By Allen Pierleoni
For the food- and drink-centric, there's www.thedailymeal.com, a website devoted to "creating a complete food experience for cooks, food lovers, wine connoisseurs, discerning diners and everyone in-between." Its motto: "All the food that's fit to eat."
One of its latest postings is a list of the 14 most expensive meals found around the world. It's not so much the refined ingredients in these dishes that make them outrageously expensive; rather, in many cases it's the side dishes - such as jewelry.
Samundari Khazana curry ($3,000), Bombay Brasserie, London: The curry includes "abalone, crab, caviar, white truffles and lobster, whose shell is shellacked with loads of edible gold."
Strawberries Arnaud ($1.4 million), Arnaud's restaurant, New Orleans: This dessert is "a patented blend of bright-red berries, vanilla ice cream, a port-red wine sauce, whipped cream, mint and a 5-karat pink diamond ring" with a pedigree.
FleurBurger 5000 ($5,000), Fleur by Hubert Keller, Las Vegas: "Rich Kobe beef is crowned with foie gras and black truffles. The meaty spectacle is paired with a bottle of 1995 Petrus wine and two Ichendorf Brunello glasses."
Zillion Dollar Frittata ($1,000), Norma's in New York City: "That eye-popping sum buys a six-egg frittata freighted with a whole lobster and 10 ounces of lustrous caviar."
More reasonable is the $95 mac 'n' cheese at MÃ©lisse in Santa Monica: "Fresh tagliatelle pasta is topped with gobs of Parmesan cheese, brown-butter truffle froth and shaved white truffles."
For the remainder of the heart-stopping meals and a slide show, go to www.thedailymeal.com/14-bank-breaking-dishes.
Call The Bee's Allen Pierleoni at (916) 321-1128.