Yes, it's time show what I received on my virgin excursion into Foodie Pen Pals.
My name was given to Jes from Florida, a self-described "baker, inebriation pixie aka bartender, eater of almost everything and a bit of a beer geek." She sent me a VERY detailed questionnaire asking about my likes, dislikes, foodservice experience, hopes, dreams, fears, wishes, musical knowledge, you name it. But, as you know I'm a stickler for research, so I appreciated the effort. And it paid off because look what she sent me:
Truly a nerd pixie package! And reminiscent of the Florida tropics. There was guava paste, cuban coffee, orange blossom honey, Maria cookies and mango jam.
Of course, the first thing I saw sticking up from the box was of that big chunk of Cafe Bustelo, my favorite of coffees. I like it better than all the Sumatran-Hawaiian-Free Trade-Artisinal mixes out there. I admit I squealed a bit.
The jar of homemade mango jam is from her friend, Allison. I opened that up first and it barely made it through the day. Delish!
|It's also good on actual bread!|
The Goya Maria Cookies and the Conchita Guava Paste were both perfect snack items, in forms that were new to me. Jes wrote in her note that the cookies w/ cream cheese and guava paste side by side with a shot of espresso is "quite the happy!"
At the time I only had quark, which is sort of like cream cheese, so I did assemble a few to try:
|I started eating before I remembered to take a picture....|
They were perfect with my cup of Bustelo:
|What? That's still a cup!|
So thank you, Jes, for making my initial foodie pen pal endeavor such a tasty and sweet treat.
I was assigned to send my foodie box to a lovely young women in Ohio named Diane. You can see what she got from me at her website, LifeofDi. (and stay for the rest of her site, too!)
I am definitely signing up for this again! Hit the image at the top of the post to do so as well!