Washington: We have liftoff.
Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken started inauguration weekend off right Friday morning, setting up a pop-up location at Chinatown Coffee Co. for the express purpose of getting 300 of its sugary confections into the hands of early morning Washingtonians.
Among the selections, as HOH lead feed writer Warren Rojas has reported,were the "Obama Then," a chocolate-glazed doughnut drizzled with caramel sauce and sprinkled with Maldon smoked sea salt, as well as the "Obama Now," a honey-glazed oatmeal raisin doughnut topped with crumbled granola.
Other bits of deliciousness awaiting the purchaser of the Astro Doughnut variety pack pictured above were the Twink-nut, a cream-filled, sponge-cake homage to the late Hostess Twinkie; the Creme Brulee, a vanilla custard, bruleed vanilla glaze cake; the Peanut Butter & Jelly, a strawberry jelly doughnut with peanut butter glaze, and the Brooklyn Blackout, a devil's food cake with chocolate glaze and cookie crumbs.
Any one of these taste-bud ticklers is enough to satisfy a sweet-tooth craving and start a morning off right, especially with a nice black cup of Chinatown Coffee's joe. But the winner for this HOH writer was the Twink-nut. Maybe it's the relatively light touch of this cake. Maybe it's Gen X nostalgia. Whatever. It came out as the favorite. Runner-up goes to the "Obama Now," the oatmeal-cream-pie-like dessert. This was a surprise, given HOH's natural skepticism about the "Let's Move" fitness thing.
We are quick to note that the other four doughnuts are no slouches. The Peanut Butter & Jelly, in particular, manages to be juicy and hold it all together at the same time.
And the best news? Astro will bring back the pop-up Saturday morning at Chinatown Coffee at 10 a.m., and will open its own brick-and-mortar location later this month at 1308 G St. NW. Ah, sugar.