First, Gwyneth Paltrow offended us all by releasing her cookbook that calls for insanely overpriced ingredients like duck eggs. Now, a restaurant called 4Fourteen in Sydney, Australia has had the audacity to offer a $120 breakfast sandwich. Yeah, forget the fast food drive-through $1 menu. Why not spend 120x more on breakfast that boasts an eye-popping price tag for being made with pan-fried duck egg, semi-dried and smoked gourmet truss tomatoes, duck foie gras, caviar, creme fraiche, shaved truffles, English cheddar, and a handmade (huh?) brioche bun? Oh, not to mention it'll be served with a side of chips and shaved truffle aioli.
I'll tell you why not. There are some indulgences that are worth every inflated penny. There are others that are not. An egg-and-bacon roll -- no matter how decadent or gourmet -- will always be squarely among the latter!
Maybe I shouldn't judge, because maybe duck eggs and foie gras are just not my thing. I'd be more apt to pay more for some really out-of-this-world, rare, gourmet chocolate, coffee, cake, caramel, special sea salt, and of course, organics that'll save me money in the long-run haul on health care.
But a breakfast sandwich? No. Some things are better kept simple and basic. It's why a $2 taco from a food truck or a $5 gyro on the street can blow your mind more than a "fancy" version at a sit-down restaurant.
That said, good thing the restaurant is only offering this totally out-to-lunch breakfast dish for a very limited time -- just during "Bacon Week." To make it anything more than a passing gimmick would be completely crazy.
Would you ever spend $120 on a breakfast sandwich? What kind of food would you spend that kind of money on?
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