The Donut Man [ADVENTURE]

The Donut Man is one of the greatest things to happen to the doughnut genre in California. Located on Route 66 in Glendora, CA, this small family owned doughnut shop caters to everyone and anyone. One of the things the Donut Man is known for is it’s original Cheesecake Doughnut with a fresh strawberry swirl. No two swirls are ever the same!

The atmosphere of Donut Man is a community. Once you’re there, you feel like part of the family.

“I worked at Donut man for four years,” said Lisa Bunker, a former employee at the establishment, “While other kids were in high school getting their diplomas, I was here getting my Donut Degree! This place is like home.”

Tiger Tails are another well known and unique creation that combine chocolate and a delicious, albiet sticky, glaze. Tiger Tails average to about over a foot in length at a very reasonable price.

But perhaps the most well-known items on the menu are the fresh Peach and Strawberry Doughnuts that made Donut Man famous. These delicious glazed doughnuts are stuffed to the brim with the freshest fruits around, coated in a sweet and savory syrup that erupts with flavor. Though these amazing doughnuts are seasonal, they are definitely worth the wait.

Strawberry Doughnuts are available from January to July. Peach Doughnuts are available from July to September.

Best of all, they’re open 24 hours a day! So next time you’re in Glendora, or even just feel like going for a drive, make sure to head down to the Donut Man.

Cash only.

The Donut Man

915 E Rt 66
Glendora, CA 91740

(626) 335-9111


Long Beach Crawfish Festival 2011 — Recap

The city of Long Beach has been putting on a pretty bumpin’ Crawfish Festival for the past 18 years, and for 2011, we decided to see what all the hype was about. Boy did it live up to it! Good food, good music, and good people — everyone was there to share their love of food and get an experience. Hosted in Long Beach, California’s Rainbow Lagoon area, we took to the park and got our messy eats on.

Here’s a photo recap of the goods from our trip — everything from crawfish, shrimp + catfish po boy from the Ragin Cajun truck, catfish and fries, andouille sausage and all the fixings, buttered up corn on the cob with chili powder and Sriracha, and some spicy Jambalaya. Get down:

If you’re a fan of planning ahead, and want to get in on some serious crawfish action in Southern California, then stay tuned to the Long Beach Crawfish Festival website and get your mind right for next year!




Slater’s 50/50 Restaurants Expanding Into San Diego, CA

Following their placement on Travel Channel’s Food Paradise and consistent Orange County following, the Anaheim, CA based Slater’s 50/50 has been on quite a tear for an independent restaurant of its nature. Just a few weeks back, they opened their location in Huntington Beach, CA, just a short time after their successful Anaheim Hills debut launch.

The expanding brand keeps their success going with quality food, but maintains their hype with their flagship 50/50 burger — composed of 50-percent ground beef and 50-percent ground bacon. The restaurant follows a build-your-own burger concept, alongside a host of premade signature burgers.

San Diego’s Liberty Station Retail Space has just announced that it has signed a lease with Slater’s 50/50 — expecting a grand opening in the first quarter of 2012. For hours of operation and contact information, head on over to the Slater’s 50/50 website.



Fuggetaboutit Burger

Anaheim, CA-based Slater’s 50/50 is known for their elaborate and intriguing burger of the month specials. For the month of July, the restaurant has revealed their Italian-influenced “Fuggetaboutit” Burger. The sandwich comes complete with blended Italian Sausage with Sterling Silver ground beef, topped with fresh basil, roma tomatoes, capicola, mozzarella and a house made marinara. All the ingredients are sandwiched between garlic ciabatta bread.

What more can you say? — fugggggetaboutittt.

Fast Food

Taco Bell Testing Two New Premium Chicken Tortadas?

A recent trip to our local Taco Bell in Costa Mesa, CA found us stumbling upon two Premium Chicken Tortadas we hadn’t seen yet. In May of last year, Taco Bell introduced the Tortadas line with Bacon Ranch and Salsa Roja varieties. Today, we get a peak at a Chicken Guacamole Tortada and a Chipotle Chicken Tortada.

The new items carried a $2.49 price tag, and were definitely tasty. The outer tortilla shell was crispy, and the innards were juicy and had a nice balance of flavors. Unlike some of the other Taco Bell items, after finishing the Chicken Guacamole Tortada, I wasn’t feeling too bloated, which is always a plus.

No word on a system-wide rollout of these two Tortadas just yet, but until we get further information, here’s a look at what they look like:


Dinner at Michael’s Pizzeria (Long Beach, CA)

When it hits 6:00 p.m. and our “work day” is over, we’re always in a scramble to find somewhere delicious to fill our stomachs. Luckily, we had some of our lovely colleagues a couple cities over in Long Beach recommend us a new spot we simply “had to try”. Cut to: Michael’s Pizzeria.

A new concept from Michael Dene, owner of the renowned Michael’s On Naples location just a few steps away, takes the concept of well-constructed pizza and presents it in a slightly more casual, less-intimidating setting. Armed with some casually sexy decore, ambience and a menu constructed from ultra-fresh ingredients, this place has a ton going for it.

[Michael’s Pizzeria Photo Gallery]

All the pizzas are priced between $8 – $16. It’s gonna be tough for me to go back to my Domino’s and Pizza Hut diet after this visit. Pretentious enough for ya?

Did we mention they have an oven that reaches temperatures of 800 degrees Fahrenheit? That means your pizza spends as little as 90 seconds under the flame before its primed and ready to eat. Not mad at that!

The stories surrounding this place are plentiful. One charming story is the acquisition of Vito Iacopelli. Imported straight from Italy, he is the resident Maestro Pizzaiolo – a master pizza craftsman whose family has been making Napoli-style pizza for generations.

Catch him tossing pies in the back of the house next time you come in to eat.

Another fun anecdote? The restaurant’s decor and color scheme was fashioned entirely around the following orange chair:

And yeah, this is what we’re here for. The food. The pizza.

We got a few clips of the dinner, so feel free to peruse through them and get a feel for what dinner at Michael’s Pizzeria is like on a Tuesday night:



The Counter: Custom Built Burgers (Irvine, CA)

A few weeks ago Victor (VYaniePhoto) and I were cruisin’ around in Irvine, and I mentioned to him about The Counter, a place he had never experienced. In typical Victor Yanie manner, he went all out and ordered their one pound burger. Basically this burger could feed a small African village, but that’s how Vic rolls, Foodbeast to the core. If you haven’t ever been to The Counter, you really should go because it’s quite awesome and the food quality is amazing. Check the rest of our trip after the jump.