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The Vietnamese dish pho has a reputation for being superdelicious, but would you pay $5,000 a bowl for it?

News tidbits for the foodie traveller.

Beverly Hills resto serves up $5,000 pho

Crustacean, the elegant Vietnamese restaurant in Beverly Hills, will soon start offering what is easily the world's most expensive bowl of pho. Made with Wagyu beef, white alba truffles, foie gras broth, "hand raised" bean sprouts and blue lobster noodles, the soup is expected to sell for $5,000 a bowl. The sticker shock should be eased knowing that proceeds from the dish benefit the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

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It's 'big-butt ant' season in Colombia - yum

It's that time of year again in Colombia when the "hormigas culonas" - which translates roughly as big-butt ants - crawl out of the earth and gourmands across the country rejoice. The cockroach-size insects are considered a delicacy in many parts of South America where they can fetch up to $40 a pound. Most people eat them roasted and salted like peanuts, but at the restaurant Color de Hormiga in Barichara, Colombia, chef Jorge Diaz purees them into a sauce to top filet mignon.

Banana ice cream is the best in Australia

Tatiana Grigroveria, proprietress of Caffe e Gelato Milany in Brisbane, Australia, won a silver medal for pole vaulting at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. No small feat, but one that pales in comparison to her most recent triumph: Ms. Grigroveria's banana ice cream beat out more than 150 competitors to take the gold medal for best ice cream in Australia at the recent Ice Cream, Gelato and Sorbet competition at the venerable Royal Queensland Food and Wine Show.

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