An unseen problem

How to solo dine like a pro

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Contrary to stock imagery, many women don’t scowl and clutch their phones when dining alone./ Getty Images
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I swear I didn’t set The Food Section’s publication schedule just so I could publish an edition on my birthday in 2023, but since it worked out that way, this feels like an opportune time to mention that all I want this year is lots and lots of new paying subscribers.

That said, what I know I’ll get is…older. As of today, I’m 47, which most dictionaries and doctors count as middle-aged. Their definition is slightly more forgiving than the one favored by most restaurant workers, who start writing off woman customers soon after they hit their 40s.

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