I have a confession. I’m obsessed with donuts. I didn’t realize how obvious this obsession was until my friends started sending my donut recommendations on their travels to residency interviews. Ooops! Well you can’t fault a girl for having a sweet tooth. In all honesty donuts have been involved in some of my favorite memories.
As some of you may know I was born in South Africa. My parents, brother and I immigrated to the United States when I was 6 years old, leaving my grandparents, aunts and uncles in South Africa. Just before we left the country, my Oma, who was the best baker in the world, surprised us by dropping off dozens of homemade jam filled donuts. To a 6-year old that felt like hitting the lottery. I probably would’ve eaten my weight in donuts if my mom hadn’t stopped me. After we emigrated, my family only returned to South Africa one time for our green card interview. Unfortunately all of my grandparents have since passed away, so my grandmother carrying in arm fulls of donuts remains one of my last cherished memories of her.
Quite ironically, much like donuts are one of my last memories of South Africa donuts also happen to be one of my first memories of America! Before my family decided to move to the United States we accompanied my dad on a business trip to Boston when I was 4 years old. I don’t remember much of the trip, other than seeing snow for the first time and how ah-mazing food tasted in America. I was quite literally a kid in a candy store walking into a Dunkin Donuts store the first time. Pressing my face up to the display case I don’t think I had ever seen so many donuts in my life. I of course picked out the biggest pink sprinkle donut I could get my hands on. Doesn’t matter how much of a rush I’m in, every time I stop by Dunkin to get my morning coffee, it transports me right back to being a kid.
So as I continue on this grand adventure called life I’m going to continue to use donuts as my little memory makers! I’ll be documenting all my can’t miss donut shops I’ve encountered. You doughn’t want to miss it.