Hot and Cold

As usual, the advent of autumn brings a mix of warm days and ever-colder nights that I find disorienting [let's not even think about the depressing return to the darkness of Standard Time]. Here's a food-prep helper that mirrors this condition. [My apologies for the less-than-optimal photography.] Inset on an island top, these spacious, temperature-controlled pads are identified by icons etched into their stainless-steel surfaces. The 'heat wave' zone [left] keeps foods warm up to 40ºC/104ºF, while the area marked with a 'snowflake' [right] cools at 4ºC/39ºF.