It’s not even 9 a.m. and my grocery shopping is done for the day.  On the way to get comestibles, I took a detour to Pilsen, the Hispanic area of the city (or rather, one of them), and went to the Nuevo Leon Panaderia (bakery), where no English is spoken but the pastries are fresh and inexpensive.  In the shop I spied a giant donut—the biggest I’ve ever seen—and snapped it up. Here it is:

Photo on 5-14-16 at 8.39 AM


I’m nomming it now (no way I’ll finish it!), and it’s very good. What’s great about Mexican pastries is that they’re not as sweet as those of other cultures, which makes them perfect for accompanying a nice coffee or a Mexican hot chocolate.

There will be no comments on how this is unhealthy; you know how I feel about Food Fascists.


  1. Janet
    Posted May 14, 2016 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    Oooooh…LOVE panderias! Enjoy!

  2. Posted May 14, 2016 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    That is one healthy donut.

  3. Posted May 14, 2016 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    I bagel of you, donut add your unhealthy comments. You’ re just jelly anyway.

    • Mark Sturtevant
      Posted May 14, 2016 at 10:19 am | Permalink


  4. GBJames
    Posted May 14, 2016 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    My rule: Never eat something larger than your own head.

  5. dabertini
    Posted May 14, 2016 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    Wow!! Enjoy!!

  6. BobTerrace
    Posted May 14, 2016 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    This is the first time I ever saw a fist size donut hole.

  7. Posted May 14, 2016 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    That could be a snapchat face. 🙂


  8. Randy Schenck
    Posted May 14, 2016 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    It’s an all day doughnut.

  9. Larry Smith
    Posted May 14, 2016 at 10:14 am | Permalink

    great pic! if you squint your eyes, it looks a little like Karl Rove.

  10. Posted May 14, 2016 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    Nice! 🙂

  11. Posted May 14, 2016 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    Sage advice from Kliban, one of the great forgotten cartoonists of the latter 20th century:

  12. Diana MacPherson
    Posted May 14, 2016 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Mmmmm that got me thinking about a giant jelly filled donut & how amusing that would be for someone to eat.

    • john frum
      Posted May 14, 2016 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

      Especially if it has just come out of the oven and when you bite into it, boiling hot jelly (or jam as we say elsewhere) comes out. That’s a lot of boiling jam (jelly). Heh heh.

      • Diane G.
        Posted May 17, 2016 at 2:09 am | Permalink

        Jam and jelly are two different types of fruit spread.

  13. dougeast
    Posted May 14, 2016 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    Might double as a life preserver in an emergency…

  14. Barry Lyons
    Posted May 14, 2016 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    I would like that precisely because it’s not too sweet!

  15. Taskin
    Posted May 14, 2016 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    That’s a serious party donut!

  16. Dianne Marie Leonard
    Posted May 14, 2016 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    Yes I remember Mexican pastries such as the one you show from my time with a Mexican family when I was in high school (1968). They saved them for weekends–you can’t eat those every day! Enjoy!

  17. JonLynnHarvey
    Posted May 14, 2016 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    Some of the local pastry stores I prefer earn my approval by simply having much smaller pastries. (For example, the Apple Fritters at Starbucks are about 1/4th the size of those at 7-11).

    I prefer the less sugar option described here.

    Most store-bought pies in America have way too much sugar. I wonder what the deal is on the pies in this shop.

  18. Posted May 14, 2016 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    To be sure, that one is for sharing!

  19. Frank
    Posted May 14, 2016 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Simply tell those Food Fascists about its…….

  20. Posted May 14, 2016 at 5:30 pm | Permalink

    The donut looks good.

  21. John Dentinger
    Posted May 14, 2016 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    Regarding PCC’s comment about Food Fascists, allow me to recall that as a kid I first learned about the four basic food groups: bags, boxes, bottles & cans. No junk scientist or phony doctor will ever convince me to abandon these long-held and time-tested health principles. BTW, donuts are in either the bag or box groups, depending.

    • Posted May 16, 2016 at 11:51 am | Permalink

      What about the British category of “wrapped in newspaper”?

  22. Diane G.
    Posted May 14, 2016 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    IMHO, much to small of a surface to volume ratio.

    Great photo, though. 😀

    • Diane G.
      Posted May 17, 2016 at 2:11 am | Permalink

      “too,” not “to”

  23. p. puk
    Posted May 15, 2016 at 3:12 am | Permalink

    Food Pedant™ here:

    You might find that the pastry is made with pig fat instead of butter.

    This makes it slightly less rich and more appealing to the savoury (sophisticated!) palate.

  24. Posted May 16, 2016 at 6:29 am | Permalink

    They used the donut hole to make a normal sized donut.

  25. Posted May 16, 2016 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    I should have learned to try more Mexican foods when I was in Pittsburgh. Everything here in Canada that I’ve seen is just endless tortillas (with a few fish or meat steaks)…

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