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18
Oct
12

自転車で素敵なミスド店巡り!(Mister Donut Bike Ride Adventure 2012!) PART 2

And for the Continuing Story of our…

自転車で素敵なミスド店巡り!(Mister Donut Bike Ride Adventure 2012!) PART 2

Catchy! Yes! Tell all your friends!

Our next stop was our 6th…at MOTOYAMA (本山)!

13:04

6番目: 本山シャップ// Motoyama Shop

Afternoon at 本山店 (13:04)

Heading into the outskirts of our donut-shaped round-about of the Nagoya-city Mister Donuts. Motoyama is up on the Northeast end of the city.

Were we getting sick of donuts yet? Yes. Slightly. (haha, at least I was). This is when I started compiling a “Mister Donut grievances” list…haha.

Motoyama greivance #1: My grievance for the Motoyama shop was that there aren’t enough windows/isn’t enough natural light! With some better/proper windows- the place could be a lot more open and nice. (take a hint from Imaike!)

Here, we got one of the “special” 限定-or limited/seasonal donuts, (which can be really hit-or-miss). Well, this one unfortunately was one of the misses. It was a ホートリング (hot ring?) or some such nonsense, but it wasn’t hot AND when we asked for it to be heated up- the staff told us these donuts weren’t meant to be heated? Whatttttt?

Too tired to argue/care at this particular point- so we just ate it anyway.

Here it is! The ホートリング in all its not-hot glory! :]

Sweet! One more shop down! Next up- Gokiso! 御器所シャップ!

13:41

7番目:御器所シャップ// Gokiso Shop

(13:41) On to- Gokiso!

I quite like the Gokiso shop- but I always forget that I like it, actually. I almost always confuse it/clump it in with the Motoyama shop- seeing as they are both kinda “out-there” from Nagoya-city central, and very close to each other. However, they are actually quite different (and in my opinion, Gokiso is much nicer; or at least- more prone to relaxing in).

Luckily, since Motoyama and Gokiso are so close together- we had less time spent in transit/biking between shops- and could spend a bit of extra time relaxing here. It was very quiet and relaxed while we were there- exactly what I needed at that point I think.

It was here we shared the quintisential “Mister Donut” donut;

The 「ポンーデーリング」, “Pon de Ring”.

「ポンーデーリング」 Pon-de-ring. Existential in itself as the donut name sounds like “pondering”.

Now, I haven’t written much about this donut previously (my personal favourite being the French Cruller)- but this is arguably Mister Donut’s legacy- and possibly most famous/popular donut. 大人気!大好評!

I’ve tried very hard actually to like this donut- just for this very fact! But, I really just have to admit (against my best efforts) that sadly, I’m really just not very fond of it.

At best- it’s 普通/”normal” and otherwise- I am just not interested. I will give it credit however, in that it is very unique. The texture is unlike any other donut I’ve ever eaten- very similar texture to Japanese “mochi” or “pounded/sticky rice”.

Japanese mochi. (Even if adorable rabbits on the moon were to make this for me- it’s still not my favourite…)

The taste is: kinda sweet, kinda chewy and just all-around “mochi”-like. I will however, admit that I -do not- particularly like mochi, so therefore I can understand why the Pon de Ring isn’t my favourite.

Although I do love the name- Pon-de-Ring!

Why? Because the donut itself begets Existentialism and philosophy simply in it’s own existence! That it’s very own name sounds suspiciously like “pondering”!

My 500-point Pon-de-Lion plushie!

Also, the mascot- Pon-de-Lion is based around it- and I –am– quite fond of him.  :]

Anyway- that was my brief history/rant about Mister Donut’s famed “Pon-de-Ring”. It needed to be mentioned at some point, seeing as how it -is- the quintessential Mister Donut…donut.

For anyone who is further interested…my friend Will linked me to this interesting blog post that gives a bit more history on the ミスドのポンーデーリング.  Check it out here at, http://fiftyfootshadows.net/2012/01/26/pon-de-ring/

Okay! What were we talking about originally? Oh yes- the Pon-de-Ring we ate at Gokiso! Our 7th stop on our Mister Donut Bike Ride Adventure!

The 大好評 itself- ポンーデーリング! Pon-de-Ring!

Chewy…
Next stop is…Aeon Mall- Atsuta! (イオン熱田シャップ).

14:24

8番目: イオン熱田シャップ// AEON Mall- Atsuta Shop

(14:24) mid-afternoon at Aeon-mall Atsuta

Now, I’m not usually a fan of “mall” Mister Donuts (Apita/Aeon/etc.)- as they lose a lot of the atmosphere/character that makes it uniquely “Mister Donut” . Going to a mall Mister Donut hardly feels any different from being in any other mall food-court.

That being said- Atsuta Aeon is at least one of the better ones. I think because it’s not right -smack- in the middle of the food court and is a little more detached, that you don’t have to contend with/ be right in the thick of that whole “mall-food-court-thing” which makes it slightly more tolerable.

Honey-old fashioned (温める)- with bonus of free Kaldi coffee!

Here, we got one of my all-time favourite doughnuts! The honey-old fashioned…hot! Super secret insider tip! You can get any regular doughnut heated- and oftentimes, it makes them even more delicious! The honey ones are very, very amazing when heated. It gets all soft and glazed and….mmmm :]  I recommend you try it!

Next up- Kanayama! 金山です!

14:46

9番目: 金山シャップ// Kanayama Shop

Kanayama 4:46pm

Kanayama 4:46pm

This is actual an older picture of Kanayama, I took much longer ago. But, we were so exhausted at this point- I actually forgot to take a picture of the shop! So, instead enjoy this picture of Kanayama donuts at evening-time during Summer 2011!

Choco-ring (a classic favourite)

Choco-ring (a classic favourite)

15:17

10番目: 名古屋南シャップ// Nagoya (South) Shop

Nagoya Station (South) 3:17pm

Nagoya Station (South) 3:17pm

coconut donut

coconut donut and forlorn-ness, anguish…despair

This time around it was a cocount donut, coupled with forlorness, existential anguish, and despair…well, that or maybe we were just getting tired…

15:49

11番目: 名古屋駅前シャップ// Nagoya Station Shop

Nagoya Station 3:49pm

Nagoya Station 3:49pm

sugar donut

enjoying? a sugar donut

16:23

12番目: 中村公園シャップ// Nakamura Koen Shop

Nakamura Koen 4:23pm

Nakamura Koen 4:23pm

This was my first time going to the Nakamura Koen shop- and I believe this was the first “new” location we went to on the trip, so that was a pretty refreshing burst of energy on what was becoming a big of an exhausting endeavor.

custard...cream -shudder- my worst nightmare of all donuts!

custard…cream -shudder- my worst nightmare of all donuts!

Ugh, here was where I was FORCED to eat a custard cream donut!! The horror! I -hate- custard and have never liked donuts with filling, but we had vowed to try a different donut at each location and the time had come to face my custard horror…on top of being full/sick of donuts already at this point, it was pretty terrible. Tried not to vom. From what I remember, this location had a wailing child non-stop as well. We decided to make our stop at this one a brief one…

16:46

13番目: 本陣シャップ//  Honjin Shop

Honjin 4:46pm

Honjin 4:46pm

This was another new location I had never been to yet- and it was pretty exciting and one of the nicer locations we visited throughout our tour. Maybe I would even say the overall best? It was done up in the old/original wood style and very relaxing- a nice break from the trek.

wooden/original facade

wooden/original facade

pon-de-choco!

pon-de-choco! (can see my mister donut bike key ring peeking out as well :P)

17:36

14番目: 庄内シャップ//  Shonai Shop

Shonai 5:36pm

Shonai 5:36pm

double choco

double choco

18:06

15番目: 黒川シャップ// Kurokawa Shop

Kurokawa 6:06pm

Kurokawa 6:06pm

Honey Dip! <3

Honey Dip! <3

A classic fav, the honey dip- complete with exciting TRIANGLE table in the middle of the shop! ポイント!

… AND FINALLY,

THE 16th MISTER DONUT STOP  on our ミスドめぐり/ Mister Donut Bike Ride Adventure;

18:29

16番目: 金城シャップ// Kinjo Shop

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Last and final stop…Kinjo! 6:06pm

終わり

終わり

Luckily enough, Mister Donut was running a “decorate your own donut” campaign, so it was perfect for making a “Mister Donut めぐり思い出”.

Phew! Finished! What a ride! (Literally). Yeah, it was exhausting typing and just remembering that whole ordeal. By the end of it- I didn’t want to see another donut- EVER.

Luckily however, this temporary nausea/sickness induced by donuts passed- and I can still authentically say that I love Mister Donut. This must prove that my love for donuts is authentic, pure and true!

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16
Oct
12

自転車で素敵なミスド店巡り!(Mister Donut Bike Ride Adventure 2012!) PART 1

2012年5日26日 (May 25, 2012)

IT’S HERE!!

The long-awaited; Mister Donut Bike Ride Adventure!

ミスドめぐり!

THIS IS IT.

This is what everyone has been waiting for! The epic Mister Donut bike ride adventure (自転車で素晴しい素敵なミスド店巡り!) Uh, yeah, loosely translated….

What, what?

That’s right. Basically a friend and & I one day had a sudden burst of inspiration in that we would take a bicycle tour of all the closest Mister Donuts to us- IN ONE DAY!! As well as, have a brief sit & eat a doughnut at EACH location!  Genius, I know! How could anything go wrong? It was a flawless plan, surely.

So, we mapped out a route to all the closest mister donuts to us- and how many would be feasible to do in one day. We figured if we sat & shared one donut at each shop- it would take about 15 mins in the shop, and another 15-20 mins to travel to the next mister donuts. So basically, allowing 30(+) mins per shop (sitting, eating a donut & transit time).

Yes, in case you’re curious- a lot of heavy calculations went into this…

In the end, we decided we could d0 a tour of 16 DIFFERENT Mister Donut shops in ONE DAY (8 hours or so).

So, without further ado-The epic 16 different locations of Mister Donut around Nagoya tour! (名古屋の素敵なミスド店巡り!)

10:20 a.m.

1番目: 大須シャップ // Osu Kannon/Kamimaezu Shop

Osu Kannon- looking quiet and relaxed at 10:30a.m….

This is where it all began…what started out as a simple/nonchalant idea- grew into an actual expedition into the surreal realm of MANY, TOO MANY DOUGHNUTS.

Excited! But little did we know of the trials and tribulations in the name of doughnuts to come…

We were feeling pretty upbeat and enthusiastic about the expedition at this point, but LITTLE DID WE KNOW- of the many, many trials we would be sure to face on our; “Journey into more Mister Donuts in one day than any single man should ever know”. Catchy, right?

10:20 AM- French Cruller & coffee to get us started on our adventure…

So, we started off with a coffee each to get us going and we split a french cruller (my personal favourite). We decided that 16 doughnuts each was WAY too many, and on a flash of insight, opted to split one single doughnut between us at each shop. Taking our individual doughnut intake down to a more manageable, 8 DOUGHNUTS PER PERSON IN ONE SINGLE DAY. 0_O (What were we thinking, really??)

11 :06 a.m.

2番目: 栄シャップ // Sakae Shop

(11:06 am) 2nd stop- Sake (2番目栄店)

Sakae was the next stop on the itinerary, I kinda like this shop- it’s right smack in the middle of downtown Sakae- but it still feels somewhat hidden away and upon entering, it’s like a breath of fresh air/escape from all that “downtown Sakae/プリンセス通り” madness- (trust me, you need an escape from that street).

A typical evening view of Sakae

It’s right across from club ID (I think that says enough right there) and a pachinko parlour with enough lights on to actually give the street the illusion of daylight, even in the middle of the night.  キラキラ. Even so, it always seems pretty empty and has a relaxed atmosphere. You’ll often see businessmen, over-worked students (and myself) passed out here at varied times throughout the day.

Golden chocolate- complete with feelings of emptiness and solitude, isolation and despair; and chocolatey goodness!

This poor doughnut is looking helplessly alone and insignificant in this great, big, frightening world outside.  But, it was still delicious, regardless! While this doughnut is alone with (possible) feelings of isolation, anguish, despair etc. , it still didn’t seem to waiver in it’s overall deliciousness- which is something to give you hope or a sweet golden-chocolate beacon of light in even the bleakest of moment. Uh, yeah- basically, we would need this ray of golden-chocolate goodness to keep us going for the (many) doughnut-induced trials ahead of us.

11:41 a.m.

3番目: 千種シャップ// Chikusa Shop

The Chikusa illusion, or rather, you can’t see from the outside what a CRAZY BUSY madhouse it was!

I’ve written about the Chikusa shop before, you can check it out here, if you’re so inclined. https://existentialdonuts.wordpress.com/category/chikusa-%E5%8D%83%E7%A8%AE/

Chikusa ミスド at “proper people” time; (anytime before noon I suppose)

What I mean to say is that, this particular experience at Chikusa Mister Donut was QUITE a far cry from my usual 寛ぎ/relaxing prior excursions here. Under normal circumstances, (perhaps not peak hours of the day for regular, proper people i.e.- anytime before 12p.m.)- this location is quite quiet, chilled-out and relaxed. But that was NOT the situation we stumbled upon this time around.

It was only our 3rd stop, and roughly 1-hour later from our initial departure from the Osu ミスド shop, but we were getting tired and would have liked a place to sit down and enjoy our 3rd doughnut. Not in the cards, unfortunately.  The place was PACKED! すごっく満員した! There was literally no free spot to even stand, let alone a table or place to sit down at.

To make matters worse- we ended up stuck at the check-out for a good 10-15 mins extra than what we had allotted, as it was 1) very busy and even worse, 2) the employee who was ringing us up accidentally DELETED ALL MY MISTER DONUT CARD POINTS!! All 300+ of them! Tragic, I know!

Luckily, the mister donut point card/existential crisis (what does it mean to be; lost- adrift in an endless sea with no donut points to redeem??)- was resolved eventually, but it did take about 10mins of him frantically inputting buttons into the register and frowning/sweating profusely.

Tarro: “Make sure you get the bins in the picture too- for nostalgic purposes” …いい思い出かな?

In the end, we wound up with a strawberry-frosted doughnut, some frazzled nerves (mostly me from the prior point-card fiasco) and a lovely standing spot near the trash bins. And with that, we were off to Imaike! ミスドShop #3 on our long day ahead of us.

12:03 p.m.

4番目: 今池 ップ// Imaike Shop

(12:03pm), 4th stop at Imaike Mister Donut

Well, if Chikusa was a picture of chaos and donuts- Imaike being the next in line was the exact opposite. It was a relaxing breath of fresh air and open space (with lots of big windows and natural light- my favourite). It was quite the stark contrast having just come from the Chikusa Mister Donut “madhouse” (which the name implies was more fun than it actually was).

Are we getting sick of donuts yet? Not quite yet…

I like Imaike  for its big windows, open space (the booths aren’t all packed in), lots of natural light- and a great place to people-watch/zone out from up on the 2nd floor. Zone-out, which is exactly what we did at this point.  In addition to splitting a choco old-fashioned donut.

We took this moment of zen & donuts to space out a bit and relax- and get our bearings together for our next stop at…Ikeshita! Actually, we were feeling a little bit more optimistic/upbeat at this point, that we thought it might be fun/interesting to mention our little “doughnut めぐり” to the staff/employee who rang us up- since she seemed friendly and cheerful with us.

“Who knows?” I said. “She may even be interested/excited to hear about our doughnut expedition– and, and maybe she will tell Mister Donut headquarters about us! And…we’ll get on the news! And- and Mister Donut will pick me up to be their official spokesperson–!”  I was starting to get a little ahead of myself at this point- possibly brought on by a donut-induced sugar-high from eating nothing but donuts for the better part of the day.

Well, needless to say- she was NOT impressed with this little doughnut adventure of ours. Her reaction was…hard-to-place really. We weren’t sure if she was frightened, or just completely nonplussed- perhaps a little bit of both? But it certainly wasn’t as excited as we were hoping for. It went a little something like this…

Me: Hey! Did you know we’re doing a [ミスドめぐり] (Mister Donut tour)?! We’re cycling around to 16 different Mister Donuts IN ONE DAY. Isn’t that cool/exciting?!

Employee: Ah! -goes quiet suddenly- I see…so, uh, that would mean next is…Ikeshita then, right?  ….

Me: -slightly disappointed- Oh. Yeah! Pretty cool huh? Do you think it’s ever been done before?

Employee: Mmmm… -nods and backs away slowly-

At that point she disappeared into the backroom and we took it that that was our cue to leave- maybe before she, you know…called the cops or tried to get us committed.

12:27 p.m.

5番目: 池下シャップ// Ikeshita Shop

(12:27pm) 5th stop on our donut tour. “Donut Crossing in Ikeshita”

The Ikeshita ミスド is another nice spot, which is lucky since it’s actually the closest Mister Donut to my house- and therefore visited regularly. The windows are great for zoning out and people watching at the busy crosswalk/intersection directly out front of the shop.

late afternoon; golden-chocolate light streaming through the windows

My favourite time of the day to visit Ikeshita ミスド is in the late afternoon, when the sun is just starting to go down, casting everything in long shadows and golden light. The late afternoon/early evening light comes in really nicely from the windows- and the whole shop takes on a golden colour.

Still somewhat cheery! Looking forward to more donut adventures ahead!

We were there a little too early for that however, arriving just after it had gone half-past noon. Our donut for this particular stop was an エンゼルフレンチ or french-cruller with angel-cream filling (another one of my favs). Were we getting sick of donuts yet? Only a little bit!  次はMotoyama(本山)!

And…here ends (PART ONE)-of the Mister Donut Bike Ride Adventure.

So, I realized this post is taking me quite some time to write/recount- so in the interest of time (and not having a ridiculously long post at once), I’ve decided to break this up into THREE parts -also known as the; ミスド EPIC BIKE RIDE ADVENTURE: THE TRILOGY!

Look forward to our continuing adventures on our Mister Donut Bike Ride Adventure in the posts to come! (^0^)/

UPDATE: Part 2 of the epic,continuing adventure is now available- here!




Existential Donuts. The Quest to visit every last Mister Donut in Japan.

TOTAL NUMBER OF LOCATIONS VISITED

55 (...and counting)