Eat.Feed.Love Taste Club Review - December 2015 - Canadian Gourmet Food Subscription + PROMO CODE

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What is it? Eat.Feed.Love Taste Club 
How Much? $39.95 per month, plus tax, with free shipping. Save on longer terms. Prices in US dollars. 
What’s in it? A box filled with new items and delicious recipes, themed together to make the perfect feast or dinner party.

Eat.Feed.Love is an online gourmet food store based in Victoria, BC. With every purchase, EFL donates to organizations that feed those in need. Along with the online storefront, EFL also offers a monthly subscription called Taste Club.
Every month, we send a box filled with new items and delicious recipes, themed together to make the perfect feast or dinner party.
Each delivery will include a variety of items from spreads, condiments, jams, honeys, syrups, cooking sauces, oils, vinegars, salts, spices, seasonings, chocolate and cocktail mixers, along with an assortment of recipes to make use of your new products.

The December box features products and recipes that were specially chosen to help with holiday entertaining. This month the charity partner is Mercy Ships Canada, a mobile health-care initiative housed on a ship and dedicated to providing primary health and surgical services to some of the world's most impoverished people. Ten percent of all Taste Club sales this month is going to Mercy Ships. Learn more about the organization here.

First look

Last month I received a two of one item in error. I didn't e-mail them about it because it wasn't a huge deal. Well, I guess the EFL team saw my post because they generously sent me the product I missed out on last time, along with a handwritten note. Great service!

December's theme card - "Let's Eat Drink and Be Merry".

All the glorious recipes. The food photography and styling is seriously amazing.

Sirene Artisan Dark Chocolate from Madagascar ($8.50)
The inclusion of this item was inspired by Mercy Ships as the ship is currently docked in Madagascar. This is quality "bean to bar" chocolate, crafted in Victoria, BC.

Earth's Herbal Holiday Season Herbal Spice Tea (Sample)
This sample bag of Herbal Spice Holiday tea was included as a little bonus. The card suggests adding a splash of Grand Marnier, or serve chilled with a cinnamon stick. It smells like Christmas!

Mrs Jones Jams Cranberry Sauce ($7)
The plump red cranberries are perfectly complemented by rich orange and star anise, together with cinnamon and cloves to go beyond mere cranberries and onto a whole new level of deliciousness.  Perfection with turkey, but also delicious with soft cheeses or nut roast, this sauce could become a pantry staple well past the holiday season.
This isn't your plain old canned cranberry jelly. I will be saving this for post-holiday Turkey sandwiches!

L'Epicurien Coconut & Chocolate Spread ($12.99)
This comes from France and I'm drooling just thinking about it. Ice cream sundaes are in my future.

Edmond Fallot Green Peppercorn Dijon Mustard ($6.99)
Infused with green peppercorns, it offers a strong and hot flavor that is perfect for roasted meats, with a bright and spicy character that is sure to impress.
This is another "produit de France" and I look forward to trying it on a roast beef sandwich.

Olive the Senses Cranberry Pear White Balsamic Vinegar (100ml, $5)
The tart and crispy tang of cranberries and the mellow sweetness of Bosch pears unite in this gorgeous white balsamic.
This is used in the recipes for Kale Persimmon Winter Salad and Cranberry Sauce. It can also be used for bread dipping and in salads.

Olive the Senses Vermont Maple Dark Balsamic Vinegar (100ml, $5)
A sweet and comforting balsamic that is superb on waffles and pancakes, it is also a delicious accompaniment for fruit or ice cream. 
Use this one in the recipe for Brown Sugar Dijon Spiral Balsamic Ham. I also like the idea of using it on ice cream! 

Olive the Senses Tuscan Herb Infused Olive Oil (100ml, $5)
A truly Tuscan oil, infused with sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, and fresh herbs. Basil, rosemary, flat-leafed parsley and marjoram give this oil the taste of the Italian countryside.
This oil is used in the recipies for Red Skinned Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Kale & Spinach Dip, and Mini Potato Gratins. EFL also suggests using it with pizza and pasta, as a base for Caesar dressing, or as a bread dipper.

The December Eat.Feed.Love Taste Club box included seven products, with a retail value of $50.50 US. This box costs $39.95 US per month, including shipping. With exchange, this box cost me $51.75 Canadian and the value of items received works out to about $70 Canadian. It's another fantastic box, filled with interesting and high quality products. Most items are local, but two were imported from France! I like that there are some seasonally inspired products, like the cranberry sauce and cranberry pear balsamic. Through the Taste Club, I am slowly building a fantastic collection of olive oil and vinegar! I am sad to say though, if the Canadian dollar keeps dropping (predictions say it will), I will have to cancel this one. I highly recommend the Taste Club, but US dollar billing is an issue.

If you are a foodie and love experiencing new and interesting tastes, this box may be for you. It would also make a fantastic gift. As an added bonus, readers can save 50% off their first box by using promo code cdnboxaddict at checkout. This code is valid on the purchase of a month-to-month subscription only. 

Click here to check out the Eat.Feed.Love Taste Club.



Disclaimer: Box information is correct as of posting date. As prices and terms are subject to change, please be sure to read the FAQ of this company before signing up.


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Comments

  1. Some really nice items in the box.

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  2. I considered this one as some of the items were interesting but the price / currency was a serious deterrent. Also, I wouldn't want so many olive oils/balsamic vinegars, as I already have a few I like and use. Getting one of each one time in a six month period would be ok, but it sounds like you have received various oils/vinegars in multiple months, so not for me.
    It seems really hard to find a good gourmet box in Canada. I would love to see either an international box like the US based Treatsie, Hamptons Lane or Try the World, or one like Taste but with more local variety and priced in Cad$. If they focused more on Canadian artisan producers they could predict their costs accurately and it would be great to experience gourmet products from across the country. Thanks for the detailed review!

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