The Gourmet Box: Delicacies in a Dabba

It’s my best friend’s birthday next week and I just don’t know what to get him. He’s already got a massive collection of colognes, no I don’t want to get him another bottle of S*** Chenin Blanc (don’t get me wrong, I love S*** Chenin Blanc, it’s just that it’s become the commonest of gifting options) and guys don’t buy clothes for each other. I’m so baffled that I’m considering showing up at the party with that bottle of Chenin Blanc after all. How does that reflect on me? I come across as an indifferent friend who lacks imagination and motivation.

Let’s face it guys, all of us have been in a similar situation at some point. Well today I discovered something interesting. A unique concept, which I thought makes for a perfect gift. Especially if your friend is an avid foodie. Why not gift him a food hamper?

As its name suggests, The Gourmet Box is, quite literally, a box full of goodies, sent to your doorstep. The new Mumbai-based gourmet service requires you to order this box for yourself, or for someone else. The brains behind this idea, Himanshi and Janice, avid epicureans themselves, painstakingly pick a series of local and foreign gourmet food products. The result — complete indulgence.

The box arrived at my doorstep this afternoon and this is what it looked like.Image-1

I just loved the packaging with the cute logo on it. And the black bow tied so elegantly just adds to the charm of receiving something interesting at your doorstep.

And so I opened it up and this is what it looked like. Image-1 (2)

The box contained a bunch of delightful treats. This time’s box has a ‘breakfast theme’ and here’s what I found inside.

Under The Mango Tree Litchi Honey – I’ve written about this NGO/honeymaker previously and I find their cause of supporting the indigenous Indian honeybee to be quite noble. Plus the rustic-chic packaging makes it even more interesting. It is naturally extracted from bees that have fed on litchi flowers’ nectar.
Under The Mango Tree Litchi Honey – I’ve written about this NGO/honeymaker previously and I find their cause of supporting the indigenous Indian honeybee to be quite noble. Plus the rustic-chic packaging makes it even more interesting. It is naturally extracted from bees that have fed on litchi flowers’ nectar.
 Pico Sweet Chilly Jam – Chilly jam? Something I’ve never tried or heard of. I can’t wait to try this interesting mix of flavours on some toast or maybe even with some scrambled eggs.

Pico Sweet Chilly Jam – Chilly jam? Something I’ve never tried or heard of. I can’t wait to try this interesting mix of flavours on some toast or maybe even with some scrambled eggs.
 Chai Diaries Blood Orange Caffeine Free Tea – Blood orange, apple, vanilla, rose and lemon come together in this delicious tea, which, according to someone from the Chai Diaries team, is best enjoyed chilled. I’m not the biggest fan of caffeine-free drinks normally (I would ideally never opt for something caffeine-free) but this one gets a big thumbs up from me.

Chai Diaries Blood Orange Caffeine Free Tea – Blood orange, apple, vanilla, rose and lemon come together in this delicious tea, which, according to someone from the Chai Diaries team, is best enjoyed chilled. I’m not the biggest fan of caffeine-free drinks normally (I would ideally never opt for something caffeine-free) but this one gets a big thumbs up from me.

Dryden & Palmer Rock Candy Sticks – A great and decorative way to enjoy a bit of sugar your tea or coffee. Swirl them in your cup and let the flavours do the talking. (Here’s a confession – my favourite part of the hamper was the mug)

 Chocotella Health Bars – Three yummy homemade bars.  Orgran Apple and Cinnamon Pancake Mix – Need I say more?

Chocotella Health Bars – Three yummy homemade bars.
Orgran Apple and Cinnamon Pancake Mix – Need I say more?

 

If you’re interested in discovering and enjoying some fun stuff every month, you have the possibility of opting for their monthly gourmet subscription box, which gives you a chance to experiment with interesting products from around the world.

My verdict: An affordable yet stylish gifting option for someone special. If I were you, I’d order one more box just for myself. Bon Appétit!

The July box costs Rs. 1250 and you can order them on thegourmetbox.in

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