Zombies and Foodie Pen Pal Reveal Day

Happy Halloween!

And what better way to relaunch/resurrect the Going Veggie website than with Zombies and Foodie Pen Pals!

First off, apologies for disappearing for a couple years — family issues called and now all is back to a new normal. I am looking forward to adding new podcast interviews and research to benefit the Veggie-Curious, like you! Thanks for your patience.

Now for the Zombies! Yes, Five Walking Dead Things that, in my opinion, will soon succumb to the inevitable and pass on to the next realm.

#1- GMOs that aren’t labeled in California – The Vote on Prop 37 is next week. THIS IS IMPORTANT! Even if you don’t live in California, which I don’t, take eight seconds to check out which companies have contributed how much to campaigning either for or against the labeling of genitically modified foods. Eye-opening. And don’t get me started on those who think we have better things to do that to label our food. Label now. Test later. A summarizing post in the LA Times by Alexandra Le Tellier explains a lot.

UPDATE: The Vote did not pass 45-55% Read the fascinating fallout on my next post here.

A Dog and His Duck

#2 – My puppy’s newest chew toy – It’s a toy duck, or it was. It used to quack-squeak. No more. Poor Zombie Duck.

#3 – iPad sales after the Google Nexus gets a foothold – Loyal Apple users won’t budge, but those looking for the best will happily defect. Love my Kindle Fire tablet, btw.

#4 – The green bean trellis in my backyard – It’s been the sole support of an abundance of Asian Long Beans (2 feet long!), but the last delicate orchid-like flower didn’t make it after this latest cold spell.

#5 – One of the Presidential Candidates’ campaigns will give up the ghost after next Tuesday. No, I don’t go there… often. It’s part of the non-preaching idea of my website. This is one of those times. JUST GO VOTE! And God/Goddess Bless America!

 

Foodie Pen Pals Reveal Day

 

The Lean Green Bean

Many thanks to Lindsay Livingston at The Lean Green Bean Blog for her clever idea of matching up foodies across the U.S. , Canada and now the U.K. with other foodies from the same country. These foodies exchange… food! I signed up for my first run at this just in time — BEFORE the 5th of the month. So on October 5 I was matched up and received instructions via email. You send to one and receive from another; apparently, it’s a big circle. A GROWING circle. Lindsay started with 30 folks and now has 1300 interested parties!

I sent off goodies to a “reader” rather than a blogger and she was kind enough to send me an very nice thank you note. Lindsay encourages this of her membership. She’s big on encouraging and reminding; she’s got this thing down to a science.

My Foodie Pen Pal Package from Stephanie at “PJ’s and Yoga Pants”

My foodie box came from Stephanie, the clever blogger formerly at PJ’s and Yoga Pants. [Now defunct in 2014.] Steph has been doing this exchange stuff for a while and must’ve known I was anxious; I got an email from her within MINUTES of getting our matchups. She made the whole process fun for me. Through several emails we discovered that we shared a love of yoga, the beach and both lived in Orlando, Florida.

Here is a photo of the goodies! I adore the pumpkin towel and the homemade oatmeal cookies made it through the mail still tasty! Steph was not put off by my being vegetarian and she did a GREAT JOB!! The Apple Cinnamon tea is from the Boston area and it’s heavenly. Justin’s Hazelnut and Chocolate? What’s not to LOVE! I still haven’t tasted the candy bar or the Veggie Dip Mix, but soon. Thanks, Stephanie!

If you aren’t familiar with Foodie Pen Pals, you can read about it at Lindsay’s blog at the link above. Basically, you sign up by the fourth of each month (yes, you are in time for November) and on the fifth, you receive your penpal pairing via email. You must contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any dietary restrictions. Mail your goodies by the 15th of the month. Receive one box of goodies, too! On the last day of the month, you post about the goodies you received from your penpal! There are a few more details that you can read about at Lindsay’s blog.

PROS:

  1. I like that you can sign up for just the months you feel you have time for.
  2. Lindsay is very organized and sends reminders.
  3. You certainly have the opportunity to meet other foodies on a more personal basis – I enjoyed both of my contacts!
  4. Opening a surprise box filled with food! Now just how fun is that?!
  5. You might discover food you would never have purchased otherwise.

CONS:

  1. You might discover food you would never have purchased otherwise.
  2. I must say it did surprise me to receive the entire list of email addresses in an Excel spreadsheet. I worry that this opens participants up to potential spam, but that is kinda beside the point; the basic idea is a good one.

Try something new!

 

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