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|It seems that even in these tough economic times, not everyone is clipping coupons. Some people are still spending enormous amounts on luxurious food items. So -- assuming you had the dough to buy an ice-cream sundae covered in gold leaf, how much do you think you'd have to pay?|
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Question 1 of 10
Almas: the most expensive caviar?
Almas is a rare, white version of Beluga caviar. Prices do fluctuate, but in 2009 it was reportedly selling for as much as $25,000 a kilogram -- or about $11,000 a pound.
Question 2 of 10
Wagyu: the most expensive cattle?
Wagyu beef, raised in Japan, is so fatty that some cuts are almost white. In July 2009, New York City butcher Lobel's was selling wagyu porterhouse steaks for $135 a pound. Over at Omaha Steaks, the price for a "normal" porterhouse was about $18 a pound.
Question 3 of 10
Kopi luwak: the rarest coffee?
Kopi luwak is made from the droppings of civets in southeastern Asia that eat coffee berries (no, we are not making this up). Prices vary, but in July 2009, indonesiangrocery.com was selling it for "only" $120 a pound.
Question 4 of 10
The rare black jumbo watermelon?
A 17-pound black watermelon -- grown only on the Japanese island of Hokkaido -- sold at auction in 2008 for $6,100.
Question 5 of 10
The Grand Opulence Sundae: covered in Porcelana chocolate and 23-karat edible gold leaf?
You have to call 48 hours in advance for this $1,000 sundae at Serendipity 3 in New York City.
Question 6 of 10
Chocopologie: the most expensive chocolate?
Chocopologie -- made in Connecticut, of all places -- will run you $2,600 a pound. But, hey, if you're on a budget you can always buy a truffle for $250.
Question 7 of 10
The "Luxury Pizza" from Nino's Bellissima in New York City?
If you don't have $1,000 to shell out for a pizza (and really, who does?), you can order a slice of the Luxury for a mere $125. It's topped with, among other things, lobster and six kinds of caviar.
Question 8 of 10
Saffron: the most expensive spice?
Online retailer Sahar Saffron reported that the price of saffron was up to $175 an ounce in 2009 -- that's $2,800 a pound.
Question 9 of 10
The Kobe beef and Maine lobster burger at Le Burger Brasserie in the Paris Las Vegas casino?
We personally wouldn't spend $777 on a burger unless we had just won the world's biggest slots jackpot, but apparently others feel differently.
Question 10 of 10
The most expensive bottle of champagne ever sold?
An anonymous buyer paid $21,200 for a bottle of 1928 Krug at an auction in March 2009.