Grown Ups Eat Donuts Whenever We Want!

Best Donuts in Portland

Donuts are my favorite dessert. Over pies, over cookies and if they are lemon, even over chocolate cake. Hmm… lemon donuts… drool.

“Because Grown Ups Eat Donuts Whenever We Want! ” Grown Up Tweets

For a decade in New York, stopping by Doughnut Plant donut, was a daily tradition. Yes, daily. True, I am not longer a size six.

Leaving New York City was hard for a lot of reasons. Changing food habits, being the hardest. Nothing else triggers homesickness quicker than food.

Nearly a year on the road now, I went without donuts entirely. Somehow, the ones I saw, just didn’t measure up to those artisanal, organic, Meyer lemon glazed rings of perfection.

At least that’s until now. As my Husband and I settle into Portland, I’m forming new food habits and Blue Star Donuts just walked into my life. Okay, truth. A twitter tip from @FoodFunMama meant I “just happened” to be “in the neighborhood” to “walk by” myself.

Come on! Who can resist this? Not me!

Blue Star Donuts in Portland, Oregon

Window to Temptation
Window to Temptation

They say most people cheat due to temptation. I’m sorry Doughnut Plant. I tempted myself and now, I’m cheating on you regularly with Blue Start Donuts. Don’t hate me. It’s not my fault you’re not here!

So, let’s go there, talk about my new donut affair. Hamina, hamina, hamina… Lemon Donut!

Not just any Lemon Donut, a Lemon Poppy Buttermilk Donut. I’m a Norwegian-American. My Grandmother drank buttermilk. We dipped our food in it. I LOVE buttermilk. Buttermilk AND Lemon, OMG.

Yes, yes it’s as good as it looks. A little lemon tartness to balance out the glazed sweetness and that buttery donut center.

Buttermilk Lemon Poppyseed Donut
Lemon Poppy Buttermilk Donut

Exactly why are they so good? Probably the classic Southern French brioche recipe that takes Blue Star 18 hours to hand make. Using good ingredients like cage-free eggs, hormone-free whole milk, and European style butter. Only rice oil for cooking will do.

Not to mention flavors like Blueberry Bourbon Basil, “Donut’s for Grown-ups” indeed!

Blue Star makes their donuts throughout the day until they gone. Oh, I’ve seen it. I’ve been there late in the day, one or two lonely ones left. Is it just me or do you have to help? Help the last donut fulfill donut destiny.

We call this peer pressure kids. Find a Blue Star Donut near you! 

I’m working my way through Portland’s best Foodie Spots. All suggestions are very, very welcome!

Side Note: I had the privilege of working at Food Network when Bob Tuschman was the head of programming. I geeked out when I realized we were both big Doughnut Plant fans.

Stopping by his office one day, I checked to make sure Bob knew about the opening party for the Chelsea Hotel location. He groaned and said “I feel like I am missing a childhood dream” lamenting the fact he had to be out-of-town for a show taping.

I happily ate an extra doughnut that day in his honor. Now, each time I indulge in a donut, I toast Bob Tuschman, a man I respect and admire. To New York, to Bob to Donuts, cheers!

As a thank you for reading, you get a little donut food porn. You’re welcome.


  1. I just wrote a post on donuts haha! Oh my, I’ve tried Voodoo in Portland and it was so good! Thinking about heading back there someday to try Blue Star too!


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