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Monday, August 18, 2008

Miracle Fruit That Tricks the Taste Buds.

They were among 40 or so people who were tasting under the influence of a small red berry called miracle fruit at a rooftop party in Long Island City, Queens, last Friday night. The berry rewires the way the palate perceives sour flavors for an hour or so, rendering lemons as sweet as candy.

The host was Franz Aliquo, 32, a lawyer who styles himself Supreme Commander (Supreme for short) when he's presiding over what he calls "flavor tripping parties." Mr. Aliquo greeted new arrivals and took their $15 entrance fees. In return, he handed each one a single berry from his jacket pocket.

"You pop it in your mouth and scrape the pulp off the seed, swirl it around and hold it in your mouth for about a minute," he said. "Then you're ready to go." He ushered his guests to a table piled with citrus wedges, cheeses, Brussels sprouts, mustard, vinegars, pickles, dark beers, strawberries and cheap tequila, which Mr. Aliquo promised would now taste like top-shelf Patron.

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I read about this berry and this guy's parties a while ago.

I dunno if I want to trick my taste buds into liking something that I normally don't like, but it's pretty cool that you can.
 
As I see it, the important question is: Does the berry turn your cheap tequila hangover into a Patron hangover?
 
The things is: I love pickle juice (and I bought a shot of tequila for someone last weekend provided they do a pickle juice shooter), and I would love to drink down some dill brine while dosed with berry juice.

Unless it made it taste like sweet pickles. Bleh. I hate that shit.
 
Agreed on the dill brine. It tastes perfect already...so why would you want to change it?

Sweet pickles are to real pickles as Clay Aiken is to a real man. Not. Even. Close.
 
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