The tradition is that the Tuesday before Lent is a time to indulge or Fatten up before tightening belts and giving up things for Lent, which starts on Ash Wednesday. It is the Fat Tuesday associated with Mardi Gras and it is the Shrove Tuesday associated with Pancake Suppers or Pancake Day.
This Tuesday February 13th is also Paczki Day, a Polish tradition of making and eating Paczki the day before Lent starts.
The best place to get Paczki in Silver Spring, is at the Woodmoor Bakery/Pastry Shop in the Woodmoor Shopping Center at Four Corners. They make the most divine, decadent Paczki anywhere in the area. They are the filled, rolled in powdered sugar type paczki and they are GOOD.
It is best to get there early - They start making them a few weeks before Paczki Day, so they should have them NOW! I got there on Fat Tuesday last year at noon and they only had 5 Paczki Left!
Here's Hoping the Paczki are plentiful, there is no long line and they don't run out!
Check out reviews of the Bakery and the Paczki at the Woodmoor Pastry Shop.