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Get Out: Tour de Donut Victoria

By by jessica rodrigo/
Aug. 24, 2011 at 3:24 a.m.
Updated Aug. 25, 2011 at 3:25 a.m.

Before I moved to Victoria, I admit, I never had a kolache - of the fruit or savory variety. There weren't any back home. I guess a lot of that has to do with the fact that New Mexico doesn't have much of a Czech or German heritage.

So, as I was getting lost - I know Victoria isn't that big, but you can still get lost out here, briefly at least - driving around town, I noticed there is quite a doughnut presence in Victoria.

Apparently, I wasn't the only one who had the same thought. Advocate intern Kassandra Lau, who hails from Arizona, sits at the same table as I do, in awe of how many doughnut shops are here in town. And thus, Tour de Donut was born.

Lau had this brilliant idea to get a bunch of people together and devise a plan to tour all the doughnut shops in town. So, together with the help of Kathleen Duncan, the other talented mulitmedia intern, the three of us built what may turn into a tradition in the Advocate newsroom.

Tour de Donut Victoria, as we so appropriately named it, was a tour of five doughnut shops with four teams and nearly 90 doughnuts consumed in about two hours.

Teams visited each doughnut destination and rated each designated doughnut consumed at the shop on freshness and flavor, and rated the shop on atmosphere.

Here's how the doughnuts crumbled:

Freshness should be a factor when deciding what to eat, and especially so for doughnuts. There is a big difference between a fresh doughnut and one that has been sitting in the case for a few hours.

Taste will always be subjective, there is no way around that. The only way to judge who had the best flavor is to judge it against its own standard. So, each person rated their individual doughnut of choice. I chose the glazed chocolate cake doughnut. I rated each doughnut according to how it should taste: a chocolate baked confection coated with a light sugary coating.

Atmosphere is important when considering where you want to chow down on a doughnut and drink a cup o' joe and catch up on the local news with the day's edition of the Victoria Advocate.

Follow the Tour de Donut map and see who ranked where.



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