Operation: Foodie Pen Pals

by Sarah on April 30, 2012 · 18 comments

Around the midde of the month, The Smart Kitchen turns into a scene of culinary craftiness that resembles a war zone with one mission…

Operation: Foodie Pen Pals

You’ll have to check in with Debbie @ Accidentally Delish to see what sorts of vaguely breakfast-themed goodies I sent her way (including “Eat Dessert First*” Vegan Macadamia + Coconut Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies)–

*…thing in the morning? [Hey, I did say vaguely…]–but I do have the honor of showing you the incredible envelope that arrived on MY doorstep this month thanks to Andrea @ Food.Travel.Life.Love (and of course the organizational skills of Miss Lindsay ‘Bean’).I was so excited that I almost ripped into this beauty without noticing the motivational message of self-love that decorated the package.I’ve always been partial to Bette Midler–there was a period of sophomore year in high school when my friends’ mantra was the chorus of “I’m Beautiful, Dammit”–so I was happy to see her young mug on my pen pal package, appearing much like I do when I bowl. :)

“Cherish forever what makes you unique,

‘Cause you’re really a yawn, if it goes!”

–Bette Midler*

*Amen, lady!Inside, the happiness and joy continued, as I moved from self-love to love for my Foodie Pen Pal.Andrea knew just how to treat a gal whose inclinations in food consumption tend towards the packable and portable.

Her package was simply snack-ulous!*

*Yes, that word just happened.I have to admit, I haven’t eaten very much of the package thus far, simply because I like to save my snack bars for times when I REALLY need them and can’t make something fresh. That doesn’t mean I didn’t pack an apple and one of the Pro Bars into my purse for an all-day wine festival in town. (I just spent more time focused on the grape juice that day.)It also doesn’t mean I’m not VERY excited to test out a new-to-me treat: a sweet s’mores bar made my the Pro Bar company called Halo in a tad tongue-in-cheek ironic spin on its “sinfully healthy” nature.I might have nibbled on the dark chocolate. I might not have. (But let’s just say we ALL know The Trader has got some tasty talents.)And I mean, when one of the Alternative Baking Company cookies arrives already broken, it’s just begging to be eaten, right? (And OH. MY. GOLL. is it GOOOOOOOOOOOOD.)*

*Vegan doesn’t always mean healthy. But it also doesn’t mean it can’t be fudgetastically delicious.One extra special treat was Andrea’s inclusion of a homemade Mexican-style spice blend.I wasted no time seasoning a Big Friendly Salad with this. Boy, does it have a kick!Nothing a former Texan couldn’t handle, though. :) [But did I welcome the addition of a Morningstar Black Bean Burger and the cooling qualities of some Pineapple Cil-avocado Dressing? Yes, indeed, I did.]

Thanks again, Andrea! (Now, excuse me while I go accidentally break that other cookie…)

If YOU want to partake in the monthly shipment of joy that is the Foodie Pen Pal exchange program, please send an email to (my soon-to-be BLEND roommate) Lindsay at theleangreenbean@gmail.com and  include the following information:

-Your full name
-Your email address
-Your blog name/address (if you’ve got one)
-Your twitter handle (if applicable)
-Whether or not you’d need a passport to go to a Tim Horton’s

She will need to hear from you by May 4th as pairings will be emailed on Cinco de May-O(h, the excitement!) [Thank her for organizing this while you’re at it. ;) ]

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