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The How-To Lounge: Eating out Alone

Have you ever had the urge to just go out to dinner by yourself? Or ever had to eat alone while traveling on business? Well, if you're not the kind of person that is comfortable with dining solo, here are some tips that might help.

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  • If you are eating out because you want to, ask to be seated at a quiet table with a view if possible
  • Order a glass of wine or two, but don't over do it. It's never a pretty site to see someone drunk in his or her lonesome
  • Even if you don't want to read or write, always bring a book, magazine, or notepad as a form of warding off potential conversationalists. If you don't want to be disturbed, you can always whip out your decoy to deter off potential buggers from coming over!
  • If you are only eating alone because you have to, bring reading material to keep yourself occupied. Magazines and newspapers are easier to maneuver while eating since they lay flat. Bring your date book and update your calendar or open up your laptop and get some work done, and if you're on vacation, browse through a guide book, but please, leave the cell phone on vibrate or silent. There is nothing more aggravating then someone gabbing on the phone next to you at a restaurant
  • If you're dining out alone for convenience or because you actually want to meet new people, ask to be seated at the bar or in the lounge area. This type of seating breeds conversation so you won't actually feel alone

Eating out alone can be quite an adventure, so even if you aren't fond of the idea, keep in mind that it's just a meal. If you have any other tips, please share them below!


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