First he looked at each bread. Then he touched each bread. Then he smelled each bread. He told me what each one would look like inside and why -- how dense, how many air pockets -- and what I could expect from their taste. Then he cut them open, horizontally, to make his point.
When I visited Germany, the authentic pretzels served with every meal were my absolute favorite. Pretzel buns, though, are much more functional and great for snacking or sandwiches.
Like clockwork, every Monday, the man in the bread truck would deliver the softest and freshest bread I had ever tasted.
The secret, and it is not much of a secret anymore, is to eat what is fresh and in season. Mussels are in season at Superbowl time and a super bowl of them is sure to be a hit at your party.