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The Daily Rice: What Luxury Can You Savor Today?

You may be drowning in work, childcare responsibilities, and recursive thoughts today, but beyond your bare minimum, what luxury can you savor today?

Unless you’re a blue checkmark-verified celebrity, the lifestyle you’ve adopted these days is more spartan than sumptuous. You’ve cut back on the many luxuries you used to enjoy and unless you’re currently at the bottom of a pizza and ice cream binge of self-destruction, you aren’t really focused on the rich pleasures of previous lives. I myself have been reduced to a single takeout order a week in lieu of the usually hungover orders of fiery Goat Vindaloo and Salty Lassis from the Indian join a few blocks over. Lately however, the lines of luxury blur a little and if luxury is defined as the non-essential, desirable, and extravagant, do we actually have some power to live luxuriously these days?

At a bare minimum – and I realize said minimum is already more than many can afford – I count my essentials as being able to pay my monthly rent, utilities, and health insurance and eat something resembling three meals a day. If so, everything above and beyond can be a luxury:

  • Spontaneously running a (second) hot shower in the middle of the day for no good reason.
  • Pouring a Martini into an ice cold glass after a nap.
  • Stumbling on a good song to listen to while washing dishes.
  • Having enough time to just watch the cherry blossoms bloom outside my window.
  • Eating dinner with a cloth napkin I stole from a Business Class flight on my lap.
  • Ending the day in silence with non-freezer burned ice cream and fresh mint.

These may sound silly to some, overly extravagant to others, and far too fleeting for most. But they’re enjoyably rich to me. You may be drowning in work, childcare responsibilities, and recursive thoughts today, but beyond your bare minimum, what luxury can you savor today?

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Paolo Española is a wandering diner in search of a good meal and an ever-elusive identity. He started this blog during a soul-crushing stint as an Accountant and later co-founded Hidden Apron, his side project that’s dabbled in everything from private catering, hosting pop-up dinners, podcasting, and everywhere in between. He is a contributing author to the best-selling cookbook, “The New Filipino Kitchen” and believes that food is a universal language that can solve the world's most challenging problems, help people believe in their own potential, create communities to shared stories, and realize that in Breaking Bread, we Break Boundaries.


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