Food & Spirits: Ever wondered what could make up the world's most expensive foods ? A gastronomically awesome list awaits you!
Prepared with five scoops of the richest Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream and drizzled with some of the world's most expensive chocolates, this luxuriously delicious dessert, which will set you back about $25,000, was created by resturant Serendipity in New York City and certainly lives up to its name: Grand Opulence sundae. What's more, the treat is topped with special dessert caviar, adorned with a 23-carat edible gold leaf, and served in a crystal goblet complete with an 18-carat-gold spoon.
For the chocolate lover, this is the ultimate decadence. At $2,600-per-pound morsel, a decadent 70 per cent Valrhona dark chocolate, heavy cream, sugar, truffle oil and vanilla, which forms the base, and a rare French Perigord truffle is then surrounded by this rich decadent ganache; it is enrobed in Valrhona dark chocolate and then rolled in fine cocoa powder CTMuseumQuest.com reports. The Chocopologie truffle may be found at Knipschildt Chocolatier in Norwalk, Connecticut.
Kobe beef is made from the Tajima-ushi breed of Wagyu cow, which is raised in accordance with the Hyogo Prefecture traditions (these traditions sometimes include feeding the cow sake and beer) in Japan. It is known for its marbled appearance and delicious taste and texture. Kobe generally fetches $40 to $150 per pound.
Ninos Bellisima Pizza
This $1,000 luxury 12-inch pizza pie made its debut at Nino's Bellissima restaurant in New York City. The pricey pizza is topped with sliced lobster tail, creme fraiche and four kinds of caviar. The owner states that $750 worth of caviar is spread on this pizza, hence the hefty price tag. Averaged out, Associated Content reports that the connesiour will be taking $33 worth of caviar per bite.
This seaweed mineral concentrate, which sells for $16.75 per ounce, must first be mixed with regular drinking water before consuming. The concentrated water is said to be high in minerals and free of contaminates. If you're thinking about buying one gallon, though, you're better have more than $2,000 set aside.
Almas Caviar is the creme de la creme of caviars. The word Almas means diamond, and this Beluga caviar is a whitish color. The Caviar House and Prunier in London sells it in a 24-carat gold tin for about $25,000 for 32 ounces.
Diamonds are Forever Martini
This isn't your everyday martini. The olive has been replaced by a 1.6 carat diamond, partially accounting for the martini's $16,000 price tag. The martini, created in conjunction with jeweller Bulgari, contains a Bulgari diamond at the bottom. You can take the stone to any Bulgari store in Toyko and have it set for free.
White Truffle Mushroom
These fancy fungi have their origins in the Piedmont region of northern Italy. Typically sold for $1,350 to $2,700 per pound, the record price paid for a single white truffle was set in December 2007, when casino owner Stanley Ho shelled out $330,000 for a truffle weighing just over three pounds.
Saffron is the world's most expensive spice because it takes about 75,000 saffron crocus blossoms (enough to fill an entire football field) to make a single pound of saffron. The spice, which has a slightly bitter taste, appears in many Moorish, Asian and Mediterranean dishes. Saffron prices range from US$500 to $5,000 per pound.
The world's most expensive coffee, Kopi Luwak is made from coffee berries that have been eaten by and passed through the digestive tract of the Asian Palm Civet, a catlike animal. The animal eats the berries, but the beans inside pass through its system undigested. This process takes place on the islands of Sumatra, Java, and Sulawesi in the Indonesian Archipelago, and in the Philippines. The total annual production is only around 500 pounds of beans, explaining its staggering price per pound which can reach up to $600.