Does dining solo give you the jitters? Follow these tips and master the art of eating alone.
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“Just one?” “Yes” I say smiling. “Please.” “No one will be joining you”? “No, but thank you for asking.”
As the world re-opens and we begin dining out more, I am prepared to answer these repeat questions. Solo dining is no longer regarded as a lonely venture. So why do people still seem surprised when we take ourselves to lunch in the afternoon or out to dinner for the evening?
If this is your year to begin dining alone, don’t be embarrassed. The number of single diners is increasing and as the world opens up again we all would really love to get out of the house. If you’re nervous, bring a smart device, a book or a book ON your smart device. Catch up on reading, the news, trending articles and simply enjoy your quiet time and space.
7 Simple Tips
- Make a reservation.
- If this is your first time and you feel self conscious, consider asking for a seat at the bar.
- Stand your ground on seating if you prefer a table to the bar.
- Don’t get stuck in your emails, enjoy the culinary experience.
- Bring a book, magazine or notebook to jot notes.
- Be a little adventurous and enjoy yourself.
- Most importantly, don’t care what people think.
Solo dining while on business travel
Gone are the days of taking meals only in the room. After a day of corporate training or meetings, it’s now not uncommon to show up solo for lunch for dinner with a tablet or other smart device, as sometimes it’s the only chance during the day to catch up on emails, family or simply the news.
Slow the pace of the day – A table for one means having the opportunity to slow down, take a moment for ourselves, enjoy deliciously prepared cuisine and a spirited beverage. It forces us to unplug and simply enjoy the moment.
Be a little selfish – Enjoy yourself. Catch up on the things that make you happy, sample the menu, taste the wine and enjoy the solitude.
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