Not all food records need to be about stuffing copious amounts of crumbled up and disgusting food into your mouth as fast as you can. Sure, most of them are, but not all.
The “other side” of eating can be, in a word, fancy. Or better yet, not so barbaric. This week Tailgate Fan takes a look at the fancier side of food records, big and small, expensive and way-too-expensive — at least for our own taste… and wallet.
Let’s start off with a bit of a tea party, shall we?
Would you believe that the world’s largest teapot is located in West Virginia? What if I told you that it was once a large barrel created to hold Hires Root Beer? Yeah, now it all makes sense. This 14′ x 14′ teapot is indeed located in Chester, West Virginia, and was constructed back in 1938. It’s seen better days, for sure, but the community has done a nice job of keeping it intact. Some minor restoration has ensured that the world’s largest teapot remains on this side of the pond.
The world’s most expensive food, per pound, is the ‘Almas,’ which comes from the Iranian Beluga fish. The name translates to “black gold;” it’s also known as black caviar. One kilogram of black caviar, or about two pounds, three ounces, goes for $34,500. Yes, these eggs are rare and quite old (60-100 years old), which is what makes them so expensive.
Would you pay $1,000 for a pizza pie? How about $2,400? Yeah, both of those prices seem mighty ridiculous. The cost for a regular-sized pie from Nino’s Bellisima Pizzeria in New York, however, is actually $1,000. Sure, when you consider it has six different types of caviar on it, worth $820, and is topped with Maine lobster, you can probably justify such a ridiculous amount for a standard-sized pizza. When you consider that Margo’s Pizza in Malta charges $2,400 for a pizza topped with white truffles and golf leaf, it almost makes the Nino’s pizza seem like a bargain.
Now things are really going to start getting fancy around these parts. The Macallan 64-year-old scotch in a Lalique decanter sold for $460,000 back in 2010. Yes, you read that right. While The Macallan is definitely a rare whiskey, it’s hard to imagine spending that much for 1.5 liters of it. But, if you’re a collector and a fan of fancy decanters — oh, and you have that kind of cash to throw around — this probably seems like a tough purchase to pass up.
Ok, so maybe lobster isn’t a “fancy” food, per se. But among the world records for “most consumed,” it is arguably the fanciest. And back in 2005, Sonya “The Black Widow” Thomas downed 44 Maine lobsters — about 11.3 pounds of meat — in 12 minutes. Maybe the most impressive part is that she had a partner cracking the lobsters for her. So kudos to him for cracking through 44 of those in 12 minutes.
To bring us all back to a more comfortable level, let’s give Patrick Bertoletti a nod for once having chugged a 22-ounce Slurpee in nine seconds. Talk about a fancy feat… and a colossal brain freeze.