As I write this I am sitting perfectly satiated from a homemade breakfast of organic, scrambled eggs with roasted tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella and sprinkled with Inka salt from the sacred valley. The whipped eggs were served alongside wheat toast and fresh blueberries, raspberries and blackberries mixed with a dash of blonde coconut sugar from Indonesia held in a mini tagine from Morocco; and pure ground vanilla from Madagascar. While I cooked breakfast, I routinely reached for my handwoven towel from Guatemala to wipe my hands before sitting down to enjoy this worldly meal. Without leaving the comfort of my own home, I took my taste buds on a trip from Peru to Indonesia!
I am in between trips right now–having just returned from assignment in Colombia and looking towards my next trip to Morocco in August–and to feed my wanderlust I tend to look to creative ways to bring the globe to my doorstep. One such way is with GlobeIn, an amazing company dedicated to supporting artisans in remote regions and fighting to eradicate poverty by giving local craftsmen a global audience. GlobeIn offers an online marketplace that features thousands of handmade and Fair Trade products sourced from direct relationships with artisans; as well as a monthly subscription based artisan box featuring products curated around a monthly theme–in my case “Kitchen.”
Now, I admit that as a New Yorker I am more apt to order delivery than whip up meals in my kitchen. In fact, more often than I’d like my fridge is either completely empty–albeit some leftover sushi–and my kitchen is where the bikes are kept. The thing is I love cooking though! I have devoured episodes of Top Chef, have worked at FOOD & WINE Magazine and follow chefs and restaurant culture; yet the Big Apple is a fast-moving city where the ease of a Seamless order often wins out in the end.
When GlobeIn sent me their kitchen artisan box, I was suddenly inspired to pull my cooking skills out of commission and use the amazing products that were sent to me. From roasted coffee hailing from Nicaragua to mini tangines from Morocco to ground vanilla from Madagascar, each item in the GlobeIn box has a personal story around how the product is made and the positive impact it has on its local community. Take for example the coconut sugar, which I adore–the sugar hails from Big Tree Farms in Java, Indonesia where a farmer-friendly food production model teaches sustainable agriculture techniques to small-scale growers. Big Tree Farms does more than produce natural sugar to sweeten any meal, it also supports 14,000 family farms across 10 Indonesian islands! Similarly, the Inca Salt hails from the Sacred Valley and empowers locals by providing livable wages for today’s Quechua communities.
Each item in the GlobeIn box has a story that both unveils a new culture and leaves you feeling wonderful–after all, it is amazing to know the products you’re using came from across the world and helped create good in a local community. Every now and then I come across a company or brand that I get really excited about and GlobeIn is one such company that not only helps feed my wanderlust with their global artisan boxes; but is inspiring in how it looks to support local artisans and bring the world to your direct to your doorstep.
Sign up to receive the GlobeIn artisan boxes here and make sure to use the coupon code: PINTHEMAP for 25% off your first month’s box with the purchase of 3-month or longer subscriptions.
Note: This is a sponsored post in which I received a complimentary artisan box to review; but as always–any sponsored content on The Pin the Map Project are only of brands and companies I fully support, purchase from and would recommend to my readers.