With Valentine's Day around the corner, 'tis the season for marriage proposals, and Arnaud’s in New Orleans wants in on the action. A long-time staple in the city's culinary scene, the French-Creole restaurant has been part of many a memorable occasion over the years, including helping a guest present a diamond bracelet to his companion via a live turkey: The bird arrived at the table wearing the trinket as a collar around its neck.
Inspired by those impossible-to-forget visuals, Arnaud's is offering marriage hopefuls a proposal no one can refuse. First, you'll get an amped-up version of the restaurant's Strawberries Arnaud dessert. Sweet Louisiana-grown strawberries, tinged with Ceylon cinnamon and Tahitian vanilla and topped with a ruby port sauce, are served in a Champagne glass with a scoop of ice cream, whipped cream and a whole strawberry. Then comes an ultra-luxe version of Arnaud’s signature French 75 cocktail, made with Hennessy Paradis Cognac, Grand Marnier 100, Cristal Champagne, freshly squeezed lemon juice and edible 24-karat gold leaf flakes.
But that's not all, folks. Drumroll, please. Next comes...epic bling in the form of an engagement ring from MS Rau Antiques in the French Quarter, with a colossal 10.06-karat royal blue diamond.
The only catch? The $9.85 million dollar price tag.
But if you're short the cash, you can still feel like a victor. Order the scaled down version of the Strawberries Arnaud, minus the huge diamond rock, for $9.
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