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Are expensive tasting menus worth the high cost?


The Daily Meal recently compiled a list of 10 U.S. restaurants that offer ultra expensive tasting menus, and they’re costly for a reason – the meals are decadent and lavish, prepared by some of the country’s top chefs at Michelin-rated establishments.

At Napa Valley’s The Restaurant at Meadowood, for example, dining on their tasting menu would set you back a cool $500 per person. Why? For starters, the restaurant is in a prestigious area and uses only the finest local ingredients for all dishes.

Guy Savoy in Las Vegas is another pricey establishment, offering an 8-course tasting menu that’ll clock in at $420 per person. Keep in mind this “Black Truffle Prestige” menu is laden with rich black truffles and other costly ingredients.

So are expensive tasting menus really worth the investment?

If you’re not just in it for the food, yes. Sure some might find it ridiculous to shell out hundreds of dollars for one meal, but these restaurants offer so much more than a bite to eat. Not only do they make incredible dishes, but they also have beautiful ambiance, gorgeous plating techniques and impeccable service.

Whether you save up or have a few hundred dollars to spare, expensive tasting menus at exclusive restaurants can provide you with a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

10 Expensive Tasting Menus That Are Worth Every Penny via The Daily Meal


You’ll never guess the most expensive thing to do in Las Vegas


Vacationers have dropped a ton of cash in Las Vegas over the last few decades. Has most of loot been on cold club sandwiches?

According to TripAdvisor, Las Vegas is the most city for hotel room service.

Las Vegas’ total room service cost of $68.01 was ahead of second-ranked New York City ($67.83 average), Washington, D.C. ($61.66), Los Angeles ($60.67) and Honolulu with a total room service cost of $60.67.

Denver, Seattle and Minneapolis were ranked the cheapest for room service.

But it’s not all about the food.

“The comparison includes the price of a club sandwich ordered through room service, the dry cleaning of one shirt, and mini bar items including a bottle of water, peanuts, a mini-bottle of vodka, and a can of soda.”

Never touch the mini-bar. Unless you cracked a jackpot downstairs, don’t touch the tiny things in the fridge upstairs.

Vegas more expensive than Honolulu for room service via Honolulu Star Advertiser


This Marc Jacobs dress costs $28,000 for reasons unfathomable

marc-jacobs-dressThis Marc Jacobs dress, labeled “Puffy Clouds Embroidery Dress”, is the most expensive of the season.

These are also the most expensive poofy clouds ever. Ever.

The Cut reports that the dress was made in a Swiss embroidery mill. There, artisans made each flower out of crushed diamonds and unicorn fur organza stuffed with three meters of yarn. The fabric, which was specially commissioned by Jacobs’ design studio and took three people one week to make, cost €8,000 per meter. That’s just over $11,000, if you’re counting (and at these prices, who is?).”

Fashion. Who gets it? Some people get it. A woman willing to pay that much probably gets it. Too bad no one under A-list will get her hands on it. The dress will be loaned out like a library book to celebrities and fashion shoots. Then it gets retired into Marc Jacobs’ archives at the end of the season.

It can be special ordered for $28,000. Around the same price as a small commuter plane. Go up into the real clouds. Fly around. Look down at all the crazy people buying absurdly expensive puffy dresses.

This Marc Jacobs Dress Costs How Much?! via Refinery29

Ferrari Old

Most expensive car ever stolen up for auction this month

Ferrari New

Way back in 1954, the Ferrari 375-Plus was considered “the ultimate weapon” at the World Sportscar Championship.

The 375-Plus went from 0 to 60 mph in just four seconds. It reached top speeds of 186 mph. One of only five made by the Italian sports car legends, this particular car competed at Le Mans, Silverstone and in the Targa Florio and Mille Miglia races.

The car was so fast it appeared to almost disappear on the track. Then one day it really did disappear. It was stolen. More on that in a minute. First…the fire.

In 1957, the car was damaged by a fire and sold to a nuclear physicist named Karl Kleve.
Kleve stored the car in a container. Here’s where things get really bonkers.

“The scientist kept the car in his massive collection in Ohio but in 1986 a trailer containing the Ferrari – but without some major parts and the engine – was stolen. This kicked off an incredible 25-year investigation involving the FBI, Interpol and, most recently, lawyers.

The thieves, who were later jailed, sold the car to a broker in Atlanta who, in 1989, sold the car to Belgian racing driver Jacques Swaters. Mr Swaters, a close friend of Enzo Ferrari, was initially unaware the Ferrari had been stolen and had it restored in Modena, Italy.

Despite the theft and recovery, the Ferrari was never returned to Mr Kleve and there were years of legal battles on each side of the Atlantic.”

Finally, a settlement was reached, and the most expensive car ever stolen (and burned) will go on the auction block at Bonhams’ Goodwood Festival of Speed sale in Sussex. The car is expected to go for at least $13 million dollars.

Most expensive car ever stolen expected to make £8m at auction [via Western Morning News]

life on a boat

Live aboard a cruise ship that permanently circles the world

life on a boat

Imagine Lost on a boat except everyone is alive, wants to be on the boat and there are no mythical animals. Alright, not Lost.  Imagine The Love Boat but the very first cast of guest stars, from the very first episode, never got off the boat.

Maybe neither of those examples properly explain the idea behind The World. Maybe we’ll just let the website explain. 

“Since our launch in 2002, The World has continuously circumnavigated the globe, spending extensive time in the most exotic and well-traveled ports, allowing us – the Residents – to wake up in a new destination every few days, exploring with depth we had never before thought possible.  It’s a lifestyle we are truly grateful to live each day.

At 644 feet, The World is the largest privately owned yacht on the planet. Each of us owns one or more of the 165 private onboard Residences, and collectively, we own the ship, ensuring that our experiences – both onboard and off – are far beyond current luxury travel standards.”

Wait, we’ve got it. Imagine the show Shipmates but…oh, nevermind.




Woody Allen

Book of Jewish gangsters will be most expensive crime book ever

Woody Allen

Mention the word “gangster” and the first images that usually spring to mind are Italian Tony Soprano-type wiseguys or rough Irish guys protecting their turf. Rarely does a person image a young Jewish man who leaves the gun, takes the cannolis and takes holy the Sabbath.

The way the world, or at least the United States, thinks about gangsters is about to change with the publishing of the definitive book on Jewish gangsters. The Brownsville Boys: Jewish Gangsters of Murder, Inc. is a “lavishly illustrated, printed and boxed” according to the New York Times.

The book might also become the world’s most expensive gangster book. The collector’s item, measuring more than a foot high and six inches wide, goes on sale in New York this weekend for $4200.

Written by a crime scholar at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in a noir style, The Brownsville Boys: Jewish Gangsters of Murder, Inc., features twenty original color etchings of the likes of Louis Buchalter (his mother called him Little Louis or Lepkele), Albert (Tick Tock) Tannenbaum, Irving (Knadles) Nitzberg, Philip (Little Farfel) Cohen, Morris (Moey Dimples) Wolinsky and other Jewish assassins.

“Sixty copies of the book were printed. About 10 went free to its contributors. Twenty — including about half at an early discount price of $3,800 — were sold to institutions like the Library of Congress, John Jay, Yale, the University of California at Los Angeles, Stanford, the University of Delaware and Wesleyan.”

Almost all of the men featured in the book hail from the borough of Brooklyn.


Dragon RC

Fire-Breathing, Flying RC Dragon Costs a King’s Ransom — $60K To Be Exact

Dragon RC

This is how you really train your dragon. You dropped down $60K and press the BREATHE FIRE button until you torch an entire city block.

The Fire-Breathing, Flying Dragon via Hammacher Schlemmer

“This is the remote controlled jet-powered dragon that soars through the air at up to 70 mph and belches propane-powered flame when on the ground. Proving its prowess before take-offs or after successful raids, the dragon’s LED eyes can be commanded to glow red while it emits a fiery 3′ blast of flame from a cleverly concealed (and flight-disabled) propane tank and igniter built into its toothy maw.”

This dragons comes standard with a mini turbine engine built into the chest. The engine provides a thrust that exits the rear at 500 mph (just like a good jalapeno), and uses a half gallon of jet aircraft fuel or kerosene. Flights last ten minutes.