Monday Indulgence | Serendipity 3

Well for those of you wondering, we weathered the storm in New England and my thoughts go out to anyone still without power.  After a weekend of hibernation and shoveling for many, I thought we could all use a bit of indulgence today.

I am not sure if you are familiar with the coffee house boutique, Serendipity 3 in New York, but they are a well known tourist landmark and have consistently developed some over the top dishes that have had many foodies talking.

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While they have a regular menu there are 2 dishes today that I had to share with you…

Le burger extravagant launched last May in honor of National Hamburger month.   Priced at $295 it has been named the most expensive burger in the world by the Guiness Book of world records.  So what makes this burger just under $300?  It is a mix of Japanese Waygu beef infused with 10-herb white truffle butter, seasoned with Salish Alderwood smoked Pacific sea salt, topped with cheddar cheese — {hand-formed by the famous cheesemaker James Montgomery in Somerset, England, and cave-aged for 18 months} — shaved black truffles, a fried quail egg and served on a white truffle-buttered Campagna Roll, which is topped with a blini, creme fraiche, and Paramout Caviar’s exclusive Kaluga caviar — a beautiful golden caviar with a buttery, nutty taste. It also comes accessorized with a solid gold “Fleur de Lis” toothpick encrusted with diamonds and designed by world-renowned jeweler Euphoria New York {I kid you not}.

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While extravagant, the profits of the burger will be donated to the Bowery Mission — serving homeless and hungry New Yorkers since 1879. {requires reserving 48 hours in advance}.

They also have the most expensive dessert in the world {incase the burger isn’t enough}.  Serendipity 3 teamed up with jeweler Euphoria New York, to create the Frrrozen Haute Chocolate, a $25,000 chocolate sundae.

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It is made from a blend of 28 cocoas from all around the world and is infused with five grams of edible 23-karat gold and served in a goblet lined with edible gold. Topped with whipped cream, more gold and a side of La Madeline au Truffle from Knipschildt Chocolatier, which sells for $2,600 a pound.  And to make this the most memorable dessert ever, it comes with a keepsake – an 18K gold bracelet with a carat’s worth of diamonds that rests at the base of the goblet and a gold spoon set with white and chocolate-colored diamonds.

Who knew these existed {I certainly didn’t}?  While they are a bit over the top, the creativity that went into both of these dishes & the ingredients is an inspiration to any foodie.  I can assure you that when I am back in New York this spring, I will definitely stop by to try at a minimum their  {regular} frozen hot chocolate as I am curious now to check out this landmark cafe.

And while you too may not be rushing out for a $25k haute chocolate, I wish you some serendipity this week, as that is the most valuable of all.

~Emmanuelle
xo

About Emmanuelle

Event Planning & Public Relations in the Boston Area specializing in fashion, beauty, textiles & consumer goods.
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