I’m not sure how I heard of this idea but I came across this blogger who does these ‘Foodie Penpals‘. Lindsay from The Lean Green Bean blog (and from Columbus, OH!!) started Foodie Penpals in 2011.
At the start of the month you receive your penpal pairing. You make contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions. By the middle of the month you 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 filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats (I’m only opting to send local items because my area has some great ones!)! 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 or a fun recipe!
My box traveled over 2,000 miles from Tuscon, Arizona to me! My foodie penpal, Bonnie, said this about my box:
Tucson has a heavy Sonoran Mexican theme which is different from Mexican food in other places. The Sonoran food isn’t usually as hot as other styles of Mexican food. They use less of the hot chilies and more mild ones. Some people call Sonoran Mexican food bland, but it is because it usually isn’t overly spicy. Anyway, the items I picked have Sonoran influence, local to Tucson and a good representation how Sonoran spices are used. The coffee is local also!
She saw on Twitter that I was a coffee fiend so she added that in for good measure! I immediately opened the salsa and chips and started to snack. I’m going to make a pasta dish with my Tomato Spinach Garlic Fettuccine.
You have to sign up each month by 9pm EST on the 4th of the month to be guaranteed a spot. This way you do not have to do it each month. I already signed up for February and I can’t wait!