At Cartems Donuterie in Vancouver, sin has a conscience. Their ethically decadent, ingeniously-flavoured donuts—think rich, meat-embedded Canadian Whiskey Bacon, Earl Grey Tea, and Triple Chocolate Threat donuts—are wildly popular, and with good reason. Every donut is handmade with local and ethically-sourced ingredients, like spices from Cortes Island, B.C., milk from a family-run dairy, organic flour, and the Cartems cases are laden with vegan-friendly and gluten-free options as well. There’s a certain sense of exclusivity surrounding the treats, with their kitchens churning out limited numbers each day. So, daily addicts click to the Cartems Twitter page to check on their constantly dwindling stock levels, as well as what specialties are fresh from the oven. Whichever you choose, these are donuts of serious substance and layers of flavour, even if you pick the simple Classic—glazed with organic vanilla bean, naturally.
April 26, 2012