Some foods are best left untranslated (see: pâté).
But there’s no wrong way to describe a donut.
Especially when the fried O comes from Mandarin Gourmet Donut Shoppe, a catering company and newly opened bakery in Palmetto Bay. Owner Michelle Vazquez attended — wait for it — donut school (yes!) and dreamed up a special yeast-based recipe in a variety of flavors: white chocolate, raspberry glaze, hazelnut dip, dark chocolate espresso, and dulce de leche.
To make a guiltless but no less tasty ring, Vazquez uses organic ingredients and fries in palm oil. She also makes fresh baked breads (blueberry, cranberry-orange, plain baguette), tarts, cupcakes, pastries, croissants, fruit bowls, and salads.
And though the bakery’s country French feel begs you to stay, its biggest seller is the delivery service: Whether you order one treat or a dozen, Vazquez will drive it over (for a small charge) to your place in Miami-Dade.
Mandarin Gourmet Donut Shoppe, 9837 SW 184th Street, Village of Palmetto Bay (305-323-4999 or mandaringourmetdonutshoppe.com).
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