I have a request, America. Please, can donuts be the Next Big Thing? Cupcakes have had their time to shine but lets really get down to business here. Because if we’re being honest, this is me on most days:
Months ago, while getting pedicures, my good friend Beth brought up the idea of a Boston Donut Tour. The idea was simple, travel around to all the locally owned bakeries and donut shops and try them. In one day. And then try not to barf. Challenge accepted.
But the problem was that neither of us own a car, and come to find out all the good donut places are kind of spread out around the area which would make getting to all of them in one day by T a pain in the booty.
That’s where Hailo comes in.
Have you heard of Hailo? It’s one of the more useful apps out there (after Candy Crush Saga, obvs).
Using the Hailo app, you can hail a taxi (licensed and legit), track its progress getting to you, enter your destination, and link it to your debit or credit card so you don’t have to fumble around for your wallet. You choose the amount of tip you’d like to include and it’s all taken care of. A summary email is sent to you shortly after you get out of the car, and you can even rate your driver on the app.
Right now, Hailo is available in 11 cities including Boston. The number of drivers who are part of the Hailo program is growing every day so taxi availability is getting better and better.
Some of my tips for using Hailo:
1. Make sure the pick up address is correct (you can fix it by touching the pencil icon), sometimes the GPS gets close-but-not-quite.
2. If at first you don’t succeed….in finding a cab, keep trying! Sometimes the app will tell you there are no cabs available in your area, though if you search again in a minute one may pop up.
3. The app makes it very easy to get in touch with your driver, so you can call him if necessary.
4. Check your email! Hailo will occasionally send out codes for free credits that you can use on your next ride!
The full recap of the donuts will be over at the Hailo Boston Blog, but I’ll let you know now that the clear winner is Union Square Donuts in Somerville which reopened just in time for us to try. The day consisted of attempting to change the lyrics to Beyonce’s “Halo” to pertain to donuts. None of these attempts were captured on camera, sadly.
Special thanks to:
Beth, for planting the seed of this idea and for being my troubadour.
Tim at Hailo for hooking us up!
And all of our Hailo drivers for bringing us safely to donutopia.
Want to try out Hailo for yourself? Download the app and use code BOSMAY2013 for $10 towards your first Hailo ride! Expires June 1.
Disclosure: I received cab fare credits to be used during our adventure. All opinions are my own.