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I just had a $12 cappuccino and discovered that gold leaf is tasteless, perhaps in more ways than one. Perhaps I should have asked what I was getting before I ordered it. It just sounded interesting. But in fact gold leaf has no flavour, so adds nothing to one's coffee. The coffee itself was brilliant and if I had just had the coffee it would have been $3.80.
But increasingly what is happening in Melbourne is that we are paying for things that look Instaworthy, but don't necessarily have any intrinsic value. Oh yes, I know that gold leaf is incredibly valuable hence the cost of my coffee. But if I swallow it then is it still worth its weight in gold. It's gone forever.
Unless some fleck of it gets swept into a river somewhere and some poor tourists finds it when they are gold panning at Sovereign Hill. Perhaps we are really becoming too extreme in Melbourne with our craving for unique and picture-worthy food and drink experiences.
Lots of people are going to pay for this 24 carat gold class experience. Just to say they had it. Shoot the photo and immortalise the moment. But it won't be long before the novelty wears off and the next novelty arrives on the scene.
Diamonds perhaps in muffins? Teeth cracking stuff. How far will we go? Although the growing trend of gold on food and drinks is not quite as outrageous as it sounds.
In continental Europe liquors with tiny floating pieces of gold leaf have been around since the late 16th century; the practice was regarded as medicinal.
Although I think one could feel financially broke rather than better after consuming lots of gold leaf. Would you try this gold class coffee experience?
With all that said, the new FI:KI is an interesting place and concept. The walls are covered in a canopy of pink flowers. It is very 'girly'.
One mother was sitting there with her little girls who were in awe of the food. As was I. I asked whether I could take a shot of their pancakes. Shown beneath.
I didn't of course touch the food in any way. I think after drinking that coffee anything I touched would have turned to gold. And unlike, King Midas, I didn't want to learn what matters in life the hard way.
Loved the article Nadine, particularly the cynicism. Reminds me of when I received a cappuccino and remarked to the barista, "what, no pretty picture?" He stared at me and said, "do you want to drink it or look at it." All in good fun I must add. Neil.
Great social commentary on the competition to be Instaworthy, Nadine. Luckily for us that you felt this way: "... unlike King Midas, I didn't want to learn what matters in life the hard way." That said, still a cool joint to hear about.