May 19, 2012
If you find a dozen ways of earning bucks, then the world and his wife are ready with hundred more ways to break the bank! Or so it seems. Dresses, cars, gems- we have seen fetch thousands of dollars, and in a surprising new revelation, hot dogs, too, appear to have entered the bandwagon. Cherished and loved by gourmands around the world as one of the most delicious mid-day meals, the hot dog has off late started acting pricey. We ran a story on the $2000 cognac soaked world’s most expensive hot dog. There have also been reports of a $80 foot-long delicacy with exotic trimmings and truffle shavings. The $69 hotdog by New York restaurant Serendipity 3 was another big stunner. And now a latest hot dog strips them all off the world’s most expensive hot dog title. Created by hot dog purveyor Juliano, the piece sets you back $1,501.
And so, let us all get down to the next obvious question. How come a piece of hot dog flaunts such an outrageous price tag? The quarter pound all beef beauty, dubbed theOnedog, is topped with an amazing combination of gold flakes, lobster tail and saffron aioli. The saffron and lobster tail, according to Juliano, are expensive spices. Available in a $66 pouch, Juliano prepared the aioli out of them. The edible gold flakes were used to garnish the breathtakingly high priced snack. “It’s just like a surf and turf theme. It’s delicious” Juliano quipped.
Weird as it may sound, Juliano’s idea is actually underlined by a great cause- raising money for the homeless. The idea came to Juliano a month or so ago, followed by a random tweeting session. Bids flew left, right and center and within an hour, the prices had shot up to $1500. For the one dollar addition, which makes the hot dog worth $1501, Juliano had no explainable reasons!
Wondering who actually dug their teeth into Juliano’s creation? Sharon Bennett Goodson was the first buyer followed by anonymous four. Sharon apparently chose to buy the hot dog because the money went for a good cause. The expensive hot dog aside, Sharon took home five complimentary napkins. While a good majority of us may not be as lucky as Sharon, it still feels good to see, how the word charity is driving the world to its very extremes!
words by Suchandra Basu