Wednesday, April 18, 2012

April Gotham Box

Gotham Box.  Intrigued? I was.  Gotham Box is a monthly food subscription service. For $20 a month (shipping included) they mail you a box of products from the "Gotham" aka city you choose.  Currently the cities available are San Francisco and New York.  This company, like Love with Food also donates a meal for every box purchased, I love this!  The products are from local places in the city of your choosing. 

I signed up on April 6th and the very next day I received an email from Starbucks saying that Gotham Box had send me a $5 Starbucks egift.  How awesome is that?!?  I don't know if that was a welcome gift or part of the April box but I was super excited by this email treasure.   

The good:
Small business: The products are from small businesses in the area of your choosing.  I'm a big fan of supporting small and local when possible. 

Price: $20 isn't totally unreasonable considering what you get.  For example the items in this box are unavailable for online purchase, so you really are getting unique specialty items that are local to the area.

The not so good:
Availability: While I like receiving the unique specialty items I would like to be able to purchase them if I decide I can't live without them.

Multiple boxes: I chose the San Francisco box because that's where I'm from originally but I would like to try the New York box just out of curiosity.  On the website you can change your city but it doesn't appear you can subscribe or order more than one box.  It would be a  nice feature if they had leftover boxes at the end of the month to let subscribers purchase those.  

Skip a month: No can do.  You can change your city or cancel but no skipping the month.   

Here is my April Gotham Box.  
The contents came in a regular mailing box with packing peanuts.  Inside was a card with information about the companies featured.  There was also a postcard of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge and written on the back a note thanking me for signing up.  I thought that was a nice. 

Contents: Retail price in parenthesis. 

1lb Baia organic durum wheat semolina macaroni pasta ($6) - This held up nicely and didn't have a wheat taste to it like some wheat pastas do. 

1 pkg. 4505 Meats Chicharrones ($3.50) - these are the most A-MA-ZING chicharrones I've ever tasted. They literally melt in your mouth.  Next time I'm in S.F I'm definitely getting some of these!

2 oz Jade chocolates Genmai 35% roasted brown rice, green tea and jasmine tea chocolate ($6.25) - I like the brown rice but the chocolate had a perfumey after taste to me.  I'm not a big milk chocolate fan though so this may just be my taste buds. 

2 oz Jade chocolates Kuro Genmai 62% roasted brown rice chocolate ($6.25) - this is yummy. you can really taste the brown rice and it adds a nice crunch. 

Starbucks egift ($5.00) - Starbucks is always appreciated

The total value of the box is $27 and I paid $20.  Considering you can't buy these things online and most likely won't be able to find them in your local store it's a good value.  I think the most interesting thing is the chocolate bars.  I don't know that I would ever pay $6.25 chocolate bar (especially the milk chocolate) so I probably would never have tried them.  The combination of flavors sound interesting though so I'm glad I received them.   

Verdict: I'm going to stick with this one for now.  There is nothing in this box I wouldn't eat so it's a good deal for me.   

**I purchase these boxes myself and am not any type of sponsor paid or unpaid for Gotham Box.

1 comment:

  1. Hey! Thanks so much for the kind review. We're so glad that you enjoyed your Gbox!


    Jonathan from GothamBox