Vincent Van Doughnut – Clayton, MO – Calorie Counters Beware!

With the TV all a buzz about the latest workout and health trends, you can rely on one thing:  it doesn’t have a place in my blog.  I may choose to work out and watch calories occasionally, but I’m going to enjoy life and all the tasty food possible.  I’m not going to do it locked away in my house where no one can see.  I’m going to eat high calorie, fattening food, and share it with you.  Treat yourself once in a while!

Now that I have that off of my chest, I’m going to tell you about treating myself to some doughnuts at Vincent Van Doughnut.  This is not my first time enjoying their doughnuts, I had a few from their food truck a while back.  However, I was long overdue for visit to their storefront in one of my favorite parts of town, Clayton.

The shop is super cute and when you walk in you see a great display of the main attraction, doughnuts!  Luckily I brought along a couple helpers so I could try a few; these bad boys are large!

First up, the chocolate salted caramel.  IMG_0999

This is one of their yeast raised donuts.  It’s a chocolate glazed doughnut with caramel and sea salt.  Chocolate and caramel are two of my favorite things so this was a must have. It did not disappoint.

For those that really don’t care about calories, how about the chocolate covered chocolate cake?  I think they should call it C4 because it’s a sugar bomb that will rock your world.  If you prefer subtlety, this won’t be for you.  CAUTION:  If you feed this to a four year old, be prepared for the sugar rush that comes with it.

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Lastly, my favorite of the day and back to the yeast raised doughnuts for the blueberry cheesecake.  
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This was the most balanced of those that I had.  I liked the sweet treat in the middle.  It made it worth the effort to consume the whole thing.

Vincent Van Doughnut is another great addition to the restaurant scene in Clayton.  They have a great selection of unique doughnuts.  If I were to wish for one thing, it would be to be there when they were freshly made.  Sometimes I get that craving for a fresh warm doughnut.  For me, their blueberry cheesecake is a new favorite.  So St. Louis, what’s your favorite doughnut shop?  Vincent Van Doughnut, Strange Donuts, World’s Fair?  What a great topic to debate and I look forward to some recommendations for the next time my sweet tooth dominates my breakfast routine.

Dive 2 Five Scale – 3.  Very family friendly place.  Most people grab their doughnuts and go.  There are a few tables and the staff was very accommodating while we were there.

Sylas and Maddy’s Lawrence, KS – Should I Scream For Ice Cream?

It’s been a while since my last Quick Byte post.  What’s a better way to bring it back but on food that most people love, ice cream.  With a hot summer like this, it’s a necessity.

On my road trip last weekend, I made sure to stop at one of my favorite ice cream shops:  Sylas and Maddy’s.  What makes it a favorite?  It’s a small town shop that has homemade ice cream.  There is a cornucopia of flavors.  If you can’t find a flavor here you like, you should seek professional help.

When I go, I usually zero in on one that has one (or more) of these things: chocolate, peanut butter, or cheesecake.  Maybe someday they will make one that has them all…hint hint.   This time I went for the chocolate fudge brownie in a waffle cone.  Always get the waffle cone. I don’t see how you can go into their shop, smell the fresh waffle cones, and walk out with ice cream in a bowl.  It should be a crime.

You can see pieces of brownie!

As always, it’s rich, but not overpowering.  The waffle cone is fresh and has a nice crunch.  When you get to the bottom, and you will, you are rewarded with a malted milk ball. It was a great way to enjoy a sunny Saturday afternoon.

Dive 2 Five Scale:  3.  It’s a very simple building with limited seating.  The staff is very friendly and will allow you to have small samples of flavors until you find what you need.  It’s a great way to cool off during some window shopping on Mass street in Lawrence.

 
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