Imagine you enter a bar and walk to the back of the room where you approach a dark corner. Someone is waiting there and hands you a drink ticket and two red pills. They tell you to pop one into your mouth, let it dissolve, and you’ll start tripping within the next few minutes.
This centuries-old concept is the consumption of a miracle fruit that leaves a flavor-distorting effect on your tongue, dulling your sour taste bud receptors, ultimately making tangy things (e.g. lemons, grapefruits, vinegar) taste amazingly delicious. These miracle berries are incidentally not a drug at all but are rather perfectly legal fruits.
We were beyond intrigued, and had to try it out for ourselves. We joined forces with Fiestah to find the flavor tripping tablets (thanks Mberry!), a venue, food, and attendees to come and give their taste buds a trip of a lifetime. At 6pm, people were at The Village Pourhouse ready to partake in this unique experience and we immediately began handing out these little red pills.
Once the tablets had dissolved on their tongues and they officially started tripping, we encouraged attendees to walk along the food tables and start taste testing. We offered a variety of foods ranging from bleu cheese, lemons and limes, and salt and vinegar chips, to hot sauce, carrots and vinegar. Each food had a voting sheet near to share individual thoughts on the new flavor tripping taste. You trippin? Or does it taste the same?
In one corner, Beanie Lau threw her head back to take a shot of hot sauce. “Wow, I usually can’t do this with hot sauce!” she exclaimed with a confused look on her face as she tried to understand the new taste in her mouth.
Across the the room, Andrew Herzog exclaimed, “WOW. That’s the sweetest citrus fruit ever. That’s amazing!” as he happily chewed on a lemon wedge. “Wait until you try the lime,” someone shouted from the other side of the table.
“These lemons taste like a pixie stick! Woah…” Kristina Vanni, a food blogger for Better Recipes posted on Instagram. Read more about her flavor tripping experience here.
People were tripping all around us, and it was awesome! At the end of the night, the attendees votes were heard: limes, lemons and grapefruits tasted drastically different (like sugar coated candy), vinegar tasted like sweet wine, and carrots and bleu cheese tasted the same (wamp wamp).
We wanted to officially thank everyone for trippin’ with Eventurously and Fiestah on a random Wednesday night. Check out more photos from the night here. We’ll be hosting a Flavor Tripping Party 2.0 in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned for a bigger and better tripping opportunity…