Thursday, April 10, 2014

April Try the World Box - Rome

Try the World is a subscription box company with a focus on products from other parts of the world. This subscription box ships every 2 months. 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 and I'm not sure I like it. What if you don't care about Tokyo but want to start with a Rio box. I think you should have the option of starting with the current box and buying past boxes if available.

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. You can buy a 3 month tour which consists of Paris, Tokyo and Rio shipped one box per month.

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.

Try the World Rome Box
My dog Maddie thought this box was for her or least it should be. You can see her little paw in the left hand corner of the picture. Don't let her fool you, she gets plenty of treats.

Contents of the Try the World Rome Box:

Italian Gourmet Food

1 oz. Pastiglie Leone, orange "Breath of Sicily" candy originals. Value = $2.22

2 oz. Baresi, capers in salt. Value = $1.99

Marinella, spaghettata mix. Value = $4.00

1.76 oz. Corsini, cantuccini (biscotti). Value = $1.80

2.8 oz. Scalia, anchovies. Value = $6.99

(3) Lazzaroni, amaretta di Saronno. Value = $??

Agrimontana cherry extra preserves. Value = $1.40

Agrimontana apricot extra preserves. Value = $1.40

Italian Culture

Rome Playlist, classics and beyond.

List of Italian Films, a taste of La Dolce Vita 

Stamped Postcard with poem by Catullus.

Rome Tips, food & culture. 

The total approximate value of this Try the World Rome box is $19.80 not including the amaretta cookies. I had no idea this was going to be a Rome themed box an was super excited when I opened it. I've traveled to Rome and would love an opportunity to go back. I am happy with all the items in the box and most of them are familiar to me. I tried anchovies for the first time in Rome and loved them. I know a lot of people don't care for them but if done right it adds a nice flavor to foods. Maybe I'll try and make a homemade caesar dressing with this jar. I'm not a fan of capers but I do like using them when cooking. They taste fine but the texture is odd to me. The spaghetti mix reminds me of something I bought in Italy. These kinds of mixes are everywhere in Italy. The amaretta cookies are interesting. They are just in a bag with no markings so I wasn't sure what they were at first. When I opened them I recognized them but only because someone brought the same cookies to our house for Christmas. I thought they were Scandinavian but I guess they are Italian. Either way they are good with a cup of coffee or a cappuccino. The preserve jars are super tiny, probably enough for a couple of pieces of toast but they sound good. 

Verdict: I really like this box but I just can't justify spending $45 and only getting $20 in product. I'll miss it but I have to say ciao to this one. 

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