If you're buying into the ancient Mayan prediction, then you've got less than one month left on the calendar for life in the world as we know it. Come what may -- fiery storms, a reversal of the Earth's magnetic field, zombies...or nothing -- here at Chow Bella, we're not taking any chances. That means between now and December 21, 2012 we're living and eating and drinking -- like it's the end of the world.
Bring on that second slice of cheesecake.
Hey, if this really the end of it all, why not break open the piggy bank and rack up the credit card charges you'll never have to pay back anyway? This is the time to do all the things you never thought you could! So, in preparation of the end of...something, here are five things to eat and drink before you (and me and everyone we know) kick that proverbial bucket.
Caviar is one thing. But this, the most rare caviar of all, comes from the Beluga Sturgeon and is sold only at the Caviar House & Prunier in London England's Picadilly. Beluga caviar, traditionally reserved for Iranian royalty, is the most expensive type of caviar with the Almas variety topping the list. The price for the pearly, white eggs can reach almost $25,000 per kilogram. A perfect taste of excellence to remind us each, we're worth being spoiled.
There's really only one thing that could make rich, dark chocolate even better. And that's a truffle, of the fungi-sort. Fritz Knipschildt, a Dutch-trained chocolatier, sells the dark chocolate truffle with a French black truffle inside, on a pre-order only basis for $250 a pop. If you're going for dessert at the end of the world, may as well make it count.
Throw caution to the wind and take a walk on the wild side one last time with this newly discovered product. Because there's really is no day like today to try something new. By now, most of us have heard - at least vaguely - about kopi luwak, the Southeast Asian coffee brewed with beans disgusted by small monkey-like mammals. Now resorts in Maldives and Thailand say beans digested by Thai elephants produce even smoother coffee, and for $1,100 per kilogram you can enjoy the trying unique...treat.
Damn the ban. If we're going out we're taking some fatty goose liver with us. But just because we can, why not make it the most politically correct foie gras - and arguably the best tasting - the world's ever seen. Since 1812 La Patería de Sousa has been offering free-range, totally organic, guilt-free foie gras. Some believe the product tastes better since the animals undergo less stress, as they are not force-fed. We're happy to test that theory out.
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Nothing could say, "good-bye, World," quite like popping the top on one of the last two remaining bottles of the 1852 vintage of Perrier-Jouet. Stored in the underground cellars of the winery, the two bottles left in the world comprise just a part of Perrier-Jouët's collection rare bottles. As the oldest drinkable wine on Earth, we're pretty sure it tastes of age, wisdom and awesomeness with a heavy undercurrent of yeah-I'm-a-total-badass. In other words, the perfect thing with which to toast the end of the world.