Table for One

Table for one - Blushed TapatiaAlthough I like to think that I am a fairly independent person it wasn’t until recently that I realized just how terrified I am to do certain things on my own.

On Sunday I flew out to San Diego for work. After a crazy flight I arrived famished and was determined to get Mexican food {I mean my home country is literally a stone-throw away and so this will be the closest I get to authentic Mexican food for a while}!

I settled into my room, freshened up and as I started thinking about biting into some delicious rajas tacos I quickly realized that I would be sitting down at a restaurant all. by. myself. While I have eaten at food courts and cafeterias on my own, I have never gone to a restaurant solo and was surprised by the anxiety attack that started coming on: What would people think? What would I do? Would it be awkward?

I resisted the urge of ordering room service { and let me tell you that it was hard….very few things beat  breakfast/dinner in bed!} and instead faced my anxiety head-on by jumping into a cab and asking the driver to take me to the best Mexican restaurant in town. I arrived at Puesto and as confidently as I could muster I asked for a table for one.

Table for one- Blushed Tapatia

The experience was surprisingly refreshing! I not only realized that I can totally rock solo-eating {!!!} but I also really enjoyed it. My phone was dying so I was unable to use it as a shield and was forced to really just be there. I was able to focus on the food that I was eating and truly enjoy it {the tacos and guacamole were out of this world! – seriously…the best tacos I’ve had outside of Mexico! } I also rediscovered my love of people watching! And no I was not the creep sitting at a dark corner of a restaurant watching others eat… I promise!

Although it was nice to face my anxiety, not miss out on what I truly wanted to do, and rediscover some of my pastimes, I also realized how much I enjoy the community aspect of eating a meal. I really love being able to share food and to be able to express my thoughts on it {I actually was tempted to live-tweet my dinner!}. With my new-found appreciation for dinner time, I have decided that from now on I will limit my phone use while we eat to strictly photo taking; no email, no Instagram, no nothing!

I would love to know, have you ever solo-dinned at a restaurant? How did you find the experience? And if not, what is stopping you from trying?

Table for One

Sweet & Tart Valentine’s Breakfast

Cranberry and white chocolate scones hold a very special place in my heart. When paired with a mug of pipping hot coffee and a quiet morning these little scones have the indulgent power to turn any day into a great day. Although I have tried many different variations, this recipe is by far my favourite; it is easy, fast and delicious. To take these scones to the next level, all you need is to spread a high quality marmalade on them *de-lish!* I used a pink grapefruit and rose extract marmalade from Kitten & The Bear – a quaint little tea room and confiturier {hint: A jar of one of their delicious handmade preserves would make a fantastic Valentine’s gift for the foodie in your life.} 

Kitten & The Bear - Toronto

Nail polish: Essie’s “Cute as a Button

Sweet & Tart Valentine’s Breakfast

Christmas Couture

Christmas Couture via Blushed TapatiaI am a big lover of food as seen here and here so it comes without say that Christmas dinner is the be-all and end-all of food fests. Although it would be most comfortable to just wear sweatpants and a nice baggy sweatshirt, Christmas is a very important day in our family and merits respect and nice clothing. After many years of beautiful outfits but uncomfortable evenings I have realized that the perfect balance for a Christmas outfit is in a stretchy (and forgiving) waistline, a slouchy top and some glitzy accessories.

1. Club Monaco’s flattering skirt will create a lovely silhouette will giving you room to breather (and eat!)

2. This jeweled sequins sweatshirt is an answer to all past Christmas woes -It’s dazzling enough for Christmas dinner and incredible comfortable

3. What better way to draw the attention away from your waistline than with Kate Spades lovely flats

4.Since the top of this outfit is such a focus piece, look for small and feminine earrings to add some sparkle without becoming over-the-top

5.A gorgeous statement cuff like this one will be the only thing people notice when you reach in for seconds and thirds!

Hope this helps you decide what you will be wearing to your dinner tomorrow night! Merry Christmas! xo

Christmas Couture