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Celebrate National Donut Day

The day is finally here: June 2nd is National Donut Day!

Donuts (or doughnuts, if you prefer the old school way) have become so quintessential American, and, we bet that for the doughnut lovers out there, you almost have a ritualistic approach to doughnut consumption. For some it’s a mindless morning routine, for others it’s your go-to indulgent. Still, we bet you haven’t tried all the best doughnuts that there is in New York.

Since there are so many different kinds of doughnuts, we know it could get a little overwhelming. To help you, we’ve made a list of the best places to get the best doughnuts from, for you to celebrate this special date the right way. And by that we mean eating every doughnut that the city has to offer! Enjoy!

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These are Ed’s, our co-founder, favorites! Before, you could only get these cakey pastries hidden inside a car wash, at the Underwest Donuts first shop, but now you can also find them at the Penn Plaza, waiting to be grabbed by you. So if you are feeling like having some fluffy Maple Waffle, Raspberry Yogurt, or Jasmine Tea donuts with delicious texture, go get’em!


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Sweet-and-savory creations are The Doughnut Project’s flagship. Flavors like Those Beetz are Dope, The Everything Doughnut, and Bacon Maple Bar have the perfect balance between salty and sweets!


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These bite-sized doughnuts come in delicious flavors like Paris Time (lavender and pistachio) and Urban Monkey (coffee, coconut and banana).

At their shop, customers can watch as Doughnuttery doughnuts are made, and then choose the sugar flavors they want on them.


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Cronuts. The name says it all. Dominique Ansel’s Bakery bakes the cross between croissant and doughnuts, and they taste just amazing. However, getting your hands on these delicious treats demands some time spent on a queue, as they always have people lining up in front of their store, craving for cronuts. Still, most people say that:

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Should you give the queue a chance?


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The big and famous Doughs doughnuts are everywhere in NY. Their empire is built from their airy and super sweet treats they make everyday. Our co-founder, Puja, is absolutely crazy about the Hibiscus donuts, her favorite.


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The Du’s Donuts coffee shop is in Williamsburg’s William Vale Hotel, one of the coolest hotels in the neighborhood, where you can enjoy a doughnut (or ten) laying on the grass at their balcony, which is opened to the public. The chef, Wylie Dufresne, well known for his molecular gastronomy projects, now is back with this project. Flavors like pistachio pink lemonade, grapefruit chamomile, banana graham and mexican hot chocolate will make you want more!


If you feel like throwing a National Donut Day party, or celebrating by yourself, let Sweetist deliver from Dough, Erin McKenna, The Doughnut Project, Doughnuttery and more right to your door!

Don’t forget to wish everyone a Happy Donut Day!

An Interview with Leslie of Prohibition Bakery

We are so excited to welcome Prohibition Bakery to Sweetist! Their bite-sized cupcakes pack a boozy punch and come in so many fun flavors that remind us of our favorite cocktails!

 



Today, we sat down with Leslie Feinberg (right), whom, along with Brook Siem, co-owns Prohibition Bakery. Let's learn more about her story!



Please tell us a little bit about how you got started on your cupcake journey!



Well, the short answer is s bartender/baker and chef walk into a bakery…. The long answer requires a few beers to aid in the telling.

Prohibition Bakery is such a fun concept! How did you come up with the idea of making boozy cupcakes?



We wanted to take an idea that had been done six ways from sideways, and find a whole new way to approach it. Plus, it’s New York’s two favorite things!

 



How did you come up with the flavor combinations, and what’s your personal favorite?


The flavor combinations are largely based on classic cocktails, so we treat the cake as the mixer, and then fill and frost with the appropriate booze, add a cute little garnish, and voila!



Tell us a little about your cookbook.


The cookbook is so beautiful, which I can say because I had nothing to do with the actual design besides saying “YES!” It’s 50 boozy cupcake recipes, along with boozy filling recipes (ganache, caramel, jam, etc) and 9 cocktail recipes.

When you are not creating inventive cupcakes, what's the favorite thing you like to bake?


I’m kind of known for my chocolate chip cookies. I bake them a lot, and am always working on new variations. I also bake a lot of breads, and like to experiment with home-baking things you would buy in a store, like cheezits or oreos.

What’s your favorite New York guilty pleasure?


Mr. Softy. Really, any ice cream, but my boyfriend and I always get a Mr. Softy swirl with rainbow and chocolate sprinkles (called A TwoFace) when we’re out walking in spring and summer. If one of us gets on without the other present, we joke that we “cheated.”

What's your favorite restaurant in NYC?


There are so many incredible restaurants in New York, it would be impossible to pick a favorite. That being said, nothing makes me quite as happy as a cold McSorley’s Dark, and order of fries and a burger from Corner Bistro.

Any fun customer stories to share?


Oooooh, so many. There’ve been super awkward Twinder dates, there’s the occasional celebrity spotting, our favorite punk regulars who made us “cupcakes against fascism” patches, and of course there was the adorable old woman who came in with her granddaughter, and upon seeing that we were serving a cupcake called The Basic Bitch (this is last summer) proudly exclaimed, “That’s me! I’m a basic bitch!” Her granddaughter and I just about died laughing.



An Interview with Melissa of Tipsy Scoop

Tipsy Scoop, our beloved partner known for their liquor-infused ice cream that will make you tipsy, will be opening up their first retail space in Manhattan this Spring!

Launching their “bar-lour” came at the request of their fans, who were showing up in crowds to

Tipsy Scoop’s East Harlem production facility on a quest to buy some boozy ice cream. Realizing that their factory couldn’t adequately host all those looking for a scoop of boozy bliss, Melissa Tavss and her team started working to find a retail location they could call home. Today, we have the pleasure of interviewing Melissa about her Tipsy Scoop journey!



Tipsy Scoop is such a fun concept! How did you come up with the idea of mixing liquors with ice-cream? 

I started around three years ago. My great-grand mother was actually the former President of the Ice-Cream Alliance of Great Britain, so ice cream making runs in my family.  I also worked for over 5 years and have extensive experience with the liquor industry after having a career in marketing for various liquor brands. I was inspired to craft specialty ice-cream flavors after seeing clients request caterers to make different confections with their alcohol. A year into starting the business, I was joined by former co-worker from the Liquor PR biz, Lyz Nardo, and we started expanding the boozy ice-cream line, selling to stores, specialty retailers, and restaurants throughout the Northeast.



How did you come up with the flavor combinations, and what’s your personal favorite?
 

We are inspired by different flavors in the liquors we work with. My personal favorite is the spiked hazelnut coffee made with cold brew, Cafe Patron, and hazelnut liqueur.



Tell us a little about  the concept of the barlour. Will there be exciting, in store-only desserts?
 

Yes! We will have over 15 boozy ice-cream flavors available year-round and limited edition seasonal flavors each month that can only be found at our storefront.

When you are not creating fun ice-creams for

Tipsy Scoop, what's the favorite thing you like to make?

I like making pasta dishes! My favorite is orchiette, broccoli rabe, and spicy sausage.

What’s your favorite New York guilty pleasure? 

Boozy brunch

What's your favorite restaurant in NYC?

Right now I really love Patrizia's of 2nd Avenue and live right around the block- so that’s very dangerous!

Can’t wait for the

Tipsy Scoop store to open? Try the boozy ice-creams now on Sweetist!

Photo credit: Tipsy Scoop’s website and instagram

Latin American Desserts

My name is Michaella, I'm part of the incredible marketing team of Sweetist.

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Before getting here, I was was living in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where I was born and raised. If all that comes to your mind is Carnival and Soccer, actually there’s so much more there to know and try, specially some delicious desserts. And not just Brazil’s, Latin American sweets are famous all over the world.

Whenever I get a little homesick, I find it so easy to have something that tastes like home. All my favorite cravings are here in NYC!

Brigadeiro:

Probably the most important thing on a brazilian birthday table, besides the cake. My mom used to spent the day making them before my birthday parties (thanks, mom!).

The traditional brigadeiro is a soft chocolate ball with chocolate sprinkles, made of condensed milk. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, it’s something like this:

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Sounds good, uh?

The strawberry flavor brigadeiro is also very famous too, and Brazilians call it “Bicho de pé”, which literally means “foot bug”.

Hm...Yum!

Brigadeiro Bakery, a NYC based shop, makes traditional chocolate brigadeiros wrapped in beautiful boxes. There’s also some different gourmet flavors, like coconut, Almond and Honey and Pistachio.

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You can also choose to have happiness in a jar:

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Shop Brigadeiro here!

Churros:

Churros, originally from Spain but also common in the Latin America countries, are made of delicious fried dough sprinkled with sugar. You find them in different sizes, straight or curled and filled or dipped with nutella and dulce de leche.

In NYC, the best churros are at Sweet Churros, where they are handcrafted and freshly fried. Muy Sabrosos!

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Picture credit: Instagram @sweetchurrosnyc

Paletas:

From creamy to fruity, the paletas are a super refreshing Mexican dessert. We have said before that you can’t go wrong with La Newyorkina ’s paletas.

They are all made of natural ingredients and their names sound as delicious as they really taste: Cajeta-Canela (Mexican cinnamon filled with goats milk caramel), Fresa fields (Maria cookie with strawberries), Mango filled with Chamoy, Red Hook (Coffee from Chiapas with chocolate chip cookie dough).

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Shop La Newyorkina here.

Alfajor:

This South American traditional sweet is made of two round cookies with sweet fillings between them like dulce de leche.

Limanjar, a bakery that comes from Lima, Peru, does beautiful alfajores filled with manjarblanco, a caramel-like-filling, that is simply out of this world!

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Shop Limanjar here

Leaving my country has never been so easy! By the way, all this writing made me miss home...I might be going to grab some of these sweets right now…

Tchau!

5 Pies to Celebrate National Pi Day with in NYC

Happy National Pi(e) Day! Sweetist is here to help you celebrate with some of the best pies in New York City. So without further ado, here’s our list of the best pies for you to shove in your piehole this National Pi Day.


1. Little Pie Company Sour Cream Apple Walnut Pie

While none of the pies from Little Pie Company disappoint, our favorite (and their bestseller) is the Sour Cream Apple Walnut, layers of thinly sliced apple all topped with a crunchy, crumbly brown sugar walnut streusel.

And for the entire week of Pi Day, if you buy a large pie in store, you’ll get a free sugar cookie shaped like the Pi symbol. So what are you waiting for? Go check them out!

(or if you’re too lazy to move, get one delivered here)

Little Pie Company / @eatdrinknomad


2. Four & Twenty Blackbirds Salted Caramel Apple Pie

Four and Twenty Blackbirds offers up a twist on the classic apple pie with their Salted Caramel Apple Pie. This slice features an apple filling with a barely there touch of caramel, topped with a flaky crust studded with coarse salt. Make sure to ask for some of their homemade whipped cream on the side!

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3. Petee’s Pie Company Almond Chess Pie

If fruity pies aren’t your thing, Petee’s Pie Company has got you covered. While their cherry crumb and blueberry pies are fantastic, that’s not what you’re here for. No, you’re here for a slice of one of their chess pies, available in almond, chocolate, salty (!) chocolate, lemon poppyseed, and even sesame varieties. Our favorite is the Almond Chess Pie, with a crisp top of layered almonds that gives way to a gooey, buttery custard. Here’s a tip: order it black bottom and get a thin layer of dark chocolate ganache at the bottom.

Petee’s Pie Company / @fiery309fashionista


4. Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies Key Lime Pie (obviously)

Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies takes it back to the basics with a key lime pie made from only five ingredients: fresh key lime, condensed milk, egg yolks, graham crackers, and butter. They don’t sell slices, so order a mini pie or bring some friends and split a whole one (or eat it by yourself, we won’t judge). When it gets warmer out, opt for a Swingle, a chocolate-dipped mini key lime pie served on a stick.

Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pie / @deargracie


5. Butter & Scotch S’mores Pie

Butter & Scotch’s S’mores Pie definitely lives up to its name. With its sticky scorched marshmallow, smooth chocolate custard, and graham cracker crust, it’s essentially just a giant s’more. Which isn’t a bad thing. If a slice isn’t enough, you can also order any slice of pie as a milkshake, blended with your choice of ice cream.

Spare yourself the trek to Brooklyn and order one here.

Butter & Scotch / @delicategodzilla

La Newyorkina: Best Paletas in NYC

This month’s Dessert Spotlight features a new addition to Sweetist: La Newyorkina, the Mexican paleteria/ice creamery/all things Mexican dessert shop run by Fany Gerson, also head of the Dough donut empire. While La Newyorkina’s carts and its refreshing paletas have been a feature of New York City summers since 2010, its first brick-and-mortar location in West Village has only been open a few months.

The shop features an expanded menu, including not only its famed paletas, but also other frozen desserts, like handmade nieves de garrafa or helados, and other Mexican confections. And with a portion of their profits going to Crea, an organization based in Mexico that helps women from low-income households create and run small businesses, La Newyorkina is truly redefining the term “guilt-free dessert.”

Head over to La Newyorkina to try some of these frozen treats, or learn how to make your own with Fany’s upcoming book, Mexican Ice Cream: Beloved Recipes and Stories (preorder here).

Our Picks:

Nieves de Garrafa

 Nieves de Garrafa is a hand-paddled water-based sorbet that Gerson describes as “custard in its purest form” is handmade in store daily. Flavors rotate everyday, but our favorites are the mango (pictured below) and the queso fresco, a soft Mexican cheese.

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La Newyorkina / @lycynthialy

Horchata Ice Cream

With flavors ranging from pumpkin seed brittle to corn, horchata might not be the most creative flavor on the menu, but does that really matter when it’s this good? La Newyorkina’s horchata is creamy, but not overly so, with bits of cinnamon and sugar providing some much needed grit (pictured below with scoops of the coco-choco, a fresh coconut cream with dark chocolate bits, and the Oaxacan chocolate).

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La Newyorkina / @lanewyorkina

Available for delivery in hand-packed pints here.

Paletas (duh)

While you can’t go wrong with any of La Newyorkina’s paletas, from either fruity or creamy, or even a blend of both, our favorites are the canela and cajeta, a Mexican cinnamon ice encasing an oozing cajeta, or goat caramel, filling and the equally gooey fresa con crema (are you sensing a theme yet?), a strawberry paleta with a condensed milk center (both pictured below).

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La Newyorkina / @lanewyorkina

fresas con crema

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La Newyorkina / @lanewyorkina

Available for delivery in packs of 12 in fruity, creamy, fruity & creamy, and classic flavored selections here.

Learn more about La Newyorkina out here!

Thanksgiving Desserts Ideas

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and Sweetist is here to make it as great as it can be! Don’t worry about making desserts for your meal; instead, order a few of these fall favorites from our site and enjoy more quality time with loved ones!

Double Crust Apple Pie

Double Crust Apple Pie

Traditional apple pie made with Golden Delicious and Granny Smith apples topped with a double crust. Note: Available from 19th Nov till 24th Nov.

Black Bottom Pecan Pie

Black Bottom Pecan

Pumpkin IceBox Pie

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Creamy Pumpkin cream cheese filling in a gingernap crust with candied pecans. Note: Available from 19th Nov till 24th Nov.

Pecan Caramel Tart

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The perfect option for chocolate lovers - A crunchy tart filled with Valrhona chocolate ganache with light caramel and pecans.

Pumpkin Loaf with Vanilla Icing

Pumpkin Bread Loaf with Vanilla Icing

Not quite in the mood for pie? Enjoy mini slices of this delicious pumpkin loaf as a sweet treat after your meal.

Harvest Apple Cupcake

Harvest Apple Cupcake pack of 6

Made with fresh apples, cranberries, raisins and pecans and topped with a caramel meringue buttercream.

Halloween- Tricks AND Treats

Halloween is just around the corner. No Halloween would be complete without some spooktacular sweets. If you are into DIY, we got some ideas for you. But if this crisp fall weather is making you just want to curl up with a blanket and watch some classic horror movies, we got you covered with some desserts from our site.

TREATS from Sweetist

Boo-tiful Rice Krispies
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Order this fun Halloween pack from Treat House on Sweetist

Halloween-themed Cupcake
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Deliciously spooky! Order it from Billy’s Bakery on Sweetist!

img_2822 Order either a 12-pack or 6-pack spooky cupcake set from Buttercup Bakeshop! More fun to go around and share! Perfect for Halloween parties!

Pumpkin Pie
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Get this classic fall favorite! Order online through Sweeist so that you can use that precious time creating your costume instead!

TRICKS - D.I.Y Ideas

Acorn Candy Cookies
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Grab a box of vanilla wafers to make this simple treat! Heat the bottoms of Hershey and peanut butter kisses and attach each one to the cookie, respectively. If you don’t want to deal with melting chocolate/peanut butter, grab a tiny dollop of icing to use as glue. Prepare to amaze your friends!

Ghosts
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(Source: http://www.onecountry.com/halloween-desserts-2055552080.html) A healthy fruit treat! Grab some melted white chocolate and generously coat the strawberries. Set the strawberries on a plate so that the white chocolate trails on the plate, resembling a ghost’s body. Then, take some baking chocolate chips and apply them to a strawberry to resemble a ghost’s face! Spook out your friends with how great this treat tastes.

Caramelized Pumpkin Seeds
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(Source: http://cookingwithmykid.com/2010/10/11/caramelized-pumpkin-seeds/) A great dessert idea to make with kids! Nutritious and also irresistible! After carving your wonderfully decorated pumpkin, make sure to save the seeds. Let the seeds dry overnight and sprinkle as much brown sugar as you’d like on the seeds. Bake the seeds for around 8 to 10 minutes, making sure to adjust the seeds every now and then to allow for even cooking. Enjoy – this treat is addicting!

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(Source: http://www.iheartnaptime.net/halloween-treats/) How cute are these! Another super simple dessert idea for parties. Take any cookie with a chocolate coating and use it as the base of the witch’s hat. Then place a dollop of orange icing in the center of the cookie and place a Hershey’s kiss on top. Viola!

Chocolate Mice
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(Source: http://happyhourprojects.com/christmas-mice/) This is a simple and easy treat that resembles a cute mouse! All you need is some chocolate, cherries, and almond slices. Take one candied cherry and coat it in melted chocolate. While the chocolate is still warm, attach the cherry to 2 almond slices and a Hershey’s kiss. Make sure that the Hershey’s kiss is pointing outwards, so that the Hershey’s kiss resembles the mouse’s nose!

Have a boo-tiful weekend!
Sweetist Team

We’re Screaming for Melt-in-Your-Mouth Ice Cream!

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August is literally the ice cream month. If you missed the ticket for the summer’s biggest food event - Museum of Ice Cream, don’t be sad! Melt Bakery is your local ice cream sandwich shop which located right at the Lower East Side!

In honor of National Ice Cream Sandwich Day, we met Julian Plyter, cofounder of Melt Bakery, who has been in the food business for the last decade - transitioning from personnel manager to culinary chef to ice cream sandwich shop owner! With an eye for ice cream sandwiches and all things sugary, Julian combined forces with business partner Kareem Hamandy to create Melt. Find out what this iconic ice cream sandwich shop has planned for this magical day with us!

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Melt’s Ice Cream, Melt in Your Mouth.

We were really stumped on what we should name our company. We asked a whole bunch of friends, and I believe a young mom suggested “Melt”: it was a play on the idea that ice cream will melt, but also captures the savory part too like how it melts in your mouth. Once we heard it, we knew we were on to something.

From Street Cart to Brick and Mortar, It’s Been Six Years!

Melt Bakery has grown steadily since 2010 from a street cart, and it has been really cool to see the process. It used to be just me, and now its a business with 40+ employees. As we grow, we continue to remain committed to our self-propelled theology that everything is made by ourselves. Rather than add machinery, I’ve added more people. 

Every Flavor Has Its Story.

As far as the sandwiches go, I initially chose the things that seem to go well together. For instance, peanut butter and banana is an easy combination, and we called that the Elvis because that was [Elvis Presley’s] favorite kind of sandwich. The Big Deb is a riff on the Little Debbie oatmeal cream pies, it’s a essentially oatmeal cookies with vanilla ice cream. Thick mint is a riff on Girl Scout thin mint cookies, but a little thicker. Morticia is a homage to the first lady of the Addams family because it’s a little elegant and black, with almonds.

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My Mom Is My Biggest Inspiration.

My mom is my biggest inspiration. She’s an ice cream-eating inspiration to everyone. She’s a size 0, but she’ll eat ice cream before dinner to make sure that she fills up on dessert. It’s endlessly enjoyable for me to know that my work is pleasing her because she is such a big, big inspiration to me. She was the one who taught me how to make these sandwiches, most particularly the chocolate chip walnut cookie. The recipe is actually hers!

Celebrate National Ice Cream Sandwich Day with Our New Flavors!

We’re launching two new flavors - RICO = Coconut Cookies + Dulce de Leche Ice Cream, and S'MOST = Graham Cracker Cookies + Chocolate Marshmallow Ice Cream on National Ice Cream Sandwich Day!! Stop by our cart at Washington Square Park on this day, we're giving $1 off all day to celebrate! 

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A Father's Day Gift Guide

Here at Sweetist, we want to help you celebrate those important moments. So here's a helpful guide for one that's right around the corner: Father's Day! Rather than buying Dad socks for the fifth year running, how about changing it up and celebrating Father's Day with something awesome. Here's a few ideas:

- A special dinner at Gallagher’s Steakhouse 

- A Nutribullet to make healthy, delicious, juice

- A day on Hornblower’s Beer Brunch Cruise with live jazz music and free-flowing beer 

- A night watching the NBA Finals on ESPN 

- And our favorite Father's Day gift: a half-dozen delicious doughnuts from Dough with a handwritten note! Not like we're being partial or anything...