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Fun on Friday: Can You Have Your Gold and Eat It Too?

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Hungry?

How about some gold!

Yes. You can have your gold and eat it too.

A new Japanese restaurant in Los Altos, Calif., will serve you a steak covered in gold flecks.

Hiroshi caters to Silicon Valley elite. The restaurant only accommodates eight diners per night. The tab generally runs between $500 and $600 per person, according to Business Insider. Hiroshi occupies a nondescript building. A sign simply states “open by appointment only.” It has no windows, no menus, and just a single table.

But you can eat gold with your steak. So there is that.

“The gold is more for show,” Hiroshi general manager Kevin Biggerstaff told Business Insider. “It doesn’t really have any flavor.”

When I first saw this article, I thought it was unusual. The only golden flake food I’ve ever seen are potato chips. (You might not get that if you’re not from the south. Trust me, Golden Flake chips are a big thing.)  But apparently eating real gold is a thing.

In 2012, a New York City food truck launched a $666 “Douche Burger.” The foie gras-stuffed Kobe beef patty with Gruyere cheese (melted with Champagne steam, of course), topped with caviar, truffles and lobster, and then wrapped in six gold leaf sheets, was meant to make fun of rich people – but there was apparently a demand for it.

A pizza joint in Toronto featured a gold-leaf garnished pizza on its menu at one time.

You don’t even have to go to a restaurant to get gold-adorned food. You can buy a jar of edible gold flakes and prepare golden food at home – for just $140.

OK. I don’t get it.

I understand why somebody might want to sleep on gold sheets. I can kind of wrap my head around buying a gold fidget spinner. But why eat gold? People do understand how that ends up, right? You literally flush money down the toilet.

Executive chef at Toronto restaurant Aria, Eron Novalski, offered Maclean’s a simple explanation as to why restaurants use gold leaf in their food.

It’s gold. It kind of speaks for itself.”

I guess I kind of see her point. It’s gold. Gold has intrinsic value. We desire to have it. Apparently, some people even desire to eat it.

And you can eat your gold and have it – at least for 48 hours or so.

Of course, there are probably better options for you than buying gold to eat. You can easily invest in gold, keep it, and enjoy the wealth it affords. Call 1-888-GOLD-160. Our precious metals specialists don’t eat gold (at least I don’t think they do), but they can help you find the best way to make precious metals a part of your investment portfolio.

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