Why I Won’t Dine Out on Valentine’s Day

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I am not a huge fan of going out for dinner on Valentine’s Day. Did you know that I worked in the restaurant industry for over ten years? Yep. And because of that, I won’t dine out on Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and every other holiday.

Why I Won’t Dine Out on Valentine’s Day

From my perspective and experiences, dining out on Valentine’s Day is for amateurs {and those with a higher amount of patience than I was blessed with!}. Typically, the servers are mad that they’re working another holiday, the cooks are mad too, the managers are frazzled because Sally Server was a no-show. Again.

You’ll find that the atmosphere of most restaurants on a holiday is crazed. And the volume of people who will sit and wait for hours to eat something they could probably prepare at home continues to baffle me. When I am spending money on a dining experience, I want it to be one that I can enjoy without long waits and haphazardly prepared food. If you avoid dining on a holiday, you’re more likely to enjoy your entire experience, not just bits and pieces.

My advice for you, from a former restaurant employee, is to avoid dining on Valentine’s Day – and any other holiday that Hallmark makes a card for! You’ll enjoy the experience more by dining the day before or the day after.

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About Emily

Emily is a rugby wife and modern mom to one active Kindergarten son. A former restaurant industry professional, she transferred the brand marketing and relationship building skills she learned working for a Fortune500 Company into building a successful social media business. Launched in 2010, her blog focuses on parenting tips, recipes and easy crafts. When not online, you can find her running, taking photographs, or sipping a Margarita while enjoying the beauty that Cape Cod has to offer.

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  1. Viv Sluys says:

    I so agree with you!!!!!

  2. Amy Orvin says:

    RSS-Google Reader as Amy Orvin , 2dogs5catscrew@att.net

  3. If we do go out we try to go to a not too popular or smaller restaurant. Last year we went to a puerto rican place that was not too crowded, the servers were friendly and the food was delish.

    • That’s a smart idea. Unfortunately, in our area at this time of year there isn’t much to choose from. All of the restaurants that do open are busy.

  4. paige morin says:

    Olive garden chicken fet alfredo w.breadsticks my fave yummmy mouth is watering

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