Have you heard of flavor tripping? Despite the name, it’s completely legal. There is a berry called the miracle fruit that somehow alters your tastedbuds for 15-60 minutes and makes sour foods taste sweet. I’d read about this before and was pleased to find out that a local bar has a flavor tripping party every week.
Jason and I went last night with two of our friends. We got there a little early and started out with some appetizers. The host told us that we might want to eat something before the flavor tripping began. Of course, this might have been a ploy to get us to spend money (we’d bought the flavor tripping tickets earlier), but I was hungry, so I didn’t complain. Jason and I shared some hummus and I had a caprese slider.
After we ate, they brought us the flavor tripping menu
and the first course. The berry is in the middle.
We were instructed to roll the berry around in our mouths and on our tongue for about a minute. Afterward, we tried the fruit. It was really weird. It almost tasted like it was all dusted with sugar! I wish that lemons and limes tasted this way normally. I would eat them all the time.
The second course was more adventurous.
Strawberries and goat cheese, french fries (not pictured) and ketchup, sour cream, cholula hot sauce, cottage cheese and a salt and vinegar potato chip with blue cheese.
The strawberry and goat cheese combo was supposed to taste like cheesecake. It sort of tasted like really sweet strawberries with goat cheese to me. The french fries and cottage cheese just tasted normal. The hot sauce had the flavor of hot sauce, but not the heat. The sour cream was just weird and the chip tasted like a plain chip.
There was a third course that I didn’t take a picture of. It was a tiny shot of tequila, a tiny shot of sour apple martini and a Guinness and lemon sorbet float. The tequila was supposed to taste like top shelf. I’m not a tequila fan, so it just tasted like tequila to me. The sour apple shot was sweet and didn’t taste like alcohol. The Guinness tasted like coffee. Unfortunately, I don’t like coffee, so I didn’t drink it. The also brought us a tiny shot of cranberry juice which tasted like kool-aid.
All in all, it was a cool experience. Not really something that I’d do again (it was $20), but it was a fun thing to try. Have you ever heard of flavor tripping? Would you try it?