It's Good To Be King


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.