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Librarians still love me and other news

I made the Mountain View Public Library year end slide show! It’s just this awesome picture :32 in
mvpl talk

I’m not sure I mentioned here that there are t-shirts available with me praising/mocking Beehive Barely Buzzed Cheese. It’s a fundraiser for the Daphne Zepos Educational Fund t-shirts

Janet Fletcher mentioned Rainbow and a bunch of awesome cheeses in her year end column. Thanks Janet!

And finally, a cheesemonger in NYC got in trouble for his cheese labels then got reprieve. At our old store, we used to put quotes on our receipts but it too got to be too much to deal with. The last one I remember, circa 1995, was “Make out with your same-sex partner at punk shows and slam dance at gay bars.”


It’s always fun when Janet Fletcher comes into the store. Janet is one of the few people who can write well about cheese without having been a cheese worker. If that sounds like a backhanded compliment, it’s not. There is a lot of misinformation and hype disguised as authoritative information and I think it’s a lot harder to sort out when you don’t handle, cut, wrap and taste a few thousand lbs. a week.

She does a weekly cheese column for the SF Chronicle so I always try to give her tastes of new cheeses for her to write about. 52 a year is no joke!

I sampled her a cheese called Challerhocker that I hadn’t even unwrapped yet and three weeks later here it is. It is truly an awesome cheese. The only thing Janet didn’t mention is that the name means something like “aged in the cellar” and has a label that looks like a child who’s been locked in the cellar for quite some time.

(I will get a better picture tomorrow)

Of course the funniest thing is that someone (Hi Laurie!) wrote a pro-Gordon comment in the comments section and someone else felt compelled to write a “whatever to Gordon, have you heard of Mark Todd, The Cheese Dude?” reply.

Long-time readers of my blog may remember Mark as the guy who tasted a cheese at an event and said, “THAT’S PIMP!” in response to its excellent flavor and mouthfeel. I love Mark Todd! He’s one of my favorite cheese people. You don’t have to choose between us!