Better than Cake - And Almost Too Pretty to Eat

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

My good friends Ron and Alexandra Seigel surprised me this week with a couple of special deliveries for my birthday. The first, was a bottle of fabulous heirloom wine from a favorite winery we toured last Fall. We'll be uncorking it later tonight. The second arrived yesterday, and I was absolutely delighted as we haven't been able to find it. Isn't it gorgeous? It is also a great reminder of yet another wonderful trip we took together last year. Can you guess what it is?  It's better than cake - at least it is to me. 


Okay, several of you have already guessed it's a kind of cheese, so I'll update and elaborate. It's called Alp Meadow. The colored coating is made from chopped up alpine wildflowers and herbs. You eat it too, along with the creamy, cow's milk cheese. Here's a complete description of this wonderful treat.  We enjoyed it last night with a sparkling Rose, and it was a perfect pairing.  Here's to great friends, good wines, and delicious food. Happy Saturday. 





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Debb Janes  Bernie Stea
Call or Text 360-608-4900

We help buyers and sellers in Camas, Washougal, Brush Prairie/Hockinson, Salmon Creek, Felida, and other Vancouver, Washington Areas. 

We bring our passion for nature and beautiful environments to Real Estate. Multigenerational and family estates, country land and homes, and small farmsteads are our speciality.

We agree with our clients, "The true luxury of rural living is having elbowroom for the soul.


Comments (27)

Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Well Happy Birthday  Debb, and there is nothing wrong with good wine and  great cheese... maybe Bernie got you some Chocolate to complete the birthday:)Endre

Jan 26, 2019 03:44 PM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

Heading to dinner at a new waterfront spot in Vancouver. Perhaps later, we will have some chocolate with a glass of that killer wine when we return. Thanks Endre. D 

Jan 26, 2019 04:26 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

That is a delightful looking cheese, Debb!  I don't believe I've seen anything quite like it!  And, with the wine Ron and Alexandra sent, It should make for a very special treat!

Jan 26, 2019 05:13 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good evening Debb and Bernie - what a creative idea.  Ron and Alexandra Seigel are so clever.  That is eating luxury.

Jan 26, 2019 07:49 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Debb and Bernie,  There is something to say about good friends, great wine, and cheese getting better with age.   Or maybe we just appreciate them more when we are older.   Enjoy!

Jan 26, 2019 09:05 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I enjoy the different guesses and the answer Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

Jan 26, 2019 10:11 PM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I cheated and clicked on the link, but I originally thought it was some type of pie or cake.

Jan 27, 2019 05:06 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is so nice, Ron and Alexandra Seigel are such kind people, I am happy to see you are having such a nice birthday!

Jan 27, 2019 05:18 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Debb... such special gifts from special friends to help make your birthday a special day!

As for me, I'm not sure anything is better than cake! 

Jan 27, 2019 06:18 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Him Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 
Who would have thunk of a hunk of cheese for a birthday celebration.  Now that you've given us a description it actually makes perfect sense paired with the perfect wine.  What an awesome gift from Ron and Alexandra Seigel

Jan 27, 2019 07:18 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Happy Birthday,  you must be 34 by now.  Hope you have a great night with the wine.


Jan 27, 2019 08:00 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

Will Hamm , in dog years? Lol, lol. 

Jan 27, 2019 09:13 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Debb. Oh my, that cheese does look gorgeous and almost too pretty to eat. Hope you had a great birthday.

Jan 27, 2019 09:02 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Thanks all, it was a lovely Birthday...and yes, Ron and Alexandra Seigel made it that much more special. They are wonderful and thoughtful friends. 

Jan 27, 2019 09:15 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Too pretty to eat but even off dairy, I would! LOL
The Seigels have exquisite taste in everything, including friends!

Jan 27, 2019 09:18 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

I don't do much dairy either, except CHEESE. :) Yes, and the Seigels love you too. 

Jan 27, 2019 10:21 AM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker
Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

What a marvelous thing to arrive at your house, Debb. Sounding the Robyn Hitchcock cheese alarm!!! I love love love cheese. Any kind of cheese. Pairing wine with cheese is a good excuse to drink more wine, too. How sweet of those guys to send this to you.

and . . . Happy Birthday!!

Jan 27, 2019 10:08 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

Thanks much, and this is fabulous cheese. A nice Riesling is a great wine to go with it too. 

Jan 27, 2019 10:23 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - First of all ...Happy Birthday!  What a wonderful surprise that Ron and Alexandra Seigel sent to you.  The cheese looks delicious! The wine and cheese will be paired well I am sure.

Jan 27, 2019 10:41 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Thanks so much Sherry. It is actually a cheese that goes quite well with a Riesling, but I'm with you, it would go great with any good wine. ;) 

Jan 27, 2019 10:44 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, how thoughtful of Ron and Alexandra Seigel on your special day to surprise you with an exquisite cheese and a bottle of wine. The cheese looks too beautiful to eat. 

Jan 27, 2019 02:14 PM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

What a great surprise and that cheese looks wonderful, making my mouth water with the thought of the flavours.

Jan 28, 2019 07:28 AM
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group Brokered By eXp Realty - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Debb, what a wonderful gift and surprise for your birthday. The cheese looks beautiful, I've never seen anything like it. Sounds like your birthday was very special, I'm glad you enjoyed such a lovely day. 

Jan 28, 2019 07:38 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD

Thanks Amanda. It was very nice. And, the cheese is so yummy and beautiful. 

Jan 28, 2019 07:45 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Debb - what wonderful gifts to enjoy from special friends.

That chees is amazing - a piece of culinary art for sure!

Happy Birthday, again!!


Jan 28, 2019 08:59 AM