Magic Berries at EFN Lounge

December 14, 2009 § Leave a comment

This past Friday was the first Flavor Trip party at EFN Lounge in DC. I’d heard about these magic berries ever since they were featured on notcot and in the NYTimes, and FINALLY got to see if they really worked.

For $12, you got a magic berry, scientific name: synsepalum dulcificum, instructions on how to eat it, and access to the Tripeteria, where there was only salty, sour, and bitter foods, including Sour Patch Kids, briny green olives, lime slices, and a bunch of condiments like Tabasco sauce and vinegar. Drinks were also on order.

According to the provided trip tips: “do not eat the berry. do not bite or eat the berry’s seed. remove the pulp completely from the seed with your tongue and teeth without biting the seed. swirl around your tongue for 2-3 minutes to allow the glycoprotein to bind to your taste buds.”

It was quite the experience. Some descriptions, like Guiness tasting like a chocolate milkshake, were lies, but limes really did taste like delicious, sweet candy and beer had a distinct flavor as well. Also, as someone who isn’t usually a big fan of olives, AMAZING. I don’t even really know how to describe them after eating them with the berry. Tabasco sauce and vinegar were the strangest because before you actually tasted the condiments, you could smell the spiciness or acidity. Yet, the taste was completely sweet. Even crazier was the huge kick once you gulped the Tabasco.¬†Definitely very tricky.

So, if you’re ever in the DC area during the second Friday of each month, you can reserve your tickets here for $12 a seat beforehand. The party lasts from 7-9 PM, and it’s a pretty fun experience.


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