I'm willing to fork out a pretty penny when it comes to eating food. It's a big part of my social life, the noms. I'm both a gourmet and a gourmand. So if presented with a cheeseburger worth killing for, I have no problem shelling out some change. Because cheeseburgers are delicious. But even the savviest foodie among us has to draw the line somewhere. $5,000 for a melon, for example? That's insane.
We've talked before about pricey burgers and bank-busting Christmas dinners. Now let's check out some other pricey food items from around the globe. Their rarity makes them all hot commodities to the insane and the wealthy. Emphasis there should be on the word "insane."
Expensive foods exist all over the world, not just in the United States. Exhibit the Densuke Watermelon. This Japanese specialty is grown only on the island of Hokkaido, hence its extreme rarity. Still, with prices going as high as $6K, that better be some damn tasty watermelon.
Breakfast is a key part of your day. How it begins is also a nice indicator as to how the rest of your day is going to go. If you start with 10 eggs, a lobster tail, and 10 OUNCES OF CAVIAR, it will probably be an exceptionally costly day. Only in New York. Prepare to shell out $1K for the pleasure of this dish.
Uh, I don't know if James Bond would have any time for this nonsense. This pizza will set you back almost $3K. What are you paying for? Veal medallions, a cognac soaked lobster tail, venison -- and that's just the beginning. I think I'll stick with my local pizza dive, thanks.
Why pay $1K for ice cream at New York's Serendipity? I can explain this sundae to you in three words: Edible. Gold. Leaf. Yeah. It's intense. It also requires 24 hours notice to whip one up. And fair enough.
This one's the 'bargain' of our list, coming in at just $230 per pound. This Indonesian coffee is exceptionally rare and super coveted among its devotees. Me? I'm cool with the free stuff they hand out at the office.
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What's the most you've ever paid for a food you craved?
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