May Vegan Food Swap from the Antique Appetite

Another month, another lovely swap, this time from the Antique Appetite, aka Jessica. So, funny story, I had matched Ms. Antique Appetite up to receive a package from Devon, and I had matched myself to send to Devon, and since we live in the tiny city of Toronto, we all ended up meeting up to exchange our swaps. Fine, this story isn’t funny at all, you just had to be there. I met Devon at Sadie’s Diner and Juice Bar to do the exchange. Sadie`s delicious grapefruit juice also happens to be totally perfect on a hot day, so win, win. Jessica is a few buildings over, we wandered over, and exchange treats again. Devon brought a cute pink box, with a bow, the swap I gave her was in a brown bloom cookie co paper bag. Devon wins. Jessica also wins, because the bag she gave me was covered in polka dots (anyone that’s seen me in the last few weeks has probably noticed a dot trend.) I went home to gleefully look at the contents of my present. Inside I found:

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April Vegan Food Swap – Happy 1st Swapaversary from Jackie at the Short Stack Foodie

It’s been 1 year since the little food swap that could started up. I’ve been introduced to so many awesome and lovely people, bloggers, vegans, and foodies all over Canada. I know that people have started up blogs because of the swap, they’ve made friends, and real life connections because of the swap, and I love it. It runs on participation, and keeps going because of lovely vegans and veg-curious folks taking time every month to find vegan treats for someone that might be a complete stranger. I love the connections that keep happening, and I hope they just keep growing. One thing that I’d like to really push for for this year in Vegan Food Swap is more participation from areas that might not be major centers. We’ve got people from a few small towns, but I know there are vegans in almost every community, and I’d love to see them participate too. The thing I learned when living in Saskatoon (admittedly, not a truly small community, but still – at the time it was less vegan friendly than it is now) is that you can find completely plant-based awesomeness everywhere. it might not have “vegan” stamped on it, but there it is – at farmers markets, and corner stores, and in your own kitchen. If you live in a small town, or feel isolated as a vegan in your community, please reach out, and/or join in. Honestly, it can be tough being “the only one” and I can…

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Vegan Food Swap Recieved from the Veggiewitch

The vegan food swap has been one of my favourite regular monthly activities. Sure it’s only been two months. But it’s been lovely. I’m thrilled with the positivity and graciousness that I’ve seen from most participants. I think people have for the most part been really appreciative of the thought and care that everyone has tried to put towards what they’re sending. Kindness abounds, and I hope it continues. I’m protective over this little thing, and I would like it to keep growing, and keep bringing people from around the country together in a fun an unique way. I sent a swap to Katie at Not Your Parents Granola and you can see sent over here on her blog. When I got home from work several weeks ago, my May Swap was waiting outside of our door. Just sitting on my doorstep like some kind of wonderful present from a stranger (which… it was.) I was matched with Denise the Veggiewitch and I totally loved everything. What was in there:

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Vegan Food Swap from The Vegan Cookbook Aficionado #veganswap

Last week I received my inaugural vegan swap from The Vegan Cookbook Aficionado. Stuff from Community Naturals (food bars, dried fruit, and wasabi peas which I’m snacking on right now), Congo Cowboy Gourmet – mango barbecue sauce, a couple of food bars from Via Foods… and the thing that probably made me smile the most… a jar of Saskatoon Berry Jam from Over the Hill Orchards. An organic orchard in Saskatchewan (my old stomping grounds.) I sent my swap to Jill at Vegan Cuts earlier this month, and I think it was pretty well received. I genuinely loved finding stuff that people might enjoy, with a focus on local producers and farmers market finds. It’s always nice to introduce people to stuff from my local community, even if that “community” happens to be a very giant and item filled Toronto. What can I say? I’m lucky. 🙂 Sign up for the next one: http://meshell.ca/blog/veganfoodswap/

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Guest Post: JC and Vegan Swap – Thanks Jill!

In the grand tradition of leaving things to the last minute, I just finished filing my taxes for last year. Something was nagging me that I also needed to do, and MeShell reminded me I hadn’t completed my other, much more important task before it’s midnight deadline – writing about my Vegan Swap experience! I send my goodies off to The Vegan Lisa earlier this month, which I had a great time putting together. I hope she enjoyed receiving it as much as I did it putting it together and sending it. It gave me a chance to explore some unique elements of Vegan cuisine (marshmallows?!), as well as to reach back into my childhood for inspiration. I was lucky enough to get Jill, better known from the awesome Vegan Cuts. If anyone knows her way around Vegan goodies, it’s Jill. She really out did herself with her package. I found this waiting for me when I came home from work. A little squish test and it was clearly filled to the brim. No padding here. Opening it and my suspicions were confirmed – veritable cornucopia of Vegan goodies were waiting for me.

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