air.
Once inside the shop you will notice the ATM machine covered in graffiti. V.D. only takes cash... Hmm smart business men, hide as much as you can from good ol Uncle Sam! And as I said before your ears are treated to the soothing sounds of... DEATH METAL. V.D. wants to make it clear that they are metal and they truly are. Upon looking at the menu board one can find flavors of doughnuts such as The Loop- a fruitloop covered doughnut, Diablos Rex-a chocolate doughnut decorated with a delightful little pentagram, The Maple Blazer Blunt-shaped to look like, well, you know a blunt, The Voodoo Doll-my personal favorite, covered in chocolate and filled with raspberry jelly, The Maple Bacon Cream-topped with maple glaze and actual bacon and of course The Cock and Balls-a male member shaped doughnut filled with luscious cream. They have a host of other crazy creations that you can view by going to http://www.voodoodoughnut.com/menu.php.
When you finally get your doughnut it is best to run back to your car and eat them as eating them on the street makes you look like a glutton especially in front of the homeless people that tend to linger outside the shop. I always feel a little indulgent eating gobs of dough and sugar in front of people who don't have a home. SO its best to avoid the guilt and eat them in your car, not in front of the shop. I say eat them in your car because there's no way you're going to make it home with the sweet sugary smell wafting through your vehicle while driving. And the sheer pleasure eating the doughnuts is enough to make you swerve into oncoming traffic. You need to eat them before driving, trust me.
Just a note about how many to eat. I'd say don't do more than two and even that can create a sugar high, crash and belly ache that will make you possibly never want to come back to V.D. And that of course would be tragic because you need to come back to try all of their wonderful flavors!
My sister eating a voodoo doll.
Our family friend, Joyce, with her Old Dirty Bastard, another of my favorites!
And now here is some video I shot while at V.D. with my sister this year. Enjoy and please so yourself a favor and visit Voodoo Doughnuts, you will not regret it!