Staff Picks For National Donut Day

There's a lot of content out there - music, movies, TV shows, books, what have you - and precious little time. So when the weekend hits and you're looking to unwind, it's easy to get a little lost. To help you navigate this jungle of stuff, our Civilized staffers humbly offer some of their favorite things. Have a recommendation of your own? Let us know in the comments.

This week, our theme is National Donut Day, which falls on Friday June 2.

Cin City Donuts at the Calgary Saddledome

Calgary's Scotiabank Saddledome (Ronnie Chua /

Donut Day makes me wish I were back in Calgary, watching a Flames hockey game at the Saddledome. At intermission, the staff at Cin City Donuts fire up the deep fryer and make fresh batches of cinnamon-sugar mini-donuts. The sweet and savory smell is so strong that you don't need directions to find the stand: you can make like Toucan Sam and follow your nose. Check 'em out if you're ever in Cowtown for a game.

-- James McClure, Associate Editor / Writer

Jelly Donut Oreos

jelly donut oreos

I haven’t exactly lauded every ‘limited edition’ Oreo flavor-du-jour.

I mean, Candy Corn? Root Beer Float? Watermelon? Come on. Surely the venerable Oreo deserves more respect than the nightmare that is a ‘Limeade’ cream filling, for God’s sake.

But the announcement of a jelly donut-flavored cookie - featuring a “Golden Oreo cookie, raspberry center and custard outer ring” - has caught my attention. The special edition is being released exclusively at Walmart (where else?) this weekend, just in time for National Donut Day. I’m already salivating.

-- Tess Allen, Associate Editor / Writer

Season 3 of 'Twin Peaks'

deputy hawk

The first four episodes of Showtime’s new season of 'Twin Peaks' are beautiful, perplexing, surprisingly funny and genuinely scary. Where it will all end up is anyone’s guess, but right now it’s safe to say that the show is a much different beast than the ’Twin Peaks’ that ran on ABC in the 90s.

That said, there are plenty of nods to classic ‘Peaks’. Most importantly? The first rule of solving a mystery is still a delicious donut. In the new series’ third episode, Deputy Hawk (Michael Horse) begins a painstaking search for an important clue by putting a “Donut Disturb” sign on his door. And before you ask - yes, there is a printable version over at the Welcome to Twin Peaks fansite. Put it on the door of your office, your rec room, or wherever you need some damn fine coffee and donuts to kickstart your brain. 

-- Neil Bonner, Community Manager


Some try to predict the future by reading tea leaves, but Bill Maher turned to a different type of leaf to figure out who would be the ultimate candidate for the 2020 election. The 'Real Time' host recently revealed that the ideal candidate dawned on him one night when he was having a puff of weed and wondering who had the best chance to defeat Donald Trump in 2020. Like many pundits, Maher has obsessed over this question ever since Trump's surprise win over Hilary Clinton in 2016.

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