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Did you know it’s possible to trick your taste buds? Yep, sour lemons can now be made to taste like lemonade and goat cheese can now be made to taste like cheesecake. Well, sort of…It’s all thanks to a special berry called the Miracle Fruit and Three Sheets in Sandy Springs, GA is the only place in the Southeast to carry it.
So how does it work? The Miracle Fruit is a small berry that rewires the way the palate perceives sour flavors for as long as one hour. You bite into the small raspberry-colored berry, which is about the same size of a blueberry, being careful to discard the seed. Then let the berry coat your tongue for about 1 to 2 minutes. This preps your taste buds to interpret flavors differently.
Three Sheets is hosting “flavor tripping” parties where guests can try different foods and see the effects of this Miracle Fruit. I was invited to attend the first one this past Wednesday. We tried various items including, lemon, apple, grapefruit, cottage cheese, blue cheese, and goat cheese, as well as tequila, hot sauce, sour cream, even lemon sorbet with Guinness, claimed to taste like a chocolate float.
To me, the citrus fruits like lemon and grapefruit instantly were sweetened having had the Miracle Fruit berry. Some of the other items like the cheeses didn’t taste any different to me. However the hot sauce tasted like sweet and sour sauce and the sour cream did taste slightly sweet. I found that the citrus fruits seemed to have the sweetened effect on all attendees. But everything else varied among guests’ palettes. Some found the cheeses to be sweet. I.E., the goat cheese served with strawberries tasted just like cheesecake. And while the Merlot tasted like Merlot to me, others found it to taste like Port.
I think it is a bit like being hypnotized. It works on some but not on others. We are all wired differently. So, some will experience the Miracle Fruit in its full effect, while others may just taste a “sweet” lemon or grapefruit and not much more. I enjoyed the flavor trip. And I think it could be a fun activity for a group of friends.
The “flavor tripping” parties will be held each Wednesday in June at 7:30 p.m. at Three Sheets-June 16th, 23rd & 30th. Parties last about an hour. The cost of the tasting party is $20 per person and each event is limited to 20 guests. Reservations are required (it was sold out the night I went) to attend and can be made on the Three Sheets website at www.threesheetsatlanta.com or by calling 404-303-8423.
Extras: The event is just tastes and by no means a full meal. So plan on eating dinner before or after.
6017 Sandy Springs Circle
Atlanta, GA, 30328