Sunday, September 22, 2013

September Love with Food - Chef Ming Tsai

Love with Food is a monthly subscription box filled with food.  Each month is a different theme and you will receive 5+ gourmet food items. The price is $10 plus $2 for shipping a month or you can sign up for a 6 month plan and shipping is only $1 or a yearly plan and shipping is free which makes the boxes an even $10. In addition to yummy treats for every box sold they donate a meal to a hungry child.

Love with Food has provided a code for $2.00 off for my readers.  Use code TREASUREVIP

This subscription is only available in the US and ships from Santa Clara, California. 

The good:

The price: $10-$12 is a reasonable price to pay for yummy treats AND you're donating a meal. 

Need a gift: You can send a 3 or 6 month subscription to a friend.  Who wouldn't love getting tasty treats in the mail?

Variety: You get a lot of variety in each box. 

Discounts: You can earn points for discounts off future full size product purchases by submitting reviews on their website or referring new members. 

The not so good:

Skip a month: Skipping is not an option.  If you don't want a box you will have to cancel. 

This months box was curated by Chef Ming Tsai and is gluten free. (Yes that is a cat paw in the corner - Gracie is always curious when it's box opening time)

Contents of box with approximate retail value:

.53 oz. Bare Fruit Crunch Cinnamon Apple Chips. Value = $1.25

.53 oz. Good Boy Organicasaurus Cheddar Cheese Corn Snacks. Value = $0.75

.7 oz. Cosmos Creations Cinnamon Crunch. Value = $0.70 - always tasty

1.42 oz. Milas Foods Roasted Pepper & Artichoke Bruschetta. Value = $1.42

1 oz. Licious Organics Cherry Berry Raw Cookie. Value = $0.14

1.76 oz. Wild Garden Hummus Dip in Roasted Garlic. Value = $0.67

.7 oz. Yum Earth Organics Fruit Snacks. Value= $0.70

Millie's Savory Sipping Teas in Indian Spice and Spicy Tortilla. Value = $0.95/ea.

2 oz. Betty Lou's Blueberry Fruit Bar. Value = $1.34 - The teenager said this was good and she didn't offer me a bite so I'm guessing it was good. 

The total approximate value of this box is $8.87. This is a little less than the price paid but they do donate a meal for each box sold and a lot of this stuff is not easy to find. I think I've had the hummus product before and if it was the same one I wasn't a huge fan. I prefer the refrigerated hummus, it doesn't taste so salty. The boyfriend ate the cinnamon apple chips right up and as a matter of fact we had 2 other bags from another box and he ate those also so I'm guessing he liked those. I'm not too sure about the sipping teas. I think love with food offered these before and I didn't like it at all. I don't think it was these flavors though so of course I will try it again.  I thought this was a decent box and not at all what I expected from Chef Ming Tsai but good none-the-less. If you follow a gluten free diet this seemed like a great box for introducing you to new gluten free goodies. 

Verdict:  The Love with Food boxes are about even in value but they send some fun products so I think it's a great box. 

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