As you make your list of the Golden Globe-awarded films that you’ll soon curl up on your couch with, we’ve got some golden suggestions for the meal that will add a shine to your viewing pleasure: that’s right - food with gold! This particular Golden Gastronomy is probably the world’s most expensive meal, setting you back £3,700!
Humans have ingested gold for over 7,000 years beginning with the Ancient Egyptians who used the metal as medicine and for bodily-purification. The practice spread throughout the world and throughout history, from Medieval alchemists using gold-coated pills and infused water to treat arthritis to early 20th-Century doctors employing gold as an anesthetic.
Today, food and drinks professionals add gold to relatively standard dishes for flair or add gold to dishes and cocktails made with expensive ingredients to add to the exclusive feeling. The gold leaf they often use is touted to have digestive qualities, but we’re pretty sure that the use of gold is primarily a marketing tool. Whatever the case, it’s a fun food! Here are some golden meal deals for when your’re watching Golden Globe films or want to feel like a Golden Globe star yourself.
APERITIVE - GOLDEN GIN
Well, of course we’d start with gin, wouldn’t we! And this gin comes in a real golden globe bottle. Shake it up and it’s like a golden snow globe! The Swiss Studer Distiller, which dates back to 1883, concocted a spirit infused with with the traditional juniper but also with unique botanicals such as ginger and lavender. But the key to its uniqueness is the gold flakes floating in the liquid. Studer Gold Gin took home a Premium Gin award from the International Wine and Spirits Competition in 2012. £65
APPETIZER - GOLD SUSHI AND 24K SPARKLING WINE
After you’ve gotten your appetite up with Gold Gin, move on to this raw fish creation from Filipino chef, Angelito Araneta, Jr. It’s pretty typical sushi. The only difference is that instead of seaweed holding the fish to the rice, a 24ct gold band binds the food which is also covered with .20ct diamonds to add extra envy. Five pieces of gold sushi will set you back $2750 (£1816).
To accompany your gold-flaky fish, why not enjoy a gold-flaky sparkling wine? The aptly-named Karat Wines brings you a California sparkling wine called XXIV Karat. The relatively heavily-dosé Grand Cuvée (20g of sugar per litre) comes gold-tinged with its 75% chardonnay / 25% reserve wines blend and adds to its sweetness with 24k gold leaf at a RRP of $37.00 (£24.44). The wine also comes in Rosé.
MAIN COURSE - GOLDEN HAMBURGER
Last October, Chelsea’s Honky Tonk restaurant introduced its Glam Burger and quickly grabbed the title of the World’s Most Expensive Hamburger. With Kobe beef, New Zealand venison, Beluga caviar, and lobster sandwiched between a gold leaf-wrapped bun, the £1,100 burger is one meal that even Golden Globe winners might question splashing out on.
DESSERT - GOLD ICE CREAM
The Golden Globes are always an opulent event, perhaps best concluded with the Guinness Book of World Record’s Most Expensive Dessert, the Opulence Sundae from NYC star-spangled restaurant, Serendipity 3. With some of the world’s most expensive vanilla ice cream wrapped in gold leaf, gold-covered almonds, Armagnac-infused caviar, chocolate truffles and a gold sugar flower sprinkled that chefs spend eight hours making, this dessert exudes opulence, all for a mere $1,000 (£660).
COFFEE - GOLDEN CAPPUCCINO
After you’ve finished your meal, jot over to Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace for the Palace Cappuccino. Covered with gold flakes to “give you the taste of royalty”, the coffee comes with dates and sweets. This is the most economical item on the menu - only AED 50 (£9).
DIGESTIF - GOLD LIQUEUR
To settle all of that gold in your belly, revert to the classics. Order a bottle of Swiss cinnamon schnapps, Goldschlagger, the liqueur with gold flakes. It might sound expensive, but don’t worry: the amount of actual gold in the bottle has only been estimated to be 13mg, about 2p at current international gold rates. A bottle costs £25.