It’s Tłusty Czwartek in Poland, which you can translate as Mardi Gras… except for the fact it takes part on a Thursday. What we traditionally eat on that day are pączki (deep fried donuts, filled with marmelade/chocolate/cream) and faworki (again, deep fried dough sprinkled with sugar). So, basically, you can eat everything that’s fat and sweet (and unhealthy) you can eat as much as you want, and no one can even blame you.
Although I don’t live in Poland anymore I decided that’s a tradition worth celebrating anyway (I wonder why). So, I went to the local bakery and got myself a Berliner Pfannkuchen (filled with raisins jelly) and a Quarkbällchen (doesn’t need translating, does it?).
I liked the Bällchen more because it was more fluffy.
All of that accompanied by a peppermint tea, should I get stomachaches after that amount of fat and sugar.
Tips if you’re in Poland now:
If you’re in Warsaw, make sure you get yourself a pączek or two on Chmielna street. There will be a huge line of people waiting to get the pączki for sure; if you don’t want to wait for hours, just come back tomorrow. Every day is a good day for a pączek.
If you’re in Rybnik, buy a pączek on the main square, from one of the ladies who sell them from little stands. They are absolutely the best in Poland.
Maybe because I used to eat them as a kid.