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Fat Tuesday

Posted February 28, 2006

I am doing my part today to indulge before the start of Lent tomorrow. Doris and Gary Jurkiewicz run The beautiful and historic Oakwood Inn on North Bloodworth Street in Raleigh and this morning they stopped by the WRAL TV studios to share a tasty Polish tradition. Doris and Gary dropped off more than four dozen homebaked Polish doughnuts and angel wings. These delicious pastries are called Paczki and Chruscik. As a broadcaster I would be remiss if I did not give you the proper pronunciation for these sugary delights. It is POONCH-kee and kroos-CHEE-kee. These traditional Polish doughnuts are served on Fat Tuesday to get rid of flour, sugar and eggs in preparation for Lent. You should see how our staff is gobbling up these doughnuts. Doris and Gary are from Detroit where Polish traditions are still very much alive. We need to import a bit more of Poland here in Raleigh based on the warmth of these innkeepers and their mouth-watering confections. I hear a Polish restaurant may be in the works for the area near Peace College. What a wonderful addition that would be for our community! To learn more stop by the Oakwood Inn at 411 North Bloodworth Street or contact Doris and Gary after visiting their website at http://www.oakwoodinnbb.com/
Ask them about their doughnuts and the ghostly Colonel. That's another great story for another day!
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