Three huge pigeons sat, plonked in the middle of an empty carpark, beady eyes hungrily staring down the large, colourful, chocolate donut that I held in my hand. I had never seen such ginormous pigeons in real life before, truly morbidly obese creatures, and not just one, but three of them. Clearly, the bakery whom’s tarmac these pigeons graced were in part responsible for their gargantuan state – and I wasn’t about to let my delicious donut go to waste on these rotund creatures. The pigeons were so fat that there was no way they would be able to fly. As I munched away at my donut and watched them stare as it disappeared, a car drove into the park where they sat, inches from them, and not one of them flinched or bothered to move. Probably because they couldn’t.
But let’s take a few steps back and start from the beginning. This blog is not about huge pigeons, or their laziness, but about donuts. I had received some eager emails about a bakery down in Christies Beach, called Bradley’s Bakery. It was clearly a popular haunt for locals. It’s not far from Noarlunga Hospital and only a small detour to the Adelaide-famous Port Noarlunga jetty and reef. The bakery resides in a dead shopping plaza with many a “To Lease” sign around. The bakery seemed to be one of the only places open on a Saturday but clearly turned a great trade.
We were there on International Chocolate Day, and it only seemed right to partake in a chocolate donut – luckily a handful remained. Bradley’s was typical for an Australian bakery inside; glass shelves, a fridge full of Cokes and Farmer’s Union, and a server with the biggest smile and friendliest personality in Adelaide. She chatted away as she placed two large chocolate donuts in the bags to go, promising us we wouldn’t be disappointed.
And we weren’t. What amazing donuts, and well deserving of a (current) Top 10 place! They were soft, fresh and delicious. My husband commented on how they reminded him of donuts from his childhood; simple and joy-filled. Indeed, a single bite of one of these donuts fills you with a giddy, sugary, youthful excitement. Well worth the detour if ever you are in the area, just mind the pigeons.