Food Trip To... Review - Finland Box - Canadian Meal Preparation Subscription Box + PROMO CODE

This box was provided complimentary for review.
  
What is it? Food Trip To...
How Much? $39.90 for single box (no subscription). $37.90 every 2 months, recurring. $109.90 for 6 months (3 boxes), recurring. Tax extra. Shipping free within Quebec. Shipping extra for other provinces and based on location. Prices in Canadian dollars.
What’s in it? A surprise destination in a box, featuring 6 products and 4 recipes to make an authentic meal for 6, cultural facts and trivia, and a  small surprise. 


Food Trip To... is a new Canadian subscription box, based in Quebec. Every two months, the Food Trip To… team will introduce you to a surprise destination thanks to a box filled with tantalizing treats, delivered right to your home or office. Their motto is Eat. Travel. Share, which should really be everyone's motto! It's a great manta to live by. Boxes can be purchased a la carte (single purchase) or as a recurring subscription (Around the World plan). With the Around the World plan, you will receive a new country in a box every 2 months. There is no obligation. You can cancel any time through your account page. Food Trip To... also donates 10% of proceeds from the sale of each box to Oxfam Quebec!

Up until recently, Food Trip To... was in a testing phase. The goal was to sell 600 boxes by October 2015 to see if the business model was viable. They reached the 600 box goal and are continuing on. It's not clear yet how the business will change and grow going forward, but so far, things look promising!


This is a review for the Food Trip To... Finland box. This box was featured in a previous month and is currently sold out. The review is to give you an idea of what you can expect from Food Trip To...

My box arrived via UPS. Shipping is free to subscribers in Quebec, but for those in the rest of Canada, it's based on your location. When I plugged in my BC address into the checkout page, the shipping cost was $14.90. I'm guessing the closer to Quebec you are, the less expensive shipping will be, but I can't confirm that theory.

First impressions... fantastic. The box was heavy and when I took it out of the mailing bag, I was greeted with the bright blue and white encased box. The graphic design work and packaging is excellent. It was even better inside...


Each box includes professionally printed, full colour inserts. One card includes a brief description and menu, "key facts" about the country, some basic Finnish words and phrases, Finnish trivia, and a list of Finnish movies worth viewing. There is also a card directing us to the Food Trip To Finland website to stream videos and music playlists. We also received a grocery shopping list. 


The recipe cards are also full-colour, double sided, and professionally printed. The theme of this Finnish meal is "Gourmet Brunch in Lapland".
Imagine a Saturday morning in Finland, in a chalet set in the heart of Lapland. The sun has just peeked over the horizon, and the mouth-watering smells of brunch being prepared fill the room.

A glass of mulled wine in hand, you peruse your travel guide as you listen to the strains of Finnish music… Hyvää huomenta! (Good Morning!)
 I also found three more recipes for the Finland box from the Food Trip To... blog. There's one for Salmon Gravlax, a breakfast, an entree, and a dessert!
 
In this box, you will find everything you need for a cultural and culinary adventure.
  • 7 products and 4 savoury and sweet recipes to make a delicious Finnish brunch
  • 2 musical playlists: one of traditional Finnish music and the other inspired by the holiday season
  • Cultural information to discover Finland in an entertaining way
  • A little surprise featuring the simple, clean design Finland is famous for, to add a decorative touch to your brunch table!
Glögi Spice Blend for Fruit Mulled Wine

Pronounced gleu-guy, Glögi is a warm mulled beverage, but instead of being made with wine, it's traditionally made with a blend of fruit juices and vodka! The Glögi spices are made from cinnamon, cloves, pepper, nutmeg, sliced almonds, and raisins.


Salmiakki
Salmiakki is described as a savoury licorice, and is meant for those that enjoy unusual culinary experiences. The pieces are small diamond shapes, similar to the design on the box. They do taste like licorice, but slightly spiced, and eventually almost medicinal. It's s strange taste, but not totally unpleasant.


Piparkakkuja 
These are "Christmas cookies". From the ingredients list, it looks like they are a gingersnap-style, spiced with cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves.


Puuroriisi Grotris
Puuroriisi is a very short grain rice used for rice porridge. For our brunch in Lapland, rice porridge is used  in the Karjalanpiirakka recipe... that's a thin rye pastry filled with rice, butter, and eggs.


Savustuspussi 
Savustuspussi means smoker and this is a smoker bag, meant to smoke fish in your oven. It's a one time use item. For the Finnish brunch menu, we are making Savustettulohi (smoked salmon). It can be eaten on its own, or atop the Karjalanpiirakka pastries.


Sinappi 
Sinappi is a sweet mustard popular in Finland. Here we are using it in a sauce for the smoked salmon, and in a salad dressing.


Puolukkahilloa 
Anyone that has had meatballs at Ikea should be familair with this one. In Finland they call it Mountain Cranberry or Arctic Berry. The Swedes refer to it as Lingonberry. Either way, it's delicious. For brunch, we use it in a sweet dish called Pannukakku, a thick oven pancake served with jam, fresh berries, and spiced whipped cream. 

Scandanavian Design Beech Wood Coasters and Magnet
This is the special souvenir from Finland - a set of four wooden coasters with quintessential Scandinavian geometric patterns. They are perfect to add a touch of Finnish authenticity to your brunch table.

The "Finland" edition of Food Trip To... included eight products and four recipes. They also included four alternate recipes on their website. It's impossible to put a value on this box since all the products are imported, but I can easily say that this box is worth every penny of the subscription cost, and then some! From the presentation, to the products, to the recipes, to the music playlist, and all the extras... Food Trip To... has you covered and every detail is perfect. Food Trip To... has served up a fun and complete kit so you can host an incredible Finnish themed brunch party. All that's required of you is some fresh groceries, a bit of time, and a few guests.

My only complaint, if you could call it that, is that the Food Trip To Finland website is not bilingual! The storefront area can be toggled between French and English, but there are several recipes and travel blog posts on the site that are only available in French. I know basic French from my high school days, but it would be great if the blog posts were available in French and English. I want to try the Salmon Gravlax recipe! Thankfully there is Google Translate.

If you are interested in trying Food Trip To..., you can save 25% off your first box with an Around the World plan (recurring subscription). Use promo code CDNBOX25 at checkout.

Click here to check out Food Trip To...


UPDATE: I recently learned that as of February 2016, Eat Feed Love, the other quality Canadian gourmet food box, is no longer Canadian. EFL moved operations from Victoria, BC to Los Angeles, CA. Shipping is now $30 per box for Canaidans. If you are looking for a great box to replace EFL, Food Trip To... is it.

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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  1. Got this as a gift for my brother and sister in law. The food and recipes are apparently fine, but from my end, I have to say the customer service is THE WORST. Despite repeated emails and changing the delivery address for the first box, they still sent it to the recipients (rather than to me as requested) BEFORE Christmas, ruining the gift. No emails sent to the company have EVER been replied to. And now that the 3-month subscription has finally run its expensive course, I get an email saying it will automatically be renewed, and I have only a week to cancel/unsubscribe. They say to cancel/unsubscribe to go to their website AND THERE IS **NOWHERE** YOU CAN UNSUBSCRIBE ON THERE!!! I don't know if I've ever regretted a gift as much as this one. This company SUCKS.

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    1. I'm sorry to hear about your experience. There is nothing worse than poor customer service

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