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a date with myself

last night, i impulsively called wink's, and made a reservation for one. today, i showed up at 5:30 pm, which is a nice safe time when you hopefully won't bump into anyone you know, and the waitress was extremely friendly. i ordered several appetizers instead of entrees so i could try out different dishes. one of the waiters remarked that he loved how i was dining :)
i think it was a totally different experience then when i went out to four seasons by myself. the service was much more friendly. don't get me wrong, i have no problem eating out by myself, i do that often during lunch hours, but doing it at a fine dining place, it is still something that i'm not totally comfortable with.

the food was delish. i liked all but 2 dishes.
the chocolate mousse balls in earl gray infused dark chocolate should not be missed. go there for dessert. you will not regret it. they also have a wine bar adjacent to the restaurant that you can get a variety of good wine and still order food from.

afterwards, i was still a bit tipsy, so i swung on the hammock at Whole Earth Provisions which was right outside. Drunk on wine, and good food.

i've been reflecting that i'm becoming more and more comfortable with spending time with me. i remember when i was single, people gave me that cliche: be comfortable with yourself, then a man will be comfortable with you. balderdash. it's easier to learn to be comfortable with yourself when it's a choice.

yay good food. yay riesling. yay oblivion. yay liking time with myself.


ps: I went to Four Seasons for my birthday, and the food was poor. two of the dishes were greasy :( i cannot recommend that place anymore.

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ikarpov
May. 6th, 2007 06:59 am (UTC)
You went to dinner by yourself for your birthday?!?!

What in the hell are your friends/boyfriends doing?
ripresa
May. 6th, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC)
aww.. you're sweet :)

my boyfriend took me to four seasons on my birthday but several weeks ago i went there by myself. i've been there around 4 times already.
bobacita
May. 6th, 2007 07:28 am (UTC)
nadine, would you recommend jeffrey's or castle hill for a nice birthday date dinner?
ripresa
May. 6th, 2007 04:17 pm (UTC)
for austin fine dining i think wink's is the best. they have a daily menu and use local ingredients when possible.

http://winkrestaurant.com/shell.cfm

my friend gerard who is an uber snob, thinks that uchi is the only good restaurant in town.

i think both will make you happy.

castle hill has never impressed me. it's alright i suppose. but i don't really consider it fine dining.

jeffrey's has a much better ambiance. it has great salads and appetizers. the entrees are ok (it seems hard for austin to have good entrees, appetizers are easier to get right). the wine is good, the decadent chocolate cake is great.

i would recommend jeffrey's over castle hill for a date. you'll like the dark romantic setting. and one of their waiters won best waiter in austin and was in the cover of austin chronicle.
tebing
May. 7th, 2007 12:48 am (UTC)
Hmm, so how come you didn't take me to any of those places when I was in town? :o
ripresa
May. 7th, 2007 02:15 am (UTC)
most people don't want to spend $120 or more on a meal.
(Anonymous)
May. 7th, 2007 12:14 pm (UTC)
By yourself
It's a nice experience being by yourself, when you're comfy with it.

Just out of curiosity, where you ever *really* by yourself ? Even for a single day ? Somewhere where you really neither saw nor spoke to *anyone* for a day ? (no, being sick or whatever and hiding in your room for a day don't count!)

For added bonus, somewhere where you also saw nothing manmade ? (other than whatever stuff you yourself wear/bring-along offcourse)
evilpandabears
May. 7th, 2007 01:29 pm (UTC)
happy belated bday! i love wink. i'm usually lazy and get the 7 course meal with wine accompaniment. though telling people to try a certain dish at wink is pointless as they change their menu every day! (another reason why i love that restaurant)
ripresa
May. 7th, 2007 03:16 pm (UTC)
thank you dear :)
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