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George Christy Talks About Blue Star Donuts, Abbot Kinney, Micah Camden and more!

Blue Star Donuts was founded in Portland, Oregon by Micah Camden and Katie Poppe in 2012, and the photo above is from their third bakery location in Southern California, which opened in 2015. The bakery's high culinary standards include local and seasonal ingredients. No artificial flavors or preservatives are included.
The Blue Star bakery storefront on Abbot Kinney Blvd. draws regulars daily.

Posted Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 6:46 pm

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Once upon a while ago, a Sprinkles Cupcakes party was au courant with guests thrilled to taste the variations of this special sweet.

We remember producer Todd Traina and wife Katie at their Hollywood Hills estate serving us the variety of flavors that were fawned over by all. As were Voodoo Donuts parties hosted by hipster pals in Oregon.

As the world turns, change is destiny. The wheel is now rolling toward parties with Blue Star Donuts, created by that smartass gent from Portland, Oregon, Micah Camden.

One evening of late, a birthday party hosted by a local art maven for his wife became a floating celebration of life that “starred” Blue Star Donuts in Manhattan Beach. Where guests whetted their appetites with the unique tastes of the special flavors that were available.

“An explosion of flavor,” is what the host promised, and how right he was.

Mexican Hot Chocolate, Blueberry Bourbon Basil, Meyer Lemon and Key Lime Curd, Orange Olive Oil, Mimosa, and Passion Fruit Cocoa Nib are only some favorites from the menu.

Be aware that not only the Blueberry Bourbon Basil is made with brioche dough, as are possibly half of the doughnuts on the menu. Others are baked with an equally delicious cake texture.

We’ve discovered that brioche dough takes 18 hours to rise and bake.

That holiday in France where Micah Camden and Katie Poppe tasted a breakfast brioche inspired them to lend the brioche style to a Blue Star Donut. Adding it to their comfort zone of soft and fluffy favorites.

For months now, Blue Star Donuts are considered the hot ticket within donut-dom. Le dernier cri, as our French tastemakers proclaim.

Favored by the just plain folks, pop and movie stars, politicos, even royals. All ages are fans, and a Pasteur tells us his parishioners buy lots of the donuts at special prices for sales that bring in cash for the church.

While Blue Star initially took over Oregon, it’s found come-hither homes in Los Angeles.

Located on Abbot Kinney Blvd. in Venice; Manhattan Beach Blvd. in Manhattan Beach; and on Sunset Blvd. in Silver Lake.

Blue Star’s only one of the innovations that Micah’s established. Little Big Burger, is slightly larger than a slider. The now-gone Son of a Biscuit, plus others that had been sold or closed.

Quite a feat for one of eleven siblings from Gary, Indiana who’s a high-school dropout.

“The hardest thing about being successful is finding people who’ll be happy for you.” Micah revealed to reporter Leah Sottile in Willamette Week.

Shades of Schadenfreude.

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