Foodventurous: Glazed and Infused

The morning after witnessing a heart-breaking loss requires some serious medicine. We made the trip to Chicago last weekend to watch our Cyclones play in the NCAA Sweet 16 at the United Center. Everywhere we went, we saw the Cardinal and Gold of ISU fans. Even ran into college buddies right on the streets! It’s why they started calling the United Center “Hilton East”.

Only it wasn’t.

It just wasn’t meant to be.

There were a lot of sad Cardinal-and-Gold-wearing people on the streets the next morning. We had noticed a place a couple blocks from our hotel with the word “Glazed” on the sign and assumed doughnuts had to be involved. We were not disappointed.

We walked into the door of “Glazed and Infused” and saw that we were in an area shared by the doughnut shop, a restaurant (Davanti Enoteca) and a hotel lobby (Courtyard by Marriott). There were about 20-25 people in line for doughnuts and every person that came out told us it is well worth the wait. So we got in line. Some people chose to sit down in the restaurant which offered made-to-order breakfast, a bloody mary bar and ability to order doughnuts with breakfast from the table. If you waited in line, you could then sit at a few of the tables between the restaurant and the hotel lobby. It was awesome!

After we had waited our turn and spoken with a few fellow broken-hearted ISU fans, we reached the counter and decision-time.

Blueberry Lemon
Black Raspberry Cheesecake
Maple Bacon
Boston Cream

… and who can resist a handsome server hoisting trays of goodness!

Back on topic … my final compliment for this place will be praise for its signs.

I want the “lard” sign in my kitchen and I want to be back to Chicago tomorrow for April Fool’s Day!

Let’s just say the next time I get to visit Chicago, I know where I would like to stay and eat.

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Anita Hinkeldey McVey

From the farm in Alta ... to college in Ames ... to the suburbs of Des Moines in Waukee ... I am an Iowa girl through and through. I married the cute, but quiet, guy who made me laugh out loud in Statistics class and we have two awesome, but terribly sarcastic, boys. In 1999, I quit my research job to be home with those active boys. Staying home allowed me to spend more time preparing meals, trying new recipes and striving to serve healthier options for my family. Now that my boys are men ... well, "adults" anyway ... and my husband still appreciates what I accomplish at home, I have time to explore my creative side and knock "writing a blog" off my bucket list. I love trying new things, traveling, gardening, reading and clean countertops. I love baseball (watching, not playing) and concession stands. Choosing a favorite food is impossible but if I was forced to pick just one, it would be pie! I thank God that He has led me to this place. Here's to a new adventure and hopes that others will be able to use what I post to discover the benefits of family meals and living a picnic life.

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