Six Foods to Be a Gastro Obscura: Food Adventurer’s Guide


The new version, Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer’s Guide opens the page to explore flavors that aren’t usually on the menu. While some people are looking to push culinary boundaries, others don’t know where to start.

At a recent event at FREEHOLD in Union Square, Dylan Thuras, Atlas Obscura and co-author unveiled a personalized vending machine. The offering featured six foods alongside the new book. While no passport was required, the food provided a trip around the world.

Which of these six Gastro Obscura foods would you like to try first?

At the special event, the distributor donated the following items: Pu’er tea, miraculous berries, akabanga, Bradford watermelon pickles, canned bread and butterfly pea flower. While a few of these items have started popping up in restaurants, others could be a bit more exotic.

For example, Miracle Berry has been around for a long time, but some people haven’t felt the improvement in flavor. When consumed, Miracle Berry can turn tart flavors into sweet. Some chefs have used it as a way to play with items on their menu. Others have tried incorporating flavors as an appeal to make certain healthy foods more appealing. Whatever the reason, it should be used with caution. This little “miracle” flavor change doesn’t go away instantly.

Another fun dining experience is butterfly pea flower. Many mixologists have used this ingredient in cocktails. When the color changes, the reaction is memorable. While it might seem like a magic trick, it’s a visual you’ll want to see over and over again.

If it’s time to take a journey beyond the simple and explore the unusual, open the pages of Gastro Obscura A Food Adventurer’s Guide. It could be a culinary journey that never ends.

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