Saturday, May 31, 2014

May Quarterly Co. Box - Veronica Belmont #NOM07

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. Veronica Belmont is a self described geek from San Francisco.  Her boxes are filled with delicious and creative food options from the city by the bay.

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, Ca which is a few hours from San Francisco but 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.

#NOM07 from Veronica Belmont

Contents of box with approximate retail price:

(2) Clay Dipping Bowls from Clay Savant in Oakland, Ca. Value = $5.00/ea.

Bandar Monkey Foods Mint Cilantro Chili Sauce. Value = $3.99

Sosu Srirachup. Value = $7.50

Rootcup Planter. Value = $16.00

(2) Rootcups. Value = $5.00/ea.

The value of this box is $47.49. There was a delay in getting this box because of the dipping bowls. They were made especially for this box and the colors compliment the cilantro and srirachip sauce. The bowls themselves are pretty small and feel delicate so I will have to be extra careful with these cuties. The sauces look interesting. I like ketchup and I like sriracha in small doses. I'm going to have to test it out to see just how spicy it is. I'm not sure how I feel about the rootcups. I do garden but I'm not good at growing cuttings. The little rootcups are used for growing cuttings to create new plants. The larger Rootcup Planter is for growing a plant. Both have a self watering system that keeps the plants and roots from getting moldy and keeps the plant hydrated. My mom has a Jade plant that used to mine that I might try and experiment on. It says it works great for succulents so maybe I'll start a succulent garden. 

Verdict: The value is equal to the price paid. All of the products are new to me and I'm very curious about the sauces. 

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  1. I'm VERY interested in the rootcup and root cup planter.... Do you know if you can order this exact same box still? I know some sub boxes sell the boxes afterwards..... I do a lot of gardening and root a lot of plants, especially succulents so this is something I'd really like to try out. Guess I need to do some searching to find them Online. Loving your blog. I just found it and have sat here for a couple hours just reading review after review.....

    1. Thanks so much for reading. I've been doing this for a couple of years now but I still get a kick out of knowing people read it. I was actually pleasantly surprised that it worked. I put a succulent cutting in there and let it sit for a couple of weeks and when I checked it there were roots growing! I was shocked! I haven't transplanted it to the planter yet but I'm hopeful. Try emailing Quarterly to see if they have any leftover boxes, otherwise I'm sure you can order the rootcups online.