Must be a regional Northern thang, cause we like to top our pasta the same way. Yum Yum!!
Now about that donut and beer thang....I live directly across the river from Canada and have visited to many times to count and I don't ever recall seeing beer and donuts consumed together. But hey, you could start a new trend. The Canadians would chalk it up to the weird Calif. thang.
I suppose I should tell y'all the story .... when I was young growing up in the Detroit community of Grandmont, I was at a block party one summer .... looking for something to drink, I sampled some punch from one of the dispensers they had out. Didn't like the punch. Next to it was a beer keg -- but being young and ignorant, I didn't know what a beer keg was.
You can perhaps guess what happened next. Sampled the beer, was disgusted, and poured it out.
Beer has not passed my lips since that day. (Except maybe as an ingredient in batter for fried fish!)
Just as it says in the old polka song, In heaven there is no beer. That's why we drink it here.
But with donuts? Should have a big kielbasa with mustard, and beer. Had it for Breakfast in a Prague train station. The breakfast of champions.