So perhaps understandably, when I was initially contacted by DeluxeBite about reviewing one of their gourmet food hampers I was somewhat hesitant. What if I didn't like the contents? Unlike my attitude to beauty products though, my attitude to food is more of a 'try anything once' approach, so I figured it couldn't hurt to try.
I wasn't disappointed. When my hamper arrived yesterday morning it was met with much excitement by both myself and my mum. Most of this excitement was directed at the venison chorizo, an exotic foodstuff that us Essex heathens have never heard the like of. We're big chorizo eaters in this family, so wanting to waste no time in sampling the wares plans were immediately made for chicken and chorizo pasta. I actually still had the traditional chorizo that came in the previous hamper (that I never got round to blogging about, woops) so we threw that in for good measure.
You guys, it was awesome. Like, for reals. The venison chorizo is a lot darker in colour than the traditional pork one - in fact it almost looks like black pudding. When you fry it it produces very little fat, unlike normal chorizo which produces quite a lot. It still has the traditional spicy chorizo flavour but the meat itself is much richer so you get more of that flavour coming through. All in all, yummmmm. We fried it up with some diced chicken breast, peppers, onions, garlic and tomatoes and served with pasta. Super quick and easy and extremely yummy.
So eager were we to crack into the chorizo-y goodness, I didn't think to snap any pictures before whacking them into the pan! I have pictures of the labels though, so that sort of counts...right?
Some of the other goodies in the hamper include some fancy coffee, some slightly odd 'fruit crisps' and some posh chutneys and relishes. I'm looking forward to the next time we have roast pork so I can slather it in the apple chutney!
In terms of content I would definitely recommend giving DeluxeBites a try, particularly if you are a foodie who is always on the look out for new products. Some of the things in the hamper are ones that I would never have come across otherwise but will definitely buy again - in fact I plan to source more of that chorizo as a matter of urgency. The only cause for hesitation for me is the price, as at £20 a box I personally would find it a little steep. That being said I'd be willing to spend it as a gift for a foodie friend and if I was a real foodie/less of a subscription box phobe I probably wouldn't be quite so quick to balk at the price tag.
Have any of you ever tried foodie subscription boxes? Have you encountered DeluxeBite before?