Your Diet Is About To Meet Its Nemesis (or why it’s called Fat Tuesday in Detroit)

February 24, 2009

Your Diet Is About To Meet It's Nemesis ( or why it's called Fat Tuesday in Detroit )

Your Diet Is About To Meet It’s Nemesis ( or why it’s called Fat Tuesday in Detroit ), photo by Derek Farr ( DetroitDerek ).

Derek was kind enough to basically write Michigan in Pictures for me today. I will use the extra time to eat Paczkis. He writes:

Meet the Paczki, a 400 calorie deep-fried Polish Treat enjoyed in Detroit every year around this time. Much larger than a bismarck or jelly donut (about 2 times the filling), they are filled with fruit or custard and lines for this treat, traditionally sold/eaten on Fat Tuesday, can start 24 hours in advance in Polish suburbs of Detroit such as Hamtramck. Hamtramck is the only city that has a Paczki Day Parade every year, although the day is also celebrated in Chicago, Milwaukee, and South Bend. New Orleans celebrates it on a Thursday.

The good news is I got mine ( some places run out quick ) and they’re Raspberry and they’re delicious. The bad news? I thought TODAY was Fat Tuesday, so now I have to eat 6 of these AND eat some more next week when it’s actually Fat Tuesday. Argh.

Dive into the history of the paczki from the Hamtramck web site and get 1000% of the USRDA of Paczki over at Absolute Michigan … and happy Fat Tuesday to you all!

One Response to “Your Diet Is About To Meet Its Nemesis (or why it’s called Fat Tuesday in Detroit)”

  1. Cheryl Says:

    Please don’t ever end this site! I don’t visit as often as I would like, but when I do, you bring me back to my childhood. Things forgotten having been born in Detroit and lived in the suburbs til 18! My family, mom, dad,grandparents, aunts and uncles all grew up in Hamtramck (we are a Polish Catholic family)…. I will call mom tomorrow and remind her of Paczki Day!!!! xoxoxo


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