Friday, June 29, 2012

June Gotham Box - San Francisco

Goodie, goodie Gotham Box time.  I really enjoy my Gotham boxes for a couple of reason.  #1 The products are local and different and #2 My heart will always hold a special place for the city by the bay.   For those new to my little blog of my subscription box addictions let me tell you briefly about Gotham Box.  For $20 a month (shipping included) Gotham Box will mail you a box of products from the "Gotham" aka city of your choosing.  Currently the cities available are San Francisco and New York.  For every box purchased they will donate a meal to help end hunger in that city. Each month, they will also double the number of meals they donate to the city that scores the most number of points.  So in addition to getting cool food products you help out a great cause. 

The good:

Support 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 you get hard to find specialty products. 

The not so good:

Multiple boxes: I picked 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

Payment: You have to set up a recurring payment through paypal.  I don't like this because paypal makes you use your paypal balance before they take money from your checking/credit card.  I like to save my PayPal balance for misc eBay purchases. 

The contents came in a regular mailing box with packing peanuts.  How cute is the penguin tape they used to seal the boxes??  Inside was a card with information about the companies featured.  There was also a postcard of San Francisco's Alcatraz with a personalized note written to me from Jonathan (co-founder), so cool. 

Contents: Retail price in parenthesis. 

16 oz. bottle of Bay Area Bee Company honey from the mission. (13.99) - This is super cool.  Each hive is managed in various neighborhoods throughout S.F. and will take on different characteristics depending on the flora in the area.  The hives are managed without the use of pesticides, antibiotics or other chemicals.

1 Two Degrees Bar in chocolate banana. ($2.21) This company donates a meal to a hungry child for each bar sold. - I've had these before and honestly I didn't care much for them. A hile back I bought 6 of them because they sounded good and I liked that they donate a meal. Even though it was tough I managed to eat them all because I couldn't bear the thought of throwing them away and wasting food.  It just seemed to defeat the purpose of donating the meal. 

2.5 oz. bag of The Good Bean roasted chickpea snack in Smoky Chili & Lime. ($3.16) - I liked the texture of these little roasted chick peas but this particular flavor was pretty spicy.  I would like to try a different flavor. 

The total value of the box is $19.36 and I paid $20.  I think this is totally reasonable considering 3 meals were donated from the purchase of this box.  1 from Gotham Box, 1 from Gotham Box S.F. for having the most points and 1 from the Two Degrees bar.  I can't wait to try the honey and compare it to the honey I get locally in my area.      

Verdict: This is a definite keeper!     

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

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