Friday, December 13, 2013

Try the World Box - Tokyo Box

Try the World is a new subscription box company with a focus on products from other parts of the world. This subscription box ships every 60 days. The box focuses mostly on food but will also contain some cultural gems. The cost of the box is $45 (shipping included) which is billed every 60 days. The website says no matter when you join you will receive the Paris box then Tokyo then Rio. This was a little confusing to me. So this is the first month they are shipping but if I join in say February 2014 will I still receive the Paris box even though that's when the Rio box ships? How does that work?

This subscription is available to the US and Canada with an extra $25 shipping for Canada. 

The good:

Products: These are definitely items that can't be found at your local store.

Need a Gift: They offer gift subscriptions.

Travel without the cost: Ok so it's not exactly the same but you get to try some cool stuff.

Information: The enclosed info cards are really helpful.


The not so good:

Price: The price is on the high side but at least it's not monthly.

The box comes nicely packaged with ribbon and sealed with wax. 

Here are the contents of the Try the World Toyko box.


Contents of the Try the World Paris Box:

Japanese Gourmet Food

Imuraya, yokan red bean jelly. Value = $3.99 - At first I wasn't too sure about this but then it kind of grew on me. I'm not sure if you are suppose to eat them plain or with something. 

Aoi Tea Company, matcha, sencha and genmaicha teas. Value = $3.00??

Morinaga, milk caramels. Value = $3.00

(5) Kingodo, senbei rice crackers. Value = $2.50

House Foods, neri karashi mustard. Value = $2.50

S&B, ginger paste. Value = $2.75

Takaokaya, nori roasted seaweed. Value = $1.00??

Japanese Culture

Origami Paper, washi pattern. Value = $7.95

2 pair Bamboo Chopsticks with a crash course in Japanese Chopsticks etiquette. Value = $2.00

Tokyo Playlist, music through the ages. - This has a link to where you can listen to the music. 

List of Japanese Films, classic and contemporary favorites

Tokyo Tips, food & culture - The things mentioned are - Tsukiji Fish Marker, Tokyo Imperial Palace, Ryogoku Kokugikan, Harajuku Cosplay Scene, Kanda Yabu Soba, Tsunahachi Rin, Sushi-Bun and Maruni 

Postcard with a haiku by Matsuo Basho - It reads, Ancient is the pond - Suddenly a frog leaps - now! - the water echoes. 

The total approximate value of this Try the World Tokyo box is $28.69. There was a lot of variables in the pricing so this is really a rough estimate. I'm torn about this box. I really enjoyed this box but at the same time I expected more from it in value and products. I'm very excited about the green tea. I love all those varieties. I've been using ginger a lot in cooking and I think I may be out. I'm not sure what to do with the mustard - is it spicy? sweet? I will have to look into this more. The boyfriend tried the crackers he said they were good with the chicken enchilada soup I had made. Weird combo if you ask me but what do I know. I really enjoyed the Tokyo music playlist I just wish it were a download I could add to my iTunes. I was actually excited to see that I had seen one of the movies on the movie list. If you are into food documentaries I recommend the Jiro Dreams of Sushi - very good movie. 


Verdict: The next stop it Rio de Janeiro. I think I will see what Rio has to offer and make my final decision on this box then. 

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