About Try the World
At Try The World, we believe that food is one of the greatest way to discover new cultures. Discovering new lifestyles and new countries is what broadens our horizons and makes us who we are. So we created Try The World, the first service that lets you discover the best gourmet food and cultural finds from across the globe, delivered right to your door! Our members receive a curated gourmet box from a different destination every 2 months. Each box captures the essence of incredible places such as France, Italy, Brazil, Japan, and many more. We rely on our celebrity chefs to hand select the most delicious and authentic treats from around the world, and to enable anyone to experience the actual day-to-day foods and lifestyles from around the world. Try The World was founded by Kat and David who met while studying at Columbia University, and grew out of their passion for food and for discovering new cultures. They didn`t have enough time or resources to travel the world, so they decided to bring the world to people`s doorstep, no passport needed! Growing up in Russia and New York, Kat caught the travel bug while studying photography and foreign languages at Columbia University. She fell in love with French culture while studying abroad in Paris for 9 months, and has since traveled to more than 30 countries. After every trip, Kat came home with a box of delicious souvenirs for her friends and family, and documented her culinary and travel adventures on her blog which got the attention of FOX and Esquire TV networks. Kat also honed her global business skills while working at companies such as The New York Times and Weight Watchers, and met David while working on her MBA at Columbia Business School. As an avid traveler and serial entrepreneur, David came to New York from Paris to explore the city where everyone meets. Through his experience of launching businesses and living in Europe, Asia and North America, and while pursuing his master`s degree at Columbia`s School of International and Public Affairs, David realized how important local products and local cultures are in our understanding of different lifestyles. David believes that enjoying another culture`s food is getting closer to the culture itself, quoting Epictetus as his motto: "bear in mind that you should conduct yourself in life as at a feast". It is with this philosophy that we created Try The World, sourcing the best products from around the world. All our products are USFDA approved but are difficult to find in the United States. They are hand picked by Try The World`s team of travelers as well as by local experts, with a promise that they pass our highly selective criteria, eyes, ears and tastes! Subscribe to Try The World to be surprised by delicious foods from around the world, or suggest a destination or product that you`d like to see. Stay tuned by liking us on Facebook and by signing up for our newsletter!
I was lucky to try my first, and hopefully not last, box from Try the World which is the Marrakesh Gourmet Box. This box came with a total of 6 full sized products; most items I`ve never had before. On top of that, it has a card to tell you all about each product and a culture guide with music, movies, recipes and more. Here are the details of the box I received:
Mustapha`s Mediterranean Preserved Lemon Confit Moroccan cuisine is centered around natural and aromatic foods like these sweet preserved Beldi lemons. Similar to other Mustapha`s organic marinades, the lemons used in this confit can be traced back to a specific numbered lemon tree in Morocco. The lemons` sunny citrus flavor is deepened during the pickling process to product a uniquely briny quality that will brighten your taste buds. Add a bit of this tangy touch to any meat or pair with dessert for a strongly satisfying dish.
Mediterranean Gourmet Res-el-hanout Blend Typically used to season meat dishes, this spice blend includes herbs such a rosebuds, coriander, cinnamon, and fennel. Moroccan cuisine purists insist that this traditional seasoning be made of exactly twelve spices, but the freedom and individual taste comes from which twelve spices a chef chooses to use. Whether it`s rubbed on meat or added to rice or couscous, this ras-el-hanout blend will make a hot dish sizzle in more ways than one with its enticing fragrance and fusion of premium herbs.
Sultan Sardines in oil This beloved Moroccan fish goes perfectly in sandwiches or on the side of your favorite pasta recipes. Also paired well with couscous, sardines are an essential staple in Moroccan cuisine. In fact, Morocco is the largest exporter of canned sardines in the world. Prepared boneless and skinless, these delectable tinned sardines are packaged simply in oil and salt. After you`ve inevitably become addicted to its unique taste, bland grocery tuna just won`t be the same.
Villa Jerada Kefta Rub Villa Jerada, inspired by its founder`s journey to return to his Moroccan roots aims to bring the aromatic genius of Moroccan cuisine to plates and table across the globe through its artisanal products that evoke the lovingly homemade flavors of an authentic Moroccan family kitchen. Beef, lamb, or chicken - use this robust rub on any meat to make the best kefta (Moroccan meatballs) you`ve ever had.
Dip & Scoop Culinary Argan Oil This unique and flavorful oil is handmade by Berber women in Southwestern Morocco. The same body-boosting antioxidants that sustain the Argan tree in its desert environment can be found in every bottle of oil. Dedicated to the health and desert environment can be found in every bottle of oil. Dedicated to the health and satisfaction of its customers, Dip & Scoop prides itself on sourcing the best Argan oil, handcrafting each carefully harvested batch to ensure product purity. Top off your fish dishes, grilled vegetables or use as a dip for your flat bread.
Mediterranean Gourmet Harissa Sauce Mediterranean Gourmet is well-known for their diverse flavors and products that aim to fully represent Moroccan cuisine. This zesty sauce, made from peppers ground with spices like cumin and coriander, is sure to liven up quinoa and couscous. Harissa`s ability to embolden dishes with its tangy heat aloows it to be used in any number of ways, from setting a traditional stew ablaze to simply being a tasty tableside condiment.
I will admit that I was not a fan of EVERY thing, but I loved most of it! For instance, the preserved lemon confit I found was not for me, at least not plain. I`m going to try cooking with it to see if it tastes any better for my taste buds. On the other hand, I absolutely LOVED the Sardines. I love this box because it gave me the opportunity to try products I probably would not have otherwise tried. The box costs $39. The 6-month plan is $35/per box or the yearly subscription is $33/per box. Each box is unique and interesting. While I`m not sure if I think the price is too high or reasonably priced (prices aren`t shown on the information card), I can say I really enjoy the box. I love what it offers and I love trying new things.
Try The World
works with artisanal producers from around the world, and therefore each box may be a little bit different. All boxes have a curated assortment of delicious and authentic gourmet products of similar value. When opening your Try The World box, you may be pleasantly surprised to discover different local flavors than the ones I have received! The card included in your box will guide you through your culinary adventure.
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