Flavor Tripping in Austin!
Belmont is hosting two flavor tripping parties. First one is tomorrow and then another on Friday. Wanted to go to the one on Friday, but hubbers won't be back in time, so I'm all set for tomorrow. I am really excited and think this will be an interesting experience. They're charging about double what they do in New York, but I guess being the first party in Austin and the fact that the little magic fruit buggers are so perishable makes that okay.
When I first heard about this I wanted to throw my own party, but at $90 a bag and not knowing what to serve, I decided not.
Can't wait to see what tastes great and what surprises me.
The high admission price was because it's ultimately a benefit for We Are Learning, a local nonprofit. Last year in NY the going rate was $25...probably has gone up since, considering shipping costs. I looked into getting my own berries since the $90 price for 20-30 isn't bad but since they're so quick to spoil the shipping is outrageous...add another $30ish to the price tag for FedEx.
I volunteered at the party last night & will again on Friday. Good cause, We Are Learning. It was fun, but it did wear off quickly. The tablet form lasts longer. I think one tablet equals 3 fresh berries or something close to that.
I ABSOLUTELY loved the raw tomatillos...they tasted like ripe plums. And my Guinness was deliciously sweet. I thought it tasted like it might if a bit of Dr. Pepper was added to it, only not carbonated. And limes were heavenly.
One suggestion for Friday's event - I really wish she had encouraged everyone to go through and take a taste of everything BEFORE they ate the berry, so they could really appreciate the difference.
I still think $30 would have been a better price point, but am happy to give to a local charity.
Only lasted about 30 minutes (absolutely not worth the $40 admission fee).
Apple cider vinegar tasted super-sweet. Strawberries tasted like they'd been dipped in cherry pie filling. Guinness beer tasted like a super-rich chocolate milk shake. Unsweetened cranberry juice, bitters, grapefruit and vodka drink tasted like a very refreshing fruity rum drink. Tomatillos, rhubarb were all wonderful in a crisp light (think apple) kinda way. Hummus just tasted like hummus. Goat cheese not quite, but simular to cream cheese frosting.
Stopped working VERY quickly and suddenly you had these horribly sour/bitter things in your mouth. Funny.
If you're looking to flavor trip for less money, you can buy miracle fruit tablets online for something like $15 for 10 tablets. They're freeze dried and ground up, but they work just as well and don't go bad.
The effect lasted maybe an hour and a half when I tried it. Surprisingly, plain yogurt was the biggest hit with the flavor trippers.
i have been wanting try it ever since a co-worker told me about it last year, but the price tag has kept me away.
the site allyson listed below is not so bad, price-wise.
here is the link i got from yelp's email:
they mention a houston chowhound gathering.
we are so late to the party, people!