April 26th – National Pretzel Day with Nathan Jones

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Hey. This is Paul Kondo. This is the Podcast Gumbo podcast and I’ve got a rhetorical question for ya.

Are you like me and find those things we call National Days, like Cheeseball Day or worse, Moldy Cheese Day, amusing? Yeah, me too. So each week, I’ll have one of my podcast friends challenge me to find an episode related to one of those days and I’ll be releasing it on the actual day it occurs. 

So, let’s get to it. What is today’s National Day?

Hey Paul, it’s Nathan. The day I choose is April 26th, National Pretzel Day. I can’t wait to see what you choose for that day.

Well, Nathan, I’m so happy you decided to be a guest on my show. I’ve been told we love two of the same things – pretzels and my podcast! Luckily, you don’t have to choose – you can have both!

For the rest of you, here’s a quick backstory. Nate’s father sent me a photo of Nate giving me the thumbs up after he listened to my fruitcake toss day episode. He’s been my #1 fan since the very first episode. Once that photo got shared amongst our Bello Collective family, they put the hard squeeze on me to have Nate on my show and I am thrilled to give you this special bonus episode. 

As Nate said, April 26th is National Pretzel Day. One memory I have when I was Nate’s age was the big blue tin bucket of Pennsylvania dutch pretzels we would get at Christmas time. There were three flavors but hands-down, I always went straight for the cheese pretzels. And maybe not surprisingly, one of my favorite foods in this world is a soft pretzel with nacho cheese sauce. 

But I didn’t know how pretzels were made back then. It probably would’ve hurt my brain if someone tried explaining it to me back then. But now we have podcasts to learn all about pretzels.

So for my first recommendation, I found, wait for it, The Pretzel Podcast. In this episode, the hosts visit the Food Lab in Milwaukee to find out all about pretzels. Do you know where the traditional shape of the pretzel came from? If you don’t know, listen to the episode, aptly named, What makes a pretzel…. A pretzel?

After you listen to the episode while enjoying your favorite pretzel, tweet about it using the National Pretzel Day hashtag. 

My guest today is Nate Jones. Nate doesn’t have a podcast so I can’t talk about his show. But his father and my friend is Erik Jones, who writes the Hurt Your Brain newsletter, which is an internet playlist for people fascinated by the world. Erik writes about podcasts, videos and other links that will feed your curiosity. Huh, maybe that’s why he beat me in podcast trivia recently. 

For the Jones’ recommendation, they recommend Everything is Peeklay from Richard’s Famous Food Podcast. Truthfully, this episode might question if your noggin’ is working properly but in a very amusing way. Ian Chillag, host of the Everything Is Alive podcast that interviews inanimate objects, interviews Richard’s podcast. Don’t think too hard about that description – just go listen and have fun.

For today’s Extra Hot Sauce, I’m going to prove how much I loved pretzels when I was a kid. There’s a link to a special photo in the show notes.

My next episode drops on April 29th where we’ll go from pretzels to seafood. 

As always, take a look at the show notes for links to all the podcasts mentioned in this episode as well as other life-altering information. To make it easy for you, there’s also a link to a podcast playlist that will contain all the episodes ever mentioned in this show. 

See you next week sometime for another round of recommendations. 

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