No, it's not the "vaiku desreles," the "kid's meal" consisting of a $2 hot dog, nor is it the plump sausage curled to one side of the $10 plate lunch (shown below). It's the unassuming squarish item, difficult to render with any conviction using only pen and paper — a few heat squiggles was the best the artist could manage — but instantly identifiable by any hungry soul with Lithuanian roots. Kugelis (coo-Ghel-is) is a savory pudding made of grated potatoes and typically accompanied by sour cream. Outwardly it resembles the potato versions of the similarly named Jewish casserole, but a key distinction becomes apparent with the first crunchy bite: Kugelis contains bacon.
Also shown: Napoleon's last stand. Upon eyeing the dessert table, a dining buddy suggested that we buy a slice of this apricot-topped number immediately, even before securing a proper meal. He spoke wisely: It was the first of many homemade confections to disappear.
Lithuanian Scouts St. Casimir Festival
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, 275 North 8th St. (Havemeyer St.-Meeker Ave.), Williamsburg, Brooklyn
(The 2015 festival was held on March 1)