Lindsay over at The Lean Green Bean created the program as a means to share the foodie love throughout the nation...well the program is now huge and I'm stoked to be a part of it...here are the rules...
-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 firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved!
Now onto my first experience...I was paired with Claudia. She's a blog reader from right here in my area of San Diego. I found out her preferences and sent her these goodies...
Here is what she had to say after receiving the goodies:
Hi box came today and it was perfect! TJ's is one of my favorite stores and you found things I had never seen! A colleague at my office saw my box and got so envious that she signed up to be a foodie pen pal!
All my best,
All my best,
I'm so happy she liked it all!
As for myself, I was the foodie pen pal to Jay over at www.jaytravis.com He lives in New York and had to work to find me some gluten free/vegan goodies...but he excelled! He found a local bakery called XOXO Vegan Bakery and sent me a fudge brownie, an "ice cream" pie, and another awesome find of black bean spaghetti. Please don't mind that both bakery good are already partially eaten...couldn't help myself! Seeing as there is a $15 price limit the contents may seem sparse but trust me...you can taste the goodness in these baked goods!
So there you have it! My first foodie pen pal experience! It was a blast!
I'll be taking October off since I'll be HAWAII for most of the month! But I plan on being back for November and already have some tasty treats lined up for my next pen pal...will it be you???