linvilla orchards

I’ve been in the Philly area for almost three years now and ever since then I’ve always seen ads or have heard about Linvilla Orchards. It’s definitely been on my list of places to go but just never found a group who’d be interested in going. Luckily for me, I woke up Saturday morning and my housemate told me that she was going with a couple other friends to check out the tree maze and play some mini-golf. It was so beautiful out that I couldn’t help but tag along.

Linvilla Orchards is a farm located in Media, Pennsylvania, which is open year round. They offer fresh fruit and vegetable picking as well as activities like corn mazes and hay rides in the fall. Currently, they have a Christmas tree maze and the Fore! the Planet mini-golf course which was created by the Academy of Natural Sciences.

Of course, I didn’t just go to Linvilla just to run through a maze or to play some mini-golf. I went to try two things that I’ve heard are great at Linvilla: apple cider doughnuts and pie. The doughnut was fresh and delicious. Linvilla had several pies to offer, though I opted for the dutch apple and it was one of the best dutch apple pies I’ve had!

I already want to go back, even if it’s just for another apple pie. Glad I finally made it out!

Linvilla Orchards
137 W. Knowlton Road
Media, PA 19063

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donut connection

On the way back to Rehoboth after the Dogfish Dash last weekend, my friend and I spotted Donut Connection on the side of the road. Sure, it could be a typical place like Dunkin Donuts or one of those places that sell donuts bought from the price club, but it could also be a hidden gem, a place serving homemade donuts or something unique and special.

Not wanting to eat too much (since we had plans to stuff our faces again at the brewpub), we got one blueberry cake donut. Right before we paid, we noticed a strange item on the menu, the Delaware Donut. We immediately asked the woman behind the counter about it. She said, “You know pigs in a blanket……wrapped in a donut batter.” Our faces lit up as soon as we heard pigs in a blanket, we knew exactly what this was. It was a breakfast sausage wrapped in cheese and encased with donut batter. Of course, there was still speculation that this coulda been pretty awful. Thoughts of frozen breakfast sausage (ex. Brown & Serve, Jimmy Dean) and a stale donut outside filled our minds.

We were pleasantly surprised. It was quite fantastic. The donut outside was warm, fresh, and tasty. The sausage was great too. It’s casing gave a nice snap to it and was delicious.

The blueberry cake donut was standard. Nothing to write home about there. I did note a large production area that you could see through the window of the restaurant. There was a donut machine back there! Eat that Dunkin Donuts.

Have any of you ever had or heard of a Delaware Donut?

Upon further research, it turns out that Donut Connection is actually a chain with locations in several states on the East Coast and Midwest. It may not offer as much as Dunkin Donuts but that Delaware Donut was far better than any breakfast sandwich I’ve ever had at DD.

Donut Connection
26850 Lewes Georgetown Highway
Harbeson, DE 19951

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peter pan donut & pastry shop

One morning in Brooklyn I made the trip up to Greenpoint to visit Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop. The decision to come here that morning was made easy due to several recommendations from others.

Not having the largest appetite that morning, I ordered two donuts, one red velvet and one honey dip. The honey dip was similar to a glazed donut and the red velvet was a cake donut. Both were tasty and in addition to my iced coffee, it started my day off on the right foot.

red velvet and honey dip donuts

I wish I took note of what others have told me. I’m pretty sure there was something special here besides the donuts that I should have tried. Oh well, there’s always next time.

Ever have these donuts? What do you think?

Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop
727 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222

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