Food & Wine
Should You Try “Try the World”?
I’m trying out yet another monthly subscription box! I saw a write up from HuffPost Taste about Try the World a new bi-monthly subscription box offering delicacies from around the world. I love food and trying new things, so despite the $39.99 price tag I was tempted.
I found their offer for a free Paris box when you start your subscription with a Marrakesh box and decided I’d splurge and try at least two boxes.
The Marrakesh box arrived over the weekend and the jury is out (although I was swayed slightly by the almost Tiffany blue box).
The mini culture guide included is pretty neat. Lots of photos, a few recipes, and a smattering of interesting local facts and context. I wasn’t quite sure what to think though when I first read the card listing the contents and noticed the disclaimer at the bottom: “Because Try the World works with smaller producers across the world, each box may have a slightly different selection of products or flavors than shown here.” Why include the card then?
But anyway, I quickly moved on and dug in to see what I had actually been sent.
I received everything on the card except for one item, Cous Cous Sauce had been substituted for the Tajini tajine sauce.
I would have preferred to miss out on the sardines instead. 😉
There was Dari organic whole wheat couscous to go with the olive & lemon sauce.
A little bottle of Dip & Scoop culinary argan oil for fish, vegetables, and dip for flat breads.
I was pretty excited by the Villa Jerada kefta rub for use on meatballs, kebabs, etc.
And then my favorite of all the selections — the Orientines pastry cookies. Light, buttery, and only slight sweet. Mmmmm.
So what did I think? I love the concept I was a little underwhelmed by the execution. Maybe I’m just a little spoiled by World Market’s selection, but for $40 I expected more items or perhaps more specialty items? It might also just be this particular box, so I’m interested to see what comes in the Paris box.
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