Wednesday, July 13, 2011

7/9/11 - A Date With Donuts

Why the hell am I giving you guys so many LURVE posts, huh?  Well, you get another one about a place I freakin' love: sappy, gooey, freaking delicious.

I'm talking about one of the few be-all end-all donut joints I've ever been to: Lafeens.

Now, everyone in every town has their donut place to go to, and if you don't then ya need to.  No, seriously dawg: there isn't ANYTHING better then just chillin' out, drinkin' some coffee and downin' a donut or two.

Of course ya gotta DO YER VOORKEENG OUHUTT, but seriously there ain't nothin' wrong with hangin' out with yer peoples and just enjoying a well-done donut.

With THAT stated, I won't talk about any other donut location that hasn't already been covered to death by both The Travel Channel or The Food Network and, instead, will tell you about Lafeens.

It's awesome.

BLOG DONE no seriously, there are multiple reasons to go to Lafeens, but chief amongst them is horrible coffee and awesome donuts.

They're not afraid to experiment either, so long as you're payin' for it.  There's this donut they got called the Bigfoot which is a humongous, head-sized, foot-shaped donut of light fluffy delicious and, for a truly small price (it was something like fifty-to-seventy-five cents or whatever have ya) they'll pump 'em full of delicious jelly of whatever type you want.  Mine, personally, I had raspberry-filled but I'm still drooling at the idea of a lemon-filled Bigfoot.

Now they have the usual assortment of dangerous tidbits (ESPECIALLY the crullers.  No, ESPECIALLY the cake old-fashioned.  No, ESPECIALLY the croissants.  Aw, hell...), but chiefest amongst them are also a smattering of brownies, donut holes...y'know, really the only thing that sets them apart from any other donut joint is the severely awesome taste of their donuts.  It's hard to explain, and one that while I'm endeavoring to do so...I still find it difficult to explain to you, my dear audience, exactly what sets them apart so.

So let's put it at this: they have what can only be called truly excellent donuts, made with love (or at least a lack of apathy) and given to you as fresh as possible.  Since they're normally flyin' off the shelves, you can damn near always expect a fresh, warm donut of pure awesome, either customized or not.

Now, I mentioned horrible coffee before...and yes, they truly have horrible coffee.  BUT, it's not a bad thing!  No, it's the pairing of awesome donut and terrible coffee that somehow improves the overall experience.  So much so that, once, the guy who worked there actually made me a GOOD pot of coffee...and I, offended, berated him lightly about it.

His response?  "Sorry, bro, you'll just have to come back on someone else's shift.  I mean, you want me to PURPOSEFULLY make it bad?  Sorry dude."

I won't fault the guy and I have, since then, apologized for gettin' on him for making good coffee.  After I explained myself, he understood and, furthermore, agreed.

Now, I know what you might be thinking: "Oh, Bastard, that's just so...fuckin' WEIRD!" or "Man, that's just stupid.  You're stupid, you stupidhead."

Well, no it's not stupid.  Should you ever try it, YOU'D demand it each time too!

Now, the best part: in a part of the country where the entire fucking state seems to go to bed at 8 p.m., Lafeens is normally up until midnight if not later.  This may not seem like much to YOU, you city-slicker you, but let me assure you that in a sleepy little town like Bellingham (which is, sadly, getting bigger day by day) this is an awesome late-night treasure trove of culinary delights.

Now, I gotta point something out to you: ever since watching the movie Friday After Next, I've been deathly afraid of fly-infested donut shops.  Like, just the idea is enough to get my gorge rising.  This place though?  They quickly obliterate that floor with constantly clean floors, tables, and the walls not dirty at all but rather busy and crowded with local flyers.

Did I happen to mention the wonderful array of ice creams?  This is the second-best place in Bellingham to find awesome ice cream (the first being Mallards - I'll write about them some other time~!), mainly due to the nightmare concoction they call C.A.F.M.B. - Caramel Fudge Marble Brickle.  I don't even remember what the A stands for, except freakin' awesome~!!!  Not only that, but in a sector of the nation that prides itself on its' coffeehouses, Lafeens also puts out a decent espresso for the price, and they're willing to make it iced~!  Also, there SEEMS to be this humongous following concerning their blueberry donuts, a treat that I have yet to enjoy...but trust me, it's somethin' to check out m'self~!

Gah, what else CAN I say about this place?  It's worth the trip?  It's an amazing place to simply chill out and enjoy some good stuff?  Perhaps that it's right across from the gloriously beautiful Whatcom Falls park, which is also a good place to enjoy the deliciousness?

Gah, y'know what?  Enough wankery, it's Brass Tacks time~!

Lafeens Donut Shop
1466 Electric Ave
Bellingham, WA 98229
(360) 647-1703

Pros: Everything.  EVERYTHING.  EVERYTHIIIIIIIING!!!

Cons: Well, they're a donut shop.  You shouldn't be using their bathrooms to begin with, which are underspectacular and nothing special...but they're at least clean.  I wish the place was open longer, and if THAT'S all I got to complain about then they must be doing SOMETHING good!

VERDICT: Eat there.  Go there, eat there, spend money there.  You won't be spendin' too much either~!  Hell, even the PRICE is right about this place...

Rageometer: 1 out of 10.  No haet, only lurve for this establishment!

Partner-In-Crime's qoute: "You have GOT to try the creamcheese and raspberry turnovers!  Simply DIVINE!"

PIC Rageometer: 1 out of 10.  She hates it less then I do~!

For more reviews about Lafeens, check 'em here:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/lafeens-donuts-and-ice-cream-bellingham
http://whatcom.kulshan.com/Washington/Whatcom%20County/Western%20Whatcom%20County/Bellingham/Lakeway-Electric/Restaurants/Lafeens.htm
http://realestate.bellingham.net/day-64-365-things-to-do-in-bellingham-wa-%E2%80%93-lafeens-donut-shop/
http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/88/816233/restaurant/Lafeens-Donuts-Ice-Cream-Bellingham


P.S. - Y'know, there are other donut shops that get a lot of t.v. love.  Top Pot in Seattle, Beth's Donuts (I think that's what it's called) where they use potato flour or whatever, not to mention Voodoo Donuts in Oregon...but y'know what?  I'm GLAD Lafeens is a greatly-kept secret, so to speak.  The last thing we need is it to become mainstream.  While I never see hipster garbage there, one never knows, y'know?  As is it's a great place to mingle elbow-to-elbow with soccer moms, crackheads, muggles, rockers and hip-hoppers, punks and hooligans, athletes, students aplenty...well, you get the idea.  Let's hope it stays that way~!

7 comments:

  1. Hahaha Sweet stuff man. Donuts are the one thing I miss about being able to eat whatever the hell I want. Maybe after I finish my half marathon, I'll head up to Bellingham and get me a donut.

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  2. @ Eddie Nance

    Lol I'm not eatin' Lafeens as much as I used ta. A good thing, naturally, but still..

    Sweet, sweet donuuuuts.

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  3. We don't really have donuts where I live :S We do have other delicious stuff from bakeries like cakes and danishes and stuff, though.

    I laughed when I read you wanted bad coffee on purpose, haha.

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  4. Best donuts I've ever eaten come from a run down rusting van run by a gruff old guy, he's a bit like the soup nazi, by damn does are good donuts

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  5. The UK's not big on donuts....we tend to get big on other foods....

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  6. @Lemonade - Why hello there, cutie pie~! Yeah, donuts are freakin' awesome...like anything else, gotta have moderation. Of course the only kind of moderation I practice is excess...

    @Godfrey - OH, don't get it twisted they got more delights than just donuts at Lafeens! But yeah, bad coffee + awesome donuts = JIZZED IN MAH PANTS, I swear to fuckin' god. And my Partner In Crime is right: their raspberry cheese turnover thingies are fuckin' incredible!!!

    @ICOTD - 'saaap dude! Y'know, if you find a place like THAT, keep it. Seriously, cherish it for the rest of yer fuckin' life, 'cuz it might be gone the next time you head over~!

    @BlackLOG - Like SPOTTED DICK OH HO HO?! Naw, just teasin' ya m'man: welcome to my blog over there in the U.K.! If my band ever does a world tour, I promise you m'man to honestly hose down your favorite establishment with either CURSE WORDS or pure love. I'll stab you if you suggest a place that serves greasy fish n' chips, I HAET greasy fish n' chips. Or blood sausage. This ain't Bizarre Foods, y'knowwhatImean? On the other hand, English Breakfast? Like, the whole thing? Shit, son, I'll invite you over to dine with me should I ever get my hands on somma THAT!

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