Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Taste Tripping on Miracle Berries

A few weeks ago I heard about a great opportunity via the blogosphere:

Pay $15 for the pleasure of eating one small, red berry indigenous to West Africa.

So...I had to do it.

Yes, faithful readers, I ate a Miracle Berry Synsepalum dulcificum and it was kewwwwl. The berries are famous for altering the perception of taste for anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours, creating sweet from sour.

Our hosts had a eclectic tasting buffet of brussel sprouts (tasted like chocolate), tequila (went down smooth, real smooth), strawberries (incredibly sweet and delicious), sour patch kids (like sweet gummy candy, not sour at all), salt and vinegar potato chips (weird), red wine vinegar (mild), Guinness beer (watered down week old chocolaty Bud light), and a special cocktail, cucumber mojitos (sweet minty simple syrup with a touch of key lime pie.)

And before you freak out or think bad things about me because I went to a party with total strangers, handed over some money, and ate a foreign substance handed to me inside a small ziplock bag, the berries are totally safe (the internet says so).

According to the NYT, "flavor tripping" parties are all the rage, check them out if they come to a town near you.

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