And so, we threw a party.
I tasted a slice of lemon.
It was like CANDY. The transformation of flavors was so unexpected and exciting I burst into laughter. Everyone else reached for the lemons. Hijinks ensued.
At the end, the verdict? We had tried various horrific cheeses (see photo below) to great disgust. The unsweetened mochi I had made was also disappointing. However, things with a natural sour-taste were amazing. The strawberries and kiwis tasted like peak-summer farmers stand berries, not sad winter grocery-store buys. The citrus was unbelievable, and the vinegars tasted amazingly mild (though you still felt the "burn" at the back of your throat). Salt and vinegar chips were the winner of the night, by far. A stout beer tasted like coca-cola. Goat cheese tasted like starbursts (not my thing, but other people liked it). Carrot sticks and broccoli were the same, but mustards and sriracha were awesome, though several of us overdid the sriracha and spent several minutes trying to calm our mouths down!