Another day, another Friday night vegan drop-in dinner at the Depanneur (1033 College St, Toronto.) Last week’s drop-in dinner with Emily Z was reason enough to go for a second visit. This might turn into a thing, it seems to be heading in that direction.
I recently signed up for a “Foodie Penpal” program, and I thought… hey this would be awesome for vegan food bloggers, we’ve got a great community, we like sharing our sometimes strange or exciting discoveries, and we’re all around great people (okay, I’m biased).
Like most food penpal programs (and sure, there are lots out there) this relies on participants to mail out interesting food items and other treats to some other swapper every month, maybe something special to your local area, maybe something you found, maybe even a homemade treat.
How It Works:
1. Sign up by clicking on the sign up link on this page. Please remember that this is for Canadian Residents only.
2. On/around the 7th of the month, you’ll receive an e-mail from me containing the name and e-mail address of your Vegan Food Swap match. You’ll need to contact them to get their mailing address and any food specifics (allergies, gluten-free, etc.)
3. Collect items that you’ve purchased or made and box them up. Let’s keep the spending limit under $15 Canadian. This does not include shipping. Look into flat rate shipping options or let me know if you want someone closer to your area and I will try to accommodate.
4. Please include a written or typed note in your package.
5. By the 15th of the month, ship your package to your Vegan Food Swap match.
6. Please let your partner know you received the package.
7. Around the end of the month, post an entry on your blog about what you received, and be sure to include a shout-out (and a link back) to the person who sent you the box! Please also include a link to the sign up page!
8. This is a vegan food swap. Please read labels, please be considerate – do not send milk, meat, eggs, honey, wool, silk, leather, or other animal ingredients to your swap buddy. There are lots of other food swaps out there, this is meant as a vegan scavenger hunt. Find cool vegan things and share them with someone else (and all of us!)
9. Get creative. Cliff bars, fruit bars, and the like are cool and all, but no matter where you live there are lots of accidentally vegan, homemade, and other interesting local things you can send to your partner. Let me know if you need ideas.
Today was a great day. I discovered a way to streamline a process that had otherwise been taking hours to complete at work, and then the rest of the day’s good stuff happened.
- Food Truck Eats
- Sadie’s Diner and Juice bar (with Donuts from Rise Above)
- Dufferin Farmers Market
- the Lovemuffin Bakery delivery
- PAX East Badges