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SoloDining.com is edited and published by Marya Charles Alexander, the "first & foremost" solo dining maven, according to Nation's Restaurant News, who "works both sides of the street" counseling both restaurateurs and the public on all aspects of solo dining.

A contributor to ThriftyTraveling.com newsletter, she has written pieces on solo dining for publications like WHERE New York Magazine, World Traveler (Northwest Airlines), Esquire, AARP's Modern Maturity, Sky (Delta Airlines), Frequent Flyer, JourneyWoman.com and Business Traveler International.

She has three restaurant industry trade handbooks to her credit (The most recent? The highly anticipated: 150-Plus Tips on How to Attract & Keep Solo Diners, 2nd Edition 2009; SoloDining.com): 150-Plus Tips on How to Attract & Keep Solo Diners 1996; Pod Press (no longer in print), and Solo Diners: The Untapped Mega-Market 1990; Rockbridge Publishing (no longer in print).


"One thing that has surprised me throughout the years I've studied the solo dining phenomenon," said Alexander, "is how few people know how to cope with D.D.S., or 'dread of dining solo.' When people call, asking for recommendations of solo-friendly restaurants, the conversation invariably turns to other questions. How can you avoid being seated in an uncomfortable location? Is it proper to read in a fine dining restaurant? How should a woman handle unwanted attention when eating out alone?" ("They Shoot Single People, Don't They?," an episode of Cable TV HBO's Sex in the City, contained two count 'em! instances of solo dining.)

Alexander initially decided to write a book for anyone interested in taking control of this universal aspect of living a book revealing her secrets of solo-dining savvy gleaned from years of personal experiences, the responses to questionnaires, feedback from radio talk-show appearances and her articles on the topic, plus other sources.

Then, due to public response to the "Solo-Savvy Restaurant" Contest (celebrating the publication of 150-Plus Tips), she discovered that many people liked the idea of receiving solo dining savvy in a different format. Rather than sitting down to a "full meal of tips," they preferred the idea of "snacking" their way to understanding. And so she created the successful and well-received monthly newsletter Solo Dining Savvy, retitled SoloDining.com, (mailed) which was published throughout 1997-2001.

Keeping up with the times, the essence of SoloDining.com newsletter morphed into SoloDining.com, the web site. A new and expanded concept, it included a "living"-ever-expanding, continually updated-listing of solo-friendly restaurants across the U.S. and beyond which showcased Alexander's discoveries and those of other solo diners.

The how-to booklet of solo dining tips and strategies is now available!!! Alexander's most recent publication (a full meal!) for wannabe solo diners is "The Art and Satisfaction of Dining Alone Revealed!" - Five Easy Steps to Success 2007; SoloDining.com. Available as a PDF, it will teach you how to develop solo dining skills or how to enhance the ones you have.

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All SoloDining.com publications, edited by solo-dining maven Marya Charles Alexander, reveal the secrets of how to make solo dining work for you. They include: tipping tactics; how to discover solo-friendly restaurants; the most effective ways to endear yourself to a restaurant and the ABCs of reservation making. Here you'll find the array of dining options available to solos, including food bars, dining counters, cluster seating, facilitated shared table seating, communal table variations, variously named: friendship, joiners, community, chef's, the "love boat," captain's; and more.

Considering that solo dining has long been seen as "business traveler" or "single" stuff, someone might wonder why many people would be interested in solo dining savvy. "It's quite simple," says Alexander, "sooner or later, EVERYONE faces the challenge of dining out alone. Even the very-marrieds are affected. Erma Bombeck, the late humor writer, devoted an entire column to her gripes about being left alone to dine when her husband was out of town.




Editor/Publisher Marya Charles Alexander put a breast on the block (total mastectomy) on September 30, 2005.

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