Thursday 8 November 2007

Got a lazy $1000 US for lunch???

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - A New York chef has come up with a luxury version of one of the city's staple foods -- the $1,000 bagel.

The pricey bagel, that is topped with white truffle cream cheese and goji berry infused Riesling jelly with golden leaves, joins a list of $1,000 delicacies in Manhattan that includes an ice-cream sundae topped with a 23-karat edible gold leaf and a pizza topped with six kinds of caviar and lobster.

The bagel is the creation of chef Frank Tujague of The Westin New York hotel at Times Square and was designed in part to help raise funds for Les Amis d'Escoffier Scholarship which provides scholarships to students of the culinary arts.

"I wanted to create something that speaks to New York, and is also a reflection of my culinary passion for seasonality and fine ingredients," said Tujague in a statement.

He said by weight, white truffles -- also known as "white gold" and "kings of the table" -- are the second most expensive food in the world next to caviar.

Like mushrooms, truffles are the fruiting bodies of fungi, except that they grow underground instead of popping up on the surface. They grow in a symbiotic relationship with trees, taking sugar from the roots and giving back minerals.

Truffles are said to be an aphrodisiac because their aroma is similar to that of pheromones, which are irresistible to some mammals and can be picked up by dogs and female pigs used to sniff out the precious tubers.

With a limited seasonal window from now until the end of the year, the $1,000 bagel is only available until December 14.

"Bagels are a New York food landmark, which is where the base for this dish came from. White truffles are a simple, quality ingredient that takes the meal, or the bagel in this case, to the next level," said Tujague.

Does this qualify as "sell-your-soul" food??

And how many do I need to bring for the Bloggers Banquet??

Where's the eye-rolling icon when you need it??

See more photos HERE.


stickyfingers said...

Anyone who has more money than sense deserves to be packed off to live in a fiscally bereft country to live with their assets divided amongst the community, leaving an income commensurate with their tiny minds. HMPHH!

Anonymous said...

Can you upsize & get large fries & Coke?

Anonymous said...

I'll be in seventh heaven if someone were to treat me THIS lunch! :p

Thanks for dropping by my blog :)

grocer said...

for dessert, hop on the lear jet and drop in on this one!

Anonymous said...

Ooh yeah...I'll take a baker's dozen thanks.


purple goddess said...

I have no idea how to link in a comment, but have a looky here:

fer farks sake.

Anonymous said...

Just followed that link. WTF!
What will they think of next?!
Perhaps a dessert served in a Bullet proofed pimp-my-ride Lincoln Continental on the belly of a lap dancer that you get to take home to meet your mum?
America Number 1!
Where's Borat when you need him?

grocer said...
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grocer said...

i tried to help but it went poxy

*a href=paste the URL**type the hyperlink text*/a**

substitute * with <
and ** with >

grocer said...

and put the URL in "inverted commas"

purple goddess said...


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KellytheCulinarian said...

Ugh, I heard about this one and the $25,000 dessert. I'm sure it's good and it better be for that price, but honestly, this takes thing to a whole new level. I guess people will always need something to blow cash on.

Anonymous said...

It turns my stomach to think that there is a market for a $25,000 dessert, a $5000 dish or a $1000 Bagel. Just think of how many people in poorer circumstances that you could feed with that money.

Anonymous said...

God bless the pudding pullers (wankers) & the sliders (female equivelent of wankers).

God bless their little gold encrusted socks. For me, this is right up there with gastric bastardisation, (oops sorry, molecular gastronomy)

Again, the crew with frail ego's, small (VERY SMALL) genitals & the unquenchable desire to be "admired", need something to gloat about, they need something for the very one sided FIGJAM discussion, (Fuck I'm Good Just Ask Me)

I just don't have the answers ...... but wait!

Here's an idea!

Be normal... blow say $10 on a decent burger (after all it is ment to be fast food, affordable for the masses), and with the $990 left over, GIVE IT TO A FUCKEN CHARITY, YA WANKER!

stickyfingers said...

The Associated Press
Published: November 15, 2007

NEW YORK: While serendipity may be the art of finding pleasant things by chance, what health inspectors found at celebrated eatery Serendipity 3 was not very agreeable.

Officials closed the restaurant Wednesday night after it failed its second inspection in a month. An inspector spotted a live mouse and mouse droppings, fruit flies, house flies and more than 100 live cockroaches.

"Both inspections revealed rodent and fly infestation and conditions conducive to pest infestation, including stagnant water in the basement," the department said.

People stand in line for hours outside the Manhattan restaurant, known for its extravagant and expensive desserts. Its $25,000 (€17,078) Frrrozen Haute Chocolate features top-grade cocoa, edible gold and shavings of a luxury truffle and was declared the most expensive dessert in the world by Guinness World Records. The eatery also offers a $1,000 (€683) sundae named Golden Opulence requiring 48-hour advance notice.