Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Foodie Penpals February 2012

What is a foodie penpal you ask? Well, again via twitter, which Nina Garcia from Project Runway just tweeted to me, "Twitter is a new way of making friends", I found Lindsay at the Lean Green Bean. She was tweeting about this Foodie Penpal Program and it sounded interesting to me. 

Here is the information: 

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 treatsThe spending limit is $15The 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.

So February was my first month to try this and I must say it was quite fun! I love buying things for others and introducing those to new products. This program started in Sept. of 2011 and as of February 2012, Lindsay had over 200 participants! It sounds to me like it is a huge success. It is fun to know you are having a package full of goodies come your way! My box went to Annica and her blog can be found HERE. My goodies came from Brittany in Las Vegas.

My box had lots of my faves in it and many I have never tried. The Numi Chocolate Tea I have heard of but never tasted so excited about that for sure. The Vanilla Chai I have in my kitchen and love it especially with some milk in it. Metromint Water sounds really interesting and I am excited to try that as well. 
The Candy Apple Coffee sounds really wonderful and I have yet to look up the company that makes it to see if they ship. They are made in Las Vegas, which I was glad to receive something from Brittany's home state.  
The Kind bar sounds really wonderful and I have had other flavors from this company but not this one!! 
I love Trader Joe's but have no stores in my hometown. These Smores look great and you can even microwave them, oh boy, excited to try these soon!! 
Even though I love coffee, not a fan of chocolate covered coffee beans but these are not too strong. They pretty much melted in my mouth. This was a real fun item to try!! 

I must thank Brittany for all my wonderful items in my goodie box! I enjoyed this very much, not sure if I will participate every month, but maybe every other would be fun. 

Here is the contact info if you would like to try it: 

Sound like fun? If you’re interested in participating for March, please send  an email to Lindsay at theleangreenbean@gmail.com and include the following information:
-Your full name
-Your email address
-Your blog name/address
-Your twitter handle (if applicable)
-WHETHER YOU ARE A US RESIDENT OR CANADIAN RESIDENT. – this is SUPER important so I can get you on the right list!

Thank you to Lindsay for thinking of this great concept. A way to meet new friends and try new foods is always a plus on my list!! 

Today's Words of Wisdom: Life is a Blank Canvas and You are the Artist 

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Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean said...

dang!!! you got the hookup. i need to try those smores.

Mattie @ Comfy and Confident said...

Those smashing smores sounds amazingly good!

Paris Pastry said...

Oh that sounds like so much fun! I'm definitely thinking about joining as well :)

Vær våken said...

Wow, that is really interesting!!! Have a beautiful evening!

Kristin xo

nycstylelittlecannoli said...

This was a really fun event and a great idea! Have yet to try the s'mores but very excited....

Anonymous said...

This sound's like so much fun. I can't do it this month but maybe next month. Would you do it again?


Nicole said...

Awesome box! So much chocolate in there I'd be smiling for days! :)

I wish Austin, TX would get a Trader Joe's. Then on second thought..maybe I don't.

nycstylelittlecannoli said...

I would do it again but am passing for March. I think the summer may be a challenge as you cannot do anything that may melt. It is a really fun event to participate in at least once.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for that imput on it. I didn't even think about something melting until you wrote that. Actually winter has finally arrived in California just this week. Crazy! Have a great evening.


The Single Nester said...

What a fun idea! I love those TJ's espresso pillows and the KIND bar is my fav. Blogged about it recently. I may have to try this idea.

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