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November 26, 2013

Veronica Belmont #NOM06 Quarterly Co. Box Review

I want to do a little different post from what I usually blog about, and that's talk a little bit about subscription boxes. More specifically, about Veronica Belmont's box from Quarterly Co. I have been subscribed to this box from almost the beginning. I missed the first one because I didn't know about it yet. But Veronica is someone I respect in the tech world and her boxes are advertised as being filled with local foods from the San Francisco region. I had to try it out. Now, when I started subscribing to this box, it was originally $25 every quarter, or every 3 months. It has since gone up to $50 every quarter, so Veronica can pick a bigger variety and better quality items for each box. I didn't mind the price jump, since it means we get more items in each box.

I want to mention that I've had great customer service from Quarterly Co. There was one box that had a broken bottle of sauce in it, and many customers had the same issue. Quarterly refunded the whole price of the box, and sent everyone who had an issue a free poultry rub. Despite the fact that the other item in the box was fine. They didn't have to do that, but it was a great gesture. I also won a Twitter giveaway they were holding once, they didn't even contact me just sent me some free cupcake decorating items. This box for November was the first to change to $50, but I believe the people who had already subscribed who wanted to keep subscribing were given a credit for this box. All said and done I only ended up paying about $2 for this box. So it was a great value!

Each box has a theme, and each box comes with a little letter from the curator about each item. This quarter's theme was garlic, and what with the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, California, most of the items were from the festival. So here's my November box:

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Here's a list of what came in the box:

  • International Garlic Festival Cookbook: ($0.95) I haven't made anything from this cookbook yet, but I'm eyeing the Garli Mary.
  • Garlic Popcorn Seasoning: ($2.00) I've used up almost all of this, I found that it comes with 2 packets, but each packet gets you about 2-4 servings of popcorn. Delicious, I wish I had more of this one.
  • Garli Garni Seasoning: ($5.50) This seems like it's pretty similar to the popcorn seasoning so you could probably use this on popcorn after you use up the packets. But the cookbook also includes some recipes that incorporate it.
  • Garlic Rocker: ($15) This worked ok for me, had some trouble where at the end of the mashing, I ended up with a big flat piece of garlic on the other side of the rocker. Seems faster to chop.
  • Rub-A-Way Bar: ($8) I haven't really used this but I've heard they work pretty well. Will get the garlic smell off your hands. Then again the garlic rocker can do the same thing.
  • Black Garlic: ($14) I haven't tried this yet, but I kind of want to put it all over a pizza. Maybe I'll try that on my favorite take out pizza in San Francisco.
Totaling this box up came to about $45.50 based on online prices. Now if you had paid $50 for the box you might feel like you didn't quite get your money worth, unless you count shipping, but because I had a weird credit thing, I only paid about $2 for this box. Totally worth it!

I highly recommend any of the Quarterly boxes that strike your fancy, they have great customer service and the products are of high quality. They have all kinds of curators, so you can pick one that looks interesting to you.

For more Quarterly reviews, check out All Quarterly Reviews.

Do you subscribe to Quarterly? Which curator do you receive boxes from? Have you been happy with the service? Let me know in the comments!

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