Archive for November, 2012

Mighty-O Donuts

November 12, 2012

I’m an ardent supporter of Top-Pot doughnuts and have always considered Mighty-O to be the ugly stepsister in the Seattle Doughnut dance.  Turns out Mighty-O wears that glass slipper pretty well.


Located in Greenlake, Mighty-O prides itself on vegan, organic ingredients (yes, you can make a vegan doughnut, and yes, it’s just as bad for you as a doughnut made with animal products) and on being an ethical company with strong ties to the Seattle community.  On my visit, I wasn’t sure what to expect – the doughnuts I had bought in stores that carried Mighty-O had been lacking in flavor and slightly stale. I hoped for a better experience on their home turf… and I got it.

I chose the “French Toast” flavor (on the left) and the lemon poppyseed.  The joy upon scarfing down the lemon poppyseed was absolute. Moist, cakey inside with a strong lemon flavor, and a glaze that was just the right amounts of sweet/tart.  The girl at the counter told me the French Toast doughnut would still taste great tomorrow, and although I was skeptical I just couldn’t justify eating two doughnuts in one afternoon (I had just had brunch!). So the next day I popped my French Toast in the microwave for just a few seconds, and sure enough, it tasted completely fresh, not to mention amazing. Great flavor, and I’m pretty impressed they nailed the essence of French Toast without using eggs!
Mighty-O, I’m your new biggest fan and I will be back… but I wish you’d open a few more locations (Cap Hill would be perfect).



November 5, 2012

Primarily a coffee shop, Sureshot on the Ave is a haven for coffee addicts, vegans, and misfits (there seemed to be quite a few of the latter). I am certainly a coffee addict, and have always considered myself somewhat of a misfit… until I compared myself to the others at Sureshot. A woman with all her prescription bottles arrayed across the table conversed loudly with her dog as groups of students played Magic or Life. In the back, there were vintage arcade games which only added to the eclectic ambiance.


The strange scene did not deter me from my quest to try the “white coffee” I had read about on Yelp (this is just coffee that has been roasted to a lower temperature). It was certainly sweeter and more mild, but I don’t look for either of those things in my coffee. I decided to move on to the baked goods, all of which are vegan and are baked in-house.  At the barista’s recommendation I got a cookie, and at Yelp’s recommendation I got a turtle bar:

I should have stuck with Yelp. The cookie was overly soft and lacked flavor. I didn’t even finish it. The turtle bar, on the other hand, was actually really good. Are those chocolate chips really vegan?