Saturday, January 4, 2014

Quarterly Co. - Andrew Zimmern

Quarterly Co. is a slightly different kind of subscription box company.  It's not a monthly adventure but rather quarterly.  The way it works is you pick a "contributor" you would like to receive a curated gift from pay a anywhere from $50-$100 and every 3 months you will receive your item in the mail from them.  With each box you receive the story behind it.  The curators consist of CEO's, authors, chefs, world travelers, business owners, etc. Andrew Zimmern is most known for being the host of Bizarre Foods and Bizarre World on the Travel Channel. I very much enjoy watching his travels and experiments in new food, although I think he says he likes some of the things he tried just for the sake of the show. This is the first box from Andrew Zimmern and I've been anxiously awaiting it.

This subscription ships worldwide. Shipping is included in the price for US customers. For Canada add $10 shipping to the base price and everyone else add $15 shipping to the base price. I also found it interesting that this box shipped from El Dorado Hills, about 45 minutes from where I live. 

The good:

Variety: There are lots of different curators to choose from.

Something different: This is definitely different from other subscription companies

Commitment issues? Don't want to make a monthly commitment but still want a treasure?  You can get a quarterly treasure.

The not so good:

Don't like waiting: If you don't like waiting this may be torture for you since they ship every 3 months.

Quarterly Co. Andrew Zimmern. 


Andrew Zimmern's autograph.


Autographed Copy of The Bizarre Truth by Andrew Zimmern. Value = $24.99 (this actually came out in 2009 so you can find it much cheaper than the retail price but of course it won't be autographed)

Olivar SantaMaria Olive Oil. Value = $15.00

Jose Andres Galician Style Mussels. Value = $18.00

Chiquilin Pimenton Ahumado (Smoked Paprika). Value = $2.99

Santo Tomas Arroz (rice). Value = $10.00

Recipe for Paella

The total approximate value of this first box from Andrew Zimmern is $70.98. I can always appreciate a good bottle of olive oil and we use olive oil all the time! I love paella and make it a few times a year. I usually buy fresh clams to put in it and have never used canned mussels. I've heard of the Jose Andres brand before and since Zimmern is a food guy I trust that it's a quality product. A little paprika goes a long way but smoked paprika adds depth to foods that regular paprika doesn't. My mom has been bugging me to make paprika chicken maybe I'll use some of this to cook up a batch. 

Verdict: I was happy with this box and will continue my subscription. 


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