Category Archives: Eat This Now

Eat This Now: Donut Savant

Full disclosure: I did not get these donuts today.

I got them last Saturday.

Yes, the day after I got these doughnuts.

It feels good to be honest.

Several months ago, SF Gate came out with an article on Oakland’s Doughnut Renaissance.  Timmeh and I took this as a personal challenge, as I’m sure it was intended.  Summer is the time when all magical things happen; perfect time for the doughnut/donut crawl.

Donut Savant is located on Broadway in Downtown Oakland, right next to 19th st. BART.

20 min from SF.  Just saying...

20 min from SF. Just saying…

Super convenient and dangerous for anyone who works downtown or attends the prestigious Oaksterdam University.

(…………Yeah, it’s a school for weed.  No joke…………)

After reading Yelp reviews and looking at their Twitter feed, I was really looking forward to trying lots of flavors.  Oreo?  S’mores?  Done and done.

I'll take.....all?

I’ll take…..all?

It’s clearly an old school donut shop converted into a new school, slightly hipster donut shop.  The majority of the donuts are cake with various icings and sugars.  They also offer an assortment of raised donuts with the hole nestled in the, uh, hole.  You know what I mean.

Every flavor looked good so I got one of each golf ball-sized cake donut and a glazed raised to compare to my beloved Krispy Kreme (krack).

Gluten-full, sugar-full, animal product-full.

Gluten-full, sugar-full, animal product-full.

Clockwise from upper left: Maple Walnut, Chocolate Glaze, Chocolate Dust (hidden), Cinnamon Sugar, Vanilla Glaze, Maple Glaze, Coconut, Glazed Raised (on top).

They were all DELISH.  Both of the maple flavors had a bit of salt and were so, so good.  I loved the crunch of the chocolate dust.  I’m not typically a fan of cake donuts but these were moist and flavorful.  The raised had a good texture and some tang in the glaze.  I liked it and would definitely try the chocolate glazed raised donut next time.

I shared AGAIN!  #donutkarmacoins

I shared AGAIN! #donutkarmacoins

The only bummer about my Donut Savant experience was that a lot of the special flavors I saw online weren’t in the shop on Saturday morning.  The woman who worked there indicated that they roll out some other flavors later in the day.  Looks like I’ll have to go in the afternoon!



DonutCat needs his fix, after all….

Are you also eating like you’re on Death Row?  What’s your sweet treat of choice?


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Eat This Now: Doughnut Dolly

This morning, I had one of the most surprisingly delightful experiences of my life.

I got in and out of the DMV with a replacement drivers license in….


I am not kidding. I did something that I don’t believe I’ve done in my 14 years as a licensed driver: I made an appointment. I felt like Jay-Z (no, not Beyoncé, JAY-Z) gliding past the fifty sad sacks in the no-appointment line. Game changer.

To celebrate my LIFE WIN, I got doughnuts. Naturally.

Doughnut Dolly is an adorable doughnut shop in the Temescal district of Oakland. It’s hidden in a magical little doughnut alley!

The owner fills each doughnut to order with a menu of delicious creams and jams that regularly change.


Selecting for myself and future-hubs at home, I played it safe with dark chocolate and naughty cream (vanilla creme fraiche).

I happened to wear my adorable (and so soft!) See Jane Run ambassador shirt. As the owner filled my doughnuts with goodness, she told me she was doing the SJR tri in October! I was so excited for her! GET IT, AMAZING DOUGHNUT MAKER!

Behind me, another customer commented on the race and it turns out she is training for the coveted Nike Women’s Marathon. What a small active world!

Totally delighted with my experience, I brought the treats home to share with Tim. Sharing is caring.


The doughnut was spongey and light with fine sugar on the outside. The dark chocolate filling was rich and fabulous. The naughty cream had the perfect balance of sweet and tangy. I can’t wait to try more flavors!

Temescal is a fantastic neighborhood to eat and judge hipsters. If you ever make it over before 3pm, I highly recommend getting a treat at Doughnut Dolly. Just make sure to check her Twitter feed @doughnutdolly to see if she’s sold out!

Donut/Doughnut fan?

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