Most people save about $40 a week by eating at home instead of eating out. If you sacrifice week after week this way, what’s wrong with splurging once a year on a luxury food item? You only live once, and you might be able to absorb the cost if you primarily eat at home.
With that in mind, here is a list of luxury food items you might want to try if you are in the mood for an annual splurge.
Serendipity 3’s Le Burger Extravagant
The average hamburger costs a few a few bucks at your local fast food establishment. If you have a hankering for a luxury burger, you can try the $300 Le Burger Extravagant at New York City’s Serendipity 3. For a short time, the burger held the world’s record at the most expensive hamburger until the luxury versions of common foods became a business craze.
This $300 burger is made with Japanese Wagyu beef. The beef is flavor injected with white truffle butter. It is then topped with James Montgomery cheddar cheese slices and a decadent fried quail egg. The bread bun is dusted with edible gold flakes, topped with more white truffle butter, and a crème Fraiche & caviar blini.
The $100 Golden Donut
This may be hard to find now. The Manila Social Club, the Filipino-owed family bakery in New York City that made it, has reportedly closed. The bakery made national headlines in 2015 for selling a $100 golden donut known as the Golden Cristal Ube donut. The Golden Ube donut is made from a sweet, purple yam that is native to the Philippines.
Instead of a bland cream filling, the Golden Ube is filled with $200-a-bottle Cristal champagne infused jelly. The Golden Ube is then airbrushed with edible gold and topped with edible gold flakes. There was also a silver version of the donut that was worth about $75. This was a donut fit for Montgomery Burns if Homer found it to be too extravagant.
Kopi Luwak Coffee
What better way to wash down a $100 golden donut than with $100 coffee? If you are easily grossed out, however, this internationally known luxury coffee is not for you. “Kopi Luwak,” is Indonesian for civet coffee. An Asian palm civet is a kind of wild cat-like creature that lives in the Indonesian wild.
The civet eats coffee cherries. After the civet excretes the digested coffee cherries, local farmers collect the droppings, which are then washed and roasted. Then, the digested coffee cherries are ground and brewed. True story. A pound of Kopi Luwak coffee can sell for $100 to $500.
Sapporo Space Barley Beer
OK. You have paid for a $300 hamburger. Plus, donuts and coffee for $100 a pop. Maybe its time for a drink. If you are still in the mood for luxury versions of common foods, then how about a relatively affordable six-pack of beer for $110? Keep in mind that this is technically beer from outer space.
The Japanese brand Sapporo Space Barley beer is brewed from barley seeds stored in the International Space Station for five months. The space brewing initiative was done in cooperation with Russian scientists. Is it worth the price? Whatever your verdict, this is a beer with a taste that is literally out of this world.
Don’t Go Crazy
These are not food items to buy every week (unless you can afford to). Keep up with responsible saving. Eat home as much as possible. Eating out all the time will ravage your budget, but it’s OK to indulge yourself once a year, especially if it won’t burst the budget. I personally recommend the Space Barley beer, by the way.
Do you splurge on luxury food? Share your thoughts in the comments below!