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Shot to the Heart – Balls and Bangles in Queenstown, New Zealand

It’s no secret that Queenstown is known for shining a spotlight on extremes. There are the extremely gorgeous breathtaking views of Lake Wakatipu and of course extreme sports like bungy jumping.

 

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A Brave Soul Takes the Plunge Off A.J. Hackett’s Ledge Bungy

 

One thing the “Adventure Capital of the World” isn’t as well known for, yet, is extreme food. Queue the rainbow hued world of Balls and Bangles.

 

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Meringue, Fruit Loops, Potato Chips… Queenstown’s Balls and Bangles has Donuts for Everyone

 

We momentarily weighed the benefits of going with a traditional plain bagel, but we seized upon the opportunity to do donut shots instead. These donut (or doughnut) fiends decided to prescribe themselves a Ferrero (which consists of hazelnut chocolate topped with salted macadamia nuts) and a peanut butter & jelly (a luscious donut topped with peanuts and pretzels and filled with raspberry jam ).

 

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Balls and Bangels’ Ferrero and Peanut Butter & Jelly Donuts

 

Putting aside the sheer joy factor of shooting shots of hazelnut and peanut butter directly into your donut (or your mouth), these sugary delights were delicious. What made them even tastier was the fact that Balls and Bangles reduces the price of their donuts toward closing hours.

 

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Exposed Brick and Whimsical Paint at Balls and Bangles in Queenstown

 

We bought our donuts late in the evening since we had a crack of dawn scenic flight scheduled over to Milford Sound the next morning and nothing was going to be open for breakfast that early. (I’d highly recommend that flight by the way.) We got loads of compliments from our flight mates and our pilot regarding our breakfast choices.)

 

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Breakfast is Served – Just like what mom makes, right?

 

Balls and Bangles also has donut balls for the mild sugarholics and freshly baked bagels for adrenaline junkies in need of serious carbs.

 

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Balls and Bangles Bagels are Baked Fresh Every Morning

 

If you’re craving a full blown sugar rush, look no further than Balls and Bangles’ unicorn inspired over the top freak shakes. With names like hospital pass, surely you won’t have to worry about a candy overdose, right?

 

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The Fluffy Unicorn Works Magic on Kids Both Under and Over the Age of Ten

 

Let’s face it, bungy jumping and jet boat riding takes a lot of energy. If you’re looking for a sugar-coated pill that will help you power through a day of site seeing in beautiful Queenstown, Balls and Bangles has the medicine you need.

 

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Balls and Bangles in Queenstown, New Zealand

 

Balls and Bangles
Address: 15 Church Street
Queenstown, New Zealand
Hours: Sunday Through Thursday 7:30am to 9:00pm, Friday and Saturday 7:30am to 10:00pm
Phone: +64 3-442 7999
Email: ballsandbangles@gmail.com
Pricing (All in New Zealand Dollars or NZD): Specialty Donuts Around $8.00 Each (*Prices may be reduced toward closing time), Freaks Milkshakes Around $12.00

Antipodean and Artisanal, Two Words You Need to Learn in Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown is a naturally stunning gem of a town perfectly situated on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Bungee jumping and tourists are two things typically associated with this adventure capital of the world. If authentic New Zealand and a reprise from hordes of selfie stick wielding visitors is what you’re hoping for, pop into Antipodean Trader.

 

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This quaint shop on the fringe of town is conveniently located just a stones throw away from the Skyline Gondola.

 

In addition to Antipodean Trader, here’s a list of other neat little local spots we love across New Zealand.

 

Antipodean Trader is hand stocked with finds from across New Zealand and lovingly curated with artisanal pieces the owner, Kim, has gathered from around the world.

 

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Antipodean Trader is the perfect place to search for a unique souvenir, but it’s also just as impressive if you’re looking for a spot of inspiration when it comes to decorating your own home or office.

 

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Check out the lovely way Kim arranged these knobs to look like an adorable pile of sprouting mushrooms…

 

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…and the lovely blooms in these covetable handmade walnut vases.

 

Get ready to shop ’till you drop. Here’s a list of our favorite fashion finds, places where you can shop local and support small business around the globe.

 

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From the handwritten notes and descriptions of each piece to the owner’s welcoming presence, Antipodean Trader is the type of unique shop you hope to stumble upon during your vacation.

 

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Antipodean Trader carries clothing and jewelry…

 

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…as well as home goods.

 

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It’s a shop with heart and fun items you won’t find anywhere else in Queenstown.

 

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If The Remarkables mountain range and the gorgeous hues of the lake weren’t enough to make you want to set up shop in Queenstown, then your bulging suitcase after an artisanal raid at Antipodean trader just might have you doing a double take at those real estate listings in town.

 

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Antipodean Trader
58 Camp Street, Queenstown, New Zealand
10:00am – 4:00pm Monday through Saturday (Closed Sundays)

Taste the Rainbow – Modern Malt in Syracuse, New York

Eateries around the globe are adding a side of fun to breakfast. It makes business “cents” for restaurants to jazz up the most important meal of the day. At Pop Cereal Café in Porto, Portugal you can add ice cream and mint flavored milk to your bowl. Balls and Bangles in Queenstown, New Zealand lets you inject shots of peanut butter and other fillings into your donuts. Seeing as how Central New York sees its fair share of April showers and grey skies, we are thrilled to see restaurants like Modern Malt in Syracuse, New York popping rainbow colored hues on their brunch menus.

A photo of a stack of three blueberry pancakes topped with blueberry bourbon jam at local hot spot Modern Malt in Syracuse, New York. The upstate New York CNY based diner serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Photo Courtesy of FoodWaterShoes
The B.B. King at Modern Malt is Berry Sweet – A Trio of Blueberry Pancakes Topped With Blueberry Bourbon Jam in Syracuse, New York


Modern Malt is located in Armory Square in the heart of downtown Syracuse. The upstate New York based restaurant focuses on playful versions of common comfort food.

A photo of the interior inside of Modern Malt, a gastro diner in Syracuse, New York. The area above the bar is painted with words that say, "Milkshakes & Whiskey." Photo Courtesy of FoodWaterShoes
Gastro Diner – Modern Malt in Syracuse, New York’s Armory Square Features Everything From Milkshakes and Whiskey to Poutine


For example, there’s a twist on traditional eggs Benedict called pig Benedict that’s made with braised pork belly and onion frizzles. Modern Malt also has a whole section of its menu dedicated to poutine called the poutinerie.

A photo of Modern Malt's breakfast poutine. The dish includes Tater Tots, New York State cheese curds, a poached egg and gravy. The breakfast brunch spot is located in downtown Syracuse, New York's Armory Square. Photo Courtesy of FoodWatershoes
Wake Up and Smell the Poutine – Modern Malt’s Breakfast Poutine Includes Tater Tots, New York State Cheese Curds, a Poached Egg and Gravy in Syracuse, New York


Among the funkier offerings on Modern Malt’s menu is an Oreo French toast. We were concerned the dish might be too much of a good thing, but it is divine.

A photo of Oreo stuffed French toast at local hot spot Modern Malt in Syracuse, New York. The toast is filled with Oreo buttercream and drizzled with chocolate and marshmallow sauce. Modern Malt is an upstate New York CNY based diner that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Photo Courtesy of FoodWaterShoes
Double Stuffed – Oreo French Toast at Modern Malt in Syracuse, New York


The toast features an Oreo buttercream center and is drizzled with both chocolate and marshmallow sauce. The consistency of the toast is lighter and fluffier than you might think, kind of like a really good doughy cinnamon roll.

Clearly we’re big breakfast fans. Curious about some of the other crazy brekkies we’ve taste tested around the globe? Here are some of our favorite brunch places in the world.


The service at Modern Malt is excellent. We visited Modern Malt right before we flew back to California and encountered a massive lunch rush. Our server, Kevin, was completely on top of things and put a rush on our order, so we were able to scoot in time for our flight. (Thanks Kevin!)

A photo of the Barney Rubble at Modern Malt in Syracuse, New York, The dish features two slices of French toast encrusted with rainbow hued Fruity Pebbles cereal. On the side there is red strawberry ginger jam and also a dish of crème anglaise for dipping. The quirky creative brekkie breakfast food looks weird, but tastes delicious. Photo Courtesy of FoodWaterShoes
Yabba Dabba Doo to Crafty Cooking at Modern Malt in Syracuse, New York – The Barney Rubble Features French Toast Encrusted With Fruity Pebbles Cereal


Our favorite item on Modern Malt’s menu is the Barney Rubble. It consists of two hefty slices of French toast encrusted with Fruity Pebbles cereal. We skipped putting maple syrup on these delicious slices because the strawberry ginger jam that accompanies it is so dang perfect. The Barney Rubble also comes with a side of crème anglaise for dipping.

In addition to Modern Malt, here’s a list of other neat little local spots we love across New York State.


A word to the wise, while our Barney Rubble looked stunning photographed beside the Fruity Pebbles shake we also ordered (see the featured photo at the top of this post), it was a bit too much of a good thing. We’d definitely order the tasty French toast again, but the shake pushed our burgeoning belly over the edge. (The Fruity Pebbles shake is made with strawberries and blueberries, so while it does have the colorful cereal topping, it’s more of a sweet flavored fruit shake while the toast stays closer to its cereal roots.)

A photo of the salted caramel milkshake at Modern Malt in Downtown Syracuse, New York. The brown hued milkshake features whipped cream and is topped with salted popcorn. Photo Courtesy of FoodWaterShoes
Shake it Off – A Salted Caramel Milkshake at Modern Malt in Downtown Syracuse, New York


If adding Oreos or Fruity Pebbles to your French toast seems a bit too adventurous for your tummy’s liking, there are less kooky picks for you to choose from. For instance, Modern Malt’s lengthy milkshake menu includes quirky slurps like a Wild Berry Pop-Tarts option, but it also balances that out with familiar flavors like a German chocolate cake shake and a salted caramel variation.

A photo of the Elvis B-side at Modern Malt in Syracuse, New York. The dish consists of three bacon and banana stuffed pancakes topped with peanut butter drizzle. Photo Courtesy of FoodWaterShoes
Gut Buster – The Elvis B-Side Consists of Three Bacon and Banana Stuffed Pancakes Topped With Peanut Butter Drizzle at Modern Malt in Syracuse, New York


While standard fare like plain pancakes, burgers and sandwiches appear on the menu, it’s really tough not to delve out of your comfort zone and into one of Modern Malt’s crazy creations.

A photo of a rainbow layer cake dessert at Modern Malt in downtown Syracuse, New York. Beside the slice of cake there is a glass jar filled with colorful gumballs. Photo Courtesy of FoodWaterShoes
Modern Malt and Its Eclectic Menu Offerings Are Bringing Color Back to Downtown Syracuse, New York’s Armory Square


While we’d love to tell you to save room for dessert at Modern Malt, our stomachs just couldn’t make it that far. After tackling a poutine appetizer, glorious griddle options and some shakes, we needed to take a time out. We plan to pop in again sometime soon, so we can give Modern Malt’s carmo’ corn pancakes a whirl.

An exterior street view photo of Modern Malt, a diner in Syracuse, New York. This is a picture of the outside front of the CNY Central New York comfort food spot. Photo Courtesy of FoodWaterShoes.
Modern Malt in Syracuse, New York


Modern Malt
Address: 325 South Clinton Street
Syracuse, New York 13202
Hours: Monday Through Thursday 8:00am to 8:00pm, Friday and Saturday 8:00am to 10:00pm, Sunday 8:00am to 6:00pm
Phone: (315) 471-6258
Pricing (All in USD): Burgers and Sandwiches $10.00 to $16.00, Eggs $8.00 to $17.00, French Toast $8.00 to $12.00, Pancakes $7.00 to $11.00, Poutine $11.00 to $13.00, Soups and Salads $4.00 to $12.00, Waffles $8.00 to $11.00, Breakfast Shots $4.00 to $5.00, Milkshakes $5.00


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If you’re feeling super ambitious, we’d love it if you’d buy us a cup of coffee, so we can visit and review even more awesome places for you!

Cereal-ously the Best Idea Ever – Pop Cereal Café in Porto, Portugal

During our adventures we’ve done all sorts of crazy things to our food. We injected our donuts with hazelnut and peanut butter syringes at Balls and Bangles in Queenstown, New Zealand and got all gooey over the tasty rainbow s’mores from Orlando, Florida based Sugar Rush Marshmallows. It wasn’t until we visited Pop Cereal Café in Porto, Portugal that we realized you can visit a restaurant devoted solely to cereal.

 

An antique green trolley car sits inside the Museu do Carro Eléctrico in Porto, Portugal. The tram museum is located inside the Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos do Porto (STCP) building.
Porto is Known for Its Delicious Port, Fantastic Tram Museum (Museu do Carro Eléctrico) and Pop Cereal Café

 

Imagine a world where over 100 cereal options exist and brands you know are mixed and matched willy-nilly. Here’s how it works. Step one, head to Portugal. Next up, you can choose from one of Pop Cereal Café’s craft cereal mixes or go rogue and create your own bowl of delight.

 

A cereal bowl and a jug of milk sit on a cafeteria style lunch tray at Pop Cereal Café in Porto, Portugal. The item on the tray is the, "#3. My Friends Call Me Caramel." It's Made With Nestlé Lion Cereal, Golden Grahams, Cookie Crisp, Caramel Chocolate, Toffee, Toffee Topping and Milk
Breakfast of Champions – “#3. My Friends Call Me Caramel” à la Mode at Pop Cereal Café in Porto, Portugal – Made With Nestlé Lion Cereal, Golden Grahams, Cookie Crisp, Caramel Chocolate, Toffee, Toffee Topping and Milk

 

If you go your own way, you’ll kick things off by choosing your base cereal.

 

A photo of a box of Kellogg's Unicorn Froot Loops and Kellogg's Froot Loops at the Pop Cereal Café restaurant in Porto, Portugal.
Go Ahead, Be a Unicorn Froot Loop in a World Full of Plain Cheerios – Pop Cereal Café in Porto, Portugal

 

Pop Cereal Café offers traditional flavors like General Mills’ Reese’s Puffs, Kellogg’s Froot Loops and General Mills’ Lucky Charms as well as more obscure options like Kellogg’s Donut Shop Cereal in pink donut and Kellogg’s RiCiCLES (which is similar to Kellogg’s Rice Krispies except it has a frosted sugar coating).

 

The wall at Pop Cereal Café in Porto, Portugal is lined with all kinds of cereal. There are boxes of Kellogg's Coco Pops, Choco Krispies, Crunchy Nut Chocolate Clusters, Crunchy Nut Peanut Butter Clusters, Peanut Butter Cap'n Crunch, Cap'n Crunch, Cinnamon Frosted Flakes, Nestle Cini Minis, Post Oreo O's, Cinnamon Pebbles, General Mills Apple Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Kellogg's Frosted Krispies, Rice Krispies Treats, Rice Krispies Multigrain Shapes, RiCiCLES, General Mills Chocolate Cheerios and more.
The Breakfast Club – A Few of the Dozens of Choices at Pop Cereal Café in Porto, Portugal

 

If plain milk is, well, too plain for you then you can opt for a flavored milk instead. The mint milk is absolutely divine and not at all overly sweet.

 

On a cafeteria style lunch tray sits a jug of mint flavored milk and a cereal bowl at Pop Cereal Café in Porto, Portugal. The "#4. Before and After Eight" is made with Clusters, Chocolate Crunchy Nut, Chocapic, After Eight Mint M&M's and Mint Flavored Milk. We added a scoop of cream flavored ice cream to it.
Cereal Killer – After Our Tasty “#4. Before and After Eight” Made With Clusters, Chocolate Crunchy Nut, Chocapic, After Eight Mint M&M’s and Mint Flavored Milk (We Snuck in a Scoop of Cream Flavored Ice Cream), We Might Never Eat Plain Cereal Again

 

There are a variety of milk flavors including banana, blueberry, caramel, chocolate, cinnamon, coconut, coffee, dulce de leche, mint, Nutella, red berries, strawberry, toffee, vanilla and even white chocolate.

 

Clearly we’re suckers for creative local shop and restaurant owners. Curious about some of the other crazy places we’ve discovered around the globe? Here are some of our other favorite quirky spots in the world.

 

Pop Cereal Café also offers milk substitutes including almond milk, lactose free milk, oat milk, rice milk and soy milk.

 

Glass jars filled with cereal toppings on display at Pop Cereal Café in Porto, Portugal. The restaurant offers everything from After Eight Mint M&M's to sour peaches and gummy bears.
Pour Some Sugar on Me – At Pop Cereal Café in Porto, Portugal Your Toppings Can Include Just About Anything, From Sour Peaches and Gummy Bears to Oreos

 

Then you get to add toppings which range from all kinds of candy store options to ice cream scoops in flavors like chocolate, cream, strawberry or even regular old vanilla.

 

Graphics on the wall at Pop Cereal Café in Porto, Portugal say, "Cereals in the Rain," "Darling, You Can't Bring Cereals to the WC!" and "Saturday Night Cereals!" Seating options include beds as well as traditional restaurant tables and chairs.
Breakfast in Bed – Pop Cereal Café in Porto, Portugal Has a Wide Range of Seating Arrangements

 

If cereals aren’t really your jam, then you can always opt to indulge in one of Pop Cereal Cafés freakshakes.

 

Dozens of boxes of cereal line the wall at Pop Cereal Café's quirky restaurant in Porto, Portugal.
Take Your Pick – A Serious Selection of Breakfast Options at Pop Cereal Café in Porto, Portugal

 

With names like caramel overdose and insaNutella there’s no question that they all fit in the healthy food bucket.

 

In addition to Pop Cereal Café, here’s a list of other neat little local spots we love across Portugal.

 

Pop Cereal Café also serves a wide array of coffee drinks including affogatos and macchiatos.

 

A cup filled with a café bombón at Pop Cereal Café in Porto, Portugal. The restaurant makes the tasty caffeine beverage by adding condensed milk to espresso.
Super Bon Bon – A Café Bombón at Pop Cereal Café in Porto, Portugal

 

We leapt at the chance to pair our cereal with a smooth tasting café bombón since we’ve only rarely see them on the menu at cafés like Cuba Libro in Havana, Cuba.

 

An old school cafeteria tray gets prepped with Kellogg's Froot Loops and a jug of milk at Pop Cereal Café in Porto, Portugal.
Rainbows Are Always in Style – An Old School Tray Gets Prepped at Pop Cereal Café in Porto, Portugal

 

If you’re yearning to feel like a kid again and are content to trust your stomach to breakfast mix masters who’ve clearly tried ice cream on their cereal before, Pop Cereal Café is the perfect place for six year olds and 60 year olds alike.

 

An exterior street view sidewalk shot of the outside of Pop Cereal Café restaurant in Porto, Portugal.
Pop Cereal Café in Porto, Portugal

 

Pop Cereal Café
*Pop Cereal Café also has a Lisbon location.
Address: Rua de Cedofeita 46
4050-172 Porto, Portugal
Hours: Every Day 9:00am to Midnight
Phone: +351 21 131 7211
Email: contact@popcereal.com
Pricing (All in Euros): Drinks €0.80 to €2.60, Freakshakes €4.30 to €4.60, Cereal Mixes €3.60 to €4.10, National Cereals €3.60 to €4.20 (International Cereals Costs an Additional €0.35), Milk Alternatives €0.70 (Lactose Free Milk, Rice Milk, Soy Milk, Oat Milk, Almond Milk), Lactose Free Yogurt €0.90, Flavored Milk €0.30, Toppings €0.40, Ice Cream €0.70

They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha Ha! – Doughnut Vault in Chicago, Illinois

Going berserk over donuts seems to be apropos. Nurses in clean white coats serve up your fried dough over at Psycho Donuts in Campbell, California and at Balls and Bangles in Queenstown, New Zealand you can practically go mad injecting donuts with shots of hazelnut and peanut butter. We’ve gone crazy at donut joints around the world, so when we heard about Doughnut Vault in Chicago, Illinois we immediately wanted to lock ourselves up and throw away the key.

 

A photo of trays of fresh warm donuts at Doughnut Vault in Chicago, Illinois.
Eat More Hole Foods – Trays of Fresh Warm Donuts at Doughnut Vault in Chicago, Illinois

 

Seeking out the best donuts in Chicago is a tough job, but we were up for the challenge. Any eatery that regularly sells out of its wares by 10:00am most days is a must see by our standards, so needless to say, we got an early start and hoofed our way over to the Doughnut Vault. Thankfully the sweet folks over at Doughnut Vault regularly update their Twitter handle @doughnutvault with their sold out status, so you don’t go braving the Chicago cold for nothing.

 

A photo of the gingerbread stack at Doughnut Vault in Chicago, Illinois. The gingerbread stack consists of three tasty donuts in one order.
Oh Snap – The Gingerbread Stack at Doughnut Vault in Chicago, Illinois Consists of Three Tasty Donuts

 

The artisanal donuts at Doughnut Vault get handcrafted daily during an eight hour window. Doughnut Vault is housed in a tiny brick alcove. It’s a tiny hole in the wall so small that it doesn’t even have its own kitchen, so every night the donut masters borrow their next door neighbor’s facilities over at Gilt Bar in order to have their tasty donuts ready for the next morning.

 

Clearly we have a special place in our hearts for donuts. Curious about some of the other types of crazy fried dough deliciousness we’ve taste tested around the globe? Here are some of our favorite donut (or doughnut) places in the world.

 

Doughnut Vault is part of Brendan Sodikoff’s Hogsalt family which means that it has a slew of gastro siblings sprinkled across Chicago  and New York City including the 3 Arts Club Café, 3 Greens Market, 4 Charles Prime Rib New York, Au Cheval, Bavette’s Steakhouse and Bar, C.C. Ferns Coffee Bar and Spirits, The California Clipper, Gilt Bar, Green Street Smoked Meats, High Five Ramen, Maude’s Liquor Bar, Radio Anago, Sawada Coffee, Sawada Matcha and Small Cheval. Phew.

 

A photo of a chestnut glazed donut at Doughnut Vault in Chicago, Illinois.
To Be or Nut To Be – A Chestnut Glazed Donut at Doughnut Vault in Chicago, Illinois

 

Every week you can check out Doughnut Vault’s website to see which kinds of handcrafted donuts they have on offer.

 

A photo of a mirrored sign at the Doughnut Vault in Chicago, Illinois. The sign says, "Doughnut Vault Buttermilk Old Fashioned $2.75 Gingerbread Stack $3.50 Glazed (Chestnut / Vanilla / Chocolate) $3.50 Dollar Coffee $1."
Lock Us Up – Coffee at Doughnut Vault in Chicago, Illinois Only Costs a Dollar

 

Doughnut Vault is known predominantly for its classic old fashioned and glazed donuts, but from time to time it also whips up kooky specialties like whiskey caramel old fashioned with pecans and chocolate birthday cake.

 

We scored #LocalInsiderTips on where to eat, what to see and where to go in Chicago during a chat with Windy City native Lauren Schumacker. Travel like a Chi-Town local by reading our interview with Schumacker (who is a lifestyle writer and freelance journalist for Romper, INSIDER and other publications) here.

 

We gave the chestnut glazed donut a whirl and that bugger was delicious. Doughnut Vault may operate out a super small space, but the chestnut glazed donut they make is legitimately the same size as a full sized human head, so don’t say we didn’t warn you. We also tried the gingerbread stack which is actually a trio of gingerbread donuts and those were quite lovely as well.

 

A photo inside the Doughnut Vault in Chicago, Illinois. The tiny donut shop space is decorated with subway tiles and is super small.
Tiny Hole in the Wall – Doughnut Vault in Chicago, Illinois May Be Small, but It Serves Up Big Donuts

 

There is only one very tiny counter you can belly up to at the Doughnut Vault. Its only big enough for two people to stand side by side. If you’re looking for a grab and go donut and coffee experience, Doughnut Vault is one little secret nook in Chicago that you won’t want to miss.

 

An exterior photo of the storefront of the Doughnut Vault in Chicago, Illinois taken from the street.
Doughnut Vault in Chicago, Illinois

 

Doughnut Vault
*Doughnut Vault also has a second,  less tiny vault like location, over at 111 North Canal Street Chicago, Illinois 60606.
Address: 401 North Franklin Street
Chicago, Illinois 60654
Hours: Monday Through Friday 8:00am Until Sold Out, Saturday and Sunday 9:30am Until Sold Out
Phone: (312) 285-2830
Email: 
contact@doughnutvault.com
Pricing (All in USD): Buttermilk Old Fashioned $2.75, Gingerbread Stack $3.50, Glazed Donuts (Chestnut, Vanilla or Chocolate) $3.50, Seasonal Jelly Donut $3.50, Coffee $1.00

Shop ‘Till You Drop Like a Hip Kiwi Fashionista – Superette in Wellington, New Zealand

It’s no secret that New Zealand is filled with fantastic places to check out. You can inject shots of delicious goo into your donuts at Balls and Bangles in Queenstown or even pay a visit to the funky Re:START shipping container mall in Christchurch. There’s one kiwi city that holds a very special place in our hearts and that’s Wellington. This chic city is filled with tasty restaurants like Grill Meats Beer and loads of local shops you can support.

 

A Passion for Fashion - Superette in Wellington, New Zealand Carries Hip Brands like The Wolf Gang
A Passion for Fashion – Superette in Wellington, New Zealand Carries Hip Brands like The Wolf Gang

 

One of our favorite local stores to window shop at is Superette. This divine shopping destination has five locations spread across New Zealand, but we paid our visit to Superette’s Wellington digs.

 

Our Hearts Melted When We Spied The Berber Tote in Midnight From The Wolf Gang at Superette in Wellington, New Zealand
Our Hearts Melted When We Spied The Berber Tote in Midnight From The Wolf Gang at Superette in Wellington, New Zealand

 

Started by two friends (James Rigden and Rickie Dee) back in 2001, the brand focuses on fashion and lifestyle offerings for women, men and kids. Some of our favorite finds at Superette include covetable bedouin bags from Australian brand The Wolf Gang.

 

Superette in Wellington, New Zealand Carries Cool Kicks by Brands like Spring Court and Vans
Superette in Wellington, New Zealand Carries Cool Kicks by Brands like Spring Court and Vans

 

At Superette you’ll also find comfy sneakers from international labels like Spring Court (a Parisian label that John Lennon and Yoko Ono adored so much that they sported matching kicks on their wedding day). Slick purses from Australia’s Status Anxiety label and jewelry from New Zealand based the Stolen Girlfriends Club (we just might be tempted to take a trip back to New Zealand solely just to nab a few of their killer baubles) are also frequently spotted on Superette’s shelves. Superette also has sumptuous home goods from Barefoot Gypsy (based out of Australia) and quirky lighting fixtures from Neon Poodle (also Aussie based).

If you’re seeking expertly curated goods from local designers across Australasia, Superette is one shopping destination your credit card won’t want to miss. If you aren’t planning on visiting New Zealand anytime soon, thankfully Superette has an online shop we can spend all day drooling over.

 

Superette in Wellington, New Zealand
Superette in Wellington, New Zealand

 

Superette
Address: 108 Victoria Street, Te Aro,
Wellington 6011, New Zealand
Hours: Monday Through Sunday 9:30am to 5:30pm
Phone: +644 473 2853
Email: wellington@superette.co.nz
Pricing (All in New Zealand Dollars or NZD): Tops for Women $39.00 to $2,669.00, Dresses $69.00 to $1,399.00, Bottoms for Women $69.00 to $1,669.00, Lingerie $35.00 to $149.00, Accessories for Women $10.00 to $1,829.00, Tops for Men $29.00 to $879.00, Bottoms for Men $29.00 to $379.00, Activewear for Men $29.00 to $229.00, Footwear for Men $17.00 to $329.00, Underwear for Men $45.00 to $99.00, Accessories for Men $15.00 to $799.00, Grooming Gear $8.00 to $119.00, Items for Kids $5.00 to $399.00, Home Items $3.00 to $889.00

Stealing Foodies’ Hearts – The Chop Shop Food Merchants in Arrowtown, New Zealand

The list of tasty foodie restaurants in New Zealand is long. In fact, we’ll happily fly back to the land of the long white cloud if it means we can eat at all of our favorite places again. When you ask a local in Queenstown, New Zealand where to grab grub, there’s no shortage of options. In Queenstown proper there’s Bespoke Kitchen, Blu Kanu and Madam Woo’s. Over in Wanaka, there’s The Fed and in Arrowtown, there’s just one place you can’t escape and that’s The Chop Shop Food Merchants. (By the way, massive shout out to Kim, the owner of a wicked cool shop in Queenstown called Antipodean Trader. Kim, if you’re out there, we ended up eating at all of the places you recommended and they were as fabulous as your adorable little shop.)

 

Ink Me - Chili Salt Squid, Tahitian Lime, Pickled Ginger, Red Chili Nam Jim, Fragrant Herbs and Japanese Style Kewpie Mayo at the Chop Shop Food Merchants in Arrowtown, New Zealand
Ink Me – Chili Salt Squid, Tahitian Lime, Pickled Ginger, Red Chili Nam Jim, Fragrant Herbs and Japanese Style Kewpie Mayo at The Chop Shop Food Merchants in Arrowtown, New Zealand

 

If you’re looking for something different and unique, the quirky grub served up at The Chop Shop Food Merchants ought to do the trick. Owner Chris Whiting and his team just passed the four year anniversary of this hipster vintage foodie hot spot set a stone’s throw away from the Arrow River.

 

Book End - At The Chop Shop Food Merchants in Arrowntown, New Zealand, the Coffee Is Strong and So Are the Books
Book End – At The Chop Shop Food Merchants in Arrowtown, New Zealand, the Coffee Is Strong and So Are the Books

 

There are tables held up by books and quirky little nooks set up throughout the restaurant.

 

Novel Decorating Ideas at The Chop Shop Food Merchants in Arrowtown, New Zealand
Novel Decorating Ideas at The Chop Shop Food Merchants in Arrowtown, New Zealand

 

Everything about The Chop Shop Food Merchants oozes personality, from the table decorations to bathrooms.

 

Kiss and Tell - Antique Print Ads and News Articles Decorate the Powder Room at The Chop Shop Food Merchants in Arrowtown, New Zealand
Kiss and Tell – Antique Print Ads and News Articles Decorate the Powder Room at The Chop Shop Food Merchants in Arrowtown, New Zealand

 

Even if you aren’t hungry, it’s worth pulling up a mismatched chair and indulging in a unique pot of tea. The Chop Shop Food Merchants is a great spot for people watching and unwinding.

 

Tea Time - A Cup of Kawakawa Fire at The Chop Shop Food Merchants in Arrowtown, New Zealand
Tea Time – A Cup of Kawakawa Fire at The Chop Shop Food Merchants in Arrowtown, New Zealand

 

If you are hungry, there’s plenty of options that will whet your appetite.

 

Nasi Goreng Made with Fried Fragrant Jasmine Rice, Tiger Prawns, Free Range Chicken, Chili, Shallots, Bean Sprouts, Peanuts and a Son-in-Law Egg
Nasi Goreng Made with Fried Fragrant Jasmine Rice, Tiger Prawns, Free Range Chicken, Chili, Shallots, Bean Sprouts, Peanuts and a Son-in-Law Egg at The Chop Shop Food Merchants in Arrowtown, New Zealand

 

Our favorite dish during our visit was a spunky nasi goreng that was served with something we’ve never had before, a son-in-law egg. Apparently a son-in-law egg is a typical Thai specialty. You boil an egg until it’s basically fried into a beautiful golden brown color and then serve it with sweet and sour sauce.

 

Smoked Pork Hock Hash, Fried Agria, Smoked Chipotle, Kewpie Mayo, Baby Spinach and a Poached Free Range Egg at The Chop Shop Food Merchants in Arrowtown, New Zealand
Smoked Pork Hock Hash, Fried Agria, Smoked Chipotle, Kewpie Mayo, Baby Spinach and a Poached Free Range Egg at The Chop Shop Food Merchants in Arrowtown, New Zealand

 

We also had an excellent smoked pork hock hash dish. The serving was portioned just right, so you didn’t feel as though you had to squeeze yourself through The Chop Shop Food Merchant’s doorway on your way out of the place. Whether you’re in the mood for a French toast brioche made with strawberries and triple sec or some crispy beef cheek, The Chop Shop Food Merchant’s constantly changing effervescent menu will leave you wanting more.

 

The Chop Shop Food Merchants in Arrowtown, New Zealand
The Chop Shop Food Merchants in Arrowtown, New Zealand

 

The Chop Shop Food Merchants
Address: 44 Buckingham Street
Arrowtown, New Zealand 9302
Hours: Monday Through Sunday 8:00am to 3:00pm
Phone: +64 3-442 1116
Email: thechopshop65@gmail.com
Pricing (All in New Zealand Dollars or NZD): Afternoon Dishes From $14.00 to $26.00

Help! Our Eyes Are Glazing Over – Stan’s Donut Shop in Santa Clara, California

Since 1959, the Wittmayer family has been pulling warm donuts out of its fryer. When you walk through Stan’s Donut Shop in Santa Clara, California it feels a bit like you’ve stepped into a wormhole and popped out in another decade. A decade where fresh hot donuts and ridiculously reasonable prices still exist.

 

Donut Let Me Go - Warm Donuts From Stan's Donuts in Santa Clara, California
Donut Let Me Go – Warm Donuts From Stan’s Donut Shop in Santa Clara, California

 

We’re not going to lie. Instead of cutting out carbs, we love filling our belly with them (especially if said carbs come in doughy, sugary donut form). We’ve chowed down on the artsy Wynwood district delights from The Salty Donut in Miami. We enjoy the devilishly delicious donuts that come from Small-fry in Hobart, Tasmania. We’ve injected donuts with flavor shots at Balls and Bangles in Queenstown, New Zealand. We even proudly display our donut pride by decorating our jeans jacket with the adorable donut pins from CMYKlays. What makes Stan’s Donut Shop special isn’t that they have the latest and greatest donuts in Silicon Valley, it’s the fact that in the heart of the high tech Bay Area Stan’s old fashioned style donut shop has managed to stay pristinely frozen in time. Things haven’t changed, pivoted or become next gen at Stan’s …and that’s an amazingly good thing in the land of drones and driverless cars.

 

 

It’s not uncommon to hear people in line discussing how generations of their family love Stan’s or how they drove an hour from San Francisco just to get their paws on a classic cinnamon twist.

 

A Classic Glazed Donut From Stan's Donut Shop in Santa Clara, California
A Classic Glazed Donut From Stan’s Donut Shop in Santa Clara, California

 

Stan’s Donut Shop is perhaps best known for its classic glazed donut and it’s not uncommon to have to wait for a fresh batch because they often sell out.

 

Oh My Gourd - A Maple Glazed Old Fashioned and a Pumpkin Buttermilk Donut From Stan's Donut Shop in Santa Clara, California
Oh My Gourd – A Maple Glazed Old Fashioned and a Pumpkin Buttermilk Donut From Stan’s Donut Shop in Santa Clara, California

 

Since it’s autumn, Stan’s is infusing a bit of fall flavor into its fried dough confectionery.

 

In addition to Stan’s Donut Shop, here’s a list of other neat little local spots we love across the Bay Area and Silicon Valley.

 

If you’re willing to break from tradition, we loved Stan’s maple glazed old fashioned and its pumpkin buttermilk donuts.

 

Sugar Daddy - Plenty of Powdered Sugar at Stan's Donut Shop in Santa Clara, California
Sugar Daddy – Plenty of Powdered Sugar at Stan’s Donut Shop in Santa Clara, California

 

The family owned shop (which was started by patriarch Stan Wittmayer) uses the same recipe and has the same commitment to detail and quality that it had when the business first started nearly 60 years ago.

 

Sweet Everythings - Stan's Donut Shop in Santa Clara, California
Sweet Everythings – Stan’s Donut Shop in Santa Clara, California

 

Helpful Tip: Stan’s gets super busy on Friday, Saturday and Sundays. If you’re hoping to snag a fresh batch of two dozen or more donuts, your best bet is to pre-order your donuts ahead of time by placing your order over the phone before you arrive. It’s also worth noting that Stan’s only accepts payment by cash or check and the line begins at the register with the back of the line being near the counter seats (so don’t queue up by the busy front door).

 

We Like When It's Sprinkling at Stan's Donut Shop in Santa Clara, California
We Like When It’s Sprinkling at Stan’s Donut Shop in Santa Clara, California

 

If you long for the simplicity of past decades, pull up to a swivel seat at the counter of Stan’s Donut Shop, order a classic glazed and watch the next batch getting made right in front of you.

 

Stan's Donut Shop in Santa Clara, California
Stan’s Donut Shop in Santa Clara, California

 

Stan’s Donut Shop
2628 Homestead Road
Santa Clara, California 95051
Hours: Monday Through Sunday 6:00am to 3:00pm
Phone: (408) 296-5982
Pricing (All in USD): To Go – Donuts (Glazed, Sugar, Frosted Cake, Decorated Cake or Old Fashioned) .95¢ Each or $9.50 Per Dozen, Chocolate Glazed $1.00, Buttermilk Donuts $1.25, Cinnamon Roll $1.60, Jelly Donuts $1.30, Maple Bar $1.40, Twists $1.40 Counter Service – Donuts $1.03, Coffee and a Donut $2.34, Coffee and a Cinnamon Roll $3.05, Coffee and a Jelly Donut $2.72, Coffee and a Maple Bar $2.83, Coffee and a Twist Donut $2.83, Coffee $1.20 (Refills .40¢), Hot Chocolate $1.50, Tea $1.20, Iced Tea $1.50, orange Juice $1.25 to $2.00, Coke, 7 Up or Root Beer $1.50 *Cash or check payment only.

Shrines to the Weird and Wacky – Hundreds of Bras, A Flip Flop Fence and a Teakettle Collection – Three Quirky Tourist Attractions You Can Visit Around the Globe

At a cocktail party you’re liable to bump into someone who has seen Big Ben or visited the Eiffel Tower, but you probably won’t find many folks who’ve stood beside the Bra Fence or snapped a picture of the Teakettle Junction shrine. In Cardrona, New Zealand, you can see hundreds of bras blowing in the wind. Near Foxton (another Kiwi town) you can spot a flip flop fence (or jandals as New Zealanders refer to them). In Death Valley, California the remote sign for Teakettle Junction sports, you guessed it, dozens of teakettles from around the world. Here are just three examples of the kinds of wacky and fun roadside eye candy you can see.

The Cardrona (or BRAdrona) Valley Bra Fence in New Zealand

Location: Bradrona can be found alongside the main road near the Cardona Distillery. (The distillery is located at 2125 Cardrona Valley Road, Cardrona. Cardrona is situated between Wanaka, which is about 20 minutes away, and Queenstown, which is about a 40 minute drive from Bradrona in New Zealand.)

Cost: Free *Making a donation on site to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation is encouraged.

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A Shrine to Over-the-Shoulder-Boulder-Holders in Cardrona, New Zealand

It’s not uncommon to see things blowing in the wind: leaves, hair, etc., but bras (unless they’re on someone’s clothing line) aren’t what you’d typically expect to see beside a main road. Legend has it that Cardona’s bra fence began adding lingerie to the landscape sometime between 1998 and 1999. It’s not known why the original sets of bras were attached to the fence. For nearly two decades, the town of Cardona has been embroiled in cycles of lingerie removal, press attention about the bra removal and subsequent floods of even more ladies’ undergarments busting out on the fence. Remnants of the original bra fence can be found nearby inside the historic Cardrona Hotel.

In early 2015, the town decided to cheekily rename the bra fence, “Bradrona.” It also installed a formal sign and collection box in order to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Foundation. Almost 20 years after the original bras appeared, it looks like this unique Kiwi collection is here to stay.

 

Foxton’s Jandal Fence in New Zealand

Location: The Foxton Jandal Fence can be seen as you depart Lake Taupo, New Zealand and head toward Wellington on State Highway 1. The fence is just North of Foxton on State Highway 1.

Cost: Free

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Jandals Dangle Beside Highway 1 Near Foxton, New Zealand

It started with a few pairs of jandals (or flip flops) four years ago and blossomed into a full fledged footwear explosion. Foxton resident Amanda Howell started the fence by stringing a pair of jandals she won at a bar to the fence in her front yard. The Foxton Jandal Fence continues to grow as a result of donations from visitors and the nearby community. Zip ties can be found in Howell’s mailbox if you’d like to donate a pair of your own to the cause.

 

The Teakettle Junction Sign in Death Valley, California

Location: You’ll find the Teakettle Junction sign on your way to see the “sailing stones” that rest on Death Valley, California’s Racetrack Playa. The sign is at the junction where the unpaved road from Ubehebe Crater meets the roads that connect on to the Racetrack Playa (16 miles away) and Hunter Mountain (19 miles away). *Please Note: Given the extremely rough gravel road, only 4WD vehicles with high ground clearance should attempt this drive. We hopped a ride with Farabee’s Jeep Rentals during our trip.

Cost: There is a $20 fee for cars, trucks and vans to enter Death Valley National Park. It costs $10 for people traveling on foot, motorcycle or bicycle. The cost of booking a Jeep or Jeep tour is in addition to the National Park Service entrance fee. 

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Death Valley, California’s Teakettle Junction

It’s no secret that Death Valley, California gets hot. Really hot. Death Valley’s sweltering 134°F (57°C) temperature on July 10, 1913, crushed the record books and certainly made everyone in the park break a sweat. Though it may not get warm enough to boil water, you’d have to hit 212°F (100°C), in order to make that happen, it hasn’t stopped visitors from creating an unlikely shrine to tea in the hottest spot on Earth. It’s not known when the tradition began, but the sign and its teakettle ornaments certainly pour a good dose of humor into an otherwise barren desert.

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Hot Kettles in Death Valley, California

What weird and wacky collections have you spotted during your travels? Please feel free to share your memories and quirky things you’ve discovered around the planet below.

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