Thursday, February 28, 2013

February Foodie Penpals

The Lean Green Bean

This past month was my first time joining the Foodie Penpals bandwagon! So many of the blogs I follow participate in this fun program, and of course I follow The Lean Green Bean herself, who coordinates FPP. Essentially you get a "penpal" via the email to meet and send them a fun box of food. Of course you let them know any dietary restrictions (or foods you can't stand) and provide them with any parameters for what you'd like to receive. For more detailed information see the bottom of this post, or refer to the Foodie Penpals page. 

I was excited when I found out that Michele from Chicago was my FPP because I've loved any food I've ever eaten from that city! It immediately made me start thinking of Garrett Popcorn and deep dish pizzas--yum. Well it would have been a bit challenging for her to send me a deep dish pizza, but she did send some awesome tomato foccacia bread that was out of this world! It was first thing that I opened and dug into for lunch the same day I got the package. 

What I loved about Michele's package is that it was a total variety of different things, with quite a few local foods which is always my preference. I really enjoyed the homemade treats she sent me (blondies are a fave-way to go Michele!), and the candy bars were a perfect size to indulge in something sweet without feeling too guilty. 

The Woolloomooloo Bar was an awesome combo of macadamia nuts, coconut & chocolate that had me immediately getting onto the Vosges website to learn about what other treats they create. They're a Chicago based candy company and when I read more into their flavors I was amazed. Take a look at some of their other candy bar flavors, I definitely might have to order some of these in the future!

Nicole's Divine Crackers are another Chicago native (seriously Michele--you scored points on all of the local stuff!) that give you the satisfaction of eating a cheesy cracker but knowing that it's organic and natural. I ate some with soup during lunch which was a great combo. Lastly, I also received some Pink Himalayan Salt from Trader Joe's. I've been hearing the buzz about this stuff for a while, and this is totally one of those things I would have never thought about buying for myself so I'm glad that I got it as a gift and I've been really enjoying it! I started reading into the health benefits of it and the fact that it has crazy more amounts of minerals than regular processed table salt. 

This month I sent a package to Stacy at Wanderlust Hearts, who has an awesome site by the way! As you can imagine from the title all of her travel stories and restaurant reviews make me want to pack my bag and take off. Hop on over to her blog to read about the package that I sent her, but for now here's a sneak peak ;) ...


Foodie Penpals Basics:

-On the 5th of the month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you can choose to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
- Foodie Penpals is open to US, Canadian residents & UK residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. So, I’m going to keep two separate lists and match US w/ US and Canada w/ Canada!

***If you’re in the UK, please contact Carol Anne from This Is Rock Salt at to get involved!


Lisa said...

You def got some good stuff this month!

Anna said...

Thanks Lisa, I really enjoyed it all!

TZ said...

Applesin butter really.. that sounds sooo delicious!