What It's REALLY Like Being Married to a Chef #5
Mastering the Art of Dining Alone
They say that one of the most important keys to maintaining a successful relationship with a chef or anyone in the culinary world for that matter is mastering the art of eating alone. Surprised? Bet you didn't see that one coming. I, for one, detested the thought of having to eat alone whether it was at home or god forbid out in public. When I used to go out to dinner and saw someone dining alone I used to feel bad for them.
Now I think maybe they just got too damn hungry to wait for their significant other to get off their shift to join them. Given the choice I would certainly not choose to dine alone but over time I had to accept the fact that most nights this would be the case.
I decided to start out small and tried sitting at my dining room table. Both of usenjoy listening to music (preferable blues or jazz) when eat together so I did this as well. Turned out it wasn't so strange after all and I found it to be quite relaxing sans TV/cell phone.
The next step was eating out in public and to be honest the very thought of it gave me anxiety. But I really wanted to face my fear so I headed on over to my local Panera (again starting small is key). I ordered some some soup and a salad, found an nice spot near the window. Normally I would pull out my cell phone but without this distraction I noticed I could really tune into what was happening around me.
And what I found out was that no one was really paying attention to me anyway because they were too busy paying attention to what they were doing themselves. Go figure, right?
If given the choice I don't think I would choose to go out to eat by myself since I'm a social person and enjoy the company as much as the food. However, I did realize that my solo dining excursions were not the end of the world and could be quite enjoyable on occasion.