Monday, December 10, 2012
It wouldn't be Hanukkah without jelly donuts, known also by their Hebrew name Sufganiyot. And I couldn't be more thrilled to find out that one of my favorite spots in LA is serving them up all Hanukkah-long.
Bibi's Bakery & Cafe in the kosher Pico-Robertson neighborhood of Los Angeles is a GREAT place for a tuna melt, a Greek salad, a pita toastee, shakshukah, babka, challah, and now sufganiyot! When Bibi's switched ownership and Dan Messinger became the new captain of the ship, everything improved, from the menu, to the signage, ambiance, customer service, and even the marketing...they're now on Facebook offering up plenty of food porn pics and social media discounts! Basically, Dan is really Dan the Man.
While I already consider myself a regular customer there, I hope that soon enough I can get around to ordering a bunch of the aforementioned savory items all at once, take some pics, and share all that with you on this blog (especially because Bibi's tuna melt is in my top 3 favorite tuna melts of all time), but for now, go get yourself some sufganiyot! In addition to the traditional jelly-filled donuts, Bibi's is offering custard-filled and chocolate-filled! Price is $1.50 per donut, and they are a hefty, honkin' good size.
Bibi's Bakery & Cafe
8928 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Strictly kosher dairy/pareve
Official Website: http://bibisbakery.com
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/BibisBakeryandCafe
Friday, October 29, 2010
Last weekend I flew to the Bay Area to attend an amazing annual concert called the Bridge School Benefit in Mountain View. My mom picked me up at the airport, and instead of going home, we took a little detour.
First, we stopped at the Campbell Library to check the used cookbook rack for hidden treasures. Then we drove to a donut shop. But not just any donut shop. A donut shop that had caution tape posted all over the facade. The sign on the front door said, "Open for insanity." Employees were dressed as nurses.
And then there were the donuts. Donuts with a pumpkin in the center, or even a finger! There was a raised donut dusted in oreo cookies, filled with dark chocolate, and the sides punctured by chocolate pocky sticks. The result? The Eight Legs of Horror (a donut that looks like a black widow!)! I decided on a chocolate cake donut that was covered in crushed butterfinger.
What the heck kind of donut place is this? Is it just gimmicky but not delicious? Nope. It's campy fun and yummy, too. The donuts are not greasy at all, and the cake donut I had was the perfect texture.
I could see picky eaters or traditionalists having a difficult time ordering something since there are hardly any traditional options. Then again, the place was packed when we stopped by, everyone getting their crazy donuts with cereal or candy bars or marshmallows or pretzels on top. It was very bizarre for us. Fun, but bizarre. But for Psycho Donuts, it was just another normal day in the neighborhood.
2006 S. Winchester Blvd, Campbell, CA 95008
288 S. 2nd Street, San Jose, CA 95113
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