(Photo: RYOT Studio; photos Courtesy of Ser Baffo and Jerome A. Shaw)
(Photo: RYOT Studio; photos Courtesy of Ser Baffo and Jerome A. Shaw)

I’m not your typical financial educator.

I order food delivery whenever my life demands it.

This is in conflict with what is often taught by most experts on those websites and personal finance advice articles that are geared toward individuals who are in need of pinching pennies or enjoy taking extreme cost-cutting measures.

I have often felt that quite a few of these articles don’t take into consideration opportunity cost, defined as the loss of potential gain from other alternatives when one alternative is chosen. Just because something

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(Photo: RYOT Studio; Photos courtesy of Noëlle Boyer)
(Photo: RYOT Studio; Photos courtesy of Noëlle Boyer)

Of course, my husband and I were excited to see the two pink lines confirming my third pregnancy. But soon, dread started to set in.

It was dread for the impending first-trimester nausea, food aversions, sensitivity to smells and overall fatigue that I have come to expect in my pregnancies, knowing that what I usually love to do — cook meals at home for my family — becomes significantly more difficult to handle when I can barely stand the sight, smell and even thought of food.

One of my personal pregnancy quirks

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While I’ve always been a foodie, becoming a better at-home chef has been on the top of my to-do list for many years. Once the U.S. started shutting down in March, I decided it was the perfect time to get to work in the kitchen since I’d be spending more time at home.

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J.D. Snead calls the Michelin Minivan a “quarantine baby.”

Before the pandemic started, Snead cooked at Kasbah — a Middle Eastern eatery in midtown — and bartended at the Shady Lady saloon. But like many workers in the restaurant industry, he was out of a job once the stay-at-home order arrived in mid-March.

“I just kept cooking for my sanity,” said Snead.

He made chicken adobo, a dish that pays homage to his Filipino-Scottish roots; he ventured into Italian food, Hawaiian poke and Korean barbecue. Soon, he realized he could be “selling these plates just to have some stream of

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