Monday, September 27, 2010

VooDoo Doughnuts in Portland, OR

I'm wrapping up my fourth and final day in Portland, Oregon.  This city is a vegan paradise. Did you know that vegan cupcake and cookie trees line the streets?  You just lean over as you pass by them on your Municipal Unicorn, and pluck the sweets of your choice from eagerly generous branches.

I've eaten so much good vegan food I can't keep track of it all. If I were a serious blogger, I would have had a panic attack trying to document all of the superlative vegan experiences I've had in such a short span of time.  So I only focused on a couple, one of which is VooDoo Doughnuts.

There are two locations in Portland.  The original location downtown, and the predictably named VooDoo Doughnuts Too! across the river, to the east.  My companions (renowned and prolific vegan bloggers Isa, Amy, and John) and I visited the latter location, which looks like a reclaimed pancake house sporting an Appalachian living room out front.

Beside the order counter is a dessert carrousel displaying all of the day's available doughnuts.  Everything on the top shelf is vegan, and there's a lot of stuff on the top shelf.  I ordered the Grape Ape, mostly for aesthetic reasons.  Something about that purple, crystalized frosting called to me, drowning out Isa's criticism of my taste.

It was tangy. Appropriately so, as I learned later from Amy that it's sprinkled with grape Tang crystals.  It was like eating grape candy on a doughnut, an experience which partially validated Isa's warnings. But the fluffy magical doughnut foundation was excellent, sound enough to support even the most audacious of frosting abominations.
John, Isa, and Amy look on with varying degrees of credulity.

While this is an excellent doughnut, and its deliciousness is fresh in my palate's memory, I'm not sure if it ousts the Vegan Bake Sale Doughnut I had a few months ago.  I'll have to find another one of those quickly to make the final decision.