Includes Six Delicious Recipes
In Japan, mochi has been eaten to celebrate the start of the New Year since the Heian period (794AD - 1185AD). Mochi is a Japanese rice cake made from mochigome, a short-grain glutinous rice. It is traditionally made by pounding and folding hot steamed rice cake into sticky mochi using a mortar (usu) and a wooden mallet (kine).
From gingerbread houses to The Gingerbread Man, nothing quite symbolizes the holidays like gingerbread. One of the popular decorations for Christmas in Croatia is Licitar heart, a hand-decorated gingerbread cookie that was recognized by UNESCO in 2010 as the "Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage" for Croatian culture. Medenjaci (also made with honey, ginger and spices) is a local, melt-in-your-mouth cookie often served at Christmas.
Austrian Linzer Cookies
Austrian Linzer cookies (Helle Linzer Plaetzchen in Germany) are named after Linzer torte, a pastry originated in the Austrian city of Linz. Linzer torte is one of the oldest known cakes believed to have been discovered in an Austrian abbey in the 1600s. It was later introduced to the US in the mid-1800s by an Austrian immigrant, Franz Holzlhuber, who was a baker.
Pasta with Peas and Pecorino
Introducing Eleven Madison Park and chef/owner DANIEL HUMM. Chef Daniel Humm has led the Eleven Madison Park team in receiving numerous accolades including four stars from The New York Times, James Beard Foundation Awards including Outstanding Chef and Outstanding Restaurant in America, three Michelin stars and the #1 spot on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list in 2017.
Fish Bilindango with Broccolini
Introducing CÉDRIC VONGERICHTEN, executive chef and co-owner, of Wayan. Recently named one of Esquire’s 2019 Best Restaurants in America, Wayan is a modern Indonesian restaurant with French influence in downtown Manhattan. Originally born in Bangkok, Thailand, Cédric spent the early years of his career learning in many celebrated kitchens around the world under the guidance of his father, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, before making his way back to New York. Beyond owning and operating Wayan alongside his wife Ochi, Cédric is the chef de cuisine at the renowned Perry St. in Manhattan’s West Village and the executive chef/co-owner of Vong Kitchen and Le Burger in Ochi’s birthplace of Jakarta, Indonesia.
Introducing NATASHA PICKOWICZ, the former executive pastry chef of NYC’s Altro Paradiso and Flora Bar. A San Diego native, Pickowicz began her pastry career in Montreal where she worked at a local bakery, Depanneur Le Pick Up, followed by Lawrence Restaurant. Natasha moved to New York in 2013 to work at Andrew Tarlow's Marlow & Sons and Diner, before joining Matter House in 2014 to oversee the pastry offerings. Most recently, Pickowicz was named as a nominee of the James Beard Award "Outstanding Pastry Chef" and founded the annual Bake Sale at Altro Paradiso, which brings together friends in the restaurant industry to raise money for the Greater New York chapter of Planned Parenthood.
Each Explorer Box Includes
3 Recipe Cards
(4 servings each)
3 popular dishes from each country with easy-to-follow instructions for chefs of all ages
Essential spice/sauce/grain mixes
unique seasonings that will transform your basic fresh ingredients into a culinary experience
(for fresh ingredients)
have fun at grocery stores or farm stands with the list and find your preferred fresh ingredients that meet your dietary preferences or restrictions
Country Explorer Brochures
exploration guide that teaches your budding chef about the culture, history, and food traditions of the country
Educational Activity Sheets
word puzzles, math problems, and thematic quizzes await in this fun, interactive activity sheet
Fun Cooking Tools
start your collection of fun cooking tool that will come in handy for all of your culinary explorations
track your culinary journey with our eat2explore passport and country sticker; and start your collection of country flag pins
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Frequently Asked Questions
There are 3 ways to participate: (1) explore a country (1 or 3 countries), (2) explore a continent (4 countries), or (3) explore the world (12 countries). With every package, you will receive a new country box each month. With one country box, you can try us without any obligations. The longer your package, the greater the discount!
Every month you will receive a new explore box complete with: 3 easy-to-follow recipes, our pre-measured spice/sauce mixes for each recipe, shopping list, explore country brochure, activity sheet, country sticker, flag pin and a fun collectible.
The recommended age for our explore box is 5 years old or older.
Our ingredients are handled in facilities that process milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soy, gluten, and sulfites. We recommend you use your best judgment when considering dietary restrictions, but you can easily modify recipes by omitting ingredients you’d like to avoid. To help you make as informed a decision as possible, all of our sauces or spice mixes include a breakdown of ingredients and any of the eight major allergens as recognized by the FDA are clearly identified.
The countries change periodically. Some of the countries included are: France, Spain, Italy, Greece, USA, China, Japan, India, Mexico, Singapore, Israel, Morocco, Lebanon, Ethiopia and Brazil.