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"Counter Intelligence," a new podcast, stars Ziggy Gruber of Kenny & Ziggy’s

Oral history about the busydeli debuts April 12 on iTunes Published 3:17 pm, Tuesday, April 5, 2016 Photo: Dave Rossman, Freelance Image 1of/6 Caption Close Image 1 of 6 Ziggy Gruber The owner of Kenny and Ziggy’s Deli, behind the counter. Ziggy Gruber The owner of Kenny and Ziggy’s Deli, behind the counter. Photo: Dave Rossman, Freelance Image 2 of 6 Third generation Ziggy Gruber is a third-generation …

Oral history about the busydeli debuts April 12 on iTunes
Published 3:17 pm, Tuesday, April 5, 2016

First there was the movie, “Deli Man,” the life, times and matzoh ball soup of Ziggy Gruber, owner of Kenny & Ziggy’s authentic New York deli in Houston.

Now comes the series – “Counter Intelligence” – a 6-part, weekly podcast about the bustling, hustling deli on Post Oak Boulevard, where sandwiches are piled to the ceiling, waitresses are sassy and customers are, let’s say, opinionated.

“Counter Intelligence” will debut April 12 on iTunes. There will be a new episode the next five Tuesdays. You can download the series at ingradient.com, too.

It’s an oral history about a busy deli that’s hanging on to the traditions of classic Eastern European cooking.

There’s only one problem with an oral history of Kenny & Ziggy’s – as soon as you open your mouth to talk, Ziggy will stuff a corned beef sandwich in it.

In Part One, Ziggy explains how he was born into the deli business in New York. Future episodes discuss how deli food came to America, and how it’s changed with the times.

But not too much change. Eating at Kenny & Ziggy’s is like stepping back in time. The only things that have changed on the menu are the numbers on the right side of the page.

Podcast listeners will meet Ziggy’s family, friends, employees and customers. Mostly, it’s six weeks of deli humor.

Here’s one: Four women are eating in a deli. The waiter asks them, “Is anything OK?”

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