Here We Go Again – The World’s Most Expensive Pizza

Here We Go Again - The World’s Most Expensive PizzaWe recently got through with the World’s Most Expensive Hot Dog and Most Expensive Burger.  It seems like it’s just a contest to see who can assemble the most expensive ingredients on item X and get as much press as possible out of the deal.  I’m not one to disappoint, so here’s the World’s Most Expensive Pizza.

Vancouver, British Columbia based Steveston Pizza Company has rolled out what has recently been named The World’s Most Expensive Pizza.  It tallies in $450.  It would have to be very special, I could probably make 300+ homemade pizzas for the same price.  No exaggeration.

Here We Go Again - The World’s Most Expensive Pizza

Nader Hatami Posing With Some Of His Less Expensive Offerings.

The Vancouver eatery has already sold one of the $450 pies and seven other orders for a $120 version. “I never thought I’d sell so many,” the owner Nader Hatami said.

What exactly do you get when you decide you need to the “guy” to spend $450 on a pizza?  I’m glad you asked.  It’s called the C6.  It’s topped with a thermidor of lobster and black Alaskan cod, and a dollop of Russian Osetra caviar, because, you know, it has to have caviar.  Right.  If you’re feeling a bit more “reasonable” there’s a $120 version (dubbed the C5, of course) which is topped with roasted garlic, Icelandic scampi, smoked steelhead, and lobster ratatouille.  If you’re a ham-and-egger like me, there’s always their regular lineup of $14-$20 pizzas.  You know, for the riff-raff.

If you were wondering what pizza held the old record you won’t be surprised to find out that it was offered by bastion of good temperament and grace – Gordon Ramsey.  His Maze restaurant offered the pizza for $178.  It is topped with onion puree, white truffle paste, Fontina cheese, baby mozzarella, pancetta, Cepe mushrooms, freshly picked wild mizuna lettuce, and shaved white truffles that run $1,200 a pound.

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This Is A 10 Foot Bratwurst Jumping Over State Street Bridge In Chicago. You’re Welcome.

This Is A 10 Foot Bratwurst Jumping Over State Street Bridge In Chicago.  You're Welcome.Conan O’Brien is on location filming in Chicago this week.  Because he’s Conan O’Brien and decided to start things off by launching a 10-ft bratwurst over the State Street Bridge. You’re welcome.

Hawaiian Day Cruise Aboard Alii Kai Catamaran Serves Vodka To A Three Year Old

Hawaiian Day Cruise Aboard Alii Kai Catamaran Serves Vodka To A Three Year Old When you’re on vacation no one likes rude surprises.  Ever more so when you’re toting around a three-year old.  A Memorial Day dinner cruise in Hawaii morphed into such an event for a military family after Army specialist Bingyan Cai said her 3-year-old son, Michael, was accidentally served alcohol aboard the Alii Kai Catamaran.

When Michael was halfway through his drink, his mother noticed his face was getting flush and he was “acting unruly.”  She took pictures of the changes.  “His whole ears, his neck. I don’t know if he’s allergic to alcohol. He just got really red and he just kept mumbling, ‘Momma it’s hot, it’s hot,’” she said. “He was just so wild, so full of energy and tried to run here and there but couldn’t even stand straight.”

Cai said she became suspicious of the drink and tried it herself.  She went as far as having other family members taste it as well as nearby tourists.  After confirming it was spiked with vodka, Cai alerted the server who then notified the manager.  Management’s response seems to have been a bit lacking.

She was given a bottle of water and not much else.  No apology, no offer for medical aid, and not much in the way of sympathy.  “And then one of the servers walked to me and approached me and said be hush, hush and don’t get too loud, cause we don’t want other tourists to know and ruin the whole boat for the whole night,” said Cai. “But you already ruined my night.”

Cai continued, “But what I’m really mad at, is that they could have shown more care. You know, I mean, I know you care about your business, but at the same time you should care about the tourists or the customers too.”

Her son got a check up on base the next day.  The family has no plans to sue (amazing) but wants to be sure that nothing like this happens to anyone else.  Sounds pretty fair to me.  “I want to raise public attention first of all,” said Cai. “If you review the situation, then Alii Kai cruise will try to handle it more seriously instead of just hush, hush. I want their whole server system to change.”

In a written response today from Roberts Hawaii, operators of the Alii Kai dinner cruise, the company’s Safety Officer Jennifer Hill wrote,

“We sincerely regret, and are mortified at the error. We have had an alcohol safety procedure in place for 20 years and this is the first time we have had an incident like this. Once our crew realized what had happened, their immediate focus was on the well-being of our guest; we are pleased and relieved that he is okay. Roberts Hawaii’s highest priority is the safety of our guests. We have taken a number of immediate actions to ensure such an incident does not ever happen again, including changing our beverage containers so it will be much easier to differentiate the alcoholic beverages from the non-alcoholic ones, and holding additional staff training and meetings. We are also reviewing all other aspects of our food & beverage operations to identify what else can be done and we are committed to making additional changes as needed to improve.”

Responding to the general lack of care that seemed to be administered they continued:

“Our on-board personnel are certified to administer CPR and first aid for life-threatening situations requiring immediate action such as choking and heart attacks. Once a medical emergency is determined, our procedure is to notify the proper medical assistance groups on shore and return immediately to the dock.”

“If he had drunk the whole 12 ounces, it could have been very fatal for him at this age,” she told Hawaii News Now.

An Animated Zoetrope Cake Inspired by Tim Burton

An Animated Zoetrope Cake Inspired by Tim Burton

I first fell in love with Tim Burton when I got my hands on The Nightmare Before Christmas.  And I love cake.  What could be better than an edible zoetrope (say what?) cake?  Clearly not much.

Alexandre Dubosc is an artist and apparently quite a powerhouse in the edible zoetrope field.  Who knew there was such a thing?  What the hell is a zoetrope? – I hear you asking.  It’s something that simulates movement by flashing static pictures.  Like a flip book.  Dubosc recently created The Caketrope of Burton’s Team.  It’s an animated cake celebrating the works of Tim Burton. How many Burton references can you pick out.  I absolutely love this thing.  Check out the video below.

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Salt Made From Tears

Salt made from TearsI’m usually good with some Pink Himalayan Salt or Black Volcanic Salt from Hawaii.  Delightfully tongue-in-cheek, this new line of salts purports to be made from human tears.  It’s not, clearly, but the packaging and idea puts a smile on my face. Continue reading

Lester’s Fixins Launches Buffalo Wing Soda

Lester's Fixins Launches Buffalo Wing SodaLester’s Fixins (operated by Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shops, LLC if you were wondering) has recently released a new soda flavor.  “So what?” I hear you saying.  It is a buffalo-chicken-wing flavor.  Right.  It joins a lineup that includes peanut butter and jelly soda, bacon soda, sweet corn soda, coffee soda, and pumpkin pie soda.  The beverage is sweetened with sucrose and sold in 12-ounce bottles through franchise locations in five states and also on Amazon, as we’ve found.

Lester's Fixins Launches Buffalo Wing Soda

I’d imagine you could make a few new tasty adult beverages with such a grouping of sodas.  I might be tempted on a coffee or bacon soda.  The sweet corn and chicken wing thing, not so much.

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