More from the Hotel Chelsea Doughnut Plant!

Why I Love Doughnut Plant

Yes it had been on my mind, it comes every year, the long days of June; the running of The Belmont Stakes, and of course D-Day. In this case I am not speaking to the Allied invasion of France, rather an issue and institution much closer to home. I am referring to Doughnut Plant & National Doughnut Day. This D-Day, I was informed that more than 1700 doughnuts were served many of them free of charge, well worth standing in line for.

Twenty years ago I would have never believed that a doughnut shop offering artisan quality treats at a premium price would last till   their first commercial lease renewal, well I was certainly wrong on that one Ollie. I first began to really process Doughnut Plant while a Rep for The New York Observer. We were producing some beautiful magazines, and I very much wanted them to participate as an advertiser.

Talking it out with their Managers, and some of the company principles it became clear to me that they did not wish to take any chances on advertising. This was a shame since my boss would have probably accepted a barter arrangement, and those wondrous morsels would have made a nifty change from my coffee and oatmeal, not to mention, being well appreciated at our weekly sales meetings.

Last Spring I adopted the Meyer lemon as a very important part of my Artist Way work. I had in the past done a lot of work on my art development with the Julia Cameron book “The Artist Way.” The Meyer lemons sold out in one day at both Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. They were nowhere to be seen at Fairway or Garden of Eden.

A few days latter a shipment arrived at Whole Foods I went home with a big sackful of them. The creator came through! Juicy, aromatic with a soft and edible peal, I set to work adding them to fish dishes and baking projects. I perfected a scone recipe which I added unsweetened coco and flax seeds, Meyer lemon juice and peal bits. This was a real game changer, they are still talking about these scones at my eye doctor’s office where I treated them to a big basket of these “cookies.” BTW anyone that you bake for will remember you fondly!

You might say that the Creme Brulee doughnuts alone made the Doughnut Plant brand a reality. Deliciously sweet, crunchy with a wonderful custard center I am talking about pure doughnut perfection. Also the Mole Chocolate and the Verona Chocolate are amazing. What really surprises me is the depth to the Doughnut Plant menu which includes carrot cake peanut butter and jelly, just to name a few. All of course washed down with great coffee.

Doughnut Plant came up with a sensational Meyer Lemon doughnut which in my mind Doughnutplant.2surpasses any expectations that I might have of a perfect sweet treat. On all accounts, taste, texture, ect it is about as good as a doughnut can get. I have passionately lobbied the Doughnut Plant principles to keep this doughnut on as a regular menu item, sadly it has not come to pass. How about a bitter dark glaze on this doughnut to do justice to it’s lemony perfection and please! Make his doughnut a year round phenom.

I spoke with a very friendly customer who happily shared that he goes to Doughnut Plant three or more times a week. He loves the Peanut butter and Jelly Doughnuts, it was in his honor that I tried the Peanut Butter and Banana Doughnut, which I found delis’, if a bit too large and sticky for me.

I favor the Cake over the Yeast Doughnuts as well as the smaller ones like the Creme Brulee Doughnut which made their brand and causes patrons to cue up at their LES original location 20 years ago.

For those of us who have to struggle a bit to get into our swim suits I appreciate that you have a choice at Doughnut plant of large yeast Doughnuts as well as smaller cake ones, not to mention bite sized ones that can make a great side car to a coffee or as an extra doughnut for that especially rewarding day.

I have posted briefly on Doughnut Plant in the past, and will post more photographs of this special and beloved institution over the weekend. Visit Doughnut Plant at the Chelsea Hotel on 23rd St. http://doughnutplant.com/  Cheers!

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Cowboy Mouth at The Chelsea Hotel

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Young Artists at the Chelsea Production of Cowboy Mouth at the Chelsea 

It is no secret that I have a thing for T-Shirts. One of my most favorite is a gray, red and white one from The Hamptons Film Festival. It presents a simple and irrefutable message, and I quote: “Film is Art, Theater is Life & Television is Furniture. Much of my working life has been in the film industry, but I have also spent ten years raising money and providing marketing services for theaters.

I am also lucky to count as Brothers and Sister, Friends and Family some of the most dedicated and talented performers around. The experience of looking at theater from the inside out has driven home what I have always believed that the show that starts with the opening of a theatrical performance is only a small part of what theater really does for us.

When I broke in to arts development I was on the phone for NYC Ballet’s 50 Anniversary Season. We were tasked to raise a half of a million dollars (which we did). The most effective hooks that I used to evoke the power of the performing arts is that “you probably remember something about every performance that you have seen over the past 20 years.” This also is a strong testament to the power of Theater.

Sunday night I was treated to that power, very close to home. Once again edgy theater was again being presented on my block. I can think back to those by gone years when Squat Theater was pumping out hit after hit like “The Many Loves of Andy Warhol,” and “Mr. Dead and Mrs. Free.” When the plays weren’t up there were monthly performances of Sun Ra’s Arcestra. It was all a bit of hipster heaven.

I am thrilled that some young people who met at Harvard joined with some local talent to produce a very strong and enjoyable production of Sam Shepard and Patti Smith’s collaboration “Cowboy Mouth” If you don’t know the play is a tug of war filled with poetic jabs at dysfunction in love, and the push pull of the artistic blur of an existence Vs.the straight life of bringing up one’s baby. But rest assured there is more meat on this stick.

Annie Fox who plays Cavale organically absorbed Patti Smiths movements including the “Space Monkey” squat jumps to perfection. She spits out stories or reproaches to Slim, beautifully draw by David Andrew Laws. Laws also moves skillfully with aplomb. Thomas Sullivan, the “Lobster Man” is very adept with a comic, and somewhat tragic interpretation of the guy who would bring this couple lobsters from El Quixote downstairs. I certainly want to see more of this talented man.

Young Artists at the Chelsea Production of Cowboy Mouth will run until June 20. Tickets

are available while they last via their website http://www.youngartistschelsea.com/

A Theatre Grows in The Chelsea

Young Artist at The Chelsea Production of Cowboy Mouth

Young Artist at The Chelsea Production of Cowboy Mouth

Had a good talk about the production today with Zander one of the Set Designers.

Had a good talk about the production today with Zander one of the Set Designers.

Young Artists at the Chelsea Production of Cowboy Mouth at the Chelsea 

It is no secret that I have a thing for T-Shirts. One of my most favorite is a gray, red and white one from The Hamptons Film Festival. It presents a simple and irrefutable message, and I quote: “Film is Art, Theater is Life & Television is Furniture. Much of my working life has been in the film industry, but I have also spent ten years raising money and providing marketing services for theaters.

I am also lucky to count as Brothers and Sister, Friends and Family some of the most dedicated and talented performers around. The experience of looking at theater from the inside out has driven home what I have always believed that the show that starts with the opening of a theatrical performance is only a small part of what theater really does for us.

When I broke in to arts development I was on the phone for NYC Ballet’s 50 Anniversary Season. We were tasked to raise a half of a million dollars (which we did). The most effective close I used was to evoke the power of the performing arts in that “you probably remember something about every performance that you have seen over the past 20 years.” This also is a strong testament to the power of Theater.

Sunday night I was treated to that power, very close to home. Once again edgy theater was again being presented on my block. I can think back to those by gone years when Squat theater was pumping out hit after hit like “The Many Loves of Andy Warhol,” and “Mr. Dead and Mrs. Free.” When the plays weren’t up there were monthly performances of Sun Ra’s Arcestra. It was all a bit of hipster heaven.

I am thrilled that some young people who met at Harvard joined with some local talent to produce a very strong and enjoyable production of Sam Shepard and Patti Smith’s collaboration “Cowboy Mouth” If you don’t know the play is a tug of war filled with poetic jabs at dysfunction in love, and the push pull of the artistic blur of an existence and the straight life of bringing up one’s baby. But rest assured there is more meat on this stick.

Annie Fox who plays Cavale organically absorbed Patti Smiths movements including the “Space Monkey” squat jumps to perfection. She spits out stories or reproaches to Slim, beautifully draw by David Andrew Laws. Laws also moves skillfully with aplomb. Thomas Sullivan, the “Lobster Man” is very adept with a comic, and somewhat tragic interpretation of the guy who would bring this couple lobsters from El Quixote downstairs. I certainly want to see more of this talented man.

Young Artists at the Chelsea Production of Cowboy Mouth will run until June 20. Tickets

are available while they last via their website http://www.youngartistschelsea.com/

Young Artist at the Chelsea Production of Cowboy Mouth Thu July 20

http://www.youngartistschelsea.com/

Young Artist at The Chelsea Production of Cowboy Mouth

Young Artist at The Chelsea Production of Cowboy Mouth

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CowboymouthCowboy Mouth is up in a POP UP theatrical space in the Chelsea Hotel until July 20, this is a fine play penned by Sam Shepard and Patti Smith brought to life by a very talented and spirited theater troupe. This is a play that you will be thinking of for many years to come and performances are already selling out. Don’t delay!