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

Photos from London, part II

The Globe via Blushed Tapatia{I felt giddy and overwhelmed when I had the chance to visit Shakespeare’s Globe – I wanted to take in all that this gorgeous and unique theater has to offer.}

I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas! During my time off I was finally able to sit back and really process my very last minute trip to England that I went on at the beginning of the month. As the years go by it gets harder and harder to go on family trips so being able to explore the gorgeous city of London alongside my siblings and my mom felt like an absolute blessing! I posted the first part of my trip here but I wanted to share a few more photos and show you why London has made it into my top 3 favorite cities in the world.

{The Tower of London}

Stonehenge via Blushed Tapatia{Stonehenge}

Roman bath house via Blushed Tapatia{The architecture and history in the city and surrounding areas are truly astounding. I often caught myself staring wide-eyed and imagining what the world was like so many years ago when those structures were first erected *does anyone else do this?*. The photo above is from one of the oldest Roman bath houses in the world in a town called Bath.}

Ducks via Blushed Tapatia

{Our entire trip I felt like  a modern version of Snow White. London animals are truly the friendliest but their squirrels won me over; I am not exaggerating when I say that I tried very hard to come up with a plan to bring one home with me}

Tower Bridge via Blushed Tapatia{A crisp morning walk with a hot latte in hand and Tower Bridge ahead}

{The unique Christmas decorations on Carnaby street are so incredibly cute that I bumped into quite a few people while walking since I could not stop from gawking up at the gorgeous little birds!}

afterlight (60)

afterlight (54){London’s Christmas market on Hide Park is quite literally a winter wonderland. You can’t really go wrong with a combination of rustic cabin bars, amusement park rides, hearty food and twinkling lights}

Notting Hill via Blushed Tapatia

Tea time via Blushed Tapatia{Notting Hill inspired me to paint my future home blue & red and to always make time for tea-time}

In a few days we managed to squeeze as much life, history and culture out of London and I am proud to say that I can now speak in a very convincing British accent!

Photos from London, part II