Na’Vi Donuts and Decorating Fun Times

I’ll let you in on a little secret: there is one thing that I’ve tried repeatedly to make, and have failed more then once…. donuts. Try as I might, my donuts end up dense, heavy, and just too cake-y. Coming from the South I know a thing or two about donuts. Guilty as charged, I have stood in that Krispy Kreme line many times watching and waiting for the red light to flick on. I love donuts! In fact, my very first job was at Dunkin Donuts! So to fail at something I like so much… well… it’s a bit disheartening. Will I give up? No. It just means that I’m still a noob at donut-making, that’s all. But one day I, too, will roll and fry donuts with the best of them. Mark my words.

Donuts for NaVi
Donuts for NaVi

Until then… I’ll take the easy route! πŸ™‚

It’s hard to believe that the Manila Majors are almost over. Prior to the start, fans had their favorites on who would win. Certain teams were “sure-fire” picks and expected to steamroll other teams. In reality… all of the teams brought their A-game. Major tournament champions like Evil Geniuses went home on Day 1 and other teams like Digital Chaos, and Fnatic, sent home more popular teams. In other words, it has been an exciting and nail-biting tournament! And here were are just before the finals.

Last night Natus Vincere (NaVi) was set to play Team Liquid. In truth, I am a team Liquid fan-girl. They’re just pretty great. But what’s even more interesting is the Captain of Team Liquid once played for NaVi. So despite it being a competition… and despite Team Liquid beating NaVi 2-0, afterward there were plenty of hugs and high-fives. But let’s pause a moment and learn a little bit about this very old, and extremely popular team:

Natus Vincere aka β€œNaVi” is one of the oldest e-sports organization in Dota 2. It is a dynastic team that boasts accomplishments that goes all the way back to the very first The International tournament. They were the very first champions. Since then, NaVi have always had legions of adoring fans. Their current incarnation combines veterans such as Dendi and Artstyle and rising star newcomers Sonneiko, General and Ditya Ra.

NaVi is one half of the rivalry referred to as the β€œEl Clasico” of Dota, opposite Alliance. They are known for their ultra aggressive playstyle and very creative and entertaining hero picks. Dendi is unofficially considered as the face of Dota because of his upbeat demeanor and skill in the game. This team was the stomping ground of some of the finest captains in all of pro dota. Namely, this team is where Puppey (Team Secret) and Kuroky (Team Liquid) started.

Navi’s performance in the Manila Major marks a resurgence of their former glory. It is obvious that their legions of fans appreciate it as evidenced by thunderous cheers and applause they receive from the crowd and also their games marks the highest viewership in live stream. Does NaVi have what it takes to take it all the way? Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure, their loyal fans will be channeling all their energy for them to succeed!

To me, NaVi’s logo looks like a bunch of Twinkies lined up. It’s yellow and black and pretty basic. I found it uninspiring for creating a dish to… so admittedly I decided to take the easy way out. Instead, we bought some pre-made donuts and decorated them in support of their team. Each donut has a NaVi player name on it. I felt kind of bad that my donut-writing skills are so poor… but that’s okay. Better luck next time, right? Despite this not being the prettiest picture to post, I sure had fun making them with the family. My daughter laughed so hard when I stuck out my tongue, (which had turned blue from the frosting), at her. She then made her own tongue green and stuck it back right at me! It was loads of fun.

So this concludes our 16th and final team for the DOTA 2 Manila Majors tournament. I hope you all have enjoyed seeing my gamer dishes. There will definitely be more DOTA 2 and Nerd-related dishes coming in the future. So stay tuned. Until then, let’s get back in the kitchen and keep cooking! Until next time everyone! ❀

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7 Comments »

  1. I’ve also failed to master the art of donut-making. (And french fries.) Since frying is so messy, I’ve tried the kind you bake in the oven. Yeah, it’s more like a cake than a donut. But you know, there’s really no way to replicate some good food, like Krispy Kremes. (My favorite, old-fashioneds.) Those places have special ovens and other professional bakery… stuff. And I can’t imagine how long it would take to make one of those Dunkin Donuts with chocolate creme in the middle and covered in powdered sugar.

    To enjoy food like that, you have to pay for the real thing. πŸ™‚

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    • You’re so right. They must have some technique, not to mention equipment, that helps those little donuts rise to perfection πŸ™‚ And I love old-fashioned too! My favorite at dunkin donuts is the blueberry cake, and my favorite at Krispy Kreme is glazed… gotta keep it classic πŸ˜‰

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