Back in the day, between graduating high school and graduating college I had the chance to see some incredible places – Spain, France, England, Jamaica & Namibia to name a few. Each place I got to visit was amazing and even the European countries, that seem so close together, each had a unique culture. Getting to step outside my everyday and experience some of these places was absolutely fantastic, and getting to relive some of those moments when I look at pictures or read my trip journals still amazes me. In fact here is a picture of me petting a Cheetah in Keetmanshoop, Namibia which is totally one of my life achievements. Another life achievement is me stepping up and eating a fried caterpillar – which our Namibian friends ate like popcorn. (Don’t worry, I’m fairly confident Try The World is not going to be sending fried caterpillars, but I’m getting ahead of myself…)
Anyway, I grew up, got married, graduated college, had a career, moved across the country, and had a baby. My options to experience some of these amazing cultures first hand have been put on the back burner for the time being, something about having a young child at home and a husband drowning in course work…
Then I saw Try The World, which is an amazing service that brings the world to you!
Try the World is a subscription service where you can get a curated box sent to your door every other month with all sorts of food from a specific country. Great idea right? I mean doesn’t the thought of having some of those delicious and exotic foods sent to you sounds interesting? I thought so.
When I started looking into Try the World, I was curious but also a little bit dubious… the price tag seemed a bit high for someone in grad school ($45/box), but the concept was so interesting that I had to know more.
I was sent a Try The World sampler box to review, which is a little different than what you would get if you signed up for the service but it gives you a great idea about what it is without giving away all the fun. What I realized is, each box is so much more than just food! I mean this box is great because they’ve got food (of course) but they’ve also got an incredible ideas for an exotic date night or girls/guys night built into the box.
Each box comes with a booklet about the country you are touring, and this book contains all sorts of goodies. It starts with a short explanation of what a day might be like touring that specific country, for the Turkey Culture Guide it started off “Wake up to the sound of prayer accompanied by a small but intense cup of Turkish coffee, so dark and rich it leaves sediments used to tell fortunes.” Then it walks you through what a day touring the city might be, giving you great tidbits about the culture and tourist spots that really bring it to life.
The booklet also has playlist of Turkish music (that you can find on the Trytheworld.com website) a list of Turkish movies you can look into, poems, cultural info, and recipes you can make at home of some Turkish dishes! Honestly I think the little booklets is nearly as amazing the food, and it gives you so many options to explore the culture from your home (or to build the perfect date/girls/guys night).
Now for the food part (again I was sent a sampler box, which had a little bit of a lot of cultures). It was such a fun surprise to be able to sample the different food. I don’t speak french and we didn’t know what many of the items we were sent actually were, or how they were suppose to be used, but it was a blast opening each container and taking a sniff of it, or tasting a little bit of them and figuring out what the food would be best paired with.
I’m a sucker for chocolate, especially rich dark chocolate, so the cookies and the French hot coco were especially divine!
In short, I’m sold. And if you are looking for a great way to spice up date night, experience something new, or travel without leaving your home you’ve got to check out Try The World. For 30% off your subscription use code: DANDY30 durning check out.
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