Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Top 3 Most Luxurious Asian Airlines

After winning the lottery, you may want to take a trip around the world, and what better way to travel other than First Class?  Below are the top 3 Most Luxurious Asian Airlines for international flights.

3. Cathay Pacific: For about $7,500, you can fly from Los Angeles to Hong Kong, get 5 course meals and all the videos you can watch in the comforts of your own bed!  Flying all the way to Asia can be a joy after all.

2.  Thai Airways: Surprisingly, for just $3,000, you can get a First Class ticket on Thai Airways and travel from Thailand to London with complementary Dom Perignon vintage Champagne, duty-free shopping and more. Not bad for the price!

1. Singapore Airlines:  $5,100 and you get Bvlgari toilet kits and Givenchy sleeper suits as you fly from Los Angeles to Singapore. Indulge  yourself to a "Book the Cook" service so you can select your meals in advance.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Mai Tai Cocktail in Belfast: World's Most Expensive Cocktail

The creators of this drink thought out their goals very carefully - to make the finest drink they could make using the finest ingredients they could find.  Victor Jules Bergeron tried a number of concoctions which eventually led to the creation of the World's Most Expensive Cocktail, Mai Tai, costing about US$1,450 due to the rarity of the rum used.  

Mai Tai Cocktail can be found in a place known for having one of the finest and most expensive cocktail bars in the world, the Merchant Hotel in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  The Merchant's bar manager, Sean Muldoon said that the hotel was able to source a bottle of an extremely rare 17-year-old J Wray & Nephew Jamaican Rum some years ago, which is the base spirit of The Original Trader Vic’s Mai Tai.

For millionaires and millionaire-wannabes, lottery winners and high-rolling businessmen, this cocktail might appeal to you!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Top 3 Most Expensive Homes in the World

Rich people will often tell you that their home is their castle, and that is as close to the truth as one can get! Here are the top 3 most expensive homes in the world.

Top 3: Uptown Court in Surrey, United Kingdom - Price Tag: $140 Million
This magnificent home boasts of 24 bedrooms and puts you amongst neighbors like Elton John and the Queen of England.

Top 2: Ira Rennert Mansion, New York, USA - Price Tag: $180 Million
Considered to be one of the largest residential compounds in North America, this home possesses 63 acres of grounds and 29 bedrooms, sports courts and even a bowling alley!  One of the most luxurious homes in America.

Top 1: Villa La Leopolda in Nice, France - Price Tag: $398,350,000
One of the best homes money can buy, this former aboad once belonged to Microsoft tycoon Bill Gates, and now to the extremely wealthy Roman Abramovich.  Its 10 acres of beautifully-kept gardens is tended constantly by at least 50 gardeners daily.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

France's Most Luxurious Beach Resort

Hôtel du Cap--Eden Roc

The model for the Hôtel des Étrangers in F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night, since 1870 the glamorous white-walled Hotel du Cap on the French Riviera has been one of the most storied and luxurious resorts in the world. Visitors should not expect to find the wide swaths of beach that they might in the Caribbean--the beach in fact is quite small and rocky, like most in the south of France--but what they will find is incomparable elegance bordering on opulence. Situated on a 22-acre private peninsula jutting out into the Mediterranean, the hotel is famous for favoring celebrities and the very wealthy--which seem to comprise most of the guests. Everything here is first class and commensurately pricey.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Amedei Porcelana: One of the World's Most Expensive Chocolate

Here is a treat all high-flying lottery enthusiasts may want to stick their teeth into - the World's Most Expensive Chocolate.

The Amedei Porcelana is manufactured by the Amedei candy company in Tuscany, Italy and is made from porcelain-like, white cocoa beans known as "Porcelana", a genetically pure strain of highly-prized beans that are native to Venezuela.

This chocolate bar has won awards including "Best bean to bar", and the "Golden Bean award".  Sold in individually numbered packages, this chocolate is often quoted to up to $90 a pound.  

Amedei Porcelana is said to have a stunning appearance with only minor swirling of light brown-magenta color reflecting the Porcelana.  Its aroma is that of strawberries, raisin and wood.

Porcelana is also used in a Golden Opulence Sundae, a dessert that costs $1,000 and sold in one of the most expensive restaurants in New York City.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Ten of the Most Expensive and Rarest Food

A lottery millionaire travelling around the world may have the opportunity to taste some of the most bizarre cuisines. The Chinese for instance, rave about the perfect swallow's nest soup, while the Japanese love the deliciously dangerous pufferfish.  Below are just ten of the most expensive and rarest delicacies in the world:

1. GLASS EELS - This rare cuisine comes from French and Spanish waters. These delicacies are only saved for rare occasions.

2. BLACK TRUFFLES - There are many types of black truffles, however, there is only one real one - the Tuber Melano spore. It is a fungi also called the Black Perigord Truffle because most have been found in the Perigord Region of France.  As of December 2009, they were sold for about €3,940 per kilo in a retail shop. 

3. WHITE TRUFFLES - These types of truffles are found in the area of Piedmont in northern Italy and around the city of Alba.  Like the French truffles, Italian truffles too are very sought after and also grow symbiotically with oak trees.  As of December 2009, they were being sold at €10,200 per kilo. Macau casino owner Stanley Ho paid US$330,000 for a white truffle specimen weighing 1.5 kilos.

4. KING CRAB - the Alaskan Red King Crab, particularly, with its massive pincers and enormous body is another sought-after delicacy. Fishing for these crabs is highly dangerous and carried out during the winter months along the coast of Alaska.

5. BELUGA CAVIAR - is the most expensive type of caviar, with present market prices ranging from $7,000 to $10,000 per kilogram.

6. FUGU - is a Japanese dish prepared from pufferfish.  It can be lethaly poisonous due to its tetrodotoxin and therefore has to be carefully prepared to remove toxic parts to avoid contaminating the meat. Restaurants that prepare fugu is strictly controlled by the law in Japan and several other countries. It is currently one of the  most notorious dishes in Japanese cuisine.

7. ABALONE - considered a maritime treat and a delicacy in most parts of the globe. Its shell is also used for making jewelry.

8. KOBE BEEF - cuts of beef from the black Tajima-ushi breed of Wagyu cattle, raised according to strict tradition in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan.  This meat is renowned for its flavor, tenderness and well-marbled texture.  Often prepared as steak, sukiyaki, sashimi and more.

9. BLUE LOBSTER - these blue lobsters are found in icey waters off the cost of England to Morocco. The meat is tastier and juicier compared to that of a normal lobster.  It turns red when cooked.

10. YUBARI MELONS - This watermelon is sold for a big sum in Sapporo City, Japan.  Yubari Melons are famous for its sweet and high quality. The most expensive fetched a price of US$22,872.