Foodie Penpal Round 2

31 Aug

It’s the end of the month, which means that it is time for ONE thing: Foodie Penpal Reveal!

The Lean Green Bean


This month, I was lucky enough to receive a penpal box from Laura, a blog reader. I was really excited to get some fun stuff from Laura’s city of Minneapolis. My one and only experience with Minneapolis was for a 3 hour layover at the airport. So obviously I basically know nothing. But Laura promised some fun local items, so I was excited to see what she had in store for me!


Unfortunately the box did not really make it in good shape. But there was tissue paper on the inside, which protected all of the goodies!


Along with a sweet note, Laura included a bunch of local snacks, along with some of her favorites!

In the box, she had some local maple chipotle sweet potato chips which I havent tried yet, but I’m SO excited to break in to! She also had some local apricot bourbon BBQ  sauce. I’m so intrigued by this flavor – I’m just trying to figure out exactly how t use it! She also included some local rosemary “flackers”, which are flax seed crackers. How unique! Finally, she included a Cherry Cobbler flavor LaraUber bar, which I immediately ate after receiving my box. SO GOODDDD!

She also sent me a tube of umami paste, which I’m totally excited/intrigued by. For those who aren’t familiar with the term, “umami” means “savory”. So this paste includes a bunch of different savory ingredients, including garlic, anchovy paste, and tomato. Laura stated that she often uses it in stirfrys and other dishes to add a little extra something. I’m definitely going to have to try this! But I’ll be honest, I’m a little nervous!

Thank you again to Laura for her awesome foodie penpal box!


For those of you who aren’t familiar with the Foodie Pen Pal program, run by Lindsay of the Lean Green Bean, here’s a detailed explanation of the program:

-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!

I’ve had a great time participating in this program, and I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to connect with other bloggers or blog readers, and who wants to try some new and fun foods!

So tell me: Have you ever tried umami paste? What is the weirdest food you’ve ever cooked with?


5 Responses to “Foodie Penpal Round 2”

  1. Erica @ For the Sake of Cake September 1, 2012 at 8:58 am #

    I’ve never tried umami paste before, but it sounds like it could be interesting to add to certain dishes!

  2. mike @ made by mike September 1, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

    Stephanie, thanks again for the amazing box that you sent to me. I was a day late posting, but here it is:

  3. tokyohamster September 2, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

    I found your blog from made by mike, and I love both of your boxes! I’m so jealous of foodie pen pals – I’d love to bring it over to Japan.

    • MyFreckledLife September 4, 2012 at 11:12 pm #

      I think it would really cool to exchange items from other countries! Who knows – maybe foodie pen pals will eventually expand internationally!

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