December 02, 2015

The Box: The 9th Monthly Discovery Box

The weather is changing... It's a bit chilly out there. I love winter and with this season comes cozy gatherings and many night's in, so here's where THE BOX can help make your gatherings more interesting. Amazing products scouted from across the country for your ultimate pleasure... All of which I have tasted and loved and wanted you to try as well. Invite some friends over to enjoy The Box, a surprise box helping and supporting each month more than 7 villages and cooperatives as well as NGOs and associations.

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Inside the 9th Box of December 2015

  • Kitchen Gadget: We love their products that's why we carefully chose a selection of their funky gadgets for your home or kitchen. Need ideas for your Christmas gifts, check out the collection of Les Maitre du Desordre. Les Maitres du Desordre +9614916796

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  • Grated Pumpkin Jam: Deir el Ahmar, Baalbeck - It's grated pumpkin jam also known as Jazarieh dispite the fact that it doesn't conatin carrots. It has an interesting crunch, an enjoyable sweetness and a mouthwatering color. This specific recipe is one we like. Deir el Ahmar cooperative +9618320375

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  • Sugarpova Yogurt Gummies: Sugarpova is a premium candy line that reflects the fun, fashionable, sweet side of international tennis sensation Maria Sharapova. Maria has created her own candy business to offer an accessible bit of luxury, interpreting classic candies in her own signature style. A long time candy lover with a surprising sweet tooth, Maria is bringing a new level of quality to the candy category through fun, unexpected types and shapes – with playful names to match. Our favrorite is the yogurt speedy. Buckle up and get ready for some tasty twists and turns. These fruity Porsche 911's will take you on a wild ride. Sugarpova Lebanon +9613451560 

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  • Pomegranate Molasses: Fnaydek, Akkar - Pomegranate molasses is a pretty simple ingredient that is taking the world by storm; all chefs today want to include it on their menu. One of the things I appreciate most about it is its lack of sweetness. Pomegranate molasses is syrupy and rich, but even versions with added sugar are not very sweet. Instead it's tangy and a little musky with a depth of flavor that makes it invaluable anywhere you want to add a little depth or complexity. Add it to your salad dressing, ice tea, brush your meat with it as a glazing, drizzle it over grilled vegetables or even try to add couple drops to your sorbet ice cream. Fnaydek cooperative, Akkar +9613125584

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  • Grué de cacao: M de Noir, Kornet Chehwan - Cocoa nibs, are simply chocolate in its purest form. They are bits of fermented, dried, roasted and crushed cacao beans. They have a deep chocolate flavor which can be described as slightly bitter and nutty. They can be used as sprinkles on a cupcake, a chocolate fondant or an ice cream, they can be added to all kinds of dough, but also to salads, goat cheese canapés, foie gras… M de Noir, Maya Kanaan +96171223240

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  • Bâton de M: M de Noir, Kornet Chehwan - Valrhona 70% dark chocolate, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, vanilla beans, Tonka bean. No need to go to a coffee house to get a great hot chocolate. Bâton de M was conceived to bring you to your homes the richness and smoothness of a hot chocolate combined with a selection of spices that makes the end result a unique experience of delight. Add hot milk (it has to be really hot to melt the chocolate) to (Bâton de M) and stir to enjoy a smooth hot chocolate with a unique taste. M de Noir, Maya Kanaan +96171223240

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  • Barazek: Groumet Pastry SHop, Saida - Barazek are buttery, shortbread-like cookies covered with toasted sesame seeds on one side and studded with chopped pistachios on the other side. Whenever someone in Beirut makes a short trip to Damascus, bringing a few boxes of these barazek is usually comissionned from the person travelling. Damascus is reputed for making the best barazek in the region. We have found some in Lebanon, straight from Saida and we loved them. Patisserie Gromais +9617722421

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  • Borghol Baladi Fine & Coarse: Hariss, Bint Jbeil - Bulgur is a cereal food made from the groats of several different wheat species, most often from durum wheat. Burghul is a kind of dried cracked wheat. It is common in our cuisine this is why we chose two versions of it produced by the ladies of Hariss in a traditional and authentic manner. Al Imad cooperative, Hariss +9617325303

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  • Smoked Olive Oil: Akkar - A national premiere: This extra virgin olive oil is cold-smoked with natural hickory wood. It is a perfect companion for a wide array of food. Whether you choose to drizzle it over your salad or add it to grilled meat or simply use it as a dip, you will enjoy its distinctive smoky flavor. Ingredients: extra virgin olive oil, hickory wood Zejd +9611338003 

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  • Artisanal Wine Markers: Qana, Tyre - How many times have you lost your wine glass at a party? With those handmade knitted markers which you can attach to your wine glass, you'll be sure to drink from your own. Qana cooperative, +9617430251

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  • Premium Quality Aniseed: Jdita, Bekaa - Aniseed is sweet and very aromatic, distinguished by its characteristic flavor. The seeds, whole or ground, are used for preparation of tea, as well as in a wide variety of regional and ethnic confectioneries. Aniseed is used to flavor Lebanese Arak. The Ancient Romans often served spiced cakes with aniseed called mustaceoe at the end of feasts as a digestive. This tradition of serving cake at the end of festivities is the basis for the tradition of serving cake at weddings. The seed is good against belchings and upbraidings of the stomach and helps stop diarrhea. A seasonal gift from Domaine des Tourelles. Arak Brun, Domaine des Tourelles, +9618540114

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  • Turkish Delights (Raha) Saida, South - It's our latest discovery from the Saida tour. A small artisan produces a delicious Raha worth looking into. It's proudly created and produced in Lebanon. Rahat el Halkoun is a family of confections based on a gel of starch and sugar. Premium varieties consist largely of chopped dates, pistachios, and hazelnuts or walnuts bound by the gel. Marwan Sharaf Saida, +96171381812

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  • Chakala Chocolate Spread: A chocolate spread that's real and healthy - no added sugar, just some carob molasses that add a boost and a hint of lemon which you won't actually feel. It's dark in color - coco late spread with Cocoa, bits of it found around the jar mixed together with full bodied Caron molasses and love, and lots of it. This products contains no milk whatsoever and is real vegan treat. Rodrigue's Vegan Bites +9613123497

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  • Eggplant Makdous: Deir el Ahmar, Baalbeck - Why this Makdous, because it's unique and tasty but not only that. This specific eggplant makdour because it'sa rare one we could find without garlic. We hope you'll like it.Deir el Ahmar cooperative +9618320375

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  • Mustard Selection from Maille: The world's most famous mustard brand with 300 years of history and many shops around the world proposes today a selection of over 50 mustard flavors. Choose your own to combine with the upcoming Christmas meal. Honey, a l'ancienne and original. http://www.maille.com

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  • Lavendar Cookies: Yahchouch, Mount Lebanon - It was love at first bite. Excellent Sables, aromatic and fresh. Organic lavender sables, thin and firm, crumble under your teeth in a magical smooth way. Those are an exceptional finding. Joseph & Marwan Assaf +96170608066

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  • Honey Lollipops - MIEL DU LEVANT is the first organic Honey certified at 0% sucrose in 1999 it is a pure and natural honey free of any added sugar, harvested in Lebanon. We found for you lollipops with less guilt made of honey. Enjoy their shape and taste. Miel du Levant +96170830427

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  • Boecker: MICROBECS™ DISINFECTING WIPES: Microbecs™ wipes disinfect cleaned non-food and food contact surfaces within 30 seconds and provide hands with the invisible gloves for long lasting protection against germs. EAT SAFE NEWSLETTER: Eat Safe Newsletter is published by Boecker once every two months and contains vital and fresh information related to food safety in Lebanon and the Middle East.

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Here is the complete list:

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