Thursday, February 28, 2013

Foodie Pen Pals - February!

What an amazing Foodie Pen Pal package!!!

Foodie PenPals. Have you heard of it? It's a great program run by Lindsay over at the Lean Green Bean. She started it in September 2011 with 30 participants and it has grown to over 1300! Now that's success! In a nutshell each participant receives a foodie pen pal to send a little foodie related package that shouldn't cost more than $15 (not including shipping). It can be home made goods, local  food items, or other foodie related treats. Then each person sending a package also receives a similar package (though not from the person they sent one too). Organizing it must take a lot of dedication and effort and Lindsay does a great job of pulling everything together!

My fourth month of Foodie pen pals and I still love it :) this month my pen pal is Ashleigh from Ontario. 

This is Ashleigh's first month in the program and I have to say she knocked it out of the park!! Everything Ashley sent was a home run. She even shared her own stash of Frazzles - bacon flavoured crisps from Scotland! She also sent Simply Protein Chips - chili flavoured snacks that I must find here in Vancouver! The kids claimed the mint chocolate cookies and ginger snaps and loved them. The chilli and salt chocolate bar I shared with my husband (well just a square of it but still counts as sharing!). I loved that the heat from the chilies are subtle and you  don't notice it until after the chocolate has been swallowed. The chili sauce is amazing and definitely spicy! We had it with some BBQed sausages and were instant fans!   The only thing left to try  is the Mayan hot chocolate from Soma...but trust me I'll be trying it soon. Thanks Ashleigh!

And now it's time for some details about Foodie Penpals.  In case you’re a new reader, here’s a reminder of what the program is all about:

-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 & European residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. Same with Europeans. 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 from the US or Canada and are in participating for November, please CLICK HERE ( to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions. 
You must submit your information by March 4th as pairings will be emailed on February 5th!

*If you're from Europe, please CLICK HERE ( to signup. 

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