To live in a time and place in which a "light breakfast" can consist of marbled rye/pumpernickel toast with truffle butter is, really, stunning. Ancient Rome at the height of its power couldn't deliver this, not even to the Emperor: grit-free bread, fresh butter -- with truffles? Eat your heart out, Caesar. And the poor sods didn't even know they were missing out on coffee.
There's a reason things didn't really start rolling until coffee, tea and chocolate started to be consumed in quantity across the world. You could make a case for tobacco as well -- nicotine is a positively effective drug and if it wasn't, nobody would have tolerated inhaling the smoke -- but the delivery mechanism has serious downsides.
(For that matter, it'd make me even happier if a local grocer would start stocking flageolets verts, too. The old Atlas Supermarket had 'em, and plenty of other canned veggies we don't usually see in these parts. Those French green kidney beans were particularly tasty. But goodness, how obscure is that?)
Whatever. Those Moon-shotting tea- and coffee-drinking smokers, with their chocolate bars and big dreams, slide rules and limited-stock companies, built a pretty amazing world. I'd be a fool not to enjoy it.
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