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Paczki in Asheville?

dingey Mar 8, 2011 05:37 AM

Is there any to be found in Asheville? Any bakeries around that offer this Fat Tuesday treat? Are there other transplanted rust-belters feeling their Polish roots ache a bit today; an ache that only be salved with applications of fried yeasty dough and jam and cream? Am I alone out here howling at the paczki moon?

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    BMSTSOB RE: dingey Mar 8, 2011 07:48 AM

    You're not alone in your quest. I haven't found any, but if I do, I'll update you. If you find someplace, please respond as well, because I'm craving one!

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      boaviagem RE: dingey Mar 8, 2011 10:09 AM

      If you come to Durham, check out the Halgo European (Polish) Deli and Grocery.
      See website at http://www.halgo-durham.com

      They have lots of great Polish items. Last year they had Paczki that they brought from a bakery in NJ. I forgot to check if they were getting them again this year.

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        dingey RE: dingey Mar 8, 2011 11:49 AM

        Thank you for your support! I've not found anything yet. A few places have noted that they DO have "King Cake," which is all well and good IF I WERE TRANSPLANTED FROM NOLA! ;) Just kidding. I've got nothin' against King Cake. But by the same token,King Cake has got nothin' to do with paczki, except that they both announce the last burst of indulgence prior to the onset of Lent. *sigh*

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          Leepa RE: dingey Mar 8, 2011 04:52 PM

          Being Southern to the core, I know nothing about this Paczki thing of which you speak, but do want to say "have you tried Euromarket on Patton Avenue?" It's behind Sonic and Aldi and carries a lot of Eastern European items and baked goods.

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            dingey RE: Leepa Mar 9, 2011 09:47 AM

            I have NOT tried Euromarket! Thanks for the heads-up, Leepa! That sounds like a likely candidate!

            A little paczki info:



            I can tell you that even smaller cities with big Polish/Eastern Euro populations, such as my old town of Kalamazoo, MI, are hot for paczki! Mmmmmm. I like raspberry, and bavarian cream....

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              Scirocco RE: dingey Mar 9, 2011 10:47 AM

              Wow! Those look fantastic! I'm a sucker for a great jelly doughnut and that looks very similar.

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                Leepa RE: dingey Mar 9, 2011 06:02 PM

                Here's the website for Euromarket. It's been a while since I've been there and am not sure they have fresh bakery items. BUT, I'll bet they'll know where you might get some if they don't.


                Also, have you tried the Amish store out in Fairview on Old Fort Road? Now they do have fresh baked items and some more unusual ones at that. And I think they do special orders, too. It's another great place to explore.


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              toyld RE: dingey Mar 9, 2011 11:43 AM

              A little late, but please try Old Europe Bakery at 13 Broadway - this is the new address; ignore the one below. (255-5999) I called today asking for Poppy Seed Kolaches (Czech), and "Melinda" (from Hungary) said she'd make some special for me on Saturday. They also are the local Groupon special today - $20 for $10!

              Old Europe
              41 N Lexington Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

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                kizil RE: dingey Mar 9, 2011 04:39 PM

                This wasn't in Asheville, but today I saw this in a Lowes Food in Chapel Hill; I had never heard of it before today.

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                  jjsouth RE: kizil Mar 9, 2011 06:44 PM

                  Publix in Greenville, SC had them earlier in the week.

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                    Scirocco RE: jjsouth Mar 9, 2011 07:21 PM

                    hmmm, that might be worth a run down the mountain to the Publix near Travelers Rest. Maybe a phone call first with today's gas prices! lol ...although our single malt stock is getting to critical levels....so could combine errands....I love when a plan comes together!

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                      Leepa RE: Scirocco Mar 10, 2011 03:16 AM

                      Well, you could also get some cheaper gas while you're down there as well!

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                        Scirocco RE: Leepa Mar 10, 2011 07:05 AM

                        exactly!! :)

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                        Scirocco RE: Scirocco Mar 11, 2011 05:06 PM

                        Success!!! Went down to Greenville this afternoon and stopped at Publix on the way. The still have Paczki in their bakery dept. $4.49 for four. They had apple, raspberry and vanilla custard. I bought apple and raspberry. Appears that Publix makes them so I'm guessing they don't hold a candle to the real deal made in a small bakery - fresh - but they might do in a pinch. And I don't know how often they make them (every day? every other day?). The lady said they carry them during Mardi Gras, so she wasn't sure how long they would be making them. Haven't tried one yet, so can't vouch for flavor.

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                    mtmomma RE: dingey Feb 12, 2013 12:08 PM

                    Yes! Our baker at Laurey's cafe on Biltmore Avenue made a delicious, cream-filled paczki just for today-in honor of Fat Tuesday. We are open until 8 tonight.

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                      Scirocco RE: mtmomma Feb 12, 2013 02:16 PM

                      Village Wayside in Biltmore Village has them too. Just bought six ($1 each, bavarian cream, apricot and raspberry).

                      Didn't know about Laurey's. Good to know for next year! Wish they had them more than one day! (or maybe I don't - LOL)

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