I was taking photos at the UBC Farm Symposium for work this week so I got to borrow my roommates camera for the day! Naturally this meant I had to eat at a few places to take advantage of this rare opportunity to use high end camera gear. My friends and I ended up trying two Vancouver favourites that I hadn’t gotten around to – Red Wagon Cafe and Lucky’s Doughnuts.
Lucky’s Doughnuts was a project (which I think can be crossed off as a success) by 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters to make delicious, scratch made, doughnuts to be served with their coffees. They pride themselves on developing seasonal flavours, buying locally, and making everything in house from scratch.
What we ate
- Classic old fashioned dipped in caramel and finished with salt
- The old fashioned doughnut was dense and cake-y, not too sweet
- The caramel provided a really satisfying chew
- The salt wasn’t very strong and I wish it were more prominent
Sugar and Spice
- Classic cake doughnut coated in sugar, cinnamon, and cardamom
- We all really enjoyed this one! It was a more mature version of the classic carnival mini-doughnuts
- The cardamom added complexity to the spice that made it really good
- Chocolate doughnut piped with cherry jam, topped with chocolate glaze, whipped cream, and a cherry
- This doughnut was slightly more pillowy than the two cake ones
- Was pretty much just like eating a black forest cake!
- The cherry jelly could have been sweeter
49th Parallel Coffee Roasters have created some delicious treats to compliment their coffee. My favourite was the Sugar and Spice, but the Salted Caramel would have beaten it had it been a bit saltier. The doughnuts are created with a fairly gentle flavour profile – everything is fairly delicate and not too sweet! I would definitely recommend checking them out if you’re in the area.