Monday, February 21, 2011

Two amazing sites on the way to and from Palm Springs

As my three-day Presidents Day weekend comes to a close, I'd like to share with you two amazing sites that I passed by on the way to and from an overnight stay in Palm Springs.  One of course is the vast farm of windmills that line the stretch of highway 10 as you approach the general Palm Springs area.

There are hundreds if not thousands of these Terminator-looking structures, and I suppose you need this many to re-charge all the golf carts in this area. On the way to our hotel, all the turbines except for a few outcasts were spinning with a clear purpose of powering said golf carts, but on the way back, not a single turbine showed any sign of life. It's as if they all took the day off to honor President's Day.  Maybe one of my astute readers can explain this?

Another site no less amazing that the windmill farm is--if you haven't figured it out already--The Donut Man in Glendora.

While not exactly within our direct path to or from Palm Springs, The Donut Man--perhaps the most famous donut shop in southern California--is just a quick detour and thus a stop here was imperative, if not mandatory.

While this place stocks all the archetypal varieties such as chocolate cake, maple bars, and twists, The Donut Man is ultimately famous for this, the fresh strawberry donut:

Pictured above is a glazed yeast donut filled with fresh strawberries and a strawberry glaze with just enough sweetness to tame any bitterness of the locally grown strawberries.  This is a seasonal donut. Yes you read that correctly. A seasonal donut. You can only get these when the strawberries are readily available.  Food enthusiasts like myself make the pilgrimage from all over SoCal to lay their teeth around one of these monstrosities. A fork is provided, but why bother? Impress your date by skillfully grabbing the yeasty-berry behemoth with both hands and proceeding to take successive bites that encompass both yeasty goodness and fruity deliciousness. If a stray berry happens to find its way in the cardboard trough (that's why it's provided), do what I do and pause during mid-chew, pick up the stray and re-insert into the sandwich, then proceed with the chewing motions, focusing on the area where the stray left its place.

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The price for several minutes of sugary yeasty fruity contentment: About three bucks. Go there. Now!

The Donut Man
915 E Rt 66
Glendora, CA 91740