Just because you're out in the sun being active at Discovery Green, doesn't mean you can't be eating donuts at the same time. This is Houston.
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Follow the irresistible, sugary, fried smell to the cart labeled Houston's Hottest Donuts. The donuts are like funnel cake but without the old-grease flavor, or like beignets but smaller and more airy. Right as they come off the machine and plop into a dish of powdered sugar, you can buy them at $3 for half a dozen, or $6 for the whole dozen. When the frying is done, the oil is given to a man who recycles it in his Mercedes.
As for the woman behind the donut, Minerva Tristan is an alumnus of the Dress for Success program, which provides snazzy interview attire to low-income women. The cart is a project of Discovery Green and the city of Houston; it was developed by the Schiller Del Grande group that's behind the Grove at Discovery Green. Schiller Del Grande is a supporter of Dress for Success, so the program was a natural place to look for someone to run Houston's Hottest Donuts - which Tristan now owns. You can find her or one of her helpers there 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays.