Monday, June 8, 2015

Alkmaar Cheese Museum

The mini-pancake master; 18 different toppings available, then
covered with a layer of confectionary sugar; desperately need
a cup of strong black coffee after this
















We are in the cheese museum now, having passed through the
cheese shoppe and sampled young, mature, and old gouda;
the great secret of the cheese museum is that it is on the lst
(American 2nd) floor and you can simply gaze out the windows
and watch the market action (!) that others have stood five-or-
six deep to see; there appears to be a break in the action, perhaps
a TV time-out



















Free samples for those who bought reserved seats















The museum is full of interesting and educational exhibits on
both traditional and contemporary methods of making cheese;
here one can see the cow eating grass, converting it via three
stomachs and mammary glands into milk, which then becomes
cheese (next exhibit)


















Output: milk; other outputs not addressed















Part of the interest of the place was its decor and humor; thus















And thus















The mouse motif got a little old



















Thus



















But there was plenty of useful information all around, such
as the above, and that Netherlanders consume more than 20
kilos of cheese a year (European average: 17; 1 kilo=2.2 lbs)

And interesting old-time exhibits



















Meanwhile, the action, as it were, continued below















Vicki decided it was time to go when I started
getting too friendly with the cute cheese babe
mannequin





















Parting shot















Ditto

1 comment:

Tawana said...

Those pancakes are Ebleskivers, I think. I have an Ebleskivers pan with the little round intentions that you put pancake batter in, then a filling of jam or fruit or Nutella, then another spoonful of batter on top. You flip it over with some things that look like bent chopsticks, then sprinkle powdered sugar on them and serve hot. Great fun for a party because I can make and fill them while people watch. Next time you are in Arkansas...