Monday, July 28, 2008

Chicken Pot Pie spelled Comfort Food

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Mine was good. We saw some friends we had not spend quality time with in many years, so it was nice to catch up with them. Isn’t it interesting how, with some people, no matter how long it’s been you can always catch up with as if time didn’t matter? I am truly pleased about our visit with them. Good food, good friends sure add up to good time in my books.

Did some shopping, for “Food Surrender” and as I was looking around for some things, I realised that some things I always saw on shelves here were not actually “from here”, but from the States. We get a lot of stuff from down there. Unreal! But then again I also realised (as did Purple Pigeon) that even if an item is called the same it will differ from country to country. It may not be a big difference, but there will be something. Just in the disposition of the ingredients, or the colours on the packaging, subtle yet different.

Now, regarding this “Food Surrender” thing, since most of you asked questions, I’ll try to answer them best I can.
First and foremost, we should all remember that this is for fun, and to please this shrewd player as Brave Astronaut wrote me. I will also do my best to please you with what I’ll be sending you, taking into consideration food allergies, likes and dislikes (if you’ve told me), but at the same time, I want you guys to discover the junk we have here! There are NO rules as such, only to share the joy of food!

- Import Taxes: In order to avoid, at all cost, your recipient (i.e. me!) to get charged ANY taxes, please fill out the postal/custom document on which you itemized the content, to be a GIFT, with NO Declared Value. Remember, Lizgwiz, no value! ;-)

- Quantity: No need to send boxes or pounds of stuff. A few selected samples will be good. Remember this is for fun. The heavier the box, the pricier it will be!

- Items: My idea was for snack foods, i.e. chocolate (candy bars), chips, cookies, crackers, lollies, hard and soft candies, etc. My only concern with sending “fresh” is the transport. For a box to reach WI from Montreal takes about 10 days. For something to reach England for example, from here, can take up to a month! Think of that when you’ll be packing your box. By the way, all items should be wrapped (candy wrapper), for hygienic purpose alone.

- Price: Nobody should break the bank for this ( I might though, because I’ll be sending more than one parcel, but I'll get all the goods MWAAHAHAHAHA!). Remember, $20 limit including shipping should be ample.

- Taste: As far as I’m concern, my only true dislike is white chocolate. The rest I’m pretty much willing to try anything (once!). My only (known) allergy is ginger. (and morphine, but I don’t think I’ll be getting a spiked snack… at least I hope not!)

- Suggestions : I discovered Trader Joe’s last September, while in Vegas, and loved it. I loved how they cover almost anything in chocolate! I’ve been craving for “Chocolate Covered Edamame (soy beans)” they were so good! I much prefer dark chocolate to milk one. I do enjoy sweet and sour candies. I like spicy food in general, and peanut butter. I’m not a real fan of dried fruits (just like that), and do love mint! Can I be more general than that?! Hee. I said it before “I enjoy food!”

I think this covers it all, or at least a good chunk of it. We should all keep in mind, besides the fact that we’re getting goodies, that we should send stuff that we enjoy and think the other person might as well. That’s all. Just put a little love in that box before you seal it, ok? I will! ;-)


Janes Insane said...

Chocolate covered gummi bears? I've never heard of those.
This sounds like a fun idea. Perhaps when I'm not as broke as I will be in August, lol. Hopefully around the holidays. :)
I was going to write something else, but realized I am too tired when I couldn't compose a semi-proper sentence.

cinnamon girl said...

Bugger, I was going to send you ginger bears (like ginger gummy bears).

Oh well, back to the old drawing board! ;)

Marius said...

So I guess the 10 lb. Hershey's 'Go Ask Alice' bar with Morpho-Crunch(tm) is out then.

PinkPiddyPaws said... I guess cheese is probably a bad choice to ship? ha..ha..ha...!!

Annake said...

I've already started collecting my goodies! I'd forgotten how many different types of candies I like. I was thinking of baking some homemade goodies but since you pointed out the shipping time, I guess not. I don't think stuff stays fresh that long. ;-)

lizgwiz said...

Are you going to send an official "here's the address send your stuff" email, or is the game on now?

Stinkypaw said...

janes: Whenever you'd like to do this, I'm willing! ;-)

cinnamon: I'm sure you'll find something else! But those sounds delicious. The worst thing is I LOVE ginger! :-(

marius: Hey if you want to send that, go for it, I'll gladly receive it, no problem! :-)

pinkpiddypaws: Yeah, unless it's to be eaten really ripe! ;-)

ananke: That's the thing, shipping! The only homemade goods I ship are jams and jellies. But then what hurts me is the weight, it makes for expensive little gifts!

lizgwiz: I just did madam. I received an email Friday saying things had been shipped already! ...and I thought I was excited! ;-)

princess slea said...

are we only sending to you spaw? i thought we were sending and receiving stuff from each player.

Stinkypaw said...

princess: Yes, all to me! Mwahaha! The swap thing is a good idea (that is what I'll be doing with you all) and I can tell you it IS expensive... the shipping thing is the killer!