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Eating in the Dark

Posted by on May 16, 2013

Eating in the dark is liberating.  You can leave your elbows on the table, eat with your hands and lick your fingers.  And I engaged in all those uncouth behaviors when we ate at Opaque, a restaurant that is completely dark and has sight-impaired waiters.  I enjoyed our experience but wouldn’t necessarily do it again unless someone out there wants company so that they can try it.  We brought our husbands on this “We Never” and mine didn’t like it at all.

It did take some getting used to.  We arrived and placed our order in a lit room.  Then when they were ready for us, we linked hands and were led through a small series of winding panels – I assume so that the room we were about to enter would have no light from the outside.  After we were seated, it took me awhile to get over a strangely claustrophobic feeling, a feeling my husband never really overcame.  Also, the room seemed so loud.  Conversations at other tables, I’m sure no louder than any other restaurant, were annoyingly amplified.

The point was well-taken — strip yourself of one sense and the others grow stronger, even in that short experimental period of time.  Sounds, flavor, feel all had to be and were heightened to enjoy the dinner.  The biggest take-away though was a true appreciation for the ability to see and how tough it is for those who don’t.

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