Soft, warm pretzels with a side of spicy mustard.
I love ‘em.
And I’ve always attributed my taste for them to my German heritage.
But while working with some colleagues from Germany this past week, I learned a disturbing fact –
Germans don’t put mustard on their pretzels.
In fact, the big soft pretzels that we know and love are typically only served in the morning. With butter. If they do venture onto the lunch or dinner menu, they are paired with cheese or meat.
No mustard in sight.
And here I thought I was enjoying an offering from my homeland. But the majority of mustard, as it turns out, comes from Canada.
What’s that about?
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Word on the street was Old Town was the place to be as soon as I got to Heidelberg.
So off I went.
And I didn’t have to walk far to feel right at home.
But as I strolled past the shops, both quaint and chain — yes, there is a Starbucks and an H&M — a disturbing trend darkened my day.
They were all CLOSED.
Apparently my people don’t work on Sundays. Only the cafes — and a Subway, which was doing a rousing business — were open to the throngs of tourists wandering the streets.
So the teapots that tempted me will have to sit and gather dust. The leather goods store, the card shop, the art store — all missed out, yes they did. I hope their day of rest was worth the purchases that me and folks just like me would have made.
And I’m gonna tell them all exactly that…when I go back tomorrow.
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I love salt. Salt loves me. But is it a healthy relationship?
Turns out many of the salty snacks that I enjoy — and have previously eaten with a side of guilt — actually help lower cholesterol.
What the wha?
Quaker Oats waxes poetic about the cholesterol-reducing benefits of their oatmeal, but I have never seen a Frito Lay ad promote pretzels’ power — but they do the very same thing!
So do nuts and popcorn (sans oil and butter) and homemade potato chips!
And to think I have given the statin I take all the credit for my lowered cholesterol. Turns out my addiction to salty snacks may have helped just as much.
Okay, maybe not as much…but I sure enjoyed them more.
Fruit and hummus, two foods I eat several times a week, also help lower cholesterol. Who knew? I sure didn’t.
Actually, now that I read the list, I’m wondering why I have high cholesterol at all. It’s certainly not from my diet. I eat all kinds of foods that help keep my numbers down.
Oh right — I inherited it. I’d rather have money.
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File this under the “I can’t help myself” department….
The Bloom Grocery chain has posted billboards along North Carolina highway 150 that feature a ginormous photo of a perfectly grilled steak. Sure, that will catch the eye.
But they’ve added a second little something-something: the billboards pump out the smell of black pepper and charcoal.
I’ll bet Bloom does sell more steak…and N.C. 150 sees a few more fender benders, too.
Haven’t you ever walked through an airport terminal and suddenly found yourself pulled up short by the smell of cinnamon sugar at Cinnabon? Or did an abrupt 180 to purchase a garlic-and-butter coated pretzel that you didn’t even know you wanted at Auntie Annie’s?
When those smells hit you out of nowhere, you not only have intense cravings, your body immediately reacts to get you some!
These smelly billboards are being placed in the path of people operating heavy machinery.
Oh, the humanity!
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