Can you imagine quitting a prestigious job at a Silicon Valley tech giant to make and serve donuts? That’s exactly what Phing Yamamoto did back in 2017 when she left her job at Apple to return to run her family’s shop, Colonial Donuts. Located near Lake Merritt on Lakeshore Avenue, Colonial Donuts has become an Oakland institution since its founding in 1969, and is one of the few 24/7 shops in the area. Showcased in the recent Berkeleyside profile of Pink Box Stories, the shop prides itself in perfecting its classic donuts — recipes that haven’t changed since 1989. …

On the evening of Thursday, November 14, 2019, Michelle Sou and I had the exciting opportunity to speak live on 94.1 KPFA’s APEX Express — Michelle by phone from Washington, D.C., and me, seated in the cozy downtown Berkeley studio with host Miko Lee. The energy of the studio was buzzing as Lee explained how the show would run while positioning the microphone in front of me. As I placed the headphones over my ears, the “On Air” sign blinked on, the theme song of the show began to play, and Lee introduced the segment:

You are tuned into APEX…

You’ve probably seen those pictures of donuts on Instagram — intricately decorated and eye-popping, as much a treat for the eyes as they are a treat for your now-rumbling belly. Maybe you have posted some pictures yourself. Mayly Tao, owner of DK’s Donuts in Los Angeles, is largely responsible for this donut-infiltration of your newsfeed. Tao’s curation of the donut scene on social media has earned her the title of “The Donut Princess,” perhaps in homage to the legacy established by her uncle Ted Ngoy, “The Donut King,” years earlier.

At first glance, you wouldn’t think the quaint and small…

Debbie Kim

Aspiring dog mom, donut enthusiast, & public health practitioner working in healthcare. MPH alum from Berkeley Public Health.

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