Monday, March 30, 2015

Batch Austin Review, March 2015 + $40 Discount on 2015 Tour of Texas & Other Discount Codes!

Here in Texas, we just do things bigger and so does Batch!  They are about to commence a six month tour of the Lone Star State with stops in six cities, including Austin, San Antonio, Ft. Worth, El Paso, Houston and Dallas.  The April box will feature great local goods from Austin, then they'll take us to San Antonio in May, Ft. Worth in June, El Paso in July, Houston in August and Dallas in September.  More about all that at the end of this post.

To whet our appetites, let's see what came in Batch Austin's March box.  You always get big (sometimes HUGE) full size products in Batch boxes.  My little postal scale couldn't even handle this box (it only goes to 5 lbs.) but I think it's around 5.5 lbs.  I can assure you there aren't many subscription boxes that weigh that much. This box contains four items all of which were made in Austin.  (Yes, I checked the labels!)

The product card tells us the theme for the month which is "Just Brunch" and gives plenty of information about the purveyors.  

The "elephant" in the box is this ginormous bottle of Original Gourmet Bloody Mary Mix from Bloody Revolution.  This thing alone weighs 3 lbs. 6 oz!  This is a new brand that just became available in August 2013 with five flavors of bloody mary mixers.  I know the perfect neighbor who will enjoy this. Hopefully, I can update this post with his taste assessment soon.

Next is a jar of Champagne Jelly from Jelly Queens.  This is hand made in Austin and contains only champagne, white grape juice, sugar, lemon, coconut nectar and pectin....truly an original artisan product.

Then there is a package of Brazilian coffee from Casa Brasil.  The beans are bought directly from growers in Brazil and roasted in Austin.  This blend is called Fazenda Ambiental, which I believe is the name of a coffee plantation in Brazil that has been in operation since 1850. An intoxicating aroma is emanating from this bag......

The fourth and final product is a 12.6 oz. package of "Scrumptious Scones" baking mix from Bona Dea.  This non-GMO blend is also gluten free, vegan and made with whole grains.  Just add cream, eggs, butter and sugar plus any add ins you like.  I love scones and can't wait to try this mix.

Now, back to Batch's 2015 Tour of Texas!  If you purchase the six city boxes individually, the cost is $40 per month.  But if you sign up for the entire 6 city tour by April 1st, you get a $40 discount; basically one month for free.  If you choose this option, the cost for the entire tour is $200.  (shipping is free either way) The theme of April's Box is "On the Veranda".  I don't know what they'll be sending but I do know the items will be artisanal quality and generously sized.  

Of course, you can still sign up for the other Batch city subscriptions which focus on the gastronomic culture and cuisine of individual cities.  Prices vary but you can subscribe to Batch boxes centered around Atlanta, Austin, Charleston, Memphis or Nashville.  In addition, be sure to check out Batch's on-line store which features an impressive a la carte selection of past boxes and individual items.  This is a great place to pick up gifts for just about anyone, especially those for whom it's hard to find perfect gifts.

Use code SWEETDREAMS for a 20% discount on any gift batch.  The codes BELOCAL or BATCHTASTIC will get you a 10% discount off your first order.  I'm not sure if these codes will work on the Tour of Texas after April 1st but it certainly doesn't hurt to try.

I'm thrilled that Batch is featuring my state in this new tour!  Can't wait to see what products they feature for each city but rest assured...this is Texas and we know how to eat!

Thanks for reading,


Disclosure:  Views and opinions expressed in this blog are strictly my own.  Product discussed in this post was purchased by Lone Star Shopper. Post may contain referral or affiliate links.

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