Canadians like their….”Those Little Donuts”

Those Little Donuts - Canadian company which makes little doughnuts for fairs. Unique machine for frying them quickly.

I hadn’t heard of “Those Little Donuts” until almost the end of my stay in Vancouver. I’m so glad my friend Don invited me to go out to the PNE because not only did I have a blast that day, but I got to have these little bites of heaven.
Sure, they may look like just little donuts and that’s really what I chalked them up to when they insisted I needed to get some. Hey, I’m not going to turn down donuts regardless, ya know?
Mini doughnuts from Those Little Donuts dipped in sugar and cinnamon
But oh my god, these things are amazing. Their website says “Often imitated, never duplicated” and I believe it. I can see how many places would want to make these, but wouldn’t be able to get it quite right.
Machine frying doughnuts in a circle fryer from Those Little Donuts

I’m in love with their machines, too. They churn out dozens of fresh doughnuts within minutes, frying them quickly in a spiral setup that is mesmerizing to watch, before quickly dipping them into cinnamon and sugar. I know there was another flavor or two available, but I don’t even remember what they were. And I’ve been told that the shops outside the various fairs have a lot of quirky flavors available, too, like Oreo or graham cracker flavors.

Bag of mini doughnuts from Those Little Donuts
I was quite content with just the basic kind, though. They’re still warm when they hit your hands and the texture is perfect. They’re the same doughnuts that they’ve been sending out since the 60s, with the only difference being that their oil used now is trans-fat free, which I think most of us can agree is an okay change to make. 
Those Little Donuts sign above shop - The Best Little Donuts Around Since 1968

The spoon is evil – Real actors read Yelp

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Just watch. I find it hilarious that people actually write reviews like this, but even more so when they’re done as dramatic readings. Perfect. You can find more of them on the YouTube channel.

Oh, and as a side note, they actually did change their spoons after this review, so it’s good for something, too! 

Real Actors Read Yelp #14 Transcript:

I don’t live in Troy. So I don’t need this place to succeed.

That being said, I think it’s nice that they provide a place in the area for people to hang out at night that isn’t a bar. Bravo.

But they have a big problem. A freakin’ huge problem. It’s their spoons. Hear me out. Never in my life have I encountered such an uncomfortable utensil. And it’s not that it’s hard to hold or that the seams poke into your fingers while you’re using it. The problem is… the shape of the bowl. Using it to put yogurt in my mouth actually hurts my lips. And I don’t know if the bowl is too deep or the rim is oddly curved…but every single bite…it…It pushes on my lips as I try in vain to enjoy the perfectly tart frozen yogurt with mango…blackberry…mandarin orange slices…

I’m not going back.

Do you know how many frozen yogurt places there are in this area? A sh*t ton. There is ZERO room for error.

Lean Cuisine Chef’s Pick chicken dish comparisons


I’m one of those weird people who actually sometimes craves tv dinners (They don’t even call them that any more, do they?). Are they better than a home cooked meal or a trip to a restaurant? Nah, not usually. But they’re cheap…and done in 3-5 minutes with minimal effort.

And I might have a little nostalgia in there somewhere, too. Growing up, I rarely got them and actually saw them as a treat. I was spoiled with home cooked meals and had no idea that I shouldn’t be jealous of my friends who always “got to go to McDonald’s” or “had cool Lunchables at lunchtime.” The grass is always greener, huh?

So while I rarely eat tv dinners or prepackaged meals of any sort, I certainly wasn’t going to turn down the chance to try out Lean Cuisine’s new line of dinners. I had already heard a bit of buzz about them and they were supposed to be pretty good, so why not, right?

I had a pretty hefty list to choose from, which is never easy for me, so I brought along a friend to help me choose and then sample them. Here were our choices:

  • NEW Spinach Artichoke Ravioli;
  • NEW Asparagus Ravioli;
  • Ranchero Braised Beef;
  • Chile Lime Chicken;
  • Mushroom Mezzaluna Ravioli;
  • Chicken Makhani;
  • Chicken & Vegetables;
  • Chicken in Peanut Sauce;
  • Chicken Carbonara;
  • Glazed Chicken;
  • Steak Tips Portobello;
  • Chicken with Basil Cream Sauce;
  • Chicken Pecan;
  • Thai-Style Chicken;
  • Chicken Marsala;
  • Lemon Chicken;
  • Orange Chicken.

Somehow, we managed to pick two chicken dishes that looked almost identical on the boxes, so I thought it’d be cool to compare/contrast and pick a winner between the two.

The contestants? Chile lime chicken for me and thai-style chicken for them. Actually, I don’t think they were intended to go in that order even, but it worked out for the best.

First, check out the pictures. I am SO sorry that the pictures aren’t great. Have you ever tried to take a picture of tv dinners? Even if they taste great, they don’t really look gourmet on a plate, huh? Only they can make them look good on the box, hehe. It didn’t help that I took the pictures after dark so I didn’t have the greatest lighting either. Oops.

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That last picture is to show how that one sort of exploded in the microwave. It didn’t make a huge mess, but it did lose some of the sauce.



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I attempted to plate the food so it’d look better, but that didn’t really work out. I added some leftover rice pilaf to the second plate because we were afraid it might not be enough food (these were for dinner instead of lunch).

So what did we think of the dishes?

My entrée-experiment-buddy was surprised they didn’t suck, so you know that gains a lot of points right there. Anyone who goes into an experiment with a negative mindset is going to require some extra convincing and proof to sway to the other side. With that alone, I think Lean Cuisine won overall, haha.

Each dish’s pros/cons:

  • Thai-style chicken’s coconut rice…didn’t taste like coconut at all. I’m assuming it was intended to just provide the creaminess of coconut milk, but it was really lacking in flavor.
  • Thai-style chicken itself was quite delicious. I kind of would’ve expected a peanut based sauce given that it was ‘Thai’, but no go there. It did come with plenty of sauce, though, so it got points for that. I really liked the flavor, though.
  • Chile-lime chicken had a surprising kick of heat, but I would’ve liked it to have more. I dipped some of it in the Thai sauce and coconut rice to make it creamier, too.
  • Chile-lime chicken rice was delicious. The rice wasn’t nasty like it had been microwaved and the corn was actually roasted. Look at the burn marks:


Overall, our winner is….

The Chile-lime chicken!


I would happily eat this again and I felt satisfied with my portion. I’m glad I was able to try more than one of them, too, although next time I should probably try one of the steak ones instead, just to mix it up and see what else they have.

I’m really glad that the two chicken ones were actually unique enough to stand on their own, too, because based on the pictures on the box and how they looked when I pulled them out, I thought for sure they would be way too similar or hard to tell apart.

Surely I’m not the only one that remembers some of those boxed meals year ago where they all sort of looked the same….and tasted the same….right?



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