Interesting things about the Northeast
We’ve been in the Northeast for about four months, and there has definitely been some adjusting to do. For example,
This did not happen in Southern California. Ever. I used to have a weekly schedule for doing things like grocery shopping. However, in the Northeast, schedules are redefined as “we go out on whatever day it’s NOT snowing and stock up for the next six days we’re going to be snowbound.”
Other interesting things about the Northeast:
We got these for the last snowstorm, figuring that if we have to be stuck eating only one things for days on end, pierogies are the way to go. Here we have Mrs. T’s, probably the most common commercial pierogi brand. Most grocery stores will carry at least one or two varieties throughout the country, but we clearly hit the jackpot here. Mrs. T’s are not quite as good as homemade, but if you top them with onions sautéed in butter and remember that you didn’t have to slave for four hours to make them, they are certainly acceptable. We also found a brand called Poppy’s, but we haven’t tried them yet. The plastic baggie in the foreground is some of my own pierogies, frozen, for comparison.
More Polish food!
These are traditional pre-Lent Polish pastries. Despite what is clearly written on the box, they are pronounced “paunch-key” or “punch-key.” (Can someone please teach me the rules of Slavic-to-English spelling conversion? Gaelic, too; I can never figure those out.)
Paczki are a filled pastry covered with powdered sugar that Polish people eat for Fat Thursday, which is basically the same thing as Fat Tuesday/Pancake Tuesday/Mardi Gras is in other places. What I found interesting about these is that I normally do not like donuts, but I liked these. I think it might be because paczki traditionally have a small amount of alcohol added to the dough which prevents deep absorption of oil while frying, which would account for the difference in flavor. We got them with raspberry and custard filling, but there were stacks of them with all different fruit fillings at the store.
And last but not least, the state drink of Rhode Island:
Yes, it says “coffee syrup,” like chocolate syrup, except with coffee flavor. Apparently this stuff is ubiquitous in Rhode Island, but virtually unknown outside of this region. It’s not bad; it kinda tastes like those coffee hard candies. It’s got a different viscosity than chocolate syrup, too; this one is practically liquid. Apparently there are other brands that each have their own unique flavor, so I plan to find them all and try them! I will update as events warrant.