Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Foodie Penpals Reveal Day

The Lean Green Bean

In a random hour of computer surfing I came across this great website last month, where a blogger has organized a foodie exchange between over 1,000 people.  I decided to join this growing exchange and signed up for June.  I sent a package with Cincinnati favorites to a very nice gal, Tiffany in Texas, and I hope she enjoyed the goodies.

I was super excited when my own package came from Kiri, also a fellow Ohioan, and opened it to find a whole host of vegan friendly goodies including a bag of quinoa (one of my favorite grains!), a fruit leather (great item for packing lunches or traveling to marathons), and a coconut/chocolate bar that I will definitely be trying soon.

But the most intriguing item was this jar of sesame "candy."  Kiri explained that she loves international foods and that this product, while labeled candy, isn't your traditional American candy bar.  I had to try some and found it to be a very fun treat.  Put on a spoon it had a somewhat powdery consistency but when you placed it on your mouth it melted and had a great pistachio and light sesame flavor. 

Finally she also included a box of Teatulia teas that was a sampler of several flavors.  While I haven't tried them all I did brew up a cup of the Peppermint and loved it!  Mint teas are my favorite evening treat and this blend had a great minty fragrance and strength. 

Thanks again Foodie Penpal Kiri!!

If you are interested in joining Foodie Penpals here are the details:
-On the 5th of every 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 are 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.  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. 

If you’re interested in participating for July, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

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