I am going to let you in on a great Dallas secret today…The Donut Palace! For five years now, it has been our Saturday morning ritual to visit this place. It is in our neighborhood and a lovely walk for us from our house. My daughter is on first name basis with Jane, who runs the Donut Palace and our Christmas card has been known to be taped on the cappucino maker. It is truly a special place to us!
Cue 6 months ago when we learned that our son had severe egg and peanut allergies! Literally one of the first thoughts in my head was…”Oh no…we won’t be able to go to donuts anymore.” Since our baby was not quite old enough for donuts yet, we went several weeks in a row and I did not mention it to Jane. It was like we had to break up. Finally, one Saturday, I asked the question…”Do you have anything without eggs?” I braced myself for the response. Do you know what she said. “None of our donuts have eggs or peanuts, too many people are allergic.” It was such a great moment!!! There were no signs anywhere to indicate this, she really had no idea what an important message this was to parents!
Since that Saturday, she has slowly been increasing the awareness that the donuts at Donut Palace are egg-free, peanut-free, and dairy-free! We recently visited a large donut chain while we were traveling. I asked the clerk if anything was egg free and her response was “I am supposed to say no, everything has eggs.” I was heartbroken and so was my son. He snacked on graham crackers while everyone else had donuts. It just was not fair! It gave me a whole new appreciation for Donut Palace and their equal opportunity donut establishment. Egg-free and breakfast are really hard to do, especially away from home.
So I hope this new secret brings some joy to your Saturday morning…or any morning. They are open 7 days a week, starting at 5:00 am. I hope you will go and pay them a visit. Pajamas and no makeup totally acceptable! Maybe I will see you there? If you beat me there, don’t take the last strawberry, that one is my favorite!
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