Wednesday, October 6, 2010

New Castle: May's Donuts and El Canelo

A box of May's: maple cream sticks,
chocolate-peanut butter, and 'ho-ho' donuts
I need to show some love to my hometown. I've had my share of donuts throughout my lifetime and I have to say that May's Donuts of New Castle puts all others to shame. They just moved their store in New Castle to Shenango Township, across from Shenango High School recently (my alma mater). We were visiting my parents a few days ago when I found this out and there wasn't any hesitation that we wanted those donuts the next morning! My favorite are the ho-ho donuts--chocolate on chocolate with cream in the middle, kinda looks like a chocolate gob but waaayyy better. We easily ate 2 or 3 of them (yikes!)

Our other favorite are the maple sticks with cream filling. They are also the bomb. The chocolate peanut butter ones were disappointing to me though. They skimped on the peanut butter icing on top--the old location use to cover the top of the donut (HEAPING) with that light, sweet peanut buttery icing goodness. Also, the chocolate icing was different, definitely not the same.

The next great find close to my parents was the El Canelo Mexican Restaurant in the Lawrence Village Plaza that looks more like a ghost town now. The plaza used to be quite thriving when I was younger but a lot of businesses moved out or closed down. The El Canelo has another New Castle location but opened this one as well (I think). Thank you El Canelo! Or I guess I should say, Mucho Gracias!!

This place was quite good in terms of the quality of the food (REAL fresh cilantro in the salsa! Yay!) The tortilla chips were warm and delicious and the menu was extensive and cheap. The service was great, the place was clean and...drum roll please....they service alcohol!!!
I never would have thought I'd be enjoying a glass of sangria at three in the afternoon at Lawrence Village Plaza!

Side note: A couple posts ago I mentioned how I was going to start taking a barley supplement. Well, since starting it I noticed that I didn't have any blood sugar crashes or was overly hungry (ok, despite the donut binge....oh, and the pig out date night at Rivers Casino)!? I don't know if it's the supplement or just some weird coincidence but just thought I'd mention it!


mike said...

HoHo donuts and maple sticks? This is like a dream come true. I'd be about to lose my mind if I wasn't heading up in the general direction of New Castle this weekend. I will be making a trip to May's. Thanks for the heads-up on this place.

Leah the Foodie said...

You're welcome Mike! Enjoy!!! I will be checking out your blog!

mike said...

You'll see that I love donuts. Check out Better-Maid Donuts in the West End. Just found them about a month ago and I can't stop thinking about them.

Leah the Foodie said...

Oh snap! I wish you wouldn't have said that, I'm trying to lay off the sweet stuff for awhile (especially after my May's Donuts binge earlier in the week!) My husband loves donuts too so we will have to check it out! Thanks!

mike said...

We didn't make it to May's, but found an adequate substitute: a tent set up right down in Volant with about a dozen Amish women making donuts. Unbelievable stroke of luck. Basic stuff: sugar, cinnamon/sugar, and maple glazed. But they were spectacular. Still warm from the fryer.

Leah the Foodie said...

Awesome! Those Amish women know how to cook (and bake)!