Try the World


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In this foodie driven society, we have all become intrigued with unique eats that break through the status quo. Let’s get real, you can find burgers blinged out in foie gras, tacos with kimchi and pizza topped with quail eggs. Basic fare is just not cutting it; we are always searching for a mind-blowing belly-satisfying foodie experience.

Some people travel the world for this type of quest, but for everyone else, there is Try the World (click for website).

Try the World is a food delivery service that sends subscribers international products that are curated by chefs and experts all around the globe. This way people like you and me can experience the dishes and ingredients used in other countries without having to hop on a plane. {Don’t get me wrong, I would travel more if I was made of money and had more time off of work. Can you relate?}

The Details

Here’s the deal, Try the World offers three different ways to enjoy “the world”. While the Snacks and Pantry options looked fun, I chose to go the Countries route.

There are three different plans within the Countries option, so that consumers can pick the most practical payment method for them.

Month Price Save
Every Month $39/box 0%
Every 3 Months $35/box 10%
Every 6 Months $33/box 15%
Every 12 Months $29/box 20%

First off, if you’re anything like me and would rather not read a long story to get to the best part, you are in luck my friend. Click here to get your first box for free!

If you actually like to read and would sincerely like to know how amazing Try the World was for me, read on.

Anyways, as you can see from the prices above, the boxes decrease with a higher monthly subscription. If you are able to swing the extra cash, the 3-month option is a great deal (total $105), especially for gift giving (think Christmas for your boyfriend or birthday for your mom). However, the month-to-month option is a practical deal for someone who wants to give it a whirl and see if they like the service.

All the monthly subscriptions (table above) auto-renew, but Try the World understands that no one likes commitment when it has to do with money. So no matter what subscription you choose, you can cancel (at least 5 days prior to your subscription renewal date) or pause (email them about pausing at sayhello@trytheworld.com) at anytime.

If you ONLY want one box, you can click here for a single box ($39) without making a subscription. It is a one-time payment that does not auto-renew. This is yet another perfect gift idea for a myriad of people, including yourself {treat yo’ self}.

The best part on all the boxes, is that shipping is FO’ FREE.

Discounts: You can refer friends and family, by clicking here. You’ll get a $15 gift card to spend in the online shop (click here) and your friends/family will get their first box for free!

But for now, click here and you can have your very first box FO’ FREE!

The First Impression

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Every “country” Try The World box has 7 to 8 gourmet products that have been selected by a chef that is knowledgeable about the common fare in that region. Each country has its own specific meals and ingredients that make it extraordinary. Try the World seeks to deliver that to its patrons in a neatly packaged box.

The distinctive Tiffany blue “Try the World” box has a simple white hot air balloon logo on the front. To me, this logo represents exploration. The phrase, flying to new heights comes to mind when I saw the symbol. This means, taking chances, trying new things and seeing what else is out there.

My first Try the World box was from Greece. When I opened it, I found 8 packaged items, bundled in straw. Inside the teal diamond lined lid, there was a culture guide and product card that explained how to use the items in my box.

 The Culture Guide and Product Card

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At the top of the guide, there was a map outlining where the Grecian ingredients originated. A blurb describing Greece and its traditional dishes accompanied the map.

The guide explained each of the Greece box’s specialty goods and provided recommendations on how to use them at home. There was also an informational key indicating which items were all-natural, organic, traditional, sustainably produced, a family business or supported local communities.

Lastly, the culture guide gave an introduction to the chef, describing her background, experiences and competency with Grecian fare.

The Recipes

On the back of the Guide, there was an explanation of the traditional ancient Greek meal called a Mezze. This is similar to small plates or an appetizer platter. This type of family-style sharing is popular throughout the Mediterranean. I was so excited that I got to make my own Mezze platter with the goodies and recipes in my box!

One of the recipes, that I will share later on, was Lamb Keftedes, which are golden brown meatballs that paired phenomenally with some of the sauces in my box.

I really appreciated the two recipes provided and the additional information about Greek items, like feta cheese and dolmas, as they inspired the makeup of my Mezze platter.

The Products

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Rosemary-Infused Olive Oil: The oil came in a 3.4 ounce bottle and had sprigs of fresh rosemary floating inside. This product was fragrant and came from the island of Crete. It can be cooked with trahanas (another product in the box), dress a salad or served with bread. I used it in many ways for my Mezze platter.

Pasteli: This a dessert made from sesame-seeds, honey, corn syrup and sugar. It had a peanut brittle like texture and is apparently a great source of protein.

Kourambies: Pronounced koo-rahm-bees, these are a melt-in-your-mouth, sweet as sugar, shortbread cookie. They were so tender and delicate that some of them already crumbled when I opened up the package. I did not mind, the crumbs were just as good as the cookie itself. This treat is made from almonds and is sprinkled with powdered sugar. It reminded me of butterballs that my Italian grandma used to make.

Spicy Pepper Paste with Feta Cheese: This jarred spread featured the bold flavor of peppers, with a slight kick of heat. The feta cheese flavor added a salty creaminess to the sauce. This was suggested to add to pasta or serve with the Lamb Keftedes meatballs (which I gladly complied).

Tzatziki Mix: This item was from a small business near Athens. It was a dry packet of herbs, garlic, rusk (hard dehydrated bread), dill, white pepper, salt, and mustard seed. The directions explained that the mixture should be stirred into plain yogurt and topped with olive oil. This was a perfect opportunity to use the Rosemary Olive Oil sent with this box. I made my tzatziki with 2% plain Fage Greek yogurt because it is thick, creamy, and tart. It’s the real deal.

Stuffed Vine Leaves: These stuffed leaves, called Dolmas in Greek, are softened grape leaves that are filled with rice, dill, mint and onions. The dolmas were packaged in a tin can, much like tuna fish. I learned that the family members of the company Palirria individually wrapped each by hand. The dolmas were succulent and the rice mixture was pungent. These served as their own item on the Mezze platter and required no cookery or assembly. Easy peasy.

Breadsticks: These were also from the island of Crete in the city of Heraklion. They were made with kalamata olive paste and oat grains, which added a wheaty nut flavor. The sticks were dry and crispy, much like a cracker. These also starred on my Mezze platter as a side for plunging in a variety of dips (like hummus and tzatziki).

Trahana: This Grecian pasta is hearty and resembles pastina in size. These itty bitty squares are boiled in water just like pasta and become porridge-like when cooked. While “Try the World” provided an Ikarian Fisherman’s Soup recipe, utilizing trahana, I found a different Grecian recipe for this product. I made a simple Trahana Porridge with Lemon and Olive-Oil garnished with Feta and Yogurt (shared with you below). This allowed me to use the Rosemary Olive Oil from the box as well as the feta and yogurt that I already purchased for Mezze platter. The soup was comforting and familiar, like chicken soup. Its simplicity highlighted the full-bodied pasta, salty cheese and tart cream. I topped it off with refreshing mint, a traditional Grecian herb.

The Recipes

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Mezze Platter

 Ingredients

  •  Classic hummus (store-bought)
  • Olive oil (Rosemary*)
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Dolmas*
  • Homemade Greek pita (recipe below or store-bought)
  • Greek olives
  • Tzatziki (store bought or use a mix)
  • Lamb Keftedes (recipe below)
  • Fresh feta cheese, block
  • Red pepper-feta paste*
  • Greek bread sticks*
  • Mint leaves, garnish

*These are from the Try the World box: Check out the Greek section in your local grocery store for similar products like these to add to your Mezze platter *

 Directions: Arrange your Mezze Platter like mine pictured or create your own design. Top the hummus and tzatziki with olive oil before serving.

 

Lamb Keftedes

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 Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • ½ red onion, grated
  • ½ tomato, finely chopped,
  • handful mint leaves, chopped
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 1/3 c. buttermilk (or reg. milk)
  • ¾ c. flour

 Directions

  1. In a bowl, combine first 6 ingredients. Mix with your hands for 3 minutes, then add butter milk until absorbed. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  2. Heat Rosemary Olive Oil (or reg. oil) in large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Season ¾ cups flour with salt and pepper and spread out onto large plate. Roll meat into small balls and dust each with flour. Shake dry in palm of hand.
  4. Pan fry the meatballs in olive oil, browning each side. Remove and place on paper towels.
  5. Serve on Mezze platter with tzatziki or red pepper-feta paste.

 

Homemade Traditional Greek Pita

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup hot water (not boiling)
  • 2 teaspoons active dry or instant yeast
  • 2 1/2 – 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions

  1. Mix water and yeast in the bowl of a stand mixer (or large bowl). Let sit for five minutes.
  2. Add 2 1/2 cups of the flour (saving the last half cup for kneading), salt, and olive oil to stand mixer (attach the dough hook). Knead on medium speed for 8 minutes, adding more flour until smooth.
  3. If using hands, knead the dough for about 5-7 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  4. Cover dough with a clean dishcloth or plastic wrap and let rise for 1 hour.
  5. Turn it out onto a lightly floured work surface. Divide dough into 8 equal pieces. Flatten each piece into a thick circle. Use a rolling pin, to spread them out into thin circles. Use extra flour if the dough is sticking. I
  6. Warm a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Drizzle a little oil in the pan and wipe off the excess. Lay a rolled-out pita on the skillet and bake for 30 seconds, until you see bubbles. Flip and cook for 1-2 minutes on the other side. Flip again and cook another 1-2 minutes to toast the other side.
  7. Eat these warm with tzatziki or hummus on a Mezze platter.

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Simple Trahana Porridge With Lemon and Olive Oil

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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 c. trahana (or pastina)
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Whole lemon, cut in half
  • 6 tablespoons feta, crumbled
  • Plain 2% Fage Greek Yogurt for garnish (optional)
  • Mint, chopped for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. In a medium soup pot bring stock to a boil. Add salt and pepper to taste, reduce the heat and simmer.
  2. Add trahana and cook for about 10 minutes until is tender.
  3. Heat frying pan on medium-high and place half a lemon cut side down. Brown lemon for about 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and squeeze in lemon juice.
  5. Serve porridge in bowls with drizzled olive oil and topped with feta and yogurt. Garnish with mint leaves.

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The Final Say

I have had the opportunity to review several food delivery services that offer the convenience of fresh and delicious food brought right to your door. You can search and read my food delivery reviews by clicking HERE.

Try the World is different from most popular food delivery subscriptions (like Hello Fresh) because it does not offer fresh produce and meats that need refrigeration. Those types of services provide pre-portioned ingredients that help families with easy meal prep that is fun and straightforward.

Additionally, you have to understand that only some of the products in the Try the World box can be enjoyed as is. Most of them need to be prepared with other ingredients, meaning that there are extra costs involved.

Try the World is for the foodie connoisseur. This service is for someone who wants to experience the ever so interesting and delightful eats that make our world so vivacious and diverse.

The products selected for the Countries Boxes are high quality, hand-selected and locally made in the featured region. While other food delivery services are limited in how many serving sizes each meal allows, items in the Try the World box can be shared with many people. The goods do not have to be used immediately and can be stored for that perfect day when you’re in a good food mood.

Try the World is certainly one of those fun and exciting food-ventures that offer an enticing opportunity to partake it global cuisine. It is for those people who are food-crazed, wanting to experience a different culture in the comfort of their own home.

Don’t take my word for it, at least get your first box for free here and invite some friends over to indulge with you. You might as well give the World a Try.

I tried a taste of the world, now it’s your turn. Sign up for a FREE box (click) and have fun. Let me know your experiences with Try the World below!

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Author: A Common Connoisseur

My name is Maria! I'm a vibrant Italian American with a zest for life. I am also a major glutton. Join me on my journey to diverse restaurants and in my kitchen, as I eat and cook my way through flavory fare. I am no expert, which is why I am merely a Common Connoisseur.

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