Gold Foil Cladded Matcha Gelato

The treat is available at a 66-year old tea house in the Shizuoka City, Japan.

Doughnuts Are on a Global Rampage, and They Must Be Stopped

Kate Krader and Chris Rovzar wrote . . . . . .

Doughnuts, you have gone too far.

Not long ago, we were your biggest champions. We cheered when you evolved into the scrumptious, flakey cronut, and when you multiplied up and down the West Coast through the Blue Star chain, which brought slick, beautiful rings from Portland, Ore., to Los Angeles. We welcomed such top tier bakeries as Dough in New York; Union Square Donuts in Boston; District Doughnuts in Washington; Curiosity Donuts in New Jersey; and Federal Donuts in Philadelphia. They were making versions of you that were airy, yet were rich, gorgeously glazed, and garnished.

It was a thrill this year when you appeared at Wylie Dufresne’s Du Donuts and Coffee, in Brooklyn, N.Y., in superb cakey style, with flavors such as Creamsicle, Mexican Hot Chocolate, and even the shouldn’t-work-but-it-does “Peanut Butter and Yuzu.” We were also ecstatic to see you take cruller form, coated in maple and cinnamon sugar, at Danny Meyer’s Daily Provisions cafe.

But now, you’ve overreached.

You tarted yourself up at Glam Donuts in Minneapolis, stepping out in a garish combination of Sriracha and peanut butter.

You debuted at Datz Dough in Tampa in the form of a $10 donut ice cream cone. The Nutella-lined “cone” is made of doughnuts filled with jelly-donut-flavored soft serve, topped with bacon caramel popcorn, whipped cream, and a cherry.

No, doughnuts.

Bad doughnuts.

The Corporate Shill

You officially jumped the shark when JPMorgan Chase Bank made its own doughnut. Mark Isreal of the Doughnut Plant, a perfectly respectable purveyor of fried dough, lost his mind and created the Ripple, three concentric doughnut rings the size of a large pizza. The visual effect, and flavors such as Thanksgiving (cranberry, sweet potato, and candied ginger), ensured it was a huge hit on social media. And then the whole thing was revealed to be a Chase small business promotion. We tried to eat one in the office, and it was a terrible user experience.

Once you became commercialized, it was all over. Anyone thought they could put something in a ring shape and call it a doughnut.

The spaghetti doughnut is the latest smash hit at Smorgasburg in Brooklyn. (It’s always Brooklyn, isn’t it, doughnuts?) Not a dessert-like snack, it’s actually an entrée—flavored like cheesy, bacon-flecked bolognese—forced into doughnut clothing. People are lining up for it every weekend in New York, even though perfectly delicious spaghetti bolognese is available in literally every neighborhood of the five boroughs.

(All right, we will admit that we enjoyed a sushi doughnut.That ring of sticky sushi rice, draped with assorted fish slices and covered with seeds, was delicious and fun. An editor wanted us to call it a “sushbomination,” but might we suggest we just rename it a “sushi ring” and move on?)

Savory Sandwiches

Which brings us to the savory doughnut sandwich. For a while, it was a gimmick you’d find at the State Fair alongside the fried butter and funnel cake. No longer.

First, there were the Monte Cristo doughnut sandwiches at District Donuts in New Orleans. We could be persuaded.

But then we heard about what’s going on at Gourdough in Austin. Their Dirty Bird sandwich—grilled chicken breast with pesto, mozzarella, and grilled peppers on a doughnut—is one of the shop’s more conservative options. It offers six varieties of Donut Burgers. And an entire section of Donut Entrees that includes the Boss Hog (pulled pork, potato salad, and BBQ sauce on a doughnut, depicted above). The culmination is the Drunken Hunk, which is a doughnut topped with a mound of bacon-wrapped meatloaf, potato pancake, and candied jalapeños.

We would do anything for love, doughnuts. But we won’t do that.

Aggression in Atlanta

We don’t know anyone at Gourdough. But we do know Ford Fry, the Atlanta-based restaurateur who recently introduced a doughnut brunch to his Beetlecat restaurant. We can make peace with his straightforward doughnuts, including one topped with Captain Crunch—and even the “Buford Highway,” which pays tribute to Atlanta’s Asian restaurant neighborhood with a doughnut garnished with pork “floss” (essentially, barbecued pork that’s cooked way down to strand-like texture).

But like all these sugar-high chefs, even Ford goes too far. It’s apparently a new rule that you’re not allowed to gripe about any kind of fried chicken sandwich, even one that has an egg and the “bread” is actually two whole donuts. (Not even sliced!) But isn’t it clear why the doughnut Benedict, which includes poached eggs, shaved ham, and red pepper hollandaise, should be outlawed?

Fry laughed when asked why in the world he had to go there with a doughnut Benedict sandwich. “In our Inman Park neighborhood, there were already a bunch of places doing straightforward brunch. We wanted to do something different,” he said. “We’re getting a good response on the doughnut Benedict.”

We’re all going to crash from this sugar high. (And clogged arteries.)

Which will be terrible, because on its own, the doughnut is nearly a perfect thing. It’s chewy with a hint of crisp on the exterior. It’s sweet, but light enough not to be cloying. It is designed to be dipped, topped, dusted, and sprinkled. The innovation is built in! Why do we need to take it to grotesque extremes? At this point, we are just baiting Pizza Hut into making a doughnut-crust pizza. Taco Bell is almost assuredly already working on a doughnut chalupa. Do we really want that?

When this happens, and it inevitably will, don’t come crying to us.

Source: Bloomberg

Sweet Samosas with Chocolate

Ingredients

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 ripe bananas, sliced
1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
2 sheets of phyllo pastry
2 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely grated
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Method

  1. Melt half the butter in a skillet, add the banana slices and sugar, and saute for about 4-5 minutes, or until the bananas have caramelized, turning them over halfway during cooking.
  2. Cut the pastry sheets in half. Place banana slices and a good sprinkling of chocolate and cinnamon toward one end of each pastry sheet, then fold up to resemble a triangular “samosa” shape.
  3. Heat the remaining butter in the skillet over medium heat, add the pastries, and cook for about 2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown all over. Serve immediately.

Makes 4 pieces.

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Kidney Disease: Causes

Your kidneys may be small, but they perform many vital functions that help maintain your overall health, including filtering waste and excess fluids from your blood. Serious kidney disease may lead to complete kidney failure and the need for dialysis treatments or a kidney transplant to stay alive. While effective treatments are available for many kidney diseases, people are sometimes unaware that kidney disease can often be prevented. The following are the ten major causes of kidney disease.

In the United States the two leading causes of kidney failure, also called end stage kidney disease or ESRD, are diabetes (also called Type 2, or adult onset diabetes) and high blood pressure. When these two diseases are controlled by treatment, the associated kidney disease can often be prevented or slowed down.

Many effective drugs are available to treat high blood pressure. In addition, healthy lifestyle changes, such as losing weight and regular exercise, often help to control, and may even help to prevent, high blood pressure.

Careful control of blood sugar in diabetics helps to prevent such complications as kidney disease, coronary heart disease and stroke. When diabetics have associated high blood pressure, special drugs called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors may help to protect their kidney function.

The third leading cause of end stage kidney disease in the U.S. is glomerulonephritis, a disease that damages the kidneys’ filtering units, called the glomeruli. In many cases, the cause of this disease is not known, but some cases may be inherited and others may be triggered by an infection.

Some of the other diseases that may affect the kidneys include infections, kidney stones and inherited diseases such as polycystic kidney disease. The kidneys can also be damaged by overuse of some over-the-counter pain killers and by taking illegal drugs such as heroin. Some of these diseases can be cured. In other cases, treatments can help to slow the disease and prolong life.

End stage kidney disease occurs when about 90 percent of kidney function has been lost. People with kidney failure may experience nausea, vomiting, weakness, fatigue, confusion, difficulty concentrating and loss of appetite. It can be diagnosed by blood and urine tests.

Source: National Kidney Foundation