Tillamook Cheese invited me and my SO out to the Los Angeles Zoo this past weekend for an afternoon in the hot sun. They treated us to an entire day at the zoo including a luncheon for us. They were at the Los Angeles Zoo as part of their #loaflove tour. The next several weeks they will be hitting hot spots around LA with their Tillamook Cheese vehicles, and letting people try out their cheeses and yogurts (Oregon Strawberry and MerrianBerry varieties!)
At the luncheon we were greeted with an entire buffet of food, in which, we would be creating our own grilled cheese that would be judged with the chance to win some spectacular prizes. There were 3 different kinds of cheese from Tillamook there: medium cheddar, extra sharp cheddar, and a white cheddar cheese to choose from. They also had a variety of meats from turkey to salami to canadian bacon to roast beef to tomatoes, asparagus, bacon, and all the greens to garnish and mix your sandwich with. You think of it, I bet they had it.
I created my “Happy Face Sandwich” which included a plethora of meats with all 3 varieties of cheese, and then decorated the front in a happy face. Unfortunately, my sandwich did not win, but I was happy I got creative with mine. Perhaps there’s a little bit of a foodie in me somewhere, deep down 😉
Prior to this event I had no idea that Tillamook had yogurt or ice cream. At this event I was lucky enough to try 2 varieties of their yogurt. Their Oregon Strawberry and the MerrianBerry. The first question I had was, “what is a merrianberry?” A merrianberry is an Oregon specific berry. Tillamook is based right out of Oregon, and they bring their Oregon pride with them wherever they go. If you’re ever there to visit, stop by the Tillamook Cheese Factory for a tour, I’ve heard GREAT things about the tour.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to try out their ice cream, but it’s on my shopping list the next time I head out to the store. I feel as if I can taste it from here.
After the luncheon my SO and I walked around the zoo to explore a bit. Look at what we found:
Because it was such a hot day a lot of the animals were hiding on us, or they were showing us their butts, however, we did get lucky with a few. I really enjoyed the goats, and the giraffes. As we rode along on the tram we got a glimpse of one of the elephants, but my oh my, those are tricky animals to spot at the zoo.
But, before we headed home, there was just one more thing I had to do:
I just had to ride the carousel, and for only 3 dollars, how could I really pass that up?
A big thank you goes out to Tillamook Cheese for the fun filled day despite the heat. And make sure you find them the next few weeks as they tour all around Los Angeles with their Loaf Love Tour. To find their next stop, find them here.
Disclosure: Tillamook Cheese provided me with free tickets to the LA Zoo, a luncheon, and samples of cheese and yogurt to take home. Of course, I love their yogurt and cheese, so all opinions are my own.
PS: My SO very much wanted to be apart of this blog post, so let me leave you with my favorite picture of him that day: