The Morning is Good.

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Back in Hawaii, and even during college in LA, the morning was always my favourite part of the day. I made sure to sleep at a early, get a restful eight hours (I love my sleep!) and wake up a few hours before my day would actually began, so that I could enjoy breakfast.

Since moving to NYC, my days and nights have gone all topsy-turvy. Not to say that I’m not enjoying it! I don’t think I’ve been happier in my life :) But. Sometimes. I miss the mornings. I miss the mornings because I never get home from work till late. I miss the mornings because I stay out too late on weekends. There are never enough hours in a day.

Last night I made it a point to sleep early, right after I got home from work. I set my alarm an hour earlier than usual. Because I wanted my morning back. So when the alarm went off when the sky was still a bit dark, I got dressed in a big brown sweater, lazy cotton pants and set off in the cool air. Where to?

The Doughnut Plant, of course!

I take for granted just how close I live to this wonder of doughnuts – just a brisk 8 minute walk. I rarely set foot out on Rivington Street this early, when there’s barely a soul around, save for the doorman at the Rivington Hotel, and a few individuals waiting at the bus stop. I walk east to Norfolk and make my way down till I hit Grand Street. And right there, where the two streets intersect, I peer though the glass windows, eyeing a rainbow of breakfast possibilities.

I ordered the Tres Leches Cake Doughnut from a very nice man who proclaimed it his favourite doughnut in the shop. Apparently, this doughnut is a favourite of many, see here and here. And yes, the recommendation did not lead me astray as I happily held the warm doughnut in hand, this crazy morning fried concoction infused with a triple threat of evaporated milk, condensed milk and cream. The innards bore a texture that ran the thin line where powdered sugar meets butter cake, at points nearly melting into the lusciously sweet cream. It lasted exactly eight bites – the first two were big bites, and the last six, smaller. I ate the last bit with great pleasure, a tad of the rich cream clinging to my lips and ahhh, yes indeed…the morning is good.

Doughnut Plant
379 Grand St
NY, NY 10002
(212) 505-3700

15 Comments
  • SicklyBug & Cassaendra
    January 31, 2008

    Hi Kathy~Now you can answer the burning question: How many bites does it take to get to the center…umm…end of a tres leches cake donut?Coincidentally, my husband made an awesome tres leches cake recently. A portable version of that would be superb! Btw loved the colorful donut background! =) Hope the rest of your day is as good! – Cassaendra

  • anonymous
    January 31, 2008

    Oh dear! It would be both heaven and hell for me to live near a place like that!!! I would not be able to resist stuffing myself with those as often as possible! :)

  • Kathy YL Chan
    January 31, 2008

    Hey Cassaendra!Oh maan, I wish my (non-existent) husband would make me a tres leches cake!!! drooooool. Hope you also have an awesome day! :)Hey Sher!Hahah, the only thing that keeps me from going to Doughnut Plant more often is because there’s another bakery EVEN CLOSER that makes this crazy, crazy, crazy banana-nilla wafer pudding I eat way too often, hehe ;)

  • anonymous
    January 31, 2008

    OMG! Tres Leches donuts? I now have a new in goal in life.Winnie

  • anonymous
    January 31, 2008

    Kathy- man you know how to put it to a girl. I am thoroughly jealous. Jess

  • K & S
    January 31, 2008

    ooh, this looks really good! I’ve tried the “blackout” donut when I was in Tokyo, I think it would have tasted better if it were fresher.

  • anonymous
    February 1, 2008

    kathy – can i come with you next time? you’re a hottie.

  • anonymous
    February 1, 2008

    Ahhhhh – memories of my last trip to New York – boy did I love that place!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    February 1, 2008

    Hey Winnie!Hehehe, new goal?! I think we’d get along quite well! :)Jess!…you do know…you’re only a plane ride away – always welcome here with Shann and I! Plus, we have not seen one another in over two years!! Hey Kat!I saw the blackout the morning and was almost tempted do try that in place of the tres leches…shall do that on my next morning visit! :) P.S. Hope you’re having a great time back home!Hey Anon!Why thank you, I am flattered! :) You can come along next time…though it might help a tad if you left a name, no? ;)Hey Terri!They don’t have to be just memories if you make another trip back! hehe ;)

  • anonymous
    February 1, 2008

    Hey Kathy! Lovely post, as usual. Having to travel quite a bit from Queens to work every morning, I long ago forfeited the pure pleasures of a brisk morning walk coupled with a leisurely breakfast and a newspaper. Your post reminded me that I’ve allowed my mornings to succumb to mundane routine and….dangit I want them back, too! And I’ve heard so much about those doughnuts, but every time I’ve attempted to go, it’s been closed. Perhaps I’ll rush over after work tomorrow and see if I’ll be lucky. ;)

  • anonymous
    February 1, 2008

    Ooh, I wish I could get one of those over here!

  • rowena
    February 1, 2008

    You know, you just gotta nod in amazement at a gal who would set her alarm clock an hour early in order to go out for donuts. I remember spending a w/e in Waikiki with my sis and she made me get up early so that we could walk over to Beard Papa’s to pick up some cream puffs for breakfast. I dunno…is it that you city girls like waking up before the roosters crow? ;-) I’m just amazed that she eats all the time but fits in a size 2 with room to spare for yet another big meal. heh heh

  • anonymous
    February 3, 2008

    size 2?!??!

  • Kathy YL Chan
    February 4, 2008

    Hey Cheryl!Hope you got the doughnut! :) Yeah, the other day I just realized my mornings were turning kinda blahblahblah…needs to be fixed with mornings + doughnuts…made all the difference in my workday! :)Hey Lori!Oh maaaan, it’s sooo good when its fresh right outta the fryer! :) Hey Rowena!Hahah…it’s been a long time since I was a size 2…one too many doughnuts? hehe, though I’d say, it’s well worth the tradeoff! :)Hey Anon!haha, yes indeed?

  • anonymous
    June 25, 2008

    Good Job! :)

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