By Kevin Williams
Yesterday, I wrote about the “Amish of Hazard”, meaning an “Amish Deli” I stumbled across in town. I did stumble across another Amish angle to Hazard and I’ll share more about it this week, but I want to gather a bit more information, so I am holding off on that post.
This is an area where coal is king. “Welcome Miner” signs are on a lot of the businesses. Diners and pizza joints are open 24 hours to accommodate the shift workers. One gas station convenience store/restaurant I visited offered a “Miner’s Breakfast Sandwich” for only $3, consisting of egg, bacon and sausage on thick slabs of toast.
All of that made sense. I can’t imagine any work tougher than being down in a mine for 10 hours a day.
I was searching for a sweet treat to take to my hotel room and I saw this curious confection: a chocolate-filled croissant imported from Bulgaria. Now that seemed an odd choice of snack for a hungry miner. Do they really sell that many of these? More out of curiosity, I bought one, took it back to my hotel room and dissected it. The promised chocolate cream filling was maybe about the circumference of a pencil. You had to squint to see the cream. Tasting to took an even bigger leap of imagination as it was buried in the bread part.
So are cream-filled croissants some sort of curious southeast Kentucky miner tradition, or was this just some sort of convenience store oddity I happened to stumble upon? If anyone knows, please share…. Meanwhile, more in the days ahead from SE Kentucky.