Claiborne and The Woodwork play "flavor tripping" party at Adrenalina this Saturday.

Miracle fruit is a berry that makes sour and acidic substances taste sweet. In other words, it totally messes with your sense of taste. It was first discovered in 1725 by Chevalier des Marchais while he was on an excursion to the fruit's native West Africa. The effects last anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes, but in that time you can sample many different things you would normally be put off by. Bet your friends you can take a shot of hot sauce like it’s no big deal, then take them for all they’re worth! (Photo credit:

This little shindig kicks off at noon and will go until about 5 p.m. There's an entry fee of $5 if you'd like to try the fruit, and that gives you one berry and access to the spread of treats to try out! There will be demos by some awesome Flowriders, including Tampa’s Jimmy Sugrue, appearances by various extreme sports athletes, and (hence the article) live music.

So if you’re intrigued by the idea of warping your taste buds, want to see some sweet Flowrider action, love local live music or just want to hang out in the coolest store in the mall, come on in to Adrenalina this Saturday. Claiborne will be playing at 2:30, followed by The Woodwork.

If you visit the store between now and the morning before the party you can grab a flyer from any of the sales associates or at the register that will give you $2 off the entry fee – or print one out from the store’s website (linked above and below). See you there!

For more info:

Adrenalina or call (813) 876-6930


The Woodwork

Miracle Fruit

The “extreme store” (and my place of employment) is at it again! This Saturday, July 25, Adrenalina hosts what is known as a “flavor tripping” party in its International Plaza store.

Adrenalina has invited indie favorites Claiborne to play an acoustic set at the event, which should be met by no protests from fans since it will show off lead singer Tiffany Francum’s amazing voice. Joining them this go ‘round is

Tampa indie rock outfit, good friends of Claiborne, and one of my personal favorite local bands, The Woodwork (pictured). Although they've recently lost their drummer, the remaining members — Matt, Lucas, and Jeffrey — have kindly agreed to perform an unplugged set or two as well. (And if we're lucky, they might even play their cover of Outkast’s “Hey Ya”!)

So what exactly is a “flavor tripping” party, you ask? These curiously named events center around one very tiny, yet very expensive item — Miracle fruit. (More info on the fruit and details about the event after the jump.)

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