Adelaide is a strange place. For years, Adelaidian’s have hopped onto planes for the 40 minute flight to Melbourne, only to return with a large box of doughnuts in their lap.
Upon arriving back in Adelaide, they will then wave them in front of their friends faces and post something about it on Facebook. For some reason, they seem to think that the fact they bought doughnuts in Melbourne and travelled back to Adelaide with them on their lap, makes them better than everybody else who is just stuck with boring old Adelaide doughnuts.
You see, there is a doughnut shop in Melbourne that people strangely believe is far superior to anything made in Adelaide. I have tried both and I honestly can’t tell the difference. As far as things go, this entire Melbourne vs Adelaide doughnut debate is quite high on my scale of things I don’t give a care about.
I cannot understand this process. I mean, airplane seats are cramped enough already without having a giant doughnut box on your lap. Why bother going through the effort of bringing a box home when the doughnuts we already have in Adelaide are just fine.
Is it even possible for a couple of ingredients slapped together, cooked with a hole in the middle then drowned in sugar, to be much better than exactly the same thing cooked elsewhere? How hard can cooking a doughnut actually be?
Krispy Kreme grand opening in Adelaide
The photo above appeared on Facebook and shows the lineup to the grand opening of Adelaide’s first Krispy Kreme store which opened yesterday (15 July 2014). This photo was posted at 1pm and some people had been lined up for two whole days for this. Considering that there was an overnight temperature of about 8 degrees and it has been raining for the best part of a day, it’s safe to assume that these people have a doughnut where their brain should be.
Call me stupid but I could have driven to Melbourne, bought some myself, driven home, eaten them all and thrown them back up in that time.
True, Krispy Kreme did hold a competition where the first person in the line would win a years supply of doughnuts. But that doesn’t explain why there were hundreds of other people standing behind that person for an entire day just so they could buy a doughnut… at a store which will be open for 24 hours a day.
The police even issued a warning because there was a traffic holdup caused by the opening. So that those of you not from Adelaide can comprehend the insanity of this, the store was opening on a road which runs 3 lanes in each direction.
If this was for something amazing and epic I might understand it. If it was for a new product with a limited supply, or perhaps a video game console that you have been waiting years for and will sell out at launch, then I might understand that. But this was all to spend a couple of dollars on a doughnut, which you can by at one of a hundred other local retailers and bakeries.
Whats wrong with buying local
The thing that annoys me more than anything else though is the fact that there are hundreds of small, local businesses who work incredibly hard and handmake make their own doughnuts. Yet these people choose to boycott them in favour of an global, industrialised, American doughnut machine (yes, I said doughnut not donut!).
I think this comment, which was posted under the original photo on Facebook, sums it up in a beautifully ironic way (albeit with poor grammar and spelling!). This is word for word, unedited;
“Adelaides dreamy donuts are close but I’m sorry there is only one Krispy kremes and now I’m diabetic I can no longer enjoy them they came here to late for me but I’m glad they are here for my family”
And whilst we are talking about irony, did you notice the “Move Yourself” van in the photo?!
The store has been open for 2 days and somebody was robbed, at knife-point, for their doughnuts… You can’t make this stuff up! It’s like Adelaide has been taken over by doughnut zombies this week!