Dining Out Alone

I used to hate to dine out alone. As a woman who traveled for work when I was in my 30’s and 40’s, I would choose not to eat if I couldn’t meet a friend or associate, get fast food or order room service. Now, I love dining alone while on the road.

What changed? A couple of things. First, I choose to dine with my Kindle, iPad or iPhone. I can read a book, magazine or newspaper while enjoying sushi or even a long-distance conversation with a buddy via ear-buds. Once I spent an hour on the phone at The Crab Trap, a fabulous outdoor restaurant on the beach in Destin, FL (pictured here), talking on the phone with a girlfriend in Dana Point, CA. I ordered crab and sat gazing out on the perfect white sand of Destin and a gorgeous gulf sunset on the horizon. Second, I got older and figured out that if you miss out on a great dining experience because you are alone, then you lose. It was that simple.

One of the most fun ways I enjoy dining alone in a restaurant is to sit at the bar with all the other folks who are alone. At the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC last year, I went to Harry’s Pub off the lobby and ordered a hamburger and green salad at the bar. The young guy seated next to me was having a steak. We struck up a conversation and it turned out he was a sound specialist from Colorado who was there to break down a huge convention stage. What a fun dinner that turned out to be.

No more room service for this Boomer. When I travel now, my heart belongs to great restaurants in wonderful towns.

Shannon Ingram
Shannon is a co-founder of BoomerReviews.com. An expert in the field of marketing to Boomers, seniors and family caregivers, she is the author of "The Heart Way - A Journey from Corporate to Care" about her experience of caring for her elderly parents. She is Vice President of Industry Marketing for Caring.com and an active supporter of UCI MIND, the University of California Irvine's Institute for Memory Impairment and Neurological Disorders. She considers her most important title to be "Granny Shanny" and enjoys spending as much time as possible with her two grandchildren.

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  1. Marya Alexander says:

    RE: ” . . . if you miss out on a great dining experience because you are alone, then you lose.” Kudos to YOU!
    Speaking of “tasty” experiences, you may find the following of interest: http://www.amazon.com/How-Deal-Stress-Recipe-ebook/dp/B009XLBGQE/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1351641338&sr=1-1&keywords=how+to+deal+with+stress%3A++a+tasty+recipe+for+moms

  2. Good for you! I still prefer room service. It’s just more comfortable for me. But, I agree, technology has made dining out more acceptable.

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