Foodie Pen Pals August Reveal: I didn't even get a rock...

Today is the day for the Foodie Pen Pal Reveals.  I should have realized there was a snaffu again this month, when I didn't get much of, in any, communications and information, let alone responses, to my emails, from the person who was SUPPOSED to send me a box.  Now, this is my 3rd foodie pen pal swap, and the first two were great - especially the first! It's been a mostly good experience but I long to see a post back from a person to whom I send the care packages.  My first two matches (well, 2 out of 3, as the very first person never responded, so I got re-matched) don't have blogs and as far as I can tell, didn't tweet or post a photo of what I sent.  There's not much to say about this month's experience that's positive, except that I'll try this again next month and hope I meet some swell people and get introduced to cool new products and great new blogs!

I sent a box of what I thought was inspired goodies to Mabel, in New York City. It was a challenge for me, working me out of my comfort zone! She's a much healthier, cleaner eater than I am (and wish I was...) so I had to think hard about what to send.  I sent Snap Pea Crisps (a "healthy" alternative to chips); Red Quinoa from my favorite store, Wegmans; Next Organic Dark Chocolate Covered Walnuts; Fair Trade Dark Chocolate Spread; Justin's Almond Nut Butter packets (portable and delicious!); and two packets of my spice blends - Italian and Mexican (salt & additive free!)  I included a porridge recipe for the quinoa, along with one of my food photos for a card. 

I've enjoyed the experience and I think you will too - so why not give it a go? Check out The Lean Green Bean's website for how to get involved.   Overall, it's a great thing to try, allowing you to expand your foodie horizons, meet new people and find other blogs and bloggers (and even get some new readers!)

Here's Lindsay, of the Lean Green Bean's details on what the Foodie Pen Pal Exchange is all about:

Foodie Penpal Sign Up Form

Sound like fun? If you’re a US or Canadian resident please click the link below to fill out the form:


You must submit this form by 9pm EST on the 4th of the month to be guaranteed a spot. If you fill it out between 9pm and 11:59pm EST, you may or may not be included depending on when I have time to start working on matchups. If you fill it out on the 5th of the month, you won’t be able to start until the next month.

***If you don’t hear from me within 48, please let me know through my contact page, or tweet me! If you submit your info via the form, you WILL get a response if I receive it. If you don’t get a response, please follow up as there may have been a technical glitch**

Foodie Penpals Terms & Conditions
“By signing up to participate in Foodie Penpals, you are hereby agreeing to the following terms and conditions:
-Condition 1: You will contact the person you are matched with withing 72 hours of receiving your match to discuss dietary needs, allergies and food preferences.
-Condition 2: You will make an effort to meet the dietary needs of your pen pal- ie not sending animal products to vegans, dairy products if your match tries to avoid dairy or junk food if they ask for healthy snacks.
-Condition 3: You will mail your box by the 15th of the month. It is HIGHLY recommended that you purchase delivery confirmation/get a tracking number for your package. It is very inexpensive and can be used to prove that you sent your package in the event that it gets lost.
If your match does not receive a package for the month, you will receive a warning. If it happens two months in a row, you will no longer be able to participate in the program
-Condition 4: In the event that you do not receive a package, Lindsay and The Lean Green Bean blog cannot be held accountable. By agreeing to participate in FPP, we cannot 100% guarantee that you will receive a package. The mail gets lost occasionally and your partner may fail to deliver.
-Condition 5: Using the foodie penpals email list to send out personal or spam emails promoting your blog, giveaways, etc is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Doing so is grounds for immediate dismissal from the program as it is a violation of the other participants’ privacy.
Failure to comply with these terms and conditions is grounds for dismissal from the Foodie Penpals Program.”


  1. so sad you didn't get anything! I didn't hear back that my last match ever got their box, no thank you or anything which made me sad since I put time and effort into it. I have yet to be paired with a blogger who has written a post. Maybe next time! I am out of penpals for September as well due to travel. Looking forward to October.

    1. It does suck all around, especially when you don't get a thank you! Ugh. Well Casey, you are a well-mannered woman, so I'm sure the good will come back to you in triplicate! See you soon - at a swap or at another event somewhere nearby!

  2. We may start an empty box theme!

    1. Dan you are an inspiration! The empty box will now become THE Symbol of those of us duped and burned! Did you hear? Several others didn't get boxes this month either! I counted at least four people now - you and I, a friend of mine who joined because of me, and another woman who saw my photo post on Instagram. Yikes!

  3. I had 2 bad experiences out of 4 and opted to stop participating. It is very disappointing when you are so excited with anticipation of your goodies and then "nothing". Hopefully you have a better Sept foodie.

  4. Ugh! 2 out of 4? that's awful and more than not cool. I can see why you opted not to participate. I hope my Sept match up is WAY better! This month, the matches will be you and your match send to each other. Maybe that will make the oneness be a bit more compelling? I hope so!


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