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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Start spreading the news, I'm eating today

I want to be a part of it,
Foodie Exchange!

Yes, I was the very happy recipient of another foodie exchange parcel a couple of weeks ago (following the success of my exchanges with Quebec, Arizona and Toronto). In fact, it was waiting for me at the Post Office when I arrived back from Melbourne, so it was a nice little way to keep my holiday (eating) spirit alive. 

This fabulous parcel was sent by Andrea of High/Low Food/Drink, a great blog filled with delicious recipes and reviews ranging from the cheap eats to the haute cuisine of New York. Andrea's carefully selected goodies took me on a tour through Chelsea Market, home of the Food Network USA.

"Look!" I exclaimed excitedly to my somewhat bemused housemate as I opened the package, "It's a card made out of Noo Yoawark Metro Coards!"
Obviously I am completely unable to type phoenetically, please imagine me saying this in a very convincing New York accent, with cab horns blaring in the background (which reminds me -when I was in New York last year I actually had a firefighter say "How you doin?" to me... I just about died of joy at the cliché.. if only I were eating a hotdog and getting mugged at the same time!).

Wanting to distract her from the atrocity of my New York accent, I delved further into the box o' goodies. My excitement grew as each new treat was revealed from the bubblewrap casing, as I found myself the proud and hungry owner of Effie's Homemade All Natural Oatcakes from lucy's whey, Pomegranate Organic Hard Candies from Chelsea Market Baskets, a Chocolate Brownie from Fat Witch, White Chocolate Almond Cake from Ronnybrook Milk Bar, and Yogurt Pretzels from The Nut Box.

Goodies goodies yum yum

I have since discovered that I have an addiction to Yogurt Pretzels,  Does anyone in Perth know where I can get my paws on these? Or Yoghurt Pretzels? Even Yogourt Pretzels would suffice.

I actually checked The Nut Box website to see if they delivered to Australia, and their faq said that to find out if they shipped to your country you had to create an account with them, then see if your country is listed in the dropdown menu of available countries on the part of the form that they ask for your shipping address. I did this, only to find that the dropdown menu consisted of one country - the US. Thanks for nothing, faq!

Andrea, the oat cakes were crisp with just the right amount of sweetness, the pomegranate candies delicious, the brownie almost meringue like in it's soft chewy texture, my housemate loved the white chocolate almond cake (major score for her seeing as I like neither almond extract nor white chocolate!) and the pretzels appear to have been laced with crack. Thanks so much, and congratulations on the success of your first Tim Tam Slam, may there be many more to come.


penny aka jeroxie February 16, 2010 at 6:03 PM  

Gosh! You have been getting your parcels. I wonder where mine are ;(

Panamahat February 16, 2010 at 7:28 PM  

I wanna know how you get a gig like this!

Iron Chef Shellie February 16, 2010 at 7:43 PM  

Lol at the fire fighter :P

Nice work, yoghurty pretzels sound like da bomb!

Tim February 16, 2010 at 8:08 PM  

Noo Yaawk :D

NikiTheo February 16, 2010 at 9:40 PM  

Chicago's better than New York, one. Two, how do you get signed up for something like this? I wanna join!!!

Conor @ HoldtheBeef February 16, 2010 at 10:30 PM  

penny aka jeroxie - I'm sure they're winging their way to you as I type, impatiently waiting to be devoured by your chomping teeth and gurgling tummy :D

Panamahat - just follow the link, baby, just follow the link...

Iron Chef Shellie - I know, too funny! Ahhh yoghurty pretzels, my holy grail....

Tim - you want a coorrrrrrfeeee?

NikiTheo - ahh, Chicago, I know very little about it except you can get crazy pizzas there that can stop your heart with a single bite ;) You should totally join! Just follow the "Foodie Exchange" in the second line of my post. We could do an exchange if you like? :)

Anonymous February 17, 2010 at 12:23 AM  

An excellent package filled with delicious goodies! We got a box of raspberry yogurt pretzels over the holidays and they were definitely very addictive!

Gabriella February 17, 2010 at 2:54 AM  

Dear Holdthebeef, this post was so fun to read. Nothing like getting food in the mail. My mom used to send me boxes of food when I was in College and sure enough my roomates were more than happy to help me open them up as soon as they learned who they were from! Thank you for sharing.
Cheers, Gaby
You can visit me at http://ptsaldari.posterous.com

Simply Life February 17, 2010 at 6:19 AM  

wow what a great package of goodies to get!

Oh and yes, I love your burger suggestions- I think they would have paired with that bread much better! :)

Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz February 17, 2010 at 11:28 AM  

I had an exchange with Andrea too. So amazing what she sends, but packages with the business cards! Awesome and enjoy

Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz February 17, 2010 at 11:28 AM  

I had an exchange with Andrea too. So amazing what she sends, but packages with the business cards! Awesome and enjoy

Conor @ HoldtheBeef February 17, 2010 at 12:01 PM  

5 Star Foodie - Yes, I'm a lucky duck! Too addictive, if you ask me ;)

Gabriella - thanks so much for visiting! I used to receive little parcels from my Mum when I lived overseas, and even though they'd often have melted in transit there were such a welcome treat that I'd try and eke out for as long as possible :)

Simply Life - yes, so good! Oh thanks, I got quite a burger craving reading that post of yours!

Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz - Yeah, after seeing what she sent you I was pretty excited about what I would get, and she certainly didn't disappoint!

Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite February 19, 2010 at 6:57 AM  

Andrea doesn't want to do an exchange with me :-( I guess that's because I am GOING TO NYC in May and SEEING HER!!!!! Love seeing what she comes up with - so creative! AND she's a lovely person!

Conor @ HoldtheBeef February 22, 2010 at 9:04 PM  

Mardi - oooooooh!! That is so freakin awesome, you have to promise to have extra fun and eat extra food and drink extra drinks for me! Cross your heart!

high low February 22, 2010 at 10:24 PM  

Hi Conor! So glad you enjoyed the package! Just finished the last of the Tim Tams! =)

Conor @ HoldtheBeef February 26, 2010 at 11:32 AM  

high low - I LOVED it! You're the best!

Anonymous March 8, 2010 at 3:00 PM  

What fun! Looks like a lovely mix of NYC foods. I also love the yogurt pretzels from the Nutbox. The owner mentioned that they are always updating their website, so you may want to check back in while. My office is 5 blocks away so I eat entirely too many of them!

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