There comes a time in every grown-up’s life when they must eat alone. In a restaurant.
Things happen: You get canceled at the last minute. You’re shopping for some clothes, suddenly feel faint at the exorbitant prices, and notice there’s an adorable cafe on the 7th floor of the department store that offers enticing salads and/or pumpkin ravioli. Or perhaps you’re now alone: Your husband has left you for his secretary. Your wife has left you for your best friend. Or maybe one of you has “issues” about kale.
You get it.
Dining alone is a most pleasurable experience. Instead of listening to blather (kitchen renovations, getting a cleanse, three new points on your driver’s license (that would be me) and, an exhausting and exhaustive list of silly complaints, you could:
3. Laugh at something you said (Isn’t it sad that we’re often afraid to let out a giggle when we’re alone? People, let it out! Listen to that comedy track inside your head and have a blast with your tuna melt.)
4. Order french fries without someone asking “are you still dieting?” (Please turn to page six in The Essentials of Fabulous on how to spot a frenemy.)
5. Plan a trip.
6. Read without interruption.
7. Look serenely confident.
8. “Talent spot” and look at the imaginative way people dress.
9. Flirt with someone who is also sitting alone.
10. Pay the bill without discussing who ate what. (Give me strength, Lord, when after a wonderful meal, someone feels inclined to take out their calculator and tally up their piece of the bill).