· The Detroit suburb of Hamtramck, MI celebrates the dessert in a big way with its annual Paēzki Day Parade. While you won't be able to score a day off of work, you can head to New Palace Bakery for not only the traditional fillings, but specialty flavors like rosehip, strawberry and chocolate or raspberry and cream. Keep an eye out for Ms. Paēzki, a beauty queen dressed up like the sweet treat.
· Chicago's massive Polish population knows where to pre-order their favorite doughnut. Bennison's Bakery in Evanston, IL is one of the most popular places for both traditional and unique flavors, like banana cream and praline chocolate mousse. If you're closer to the Southside, we'd recommend heading near Midway Airport to Weber's Bakery on Archer Ave. Plane spotting and paēzki? No complaints from us. It's best to call ahead to avoid disappointment.
· If in NYC, head on over to Greenpoint, Brooklyn, also known as "Little Poland." From the many bakeries serving up the sweet treat, check out Rzeszowska Bakery or Syrena Bakery. Along with the delicious doughnuts, the Fat Tuesday celebration might have you bringing home a babka or a poppyseed roll. We'd recommend to brush up on some Polish pleasantries to get a few warm smiles during this busy period.
· If you think LA won't obsess over deep-fried dough, think again. You will have to make the trip to Orange County, but Polka Deli is a traditional deli that serves up classic flavors like prune, raspberry, custard or plain, and their facebook page recommends to pre-order to ensure you get what you want. A little closer to the city, Stolichnaya Bakery in West Hollywood bakes up about seven different varieties for pre-Lent indulgence.