Would You Buy This $1,000 Bagel? (Photo)
Do you have an extra $1,000 lying around that you'd like to free yourself from? Consider picking up the most extravagant bagel you've ever laid eyes on.
With Alba white truffle cream cheese and goji berry-infused Riesling jelly with golden leaves, it doesn't get a whole lot fancier, at least as far as boiled dough rings go.
According to Metro, the bagel has to be ordered at least 24 hours in advance, to make sure that you get the freshest ingredients, and all proceeds go to help out Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen. So at least you can feel like you're funneling some of that extra cash into your community.
Interested? Just submit your request, head over to the bagel capital of America -- aka New York City -- and wander into the Westin New York hotel in Times Square between Nov. 1 and Dec. 15, and pick up the delicacy for exactly $1,000, since tax and tip are included.
"Serious thought was put into the creation of the city's first outrageous bagel to ensure the hefty price tag doesn't just get patrons an overpriced piece of bread," a hotel spokesperson told Metro. "White truffles are valued for their powerful yet extraordinarily delicate aroma, and production is extremely limited. This delicacy is grown in the Alba region of Italy beneath certain oak trees. Trained dogs or pigs are necessary to locate these truffles, which are in season from late autumn to winter."
The wildly pricey bagel jumped on the scene in 2007, when chef Frank Tujague created the first iteration and sent proceeds over to help fund a culinary scholarship, notes Reuters. Following request after request each year, the not-so-humble bagel makes its glorious return yet again.
"Considering how pricing has risen in the past decade [try buying an apartment for the same price as it was in 2007], this bagel at its introductory cost is nearly a deal," the spokesperson told Metro. "For those who can't get to New York for this year, this extravagant bagel could possibly make an encore appearance during the next truffle season."