Regardless of whether you are dining solo or your dining companion is running late, most of us find ourselves fiddling with our mobile phones whilst waiting restlessly for our meal at the restaurants. This scenario is completely typical. Just look around and you will see that virtually everyone else is glued to their screens and texting, Snapchatting, scrolling through their Facebook’s feed or liking pictures on Instagram.
Our dependency on phones is alarming – why not disconnect temporarily at your next meal and experience life before the smartphone era?
From reorganising your wallet to making a friend, here are 5 Alternative Ways of Waiting For Your Food Besides Using Your Phone.
#1 APPRECIATE YOUR SURROUNDINGS
Put that phone aside and start appreciating the restaurant’s ambience; admire the artwork on the wall, enjoy the live music performance and even people-watch. Most of us are too caught up with the virtual world that we fail to realise what is actually going on around us – right here, right now.
#2 BROWSE THROUGH THE MENU
Run through the menu several times and make a wise decision on which item to get. If you are in a rush and/or not paying attention, chances are you would probably end up making a relatively unhealthy/ out-of-budget choice. However, a thorough look at the menu will make you more aware of your options. It might even have you discovering something new with every visit!
#3 REORGANISE YOUR WALLET
We are not sure about you, but our wallets tend to get really disorganised from time to time with unwanted receipts and wrong placement of cards etc. Cleaning up has been proven to be therapeutic, so go on and clear the mess already.
#4 TALK TO THE STAFF
Talk to the service staff, bartender or even the manager and you will probably find out interesting stories about the restaurant that you wouldn’t have otherwise known. Ask them for food/ beverage recommendations; and who knows? They might even offer you the opportunity to sample their newest items. You get previews firsthand – ain’t that awesome?
#5 MAKE A FRIEND OR TWO
Over the years, we have unexpectedly made many new friends at F&B establishments for a simple reason: We share the love of food. It really isn’t hard to make a friend or two when dining out. For starters, strike a conversation by asking the person seated beside you on the communal table what he/she is having, or if he/she dines there often.