Donut Farm’s vegan doughnuts are becoming the indie treat of choice at Silicon Valley tech events and, with the opening of a new Silver Lake shop, the latest indulgence for Los Angeles hipsters. “People are embracing vegan doughnuts because they want sustainable, organic ingredients. It’s a clean doughnut,” says Josh Levine, who founded Donut Farm as Pepples Donut Farm in Oakland in 2007. The pastries are not just vegan, but also organic, non-GMO and, often, exotic. The sweet “candy cap” doughnut gets its slightly smoky, maple flavor from a dried mushroom of the same name. Rotating selections have featured bananas foster, blood orange, creamsicle, matcha green tea and whiskey/tangerine/fig, with chewy bits of tangy peel in the glaze.

In familiar pink cardboard boxes or stacked into doughnut towers, they’re a pleaseeveryone hole-y treat. Limited-service catering is available. Orders must be placed online from two to seven days in advance. Prices range from $2.50 to $4.50 per piece. Though Donut Farm is strict about sustainability, its founder welcomes the chance to experiment. “If someone wants to go all out, we can do custom orders,” says Levine. “We can fulfill your doughnut dreams.” 

To the annals of great bakery hybrids like the cronut, duffin and cretzel, add the churro croissant from Los Angeles bakery Pitchoun! A flaky pastry dusted with cinnamon sugar and filled with vanilla custard cream it combines French sophistication with the childlike joys of theme park eats. Originally put on the menu for the month of November, the churro croissant has been extended through January and, perhaps, beyond.

 

Just when you think there's nothing new in the world of breakfast cereal comes this innovation from chef Joey Maggiore, owner of the three Hash Kitchen breakfast spots in Scottsdale, Arizona: cereal shooters. Maggiore creates a boozy take on the milk that has been soaking in a bowl of Captain Crunch, Cocoa Puffs, Fruity Pebbles or Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Added to the frothy milk are, respectively, hazelnut liqueur, coffee liqueur, fruity vodka and spiced rum.