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5 Pumpkin Spice Dishes You Should Order Immediately

Pumpkin Spice menu items have been slowly trickling in from the usual fast food spots as October creeps up on us. While we’re salivating over pumpkin spice French fries, there’s a completely different world of elevated dishes featuring the popular seasonal flavor.

A group of Los Angeles-based restaurants have launched unique pumpkin-spiced items for the fall season. Let’s take a look at some dishes that go beyond the average burger and latte, made with a refined touch.

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Jack O’ Lantern Pumpkin Spice Latte

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The spooky-scary espresso is part of the handcrafted menu of Caffe Umbria served at Vinoteca found at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. If you’re one to delight in the face of Halloween staring back at you while you get your morning coffee fix, you may want to consider this drink.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cruller

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Doughnut lovers will want to peep this cruller from Plan Check Kitchen + Bar. The pumpkin spice latte variation features pâte à choux dough formed into a circle, deep fried, topped with whipped candied pumpkin puree, cold-brew coffee pastry cream, and cinnamon-spiced sugar.

We recommend the cruller as a follow up to a juicy burger to end your meal on a sweet note.

Pumpkin Spice Martini

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Cocktail lovers will want to head down to Fig & Olive on Melrose to get this Pumpkin Spice Martini. The drink is made with vanilla-infused vodka, lime juice, ginger syrup, apple brandy, and pumpkin butter.

On the rim of the glass is a garnish of crushed graham crackers.

Whoa, wait… pumpkin butter?!

Pumpkin Fritters

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Roku in West Hollywood is now offering these Pumpkin Fritters for the fall. The fritters are topped with toasted hazelnuts and milk chocolate ice cream.

We recommend finishing the ice cream first, at least the fritters can be boxed.

Pumpkin Cake In A Box

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A few weeks ago, we covered BOA Steakhouse’s Cake in a Can. The summer carrot cake will now be replaced by a new spiced pumpkin cake with vanilla cream cheese icing, Berger Anisette cream, and candied pecan.

We’ve been known to bash pumpkin spice dishes pretty badly every now and then. Though restaurants get a pass when they get more creative with the seasonal flavor rather than simply adding a syrup or sauce.

Make sure to check out some of these spots next time you get the pumpkin spice itch, and maybe treat yourself to some elevation while you’re there. Can’t be eating burgers and burritos all the time.

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How to Identify 16 of America’s Most Essential Donuts [VIDEO]

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You’re standing in line at your local donut shop deciding what to order. No one wants to be that customer who doesn’t know the difference between a cruller and a fritter. Rather than take a stab at your donut of preference, you just play it safe and order a plain, halfheartedly eating it on the morning commute.

In honor of National Doughnut Day, Foodbeast put together a video of some of the most common donuts you’ll find in shops and what they’re called. We know your morning minutes are precious, so we definitely don’t want you wasting them on donut confusion. Sit back and enjoy some intimate shots of donut porn. Hopefully not on an empty stomach:

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Cake Donut

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SHAPE: Round, ring donut

NOTES: Dense, Muffin-type donuts called “Sinkers”.

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Crullers

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SHAPE: Twisted, ridged surface

NOTES: Pronounced “Kruhl-er”. It’s name is derived from Dutch Krullen, or “to curl”.

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Fritters

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SHAPE: Lumpy, circular.

NOTES: Pan-fried cakes made with cornmeal

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Long John

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SHAPE: Long, bar-shaped

NOTES: Filled long johns are sold as “éclairs”.

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Bear Claw

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SHAPE: Rectangular with slices along one side to resemble a bear’s toes.

NOTES: While the bear claw is sometimes considered a donut, it’s common for bear claws to be almond-flavored pastries more similar to fritters in texture.

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Cake Sprinkle

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SHAPE: Round, ring donut

TASTE: Glazed donuts covered in confectionery sprinkles.

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Glazed

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SHAPE: Round, ring donut.

NOTES: Made with sugar, vanilla, salt, cold milk and water.

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Boston Cream

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SHAPE: Round, filled. A mini version of the Boston cream pie.

NOTES: Called a “Boston Cream” when frosted in chocolate, but called a “Bavarian Creme” when dusted with powdered sugar.

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Maple Bar

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SHAPE: Long, bar-shaped.

NOTES: Coated with a maple glaze. Goes great with bacon!

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Twist

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SHAPE: Two pieces of dough twisted together.

NOTES: Twists must be made in opposite directions for optimal texture and tension.

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Roll

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SHAPE: Spiral, circular.

NOTES: Rolled in a cinnamon and sugar mix.

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Chocolate Glaze

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SHAPE: Round, ring donut

NOTES: Glazed donut made with corn syrup, bittersweet chocolate and confectioner’s sugar.

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Cinnamon Crumb

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SHAPE: Round, ring donut

NOTES: One of the most underrated donuts. Covered in crunchy, cinnamon-sugar crumbs. Fantastic dipped in coffee.

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Powdered Sugar

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SHAPE: Round, filled

NOTES: Donuts covered in confectioner’s sugar or “snow sugar” that doesn’t melt.

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Raspberry Filled

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SHAPE: Round, filled

NOTES: Filled with raspberry jelly.

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Donut Holes

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SHAPE: Round balls, the center of ring donuts.

NOTES: Called “Timbits” in Canada

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Cute Donutology Infographic Illustrates What Your Favorite Donut Says About You

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Here’s the thing about Friday night internet content – even though you know it’ll probably be super-fluffy and yes, maybe even bad for you, for some reason, you just can’t stay away. (See what I did there?)

Earlier this week, we brought you “What Your Style of Eggs Says About You,” but in honor of National Donut Day, we’ve got something a little sweeter to lead you into the weekend: Donutology (donut + “astrology”). Yes, it’s corny. Yes, it’s completely unfounded, but it’s also harmless fun. At least, as long as you’re okay with twisting your neck around or remember to turn off your auto-rotate.

For those who aren’t or who don’t, here’s a quick primer: Jelly donutters melt at the sight of kittens. Coconuts can be a little flaky. And watch out for churro lovers, unless you want to find yourself eating a mouthful of double-dipper spit. Goodness knows how we should feel about cruller people. I mean, they’re not called “nicers.”

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