Seattle's MANHATTAN restaurant has hosted billionaire Bill Gates.
Billionaires can be just like the rest of us — they like to eat, drink, and be merry, too. While the members of the ultra-high-net-worth world can be illusive more often than not, they too want to be part of a cutting-edge restaurant scene, both nationally and internationally. Restaurants around the world have hosted billionaires, from the Eternal City to Australia and back around again to The Big Apple when they decide it’s time to see and be seen.
While the wealthy sector is often dining in the comfort of their own mansions, mega-yachts, or private jets, they can also occasionally be spotted eating alongside their lesser net-worth counterparts. While fine dining establishments like New York City's Per Se and Le Bernardin will simply never go out of fashion, dives and comfort food grub can also be compelling options, particularly for the likes of Warren Buffet.
From business meetings to birthday celebrations to over-the-top public tantrums, billionaires cause quite the stir when they frequent restaurants. In today’s world of instantaneous news and social media, one well-placed tweet can let you know where those atop Forbes’ billionaire list may be dining that evening, and perhaps what they are eating.
- 1 (1/4-oz.) packet of gelatin
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 (15-oz.) can crushed pineapple, well drained
- 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut, plus more to garnish
- 1 cup maraschino cherries, chopped, plus more to garnish
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans, plus more to garnish
- 1 tablespoon maraschino cherry juice
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 1/4 cup whipped topping, plus more to garnish
- 1 (9-inch) graham cracker crust
In a small glass or metal bowl, mix together gelatin and milk. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, stir together condensed milk, crushed pineapple, sweetened coconut, maraschino cherries, pecans, maraschino cherry juice, and lemon juice. Once well combined, fold in whipped topping until completely incorporated.
Place the bowl of gelatin in a larger bowl filled with hot water. Stir gelatin mixture, making sure that none of the water gets into the gelatin. Once the gelatin has melted and the mixture is smooth, pour it into the mixture in the large mixing bowl and stir until well combined. Pour the contents of the bowl into the prepared graham cracker crust. Refrigerate for 1 hour.
Remove from the refrigerator and garnish with additional whipped topping, coconut, cherries, and pecans.
Global Overlord Bill Gates Says “Rich Countries” Must Eat 100% Synthetic Beef
We have now entered into the stage of democracy where billionaires just openly tell the public what to do.
Bill Gates, as one of our grand overlords, has now declared that it is time for us to stop eating meat.
It’s disappointing that we won’t be allowed to eat our favorite foods anymore, but what are you gonna do?
He’s the boss and he makes the decisions. That’s our values.
Bill Gates has urged rich nations to move to % synthetic beef” in order to address the greenhouse gas emissions driving global climate change.
In his new book, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster, the billionaire philanthropist stresses that while it remains possible for humanity to avert the disaster through technological achievements, government policy will ultimately be needed.
Speaking to the MIT Technology Review magazine, he said that some governments would be constrained by their wealth: “I don’t think the poorest 80 countries will be eating synthetic beef. I do think all rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef.”
Burping cows bred for beef are a massive contributor to emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane, which has reached record levels according to research published last July.
The amount of methane in the atmosphere grew massively between 2000 and 2017, leading to what researchers believe could be a global warming increase of up to four degrees Celsius by the end of the century.
Scientists warn that this is a dangerous threshold for humanity to cross, leading to an increased risk of natural disasters due to ecological disruption which would cause mass famine and migration.
“Emissions from cattle and other ruminants are almost as large as those from the fossil fuel industry for methane,” according to Dr Robert Jackson. “People joke about burping cows without realising how big the source really is.”
Talking about the problem to MIT Technology Review, Mr Gates described the livestock problem as “very difficult” noting that even compounds which reduce methane emissions weren’t enough.
“You can get used to the taste difference, and the claim is they’re going to make it taste even better over time,” added Mr Gates.
It’s a little bit scary that with the weather as cold as it is, Master Gates is still going to make it even colder. But I guess what science says is that the entire earth must literally be a single sheet of solid ice.
And we have to follow science. We’re not a bunch of inbred hicks from the trailer park. We believe in science and we do as it says, and science says that the earth should be transformed into a solid sheet of ice.
When cows fart they make the air hotter, and that’s why in our quest to freeze everything, we must get rid of cows.
Big Rich Texas: Billionaires Love Living Here
Nearly fifty Texas billionaires made the 2012 edition of Forbes's richest Americans list.
Some 46 billionaires live in Texas, according to the Forbes 400, the magazine’s annual list of the richest Americans. Only California (with 87 billionaires) and New York (with 67) have Texas beat. (And this means that half of the country’s 400 billionaires on the list live in these three states.) The combined wealth of these Texas billionaires tops $174 billion.
Which city has the most billionaires in Texas? Dallas, with sixteen. (Taken together with Fort Worth, the Metroplex boasts 23 billionaires.) Houston follows behind with thirteen billionaires. The state’s ten other billionaires are scattered between San Antonio, Austin, Cisco, Temple, and New Braunfels.
Where does this money come from? Well, the fortunes of 23 Texas billionaires (unsurprisingly) come from oil, gas, and pipelines. But there are also billionaires with more unconventional sources of wealth: Salsa magnate Christopher Goldsbury, whose $1.35 billion fortune comes from Pace picante sauce, calls San Antonio home, and John Paul DeJoria, whose $4 billion fortune comes from Paul Mitchell hair products and Patrón, lives in Austin.
1. Alice Walton, $26.3 billion, Fort Worth
2. Michael Dell, $14.6 billion, Austin
3. Richard Kinder, $9.4 billion, Houston
4. Andrew Beal, $8.4 billion, Dallas
5. Harold Simmons, $7.1 billion, Dallas
6. Charles Butt, $6.9 billion, San Antonio
7. Jeffrey Hildebrand, $5.5 billion, Houston
8. Ray Lee Hunt, $5.2 billion, Dallas
9. Robert Rowling, $4.9 billion, Dallas
10. Dannine Avara, $4.7 billion, Houston
10. Scott Duncan, $4.7 billion, Houston
10. Milane Frantz, $4.7 billion, Houston
10. Randa Williams $4.7 billion, Houston
How to Eat Like a Billionaire, According to Warren Buffett
If you want to eat and drink like a billionaire, forget the filet mignon, oysters, caviar and truffles, never mind the champagne and fine wine: Just scarf down a boatload of snack foods and soda pop.
That’s what mega-wealthy investor Warren Buffett does. At 84, the Berkshire Hathaway CEO – renowned for both his frugality and his curiously lowbrow taste in food – says he drinks at least five 12-ounce servings of Coca-Cola, made by a company he owns a great deal of stock in, every single day.
“I’m one quarter Coca-Cola,” Warren Buffett told Fortune. “If I eat 2700 calories a day, a quarter of that is Coca-Cola.”
Three of those Cokes (regular or Cherry) he’ll consume during the day, two at night. Sometimes he’ll have one for breakfast first thing in the morning, occasionally enjoying it with a can of potato sticks – Utz brand, to be precise, a company he told Fortune he’s thinking of buying. He has also been known to greet the day with a big bowl of ice cream.
His sugar-, sodium- and fat-heavy diet may not be terribly healthy, but he maintains that it’s strategic. “I checked the actuarial tables, and the lowest death rate is among six-year-olds. So I decided to eat like a six-year-old,” he told Fortune. “It’s the safest course I can take.”
"We loved this! My family is big on restaurant fried rice, but we only get it when we eat out. I attempted to make it years ago with disastrous results. I went hunting for a good recipe and found this one! There was none left, and I won't be afraid to make it again.”
A Private Chef Spills The Secret Eating Habits Of The Rich And Famous
If you're rich and famous, nothing about your vacation is ordinary -- especially the food. Celebrities often have personal chefs practically chained to the kitchens of their amazing holiday rentals so that every whim, craving, and food fantasy can be met.
One A-list chef living on a tropical island has seen it all. Faced with demanding divas and indecisive stoners, his impressive resume and years of training at a 3-star restaurant have been put to the test. Sometimes, they let him take the reins and create masterpieces, but other times, they're very specific.
"Someone once had a last-minute request for wild boar," he told The Huffington Post, "but since it's illegal to sell on the island, the only way to get it is to hunt it yourself and, yeah. We didn't have enough notice for that."
The chef asked that he not be named in order to protect his relationship with his clients, whose names have also been withheld. But we can dish out some of the recipes he puts together -- and the stories that come with them -- so we, too, can eat like superstars.
THE VEGAN ACTRESS
Her diet requires no meat, dairy or salt, and everything has to be gluten free.
Chef says: "A lot of celebrities are used to getting things when they want and how they want -- they don't really have any consideration for how much work goes into preparing a meal. Sometimes they'll change their minds right after we've finished prepping a meal for hours and we'll have to start over. But we don't really have a say in it. We're here to please."
Chef will make: Vegetable Tofu Coconut Curry with Jasmine Rice
THE STONER MUSICIAN
He's really good at making music, but horrible at choosing what to eat. He spends most of his time indoors smoking weed and listening to his own music. He tells the chef that he only likes "basic food," but has a hard time explaining what that means.
Chef says: Instead of exploring the beautiful island around them, many of the celebrities who employ him wind up staying within their luxurious vacation homes all day. "They choose these really fancy homes because they spend all their time there avoiding paparazzi," he said. "For more privacy, some people even request food they can reheat themselves so my staff doesn't actually have to be there when they eat it."
Chef will make: BBQ Pork Ribs and Rainbow Chard
THE PARTY GIRL AND HER ENTOURAGE
They rage all day and night and have an in-house bartender. They're impulsive and change their minds at the very last minute.
Chef says: During one of his gigs, the chef would return to the kitchen every morning to find cigarette and joint butts in bowls where he had kept prepped food. "Rude clients are relatively rare," he said. "But on a couple of occasions, I've had the entourage be more rude than the actual celebrity. The worst part is when they show that they don't care for us or what we're doing for them."
Chef will make: Gourmet Pizza Buffet with Homemade Dough
Make the homemade pizza dough following the recipe here. Then, preheat oven to 500 degrees, preheat the grill to medium heat and follow chef's recipe below.
THE SWEETHEART POP STAR
She requests Tex-Mex comfort food because it reminds her of home. Her entourage consists of her family and childhood friends. She pops into the kitchen every once in a while to watch the chef cook and asks for recipes.
Chef says: "What surprised me as a regular person is that celebrities don't always have the best of everything. They eat everything we do, but they just spend a lot more money on it than we do. They consume a lot more and don't have a regard for how much it costs."
Chef will make: Roasted Chicken Enchiladas
THE FOREIGN BILLIONAIRE FAMILY
They have no budget, stay for months at a time, and let the chef decide every meal for them. The only requirement is that every meal is a sit-down, family-style meal.
Chef says: "Usually, the clients with the most money are actually the coolest and most down to earth. It's the ones that are in between -- the ones that aren't billionaires, but are just 'average rich' -- that act like dicks. They act like they have to prove they are better than other people. But real billionaires tend to treat us like normal humans. When you have millions and billions of dollars, you don't care about proving how rich you are."
Chef will make: Chef's King Crab Cakes, Porterhouse Steaks and Mashed Okinawan Potatoes
Grilled Porterhouse Steak
Find a step-by-step video for grilling porterhouse here.
Mashed Okinawan Potatoes
Get chef's favorite recipe here.
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Easy Desserts To Make At Home
1. Chocolate Chip Banana Oatmeal Cookies
restaurant recipes, including this McDonald’s copycat recipe and that’s why you’ll find this McDonald’s apple pie making our list. Fast and easy to make delivering an oozy apple filled crisp and crackly sugar pastry that the entire family will enjoy. Give them a try, you’ll be glad you did. The key to making them perfect is to fry the pie, rather than baking it.
4. Peanut Butter Fudge
Trifle isn’t always the easiest to make. So how is this different? Well, we combine a few ‘cheats’ to make it super quick and simple. Using chocolate brownie mix, instant vanilla pudding mix, cool whip, and two packs of Reese’s peanut butter cups completely cuts down on the prep time. Trifle doesn’t need to be neat either, double easy
6. Apple Brown Betty
Who Brown Betty! Apple Jam! This is a super easy apple crumble—no messing around with breadcrumbs. We make a crunchy crust using a few simple ingredients that will take you all of 5 minutes to whip up. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt just do something to layers of tangy sugar-coated apples! You can throw this in the oven at the start of the main and have a tasty dessert in no time.
7. Lemon Icebox Cake
This icebox layer cake is great, but it doesn’t involve any baking at all. The cake element comes from a mix of crumbled graham crackers. This is sandwiched between creamy layers of instant lemon pudding mix before being finished with cream and more crackers. Stick it in the fridge ahead of time. It can’t get simpler than this.
8. Disney Dole Whip
I wasn’t sure whether to include this recipe, but it is so darn tasty I just had to. It looks like a lasagna, but it’s actually a cross between a chocolate cake, a cheesecake, and a crumble. There are a fair few ingredients, and this pushes the limits of ‘easy’ desserts. But provided you have a little spare time, it is well worth it, we promise!
10. Chocolate Dipped Oreos
Ok, listen up. How is this for ‘simple’? Take an oreo, dip it in melted chocolate and then top with a sprinkling of crushed peppermint candy. Job done! Oreos are super tasty on their own, but these create a little bit of a nicer-looking presentation. Don’t pull them apart and lick them at the dinner table. It’s really bad manners!
11. Starbucks Cake Pops
For us, ‘easy’ means absolutely minimal effort. This homemade Hershey’s chocolate pie is about as easy as it gets. Aside from whipping some fresh cream, the rest is already done for you, and the best bit? It is only 4 ingredients. Ready-made pie crust, Hershey bars, and store-bought whipped topping are about all this takes!
13. Easy Macaroons
3 ingredients and the shortest bake time ever? Sounds great to us. Macaroons are traditionally made using a meringue-style mixture. We haven’t got time to be beating eggs with sugar, and neither have you! The prep for these is literally a couple of minutes. From there, it’s a case of a 12-minute bake until the coconut exterior turns all brown and crispy.
14. 2 Ingredient Sorbet
If you love ice cream but are watching your waistline, we might just have the solution here. With only two ingredients, there is absolutely no reason not to make this easy dessert. We mix pineapple chunks with coconut milk and blend until smooth. From there, it’s just a case of freezing the mixture and scooping out when the time comes… Or for a guilt-free movie night treat!
15. Lime and Ginger Cheesecake
Is there anybody in the world who doesn’t love a slice of cheesecake? It’s even better when it is no-bake too! The ginger element comes from crushed-up ginger snap biscuits combined with butter to make a crisp and slightly savory base. From there, we top it with a mix of cream cheese, whipped cream, and just a sprinkle of lime zest and juice before chilling until set. Lime and ginger… pairings don’t get much better.
16. Nutella Brownies
Nutella? We absolutely love this recipe because of how simple it is to make. The kids will love it! Get it right, and you’ll be rewarded with a delicious treat. Watch your mouth as it will be hot. Hows about a nice ball of cool vanilla ice cream to go alongside? Tart it up with a sprinkling of powder sugar.
17. Chocolate Covered Pretzel
Ok, the name might not appeal to you… Let’s tell you what it is. These are actually chocolate and peanut butter banana bites. This recipe involves a minuscule amount of cooking (with a microwave) and a little bit of chilling in the fridge. But we think that’s great as you can get on with other things while you wait.
20. Oreo S’mores
S’mores is a shortened term of ‘some more’, which is exactly what you’ll want after these have been demolished at the dinner table. These are Oreos, filled with a toasted marshmallow and a sweet piece of chocolate. You can toast the marshmallows over an open flame to get a golden bubbly exterior. These are actually pretty rich. We bet that you won’t be able to eat more than three in a row!
21. Peanut Butter Pie
Any time we hear the word no-bake cake, we get excited… Actually, maybe it’s just the ‘cake’ part? Anyway, this is super easy and contains six ingredients. We use cream cheese, confectioner’s sugar, and some frozen whip topping to make life a little easier. We make the base from crushed-up graham crackers. It’s basically a really low effort cheesecake. Just because it is low effort doesn’t mean that it isn’t utterly delicious!
22. Peanut Brittle
Here’s one to make with the kids (but be careful as it does involve hot sugar). Want to know how long it takes… from start to finish about 7 minutes. Once it is made, it keeps for a good long time too! If you have been caught short for a dessert, this could make the ideal solution as it is made with only six ingredients, All of which can be found in your store cupboard: butter, corn syrup, peanuts, and a little sugar. Don’t forget the baking soda either, as this makes your brittle nice and crispy!
23. Baked Bananas
This is a real lazy dessert. It has three ingredients and takes around a minute to prepare. Simply split a banana lengthways, sprinkle with brown sugar and a squeeze of lime juice and bake for 15-20 minutes until the skin turns brown. What you are left with is a super sweet and gooey banana. It goes so well with ice cream too!
24. Chocolate Fruit Kebabs
Easy, tasty, and maybe a little bit good for you… Hey, it’s fruit, right? Cut strawberries, bananas, and pineapple into large chunks and skewer. Melt a couple of bars of chocolate in a microwave and drizzle over the kebabs. Chill in the fridge, and you’ll get a crisp cool chocolate crust with juicy fruit underneath! This certainly falls into the category of quick and easy desserts to make at home.
25. Buckeye Brownie Recipe
If you haven’t heard of Buckeyes before, don’t worry. It will all become obvious as soon as you see them. These are little chocolate balls with a creamy peanut butter center. They look a little like eyes, hence the name. The best way to think of these is as homemade Reese’s peanut butter cups. They are just shaped slightly differently. Some recipes call for melted chocolate wafers. We prefer to use normal melted chocolate. It gives you a thicker shell.
26. Root Beer Cupcakes
Root beer? What is this the 1060’s? Listen, don’t worry, nobody is going to ask you to drink it! The recipe actually contains a tiny amount, and it’s just enough to give it a really interesting flavor. The fizz of the root beer does help to create a really fluffy cupcake. Provided you have a mixer, this recipe is an absolute breeze. You can use muffin cases to make cupcakes or create one giant sponge using exactly the same recipe!
Listen, we don’t want you to feel bad. But if you finish these off, you are probably going to feel like a pig. Ah, to hell with it, where do we oink? Cookiedilla is like a grown-up version of homemade Oreos. It is layers of cookies, filled with a creamy marshmallow center and topped with lashings of chocolate sauce. Quick desserts like this are what I live for. When we haven’t got time to bake cookies, we use store-bought cookie dough to make life super easy! Bake, assemble, enjoy!
28. Homemade Fudgesicles
What on earth is a fudgesicle? Er, a delicious popsicle made out of fudge, of course! We really love that you can make these ahead of time. Because they are frozen, they keep pretty much indefinitely. So you’ll have this yummy dessert available any time that you open the freezer door. There’s a fair few sweet ingredients within cocoa, chocolate, and a fair helping of sugar. Add a pinch of salt and be amazed as the chocolatey goodness really comes out!
29. Slow Cooker Rice Pudding
Listen, we said a list of 34 easy desserts to make, not quick. This takes a little while, but it is entirely effortless. If you have a few store cupboard ingredients to use up, then this is ideal. We use pudding rice, but if you have risotto or sushi rice, this will work just as well. Combine in a slow cooker with butter, milk, and sugar. Add a pinch of nutmeg and leave it to bubble away. The longer you leave it, the smoother and creamier it becomes. Magic!
30. Eton Mess
The word ‘mess’ should give you a clue as to how much effort you put into presenting this super quick dessert. It reminds us of summer days. We cheat a little and use shop-bought meringue. This is crumbled and layered in a glass with freshly chopped strawberries and some heated jam. We finish it off with a drizzle of heavy cream.
31. Cake Mix Cookies
Are you spotting a theme here? Getting any clues? If you are a little short on time, a couple of yellow cake mix boxes can be used in so many different ways! Buy a box, and you’ll be able to make at least 6 of our 34 easy desserts! The prep for this recipe will take you around 5 minutes. And a further 20 minutes to bake. You can use oil in this recipe, but we find butter adds a really nice taste and texture to the cookies. Add chocolate chips or dried fruit as you wish
32. Icebox Cookies
This recipe does involve a little baking, despite the name. Icebox cookies are absolutely sublime if they are cooked correctly. They are all soft and gooey in the middle and toasty and crisp on the outside. They are called icebox cookies, as you can freeze the dough and then whip up a batch at any time. Does that sound easy enough for you?
33. Chocolate Billionaires
I wanna chocolate billionaire so frickin bad! (that reminds us of a song… We can’t remember the name, though). This is part rice crispy cake and part caramel cake pop. We make it in a two-stage process. First, we make caramel and combine it with things like rice crispies and crunchy pecans. Then we dip them in chocolate. It’s only fair to offer a warning. You won’t be able to eat just one, so if you are on a diet, steer well clear!
34. Lemon Sandwich Cookies
cookie you’re used to. By dropping these cookies onto a baking sheet, you get a nice round cookie with frilly edges that toasts a little as they bake. What makes these cookies really zesty and delicious is the lemon icing containing real lemon juice and zest.
Meet the Five Richest People in Colorado Today
Meet Colorado's Eight Billionaires in 2020
Five Richest Coloradans Today &mdash and the One Tied With Donald Trump
Cargill MacMillan III
Colorado rank: 10
Global rank: 2524
Real-time net worth as of April 12, 2021: $1.1 billion
"Cargill MacMillan III is one of 12 billionaire heirs to Cargill, the world's biggest agriculture business. . The family still owns roughly 90 percent of Cargill, which did $114.6 billion in 2020 sales across food, agriculture, financial and industrial divisions."
Colorado rank: 9
Global rank: 2378
Real-time net worth as of April 12, 2021: $1.2 billion
"Thomas Bailey's fortune comes from mutual fund giant Janus, which he founded in Denver in 1969. . He served as the CEO of Janus for 33 years until 2002 and as chairman through 2003."
Colorado rank: 8
Global rank: 1931
Real-time net worth as of April 12, 2012: $1.6 billion
"Gary Magness's late father, Bob, started cable giant TCI, then merged with AT&T in 1999 in a $48 billion deal.
He inherited half of the fortune (his late brother, Kim, got the rest) and now focuses on off-road racing, movie producing and philanthropy."
Colorado rank: 7
Global rank: 1111
Real-time net worth as of April 12, 2021: $2.8 billion
"Kenneth Tuchman is the founder and CEO of call center outsourcing giant TTEC, a public company operating on six continents. . Today, he is the majority owner of the $1.6 billion (sales) company, which handles customer inquires via phone, messaging and social media."
Colorado rank: 6 (tie)
Global rank: 1008 (tie)
Residence: Fort Collins
Real-time net worth as of April 12, 2021: $3 billion
"Pat Stryker is a philanthropist and founder of Bohemian Foundation, which supports music, community, global and civic programs. . Her grandfather founded Stryker Corp., which sold $14.4 billion worth of medical equipment in 2020."
Colorado rank: 6 (tie)
Global rank: 1008 (tie)
Residence: Indian Hills
Real-time net worth as of April 12, 2021: $3 billion
"James Leprino owns the world's largest mozzarella cheese maker, with $3.5 billion in estimated annual sales.
His Leprino Foods is the exclusive supplier of cheese to Domino's, Papa John's and Pizza Hut."
Colorado rank: 4
Global rank: 807
Residence: Steamboat Springs
Real-time net worth as of April 12, 2021: $4 billion
"Silicon Valley venture capitalist Mark Stevens was a partner at Sequoia Capital when the firm invested in hits like Google, PayPal and LinkedIn. Now he is investing in startups through his firm S-Cubed Capital."
Colorado rank: 3
Global rank: 316
Real-time net worth as of April 12, 2021: $7.8 billion
"Nicknamed the Cable Cowboy, John Malone is known for his penchant for media deals and complicated corporate structures. . His Liberty Media, which owns the Atlanta Braves baseball team, closed a $4.4 billion acquisition of auto-racing league Formula 1 in January 2017."
Charles Ergen (see photo at top of post)
Colorado rank: 2
Global rank: 241
Real-time net worth as of April 12, 2021: $10.5 billion
"Charlie Ergen is the cofounder and chairman of satellite TV provider Dish Network and satellite communications company EchoStar. . He took Dish public in 1996. Today, it boasts over 11 million subscribers."
Colorado rank: 1
Global rank: 224
Real-time net worth as of April 12, 2021: $10.1 billion
"Over five decades, Philip Anschutz has built fortunes in oil, railroads, telecom, real estate and entertainment. . His Anschutz Entertainment Group operates more than 100 arenas and concert venues worldwide."
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What Do Rich People Eat?
This is the most frequently asked question since I've been writing the blog - and it comes from countries all over the globe. For those of us who have to stretch our budgets, of course there's curiosity about the eating habits and nutrition of those with unlimited means. But the answer might be surprising.
In a recent article in the New York Daily News it seems that people with lots of money go to fast food restaurants more frequently than lower-income families. Somewhat the opposite of what we'd expect, right? But it's not all that shocking since a Big Mac costs five bucks nowadays. For a large family it's far less expensive to cook at home than to run out to McDonald's, dollar menu or not.
While rich people can afford the finest cuts of meat at the local butcher shop and the freshest langostino shrimp imported to their cities by overnight air, they don't necessarily do so, at least not all the time. And they can snack on expensive imported cheeses and hors d'oeuvres brought in by a caterer, or the finest chocolates from Belgium and Switzerland. But again, not always. It's not unusual for us to find an empty pizza box when we get to work in the mornings.
Every night of the week they can afford to go to restaurants like Masa in New York for a minimum of $450 per person, or a more modestly-priced place like Ruth's Chris for a two-hundred dollar steak dinner (although I should mention that Ruth's also offers a fifty-dollar steak on their equivalent of McDonald's Dollar Menu).
They might have a light lunch at the Palm Court in New York, then fly off in their private jets to a late dinner at Maxim's in Paris, or the Brasserie in Monte Carlo overlooking the Princess Grace rose gardens.
In spite of all this temptation the modern-day rich are health conscious, of course. Many follow the Mediterranean diet both in their homes and when they go to restaurants. That's basically what's going on here where I work. It's more of a lifestyle than a diet anyway, consisting of lots of fish, fresh veggies, pasta, nuts and berries, and olive oil.
But we're not surprised when we find the kitchen cluttered with take-out Chinese cartons when we get to work, or an empty package of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups in the trash can. The truth is rich people eat anything they want, whenever they want, wherever they want.
As for their secret to staying slim, my observation is that they take only small portions of whatever's being served, and hit the gym on a regular basis. In centuries past being rich meant getting fat and suffering from gout - known as the rich man's disease. But those days are long gone.