The people of Portland know that good things come in big pink boxes.
The pink box was filled with VooDoo Doughnuts, the weirdest doughnuts ever consumed on the planet. People who knew I was going to Portland told me I had to visit VooDoo Doughnuts. As soon as I checked in my hotel room, I could see people standing in line IN THE RAIN in the street outside my fourth floor window of the Embassy Suites at 3rd and Pine.
The Embassy Suites, a cool hotel in its own right, advertises a VooDoo Doughnut package where they have an employee stand in line and have your pink box waiting at check in. In the wee hours of the morning, I awoke and checked outside. Three a.m. and people were standing outside, queued up like they were waiting for tickets to the last Beatles concert.
One morning while riding in the hotel elevator, I talked with a father and young son who had stood in line 90 minutes for their pink box of goodies.
Finally,on my last night in Portland, on a Sunday evening, just before going to bed about 11 p.m., I looked out my window. NO LINE.
Experiencing VooDoo Doughnuts in Portland
The line inside was about 30 minutes long, but I was entertained by the pink walls and unusual display of merchandise and people. I had no need for pink VooDoo underpants, so I just focused on the revolving display of doughnuts. With three cashiers working simultaneously, soon it was my turn. I told the woman to surprise me with whatever half dozen she thought most interesting. That surprise cost $15.
As I departed PDX the next day, I had a fan club, smiling with approval as I worked my way through security and onto my flight with my pink box. Finally, back at home, my efforts were rewarded as I shared the box with my husband and son.
VooDoo Doughnuts are now sold in Denver, Austin, Taipei and lots of other places, but you never forget your first.