April 2014 Hamptons Lane Review

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Hamptons Lane
Cost: $47/month
Ships To: United States.
April 2014 Hamptons Lane
April 2014 Hamptons Lane

Hamptons Lane, who kindly sent me this box to review, curates an amazing monthly box of artisan foods, kitchen tools, and serveware for the food lover. Boxes are $45/month and will be revealed at the beginning of every month. Boxes are created around a monthly theme, such as Southwestern Fiesta, The Best of BBQ, Picnic Time, etc.  Unlike most subscription boxes, you can skip the box if it doesn’t interest you during the first five days of that month.

Hamptons Lane is launching their first box in April (you can sign up now, but you won’t be billed until it ships), but I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek of the box sent to me to review!

April 2014 Hamptons Lane
The Box

My Hamptons Lane box shipped via FedEx.  Since the box is brand new and I hadn’t checked the website, I had no idea what to expect.  All I knew was that the box weighed 11 pounds, which seemed like a lot!

April 2014 Hamptons Lane
First Look

I still had no idea what to expect and I was getting even more curious when I opened it up.  The first month of a brand new box is always extra exciting!

April 2014 Hamptons Lane
The Hamptons Lane Box
April 2014 Hamptons Lane
First Look

I opened the blue Hamptons Lane box first and after looking at the contents I realized it was a fiesta themed box which I thought was awesome. But what was in that big box?  I thought I had an idea, but still wasn’t 100% sure.

April 2014 Hamptons Lane
The Information “Card”

The April 2014 Hamptons Lane theme is “Southwestern Fiesta” and includes culinary delights found deep in the heart of Texas which were curated for your next taco night.  I quickly glanced at the information sheet (it folds open and gives information on each of the included products inside and also gives recipes for guacamole and margaritas) and then moved on to the contents of the box.  Here is what was inside:

~Authentic Lava Rock Molcajete (~$40):  Even after looking at the information card, I still didn’t know what was in that big heavy brown box.  You know what I thought it was? One of those big buckets of margarita mix that you freeze and add booze to.  Which makes no sense at all considering the high quality nature of the other items in there, but that’s what I was thinking.  Well it turns out I was way wrong.  It was a “lava rock molcajete”.  Or more specifically, that thing you make guacamole in.  It’s hand carved and is SO cool.  When B came home last night he was even excited about it and was plotting a summer of tacos and guacamole.  I cannot wait for that.  You do need to cure your molcajete before using it, but the card gives you step-by-step instructions that I am certain B can handle.

April 2014 Hamptons Lane
Authentic Lava Rock Molcajete

~Melissa Guerra Fajita Seasoning ($~5): This fajita seasoning comes from the South Texas Spice Company and it’s said that you have never tried fajitas until you’ve tried them with this.  I swear as soon as the weather is nice enough to eat outside, we are making these.  I am ready for summer and patio dinners and all that fun stuff!

April 2014 Hamptons Lane
Melissa Guerra Fajita Seasoning

~Melissa Guerra Taco Seasoning (~$7.50):  This seasoning was created just for Hamptons Lane by culinary expert Melissa Guerra.  Since it was created just for this box I couldn’t find a price for it online, so I estimated.  It’s probably a low estimate, but I like to be conservative.

April 2014 Hamptons Lane
Melissa Guerra Taco Seasoning

~Salt Traders Margarita Salt with Chipotle Chiles ($12): This salt was created to be  course enough to deliver a crunch, but also still be able to dissolve on the palate.  I am not a huge fan of the salt rimmed glass (I do like a sugar rimmed glass though), but I will be happy to try it.  If B makes it, 99% of the time I try it!

April 2014 Hamptons Lane
Salt Traders Margarita Salt with Chipotle Chiles

~Lime Juicer from Norpro ($9): Of all the kitchen gadgets we own (and we own a lot), one of them is not a lime juicer.  Now we will have no reason not to be able to make our own guacamole and add fresh lime juice to recipes (drink or otherwise).

April 2014 Hamptons Lane
Lime Juicer from Norpro

~La Fogata Salsa ($10): I fear this salsa a little bit.  It has a picture of a fire on it which makes me think it’s, well, hot, but based on the information card it doesn’t appear to be anything over the top spicy.  I wanted to open this and test it, but I restrained myself since I really really want to save all this for the first night on the patio this spring / summer.

April 2014 Hamptons Lane
La Fogata Salsa

All totaled (using my best estimates) I came up with a value of $83.50 for the April 2014 Hamptons Lane box.  I am guessing my estimates are a little on the low end, but even so it’s a great value since the box is only $47/month.   I thought this box was fabulous and I love that you get to see exactly what’s going to be in the box every month before you commit to buying it.  I am thinking this is going to become one of my regular subscriptions and I think B agrees.

What do you think of Hamptons Lane?  If you are interested in subscribing or want to learn more, click here.  You’ll get $10 off your first box (it’ll appear as a credit in your account and will be deducted when you are billed) using my link, which makes it an even better deal.  The first box, which is this box, won’t ship until April, but you also won’t be charged until that time!

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Disclosure: This complimentary box was sent for review purposes. As always, all opinions are my own and no compensation was received.
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Jennifer is the author and founder of Subscription Box Ramblings. She first discovered subscription boxes in 2012 and has been addicted since. Current favorites include CAUSEBOX, Boxycharm and Beachly!

This Post Has 20 Comments

  1. Ruth Gilbert

    Oh my goodness you have saved me! I won a molcajete from my favorite Mexican place and thought it was just going to sit and be a bowl because it had grit in it. Now I know how to get rid of it and smooth it so I can actually use it! Bring on the fiesta!

    1. Jennifer

      At first we were like umm, we are going to get rocks in our food if we eat out of this?? And then we read and were like ohhhh, this explains that.

  2. Kyra

    My brother has one of those lava rock things and I love using it at his house on taco nights!

    1. Jennifer

      It’s so cool!

  3. cindy

    oh my gosh, i love both hampton and mission. Would love to buy these kind of boxes and have them shipped direct to friends as gifts, diff people ea time that i need to send wedding bday shower or other type of gift giving occasion. Have you ever done this?

    1. Jennifer

      I have sent Bespoke Post and other boxes like that as gifts!

  4. Michelle

    I tried to sign up and received an error while checking out. I may wait on this one.

    1. Jennifer

      I encountered a few errors here and there too on their site. I suspect they have some kinks to work out since they are so new!

      1. PB

        I too had some issues. I emailed them and after a few days I received a response. And then they called me at a pre-determined time to complete the order. Really nice people to talk to. Also, all I had to do was mention your blog and they credited both parties.

    2. David


      Sorry, about any processing errors you had. Feel free to email us directly at orders@hamptonslane.com and we’ll be happy to take your order over the phone!

      David Wang (Co-founder/CTO Hamptons Lane)

  5. Shawn

    The lure of that AWESOME mortar and pestle was more than I could resist! Looks like the makings of an incredible Fiesta party. 🙂

    1. Jennifer

      I know right? So cool!

  6. Tammy

    This box is a really a little too rich for my blood, but it looks great and the skip option is such a nice feature to help offset the price. I am going to be interested in seeing more of what they deliver.

    1. Jennifer

      I think the skip option has me sold. Plus you can see what everything is before committing!

  7. Bethany

    This box is so cool!! I like a mix of food and equipment. I honestly need to cut back on kitchen things until we move, but this one is going on my box wish list for sure.

    1. Jennifer

      I am obsessed with this box. I am going to have to wait until May to get another one since this is the April one which is going to kill me!

  8. Crystal

    This box is amazing! I actually have been looking for this type of box and its products. I love the fact that it is revealed each month before you purchase and the option that you can skip a month. I just signed up for the April box. Like B, my hubby does most all of the cooking in our household. He will like this box as much, if not more, than me.

    By the way, I found your blog about a year ago and since then you have aided in my addiction to subscription boxes. I have been introduced to so many different products and love getting these each month! As soon as I open a box each month, I am already looking forward to the next one. I love your blog and reviews!

    1. Jennifer

      I LOVE that they reveal it! I am very excited about this box!

      And thank you for the kind words! I am glad you found me (and stuck around)!!!

  9. Gary E Lile

    There are negatives about Hamptons Lane. First is the address that they use doesn’t exist. I wrote to cancel my subscription and theletter was returned “not at this address” It is impossible to cancell your subscription. Three months ago.I thought I had cancelled. Today they are sending a box.

  10. Sandy Kelly

    I got the crepe box. the pan rusted and then I just got a notice that salmonella may have infected the crepe mix. Thank god I did not gift any of this. Oh and it took over a month to be shipped to me.

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