Deca­dent Di­wali din­ing

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All week I’ve been drool­ing over my ul­ti­mate Di­wali menu. For starters I’m go­ing for a salad made with Mat­su­take mush­rooms found be­neath red pines near Ky­oto, the cul­tural cap­i­tal of Ja­pan, which cost $2,000 (Dh7,350) a kilo­gram. Next, I’ll feast on a Lu­dovic XIII Pizza (Dh40,000) hand-made in Agropoli, Italy, gar­nished with white truf­fles (Dh7,500) from Alba. Dessert might pose a dilemma – there’s the Golden Op­u­lence Sun­dae in New York which comes with an 18-carat gold bracelet (a snip at just Dh3,700!), or the world’s most ex­pen­sive sweet: straw­ber­ries Ar­naud in New Or­leans with a 4.7-carat pink di­a­mond glit­ter­ing on the top. The price tag? A cool Dh5.14 mil­lion but at least you get to keep the pink bauble.

Of course, this is my fan­tasy feast, com­piled from our travel story about gilt-edged gourmet on page 118 but it would leave me feel­ing guilty (read gilty) even if money were no ob­ject. In­stead I’ll turn to page 128 for in­spi­ra­tion on what to cook this Di­wali, and might ask our Do­mes­tic Diva Sil­vena Rowe (page 141) to sug­gest a de­li­cious menu I can af­ford.

If I am go­ing to splurge, I’d rather do it on the gor­geous top de­signed by Man­ish Arora fea­tured in our fash­ion shoot on page 72. I’ll be wear­ing it at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity and not just from dusk to dawn. Happy Di­wali!

Karen Pasquali Jones



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