It’s Good To Be King

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

G-8 leaders gathered at a posh resort in Japan this week to dine on taxpayer-bought 19-course meals. The Guardian reports that just one such meal included caviar; sea urchin; "a fan and decorated with bamboo grasses, including diced fatty tuna fish, avocado and jellied soy sauce, and pickled conger eel with soy sauce"; "hairy crab Kegani bisque-style soup"; "salt-grilled bighand thornyhead (a small, red Pacific fish) with a vinegary water pepper sauce"; and "milk-fed lamb, roasted lamb with cepes, and black truffle with emulsion sauce."

Top item on the G-8 agenda: global food shortages.

CORRECTION:  Eight courses, 19 dishes, not 19 courses.

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20 Responses to “It’s Good To Be King”

  1. #1 |  Nando | 

    Classic Irony.

  2. #2 |  Bot | 

    It’s Count “Dee-Mo-Nay”, not Count The Money.

  3. #3 |  Danno49 | 

    Hehehehehehe – they had hairy crab – hehehehehehehe

  4. #4 |  Leigh | 

    Kind of like when all the top leaders flew their private jets to Bali to discuss global warming.

  5. #5 |  perlhaqr | 

    I think I’d rather they were feted like kings–if they were forced to eat what third worlders eat they might get a crazy altruistic hair up their nose and give away even more of my money to third world despots.

  6. #6 |  JMA | 

    Wow, what taxpayer-funded wine (or sake) selections could possibly provide a reasonable match for such varied fare?

  7. #7 |  VaBear | 

    Wow. So there’s less bamboo for the pandas. How much ya wanna bet that at least half of these dishes came from endangered species? Anyone wanna take a guess?

  8. #8 |  Sithmonkey | 

    “salt-grilled bighand thornyhead (a small, red Pacific fish) with a vinegary water pepper sauce”

    Spongebob Squarepants would have been cheaper and it tastes the same…

  9. #9 |  roy | 

    In fairness, I wouldn’t recognize half that stuff as food if I met it in a dark alley. Rich people eat garbage sometimes; showing off their tolerance for something like sea urchin is a status symbol.

  10. #10 |  TC | 

    Well with a menu like that you can bet they are taking any food out of the mouths of the poor!

  11. #11 |  Stormy Dragon | 

    That’s not that impressive, there’s a strip-mall sushi place down the road from me that serves most of those.

    Now if they really want to be impressive, they should have gotten fugu.

  12. #12 |  bobzbob | 

    I would give anything for video of bush trying to choke the stuff down. How much do you want to bet he asked for ketchup?

  13. #13 |  Danno49 | 

    “CORRECTION: Eight courses, 19 dishes, not 19 courses.”

    Well that’s not nearly as ostentatious as previously thought. ;)

  14. #14 |  Marty | 

    Food service workers LOVE arrogance… I wonder how much food had to be saved by the ‘5 second rule’?

  15. #15 |  billy-jay | 


    Careful. If you were in the UK, you might be considered racist.

  16. #16 |  hexag1 | 

    Course 9: Gordon Brown bitching about Britain’s eating habits

  17. #17 |  thorn | 

    What’s ostentatious about it at all? Sounds a lot like my last meal at a sushi restaurant.

    The article’s author seems to hate wealth to begin with; if the leaders had ordered takeout from McDonalds, the headline would be “World Leaders Mock Meals Eaten By Poor”.

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  19. #19 |  Andrew | 

    Elected officials and government employees are rapidly becoming the new aristocracy. They order the serfs to sacrifice while they do not. They are not subject to the same laws that the serfs are. The serfs no longer own their property but pay rent to their lords. Their work and income are confiscated in order to keep their lords in the style in which they have become accustomed. The benevolent masters in return run their lives, keep them safe and dispense their justice and guidance – in other words rule them.

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