Wednesday, February 6, 2013

January Gourmet Spotting Box

After reviewing my complimentary box from Gourmet Spotting I decided this was a box for me and I signed up for a subscription.  One of the tag lines of Gourmet Spotting is "Discover the world from your kitchen" Love it!  They promise to send the best gourmet products from around the world, every month to your doorstep.  Sandro and Aman, the founders of  Gourmet Spotting have traveled the world exploring and eating and now they are ready to share their adventures with the world.  For $37.94 a month (the box is $29.99 plus $7.95 shipping) you will receive a box of 4 to 6 medium to full sized hand-picked gourmet products.  In addition to sending you a box of delicious treasures they also donate a meal to charity for every box they ship.  You know I'm a big fan of the meal donations so this made me very happy.  

The good:

Gourmet food: Love gourmet food then you will love this.

Price: Great price to be able to try thing that aren't readily available at your local store.  

Pay it Forward: They donate a meal for every box sent.  

Sizes: Not just little sample sizes.  This is enough for everyone or you can keep it all for yourself.  

Information: The sent a flyer (printed on nice heavy card stock) with information on all the products. 

Want more: The store is up and running!  If you want more of what you tried just go to their website and buy more.  This is awesome because so much of what they send are hard to find specialty items.    

The not so good: 

Skip: The is no option to skip a month, only cancel.  

All the goodies from this month's box.  I could smell the oregano before I even opened the box.  

Close up of the mango slices, balsamic vinegar and omelette mix.  

Contents of box with approximate retail price listed: 

3.38 oz. bottle of Balsamic vinegar with truffles by Giuliano Tartufi, Italy. Value = $19.99

Organic sun dried oregano from Sicily by Gangi Dante, Italy. Value = $8.99

Aam Papad, dry mango slices by Balle Balle, India. Value = ?? - This was like grown up fruit roll ups.  The slices of mango were really thick and had a nice concentrated flavor. 

Omelette masala mix by R-Pure, India. Value = ??

recipe for Ravioli with Balsamic Brown Butter

The total value of the Gourmet Spotting Box is at least $40.00.  Since they send such specialty items it's hard to place a value on some of the products.  So not only are you getting the monetary value, you are getting gourmet specialty items AND they donate a meal to a worthy cause.  I thought the dried oregano was fantastic! I've only ever bought oregano in a jar but I love that this is straight from Sicily and sun dried.  The mango slices were a hit with the boyfriend.  I don't think they lasted more than two days.  He ate them right out of the package.  It's like a grown up fruit roll up with better flavor.  I love that these guys are obsessed with truffles because every box so far has included a truffle item and I love it!  Now I'm really curious about the masala mix for omelettes.  In general I'm not a huge Indian food fan but I think it's because I haven't had any good Indian food.  I usually eat a couple of omelettes a week so I will definitely give this a try.    

****Gourmet Spotting is offering a special discount to my wonderful readers.  Use code TREASURE30 and receive an extra gourmet product in your first box. ****

Verdict: If you're a foodie you will love this box.  I can't wait for next month.

This is a little side note which is why it's in my regular review.  The awesome guys at Gourmet Spotting sent me a little extra gourmet treasure to try.  When I saw this I got a little excited because it looks very similar to a spice mix I bought when I was in Italy several years ago.  I'm think I'm going to try and make some fresh pasta this weekend so I can try this.     

**Yep this is just like the stuff I bought in Italy several years ago.  I LOVE it.  If you happen to get some of this to try just remember a little goes a long way.  It does have spice to it so adjust accordingly.  I made a simple pasta with butter and used this as the spice - perfect!

I am not any type of sponsor paid or unpaid for Gourmet Spotting.  I pay for these subscriptions myself.

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