October Foodie Penpals

Happy Halloween everyone! Happy Foodie Penpals reveal day, too!

This month, I was fortunate to have Allison Green send me some awesome treats from Seattle, WA. I’ve never been to the Pacific Northwest, so I could not wait to dig into the great package that Allison hand-picked from me. I was super excited when I read her note saying that most of the goodies were from Pike Place Market–how cool!

Such pretty wrapping!

Here’s what was wrapped inside:

She gave me some delicious strawberry pepper jam (in such a cute jar), loose chamomile tea, Theo dark chocolate (omg so delicious), and some honey sticks (I remember eating them all the time when I was a kid, so it was definitely a cool blast from the past).

I also got in the package lavender Dry Soda (which I’ve wanted to try for such a long time, and it was amazing!), Pop Chips (who doesn’t love those chips?), Beecher’s crackers, and fresh papparadelle pasta (love, love, love pasta).

Here is the pasta that I made! It was delicious!!

Thank you SO much Allison! It was such a nice and thoughtful package.

Check out what I sent to Jenny over on her blog!

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September Foodie Penpals Reveal

What a month September has been! I started back to school (my last semester!) and since then, things have been nonstop. It’s always a nice treat to get a package in the mail, having NO idea what’s going to be inside. This month, my foodie penpal was Rachael who lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. She sent me an awesome package full of goodies from Trader Joe’s.

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I love, love, love olive oil. I actually use it almost everyday, so seeing this bottle definitely made me happy.

Apple butter is something I love, but always forget about when I’m doing my grocery shopping. It’s definitely something I’ll be spreading onto some bread for breakfast!

I’ve never tried the artichoke antipasto before, but I do love me some spinach and artichoke dip at restaurants. This seems like a MUCH healthier version, which I appreciate.

Finally, it only took me about 5 seconds before this jar of cocoa almond spread was open. I’ve bought chocolate peanut butter before, but I love that it’s almond butter with cocoa! It’s really delicious, and it’s for sure going into my rotation when at Trader Joe’s!

Thanks Rachael for an awesome and delicious package this month!

Interested in joining Foodie Penpals?  Here is some information describing 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 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 interested in participating for October, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

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August Foodie Penpals Reveal

Another month, another Foodie Penpals reveal! This month’s package couldn’t have come during a better time. I was finishing up Organic Chemistry II, and really stressed out! I needed something sweet🙂 Leslie from Albany, NY came to the rescue! She sent me a delicious package from the local Putnam Market.

When I opened up the package, I couldn’t wait to start digging into what I got!

The first thing I noticed was the giant cupcake cookie! It was so pretty and I couldn’t wait to eat it. It was actually a very light honey flavor. Delicious! I also noticed the Swedish Fish. I mean who doesn’t love eating them?? The dark chocolate sea salt caramels were amazing. I love salty and sweet. The popping corn was so cute! I’m still waiting for the perfect night to make the popcorn.

The peanut butter fudge was literally amazing. I love fudge and I love peanut butter. So what better combination?? I definitely did not wait very long to eat it🙂

Thanks to Leslie for such a wonderful package. Everything has been so yummy so far!!

Are you interested in becoming a Foodie Penpal??

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Here are the details:

-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 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. 

If you’re interested in participating for September, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

You must submit your information by September 4th as pairings will be emailed on September 5th!

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Restaurant Week: Poste Modern Brasserie

My summer of organic chemistry is FINALLY over! I now have two weeks to enjoy myself before the fall semester commences, and what better week to be off from school than Restaurant Week! It’s a nice chance to try out restaurants you may not normally eat at and catch up with good friends. And who doesn’t love eating a three-course meal where you don’t even have to share anything?! I like to do my Restaurant Week research. I try to find places that aren’t in my regular rotation, offer a good selection in the all three-courses, and a place where you get the most bang for your buck. Lunch runs $20.12 and dinner runs $35.12.

Today, I enjoyed lunch with my good friend Erin who I used to work with at Weight Watchers. It was so good to see her, and although the food was good, the company was WAY better. We dined at Poste Modern Brasserie in Penn Quarter. Even though it’s at 15 minute walk from my apartment, and I’ve walked by many times, I never thought to eat there. However, the location worked well for both of us, they had a nice selection of food, and you definitely got a lot for your money. Considering the lunch menu was almost identical to the dinner menu, it definitely seemed like you got a lot more for your money at lunch rather than dinner.

I checked out the menu ahead of time, so I pretty much knew what I was going to order even before I got there! I’d rather be able to talk and enjoy my company rather than stress about what to order.

For the first course, I ordered the tomato salad, which included garden and local farm tomatoes, a fried green tomato and house made buttermilk cheese. It was quite tasty and it normally costs $14.

For the second course, I ordered the risotto, which had corn, goat cheese, and it was topped with watercress. It was almost too pretty to eat and normally costs $16.

Finally, for dessert, I ordered the Penn Quarter, which was a fruit tart topped with peaches from the Penn Quarter Farmers Market and a side of buttermilk curd sherbet. I’m normally not a dessert person, but this was definitely my most favorite course! The peaches were delicious and I loved the crust on the tart. I normally costs $9.

The total cost of the meal would have been $39, so to get it for half the price, I’d say that’s good value! I have two more reservations made for Restaurant Week, and I look forward to blogging about those meals as well.

PS: I’m uber impressed I did not even have to edit these photos! The quality of iPhone photos can be amazing sometimes, and all of the natural light in the restaurant didn’t hurt either.

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July Foodie Penpals Reveal

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It’s that time of the month again! Where I actually surface from my organic chemistry books and take a moment to post about my Foodie Penpals reveal for July. This month, I was paired with Francine. I told her that I enjoy a mix of sweet and salty, and that is EXACTLY what I got!

When I opened up the package, I couldn’t believe how much she sent me! She really packed a lot into the package, and considering we had a budget of only $15, I was impressed!

Here’s what I got:

Firstly, I noticed that she sent me a very cool water bottle. I know it’s not food, but what a cool idea! It’s a BPA-free bottle that you can just stick in your purse and have whenever you need to fill up a bottle. Now to the food! I received a mix for cupcakes. Anything that says cream cheese frosting is an A in my book. Can’t wait to bake them! I also got some pepper jelly which looks like it’s homemade!

I mentioned to Francine that I like chocolate, and boy did she deliver! I got yummy wafers in both chocolate and vanilla, and 3 different chocolate bars! YUM! She also included a caramel popcorn in the shape of a corn on the cob. It is cute and delicious!

Finally, I got these little amazing salty/sweet peanuts. Who can resist butter toffee peanuts? I’ll admit they were the first thing I tore into, and they didn’t last very long🙂

Thanks to Francine for an AMAZING July Foodie Penpals package. Be sure to check out what I sent to Maria this month over on her blog Real Fit Mama!

Organic Chem II is over in a couple of weeks, so hopefully I’ll be able to start to blog more regularly!

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June Foodie Penpals Reveal

My foodie penpal for June was Heather Harper of Ohaya Bento! If you’re looking for a new blog to follow, this is one to read! Heather is so creative and makes these amazing looking bento boxes, with foods you’d never think would “belong” in a bento box. So anyway, check out her blog!

This month’s foodie penpal package was Florida-themed! Everything was either made in Florida, or just reminded Heather of the sunshine state🙂

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I was super excited to see SO MANY different food items (8 to be specific!)

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Let’s start with a couple of products by Nueva Cocina. Red beans and rice and taco seasoning mix. I absolutely love making latin food, and am so happy she included these two products. I like to use soy meat when making tacos, so I cannot wait to try these out one night. I then saw a package of flax crackers, which definitely caught my eye. I sometimes add flax seed to cereal, but I’ve never tried them in the cracker form! They taste really good, and you can dip them in anything for a yummy snack. The sea sprinkles are such a cute idea for seaweed. What a fun way to liven up a salad!!

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When I saw the key lime oil, I was like in shock. I had never heard of that type of oil! I love, love, love key lime pie, so why wouldn’t I love this oil? As suggested on the label, I added it to a mozzarella and tomato salad instead of using olive oil, and it’s SO delicious! I’m definitely holding onto this bottle because I don’t think I’ll be able to find it anywhere else but Florida! The juice in that bottle is so different but yummy! It was really refreshing and I’m sad that I already drank the whole bottle!

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Finally, last but certainly not least, I was super happy to see the Justin’s Peanut Butter. I’ve given these to my penpals sometimes, but I’ve never actually received any of my own! I haven’t opened the honey peanut butter yet, but I certainly opened the chocolate peanut butter within 5 minutes and enjoyed it on a slide of bread. One word: YUM! It’s definitely a must try for any chocolate peanut butter lovers!

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Thanks to Heather for an amazing June package! It was so awesome to be able to try different foods that I wouldn’t have normally tried or foods that are local to Florida and I can’t even buy here. It was a real treat!

Check out what I sent to Amy this month over on her blog!

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May Foodie Penpals Reveal

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I’ve really been neglecting my little blog, but I’m currently taking Organic Chemistry, and it has decided to just run my life right now! But I wanted to make sure I posted about my May Foodie Penpal!
I received an awesome package this month from Tasha at Dine & Dash with T. She lives all the way out in California, so I was super excited to see what she might send over from the west coast!
I opened the package and the first thing that popped out to me was the Falafel Chips from Trader Joes! I had never seen them in the store before, so I had to try them right away (amazing btw!) I then noticed the sundried tomatoes, which I love to add to pastas and salads. I never remember to keep any in the house, so it’s like she was reading my mind! A great bar of chocolate is always a crowd pleaser in my house, and my new thing is actually to find them with sea salt on them. I was so happy to see this bar with sea salt AND peanuts! It’s simply delicious with the mix of salty and sweet.
The cookie butter obviously stood out. I mean who doesn’t love the two words cookie and butter being put together in the same sentence? I had seen the jars in the store at Trader Joe’s but never picked one up. Let’s just say that this is such an amazing snack. You can dip pretty much anything into this jar, and it comes out tasting delicious. Finally, I noticed something in a white paper bag that said Polly’s Pies on the outside (this has to be a good sign). It turns out Tasha gave me a jar of Five Berry Jam from a local pie shop. I am on a real jam kick right now, and I am so happy it was included in the package. Though when I’m done using the jar, I guess I’ll have to fly out to Fullerton, CA to replenish my stock!
Thanks SO much Tasha for the wonderful package!!
Wanna join all of the Foodie Penpals fun? Here are the Foodie Penpals details:

-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 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. 

If you’re interested in participating for June, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

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