Most people play on their cellphones, read books, or sleep on the bus on the way to school or work… not me. I am glued to the window most of the time, looking at all the new and interesting places I’ve not yet been that look like they’d have great food
Case in point: My bus passes the International Sausage House on Gilmore, and at 7:30 AM, the place is bustling – you can see the many chimneys above this store billowing steam, and a delicious aroma of wood smoke permeates the air.
On this particular occasion, I saw a sweet treat I haven’t seen in Canada outside of Toronto: Paczki!
Pronounced “Ponch-key”, this is like the Polish jelly-filled donuts of your dreams! The yeasty pastry has been fried in small batches, and you get that perfect, krinkly texture on some of the edges that is just heavenly. This particular paczki was filled with apricot (traditionally, it’s a date filling which is quite dense but very sweet).
We also picked up a few other things on this outing – chocolate-covered gingerbread cookies with apple filling (or, Pierniczki Alpejskie, which look remarkably like the image on the bag – kind of chewy, but okay, nothing special) and some Knorr Salat Kronung:
A former classmate would make this with cider vinegar in addition to the called-for 3 tbsp of water and 3 tbsp of oil (thank you Google Translator!). It’s incredibly light but really flavourful salad dressing.