Are you ready for a Berry to blow your mind (well your mouth). The get ready for Flavor Tripping, a new craze that began last month at EFN Lounge in Washington DC and will continue to be held on the second Friday of every month, also at EFN Lounge (the next event is Friday, Jan 8th. Click Here for tickets). I'll quote from the Flavor Trip DC website (www.FlavorTripDC.com) to explain the berry that makes it all possible.
Synsepalum Dulcificum, or trippy fruit, temporarily re-wires taste receptors on the tongue for about an hour, transforming acidic and sour food into sweet and enjoyable treats.
Once the tongue starts tripping, lemon wedges become candy canes, hot sauce becomes donut glaze, goat cheese becomes cheesecake, bottom-shelf tequila becomes Patron, and Guinness Beer becomes a chocolate milkshake.
Aa ticket buys you a berry and unlimited access to their unusual buffet of food. Most of the food itself is not unusual and can be found in any grocery store. Alternatively it is the quantities and arrangement of the spread itself that is bizarre. For example, how many parties serve lemons, on their own? Or offer shots of vinegar, mustard, and/or tabasco sauce, on their own? Again, I'll let the site explain some of the theory behind this bizarre eating extravaganza.
After beginning the trip, guests will enjoy food from the Tripeteria, a cafeteria with an all-you-can-trip buffet full of all the sour nasties usually consumed in moderation. In this conceptual flavor laboratory, lemon wedges become candy canes, hot sauce becomes donut glaze, goat cheese becomes cheesecake, bottom-shelf tequila becomes Patron, and Guinness Beer becomes a chocolate milkshake.
The menu was designed by a team of experienced flavor trippers and evolves for each party. Selections include sour candy, cheese from Dean & Deluca, pickles, sauces, sour fruits, sugarless cupcakes, and much more. You can suggest menu items when you purchase your ticket. EFN will also hold taste-testings of shots and cocktails designed for flavor tripping enthusiasts.
Though the berry doesn't work on every food or for every taster, it is definitely worth trying, at least once. Don't forget the next event is this Friday the 8th of January. For tickets and more info, go to www.FlavorTripDC.com.
Please check out the video above for more reactions from the crowd and the video below for more info and ideas from the organizers.