Most of my adult life I’ve been told you need to get down to New Orleans, twice. My brother in laws always said, once for the music and another visit for the food. Sadly I haven’t been there for either but I still enjoy a delicious Creole meal paired with a craft brew from Abita Brewing Company and some Zydeco music in the background, just as much as the next guy/gal.
If you’re Polish like myself, you have another tradition for the day before Ash Wednesday. Fat Tuesday is the time to let loose because if you’re a good Catholic, you’ll refrain from one of your vices for 40 days in a row during the Lenten season, leading up to Easter. But that’s not what we’re here to discuss today…
This year, local business Marz Community Brewing released their double milk stout with cocoa nibs and lactose, Pączki Stout. I didn’t pick up any additional flavors than your typical offering in this beer style, but it was a lovely combination with the homemade pączki (basically a larger, tastier donut with fillings ranging from fruit purees like lemon & strawberry to Bavarian cream to exotic baker’s concoctions such as Fruity Pebbles) I picked up from my favorite, local grocer, Riverside Foods (who coincidentally carries a well curated selection of craft brews and other adult libations!). To close down the evening, we read musical artist Trombone Shorty’s self-titled children’s book to our three year old. Great story of his life and upbringing but probably should have been the first and not last book before bedtime. Wyatt ended up pretending to play instruments with his hands for the next 15-20 minutes.