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Old 05-02-2008, 12:28 PM   #31
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I guess if I eat alone, I get this feeling that everyone around me will think I have cooties or something!!!

I have this friend at work that will go with me anywhere I want to go to eat, but he does not eat. He just sits, provides conversation, and tells me that my choice in food looks good! I'm quite happy with that because I get to try new things that my DH would not even give the time of day to.
I don't let that worry me. I know I don't have cooties! I'm more often alone when dining in France, and there a lone diner is treated like royalty. No table behind the swinging kitchen door, rather a center front table, and often get visited by wait staff, sommelier, even the chef... they want to make sure you don't feel alone!
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Old 05-02-2008, 12:47 PM   #32
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i have to admit that i enjoy eating alone as much as i enjoy good company at a meal. maybe more. like andy said, it allows you to experiment freely, both cooking at home and dining out.

actually, part of the reason i ended up becoming a foodie was from working a lot of 4-12m shifts, and dining alone. since at least one of us had to cover the office, the others on duty each would stagger our dinner hours (and sometimes stagger back ). so, i ended up going out to a lot of restaurants by myself. in this, i found that i was able to concentrate on the enjoyment of the food, and learned to slow down and relax, at least for that hour (ish ).

also, i got to analyze the dishes better than if i was in conversation with someone. that helped me learn to recreate some of them at home. from that, my love of cooking was borne.

i never thought much of it, but i know a lot of people who would rather die than go out somewhere by themselves.

i've never had a problem socializing, so for me, good food and good friends can be mutually exclusive.

or, in other words: for the most part, i'd rather have a great meal alone than a crappy one with mediocre company.

(so if you ever invite me over, you'd better cook like our iron chef, or be really really funny!)
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Old 05-02-2008, 02:03 PM   #33
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... or, in other words: for the most part, i'd rather have a great meal alone than a crappy one with mediocre company.

(so if you ever invite me over, you'd better cook like our iron chef, or be really really funny!)
I think you're funny enough for all of us here at D.C., and you get to decide whether or not I mean funny-haha, or ...

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Old 05-02-2008, 02:57 PM   #34
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Hey BT, what about a crappy meal but delightful and fascinating company??? (If you answer right, I'll invite you for dinner.)
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Old 05-02-2008, 03:02 PM   #35
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can we get pizza?
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can we get pizza?
Yeah, that would probably be best.
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I'll bring the root beer, and my harmonica. Hey! Just whadaya mean by "leave that noise-maker at home!". Are you implying that I'm a noise maker, or my ability to play the blues is somehow lacking; Hmmmmm?

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