Solo Dining

The Joys of Solo Dining

July 16, 2014
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When people first start traveling solo, one of the things they are most nervous about is dining in public alone. There seem to be a few fears at play here: 1.) The fear that others will see us eating alone and judge us to be lonely, friendless pariahs. 2.) The fear that we’ll receive poor […]

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Introducing: Invite for a Bite

March 27, 2012
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For many solo travelers, one of the biggest hurdles to becoming comfortable with solo travel is dining alone. Somehow, we can navigate foreign lands on our own, get ourselves from Point A to Point B, struggle through conversations in other languages, and get by just fine. . .until mealtime. What is it about eating alone […]

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Using Restaurant Week to Practice Dining Solo

April 29, 2011
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Vermont Restaurant Week starts today. From today until May 5, foodies around Vermont can take advantage of prix-fixe menus at special prices in restaurants around the region. This is only Vermont’s second year doing this, but it’s a phenomenon that’s been hosted in a number of cities around the US for years now. Restaurant Week […]

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Solo Travel And Solo Dining

November 23, 2009

Nobody has asked me this yet, but I imagine some visitors to my blog might get confused sometimes about why I write so many restaurant reviews at  Isn’t this supposed to be a solo travel blog?  Shouldn’t I just be talking about the solo travel experience and let sites like Chowhound worry about restaurant […]

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Solos and Coffee Shops

November 10, 2008

Nothing says “time off” like hanging out in your favorite coffee shop with a good cup of coffee reading the newspaper or surfing the web on your laptop.  It sure beats sitting around your house by yourself.  And it’s a lot less expensive than hanging out at the local bar or restaurant or going to […]

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Dress to impress….waiters?

October 30, 2008

After reading this article in today’s Wall Street Journal (“The Suit That Turns Me Into a VIP”), I couldn’t help but wonder how many of us solo diners have received poor service in restaurants not, as we assumed, because we were solo diners, but because we weren’t dressed in more expensive clothing?  (Which is, of […]

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In search of strawberry shortcake

July 8, 2008

I was running errands the other day downtown in Burlington and had a couple of hours to kill while waiting to pick something up from a repair shop. I decided I was in the mood for some strawberry shortcake, so went in search of a restaurant that had it. And searched….and searched…and searched. I’m serious, […]

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Mother’s Day Specials at

May 6, 2008

One of my favorite websites is Why? Because you can routinely purchase $25 gift certificates to your favorite restaurants for just $10, that’s why! (I do love a bargain.) There aren’t a lot of Vermont restaurants currently participating, so I generally use the certificates when I travel to other cities. It’s a great way […]

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Eat your way to a solo trip

April 11, 2008

If you’re interested in trying solo travel, but you’re not sure where to go, you might need a reason, a purpose, for your trip. And if you love food, what better reason than to attend a food festival! There are many taking place around the U.S., and as the blog Shlashfood notes, we are now […]

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