What counts more at the table, the food or the company?

Was Cicero right when he said that “the pleasure of banqueting must not be measured by the gluttony of food, but by the company of friends and their conversation?”

Are you ready to try (visually) the cheapest menu in the world?

If you were asked what is the most expensive caviar in the world, the answer is not Beluga, but Almas, a rare type which comes from central Iran, sold strictly in gold jars at around USD 25,000 per kilo. If, however, you were curious to know what is the most sought-after fruit, you would be amazed to find out that we are talking melons. But not any melon, rather the Yubari: they call it the King in Japan for its perfectly round shape and its sweetness. If you wanted to try one, be aware that they are sold in pairs for just EUR 20,000. The land of the East offers many luxury products, such as the meat of the black Wagyu cow, more widely known by the name of the city it comes from, Kobe. Its meat, perfectly marbled (or with the fat well distributed within the slender parts), is particularly tasty and especially rich in unsaturated fats. The cost? For one steak, you may even pay more than EUR 1,000.

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Among the most highly priced foods in the world are the white truffle, Matsutake mushrooms, Kopi Luwak coffee, Kona Nigari water, but also saffron and white snail caviar. As we see, there are very many tasty and sought-after foods that creative culinary hands know how to transform into a genuine aesthetic experience, but what makes a truly exceptional meal?

According to Cicero, “the pleasure of banqueting must not be measured by the gluttony of food, but by the company of friends and their conversation.” And what do you think?

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