I was introduced to Foodie Penpals this summer by Beka from Sunshine to the Square Inch when she revealed her July food package. Here's what grabbed my attention when I read her post: food, penpals, food, mail, and more food.
I instantly knew that I needed a foodie penpal. Want to participate?
Here's how it works:
1) Head over to The Lean Green Bean and sign-up for a foodie penpal before the 5th of the month.
2) Contact your penpal. Find out what foods he/she likes, and then go on a food shopping spree.
3) Mail $15 worth of food to your foodie penpal by the 15th of the month.
4) Anxiously wait for a package of food to arrive at your doorstep.
5) Meet your mailman at the door, rip open your package like a crazed fool, and devour all of the food contents.*
6) If you have a blog, reveal the contents of your package on the last day of the month.
*Step 5 is optional, but highly recommended.
What Was In The Box?
Then I ran inside and ripped open the package.
Here's what I found inside:
- A Santa Barbara postcard: Handwritten by my foodie penpal
- Santa Barbara Bar: Coconut Almond
- That's It. (A Bar) : A bar made from 1 apple and 3 apricots
- Sunset Chocolates: Biscotti Snackers
- Bella Viva Orchards: Pure and Natural Orange Slices
- California Figs: Nutra Fig
- Apricot Granola Bar
When I first contacted Amanda, I let her know that I love dessert and fruit.
As she noted on her postcard, my package included mostly healthy local Santa Barbara foods that were sweet and fruity. My requests were definitely fulfilled.
That's how this bar tasted.
It was yummy and reminded me of a snack I would eat at the beach. Just roll with it.
That's It Bar: According to the wrapper, the only two ingredients in this bar were 3 apricots and an apple. Fruity to the max! It reminded me of a fruit roll-up.
As I sat on my couch eating cookies, I looked at the photos on my camera and realized the original photo I had taken was blurry. Hence, a second photo of the freshly opened cookies.
Three words to describe this snack: chocolatey, crunchy, cookiegoodness. Ain't nothing wrong with this snack! (And yes, I'm pretty sure cookiegoodness is one word.)
I'll be honest, dried orange slices are--- unique. Not great, but not bad either. By themselves, dried oranges are a tad boring, but mixed in tea and warm apple cider? Yum! I'm glad my foodie penpal sent me these because I would have never thought to buy them, and I have never seen them in any stores near my house. Trying new foods is fun!
California Nutra Figs: I love figs! To me, figs are fancy. I have never purchased a fig on my own accord because I fear that I am not classy enough to eat figs.
Instead, I only eat figs when other people serve them in salads, or when fancy restaurants include them as an appetizer.
Receiving figs in the mail was a great treat! I ate them with cheese and crackers and pretended to be part of the elite crowd, because in my mind, anyone who is part of the elite crowd is sitting near a bowl of figs.
Having a foodie penpal was a lot of fun, and I am looking forward to having another foodie penpal in the near future.