FOOD FOOD FOOD – Part 3: Donuts, Bakeries, Pies and other sweet places on Less Beaten Paths

Voodoo Doughnut - Portland, Oregon
Voodoo Doughnut – Portland, Oregon

Ahh…now that the BBQ and Chicken Fried steaks are done, how about something sweet?  Nothing like fresh donuts and pies!!  But who needs the chains?  How about some great independent bakeries and doughnut places?  Every Picture Tells a Story, Doughnut?

Voodoo Doughnut – Portland, Oregon

Voodoo Doughnut
Voodoo Doughnut

Voodoo Doughnut is probably one of the most unique doughnut places in the world (not just the U.S.)!!  Yes, they have amazing doughnuts, but they also have stained glass windows and even a wedding chapel.  They have been featured on dozens of food and travel shows as well.  And, by the way, make sure to bring cash if you want to eat.  That is all they take.

Doughnuts at Voodoo
Doughnuts at Voodoo
Miami Vice Doughnut
Miami Vice Berry – Raised yeast doughnut with vanilla frosting, blue raspberry powder and pink sprinkles.

The menu of great items is abundant and ever changing at Voodoo Doughnut.  On my visit in March 2012, I picked up a few, including their most popular items.  Here is a sampling…

The Voodoo Doll - Raised yeast doughnut filled with raspberry jelly topped with chocolate frosting and a pretzel stake!
The Voodoo Doll – Raised yeast doughnut filled with raspberry jelly topped with chocolate frosting and a pretzel stake!
Bacon Maple Bar - Raised yeast doughnut with maple frosting and bacon on top! Out of this world yummiferous!
Bacon Maple Bar – Raised yeast doughnut with maple frosting and bacon on top! Out of this world yummiferous!
Triple Chocolate Penetration - Chocolate cake doughnut with chocolate frosting and coco-puffs! I was Coo Coo for this one...
Triple Chocolate Penetration – Chocolate cake doughnut with chocolate frosting and coco-puffs! I was Coo Coo for this one…
Ain't That a Peach Fritter - Peach fritter topped with cream cheese frosting with pink and orange sprinkles! This one was HUGE.
Ain’t That a Peach Fritter – Peach fritter topped with cream cheese frosting with pink and orange sprinkles! This one was HUGE.
Dirty Snowball - Chocolate cake doughnut with marshmallow topping, dipped in coconut and a dollop of peanut butter in the middle!
Dirty Snowball – Chocolate cake doughnut with marshmallow topping, dipped in coconut and a dollop of peanut butter in the middle!

Other unique items include Mexican Hot Chocolate (Chocolate Cake doughnut dusted in cinnamon sugar and cayenne pepper); Captain My Captain (Raised yeast doughnut with vanilla frosting and Captain Crunch); The Loop (Raised yeast doughnut with vanilla frosting and Fruit Loops); Grape Ape (Raised yeast doughnut with vanilla frosting, grape dust and lavender sprinkles); Dirt Doughnut (Raised yeast doughnut with vanilla frosting and Oreos); and there are a few that I won’t include in here (they are a bit on the nasty side….)

It is no wonder there are always lines at Voodoo Doughnut - 24/7
It is no wonder there are always lines at Voodoo Doughnut – 24/7

And did I mention the stained glass and wedding chapel? And, oh yes, the proprietors are ordained ministers!!

Voodoo Doughnut Stained Glass
Voodoo Doughnut Stained Glass
Voodoo Doughnut in the Pink Boxes
Voodoo Doughnut in the Pink Boxes

Paris Bakery – Paris, Ontario

Paris Bakery - Paris, Ontario
Paris Bakery – Paris, Ontario

I lived in Paris, Ontario for a few months in 2008 and it had many benefits. It is a beautiful small town that is sliced by a lovely river (actually, two of them). There is a picturesque downtown area with a number of unique shops and one of those shops opens early (6 AM) everyday from Tuesday to Saturday and provides a pleasant aroma to the early morning air. In this day and age of big box grocery stores and fast food chains with their baked goods, a good Mom and Pop type of bakery is getting difficult to find. Paris Bakery remains one of those “pleasant places.”

Ross is up early making the rolls
Ross Avery is up early making the rolls
Gerry makes the specialty bread
Gerry Power makes the specialty bread
Owner Vickie Shows off the Goods
Owner Vickie Norris Shows off the famous Chelseas

Unlike the young folks who throw the donuts in the oven at Tim Horton’s and Dunkin Donuts and Krispy Kreme, Gerry and Ross have been baking for over 100 years combined. Indeed, Gerry has been in the bakery business since he was 12 years old! And like many other small bakeries, this is a family affair. Vickie’s sister Liz works at the bakery as does Gerry’s daughter-in-law Heather. There are a couple of other who family members there as well.

Chelseas were the specialty
Chelseas were the specialty

 

Famous Butter Tarts at Paris Bakery
Famous Butter Tarts at Paris Bakery
Tasty Chocolate Cupcakes
Tasty Chocolate Cupcakes
A Rack of Goodies at Paris Bakery
A Rack of Goodies at Paris Bakery
Lemon Tarts
Lemon Tarts at Paris Bakery

Vickie Norris sold the bakery in January 2013, but some of the staff has remained.  Vickie now runs the shop next door, which she has owned for a while, called The Paris Health Store and Yoga Studio.  I think all that go to the bakery may need to visit Vickie’s new business to get back in shape after the Chelseas, doughnuts and breads!

Frontier Pies – Rexburg, Idaho

Frontier Pies - Rexburg, Idaho
Frontier Pies – Rexburg, Idaho

OK, so this place is really a restaurant, but it is called Frontier Pies and that is what is famous for.  So, have some pie….the pictures say it all…

Frontier Pies - the real good stuff
Frontier Pies – the real good stuff
More Pies
More Pies at Frontier Pies

Oh, and I should mention that they make great breakfast, lunch and dinner items too!

Jaarsma Bakery – Pella, Iowa

Jaarsma Bakery - Pella, Iowa
Jaarsma Bakery – Pella, Iowa

Going Dutch was never so good as it was when I visited Pella earlier this year.  This is Holland-ville USA and the Jaarsma Bakery does not disappoint with Dutch baked treats.  Famous for its “Dutch Letters”, their other treats are just as good.

Dutch Letters - S shaped pastry filled with almond cream and sprinkled with sugar. Delectable!
Dutch Letters – S shaped pastry filled with almond cream and sprinkled with sugar. Delectable!
Bear Claws - you will be scratching the glass case to get one of these
Bear Claws – you will be scratching the glass case to get one of these
Almond Tarts at Jaarsma Bakery
Almond Tarts at Jaarsma Bakery
A whole case of goodies at Jaarsma
A whole case of goodies at Jaarsma

And, when done at the bakery, go get some Pella bologna a couple of doors down…

International Bakery – Omaha, Nebraska

International Bakery - Omaha, Nebraska
International Bakery – Omaha, Nebraska

Dutch baked goods are not the only delights out there.  A good Mexicana Panaderia is also a great place for baked goodies and, typically a bit cheaper.  I visited the locally famous International Baker while in Omaha for the 2012 US Olympic Swim Trials.  Made for a great morning breakfast on Mexican Sweetbreads and other delights.

Cases of Goodies at International Bakery
Cases of Goodies at International Bakery
Coconut covered chocolate iced donuts
Coconut covered chocolate iced donuts
Mexican Jelly Rolls at International Bakery
Mexican Jelly Rolls at International Bakery
Ahh...Sprinkles
Ahh…Sprinkles

Not everything here is sweet.  There are some great Cream Cheese Jalapeno Bolillos there as well.  These guys are like little soft baguettes filled with cream cheese and jalapenos.  Wowzers!!

Jalapeno Bolillo
Jalapeno Bolillo
Lots of goodies for the road
Lots of goodies for the road

And while there don’t forget the strawberry conchas.  Everything is 50 cents so you can’t beat the price.  But, bring cash as that is all they take.

Dutch Haven – Ronks, Pennsylvania

Dutch Haven - Ronks, Pennsylvania
Dutch Haven – Ronks, Pennsylvania

If you are going to go to Amish country in Lancaster County, there are a few places to visit including Intercourse, Paradise and Bird-in-Hand.  You also need to stop in Ronks on the Lincoln Highway between Intercourse and Bird-in-Hand and visit the Dutch Haven for some real yummy Shoo-Fly Pie.

Dutch Haven - home of Shoo-Fly Pie
Dutch Haven – home of Shoo-Fly Pie

Shoo-fly pie is basically a molasses pie. Some say it is a variation of the older Treacle Tart. Treacle is a British term for any syrup made from refined sugar cane, which would include molasses.  Gooey sweet goodness.

The Shoo-Fly Pie
The Shoo-Fly Pie – yummiferous

Presti’s Bakery – Cleveland, Ohio

Presti's Bakery - Cleveland, Ohio
Presti’s Bakery – Cleveland, Ohio

I was born in the Little Italy area of Cleveland.  Unfortunately, I was taken away from there when less than a year old.  I never had the chance to meet my real father.  However, I have been back there numerous times to visit my half brother and half sisters.  And, each time I go to Cleveland I have to make a visit to Presti’s Bakery.  Great cannoli and other baked goods.

Presti's Goody Case
Presti’s Goody Case

They also make some great stiffed breads with good Italian meats and cheeses and veggies.  But, nothing tops the melt in your mouth tingle your tongue cannoli.  And, you can get them in a nice box to go.

Presti's Cannoli to go
Presti’s Cannoli to go

Along the Less Beaten Paths there are many interesting places to stop and get some goodies.  I wish I had more time to stop at them all.  Here are a couple of more places I could have visited while on the road.  At least I snapped a photo of some of them…

Other Places I could have gone

The Donut Whole - Wichita, Kansas
The Donut Whole – Wichita, Kansas
Shakespeare Pies - Shakespeare, Ontario
Shakespeare Pies – Shakespeare, Ontario
Windchill Donut Shop - Port Huron, Michigan
Windchill Donut Shop – Port Huron, Michigan
The Chocolate Chicken - Egg Harbor, Wisconsin
The Chocolate Chicken – Egg Harbor, Wisconsin
Route 66 Cookies - Commerce, Oklahoma
Route 66 Cookies – Commerce, Oklahoma
Heavenly Donuts - Portland, Oregon
Heavenly Donuts – Portland, Oregon

Check back in a couple of days for Part 4: Leftovers – all the other places

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Sumoflam is Everywhere – A Photo Gallery

Following is a gallery of over 300 photos of my travels in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Japan and the Philippines, covering a span of nearly 40 years.  The unique thing about all of these is that I am in the photos.

Sumoflam and Thunderbirds in Bismarck, ND
Sumoflam and Thunderbirds in Bismarck, ND

Over the years I have taken nearly 30,000 photos of my travels and in most cases I have not been in the photos.  Over the coming months I will add new galleries that are thematic. this is the first one.  Enjoy!!

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A dream day – Kentucky Back Roads driving and then Tommyfest in E-town

Tommy Emmanuel and Michael Kelsey - photo courtesy of Marc Manning
Tommy Emmanuel, c.g.p. and Michael Kelsey         courtesy of Marc Manning

Today (Feb. 15, 2013) was one of those delightful days when I got to enjoy most of my passions…mainly travel, photography and music.  Ultimately, the main reason for the trip was to go to Elizabethtown to see Tommy Emmanuel and Michael Kelsey.  But, I took the long way to do it.  Following is a map with the stops I made.

View Gravel Switch to E-Town in a larger map

Perryville Mural
Perryville Mural

I drove from Lexington thru Danville and then into Perryville.  I made a quick drive through the old Merchant’s Row area of Perryville.

Merchant's Row Plaque
Merchant’s Row Plaque
Severed Head Trading Post
Severed Head Trading Post

After Perryville it was on to the small village of Gravel Switch, KY.  grew up around a gravel quarry on a spur line of the L&N railroad around 1870.  There is not much there now but a small Amish school, a Post Office, a bank and a few houses.

Gravel Switch, KY
Gravel Switch, KY
Gravel Switch Community Center
Gravel Switch Community Center
Amish Buggies in Gravel Switch
Amish Buggies in Gravel Switch

Not far from Gravel Switch is perhaps the most famous place in the area…Penn’s Store.

Penn's Store Sign
Penn’s Store Sign

According to its website, “Penn’s Store is the oldest country store in America being run continuously by the same family. It has been in the Penn family since 1850.” There is a nice writeup about it here.

Penn's Store Road
Penn’s Store Road

The drive from Gravel Switch to Penns Store Road is a bit complicated, but, once I figured it out, it was easy… After passing through Gravel Switch, follow Hwy 243 until you get to a fork in the road where 243 goes left and Hwy 337 goes strait to Bradfordsville. Follow Hwy 243 past the Forkland Community sign and continue until you go over a big bridge at the point where Forkland Rd. continues to the left and Hwy 243 goes right.  Immediately after the bridge you will see the signs above.  Penn’s Store is straight ahead.

Penn's Store
Penn’s Store
Penn's Store dogs
Penn’s Store dogs
The Greeter
The Greeter
The Greeter Part 2
The Greeter Part 2

When I arrived I was met by some very friendly white Labradors.  They greeted me with total friendliness.  Unfortunately, those were the only greeters as the store is currently closed for repairs from a big flood a couple of years ago.  They hope to reopen in mid-April 2013.

Penn's Privy
Penn’s Privy

Perhaps one of the more famous stories is the dedication of the Penn’s Privy outhouse.  The outhouse was built in 1992 and is made of poplar and has a tin roof.  It is a “one-holer.” The dedication was held with several musical friends lending their talents to the days festivities. The shows were headlined by Chet Atkins and Billy Edd Wheeler (who wrote the Grammy awarded Johnny Cash song “Jackson”). Billy Edd also wrote the song “Ode to the Little Brown Shack Out Back”.  The Chet Atkins connection is pretty unique since the evening show with Tommy Emmanuel will have some dedicatory pieces for Chet.  Read the amazing story of Chet and Tommy here.  In Nashville in 1999, Tommy was honored by his mentor, Chet Atkins with the title of “Certified Guitar Player” for his contribution to fingerstyle guitar, a rare distinction shared by only four other people in the world (Jerry Reed, Steve Wariner, John Knowles and Paul Yandell).  More about that later.

Patches Mini Mart
Patches Mini Mart

I soon left the little knob in the woods and headed back up to Hwy 337 to venture towards Bradfordsville, another quiet little town of a little over 300.  Needing a pit stop, I stopped at Patches Mini Mart…an old style country gas station and Mom and Pop type of cafe.  As I found out when I went in, “Patches” is the nickname for owner Patsy Morgeson, who is the chief cook and bottle washer too.  She was a charmer and let me take some photos inside.  I was hungry and though on a mainly vegan regimen, I broke down to have her speciality – fried bologna sandwich with egg and cheese.  Yes, the total antithesis of vegan…  But it was really really good.

Patche's Cafe
Patche’s Cafe
Patche's Mini Mart
Patche’s Mini Mart
Patche's cooks up her speciality
Patche’s cooks up her specialty
My sinful Fried Bologna sammich

I was reminded of Antsy McClain’s song “Mom and Pop Don’t Work Here No More,” as I spoke to Patches.  Located only 9 miles from Lebanon, KY, she is seeing many of her clientele go there to the fast food joints and big box store.  She told me that she is not sure how much longer she will be able to stay in business. I hope Patches and the hundreds of others like here across this country can stay in business so that they can live the dream.

Patche's Mini Mart
Patche’s Mini Mart

I soon found myself back in the car headed toward Lebanon as many of Patche’s customers now do.  But, Lebanon, the geographic center of Kentucky, would have only have one stop on the road for me…the National Cemetery…in the dead center of Kentucky!!

Sumoflam visits the National Cemetery
Sumoflam visits the National Cemetery

Lebanon National Cemetery, is the final resting place for more than 800 Union Civil War veterans, many of whom are buried as unknown soldiers.  Like its sister cemetery Camp Nelson in nearby Nicholasville, KY, the site is comprised of nicely laid out rows of white marble grave markers of both the unknown soldiers as well as many other veterans.  In fact, as I was taking this photo, a procession was on its way into the grounds for another veteran burial.

Lebanon National Cemetery
Lebanon National Cemetery
Lebanon National Cemetery
Lebanon National Cemetery

From Lebanon I made my way to Raywick (per recommendation of Patche’s and her assistant at the Mini Mart). This small village was first settled in 1778 by Henry Prather and James and John Ray.  In 1811, Lloyd Ray married a Nancy Wickliffe, thus the name Raywick.  Raywick is also home to a large Catholic Church.

Raywick Historic Plaque
Raywick Historic Plaque
Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church
Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church

Heading west from Raywick I meandered towards Hwy 527, also known as Scott Ridge Rd.  Saw this sign on the way out of town…notice it says “Your Leaving”…  LOL

Bubba's Pizza Sign
Bubba’s Pizza Sign – Raywick, KY

The drive up Scott Ridge is very scenic as it takes you high up on a hill overlooking the valley below.  At the crest of the hill is a cement lookout, which lets you see over 100 square miles of the scenic Rolling Fork River valley below.  Using my iPhone Panaorama feature, I captured the following photo of the view below:

View from Scott Ridge overlook
Panorama View from Scott Ridge Lookout

Here are a couple more from my Nikon:

View from Scott Ridge
Closeup of farmland view from Scott Ridge Lookout
View from Scott Ridge
Nearly 100 sq. mile view from Scott Ridge Lookout

I proceeded south on 527 to Maple Road and turned right.  I followed this windy path of a road to Social Band Road (what a name…)

Social Band Road
Social Band Road

I continued north to Atilla Rd and then West to KY 210 (Campbellsville Rd.). I went north on that road to Hwy 1192 (Bailey Rd) and followed it all the way to Mt. Sherman Ward Rd.   This road winded southward eventually passing Buck Rub Lane and Fatboy Blvd. You gotta love the names of some of these roads.

Buck Rub Lane
Buck Rub Lane
Fatboy Blvd.
Fatboy Blvd.

Further down the road I came across this little white house with a sign “God’s House” on it.  I am assuming it is a church, but I wondered if God’s house is really this small….

God's Church
God’s House

This eventually led to Hwy 61, which took me into Mt. Sherman.  Like many of the other small towns, there is a Post Office and a couple of other buildings.  I got a kick out of the Outer Limits Youth Center…I conjured up images of the old TV show “The Outer Limits.” (catch a video of the Intro to the show from the 1960s)

Mt. Sherman Post Office
Mt. Sherman Post Office
Outer Limits Youth Center
Outer Limits Youth Center

I continued west on Hwy 1906 towards Magnolia.  Very rural scenery continued.  I love old barns and reminders that I am in Amish country.

Barn with Amish Buggy Sign
Barn with Amish Buggy Sign
Old Barn in a field
Old Barn in a field
Magnolia, KY

I followed KY 1079 west and then proceeded north up Munfordville Rd. to Hwy 1517 (Oak Hill Road).  At that corner I came across an old log cabin, shown below.  This is one of those delights you run across while traveling the less beaten paths.

Old Log Cabin
Old Log Cabin

I headed north up Oak Hill Rd until I got to Talley Oak Hill Rd, where I tool a left and then the next right was my second goal location of the trip (first was Penn’s Store).  Here I came across Wonderland Rd. The name drew some interest for me…but there really isn’t much of a wonderland on this road.

Sumoflam at Wonderland Rd.
Sumoflam at Wonderland Rd.
Trailer on Wonderland Rd.
Trailer on Wonderland Rd.

The trailer above had smoke coming out of the smoke stack, no apparent electricity and only a bike parked in front.  Makes me wonder who is really living in wonderland….

Wonderland Road
Wonderland Road

Wonderland Road ended up at Sonora Road, where I took a left and that brought me to US 31W.  I headed south towards Bonnieville and then into Munfordville.

Bonnieville City Hall
Bonnieville City Hall – Quilt Blocks
Big Bubba Bucks Catfish
Big Bubba Bucks Catfish
Big Bubba Bucks Bustin BBQ
Big Bubba Bucks Belly Bustin BBQ Bliss

Before getting into downtown Munfordville I drove by a Barbecue place called Big Bubba Bucks Belly Bustin BBQ Bliss.  I have always loved the names of local BBQ joints (and I have also enjoyed stopping at them to eat).  Unfortunately, I was running out of time so I wasn’t able to stop. Catfish, fried pickles, sweet tater fries, collard greens and BBQ.  Hmmm…

Kentucky Stonehenge Sign
Kentucky Stonehenge Sign

My third planned stop on this trip was Kentucky Stonehenge., a small replica of the fabled Stonehenge from England.  Actually, it really isn’t quite a replica, but is fun and worth the stop.  Located just off of Interstate 65 at exit 65, go just a bit south on US-31 towards Munfordville.  Turn right on Maple St (where you should see the sign above) and then left on Lynn Ave.  You will see it in the back yard of a house on the right.  The owners have even created a parking area for visitors.

Sumoflam at Kentucky Stonehenge
Sumoflam at Kentucky Stonehenge
Kentucky Stonehenge
Kentucky Stonehenge
Stone Cannons
Stone Cannons
Kentucky Stonehenge pillars
Kentucky Stonehenge pillars

From Stonehenge it was off to the REAL reason for the trip.  Northward to the PAC in Elizabethtown for Tommyfest 11 where the storied and double Grammy nominated Tommy Emmanuel, c.g.p. would be performing with 2004 Guitarmageddon Winner Michael Kelsey.  This program is produced by my good friend Eddie Mattingly and his Trinity Music Productions as part of his Acoustic Guitar Master’s Series.

Sumoflam and Tommy Emmanuel, c.g.b.
Sumoflam and Tommy Emmanuel, c.g.b.
Sumoflam and Michael Kelsey
Sumoflam and Michael Kelsey
Sumoflam and GUITARIST EXTRAORDINAIRE Edgar Cruz
Sumoflam and GUITARIST EXTRAORDINAIRE Edgar Cruz

Over the years I have become close friends with many of these performers thru Eddie and Antsy McClain.  I was thrilled to also see Edgar Cruz, an amazing Flamenco guitarist from Oklahoma City who came out to the show.  I also visited with Bardstown, Kentucky fingerstyle guitarist Pat Kirtley. All of these guitarists are the best in the business, but also are amazing entertainers.  All have performed at the John Hardin Performing Arts Center due to Eddie Mattingly’s great efforts.  Their posters adorn the wall of the PAC Green Room:

PAC Green Room Poster Wall
PAC Green Room Poster Wall

Needless to say, the show was not only magical, it was breathtaking.  Both Michael, who opened the show and then Tommy, played sets that astounded the crowd and kept us totally entertained and amazed at the same time.  It is by far the best musical show I have ever been to.  And I have been to some pretty amazing ones over the years!!  The photography from the show was by my good friend and photographer Marc Manning.  One of the best horse photographers in Kentucky, he is also a premiere concert  and landscape photographer.

Tommy Emmanual and Michael Kelsey
Tommy Emmanuel, c.g.p., and Michael Kelsey courtesy of Marc Manning

This day began with me Enjoying the Ride, but ended with me on an absolute high from the music, the friends and the road trip.  It was an unforgettable day!!

Though I can’t add video from last night’s show, you may want to check out some of the videos on YouTube and on their sites.

Tommy Emmanuel: Locomotivation from NAMM Summer 2009

Tommy Emmanuel, c.g.p. Website

Michael Kelsey: From Guitar Center Guitarmageddon 2011

Michael Kelsey Website

Check out my Michael Kelsey photos from a show in Frankfort, KY in 2010 here

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