The blog The Lean Green Bean, run by a dietician from Ohio, facilitates a foodie pen pal program every month. You sign up, get matched with someone, and once getting a grasp of their dietary restrictions and favourites, you send each other package of goodies. The rules are you send by the 15th of the month, reveal on the last day, and have a $15 limit. Fun, right?
We were matched with a woman in Nova Scotia, who is a diabetic and loves almonds and pistachios. Since we were matched with someone out of province, I really wanted to fill the box with local finds, but I couldn’t think of anything local, non-perishable and suitable for a diabetic. We sent her Evelyn’s Crackers (the only Toronto item included), raw almond butter, two packages of Gone Nuts (Rosemary and Garlic Almond and Pistachios, and Spicy Chipotle Pistachios and Pumpkin Seeds), and Crisps freeze-dried strawberries and bananas. We did go over the $15 limit (slightly), but given it’s an American program, we figured it was fair since $15 doesn’t go as far here.
We got a box of tasty goodies; dark chocolate and coconut granola (my favourite), cinnamon tea, and two local items; red pepper jelly and maple cream.
Super fun! We’ll definitely do this at least for a couple more months. Toronto folk – what non-perishable local goodies would you include if you were sending a foodie package?
Details: The Lean Green Bean blog can be found here with info about the Foodie Pen Pal program.