Remember that $25,000 sundae that Serendipity 3 was selling back before the stock market parked itself in the garage with the engine running? Needless to say, they haven't been selling too many of those lately, and even their down-market $1,000 sundae hasn't had any takers since last November.

But here comes Stephen Colbert to the rescue again; last night his food-centric show featured a "Colbert Platinum" segment in which he supported the local restaurant gimmick economy, dining on a $1,000 omelet at Norma's in Le Parker Meridien, and a $1,000 pie from Nino's Bellissima Pizza, then finishing with the aforementioned "Golden Opulence Sundae." While enjoying his dessert, Colbert wondered, "If I gave you another thousand dollars, could I make someone poor watch me eat it?"

The proposed federal soda tax also found itself in Colbert's cross hairs; the host spent much of the show, which included an interview with The Omnivore's Dilemma author Michael Pollan, pounding as much Sierra Mist as possible, "before Johnny Law tries to infringe on my unquenchable right to life, liberty, and high fructose corn syrup... Hey Democrats! You can have my soda when you pry it from my cold, diabetic hands!" Video below, via Eat Me Daily.