Growing up in northern China’s Liaoning Province, Yong Zhao learned early to love food that shared its traditions — and geographic borders — with North Korea: garlic and scallions, chili peppers, heavy meat, and a lot of what he describes as “umami taste.”
But when he traveled to New Haven for school, it was science, and not cuisine, that weighed most heavily on his mind.
The latest episodes on our radio station get into the nitty gritty of New Haven’s culinary scene, jump into the collision between cuisine and canvas, probe Yale-New Haven relations, and pose the question: Was the cotton gin really so great after all?
Eric Rowe was having an otherwise normal week when, on his walk home from work, he made a discovery that rocked his boat: Four different New Haven bars offer dollar oysters on Wednesdays during happy hour.
For Rowe, an Indiana transplant who had developed an affinity for seafood, especially shellfish, after his move to the East Coast in 2012, this wasn’t just good news. It was cause for an oyster crawl. And some research into a one-time pearl of New Haven’s economy.
The online Urban Dictionary defines Ah-beetz as “New Haven, Connecticut slang for Pizza.” But ask, say, the former mayor of the city, and he will tell you it’s much, much more — as viewers of a new Vice Media show make clear.
Today’s programs on WNHH radio explore how New Haveners can be doing a better job of being healthy, delve into the history of upcoming events, review the week’s news with a fine-toothed comb, and more.
When Josh Gaetjen rolled into 116 Crown for a midweek refresher, he didn’t have a drink du jour in mind. Nor the deviled eggs from the bar’s back tables. He was there to talk about his career as an artist, celebrating the new placement of his paintings on the bar’s exposed brick walls.