$330k Burger! $$$ HOT DOGS! Yubari Melon KIT KATS! Talk About Rich Food!

Who’s hungry? REALLY HUNGRY? And who’s got a couple of hundred thousand dollars for a good meal? Everyone? Well, cetainly not, but if you are one of the 1%, and you want to show it off, you can eat some of the world’s most expensive food…

Welcome To The Fat Duck!

Heston Blumenthal Will Cook a $330,000 Lab-Grown Burger

Over the weekend, the UK Guardian newspaper reported that Dutch scientists were close to producing “an artificial burger that looks, feels and tastes like the real thing.” And Heston Blumenthal will have the somewhat dubious honor of being the chef who cooks it. so who is Heston Blumenthal?


“A self-taught chef, Heston Blumenthal’s route to the top has been an unconventional one, involving rule-breaking, unusual experiments and an exploding oven.” Not sure what that means, but it’s from HIS website, so it must be true.

His restaurant, The Fat Duck, has been awarded three Michelin stars and was voted Best Restaurant in the world in 2005. Here is a picture of his Roasted Foie Gras. This has to cost ALOT.

Back to the artificial burger: At the moment, the lab-grown meat (which is grown from fat stem cells and cow muscle) is in the form of “unappetising half-millimetre thick strips of lab-grown meat that are pinky-yellow in colour.” But the project’s lead researcher says he’s confident he’ll be able to get a near-perfect approximation of a real burger by October.

And when that happens, Blumenthal will fire up his griddle and cook the faux-burger for a yet-to-be-selected diner. This story is from The Guardian website in the UK: http://www.guardian.co.uk/ – check out all the latest British news you need to have…

Another cool shot of Fat Duck food…back to the ‘fake burger”, or as I will call it, “THE FURGER”…

The “test-tube burger” will be the first beef patty ever created in the laboratory. Its price tag – 250,000 euro – reflects just how exclusive this culinary experience will be. The burger’s true “chef” is Dutch stem cell scientist Dr Mark Post, from the University of Maastricht.

After experiments which progressed from mouse meat to pork, he is now ready to produce an artificial burger that looks, feels and tastes like the real thing.


Sandwiched between two buns, it will make a grand public entrance in October. The current plan is for Blumenthal to cook it for a mystery guest, to be chosen by the research project’s anonymous funder.

The minced meat will have been grown from bovine muscle and fat stem cells cultured in Dr Post’s laboratory.

Speaking at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Vancouver, Canada, Dr Post said: “In October we’re going to provide a proof-of-concept showing that with in-vitro methods, out of stem cells we can make a product that looks like and feels and hopefully tastes like meat. That first hamburger is going to cost 250,000 euros.”

Right now Dr Post is still working with unappetizing half-millimetre thick strips of lab-grown meat that are pinky-yellow in colour. But he is confident that over the course of this year he will produce a burger virtually indistinguishable from one bought in the high street.

The research has a serious aim – to address the problem of unsustainable livestock farming. “These animals are very inefficient in the way they convert vegetable matter to animal protein,” he said. “Cows and pigs have an efficiency rate of about 15%, which is pretty inefficient. Chickens are more efficient and fish even more.

“Meat demand is going to double in the next 40 years. Right now we are using 70% of all our agricultural capacity to grow meat through livestock.”

Thanks to The Guardian UK for the story! (Burger pics are all mine!)


Look: rich Canadians like to buy expensive food, too. Or at least that’s the hope of Dougie Luv [sic], proprietor of Vancouver’s DougieDogs and the creator of what is now the world’s most expensive hot dog. The $100 Dragon Dog — called as such because of, you know, it’s the Year of the Dragon — features a foot-long bratwurst infused with hundred-year-old Louis XIII cognac (which costs over $2000 a bottle), Kobe beef seared in olive and truffle oil, fresh lobster, and a secret “picante sauce.” ($100 Canadian is about $98.68 US, so the price is comparable.)

The previous most expensive hot dog cost $80 and was made at a ballpark in Massachussetts; the current official Guinness record holder is the haute dog at Serendipity in New York, which sold for $69. America, this is not to be borne: It is time to reclaim that super expensive hot dog title from our neighbors to the North. Get on it, and avoid the mystery special sauce.

Here’s a bit of their press release: Most Expensive Hot Dog in the World Infused with $2000 Cognac

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 24, 2012 dougieDog Hot Dogs, a popular Vancouver eatery renowned for its creative all-natural hot dogs, has just added the Dragon Dog to its menu — with a price tag of $100. The hot dog features a foot-long bratwurst infused with hundred-year-old Louis XIII cognac, which costs over $2000 a bottle. Also on the dog, Kobe beef seared in olive and truffle oil and fresh lobster. A picante sauce (ingredients undisclosed) ties the flavors together for 12 inches of absolute culinary decadence.

“In designing this hot dog I wanted to come up with something super tasty and high-end that stays true to the traditional identity of the hot dog — a hot dog that any hot dog lover would enjoy,” explained dougieDOG proprietor and Chief Hot Dog Designer dougie luv.

So why the name “Dragon Dog”?

“Two reasons. First, the launch of this hot dog coincides with the beginning of Chinese Year of the Dragon. It also coincides with our appearance on Dragon’s Den, the most popular show on Canadian television.”

World’s Most Expensive Mushroom Omelet

The matsutake, or mattake, mushroom is expensive because of its rarity. While its historical prevalence meant it was nearly synonymous with autumn in Japan, the introduction of an insect that kills the trees under which the mushroom grows has caused a dramatic decrease in the number of matsutake mushrooms.

A method for farming the matsutake has yet to be developed, which means the lack of trees from which to harvest these mushrooms naturally is a serious problem for the species. Here, if you need to see it, this is the world’s most expensive mushroom risotto:

Watermelon Smoothie – Dansuke Watermelon – $6,100

In a country where watermelons are rare game, they can be a costly commodity. That’s how a 17-pound Japanese watermelon became the most expensive watermelon in the world. Densuke watermelons, a type of black watermelon grown only on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, are usually given as gifts due to their extraordinary rarity.

There were only sixty-five of the fruits among the first harvest this season. They are harder and crisper than the watermelons we Americans are used to and, according to Tohma Agricultural Cooperative’s spokesman, they “have a different level of sweetness.”

Italian White Alba Truffle – $160,406

Expensive truffles are notoriously pricey because they are difficult to cultivate. This makes them a true delicacy which some have called the king of all fungi.

The Associate Press reported that a real estate investor and his wife from Hong Kong have paid €125,000 ($160,406 USD) for a gigantic Italian White Alba truffle which is reportedly the world’s most expensive ever. The most expensive truffle weighs in 1.51 kilograms (3.3 lbs).

Have a few slices and call it a day!

3 ) Yubari Melons – $20,000

The Yubari Melon is a very expensive Japanese melon. They had previously been judged the best pair and were purchased by the owner of a nearby seafood lunchbox and souvenir business.

Prices range from 6,000 to 15,000 yen (which would be $60 to $150 in the US). The best ones are within the range of costing 20,000 yen ($200 US.)[2], and the price record at auction was established in 2008 at 2 million yen ($20,000).

Of course, leave it to the Japanese to find a way to enjoy it at a reduced price as well…such as the candy above, and how about this: Yubari Melon Kit Kats!

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