Should you ever come into obscene amounts of money and not know how to burn through it, you could consider buying a $12,000 pizza from Italy or a slice of beef pie from England, and washing it down with a $1,100 pint of ale served in a dead squirrel's carcass.
From "social media service" Dishpal comes an infographic detailing some of the most expensive foods in the world. They include gold-lined, truffle-laced and wine-soaked foods such as a $14,260 meat pie auctioned in 2005 by the 17th-century Fence Gate Inn in Lancashire, England. Each slice cost $1,781.
What did that princely sum purchase for the eight diners? A meat pie filled with 6 lbs (2.7 kg) of wagyu beef, marinated in two bottles of 1982 Château Mouton Rothschild, filled with truffles and matsusake mushrooms, and with edible gold costing $174 per sheet as a garnish.
The keepers of the Guinness World Records note that wagyu beef fillet comes from "cattle who are treated so well they are even massaged!", while Chinese matsutake mushrooms cost $870 per kilogram – "so precious, they are harvested under guard."
Unfortunately, the dish does not appear on the Fence Gate Inn menu. Instead, the entrées are rather more pedestrian, though highly regarded, ranging from "Owd Lancastrian" pork sausages to pheasant breast and fish pie.
At New York's Westin Hotel, chef Frank Tujague created a $1,000 limited-edition, festive-season bagel, stuffed with white truffle cream cheese and goji berry-infused riesling jelly with gold leaves. A portion of the proceeds went to the Les Amis d’Escoffier scholarship fund.
In Scotland, "post-punk" producers – and publicity hounds – BrewDog whistled up an $800–$1,100 pint of high-alcohol Belgian ale encased in a stuffed dead squirrel (or stoat). The beer, which contained a whopping 55 percent alcohol, was called "The End of History" after the work of philosopher Francis Fukuyama. The producers described the bottles, produced from road kill, as "at once beautiful and disturbing – they disrupt conventions and break taboos, just like the beer they hold within them."
Despite the beer's place on the "World's Most Expensive" list, only 11 bottles were produced. However, the BrewDog producers this week came up with a new lark, releasing a limited-edition beer called "Never Mind the Anabolics" to mark the Olympic Games. They claim that it contains "a host of ingredients classed as banned substances." BrewDog co-founder James Watt explained that the beer was a protest against corporate sponsorship by fast food chains and global breweries.
Other astronomically expensive foods on the Dishpal chart include a $12,000 pizza topped with lobster, caviar, eight different cheeses and hand-picked Australian river salt from Italy; a $3,000 seafood curry bizarrely released by London's Bombay Brasserie to coincide with the film "Slumdog Millionaire"; and the world's most expensive hot dog: $145.49 at Capitol Dawg in Washington D.C. (holder of another Guinness world record).
The full infographic can be found here.