Mexican chef creates $25,000 taco — but no takers yet

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This undated handout photo released by Grand Velas Los Cabos Resort on March 7, 2017 shows the most expensive “taco” in the world in Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico. The taco, which is prepared by the resort’s chef with corn tortilla, golden flakes, shrimps, Kobe meat, Beluga caviar, black truffle, Brie cheese and a special hot sauce, costs 25.000 US dollars. (AFP)
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This undated handout photo released by Grand Velas Los Cabos Resort on March 7, 2017 shows the most expensive “taco” in the world in Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico. The taco, which is prepared by the resort’s chef with corn tortilla, golden flakes, shrimps, Kobe meat, Beluga caviar, black truffle, Brie cheese and a special hot sauce, costs 25.000 US dollars. (AFP)
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This undated handout photo released by Grand Velas Los Cabos Resort on March 7, 2017 shows the most expensive “taco” in the world in Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico. The taco, which is prepared by the resort’s chef with corn tortilla, golden flakes, shrimps, Kobe meat, Beluga caviar, black truffle, Brie cheese and a special hot sauce, costs 25.000 US dollars. (AFP)
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This undated handout photo released by Grand Velas Los Cabos Resort on March 7, 2017 shows the most expensive “taco” in the world in Los Cabos, Baja California, Mexico. The taco, which is prepared by the resort’s chef with corn tortilla, golden flakes, shrimps, Kobe meat, Beluga caviar, black truffle, Brie cheese and a special hot sauce, costs 25.000 US dollars. (AFP)
Updated 09 March 2017
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Mexican chef creates $25,000 taco — but no takers yet

MEXICO CITY: Shrimp, caviar, truffle and gold flakes aren’t standard ingredients in Mexico’s popular tacos. But chef Juan Licerio Alcala uses them to create the world’s most expensive taco at $25,000.
No one has ordered one. Yet.
The handheld dish made of a corn or wheat tortilla folded around a filling is low-cost fare in Mexico.
Licerio, the chef at the Grand Velas Los Cabos Resort, a luxury vacation destination in Baja California, told AFP he decided to think outside the box.
“People are excited and a little surprised about how you can eat a taco for $25,000 (497,000 pesos) when you can find one on the street for 10 pesos,” he said.
“Then I explain the delicacy, the technique and the harmony that they will lift from the plate, and that it’s worth it.”
To make the over-the-top dish, the chef takes a corn tortilla speckled with 24 carat gold flakes and fills it with Kobe beef, shrimp, Almas Beluga caviar and black truffle Brie cheese.
The taco is dressed with a salsa based on Morita chiles and civet coffee, a pricey liquid made from the fermented droppings of a civet which has eaten the berries of a coffee plant.
For good measure, gold flakes are sprinkled on top.
A week after the outrageously pricey dish hit the menu, no one has ordered it, the chef admitted.
But he said many have shown interest, mostly US customers who like to “push the boundaries.”
Ordering the world’s most expensive taco has its own particular method. First, a customer has to put down a $12,500 deposit and already be staying in the presidential suite.
The dish is presented in the middle of the desert encircled by motorcycles, or during a marriage proposal.
“We can adjust to the guest,” Licerio said.
If money is no object, the chef has just the tipple to complement the taco: the luxury tequila Pasion Azteca, at $150,000 a bottle.


The Six: Traditional natural remedies from the Middle East

A sprig of thyme. (Shutterstock)
Updated 15 October 2018
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The Six: Traditional natural remedies from the Middle East

  • We take a look at natural remedies stemming from the Middle East
  • From turmeric to thyme, these home remedies are used across the Arab world and beyond

DUBAI: Natural remedies have long been used in the Arab world to treat a range of health issues, including these seeds and herbs that are thought to have various benefits.

Black cumin seed
According to Islamic tradition, the black cumin seed is a powerhouse of health benefits. It is thought to help with immune-related, digestive and respiratory issues and has antihistamine, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.

Cloves
Cloves and clove oil have been used in dentistry since the 19th century due to the presence of the antiseptic and anti-inflammatory chemical eugenol.

Turmeric
Turmeric contains the chemical curcumin that is thought to decrease inflammation in the body.

Thyme
Thyme has been used for centuries to treat such complaints as diarrhea, stomach ache, arthritis and sore throats due to the presence of thymol, an antiseptic agent.

Fennel seeds
A concentrated source of minerals like copper, potassium, calcium, zinc, manganese, vitamin c, iron, selenium and magnesium, fennel is thought to do everything from regulate blood pressure to ease water retention as it’s a known diuretic.

Anise
Anise oil contains thymol, terpineol and anethole, which are thought to help with cough and flu cases. Anise is also thought to help improve digestion, alleviate cramps and reduce nausea.