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Try the World Holiday Box #Review If there`s one thing that links all holiday celebrations together, it`s incredible food and good cheer. For this holiday season, Try the World and Michelin came together to curate this unique holiday box. From rich Hanukkah desserts to pastries and cakes for chinese New Year, every holiday calls for its very own set of delicious culinary traditions. We wish you a very happy holiday season- from our home to yours!
 
About
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!

 

The Michelin Restaurant: Le Bernardin

Soon after graduating from high school at just 16 years old, chef Thomas Raquel enrolled in culinary school and quickly gained recognition for his pastry expertise. Today, he`s the pastry chef at Le Bernadin, a 2016 three-star Micheline restaurant in New York City. Here, he shares his best holiday recipes with you.
 
What I think
I was lucky to try yet another AMAZING box from Try the World! This time I got the holiday box and it was wonderful. This box came with a total of 7 full sized products! All of which I`ve never tried before and all were from brands I have never tried before that.  I particularly love that each box has a card to tell you all about each product and a culture guide with music, movies, recipes and more. This helps you to understand the products and how to use them. Because this is a holiday box, though, rather than the general cultural background of one location, it has a little information about various holidays such as Hanukkah, Christmas, Boxing Day, and the Lunar New Year. Here are the details of the box I received:
 
TRUFFLE SAUCE | Italy In 1980, the founder of Giuliano Tartufi ventured into the forest with his grandfather and Irish setter. Thanks to his dog`s keen sense of smell, Giuliano found his very first truffle and has been making a range of truffle products, including this sauce, since that day. USE IT: mix into dip; spread onto crostini; fold into omelettes
 
PAIN D`EPICES BAKING MIX | France Margot and Scarlette are the two sisters behind Marlette, a small French company that makes it easy to bake at home. Their pain d`epice (or "spiced bread") is a traditional French holiday cake that`s made with freshly milled, organic flour and a variety of baking spices. USE IT: bake minis in a muffin tin; serve with pate; top with jam for breakfast
 
PINEAPPLE CAKE | Taiwan A buttery cake filled with sweet and tangy jam, pineapple cake is a ubiquitous pastry in Taiwan. In Taiwanese, pineapple is pronounced onglai, which is similar to the phrase for "the arrival and prosperity and fortune." This hidden meaning makes it a popular gift during Lunar New Year. USE IT: serve with tea; enjoy a quick breakfast; gift to a friend for good luck
 
LEMON CURD | United Kingdom Lemon curd is an English fruit preserve made with lemon, sugar, and eggs. In the late 19th century, people served the homemade preparation to their guests when they visited for tea. Fox Gourmet makes their lemon curd the old fashioned way by cooking it over open pans. USE IT:  mix into a dessert; serve with scones; layer into a parfait
 
TOFFEE | South Africa Frits and Hentie, the duo behind this toffee, have been hiring locals to make their signature sweets since 2013. Deliciously rich and creamy, it`s made with pure butter from Darling (a South African town known for its excellent butter) and wrapped in recycled and biodegradable packaging. USE IT: enjoy it with coffee; melt and drizzle over ice cream; enjoy a midnight snack
 
HOT CHOCOLATE TABLETS | Mexico Perfect for the winter, K`ekua`s chocolate tablets are made with the best Mexican cocoa beans according to Aztec tradition, an ancient civilization that was conquered by the Spanish over 400 years ago. K`ekua also helps marginalized communities by employing indigenous people in the area. USE IT: melt into hot milk; indulge in a post-dinner dessert; mix with coffee for mocha
 
DATE SPREAD | Israel A symbol of good luck, dates are a popular holiday food throughout the Mediterranean. This date spread is made with ripe fruit grown on a community farm in Israel, and the packaging process that follows provides working opportunities for disabled individuals in the community. USE IT: make a tart; add to a cheese plate; spread onto toast
 
SHORTBREAD | Canada Rich with butter, shortbread was once an expensive and precious treat reserved for Christmas. After running a wildly popular catering company for over 25 years, Mark Pollard founded Sprucewood, where he now specializes in baking sweet and savory shortbread cookies from scratch. USE IT: dip into coffee; top an ice cream sundae; make a cookie sandwich
 
This months box had some amazingly delicious thing in there this time! There are so many great tasting product and things I would have never tried on my own. I love how everything arrived fresh and completely sealed. I find it`s always a surprise in every box. With this one I fell in love with the pineapple cake and the date spread instantly! I love the product card that comes with it to guide you as to what the product is and sometimes it tells you how to use it. The booklet is more in depth though and includes recipes which is a HUGE help when it comes to cooking everything.  
 
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. Also, another thing I love about this company, that I discovered after trying my Japan box a while back, is that they DO have a store so I can purchase items I tried in my box. So if you find something you enjoy, you can get more!
 
**Disclaimer
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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