8. A pound of Kobe beef, can cost up to $500. A cut of meat which comes strictly from Kobe, Japan, this highly marbleized beef is considered a delicacy. The fat of Kobe beef melts at a temperature of 44 degrees Fahrenheit (literally, melts in the mouth) and a Kobe steak can cost upwards of $100. What makes this cut of meat so special? Try beer fed, hand massaged cattle. The breed of Wagyu cattle that are raised and slaughtered in Kobe are treated akin to royalty (besides the part about being made into steaks). Fed with beer right out of the bottle, the alcohol increases appetite so that the cattle keep up on their hearty grass diet through the summer months. Massages are said to help calm the cattle and produce tender beef- because we all know that happy and releaxed cows taste the best, right? That’s a claim that we’ll leave to the people of Japan who enjoy the tradition of authentic Kobe beef.
1. Almas Caviar, which comes from a beluga sturgeon, is sold in a 24-karat gold tin for $25,000. The most expensive caviar in the world, Almas Beluga Caviar, comes from Iran. The $7,000/kilogram brand is sold in 24k gold containers and imported from the Caspian Sea where it is harvested from 60-100 year old Beluga sturgeon. A delicacy that is supposed to be served with a mother-of-pearl spoon to preserve its taste, caviar (or sturgeon roe) is served as a lavish hors d’oeuvre or garnish to a refined meal. However it is served, the mere mention of caviar brings to mind images of royalty and opulence.