Sunday, August 31, 2014

Mantry August 2014 Review Grill and Chill

This is the August 2014 Mantry box and it's the first one I've received since subscribing.  I used a coupon code (now expired) to get this first box for $50.  I had hesitated before because it's a high priced box and it's food.  With the coupon, though, I thought I'd give it a whirl!

The Cost: $75/month

What You Get: A delivery of new and exciting foods every month. The monthly crate allows you to discover and eat 6 full-size, super premium foods from around America, with little commitment.
One fun detail that sets Mantry apart is the wooden crate all your goodies come in!  Made out of wooden slats, its 8"W x 11"L x 5"H.  It's super cute and I want more because I can think of a million uses for them.
This box was stuffed full.  In fact, once I took everything out, I couldn't figure out how to get everything back  in.  Since its a MANtry, I was going to have DH open it (after I did) but I had to put the salsa on the side.  I guess I could have looked at this picture I took but I was too excited to think of that.

This had some pretty great stuff in it, I can't lie.
Grady's Cold Brew Bean Bags-  This stuff is amazing!  It's for making you own iced coffee and we've already used two of these bags.  This is a spicy-smooth mix of chicory and dark-roasted coffee beans.  Put the bag in water over night and in the morning (or afternoon), pour this over ice and enjoy.  I did dilute this with some water and added some sugar free vanilla syrup and it was fantastic.  DH drank it straight and got a hefty caffeine buzz.
Value: $12

Holy Smoke Smoked Olive Oil-  This is also fabulous.  Cold-pressed California extra virgin olive oil, cold-smoke with hickory and pecan from the Carolinas.
Value: $15
Zukali Fire Roasted Pineapple Salsa-  This is a great sauce of roasted pineapple, cilantro and chilies.  It's smells mouthwateringly delicious with a hint of heat.  It's very runny so while it's not perfect for chips, it is excellent on tacos!

Pata Negra Imperial Dry Cured Chorizo- High grade hams, Iberian smoked paprika and five weeks of aging make this chorizo pretty freaking flavorful.  DH sliced it and ate it plain and loved it but I think we will use some of it to spice up breakfast with what is left.
Bob's Red Mill Israeli Couscous- Nutty, chewy semolina-flour pearls from the connoisseurs of all things grain.  We haven't used this yet but I do love the Bob's Red Mill brand.  Especially because they have all the weird things like almond flour.
Value: $12.99

Bourbon Barrel Foods Bourbon Smoked Sugar-  When you read that you probably thought it was going to say salt.  But it's not salt.  It's sugar!  Great for baking, hot cocoa drinks and french toast.  :D
Value: $11

VERDICT: This is a new, fun box for me.  It's normally a $75 but I paid $50 for it using a coupon.  The value is right at $75 and the products are very interesting and delicious.  Everything in this box will be used, although it will probably take some time to use up all the sugar.  I was going to say that this box is too expensive but if you are a foodie and you love specialty items, this is going to be an excellent box for you.  
Personally, I'm not super into crazy and interesting food but DH loves it.  He wants to get another one, so we will be continuing this subscription!

I find that when it comes to food boxes like this you have to be more into the food than into getting value for your money.  These aren't sample boxes, this box has big, full size products.  It's more about the curation, I guess than the value.  I would like to get value AND curation, though, so I can be a little down on boxes that come in undervalue.  This Mantry was spot on so I'm not complaining.

What do you think of Mantry?  This was our first one and it was a good one but I'm interested to hear what regular subscribers think of it.

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  1. Wow, pretty much everything in this box looks amazing. Random suggestion: Cook the couscous and toss with the smoked olive oil and veggies and other seasonings! I'm drooling thinking about smoked olive oil now. Drooooool.

    1. It's really amazing stuff!! And that's exactly what the recipe card suggested to do with the couscous, too! I drizzled the smoked olive oil over sauteed chicken breast... It's worth the $15, I'm not gonna lie. Now I feel like I need to ration it out because you can't really buy it anywhere!