On a cold rainy Sunday afternoon, Therese and I took a subway trip way out to Bushwick, Brooklyn to try out some vegan treats at Dun-Well Doughnuts. I had vaguely remembered hearing about their success in the Doughnut Wars on the Food Network, but honestly, I found them via a simple Google search for vegan bakeries in NYC.
Before checking them out, Therese and I had some lunch at Cafe Los Arcos around the corner on Bushwick Ave. I have to give a shout-out to Los Arcos for two reasons: authentic Mexican cafe atmosphere (with Selena dubbed into Spanish playing on the tv), and great cheap food (I had carne asada with yellow rice and pinto beans – yum!).
Once we had finished our lunch, it was time to check out Dun-Well. And check it out we did. The shop is definitely striking, with its typical hipster mix of Roaring 20s meets 1960s meets junk sale vibe.
Don’t get me wrong: I have nothing against hipsters. For all I know, some people might think I’m a hipster. And seeing how seriously they treat doughnuts at Dun-Well, how can I question what they are about? I mean, not only do they spell the word “doughnut” with the “ugh” the old-fashioned way (rather than just donuts as popularized by Dunkin’ Donuts), but they have a mission statement!
OK, let’s step back here a moment. Some vegan bakeries do a cake doughnut, which is great, but when I heard about Dun-Well, I got excited at the prospect of eating a vegan doughnut that might be just as decadent as the doughnuts I used to eat before I went dairy free. You know, all airy and chewy and gooey and so out-there that you know your healthcare professional gets a twinge every time you eat one. Well, Dun-Well delivers. The first one of their offerings I ate was a peanut butter and jelly – jelly-filled with peanut butter icing on it. Oh Mama: lock me in a darkened cell with a month’s supply of these, come back 30 days later and you will find me a happy man.
Of course, with a good doughnut as with Lays Potato Chips, you can’t eat just one. And since we had come so far in the cold and rain, we were not going to short-change ourselves on the doughnut experience, so we went for a half-dozen.
Before I had bitten into one, Therese got me to promise that I will be cutting back on sweets in the new year. See, that’s the effect that a truly transcendent doughnut has on people: just from looking at it, they can already tell how decadent it is. No one is going to watch you eat a plate of linguini and then make you swear an oath to cut back. Dun-Well, I will be dieting in 2014, but first, I’m gonna stuff my face with your sweet delicious o-rings. And with that, I come to the end of my 2013 dessert crawl!