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Gina Luca has some top tips for chicks who find themselves in the sometimes daunting position of dining out alone…

I love company, especially when I’m enjoying a really good meal, but there are inevitably times in most people’s lives, when they have to dine alone. I’m the type of person who doesn’t mind accosting a fellow diner and asking them to join me if they look like they too, are glancing around the room, hoping no one notices their solitary status.

On my travels, I’ve notched up a list of pet peeves about dining alone, and while I’ve been sitting by myself, partaking of the menu, I’ve had plenty of time to consider a list of dos and don’ts that I wish restaurant personnel would consider.

1. Do greet me warmly. Sure I’m alone, but that doesn’t mean it’s because I’m too unsociable to have any friends to join me!

2. Don’t yell to my waiter as I arrive, “Table for one!!” I don’t necessarily want to attract attention to myself.

3.Just in case, do offer me the option of joining someone else for my meal. Who knows? I might just meet someone hugely interesting who is also alone.

4. Don’t assume that because it’s just me, my table won’t be a profitable one. I eat a lot! And I always have dessert! I’m not one of those “I’ll just have a salad” types. No sirree, I’ll have an entree, a main, the gooey-est dessert possible and a coffee to wash it all down, thanks.

5. Do remove the extra place setting/s before I sit down so as not to advertise to all and sundry that no one’s with me. It also gives me extra space to lay out my newspaper. Ok so I don’t read the newspaper at all meals, but at brekky time, you can’t beat the local broadsheet for company over bacon and eggs.