Sunday, May 22, 2011

What is it?

I've had this mysterious object for several years now. I found it in my desk drawer at work shortly after starting my job, so the exact provenance is unknown, altho judging by the packaging design, it's fairly safe to assume it's an Apple product. I've held on to it all this time, Googled the product number to see if anything came up, tried to guesstimate what function it could possibly serve, even asked the techie guys at the computer store what they thought it was, all to no avail. It looks like some sort of retrieval instrument you slide into the CD/DVD slot, but that doesn't concord with the type of design from that era (1997 judging by the date on the back of the envelope). Arrrg - it's driving me crazy! Maybe it's an IKEA swizzle stick called SNÖDK.

Anyone out there have a clue? Anyone...?

That Dutchman's Cheese

One of the nice things about settling into early middle-age is that you begin to appreciate things you ignored for so long or simply didn't have time for. Like cheese.

Anyone who frequents the Halifax Seaport Farmer's Market would be well-acquainted with the neatly stacked rounds of Gouda brought in from That Dutchman's Farm, "producers of fine farmstead cheeses". I was introduced to their gouda a few years ago when a friend from Halifax brought some over to Montreal, and I drool for it since. If you manage to get your hands on one of these wheels, prepare to hallucinate.

Photo: Willem Den Hoek, master cheese maker.

Tasty links:

That Dutchman's Farm

Halifax Seaport Farmer's Market