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Pretzel history is this week's topic on A Taste of the Past. Linda interviews Hans Röckenwagner, owner and founder of Restaurant Röckenwagner, James Beard Award winner, pretzel expert and more, about pretzels: where they came from, where they're made, how they came about, and much more. This program has been sponsored by Whole Foods Market. Today's music provided by The California Honeydrops.

"What I love about a pretzel is it has a distinct burstiness." [12:00]

--Hans Röckenwagner on A Taste of the Past


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Baked soft or hard. Served salt encrusted or chocolate ensconced. Whether eaten as a common bar snack or an artisanally oversized roll the pretzel takes on countless contemporary forms. But what are we to make of this elusive baked goods’ long and anecdote-ridden history?

By Elizabeth Kulas


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Get ready for the Brooklyn vs Queens battle on Beer Sessions Radio! Jimmy is joined by a great crew of guests to discuss the rise of craft beer in the outer boroughs of New York City. Hear from Sam Richardson of Other Half, Rich Castanga of Bridge and Tunnel, Rachel Wharton of Edible Brooklyn, Alia Akkam of Edible Queens, Jon Lundbom of B United and Matthias Richter of Bayrischer Bahnof. Learn more about the new breweries popping up and some of the brewing trends happening in NYC right now. This program was brought to you by GreatBrewers.com.

"For Queens it's been exciting because the number 1 reason people come out has been ethnic food and now people are broadening their reasons and a lot of that has to do with beer." [03:00]

--Alia Akkam on Beer Sessions Radio

"I hope and expect that there are more breweries in Staten Island and the Bronx that pop up in the next few years." [17:00]

--Rachel Wharton on Beer Sessions Radio


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