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May 28, 2008 08:47 AM

ny times miracle fruit, about a year too late

a pal astutely pointed out that the ny times miraculin/miracle fruit article from today's 'dining out' follows this piece from march 07 in the journal:

To Make Lemons Into Lemonade, Try 'Miracle Fruit' --- Berry Turns Sour to Sweet By Altering Taste Buds; A Lure to Scientists

By Joanna Slater

1363 words

30 March 2007

The Wall Street Journal



(Copyright (c) 2007, Dow Jones & Company, Inc.)

ARLINGTON, Va. -- At a party here one recent Friday, Jacob Grier stood on a chair, pulled out a plastic bag full of small berries, and invited everyone to eat one apiece. "Make sure it coats your tongue," he said.

Mr. Grier's guests were about to go under the influence of miracle fruit, a slightly tart West African berry with a strange property: For about an hour after you eat it, everything sour tastes sweet.

Within minutes of consuming the berries, guests were devouring lime wedges as if they were candy. Straight lemon juice went down like lemonade, and goat cheese tasted as if it was "covered in powdered sugar," said one astonished partygoer. A rich stout beer seemed "like a milkshake," said another.

My question is: Is 'Dining Out' typically considered behind the curve? I had always assumed that while certainly less timely trend-wise than blogs, 'dining out' was a solid way to stay up on big movements... is it just digested for people that don't really care but are times readers? boo

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  1. NPR even discussed miracle fruit on 3/31/07, the day after the WSJ article:

    1. I think the general quality of the Dining Out section has really declined in recent months. The miracle fruit article strikes me as typical of this - anyone seriously interested in food already knows about it (and most likely doesn't particularly care). Recipes (except for Bittman's and Melissa Clark's) are uninteresting and content has been dumbed down.

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      1. re: buttertart

        i thought the piece on cookies today was interesting, but when exactly did dining out become 'dining in'. i must be an idiot because i did not notice until about 6 weeks ago.
        anyway, it is a bit sad. i read the new yorker book of food and drink in about january and ever since have been wishing for some more cool investigative content, etc...i guess blogs cover all the food trends for the new yorkers anyway. i still wish chicago even had something close, though...