My Milkshake Brings All the Boys to The....

I was never really sure what those lyrics meant but I couldn't resist using it as the title.

So I have never been someone who is embarrassed to eat at a restaurant alone, for any meal. I never understood why people (well, mostly women) feel extremely uncomfortable breaking bread in public all by themselves. I'm not judging, we all have our quirks, this is just one that I never got. I always figured that if another patron in the restaurant is judging me for spending some time alone that their current company must not be all that exciting.

Planning on an early dinner date (or late lunch) with myself, I wasn't exactly sure where I was going to go. Luckily in this town a reservation for a dinner before 6 is not necessary as this is a major Parisian faux-pas. Whatever. I wandered through the 11th making random turns down side streets, allowing myself to get lost. I made a final turn down rue Mont Louis and a little restaurant called The Yard presented itself, beckoning me in. 

Walking into a stark restaurant because when I go on dates with myself, I'm on my American clock. None of this eating dinner at 10pm malarkey. I have thighs to keep in mind! I sat myself at a quiet table in the corner, pulled out my - okay, this is what I'm actually embarrassed about - so eating at a restaurant alone in Paris at 6pm, no biggie. But reading volume, not one, not two, but four of the Gossip Girl book series? The horror! My hero, Mr. Charles Bukowski is turning in his grave right now.

Nestled in with my book with its cover bent back to conceal my literary shame, I ordered a big glass of red, The Yard Burger, and fries. Apparently I'm not that concerned about my thighs.

Although my priorities are currently focusing on finding a new flat, a job and renewing an extremely expired visa, the search for a venue to host our PACS dinner is also on my mind. My ears perked up when I overheard the staff discussing an event happening in the adjacent room that evening. After woofing down my delicious burger that was bursting with fresh local vegetables, and covered in a creamy dill sauce, upon my request, the restaurant's owner escorted me next door to show me the room.

The cozy room fashioned a large dark wooden table that seats up to 20, as well as a counter running along the side wall which can add another 5 or so. The room has its own kitchen where the house chef prepares meals off the menu, a tiled bathroom located at the back of the room so you don't have to share it with the restaurant patrons, a sound system is provided for iPods (I'm already playlist fantasizing), and a dramatic dripping candelabra that will give the room a warm October glow. The room had such a hip, Vermont rustic yet chic feel, and just perfect for an intimate autumn dinner.

While we're keeping our options open, The Yard could be a possibility for the dinner we have in mind. If this is our place, I may even have to break out a booty-romp to "Milkshake" to justify the title of this post. Oh please, who am I kidding? I never need an excuse to booty-romp, do the running man, the electric chair (I made that one up), the choo-choo train or to head Danzig.

So I guess the ball is starting to roll on this. Oh God, I'm becoming an adult and it's freaking me a good way. I guess this was bound to happen at some point because let's face it, I'm no spring least Gossip Girl is keeping me young.

If you're in this neck of the woods, I highly recommend The Yard. I hear they do a great brunch. Bon'App!

The Yard
6, rue Mont Louis
75011 Paris
Métro: Philippe Auguste

What was happening a year ago today? I almost died!


  1. Yes! You're becoming an adult and planning your PACS dinner! Place looks cute. PS: I have such found memories of reading those GG books :)

    1. I'm enjoying them. I treat myself to trashy book in the summer. Come fall it's back to real lit, but for now bring on the dramz!

      Thanks! We're reallllly excited about planning this! He is so into it. It's refreshing! I assumed I would have to do this all on my own, but no..we're in it together!

      I think the place is too small. Our guest list grew over night so we're back to square one. The search continues...

  2. I go out to meals alone and read a lot, since I usually travel alone. I forget that people think it's weird sometimes! That restaurant sounds amazing! I miss cozy places like that, not too many in Spain :/

    1. Paris is the capital of cozy little restaurants, and I love discovering them on my own. I like to feel like I'm still traveling and stumbling upon little gems like this!

      I love coffee in Spain! Much better than coffee in Paris..and not to be all American but you guys have Dunkin' Donuts! Amazing.

  3. Oh of course you're back, you're flat hunting, stupid question. I must admit, I'm a bit awkward eating alone, but love my Kindle - even if you're not reading something mildly embarrassing it's great not to have to hold it open or wedge it under your dinner plate etc. Squeeee, things are getting real with the PACS, how exciting!

    1. Squeeeee! You are so cute!!! I love that. I write "eeeeeek" but squeee is way cuter!!! Let the planning begin!

      Most people feel strange dining alone, you're certainly not alone and there is nothing weird about not wanting to embrace this. I think because I did a lot of things on my own as a little girl (yes there was an imaginary friend which freaked my mom out) I liked being alone, and I guess it has carried into my adult life.

      Have you read 50 shades of Grey?

    2. :) No haven't read it, I read a tiny extract from it which just seemed so awful (and not in a smutty way, in a "oh god, you're a terrible writer" way). Report back if you read it though!

  4. My momma always told me a woman should be confident enough to go to a restaurant alone and eat by herself. The first time I did it was terrifying, but I totally got Why she thought this was an important trait to possess.

    After the GG books, have you considered jumping on the 50 Shades of Grey band wagon? I'm leaning towards the Sookie Stackhouse series, with True Blood coming back this summer, so no need to be ashamed of the GG novels!

    1. I just asked Gwan if she read it! Funny! I haven't and I think I should. I have been asked if I read this book so many times that I should just see what the fuss is about.

      My dentist called it "smut" so naturally I'm intrigued!! Have you read it?

  5. Oh! It's so exciting that you're looking for a place for your PACs dinner. I was going to say "already" but I guess that you've got a lot of restaurants to research between now and October. The Yard looks like a really good option. I love the "Yard" plate sigh.

    As for eating alone - it's one of my favorite ways to go in Paris because I almost always end up meeting interesting people at the next table. But come to think of it, I more often eat lunch than dinner solo. I usually spend a lot of time fiddling with my phone because I always forget to bring a book.

    And I know what you mean about restaurants being empty before 9. Whenever we have visitors, I always feel that I have to explain that Parisians eat later so that they don't think that we've taken them to a really unpopular place when we arrive at 7:30.

    Can't wait to read future posts about your PACs plans! Come to think of it - isn't it time that you updated your Twitter profile?! ;)

    1. You know at first I thought it was too early also but I'd like to have this booked and planned by August, September the latest. While it will be simple, there are still lots of little details to consider.

      The Yard is no longer an option, as our guest list grew and they only seat up to 25. I loved how cozy it was but I'm sure we'll find something equally as cute.

      Do your visitors think it's crazy that dinner starts at 9 - 10? At first I did! I was like, dinner at 9:30??!

      Yes, my twitter profile! I was thinking about that the other day. I rarely look at it so I forgot to update it after the 365th day. Thanks for reminding me!

  6. AnonymousJune 28, 2012

    Whaaaat? You're not going to party on the Champs Elysees ??! Just kidding... testing to see if this comment works! The last few (I comment on every post) haven't worked! Good thing you're looking now, sooner it's figured out the better. :)
    P.S. I love eating alone. I'm too obsessed with food to think about being alone. Nom nommm

    1. Hi D!!!

      Yes we're going to party at that cheesy club Palais M at the end of the Champs! LOL!

      Aww no worries on the comments. I have trouble commenting on wordpress too. They make me sign in and then I lose the comment and then I have to remember what I said, etc....

  7. First of all, I love eating along at restaurants! It's so peaceful for me.

    Secondly, *I* am fantasizing about your PACs playlist now! That place sounds amazing!! And your dress - OMG, so much to fantasize about! You should create a Pinterest board for PACspiration! :)

    1. Great idea Cara!! I will make a board! I have so many ideas that I need to organize them.

      I do know that I am wearing one of my grandmother's vintage dresses. Which one, I don't know but that takes care of the dress sitch.

      Yes, the playlist which I will so post on the blog!