Bakery Celebrates Fat Tuesday With Traditional Treats

By Elliott Francis WAMU 88.5
|  Tuesday, Feb 16, 2010  |  Updated 8:01 PM EDT
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Bakery Celebrates Fat Tuesday With Traditional Treats

Yum! Paczkis are a Polish treat and Fat Tuesday is also Paczki Day.

The Mardi Gras tradition involves a final indulgence in food and drink before lent, and one local bakery marks the day with a baked holiday favorite.

If you want some Fat Tuesday indulgence, some think there's no better way to do it than with a Paczki (pronounced PUSH-kee).

On this Fat Tuesday, folks lined up at Woodmore Pastry in Silver Spring, Md. Sharon Green said it's one of the few bakeries where you can find this and other Mardi Gras treats.

"I was coming for the king cake, and I saw the sign so I knew I had to get one."

Mark Sheehan said he's not sure he wants one.

"...And this is pronounced? A puch-key?...pach-key," he asks.

That is until he sees one of the chubby powdery pastries under the counter.

"Alright so I gotta do one," he says. "Yeah, I gotta do one."

They really are unavoidable, especially if you'll be avoiding such things for Lent, which starts tomorrow.

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