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GLUTTONY: THE SULTANS OF SNACK
Jordan Schauer
 
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Originally reserved for the exalted tastes of royalty, moguls and people with money to burn, certain delicacies such as Beluga caviar, white truffles and Kobe beef have now been paired with dishes of the Everyman. From Friday night takeout sprinkled with edible gold flakes, to street meat garnished with foie gras, ordinary snacks have been taken to a whole new level. The result will give you a taste of royal decadence, if only for a brief time, but hey, the moment’s all we have, right? So carpe diem, let gluttony take the wheel with the following seven extravagant snacks.

1. The Ultimate Thin Crust
When I was a kid, Mom would shoot me the evil eye if I requested an additional pizza topping on our weekly delivery, and not because she was health-conscious. Well, take a look at these extras, Ma’. New York’s Nino’s Bellissima offers six types of caviar, broiled lobster, crème fraiche and chives, all presented on a 12" pie. That’s $159 a slice. How about a pie? That’ll be $695.85. Dig in, kids.

2. Marie Antoinette’s Philly Cheese Steak
One would be hard pressed to find a street vendor in Philadelphia that doesn’t claim to know the secret to Philly’s finest steak and cheese combo; however, as far as artery-clogging submarines go, Barclay Prime takes the cake. Their sandwich features sliced Kobe beef, melted Taleggio cheese, shaved truffles, sautéed foie gras, caramelized onions and heirloom shaved tomatoes served on a homemade brioche roll, and finished with truffle butter and homemade mustard. The price: only $100.


3. The Big Mac’s Rich Stepfather
The McDonald sandwich, named after its creator across the pond (and not the big "M" franchise), is a bit more fanciful than the Big Mac of billion-selling fame. This version combines Kobe beef, foie gras and black truffle mayonnaise to make a decadent 2,000-calorie extravagance. Served with a pint of room temperature beer, this sandwich can only be found in the country of the Queen. The cost: £80 (about $150).

4. The Most Important Meal of the Day
Never mind Denny’s Grand Slam. At Le Parker Meridien hotel in New York City, feast on a six-egg omelet filled with lobster, ten ounces of Sevruga caviar, and served on a bed of roasted potatoes. And it’s all yours for $1,000. Not a shabby start to a day in the Big Apple. If you’re feeling frugal, they also offer a budget version for just $100 (you only get one ounce of caviar).

5. If James Bond Made Pizza
Although the big guy in the sky can probably create an equally formidable cheese, dough and sauce trio, the most expensive pizza in the world was designed by a man in Scotland, the restauranteur Domenico Crolla, who created the $2,745 "Pizza Royal 007." Toppings included sunblush-tomato sauce, Scottish smoked salmon, medallions of venison, edible 24K gold shavings, lobster marinated in Remy Martin Louis XIII cognac ($1,300 a bottle) and champagne-soaked caviar. Go with the flow and season with fresh-ground $100 bills to flavor.

6. A Dog and Some Dom
Take a foot-long hot dog, add chili, ketchup, mustard and ‘kraut, and wash it all down with a bottle of Dom Perignon. The dog isn’t fashioned out of beer-massaged beef, and the chili lacks edible gold flakes, but for $175, this combo fits the true player’s take on a dog and a shake. Offered at Barney’s Beanery in Los Angeles.


7. The End to End All Ends
If Ben and Jerry’s created this dish, it would be titled, "F’n Nuts." The Grand Opulence sundae, sold by New York's Serendipity restaurant, contains five scoops of Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream infused with Madagascar vanilla and covered in 23K edible gold leaf. The garnish is Amedei Porceleana chocolate, Chuao chocolate chunks, exotic candied fruits from Paris, gold dragets, white and dark chocolate truffles and French Marzipan cherries. And for a topping? Not a maraschino cherry, but caviar, sweetened and infused with fresh passion fruit and Armagnac. The whole concoction is served in a Baccarat Harcourt crystal goblet with an 18-carat gold spoon inlaid with mother-of-pearl. A mere $1,000 and it’s yours.
 

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