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Flavor Tripping

It all started when a friend sent me a 2008 New York Times article about "flavor tripping." You eat a Miracle Berry, which binds with your taste buds in a way that makes anything acidic taste very sweet. Lemons taste like lemonade, sour cream tastes like yogurt and vinegar tastes like cider.

Behold the miracle of food...

I was particularly excited about putting together our February event, which we began working on months in advance. It all started when a friend sent me a 2008 New York Times article about "flavor tripping." You eat a Miracle Berry, which binds with your taste buds in a way that makes anything acidic taste very sweet. Lemons taste like lemonade, sour cream tastes like yogurt and vinegar tastes like cider. People typically throw flavor tripping parties by eating a berry, then tasting an assortment of fruits to experience the change.

Eliana and Jeanette experimented with the miracle berry for months.But we wanted to do something above and beyond that. So I turned to Facebook to find a chef, and I connected with Eliana Hussain of Saffron and Cinnamon. An instructor at the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, she had heard of flavor tripping but never experienced it. When I told her what we had in mind for Mystery Meet, she was on board in an instant. She spent the next few months playing with the berry. Here is the meal she developed for our grand experiment...

The menu was carefully designed to compliment the effects of the miracle berry.
Lemon Check: We tried lemons both before and after the berry to benchmark the difference.
Out of season kiwis and blackberries tasted like they were candied.
This citrus salad, with grapefruit, mint, yogurt and pomegranate seeds, would normally be unpleasantly acidic.
Shrimp and strawberries make for an unusual combination.
A normally sour salad of Granny Smith apples and fennel.
Strawberries by the sea
Pomegranate syrup and Sriracha sauce to trip on.
Night trippers.
Tomato and Tamarind Soup
The pickle in the Cuban sandwich took on a sweet flavor.
Can't you trip like I do?
Very lemony Chicken piccata with capers.
Butternut Squash Cannellonis with Parmesan Cream Sauce
"We believe in miracles!"
Jeanette and the staff making spicy hot chocolate for the ride home.
After dinner, our foodies had an opportunity to tour the school.

Thanks to Eliana, Jeanette and the rest of the Cambridge Culinary staff for making our flavor-tripping Mystery meet such a wonderful event!

P.S. - Want to throw a flavor tripping party of your own? You can purchase miracle berries here.

Published February 12th, 2011