I have been waiting to post about my first experience with trying out the Foodie Penpals exchange! It is finally the end of the month so it is now time for me to reveal the goodies I received and to recap a bit about my first experience with the exchange.
I really love the concept of Foodie Penpals, it is really exciting to receive fun new foods in the mail (and actually just as fun to shop for someone else)! For the record, the person that you send items to and the person that sends you items are two different people!
My experience with the Foodie Penpal I was assigned to send goodies to:
I had a ton of fun shopping for my penpal, I put a lot of effort into picking items that I thought she would like and that were unique to my area and that were tailored around her dietary restrictions. I put a note on each item explaining why I sent it each one. I was very excited for my penpal to receive her goodies so I could hear what she thought about them, so I even sent the package out priority mail to get it to her quickly. Well, I never heard from her, I never received an email from her, not even a quick “thank you”, it honestly bummed me out. I didn’t really expect her to thank me over and over again or anything, but just a simple “thank you” would have been nice to hear.
My experience with the Foodie Penpal who was assigned to send me goodies:
Carrie (her blog is Aunt on the Run ) was super prompt with emailing me to find out my information and she was very quick with getting my goodies sent out to me! I was her first Foodie Penpal so I thought that was neat, since it was also my first month trying it out! Here is what Carrie sent me:
Carrie sent me the following: A jar of PB2 (I actually love this stuff so it was a great pick), an almond & sea salt in dark chocolate candy bar (this was devoured seconds after this picture was taken, delicious!), a Thunderbird bar (I was skeptical of this, I was a bit nervous that I would hate it, but I was actually very pleasantly surprised, it was great), a local blend of coffee from her area (I haven’t tried this yet, I rarely drink coffee at home, but it will be great for a cold winter day), a box of couscous (I haven’t used yet because of calorie restrictions in my diet, but will be great on a cheat day/high calorie day) and The Salt Lick BBQ sauce that is from a local place in her town (I haven’t tried it yet, again because of calorie restrictions, but I am actually really excited to get the chance to try it)! Carrie also included a great recipe for couscous with shrimp that I look forward to trying and a super nice card (also very festive for the month of October)! Carrie was a great Foodie Penpal! I am lucky to have had someone so excited about the exchange as well!
Overall it was fun to try out the Food Penpals, I had an OKAY overall experience. I had fun shopping, I received a great package, but I didn’t get any feedback or thank you from who I sent to.
Will I be participating in the Foodie Penpals again? Possibly. I have a lot going on in my life at the moment, so I may not participate in the month of November, I haven’t quite decided yet. But there is a very good chance that I will give it another go in the future!