Tillamook Cheese.

December 13, 2012 at 5:51 pm 2 comments

As I mentioned yesterday, I had been waiting for M’s birthday present to be delivered. It came, I wrapped it, and then I had to wait and wait and wait for M to get home to open it. (Adult lesson: Sometimes the anticipation of someone opening a gift you bought them  – especially a really awesome one, ahem – is more than the receiver feels waiting to open it.)

Well, M seemed really happy with his gift, and genuinely surprised (yay!).

What was it?

Tillamook cheeseCheddar and Pepper Jack. And a t-shirt (think Grilled Cheese if you click to view the shirt and are confused).

So. Why on earth did I get cheese and a cheese-themed t-shirt  for M as a birthday gift?

Well, in September, we took a really epic vacation to Oregon. Seriously: epic. We flew into Portland, rented a car, and then proceeded to make a big loop – checking out the Columbia River Gorge, Mt. Hood, the city of Bend, Mt. Bachelor, CRATER LAKE, the Pacific Ocean, Cannon Beach, etc., etc., etc. along the way. One of our stops – on the coast – was the Tillamook cheese factory. We toured the facility and, although we really wanted tons of cheese to take home, settled on very small, individual servings of cheese – a couple each – since we were traveling and couldn’t keep perishable items on us. Then we drove a little longer up the coast, until we came to a lookout (views of the ocean) where we could pull off and have lunch, cheese included.

We lunched like this a couple of times, and I have fond memories of this. Sitting in the car, munching on some lunch items, looking at the ocean, hanging out – just being together. Especially the day with the Tillamook cheese, because boy is it good. Like, seriously good.

Very soon after this (mid-September), I knew I would be ordering some cheese for M’s birthday. Partly because it’s delicious, but also because it holds special meaning for us. It evokes memories of that moment eating lunch in particular, but also about the coast, climbing mountains, taking in Crater Lake, hiking near Mt. Hood, and everything else we experienced and shared together.

So, a strange gift to outsiders, maybe, but also something very special to us. Indeed: the best kind of gift.


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  • 1. Amalya  |  December 13, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Ah – I’m so glad that Tillamook Cheese holds such wonderful memories for you and M! What a great gift idea and way to remember that trip!

    Thanks for being such a fan!

    -Amalya, of the Tillamook Team

  • 2. Back at it. « Undefined Ambition  |  January 2, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    […] grilled cheese sandwiches  I was not sad about this because I love tomato soup and we used our Tillamook cheese. So we definitely came out ahead On New Year’s Day, we went to my aunt’s house for our […]


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