DAY 37, JUNE 7, 2018
The morning started out with some conflicting data. I checked on-line to find out what time my favorite doughnut shop in Chicago opened (is she really going to blog about a doughnut)? The first site indicated that it opened at 8:00 a.m. but I felt like that was late for the most fabulous doughnut shop to open. I checked another site that said it opened at 7:00 a.m. which made more sense to me. Then I checked Google maps… hmmm, a 33 minute walk. The last step was to check the weather which I understood was 62 degrees with scattered rain. I put on a light coat and headed out at 7:00 a.m. Within minutes, it was clear that it was not 62 but closer to 68 and with the humidity, felt like 70+. I walked at a pretty fast clip arriving at The Vault Doughnut Shop at 7:34 a.m. just slightly sweaty to find it actually does open at 8:00 a.m. At 7:34 a.m. I was one of five people waiting. If you have never had a Vault Doughnut, you may not understand why someone would walk so far for a doughnut? You may be one of those who believe eating a doughnut is tantamount to eating a Crisco sandwich. I might agree if it were any other kind of doughnut. I stood outside, super excited. They only make five kinds of doughnuts, a vanilla glazed, a chocolate glazed, a buttermilk old fashioned, a seasonal jelly, and a special selection. The special selection was gingerbread. My favorites are the vanilla glazed and the chocolate glazed.
The place is tiny, just enough room to make your purchase, turn around and leave with your precious treasure.
The sign on the door says the hours are 8 a.m. until sold out. Sold out is sometime around 9:00 a.m. At 7:40 a.m. there were 11 people sitting and standing around outside waiting for the door to open. At 7:50 a.m. I assembled into the line, I am the first one. There are now 15 doughnut lovers lined up behind me. I asked at the counter how many donuts were made that day, they made 1,000.
I make my purchase and walk back in 32 minutes. No doubt fueled by drool. I pour a glass of milk and dig in, guilt free, I walked over an hour, I am justifiable er justified.
These doughnuts are colossal so I had a piece of each. Heavenly:
And believe it or not, a doughnut quote: New mysteries. New day. Fresh doughnuts.”
― David Lynch