On her four-day diplomatic trip to Paris last week, the vice president visited the shop, reportedly dropping 516 euros on pots and pans at high-end cookware store E. Dehillerin.
The store is located outside of the world-famous Louvre museum, where the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci, the Mona Lisa, hangs. Harris took home a serving dish costing around $375, a frying pan around $160, as well a number of other kitchenware products, including a porcelain egg dish and a copper cleaner, according to the store, which revealed the amount of the purchase to the Washington Free Beacon.
By contrast, a Mauviel copper saucepan carried by luxury brand Williams Sonoma -- based in Harris' home state of California – is priced between $200 and $285.
After her pause into E. Dehillerin, Harris was asked by reporters about how her trip to France has prepared her for the presidency. The vice president, who looked at the reporter with a surprised look, did not directly answer the question but instead praised the success of her diplomatic mission.
"I will tell you it was a very productive and a good trip," she said, adding that the U.S. has "a lot of follow up to do."
As Harris bought luxury cookware in Paris, Americans at home proceeded to deal with the severe facts of rising inflation and costs across the board.
Gas and energy prices are rising going into the winter, and the Biden administration temporarily opened the Strategic Petroleum Reserve this week to bring down the rising cost of fuel.
Moreover, America faces a supply chain crisis and labor shortage that is only getting worse by the day. Thanksgiving this year is expected to be one of the costliest in over three decades, with prices soaring 14% compared to last year.
For months, much of the media downplayed the effects of inflation and the supply chain crisis. Some even describe the economic hardship as "good" for Americans despite being an expensive burden on families this holiday season.
Most recently, Yahoo Finance wrote, "Maybe Christmas Shortages are a Gift." In his piece, senior columnist Rick Newman advocated for "partial Christmas" - not just in the current rocky climate but also for years to come.
"Save money, time and aggravation by exploiting the pandemic shortages to slash your shopping burden," he wrote.