Voodoo Doughnut: Universal CityWalk

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Well, I didn’t think it was possible to fall in love with a doughnut, but it happened. Actually, who am I kidding? I fall in love with food all the time! When I heard Voodoo Doughnut was opening in LA in Fall 2016, I hyped everyone up…then let them all down as it did not open. When I went to Portland for the handball collegiates, this was honestly my diet. If we didn’t go every day, it was at least every other day. To have one open up on CityWalk is both a blessing and a curse: It’s close enough to visit when I get that donut craving but I’m looking at an early grave.

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Because we heard horror stories about people waiting in line for two hours then not getting anything because they ran out of donuts and had to close, Tim and I went early this morning. There was a line but it wasn’t too bad. It was about 15 minutes before we were let in. The interior of the shop smelled like heaven, and Tim said he wanted this smell as a cologne. Then we agreed to gift each other a “coffin full of doughnuts” when we get married. (A $130 menu item.)

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Was glad to finally try the LA location. I know they had a soft opening last week and their hours were fluctuating. It seems pretty busy there constantly and I’m thankful all this good food is just a 20-minute drive away from home.

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Ryan Murphy at UCLA

Tonight, Ryan Murphy spoke on campus for Tom Nunan’s Master Class for well over three hours. Although we weren’t part of the Master Class, our program was invited to the event. Tim and I got there extra early to make sure we would get seats because we did not want to miss this opportunity.

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The evening consisted of a run through of Ryan Murphy’s TV career, which started with a teen dramedy called Popular and culminated with modern day favorites like Glee and American Horror Story. We saw clips from all of his shows and then listened to how and when these concepts started. I’ve heard it time and time again, and it was emphasized tonight: TV is the writer’s medium. Just looking at the successes of these shows proved that.

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Image by Claudia Sawyer via Facebook
I’ve heard a lot of varying reviews of these Master Classes, but one thing is clear: It’s giving the general public access to education and information it might not otherwise receive. Ryan told us to follow our dreams and stick it out; the ones who do seem to succeed eventually. He taught us the importance of having themes in our stories and how each “No” we hear should push us toward the next thing rather than let it deter us. As a huge AHS fan and having just finished watching People vs. OJ, I thought it was an inspiring experience to hear Ryan talk tonight. He was even gracious enough to continue taking audience questions well after his allotted time. 

Once again, a big thank you to UCLA for putting on these amazing events.