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    The Sounds of Silence!

    I have just been reading an article on the BBC News Site, no talking at all at the diner table, here:

    BBC News - Silent suppers for diners in NYC

    How would that appeal? No talking, no conversing! To some it might be 'bliss' but not many on this site I guess?

    I do 'get it' concentrate on your food instead of conversation, I really can see some merits in this, as long as the food is excellent! My husband is becoming increasingly deaf, so this would solve all his problems!

    Your views?

    Lizzie.
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    #2
    Oh Lizzie,we might as well eat T.V dinners,i think it,s part of the pleasure of dining,good conversation. Of course the right company is vital,but i could only eat without speaking if i was totally famished! Jan.

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      #3
      As someone who usually loves the conversation as much as the food I really can't imagine this. Beats the one in LA, though:

      BBC News - Take a seat in LA's toilet-themed restaurant

      Cheers,
      Lynn

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        #4
        Crikey Lynn,that,s just weird. Ha ha. Jan.

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          #5
          It's the only real time on a cruise that we talk at meal times Lizzie!

          At home we have the tv on or I'm on this .....

          We have loved varying dining companions over the years, but I must admit it is just soooo special chatting to each other.
          Anyway, hubby can slightly embarrass me sometimes as he can talk the hind legs off a donkey when he is in his stride bless him
          sigpic*Carol M*

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            #6
            I would hate that. The only time I would like to eat in silence is if I am eating alone. Although when it's just OH and I at dinner we may be watching TV, it's more of a social thing when in company and often makes for good conversation.
            When we are on a cruise, we always ask for a large table so that we have a plenty of opportunity to chat over the events and experiences of the day.
            Jill

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              #7
              Hi Lynn, I would not recommend that restaurant to anyone, the food is c..p.......john

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                #8
                If I wanted to eat that way I'd go to a monastery but having said that I have spotted several couples on cruises where the only words spoken were to the waiter to give orders. Usually, but not exclusively, they sat at a table for two.

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                  #9
                  I guess it's a variation of the sensory deprivation of sight as in the 'Eat in total darkness' restaurants!

                  Supposed to let you concentrate on the taste and smell of the food. A culinary adventure!

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                    #10
                    I think it's a brilliant idea. Let's get all the miserable so and sos to go there and leave the rest of us to enjoy the beauty of social interaction along with a good meal and wine. (That's the drinking kind not the moaning kind). ....Neil

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                      #11
                      There's something in it, I think....I go out for meals with others, or a large group, several times a month, and when I'm asked, the next day, what we ate, I struggle to remember, because we've been so busy chatting.....in fact, the most I can remember about last Thursday's lunch is the good crack (chat), and as for Friday's, I mainly remember that the person on my left had a bowl of creamed garlic mushrooms that I wished I had chosen!
                      Sunday, though, our anniversary, I remember each course in detail, so the two of us must have been fairly quiet.
                      Jo.

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                        #12
                        It's a bit like being a child again where we were not allowed to talk at mealtimes.
                        Why is it these days, that common sense and common decency, aren't that common??!!?.
                        Angie

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                          #13
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                          We were always taught table manners when we were growing up. Sit up straight and elbows off the table We were allowed to talk at the table though but were told never to speak with our mouths full. We always ate together as a family. Even thought the radio and TV was always turned off at meal times, there was always plenty of laughs at the table (nothing to do with my mum's cooking). How times have changed.

                          One early December back in the 1980's I stayed in a large hotel in Bournemouth where the restaurant seated over 200. The only problem was that I was the only diner. Although the food and wine was excellent, it was like eating in a morgue. The waiter and sommellier stood near to me all through dinner (6 courses) but wouldn't engage in conversation whilst the head waiter was present. It was not a pleasant experience. It proved to me that it's not just good food and wine but good company as well which makes for a very enjoyable dinner.

                          I fully agree with you Neil, dining in silence is not for me either. I sooner eat in a McDonalds (and I really dislike them).

                          Cheers OSD
                          Our cruising days are over now.................

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                            #14
                            I wouldn't like dining in silence. Especially on a cruise part of the dining experience is interaction with fellow guests and probably staff too. Judith

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                              #15
                              It wouldn't do for me either, I love to chat and socialise good dining companions make all the difference.CG
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