Emotional Value of Doughnuts for Expats

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by Andrew Jernigan, Expatriate Specialist: Insurance/Benefits

“For some people (yes, us) food doesn’t go to the stomach; it touches the soul and goes straight to the heart.”

~ ExpatWomanFood.com

If you grew up with doughnuts then you may realize that they have an emotional value. I find that global nomads the world over often remark on where they found their doughnut fix.

In Rue Rude, this American in Paris, France 🇫🇷  says there are NO Donuts in Paris, begging for them to come. (Comment below if a place is not serving them). While a French family relocated to Malta 🇲🇹 to provide their doughnuts to those living there (check them out here).

Emily in Vienna, Austria 🇦🇹 believes that the doughnuts there are the absolute best in the world.

In Barcelona, Spain 🇪🇸 the place to get a glazed donut is La Donutería  according to Laurin who is an expat and owner of Devour Tours, currently offer food, wine and tapas tours in MadridBarcelonaSevilleMalagaGranada, and Santiago.

“I’d give my left arm for… a Boston Creme donut with a “medium iced coffee, regular” from Dunkin Donuts.” ~ Misty of AnExpatCooks.com

One expat laments that Dunkin Donuts is one of the items he misses most in his life in Nicaragua🇳🇮 since the closest location is in Panama City, Panama🇵🇦. Yet if he were in the Phillipines there would be Dunkin Donuts in many major cities around the world with 3,200 international restaurants across 36 countries! Krispy Kreme is conquering China with hundreds slated to open in coming years, and already with locations in 27 countries.

I recall a family working with an NGO in Djibouti City, Djibouti, Africa 🇩🇯 that gave in to an emotional temper tantrum of their child crying out for a doughnut they saw in the grocery store there. It was a sight from home. Yes, they went back and got it.

Finding that doughnut is serious business when it makes the list of foods when in Bali, Indonesia🇮🇩 as on this listing of where to get foods for expats in Bali.

If you happen to be in Chicago, Illinois, USA 🇺🇸.in September 2018 then consider going to Chicago Donut Fest at the Zoo, says SmartExpat.com

An inviting aspect of Prague, the Czech Republic🇨🇿 for this international citizen was the doughnut ice cream cone.

International Doughnut Day is even celebrated in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates🇦🇪 at various locations.

If you are in Brunswick, Australia🇦🇺 then going to All Day Doughnuts is a must, but in Melbourne or Sidney go to Short Stop, or additionally in Melbourne Doughboys provides these delicacies. If you are in Tazmania🏴 󠁡󠁵󠁴󠁡󠁳󠁿then go to Lady Hester.

I recall on of the first times to see doughnuts when living in Brazil was in a shop in a food court in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil🇧🇷. They were very costly, but I did not resist. Years later when I had returned to live there after having children I splurged and bought them doughnuts also. They did say that Krispy Kreme didn’t compare to the ones they had eaten in Brazil once they visited the US and had HOT glazed donuts off the conveyor.

Have you ever felt that there is an emotional value of doughnuts?

Share in the comments below. We would love you to share the links of where to get them in your area also and your story.

Andrew Jernigan, Expatriate Specialist: Insurance/Benefits

Andrew is a licensed insurance broker in property, casualty, health, accident. life and travel lines and has earned the designation of Global Mobility Specialist. Representing many companies for cross-border insurance you can contact him to get the guidance you need, click here to read more.

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2 thoughts on “Emotional Value of Doughnuts for Expats

  1. Man, I so agree. After being in Alabama all the way from New Zealand, seeing the fresh looking donuts at Hero Donuts, I was sold, maybe a little too much. My work just bought me a whole box for my birthday. Even for a non American they scream comfort and fun.
    Check them out here: http://www.herodoughnuts.com/

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