guuyyyyyyyys!! we did coffee, we did ice cream, + now... it's time for donuts!! my friends claire, sarah, + i ran all around chicago to find the best donuts + tell you all about them! [even if you didn't want to know - haha!] i hope you'll watch the video of our whole adventure! you can also find a written review below :) happy national donut day friends!


our first stop of the day was the doughnut vault! we made sure to go here first because once the donuts sell out, they're gone for the day! they have two locations, so that helps maximize your chances of getting donuts - we went to their franklin street one. it's a nice little walk in space with seating outside only, so in the wintertime things get a little challenging. the doughnut vault also switches up their donut flavors daily, + keeps you updated on twitter! the sales guys there was super nice + offered us extra donuts when we told him what we were up to for the day. overall, we rated the doughnut vault a solid 4/5!


our second stop was do-rite donuts. it was a little harder to find - we used apple maps for navigation + due to it being located in the heart of the city, siri had a little trouble getting us to the exact location with all the buildings blocking the signal. the parking situation is also a bit difficult, so be prepared to walk a block or two. as far as the donuts go, they were really great -- they have a lot of good gluten free options too! overall, we rated do-rite donuts a 3.5/5.

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the third place we tried was the dapper donut! they were previously called beavers donuts, + it still shows up that way on navigation. these donuts are mini + super good! i've had mini donuts before, but these guys were different! a little bit crunchy. there are a ton of different flavors to choose from, + you can either get 4, 6, or 12 mini donuts in a package. it's also inside a cute little french market that i've never seen before! the ordering process is a little difficult, but we all really liked the dapper donut. overall, we rated the dapper donut a 4/5.


for our fourth stop, we went to bombo bar -- you may have seen bombo mentioned in our chicago ice cream crawl! i have said it before + will say it again - bombo bar is definitely one of the most instagramable places in chicago! as for their donuts, they're more like decorated fried doughs, but worth it if you're looking for those like-worthy social media posts! overall, we rated bombo bar a 3/5.  

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our fifth + final stop was stan's donuts! i have always loved stan's, + i snag a donut from them almost every time i'm in the city. we went to their wicker park location, but they have a decent amount of other locations all around the city! one thing that really makes stan's stick out is the offering of [really good] gluten free + vegan donuts - they really accommodate for different dietary restrictions. they also sell bagels, coffee, tea, gelato milkshakes, + more. overall, we rated stan's donuts a 4.8/5. 


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donuts + beaches. maybe the most amazing way to spend a sunday. i used to resent them when i was younger, mainly because i was always told they were supposed to be a day of rest, but never were. i'd run from church, back home, to rehearsal, back home, + back to church again, fitting in homework where i could. but now that i'm older, they've become a day still filled with homework + studying, but also of fun adventures + friends. a few weekends ago, my friends + i heard that steffany gretzinger would be speaking at a church down in orange county, so we cleared our sunday + made a day out of it.

this is gonna be a photo overload, but there were just too many good photos [that came from three different cameras!] to narrow it down to just a few! after not adventuring off of campus is a while, we couldn't hold ourselves back from snapping the shutter :) 

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after listening to one of the most amazing messages i've ever heard [steffany gretzinger is seriously amazing you guys], we headed on over to sidecar donuts. YOU GUYS - i'd heard of sidecar's famous donuts for a while, but was never able to make it down to try them out. thankfully i made it, because they were so good. 

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after freaking out over sidecar's unbeatable donuts, we hopped back into the car + took a short drive down to balboa to walk around the beach + the streets. [+ of course take more photos]

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see what i mean with all the cameras?!

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how are my friends such BABES - i seriously don't deserve them!

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the sunsets have to be at the very top of my LA FAVES list -- at least the smog is good for something amirite?!

if you made it down here to the bottom - i love you + you're my new hero. give yourself a round of applause!! but see what i mean with the pictures though? soooo many, haha! but nevertheless i'm glad that i have them all to remember this adventure by. donut, beaches, + babe friends are a combination that can't be topped. happy tuesday!

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post by molly garvin

images by molly garvin, sarah skolos, micky avoliccino

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a few weeks back, i stumbled upon kestrel bags through instagram and immediately fell in love. soon after, kelly and i got to talking and decided to do a little collaboration! her bags are seriously gorgeous, and such great quality. i've got the line wire backpack, and i love it! i'm not one for carrying huge purses, and i love using backpacks as alternatives - this one from kestrel is perfect. last friday, my sister and her friend and i were craving some stan's (when are we not?) and decided to head into the city to grab some. while we were down there, i thought it would be a great opportunity to test out the backpack!

the donuts were fantastic, per usual, and the backpack was the perfect companion for our quick donut excursion. it's sturdy, functional, and beautiful - perfect for traveling across the country or just stopping into the city. to check out the rest of kestrel bags' products, head to their instagram or website!


i can remember when all the dominick's grocery stores were going our of business in the suburbs of chicago, to replaced with a mariano's. eager to scope out the replacement, my parents headed to the nearest mariano's and came back with these crazy, never-before-told stories of the best donuts ever. donuts with cereal on top. i can remember thinking "what? who dares to tread on the holy grail of breakfast foods by mixing two of the best together?" but with the convincing rave reviews from my family members, i slowly warmed up to the idea. then last fall, while in LA, i tried my first cereal topped donut. i. was. hooked. so... for national donut day this year i thought i'd try my hand at making my own delicious breakfast rule breakers.

recipe found  here  , slightly altered.

recipe found here , slightly altered.

INSTRUCTIONS for the donuts

  1. preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. combine the dry ingredients in a bowl. set aside
  3. combine the wet ingredients in a separate bowl
  4. mix the dry ingredients into the separate bowl. be careful not to over mix
  5. fold in the cereal
  6. place the dough in a piping bag and pipe into a greased donut pan
  7. bake donuts for approx. 10 minutes or until golden

INGREDIENTS for the donuts

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup+1½ tablespoon milk 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-3 cups of cereal (your choice!)

SUPPLIES for the donuts

  • one donut pan
  • two mixing bowls
  • stand/hand mixer

INSTRUCTIONS for the frosting

  • mix together ingredients in a bowl
  • dip cooled donuts into glaze (i dipped mine in twice, letting the first dip harden)
  • sprinkle a handful of cereal on top while the frosting is still wet

INGREDIENTS for the frosting

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 small pinch salt
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons milk

at first, i was mad dominick's was being replaced. but after all was said and done, i'm so happy mariano's and their cereal topped donuts made their way into my world. anyway, what's your opinion on cereal topped donuts? these guys turned out so good, and it'll be fun to experiment with different cereals later on. for now, i'll be chillin' with my new delicious friends and pretending calories don't count. happy national donut day!