Monthly Archives: August 2012

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??

The Lean Green Bean

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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