Friday, March 28, 2014

Quarterty Co. - Andrew Zimmern #ZIM02

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 has tried just for the sake of the show. The price of this mailing is $50 per quarter.

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.


The Quarterly Andrew Zimmern Box

Content of box w/approximate retail value: 

Pok Pok Som Drinking Vinegar in Thai Basil. Value = $15.00

Season with Spice Thai Red Chili Peppers. Value = $4.49

2.7 oz. Red Boat Fish Sauce. Value = $2.50

100 ml Flask Blue Grass Soy Sauce. Value = $5.50

Verdant Tea, Master Han's Looseleaf 2004 Shu Pu'er. Value = $4.14??

Verdant Tea, Master Han's Wild Picked Yunnan Black. Value = $7.88??

Rain and other South Sea Stories by W. Somerset Maugham. Value = $4.99

The total approximate value of this first box from Andrew Zimmern is $44.50. This box was better than the first in then I felt it had more unique items. While I'm familiar with Thai pepper, fish sauce, soy sauce and tea the brands included in this box are ones I've never heard of. Let's start with the Pok Pok drink. I have never heard drinking vinegar. I happen to love vinegar but have never thought to try it. The bottle says to dilute it 4:1 with water. I am super eager to try it. I had to do a little research on the verdant teas. In my searching what I discovered is people are serious about their tea. I feel like I don't know enough about steeping times and temp to do this tea justice. I'll be honest I'm a little afraid I'm going to ruin it. I thought the book was a nice touch. I enjoy short stories and I'm thinking this will be a fun read. 

Verdict: Even though it was just shy of the $50 price I thought this box was great since it included some very unique items in it. I'm sold!


8 comments:

  1. Those two teas are very forgiving, so don't be worried! Both take near boiling water, and the longer you steep, the stronger they get. You can use the leaves for 2-3 infusions at the least. You can add sugar/milk to the yunnan black if you must, but the puerh should be left alone. Thanks for all your reviews!

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    1. See I didn't even know you could infuse it more than once. I saw one review had pictures with first steep and 3rd steep. This is some fancy tea! I'll have to add to my review once I drink it.

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  2. I've bought drinking vinegar before in pomegranate flavor and it was good in club soda or a vodka soda. The Thai basil flavor sounds like it would make a great cocktail.

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    1. I have never heard of drinking vinegar. This directions say one part vinegar to 4 part water. How much vodka would you put in? I'm thinking maybe a shot to start.

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  3. I love vinegar cocktails, but frankly I'm glad I unsubscribed after #1. The box didn't meet my vision of what it should be!

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    1. I agree the first box wasn't very impressive. I wanted to give it one more chance and I thought this box was much better than the first. I hope he continues with unusual or unique food products for future boxes.

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  4. the red boat fish sauce is really tasty! much better than other fish sauces.

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