Last Sunday Paul and I set out to explore the mission. Specifically, we were out to try an old favorite and a couple new favorites. I love this neighborhood. There is so much to see and explore plus we lucked out with the weather (it was sunny and beautiful). We started out at “Dynamo Donuts” on 24th, and then headed over to “Humphry Slocombe” on Harrison and 24th. To finish off, we went to one of my all time favorite cookie shops, “Anthony’s Cookies” on Valencia. We could have probably hit a couple more but we reached our minimum daily requirement of sweets.
“Dynamo Donuts” is THE ‘go to’ place in the city when it comes to donuts. Sara Spearin, a graduate of the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont, opened Dynamo Donuts in 2008 after honing her skills in some of the best restaurants in town. Her skill is immediately apparent when you bite into anyone of her tasty creations. Not only tasty, her treats are hand made with wholesome, organic, sustainable, and local ingredients whenever possible. The inside of the shop is cozy and a great place to sit and enjoy your donuts and coffee; or, you can order something from the street at the walk-up window and take it to go. We ordered one of their mainstays, the “Bacon Maple Apple” and an “Apricot Cardomom”. If I didn’t have some other stops to make, I could have easily gorged on these and tried a few of the other flavors of the day. They all looked great. Both of the ones we tried were delicious. I can highly recommend paying Dynamo Donuts a visit for a quick nosh or to order some for your next event. You can check out all the great flavors and order donuts online for pick up at the website here.
Jake Godby is my idol! He is the creative force behind the over 80 or so different flavors at “Humphry Slocombe’s”. He and his business partner, Sean Vahey, have created an ice cream shop that you have to experience to fully appreciate. To get an idea of the scope of what we are dealing with, just take a gander at the list of flavors on their web site here. Check it out now and come back. Awesome, right? Can’t wait to go, huh? The flavors cover a wide spectrum of ingredients in so many unexpected combinations. I was a little disappointed that “Boccalone Prosciutto” wasn’t in the case today as I really wanted to try that one. Instead, I opted for one of their most popular flavors, “Secret Breakfast”. The secret is corn flakes and bourbon…not good for kids or nursing mothers but the perfect breakfast for me. I loved the creamy texture and flavor of the toasted corn flakes not to mention the ample flavor of the bourbon. If you’re having a hard time deciding, the friendly staff are happy to let you taste anything or everything. Not wanting to hold up the line, I only managed to try a couple of the sorbets, the ‘Rhubarb’ and the ‘Jesus Juice’. The latter is made with red wine and Coca-Cola (I think I tried that in college but never with such striking results). The problem I have here is that I really want to try them all, but there are only 10-12 in the shop at any given time. I am going to be following them on twitter for flavor updates at @humphryslocombe and heading over at the first sight of “Boccalone Prosciutto”…so many flavors so little time. *sigh*
My friend Arthur turned me on to “Anthony’s Cookies” a couple years ago and I have been hooked ever since. Just like Dynamo Donuts and Humphry Slocombe, Anthony’s uses only the finest and natural organic ingredients to make his delicious cookies. Anthony Lucas was an accounting student at San Francisco State when he began selling cookies out of his car for extra dough. He eventually ended up opening his Valencia Street shop back in 2009. They have a menu of six cookies that are available every day and another eight that rotate depending on the day. You can always count on a nice selection of moist, mouth-watering goodness. Anthony’s also features some tasty seasonal flavors. If you want to check out “Anthony’s Cookies” online, you can find them here. You won’t be disappointed.
And so our day ended, satiated and content. We can’t wait for our next sweet adventure.