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I was minding my own business, waltzing through the Ocean Beach Farmers’ Market (Wednesdays from 4-7 on Newport Street) in a vain search for a guy who sells photo journals, when the unmistakable scent of fresh donuts wafted my way.

Could it be? Yes! It was! Freshly fried, miniature donuts for sale at the market; 15 of them for $5. That’s a bit on the expensive side, but it’s not every day that I get a pouch of piping hot donettes covered in cinnamon sugar, perfect for taking down to the seaside and watching the waves roll in.

The coolest part was the machine. The Lil’ Orbits donut maker is fully automated and individually shapes, fries, and scoops up the finished donuts by way of a mesh conveyer belt and hot fry oil. How cool is that? It’s like a miniature Krispy Kreme assembly line, portable and wonderful and probably dangerous in tippy situations. It reminded me of the Cornballer from Arrested Development.

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I did a little research on the company and it turns out the donut makers are manufactured here in the states, which is cool. It’s not a franchising opportunity or anything like that, although the company does provide bags for selling the donuts in. They’re emblazoned with the logo, the phrase “worldwide donuts: over 12 billion served!” and a copyright date from 1994.

I think I’m in love.

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