Boy, the holidays can really sneak up on you and one that may not be high on everyone's list is Fat Tuesday. The holiday snuck up on Common Grounds Coffee House owners Robin and John Bennett as well.
The Port Clinton coffee house is one of a few places to have paczkis, prounounced PUNCH-key, from the famous Kiedrowski's Bakery in Amherst. This year was to be the 2nd Annual Fat Tuesday Paczki eating contest, but no one was up for the challenge, not even last year's winner Calvin Cook. He ate eight of the polish donuts to win last year's contest.
To make sure the north coast isn't without a challenge next year on Fat Tuesday, I plan on taking part in next year's challenge. If anyone would like to join/challenge me, you have 12 months to get yourself "fit" for some serious stuffing.
According to Delish.com, an average paczki can contain 300 to 450 calories and anywhere from 15-24 grams of fat. With a little math and a lot of dough and filling, I think I can tip the 3,000+ calorie count by the end of the morning.
So, mark your calendars... Tuesday, February 12, 2013.