The Daily Show just sent out this tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/TheDailyShow/status/195280217323999232 .
Apparently folks are assumed? Supposed to? feel uncomfortable or self conscious or something when eating alone in a restaurant. How odd! One of my personal rites of passage was taking myself out to eat at the tiny restaurant next to the drug store in my home town. It was all about Me doing a Grown Up Thing. Going in. Ordering food. Enjoying it. Paying for it. Leaving a tip. All of this All By Myself. I'm not sure how old I was then - 10? 11? 12?
I admit I'm a bit of a foodie, and that was not a 'foodie' place. It didn't matter. The first 'foodie' type place - for me as a then-teen - was taking myself out to a crepe place for lunch a few years later.
I don't understand why anyone who need hints on how to eat alone. Or why people would need them. You order food. You wait a bit. Your food gets delivered. You eat. You can think, you can read, you can relish being alone and being served for a bit. It's okay to enjoy that, just like it's okay to enjoy food.