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May Foodie Penpal with Flavor


It’s Foodie Penpal reveal time! I’ve signed up to receive a Foodie Penpal a handful of times and I absolutely love it. You don’t even have to be a blogger to participate.

Foodie pen pals

Here’s how it works:

1. Sign up here by the 4th of the month that you want to participate.

2. On the 5th of the month, you are assigned a Foodie Penpal.

3. You communicate with your penpal about any food allergies or preferences, as well as where to ship the package.

4. By the 15th of the month, send $15 worth of food to your penpal that may include homemade goodies, local treats or just some of your favorite discoveries that you want to share! The box must also contain something handwritten.

5. You’ll receive a package from another Foodie Penpal, who was assigned to you.

6. If you are like me, you squeal with delight when your package arrives.

7. You enjoy said goodies, which you may have never known about otherwise.

8. If you are a blogger, you post about the package you received on the last day of the month – Reveal Day! {If you are not a blogger, you do not need to do anything, but thank your Penpal, of course! However, if your Penpal does blog, you can choose to write a guest post, if you so wish.}


My delightful May box came from Tiffany in Rhode Island. She shopped and sent my package out in less than 24 hours! I was so impressed when my box arrived.

here are the goods

Fun Foods shipped from Rhode Island by Tiffany

Tiffany’s cute smiley card indicated that she tried to find some items produced outside the U.S. {It’s like she knew me!} She found some spicy goods, too, knowing that I like things with flavor. {This blog isn’t called Season It Already! for nothing!}

Also included was a nice eco-friendly Target shopping bag. I took everything out and piled it all on top of the bag and Benny just had to get in the photo as he always does!


Does Benny want to be in the photo or does he just want the food? Hmmmm…

The box was waiting for me when I came home from a girls’ weekend in Wisconsin Dells. The first thing my husband and I tore in to were the cookies!


These assorted gourmet cookies came from a local bakery/grocery store that Tiffany loves!

Those cookies were so chewy and fresh! Rob and I might have had them gone the next day. 😉

I’ve been holding out on the Mango Habanero Salsa. Why? Rob is allergic to mango. Also, when I open a jar of salsa, I never finish it. I have no idea why that happens! However, my dad is visiting this weekend. He loves habenero! I plan to dig in and enjoy the jar with him.

Tiffany indicated that she included these chips for dipping in the Habanero Salsa…

Rice & Bean

Lundberg Bean & Rice Chips – Pico de Gallo

…but we got too antsy. Pico de Gallo flavor? Sold! We tore the bag open. And, actually, we were glad we did. These chips were so flavorful and well-seasoned that I think they did better on their own. Mmmmm…

Actually, we’ve had company in town for the last week! Between Rob’s parents visiting last weekend, my parents visiting this weekend and my mom staying the week to deep clean our house {Yes, I AM the luckiest girl in the world!}, the Oriental Party Mix made the perfect snack.

And you know that the chocolate bar was broken up to pieces and brought with me to work each day for the past week or so. And I haven’t found a KIND Bar that I haven’t liked yet. This Fruit & Nuts in Yogurt one did not disappoint!


Honeycomb Crisp Milk Chocolate from Ireland & Fruit & Nut in Yogurt KIND Bar

Lastly, is the Masaman Curry Paste from Thailand. Oh how I love curry! I had every intention of making it the week after I received the box. It just hasn’t happened yet. My plan is for next week. I’ve got a can of coconut milk that has been waiting to be used!

Thank you so much, Tiffany.

I adored my Foodie Penpals box and thank you ever so much for getting it out so quickly!


I had so much fun shopping this month for my penpal, Ariel in Virgina. Ariel has a very interesting ethnic background. She sometimes writes over on her sister’s blog Hapa-tite, so if you want to learn more about these two ladies and what I sent Ariel, be sure to check out the site!

If you’d like to participate in Foodie Penpals, click here.

What is your favorite spicy or ethnic food?


Spice – Savage


We had been meaning to get to Spice for ages. But it took us a Groupon with an expiration date to actually get us there. It’s not very far from us, but it’s not very convenient either. It’s not a place where we’d just stop because it’s kind of out of the way. There would have to be a specific occasion or reason to go there. In fact, many other restaurants have failed in its location.

Now I’ve been meaning to post about Spice for ages because, when I check my calendar, it looks like that first visit was in back in August!

Spice is a Thai restaurant, a cuisine I’ve found that whatever you order, you pretty much can never go wrong. We arrived and ordered our beverages. I was surprised that there was no Riesling on the wine menu. There were mostly dry whites. A sweet white wine is preferred with spicy Thai and other ethnic foods because the sweetness counteracts the spice. The wine glasses were small without correct pours, but I wasn’t expecting them to be. At Thai restaurants, my only expectation is a low-end, but enjoyable, quaffing wine.


We asked for recommendations on the menu, too. I really wanted to try something other than my usual Thai standybs of Green Curry and Pad Thai. Our server recommended the Basil Noodle, Pad Thai and the Curries.

Go figure. Rob had been eyeing the Basil Noodle and already knew he was going to get it. In fact, he usually orders some sort of noodle dish with basil when he eats Thai food. Maybe those are safe recommendations when you don’t really know what your customers like.

While waiting for our dinners, I noticed this:


Can you explain this to me?

It’s some sort of shrine setup, but there is a plate with a banana in front of it. I really know very little about Thai culture, so I’m quite curious what this is all about. If you know, please do share!

Rob’s dish:

Basil NoodleThai rice noodle stirfried with basil, onion and chillies

Basil Noodle
Thai rice noodle stirfried with basil, onion and chillies

It was a Monday after work and I had just run four miles because I was training for my first ever 5-mile race in October. I had only run four miles a couple of times, so I wasn’t feeling all that great. I was a bit nauseous and not exactly in the mind frame to think nor even to eat anything spicy. However, I knew whatever I didn’t eat could come home with me and would reheat well. So I didn’t step outside the box.

My dish:

Gaeng Keow Wan (green) with shrimp

Sweet green curry, coconut milk, bamboo shoots, basil, and peapods

This restaurant’s spice levels range from 1 to 5:

  • 1 – Mild
  • 2 – Medium – This is what I went with this time. If I chose a higher spice level, I knew I’d eat too much rice to mellow it out. I decided to try to see if I could cut back on the rice by choosing a lower spice level than I usual order.
  • 3 – Hot – This is my usual preference and what I tend to order when we get any sort of Asian take-out.
  • 4 – Thai Spicy – This is the level that Rob ordered. He likes just about the same amount of spice as I do, maybe just a bit more. His verdict on this level? TOO HOT for him! He said he needs to go down to a 3 next time. The heat didn’t keep him from enjoying his meal, though!
  • 5 – Challenging – I love that this is the way this level is described! There was a couple who was seated next to us who both ordered Pad Thai. The woman ordered it mild and the guy ordered it challenging. I would have loved to have stayed to see his reaction!

So our thoughts on this place? We loved it! Rob has gone back (out of his way) to get take out several times since! I know some people aren’t fond of Groupons because they feel that they take advantage of the company and can cause them to lose money. While that could quite possibly happen, it’s really just another way to spend advertising dollars. And this is one instance that proves that the Groupon got a customer into their restaurant and brought them back again and again!

Spice is thriving in a location where other restaurants have not. So much so, that they have opened up another location on the Apple Valley/Lakeville border. It’s another location where I’ve seen many restaurants come and go! My guess is that they’ll be around a while.

What is your favorite Thai dish and why?