Mabuhay! Welcome to the Philippines! Kitchen Table Passport is a meal-centered cooking and exploration kit. Each kit features a traditional dish from the featured region, providing a recipe, spices, and pairing suggestions. With the Full Package, the dish is the centerpiece of the evening, but you also receive “discovery items” – mementos emblematic of the featured culture and a stack of beautifully photographed cards replete with trivia and information. The Taste Only Package provides just the spices and recipe.
My first look in. It seems that the packaging has changed somewhat. There is no longer a checklist on the inside of the lid.
The welcome card introduces you to the featured culture and provides some suggestions for serving your dish in an authentic way. My featured recipe was Chicken Adobo, but I was told that pork or beef could be substituted.
The contents of my box. Everything looks so detailed.
Bulul Necklace – A Bulul is a carved wooden figure used to safeguard the rice crop by the Igorot people in Luzon. The sculptures are highly stylized representations of ancestors and are thought to gain power from the presence of the ancestral spirit.
Handmade Charm – Each of the charms sent out were unique to their box. Mine featured a rose and gold colored stone with some small beading on the ends. My new phone doesn’t have a place to add charms, so I will have to find somewhere to display this.
Mango Tamarind Candy – This is a gummy style candy. You get the sweetness of the mango and a bit of tartness from the tamarind. Yummy!
Discovery Cards: Each card presents a site from the Philippines and provides cultural and demographic information, as well as some words for you to learn.
An example of the information on the card. This was the “The Philippines” overview card. I thought I knew quite a bit about the Philippines, but there was a lot that I learned from reading the cards. These are also a good tool to help your younger ones learn about other cultures.
Herb and Spice Mix: This mix came packaged in the satin bag and provides enough to make 2 batches of the enclosed recipe.
Recipe Card: In addition to the ingredients and cooking directions, the recipe card provides a full color picture of the dish, meal suggestions, and a list of equipment/tools that will be needed. The directions were clear and easy to follow. I recommend reading the entire card before you begin prepping. I made the mistake of starting preparations and then seeing that the meat needed to marinate for at least 2 hours. Needless to say, this meal was pushed out by a day.
My finished dish! It’s pretty close to the picture.
I thought this was a hearty and tasty meal. For me, the vinegar flavor was a bit strong, but the rice did help to mellow it out (my dad disagreed and thought it was fine). I am used to eating pork adobo, so the chicken was a nice change up. Next time, I’ll make the Asian green beans for a side as suggested (I already have a tried and true recipe for those).
The Full Package starts at $29.95 per month; however, this rate can drop to as low as $19.99 with subscriptions that are 6 months or longer. This may seem high when compared to other meal boxes. BUT, you are getting a somewhat immersive experience with the mementos and Discovery Cards. You can think of your meal as an international staycation.
The Description: Explore the world from your kitchen table! Different focus country every month to learn about with your family and friends. Contains country introduction, amazing photography, fascinating facts, recipe for local dish, unique herb & spice mix to get started, and authentic souvenirs. Choose between the Taste or the Full Experience!
The Price: $9.95 per month
The Categories: Around the World Subscription Boxes, Boxes with Geographic Appeal, International Food Subscription Boxes. International Theme Subscription Boxes, Spice Subscription Boxes, Travel Themed Subscription Boxes.
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