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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Cultural Exchange

One of the best things about the Foodie Penpal program is getting a window into others' lives and cultures.  This month's both from Soonya was a perfect example--Soonya's family is Mexican-Korean, and the box included foods from both cultures.

 Soonya included a wonderful handwritten note (how I envy those who have better handwriting than I do, which is pretty much everyone) explaining that the miso soup was great served with a rice mixture that included jasmine, brown and sweet rice along with barley.  The ramen packets were deliciously spicy--David cracked one open the day the box arrived and ate it with leftover brisket.
The honey, which is made in California, is from a Mexican-run plantation.  It includes a gorgeous piece of honeycomb and I am looking forward to having it in tea.
Soonya was also thoughtful enough to include two cans of cat food for Ingrid, who turned 18 two weeks ago.  My gorgeous Siamese cat has been with me since I was 22--almost half my life.  She's a little slower and grayer, but still sassy and a fabulous companion.  I'm lucky to have her.
Thanks again to Soonya for a fabulous box!


  1. Yum,I´d go straight for the honey, but lots of interesting ingredients there. Can´t wait to see what you´ll make with them.

    Ingrid looks like a real sweetie. My cat is 19, and becoming more kitten-like every day!

  2. I love your cat ... I used to have a Siamese too, and he was the sweetest. Oooo honeycomb - sounds like an awesome package!

  3. What a lovely and thoughtful exchange. It is such fun to get a taste of another culture. Ingrid is just a little beauty. I told my cats I expect them to stay healthy and be with me for 20 years!

  4. Is gonna be fun for you interesting ingredients, I can wait what you create with these stuff :)

  5. Sounds like a great box of goodies! How thoughtful to include something for Ingrid. (My feline love-of-my life is keeping my feet warm as I type but is also about to electrocute herself by biting the laptop cord!) Gotta love 'em!

  6. So many delicious ingredients, really unique :D


  7. Hi Krista,
    Just dropping in to say Hi! and hope you are doing well.

  8. A box of goodies is always nice. Enjoy !

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  10. Belated happy birthday to Ingrid! Enjoy your package!

  11. Hello Krista, just dropping in to say hello!
    We have a few new things coming up with our baking group. We have a birthday/anniversary celebration coming up on August first, it will be the groups 5th anniversary! How exciting! Paloma has asked for those who can/willing to participate send her a photo of a special cake you have baked recently, to share on our anniversary date. A few of us have already baked an item and submitted our photos which will be revealed on August 1st.
    Paloma is also starting a Hospitality Committee to welcome our new bakers to the group, and simply check in with our absent bakers to encourage them to bake. For some of us its hard to stay committed at times due to our work, families and everyday challenges. I myself missed the last two months of baking with the group. Now I’m back on track this month, and loved this months choice.
    I encourage you to check in with us through our Cake slice group, just to say hello, we’ve missed you! Hope all is well, looking forward to baking with you soon!
    Anabel (ovendelights)

  12. Hello Krista!
    Just dropping by to remind you to vote for our upcoming book and to confirm your participation for next year on our Cake Slice blog page or you may simply message me with your participation. Hope to see you baking with us next season. :)

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