Try The World is a subscription box that delivers 7-8 gourmet products from a different country to your door every two months.
This months country was Portugal!
- Piri Piri Hot Sauce – Paladin. Regular price: $8.00
This hot sauce was first introduced in Europe in the 15th century when Christopher Columbus came back home with piri piri peppers. A sauce with history.. I like it! I’d never heard of piri piri until now, and I’m glad I got to try it. At first it almost has a sweet taste, but that is deceiving because soon after the initial impression the burn sets in, lol! This is a pretty hot hot sauce, and I can’t handle anything spicy so I might be exaggerating but for me it was really hot. A great flavor though, spicy yet a subtle sweetness as well…
2. Codfish in Olive Oil – Briosa Gourmet. Regular price: $7.90
If I didn’t think it was so important to actually try things before I reviewed them, this would have gone strait in the trash. Reluctantly, I gave it a try. Granted I only had a few bites because the thought of eating fish strait out of a can without cooking it or anything really grossed me out, it was not that bad. It actually just tasted like olive oil because it was literally drenched in it and had been soaking in it for who knows how long. Fishy, chewy olive oil. Thats all I’ve got for that one.
3. Lemon Cookies – Casa Lucena. Regular price: $3.25
These cookies are fantastic! They taste like little Nilla Wafers with just a hint of lemon flavor in them. They’re perfect for when I’m in the mood for a snack that’s not to sweet. Like when you’re reviewing things on your computer and are hungry but just ate lunch a few hours ago…
4. RARE Pumpkin and Hazelnut Jam – Quinta de Jugais. Regular price: $4.45
WOW this jam is MADE for cinnamon raisin english muffins! It tastes a bit like pumpkin pie but more sweet, and has little chunks of hazelnuts. The pumpkin and hazelnut compliment each other perfectly, and the added texture makes a big difference. It’s great on a cinnamon raisin english muffin because pumpkin.. cinnamon.. duh
5. Caramelized Onions with Port Wine – Casa da Prisca. Regular price: $2.00
I could literally just eat these out of the jar, sooo good!! The glaze on the onions is thick and has a super sweet balsamic flavor, this would be great on pork, chicken, and even with mashed potatoes. I’m pretty sure mashed potatoes in heaven are served with a side of this, actually!
6. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil – Olives do Sul. Regular price: $6.00
I’m subscribed to various boxes that deliver fresh ingredients with recipes to cook meals during the week, and almost every single recipe uses olive oil, the one thing they don’t include in the boxes. So I use a lot of olive oil. I like that I’ll get to use authentic olive oil from Portugal for my next couple weeks of meals… yay!
7. Sea Salt and Lemon – Hands on Earth. Regular price: $9.50
This sea salt has a hint of lemon flavor and a perfect consistency (between table salt and himalayan sea salt). As you can see in the picture it kind of looks like the white sand on a beach, lol. This is going to be awesome to use next time I cook fish, or chicken! It’s also good on cucumbers, avocado, and potatoes. The possibilities are endless 🙂
8. Crunchy Apple Rings – Frutaformas. Regular price: $2.50
These apple rings are crunchy but chewy at the same time. Apple is the only ingredient, there is no added flavor or spices. They’re pretty tasty and make a great midnight snack when you just want something light and subtle.
The contents of this months box are worth about $44.00. The subscription costs $39/box, $35 if you pay every 6 months and $33 with an annual subscription. You defiantly get what you pay for and more, but I think the real value lies in the experience of getting to try new foods from a different country. I love trying new things and experiencing new cultures and I think this subscription is a great way to introduce people to the foods of other countries and get people to try things they never would have otherwise.
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