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Old 02-18-2017, 10:29 PM
Derleth Derleth is online now
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Originally Posted by Shagnasty View Post
Caviar is only considered "high-class" because it is hard to produce so therefore expensive. I like it just fine in moderation but I am not going to pay for it myself.
Well, you probably like it a bit more than I do, but the existence of cheap caviar indicates people who don't treat it as a Giffen good.

There are a number of exclusive foods like that. Fugu (poisonous pufferfish) is really bland. Foie gras (fattened goose liver) is sometimes tolerable but usually tastes like licking a newborn baby's diaper.
I'll never eat fugu, but I love foie gras, which I've eaten often enough to say that confidently.

My ex-wife is one of the most foremost cheese experts in the world responsible for importing the most exotic ones to the U.S. and there are even some that she thinks are disgusting regardless of their history and backstory. I have taste tested some exotic cheeses that made me actively furious. You won't see those in the U.S. because they didn't make it but someone is making and eating them somewhere.
I've never been enraged by cheese (band name!) but I do enjoy the stinky cheeses I've had and the cheeses with rinds and the extremely hard cheeses and... well, I've had my share of the cheese board, and I've never had one I've considered actively bad, as opposed to merely not as good as others.

Just because something exists and expensive, doesn't mean that it is good.
The software world proves this many, many times over.