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A Bit of Self Promotion: A Brief Essay on

For who knows what reason, has published a little essay I wrote about eating alone on business trips.  You can read it here.

(Glad to see they did not retouch my eyebrows in the accompanying photo…)

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  1. I’m with you on solo “road” breakfasts. In addition to the joys of private time, I also usually eat worse when I’m having breakfast with others. Like has anyone ever ordered an omelette during a breakfast meeting? I’ve never seen it. I like the “freedom” to order whatever I feel like, not what others are eating.

    But as far as other meals go, solo dining usually ain’t so hot. I’m still creeped out dining in most fancier restaurants by myself. And I’m even a bit creeped out when solo diners are seated near my party, as I assume they’re evesdropping (what else is there to do?). It’s just too boring, indeed a bit lonely, to go out to dinner by myself. I only do it when the alternatives are significantly worse.

  2. Brenda Luxenberg

    Great piece! So funny and clever– and also very true!

  3. Fortunately I don’t have to do much business travel. But when I do, I enjoy the time “off” — but I don’t enjoy sitting alone in a restaurant. Breakfast is fine — I bring a newspaper and it’s perfectly normal to sip coffee while reading. But dinner? Not so much fun. Fortunately I am perfectly happy with more casual venues (coffee shops, Panera Bread) where I can pull out my laptop or the rest of the newspaper while eating my meal.