I feel like a real food blogger (I know I changed myself into a culinary blogger, but this post seems that of a food blogger) today. I now know how you guys (the eatery review bloggers) feel, going out and spending time and money to try different things so you can blog about it. I actually had moments of “These are the only ones I want, but maybe I will also try this, this, and that just so that I have more items to blog about”. Yes, I can now have a better appreciation of the time, money, and stomach space you guys sacrifice to share your experiences.
I don’t know if I should be embarrassed to say that I actually waited in line this first week of the opening. Granted, I did not camp out like some of the other losers (kidding..not losers, more like hardcore donut lovers). But when I stood in line, it was 1:20pm.
When I finally got the order, it was 2:30pm. I haven’t stood in line this long since the Kogi Truck first came out (I remember that being a 2.5hour line). Maybe if I was a hipster teenager or something, it would be less embarrassing. But for donuts?! I couldn’t believe it either. And it’s not like I am a donut aficionado like Mary. I don’t think I’ve even eaten a donut in half a year or so.
I am not sure where the best parking is here. When I tried to park on Wilshire and Santa Monica, some guy comes out and says that cars with no permit will get ticketed. I wasn’t really sure if it’s actually true or if he’s one of the residents that are getting annoyed with Dunkin Donut customers taking all their street parking space. I vouch on the latter. He suggested I go park down the block. But there is a sign like this on every corner. So I suspected my assumption about him was right.
I kind of fell for it and looked around elsewhere. But I found the same signs everywhere else, so I said eff it. He must have been bullshitting to drive away the donut seeking street space hoggers. If you are around here, watch out for the residents and don’t believe them (unless it’s specified hours/days). Everyone parks in the residential area, on the streets.
Most of patrons in the crowd were youngins, high school/college age. Some looked like working adults on their lunch break (judging from their work clothes). What normal grown up would be standing in line for donuts? I don’t know what draws me into the crowd when this happens. They’re just donuts. I can make them at home. I can go buy them at local shops without the line. Maybe I just wanted to try one just to say “I’ve had the LA Dunkin Donuts. You ain’t got nothing on us, East Coasters!” I don’t know.
They also sell collectables and such. A Dunkin Donut Santa Monica T-Shirt lol.
I also ordered a Frozen Coffee Coolata.
I just had an Iced Coffee from Starbucks right before coming here, but I had to get another coffee drink just because. I probably should have gotten some other drink. I wasn’t really digging the frozen coffee. It kind of reminded me of those iced blended coffee drinks that they used to have at my gas station. I had high expectations of the coffee since East Coasters always rave about Dunkin Donut coffee. Maybe I need to try the regular coffee.
As I walk to my car, this is what I see from across the street. Well, this is an up close version. But from far away, it can easily look like a ticket.
“OH CRAP! I GOT A TICKET MAYBE THAT GUY WASN’T BULLSHITTING!” was my reaction. As I walked closer to my car, I see that it is a damn flyer. I hate getting flyers on my car. This wasn’t the first time I was fooled into thinking I got a ticket. Pablo, my former coworker, once put an empty envelope on my windshield. He got me that time. I actually fell for it, thinking I got a ticket but wasn’t sure why. I open the envelope to find it empty. It was a legit ticket envelope and all. And later he texts me saying “LOL you fell for it”. He said the envelope was from a ticket he had gotten before. Maybe he saves them to play tricks on people lol.
So I understand that there are more Dunkin Donuts scheduled to open in southern California, including in Long Beach and Downey, much closer to me. When I am around the area and craving donuts, sure I’ll get ‘em. But I am not doing the lines or driving out of the way for them.