Happy New Year.
I will report on something small and nice to kick off 2006.
This is sort of a commercial, but one well earned. Tell City Pretzels has been making hand-made pretzels since 1858. Their salty, crispy, crunchy hard pretzels are unlike anything I've ever had. They are just wonderful.
We order the "light" salt, and find it plenty salty for our tastes. I also prefer ordering "whole and broken pieces" because I like the wierd, bite-sized shapes that come in the bucket. Alone, with cheese, with beer, anyway you eat these, they are worth the price ($10.25 for a pound of pretzels? I pay it happily, these babies leave Rold Gold in the dust).
So there's a delicious salty tip for pretzel aficionados and anyone who is seeking out something different and surprisingly traditional and simple and wholesome.