I learned this morning via some unrelated news article that Canada's largest "restaurant" chain will soon be coming to a number of GCC countries--UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Oman. Saudis and Yemenis craving a doughnut will simply have to travel, or make do with far inferior American donuts.
I know ours are better because Canadians consume more doughnuts per capita than other peoples, and Canada has the most doughnut stores per capita. Tim Hortons is the most popular, and ubiquitous a mare usque ad mari. Tim Hortons Canada includes Quebec (and Nunavut)!
Those who appreciate a well-placed possessive apostrophe will notice much amiss in the above paragraphs. This is a sad fact of corporate marketing and a brief foray into US ownership. Tim Horton's became Tim Hortons. As a registered trademark, I don't think one may add any apostrophe before or after the "s".
Newcomers to Canada tend to call it "the Tim Horton", as in, "I'll meet you at the Tim Horton". They have no idea that Tim Horton is a personal name, or belonged to the famous hockey player who opened the first Tim Horton's with a friend and business partner.
Tim Horton was an accomplished defenseman for the Toronto Maple Leafs (special spelling for "the Leafs" of the blue and white type)--one of the original six NHL teams, along with the Montreal Canadiens (franglais spelling), Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings, and Chicago Blackhawks (named after the Black Hawk Indian tribe, before it became politically incorrect to do so). Horton finished his career with a then newly created expansion team, the Buffalo Sabres.
Back to the doughnuts. Many are toroidal rings. Many others are flat spheres injected with a custard or jelly filling. Many are glazed. Not only is there a wide variety but the "holes" have been transformed into "Timbits", bite-sized round doughnuts in the same varieties. Any of the maple flavoured ones would be the true Canadian way to snack.
Luqaimat. Variously claimed by Saudis, Emiratis, and Omanis.
This picture, and 4 recipes at The Oman Daily Observer.
Of course, many cultures have their own deep fried dough treats. So it is just possible that Saudis and Yemenis may survive their Tim Hortons deprivation, even without descending to Krispy Kreme abominations.
Caveat lector--while Canadian, my Tim Hortons knowledge is limited by being neither a coffee drinker (except for emergency caffeine, and the occasional latte, cafe con leche, or grand crême), nor a doughnut eater (except when my career hangs in the balance). Below are my favourite Timbits--the Tim Hortons sponsored hockey league for 3-6 year olds. They are too cute, with their teeny tiny hockey equipment, serious professional march from the change room to the ice, and their inadvertent pratfalls. The ones in the lower picture show that one is never too young to master the intent gaze from the bench +/- athletic cool slouch. Notice all sticks are blade down and on the ice/floor. Safety first! Speaking of which, blondie better get his helmet back on.
The little guys in "action":
Best not to mess with an Italian-American "Mite" player (age 6)--unless his mom is there.
Your comments, thoughts, impressions, experiences?
Your preferred doughnut brand? (I'm open-minded, but be respectful!)
Does your mom make the best "doughnuts" ever?
What "doughnut" is your ethnic specialty/preference?