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Monday, July 27, 2009

Food Blogger's Special @ Flavor Tripping at the Belmont, Wednesday, 29th and Friday, 31st

Long story short, I cyber met Jenny Wang through Yelp/Twitter, and it was apparent that we have quite a bit in common. Both of our names are Jennie/Jenny. Were both Asian. We both love food. We both went to UT for undergrad. We both like to throwdown/smackdown. She's called the Berry Fairy. I'm the Cupcake Fairy! She is to Houston as I am to Austin. Freaky!

Anyways, we connected, and I'm promoting her Flavor Tripping event at the Belmont this week. Full promotional information below. The Wednesday night event seems to be booked already with a special $10 discount for Yelp members. I will be at the Friday flavor tripping event at the Belmont, with a special code for food bloggers. Food bloggers will receive 2 free drinks with each ticket purchase. Please purchase the tickets through here. Food bloggers will have a private tasting room where we can hang out and take photos. Food Bloggers are encouraged to bring their own foods to taste as well. Think kimchi, mint chutney, cock sauce, unagi sauce, or even durian. Food Blogger's, make sure you purchase your tickets and come find me for access to our private room.

Tickets here, make sure you food bloggers come find me. I look like this.

Flavor Tripping @ The Belmont!
Wed, July 29 @ 6:00 pm
Fri, July 31 @ 6:00 pm
Our next Flavor Tripping will be held at The Belmont in Austin, TX. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to We Are Learning. Tickets are available online.
what is a flavor tripping party?
flavor tripping parties are the latest craze in NY and SF and offer willy wonka-esque taste-altering experiences for your tastebuds. party-goers get a fresh miracle berry and then help themselves to a bacchanalian banquet of food and naughty beverages. the miracle berry affects everyone differently and the effects can last from 30 minutes to 2 hours. this is what some flavor-trippers are saying:
- citrus fruits like lemons and limes taste sweet
- oranges and grapefruits tasted dipped in sugar
- goat cheese tastes like frosting
- vinegar is smooth enough to drink
- cheap tequila tastes like top shelf
- bologna sandwiches taste like cheesecake
- stout beers taste like chocolate milkshakes
miracle berries are only good for 2-3 days after they are picked and so they are very rare, expensive, and hard to obtain. likewise, it is difficult to get a large volume of them. flavor tripping parties sell out very quickly!
our flavor tripping parties will be held at different fun locations around houston and the foods and beverages served will vary per event.
we will also start offering miracle berry tablets at our events for those berry trippers seeking an intensified effect.
what *is* a Miracle Berry?
miracle berries, also known as miracle fruit or Synsepalum dulcificum are fresh plants indigenous to west africa. the fruit when consumed have an extraordinary affect on your tastebuds. scientists say a protein in the fruit works by binding to taste buds and altering the tongue's so-called sweet receptors to activate when sour foods are eaten. the "miracle" is everything sour and bitter will taste sweet temporarily.
lemons taste like lemonade, guiness beer tastes like chocolate milk, rhubarb tastes like sugar cane!
miracle berry plants can only grow in parts of africa, asia, and florida. they take four years from seed to bear fruit. the berries are also highly perishable and must be eaten within 2-3 days once picked. for diabetics, it could be turned into a sugar-free additive. for cancer patients, it could eliminate the post-chemotherapy metallic taste in their mouths and make food taste more palatable. all of these factors including recent press by the new york times make this berry almost a "miracle" to obtain.
our first event
the Houston Chowhounds hosted houston's first flavor tripping party on july 25, 2008 at la strada in montrose. the second floor of the restaurant was reserved for this private event for 100 people. the event sold-out and was a smashing success. we even had over 30 names on the waiting list to get in!
the spread: lemons, limes, oranges, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, brussels sprouts, bologna sandwiches, blue cheese, salt & vinegar potato chips, balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, ketchup, mustard, tabasco, guiness beer, chocolate stout, india pale ale, cheap tequila, and cranberry juice.


  1. haha, cupcake fairy. that's cute. someone called you cupcake jennie at my dinner tonight.

    btw, that $10 off promo for yelpers was for 1 day only last week.

  2. At some events you can buy Miracle Frooties, did they sell them here? You can keep them for a year or so and treat your friends to a private flavor tripping party!

  3. I couldn't make it to the first one, but I might try to make the second one. The berries scare me a little, though. What if the effect doesn't come undone and everything tastes sweet forever???? LOL. Maybe that wouldn't be too bad.

  4. @JoceLo - okay, i've been told the frooties have a bunch of other stuff in the tablets besides miracle berries. you can look into that.

    we will have miracle berry tablets at the flavor tripping for $20 per 10 tablet pack. you may see the ugly green chinese packaging that they use to come in. this company has designed brand new packaging and my event is basically the product launch. it's the first time the new look is on the market. the only ingredients in these tablets are dehydrated miracle berries and a miniscule amount of cornstarch.