For the finest things in Europe, Paris has them all. And for the finest things in Asia, you can be sure to find them in Japan. Together, the best of the East meets West’s best. At this event, I sampled what both cities had to offer.
Recently I was invited to attend the “Try the World” Paris-Tokyo tasting event at the Posterati Gallery in SoHo to learn more about this fantastic gourmet delivery service. Founded by two creative Columbia graduate students with the same passion for traveling and discovering new cultures, David and Kat wanted to bring culturally unique products to people everywhere.
Each “Try the World” subscription is $45.00/box, and every two months you receive a mint green box filled with handpicked goodies from a different city starting with Paris then followed by Tokyo. In it you’ll be able to taste delicious treats and discover the cultural richness from beautiful cities around the world. Other fascinating cities are being added to the list after being sourced by the “Try the World” team for the best treats that ideally represent each place. With that said, how could you not want one of these?
Above: Inside the Paris box - Alain Milliat jams, Le Petit Saunier salted butter caramels, Palais des Thes teas, Fleur de Sel, nougat, marron (chestnut) paste and French hot chocolate.
Above: Goodies from the Tokyo box - Senbei rice crackers, spicy Japanese mustard, fresh dried seaweed, yokan sweet red bean sweet, high-grade Japanese green tea and handmade chopsticks.
That evening, I tried lovely French wines from M. Chapoutier and a refreshing Calvados (apple brandy) cocktail with a spritz of cinnamon for a festive Christmas spirit.
One of my favorite tea brands, Palais des Thes, presented their limited edition holiday teas for guests to taste. Featured here the green, white, black and rooibos blends. Better stock up on these comforting flavors before they’re gone…a reminder that I should start doing that too!
The Rooibos Chai blend was brewed and served to eager tea drinkers in these simple porcelain cups. I enjoyed this tea very much! The combined orange, cinnamon, vanilla, rose and almond in this tea are perfect holiday flavors. It’ll give a warm, cozy and comforting feeling. I kind of wanted to snuggle up under a blanket and sit in front of a fireplace while drinking it.
The excited crowd enjoys delicacies from both cities, Paris & Tokyo.
A variety of mini Alain Milliat jams ideal for breakfast time, a snack or fine jam emergencies on the go.
The selection of Japanese snacks for the evening: yokan, a traditional Japanese red bean sweet, senbei rice crackers, ramune sparkling soda and wasabi peas.
Ramune sparkling soda (a flavored, carbonated beverage) was a drink I used to consume in cases during my tween years. Although I don’t drink them as much as I used to, I still enjoy one every now and then. How cute are the labels on these bottles?
Above: A quick presentation on how the “Try the World” idea began.
It was a fun evening - meeting and mingling with culturally curious and hungry invitees. I’m glad I had the opportunity to be a part of the tasting. As delicious as it was, the event was also inspirational and educational. Everyone was gifted a goodie bag of French treats to take home - I loved it!
David and Kat invite you to try the world with them - get closer to interesting cultures and lifestyles through their unique and tasty products. I encourage you too!