Paczki are doughnut-like treats made with a rich dough and filled with jams or custards. "Packzi Day," or "Fat Tuesday," is celebrated as the last Tuesday before the beginning of Lent. The celebration started early for those who like to justify their indulgences - with a 5k run that ended with these luscious treats. And beer. What's not to like?
The event took place in Hamtramck, a 2-square mile city surrounded by the city of Detroit. It is well-known as a home for Polish immigrants of the early 20th Century who came to work in the auto industry. Today, the demographics of the city are changing to include a wider variety of immigrants who are Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Arab, Yugoslav, and Asian Indian. Still, though, there is still a strong influence of Polish culture from restaurants, bakeries, and shops. People tend to flock to the city this time of year for their annual indulgence of Paczki - you really can't get them anywhere else that are this good.
The run was great and the paczki was the best one I've ever had. But the trip into the art center delighted me - I think tapping into my Polish and Ukrainian roots.