Solitary Dining

Yesterday and today were the kind of days where there was no time for lunch. I hate those days. Yesterday evening I left the Firm and headed straight for my favorite grocery store[1] to buy some rotisserie chicken[2]. Middle Sissy came over for dinner and we enjoyed a lovely bottle of wine with Husband. Today, however, I had a closing[3] out of the office and at the end of the day, I found myself in a land far far away[4] with hunger pangs in my stomach and nobody to dine with. What was a girl to do?

I went to a restaurant and ate alone.

Have you ever done this? I hadn’t. Sure, I go to places like Panera and Whole Paycheck[5] by myself, but I’ve never gone to a sit down restaurant to eat a meal alone. I was near the shore so my clam chowder radar was buzzing and I knew I wouldn’t be satisfied until I’d had some. At first I was scared. I sat in my car for a while. I went into a gift shop first. Two actually.[6] Then I said, “Feck it, I’m goin’ in.” And I did. It was totally fine. Fun, actually. Empowering even. I had my chowder[7] and a nice tall Strongbow. One of the best parts was not having to share the butter.[8] It was delicious. If you haven’t dined alone before, I would highly recommend giving it a try.[9] Salute!

To:                  Alleged Blog Readers
From:             WineEsquire
Date:               April 24, 2015
Wine:              2012 Tom Gore Cabernet Sauvignon Review
The wine was breathing for a bit while I whipped up some guacamole and prepared the asparagus.[10] The wine had a very pleasing and fruity nose. IMG_5711Husband got Sharpie marker. Middle Sissy said she smelled “wine”. On the first sip I got lots of jam and a bit of a spicy aftertaste. There were some tannins that dried out your mouth but in a very pleasant way. It made my tongue feel soft. Very nice color. I’d call it garnet. Middle Sissy called it “red”. This went great with the meal. Seems to retail online for between $12 and $14. At that price, this is a solid selection and I suggest you give it a try!

Wine Dossier
Tom Gore Vineyards is run by a winemaker named, you guessed it, Tom Gore. He’s based in Alexander Valley, California. Alexander Valley is actually an AVA, or an American Viticultural Area. These areas are grape growing regions, as defined by the TTB,[11] the purpose of which is to enable to consuming public to be better informed about the wines they purchase. In order to gain TTB approval, an AVA must have distinguishing features” and a defined boundary.[12]

This bottle was aged 16 months in French and American oak barrels. According to the winemaker’s tasting notes, the wine is “fruit forward with a supple IMG_5721mouthfeel.” Think I did pretty good!


Lawyer Footnotes
[1] Price Chopper.
[2] Healthy, delicious and already cooked!
[3] Actually, I had three closings today. #tired
[4] Approximately 45 minutes away from home. That’s far.
[5] a/k/a Whole Foods.
[6] Made some lovely purchases.
[7] Bowl, not a cup.
[8] I ate it all.
[9] Note, I don’t think I’m going to do this on a regular basis as it was slightly awkward.
[10] I didn’t just serve rotisserie chicken for dinner!
[11] See how the law intersects with wine. #lawyers.
[12] Other countries have these defined areas as well. Remember the DOCG in Italy? In France its the Appellation d’origine contrôlée.

3 thoughts on “Solitary Dining

  1. I absolutely love your blog. You are so bright and witty and honest and funny and brilliant as always.

  2. Solitary dining is one of the great joys of traveling for work. Unless you regularly travel to say, King of Prussia, PA. Then you discover one can only eat at Ruby Tuesdays, Fridays, and the mall food court so many times before one loses their shit.

    But I’ll give props to DC for work travel–I ate very well in those days, and all alone!

    Can I ask why it was awkward? Maybe I’m just used to doing it, but really, I like it. I order what I want, I don’t share, and I can read in peace. It’s outstanding!

    1. Hey Kim, your comment was stuck in spam and I just saw it! I think I thought it was awkward only because I had never done it before. In reality, it was totally fine! Good luck finding Ruby Tuesday alternatives!


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