The Donut Mill: Out of donuts, again

We’ve had a very rocky relationship with The Donut Mill in Woodland Park, and I’m sad to announce today that we’re on the outs again.

I’ve suggested before that when you’re called The Donut Mill, it’s reasonable to expect donuts. But four out of the five times we’ve been there, regardless of the time of day or day of the week, they’ve been out of donuts. The one time we went when they had donuts, we were so pleased we wrote about it.

Don’t get me wrong: When The Donut Mill actually has donuts, they are delicious. This last time we went, we even brought guests along. And after suggesting that since they’re always out of donuts, they maybe ought to, I don’t know, make more donuts, the surly counter guy snipped that we should maybe get there before one o’clock. Wanting a donut after 1 p.m.? What were we thinking?!

So because we like to offer free business advice, we have a few suggestions for The Donut Mill.

  1. If you’re out of donuts by 1 p.m., maybe you should make more donuts to start out with.
  2. If you’re out of donuts by 1 p.m. and you don’t want to make more donuts, maybe you should just close at 1 p.m.
  3. The easiest solution to the whole problem, of course, is to just change your name so customers don’t expect donuts in the first place. Here are some suggestions:
  • Donuts, Maybe
  • Sometimes Donuts
  • The Donut Possibility
  • Take-a-Chance Donuts
  • You Don’t Need a Donut Anyway, Fatty
  • Ice Cream

Maybe I’m taking this all too personally, but donuts are important.

At any rate, you know who wasn’t out of donuts? The Starbucks next door.

Starbucks donut, Woodland Park, Colorado

Starbucks: Not out of donuts.

 

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Is Starbucks greenwashing us with its ‘all-natural’ campaign?

We’re going to give Starbucks the benefit of the doubt here. Their relatively recent campaign against “all that unnecessary stuff” like trans fats, high-fructose corn syrup, etc., has apparently let a few items slip through the cracks — their beverages.

Maybe it was an oversight. Maybe they never intended to be misleading. But the fact remains that if you buy an item at Starbucks, you expect that it’s HFCS-free. There’s a sign at the counter that says so. Apparently, though, that sign applies only to food.

Starbucks sign declaring no trans-fats or high-fructose corn syrup.

Starbucks sign declaring no trans-fats or high-fructose corn syrup.

Ingredients of the Starbucks egg nog, which is used in its egg-nog latte.

Ingredients of the Starbucks egg nog, which is used in its egg-nog latte. Note the high-fructose corn syrup and artificial flavors.

Why would Starbucks be concerned about HFCS in its food but not in its beverages? Good question. Here’s what they said when we asked them:

Subject: Re: ingredients <<#67182-561274#>>
Date: Mon, 29 Nov

Hello Adrienne,

Thank you for contacting Starbucks Coffee Company. I am truly sorry to hear about your disappointment and frustration with Starbucks in stating that we use no artificial flavors or high fructose corn syrup in our products.

I want you to know that we take feedback from our loyal customers seriously. Because you know better than anyone else what you want from Starbucks, I will share this with the retail beverage department here in our corporate office.

We have made a promise to our customers to provide outstanding products and service.  I know that this is a primary reason why you visit Starbucks and I understand how disappointing it is when we let you down.

Thank you so much adrienne, for giving us the opportunity to improve what we do.

If you have any further questions or concerns that I was unable to address, please feel free to let me know.

Thanks again,

Daniel G
Customer Relations

We’ll see what the retail beverage department has to say on the matter before passing judgment. If your items are all-natural, and you want to advertise that, then great. Have at it. But if only some of your items are all-natural, you should make it clear that that’s the case (and really, it’s not that hard to use natural ingredients. If you’re doing it with your food, you can do it with your beverages). Otherwise, it feels like we’re being greenwashed.

Why’s it such a big deal? Another good question. While there’s been some debate about the health effects of HFCS, many trustworthy people say it contributes to obesity. And others say it’s bad for the environment. Listen, I’m not a scientist. My main concern is that it’s so heavily subsidized. Why does HFCS need to be in bread? Or ketchup? Seriously, go to the grocery store and try to find something without HFCS. Good luck.

Like I said, we’ll wait to see if the beverage people respond. Stay tuned!

Olive Branch, Southside Johnny’s, Asian Pacific Market Colorado Springs, Walnut Room Denver, How to Make A Perfect Egg Sandwich

Remember when I made the focaccia? Here’s how it came out. It was yummy!


I thought these lemons were pretty.


I forget what this was- some Mexican breakfast item I made.


Homemade pizza. I made the crust extra super thin which was good. But I want to try some different flours to really get a good flavor going.


The Olive Branch in Colorado Springs. DM had a turkey burger.


I had a veggie melt. They were both really good, as usual.


One night we went up to Denver to see DMs fav singer Hayes Carll. It was at The Walnut Room which is a neat old pizza place and bar.



The pizza was really good. Really thin crust! My fave!


Hee hee, silly self portraits.


I haven’t posted anything for a long time because not much has been going on. So I wanted to have SOMETHING to post so I took these pictures of how to make an egg sandwich. VERY EXCITING!
First I fry the eggs. I like them over hard, with a broken yolk, and kinda crispy.



And I like smushed avocado on it.


And also lettuce.


Toasted bread with mayo on one side and avocado on the other.


Then lettuce on the mayo side.


Then the egg on the avocado side.


Lovely!


DM liked it.


Cookie Puss laying in the sun.


This was flank steak with roasted tomatoes and polenta with balsamic reduction sauce, a la Martha Stewart. It was really tasty even tho it doesn’t look that great in this shot. In the summer, we can grill the steak and it will look prettier.


Time for a walk in the cold. It hasn’t snowed all that much, but it has been COOOOOOOOOOLD.


We walked down to Starbucks and then sat in the park to drink our coffees. I was hot at this point from being so bundled up, walking, and then drinking coffee that it was nice to sit outside.


Yummy salad.



This was a really good pasta I threw together with Italian chicken sausage, spinach, carmelized onions, sauteed mushrooms, and fresh mozerella.


Super Bowl Sunday DM had to work so I went out for a drink and some dinner at a local bar (Southside Johnny’s) with my friend Janel.


We celebrated Valentine’s Day on February 11 and 12 because that’s Dangermike’s weekend, he had to work on Valentine’s day. I am still sick from like a month ago and was draggggging all day. We napped on and off all day Thursday but I did manage to go to the store so I could get provisions for Valentine’s breakfast and dinner.  For breakfast I made banana stuffed french toast with carmelized syrup. It was totally awesome!


Most of Friday we napped, too. We have both been sooooo out of it. I have no idea why. But we did manage to get up and have dinner and exchange gifts.I got DM a tee shirt and a sweater from H and M when I was in LA at Christmas. Thinking ahead! He loves the H and M stuff so I have to always think ahead.


 I had a chance to go get some extra long spaghetti in L.A. last week (they don’t have it here of course) and some See’s candy (another thing they don’t have here, sheesh). So anyhow, I made the extra long spaghetti for Valentine’s dinner. 


Pretty, huh? 


Crazy foam! I did it the jar way. I dunno what happened this time, it usually doesn’t make this good of foam.


DM got me an All Clad open fry pan (kind of like a wok) that I’ve been wanting for like a hundred years so I was pretty excited! I had bought some baby bok choy at the Asian Pacific Market here before I went to L.A. It was suuuuuuuuuuper cheap (and it’s my favorite), like $89 cents for two bunches. It’s like $5 for that much at Whole Foods and they don’t always have it. Anyhow I cooked it up with some olive oil and garlic and it was awesome.



That’s all for now! maybe when the weather warms up I’ll be able to post a FEW more things besides just the food I’ve made!

Grand Junction, Palisade, Rifle Gap, Hanging Lake, Glenwood Springs

This weekend we went all the way across the state to do some camping, wine tasting, and hiking. It was fun!  

We took I70 which goes all the way up to 12,000 feet in elevation. I didn’t get as much altitude sickness as I usually do, so yay. We went thru the mile and a half tunnel, too. Scary.

We stopped at Starbucks in the AM on the first day and in the AM on the second day. They have a thing where if you get a drink in the AM you can get another one in the PM for 2 bucks. I didn’t have my receipt but I bet they would have let me get a 2 dollar drink on day three even tho I didn’t go there in the AM that day. They’re usually pretty nice that way.

Anyhow it was raining on and off the whole trip so we didn’t have huge hopes of being able to sleep outside.

We wanted to go to Rifle Falls State Park but all the spots were taken by the time we got there. So we stayed at Rifle Gap instead. It was pretty flat but had a nice lake that people were boating and skiing and all that on. It wasn’t all that crowded either which was nice.

This is a little path from the campground to the lake. It was threatening to rain so I wore my slicker!


 Our camp site:

The view from our campsite:

I made this yummy steak salad before we left and we ate it when we got to the campground. It was delish.


I also made “magic dream bars” or as DM calls them, “fantasticos”. You know, those things with the sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, graham grackers and coconut. We bought a tent before we left but we figured it would rain and we might have to sleep in the car, which of course we did. DM is gonna seal it better before next time.
We also didn’t get to have a campfire that night but since it was clear the next morning we had one then. We had hot dogs (yummy from Whole Foods) and smores for breakfast…:)

After we left the campground we went over to Grand Junction which is right on the border with Utah. Totally different climate from most of the rest of Colorado. Very desert-ish. Also full of orchards and wineries.  Palisade actually has the orchards and wineries.

We stopped at  Carlson Vineyards and did a tasting. It was really good so we bought a bottle. There was a big wedding party there but the people in charge made sure we were also taken care of.



I had read that this winery had a kitty cat for a mascot which is why I wanted to go to it. I guess they have three cats now. This guy was a kitten and very fierce. Here he is attacking a frog. DM saved the frog and it peed on his hand. Then we realized the cat probably wouldn’t actually hurt the frog. He really seemed to enjoy his life at the winery running all in and out of the vines, chasing hapless smaller animals, etc.

We also stopped at a bunch of peach orchards and bought peaches and other fruit. AND a pie. A homemade blackberry pie from Ranch Fruita Country Store. This woman makes them out of her industrial kitchen that’s attatched to her house. Her husband was hanging out on the porch in a rocking chair. Hee hee.
visitgrandjunction.com says this about them: “Lloyd and Betty Tidwell prepare and sell pies and jerky at Rancho Fruita. Betty bakes pies reminiscent of Grandma’s and the jerky is quite tasty and made from the eye of a round steak.”
We didn’t try the jerky but I wish we had!

Later we went down to a little lake by the winery and DM did some fishing while I read a book and drank some wine. He doesn’t like to eat the fish so he puts them back in once he gets them. He cast his line out and not 10 seconds later he had caught one! Fish freak me out so I didn’t get a picture of it. About an hour later a storm blew in all crazy so we had to leave.

After that we went to a The Ale House and had dinner. It was PACKED. I guess they don’t have a recession in Grand Junction. DM had a flatiron steak and I had fried chicken which really wasn’t fried chicken, it was more like a fried chicken breast. It was good tho and the mashed potatoes and string beans were awesome. Sorry no pics, I forgot the camera.

The next day we went on a hike. And not just any hike. 2.5 miles round trip. Fine. But we gained 1000 feet in elevation in a mile and a quarter. OMG I had to stop like 20 times. We felt lame because pregnant women and old ladies wearing sandals were passing us. Not really . They were coming down tho, so we know they made it up there. Maybe they had to stop 30 times. I dunno. Even tho it was clear and sunny when we left I knew better- this is Colorado! I brought my slicker again. And sure enough it rained before we even got to the top. I didn’t need to wear the slicker cuz it was actually pretty nice to have the rain while hiking in the hot. But I was glad to have it tied around my waist to protect my denim shorts (doh) from getting soaked.

Partly it was so hard because it was so steep but also because it was really rocky as you can see here.

But this was at the top. It’s called Hanging Lake and some special columbines (CO state flower) that only grow there were in bloom. The lakebed is travertine which is neat. And why it’s so clear and blue. While we were hiking up, a train went by way at the bottom of the canyon but it was sooo loud because of the echo. It sounded like it was coming right at us!

Because we didn’t have enough hiking to get there, we hiked another 300 yards to get up to the top and behind some other falls that feed the main falls.

This is the “staircase” to get up and down to the actual lake. Yea. It’s steep. Pretty view tho.

After that insanity we needed a cheeseburger at Vicco’s Charcoal Burger. Since it’s Colorado, even the little stands have buffalo burgers, which I had and it was AWESOME.

We mostly drove back along I70 again (I hate doing this!) and it was super pretty. It follows the Colorado and Eagle Rivers the whole way. You can see the river better from this side of the road than the other. It’s fun to watch the kyackers and rafters and stuff on the river. And the canyons are steep and rocky and really pretty.

Stopped at Starbucks in Edwards. It’s a funky little town. Seems like it’s all new but made to look old. DM hated it. I thought it was kind of charming. Also, I had forgotten till we got there and took a wrong turn and ran across Larkburger. I’ve been wanting to go there! Funny too cuz as we were sitting at the other place I was remembering I had read about Larkburger. I couldn’t remember it’s name or where it was but I had the feeling it was nearby. Oh well, maybe next time.

When we got back home we were FINALLY able to have a slice of the pie we bought. It was delish!