For the first time since the coronavirus sent the world into a frenzy, I have high hopes.

Don't get me wrong; of course I'm aware of the severity and seriousness of the pandemic, and in no way trying to dust it off. Thousands of people are still in harm's way of COVID-19 and safety must be the first priority, especially when it comes to wearing masks – which I highly advocate, regardless of how annoying it can be.

Anyways, let's just get to the point: I love going out to eat.

The "foodie" life is special for me. It brings happiness to my soul and I'm always looking for new spots to try. However, it's been difficult lately to enjoy going out to eat, especially at popular joints where reservations are limited.

With the 9:30 p.m. curfew, it was almost a race to finish your meal with any reservation after 8 p.m. By the time the drinks get to your table, followed by the appetizers and finally the main course, it's just about time to leave. Talk about redefining the meaning of "chew and screw."

I don't like to be rushed, especially on days where my only job is to relax and enjoy the simple things in life, such as going out to eat. The lifted curfew means more time to take in the night, all while staying safe and cautious at the same time.

Yes, consider this a "first-world" problem, I won't deny that, but it's a simple reward for a long work week. After all, I'm still abiding by the rules, I'm just glad to see a little more life in what we call "normalcy."

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