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Bored and/or Solo Eaters ?

I'm one of those people who, if alone at home (or somewhere else) and am bored, I'd eat. I don't really have a rhyme or reason as to what I eat. But I do eat. Not good if I'm alone much. And I also like to go out and eat alone. Unless I'm eating with other foodies (a relative term), I'd prefer to eat by myself than say family members or friends who aren't into food as much as I do.

Don't get the wrong impression, I'm not some social recluse. But who I eat around is often just as important as what I'm eating.

How about you ? What kind of eater are you ?

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  1. i share some of your preferences.
    if i'm "going out to eat" with my non-foodie friends, i will just order water since the main reason i'm there is to socialize.
    most of the chain restaurants the non-foodies like don't seem to mind my not ordering as long as i tip as though i did (which i always do).

    restaurant week is coming up here in LA, and if i can't go with a foodie, i'd prefer to go by myself. i'll have at least one meal out a day during that week.
    foodie friends will accompany me to about 4 of the meals.

    1. I don't eat when I'm bored.

      Half of the time when I'm bored, I usu. just start posting snarky comments on Chowhound and act like a total douche-bag.

      Some would say that means I'm bored all the time.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        No wonder the administrators are *always* busy ......


      2. Definitely, I eat when I'm bored. Actually, I eat and troll around on the internet.
        My favorite thing to eat while trolling the internet... potato chips or other salty crispy snacks. Not very healthy at all.

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        1. re: KarenDW

          Oh Karen we could be siblings in that regard ......

          But as for my munching, see: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/960414

        2. I'd say bored eating is a female thing...other dude-hounds will chime in. And the solo thing, yeah sometimes I prefer to eat alone, that way you eat where you prefer, no need to make small talk if not in the mood, etc, but I'd say it's rare. I'm no social butterfly, but I'd rather eat with someone

          1. Other than enjoying dining solo, that's me to a T. I used to think I was a closet eater (only eating when no one is watching) but I think the root of it is eating when bored.

            I too am not a social recluse and am quite extroverted, but definitely find myself scouring my pantry when I'm alone/bored/have too much time on my hands.

            1. when i am bored, i tend to snack and munch for hours or even all day long. i am bored because.... i am... alone? i dunno.
              now, if i know that i am going to be off work or at home (alone) for extended days, then i plan to cook. when i cook, i am not bored and i am involved in an activity that i love, and i don't even need to snack on my cooking.

              i truly enjoy the company of friends and/or fellow food lovers. but if friends are not available i have no trouble dining alone. in some ways dining alone is preferable depending on my mood.

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              1. re: ritabwh

                I'm like you in most of those ways. Except I can't really (not motivated) to "cook" for myself if I'm eating alone, other than some rudimentary dishes. At those times the temptation to eat out alone would be too great to resist. Unless I'm really tired, the weather is crappy or I simply can't think of a place to go (it happens) because I can't decide what to eat.

                1. re: LotusRapper

                  I'm the same way - I love to cook and create... but it's always for someone else. When I cook for myself it's quick and basic. I would rarely create a dish I've been wanting to cook just for myself. Perhaps I need to show myself my own labor of love a bit more!

                  1. re: LotusRapper

                    don't you just hate not being able to decide where to eat? it's a mixed blessing for me to live where i have so many choices and so little time. :-)

                  2. re: ritabwh

                    I don't eat when I'm bored, but quite often I cook if I'm alone and have nothing else I care to do. Unlike most other people I've known, I get more inventive when I'm cooking just for myself, I suppose because I know I'm aiming at my own taste and want to see if I can hit it squarely. When Mrs. O is out of town or dining with her friends, I don't have to cook vegetarian or avoid the few things I like and she doesn't, which means that Yes, I can have that lamb chop or cod filet.

                    1. re: Will Owen

                      when i was widowed several years ago, i swore i would never be the kind of single person who ate a can of soup out of the pot over the sink. i love to eat and i love to cook what i eat. i set a table. i cook frequently and friends are always invited when i want to try something new.
                      when i am truly bored, i tend to snack on junk food. >:-o