Donuts, Burgers and Waitress

Day 3 (afternoon): October 3rd, 2017

As I left Chelsea market, I took a look at my map and noticed that I was fairly close to another food location that I had wanted to hit up: DOUGH doughnuts.

Although I was still pretty full, I convinced my naive brain that by the time I got to DOUGH, I would be hungry again. Bad decision, but so worth it.

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As I neared Dough doughnuts I walked past a stationary and paper crafts store called Paper Presentation. THIS PLACE IS GREAT. It has all the paper craft supplies you could ever possibly need and I spent a great deal of time perusing through the store.

When I finally pulled myself out of Paper Presentation, I walked over to Dough. I pulled the door open and I was greeted by a warm, comforting waft of sweet dough.

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I ordered the Dulce de Leche Doughnut and Oh. My. God. This is hands down one of the best doughnuts I have ever had. First of all, these doughnuts are MASSIVE. I could only finish half of it and saved the other half for my sister. The dough was so light and fluffy yet had the perfect amount of bite. The doughnut was beautifully topped with toasted sliced almonds, rounding out the sweetness from the dulce de leche glaze. It was so good.

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Dulce de Leche Doughnut ($3.00)

I stayed at DOUGH for a while, savoring my doughnut and spending some much needed study time, then headed back out onto the streets to meet up with my sister to go see Waitress, the Broadway musical.

For dinner, I had my first ever Shake Shack experience. We each got a ShackBurger, my sister ordered crinkle fries, and I got a strawberry milk shake. The verdict? The shack burger is a solid juicy burger made with fresh ingredients and a fluffy bun. The crinkle fries nailed the balance between a crispy crust and a smooth, creamy centre. The milkshake unfortunately, was much too rich and heavy for my taste.

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With our stomachs full, we headed to the Brooks Atkinson’s Theatre for Waitress. I had been looking forward to this moment for months. (The song track has been on repeat on my phone since it was released in 2016) . The music in Waitress is written by Sara Bareilles, one of my all-time favourite singer song-writers.

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The musical is about three waitresses stuck in a small town diner, all in difficult situations. It follows the story of Jenna, an exceptional pie baker and a difficult time in her life.

The show was everything and more than I could’ve ever asked. Hilarious, touching, empowering and an emotional roller coaster ride. I loved every moment of it.

After the show, we stayed for stage door and met the lead actress, Betsy Wolfe and the girl who played Jenna’s daughter. I was a little starstruck when I met Betsy because she had just performed an unforgettable show and there were no words to express how amazing the experience was.

Once we had finished gawking at the stars, head headed back home. Through the flashing lights of Times Square and the bustling streets of Manhatten.

Today was a great day.

Today was an unforgettable day.

Today was the best day.

-Bel


Addresses:

DOUGH Doughnuts
14 W 19th St, New York

Shake Shack
691 8th Ave, New York

Brooks Atkinson Theatre
256 W 47th St, New York

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