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Tillamook Cheese Factory

Tillamook Cheese FactoryOne of the places we went on our trip to Oregon was the Tillamook Cheese Factory. You may not know this about me, but I freaking love cheese1!

When we first got to the Tillamook Cheese Factory, we could not believe how busy it was. The parking lot, which is huge, it was jam packed. When we got inside, we were overwhelmed by the number of people in this factory. The lineup for cheese tastings was probably a good 45 minutes to an hour wait, so we decided to skip the tasting the cheese and go right to buying the cheese, because pretty much every restaurant in Oregon uses Tillamook cheese, which they proudly note on their menus, so we had already tried lots of Tillamook cheese and we knew it was freaking delicious.

Well, before we actually bought the cheese, we checked out the inner workings of the factory, which is always cool for a food nerd like me:

Tillamook Cheese Factory

Tillamook Cheese Factory

Tillamook Cheese Factory

Then we went on to the purchasing! Jeff and Madeline decided to get some Tillamook ice cream, while Nancy, Thomas and I went for the cheese. Sadly, they were all out of cheese curds, which Nancy had been looking forward to all trip2! She couldn’t really buy cheese to bring back on the plane, so she stuck to buying less perishable items that she could bring back to Toronto as gifts. I, however, bought this:

Tillamook cheese

And this:

Tillamook cheese

I had some of the garlic chili cheddar last night after Bootcamp. It was to die for! I think I may need to make more trips to Tillamook!

As we were leaving, we noticed there was a wine tasting tent outside. Far be it from us to turn down a wine tasting, so we decided to check it out. And, would you believe, not only did they have wine for tasting, but they also had little cubes of Tillamook cheese! So all those suckers inside the factory lined up for hours for a cube of cheese be we got one after a 1 minute wait in the wine line up. Win!

  1. My friend Patrice affectionately refers to the two of us as “cheese monsters.” []
  2. Just an excuse to have to go back though, right? []


International Day of The Nacho

So the other day I read over on Duane’s blog that today is the International Day of the Nacho.  And he commanded everyone who read the blog posting to each nachos for dinner tonight – and who am I to argue with that?

So I put some brightly coloured nachos1 on a cookie sheet:


And cooked them up with some refried beans and cheese2


And while they cooked, I chopped up some veggies and made some guac3:


And viola!


  1. brightly coloured means they are more healthy, right? []
  2. which I “grated” with my Magic Bullet blender. Which made it more like cheese mush than grated cheese, but I figured since I was melting it, it wasn’t all that critical []
  3. into which I put too much lemon juice and not enough garlic. *kicks self* []