Any dining-out related dreams?

Had a dream about how the dining-out experience has changed since the pandemic. Eateries have few staff, hence slower, and even lower-quality service.

The dream: I was dining-out in a place where the dining-area was larger than the average dining-area - the dining areas being both indoor, and outdoor seating.

I was dining-out with a relative, and I had briefly stepped-away from our table to use the wash-room - upon returning, our server bought me a dish with a fork, beef-knife, and spoon wrapped-up in a napkin - a dish with no food.

Just before our server quickly walked-away, the server mentioned, I can guess that you wil be ordering a beef-entree. The server guessed correctly, yet I did not mention what I was ordering to my relative. I must say, I was beside myself, and shaking my head out of doubt, and disbelief.

Immediately, I woke-up - yet my first thought after waking-up involved a subtle bit of sarcasm on behalf of our server, In this dream, I thought our server would ask us, "will you have our beef-entree with "that" ("that" being food on the dish with a fork, beef-knife, and spoon wrapped-up in a napkin- with no food, or drinks)?

I'm glad this was just a dream not based-on any known real dining-out experiences.
 
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How do we get sustenance in our lives? Perhaps we feel that we have the tools, but not the meal itself. In other words, I am looking for spiritual or emotional sustenance but it does not seem forthcoming. The server is a sort of a, "trickster," who is pointing at what you want, but not providing it. These guys appear in our dreams to point the way with humor in order to wake us up. "I am giving you the beef knife, but no beef." (Getting the beef is up to you...)
The dining room has both indoor and outdoor seating. The conscious and the unconscious are involved in this dream. Consciously, you want something in your life, but have not gone after it. Your shadow relative is of no help at this point but is there to emphasize the, "I don't know," quality of the dream. Look for other dreams that point you to the way of emotional and spiritual sustenance. The dreams are leading you there!
 
How do we get sustenance in our lives? Perhaps we feel that we have the tools, but not the meal itself. In other words, I am looking for spiritual or emotional sustenance but it does not seem forthcoming. The server is a sort of a, "trickster," who is pointing at what you want, but not providing it. These guys appear in our dreams to point the way with humor in order to wake us up. "I am giving you the beef knife, but no beef." (Getting the beef is up to you...)
The dining room has both indoor and outdoor seating. The conscious and the unconscious are involved in this dream. Consciously, you want something in your life, but have not gone after it. Your shadow relative is of no help at this point but is there to emphasize the, "I don't know," quality of the dream. Look for other dreams that point you to the way of emotional and spiritual sustenance. The dreams are leading you there!
The dream interpretion is a very good guess.

I'l post another dining-out related dream.
 
A dining-out related dream I experienced sevreal years ago: I was in a restaurant in a booth with four or five people. I was sitting in the inner part of the booth sharing pizza, and drinking beer. We all had our own individual glasses of beer. No common pitcher of beer here, as pitchers encourage too much drinking. Moderate alcohol consumption was a theme.

The interior design style had wooden-planked walls e.g., our booths felt like open ended crates (this is significant as I dislike booths; as booths are too confining (the open-ended crate design also seemed to signal space limits).

Anyways, we were enjoying our ourselves being reasonably quiet. Yet, I spotted our server quickly walk to our table, and a had that sixth-sense that our server was irritated (at our albeit "reasonably quiet") conduct. Sure enough, she sarcastically said, "excuse me, can you please keep the noise down!"

As this was one of those places where patrons are allowed to draw on paper covered tables, and provided with colored markers, our server proceeded to reach for colored markers at our table, and sarcastically say, "please QUIETLY draw-out your feelings on the paper, and markers we've provided.....thank-you!"

Okay, I decided that the wise thing to do here was to wake-up from this dream, and feel that I can use this dream as an example in counseling (I was having at the time) - as my awesome therapist wasn't surprised by this dream stemming from concerns with social situations, and developing friendships.

In real-life, I've never experienced visibly irritated servers at eateries. As a matter of fact, I've had good experiences with small-talk at places where I was 'a regular.'
 
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Al1ce

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May the dream means that you are very structured and follow order, maybe it is time to change your life up a bit and do the things you wouldn’t, everyone expects your responses and knows you decisions, your wants and needs, could this be how others see you and how they project this version of you, is it time to break free from this cycle and bring your inner child out what she needs and wants. Sometimes these kind of dreams make us question ourselves, and re connect to our inner child. What do you really want and desire?
 
Or, what part of you silences you?
Your previous responses in this disc. thread are plausible interpretations which I will consider with interest. What is your experience with interpreting dreams?

I've enclosed a description (in this disc. thread) of a dining-out related dream I experienced (the previous night as of this writing).
 

Al1ce

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If it was me and a waiter knew what I wanted, it would mean I give to much away. I would question how I am perceived by others. I would also like to clarify that this is an open forum, no one needs an expertise, we come together as a collective to help each other. It is up to the dreamer to find their connections.
 
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A dining-out related dream: I was at a gathering with an estimated two-dozen people at a dining-hall. We were eating samples of gourmet breads, and gourmet spreads e.g., the spreads were like specialty butters. Someone immediately began passing Raspberry jam.

As soon as the jar of jam reached my table, I had a chance to spread jam fully on one slice of bread, and only a tiny portion thinly spread on another slice of bread - just as a dining-hall staff member came-by, and had taken the jar of jam away from us "out of the blue," and without a spoken word. I was left to spread the tiny amount of jam I had left-over, and finally ate the slice of bread with the ample of jam spread.

I experienced this dream with singer Rick Astley's dance/rock song 'Never Gonna Give You Up' playing in the background.
 

Al1ce

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I was responding to your first dream earlier, we can see how it changes each time as you have progressed, I had similar reoccurring restaurant dreams, for me I have been on a self discovery spiritual journey, and each time I visited the restaurant it changed with me, almost like it is a reflection of the self. I also seen it as my higher spirit reaching out to me, the waiter knows your there in spirit, the song never gonna give you up says it all, I remember a similar song in mine - baby don’t worry about a thing, Bob Marley everything is gonna be alright. As we reach higher within our being parts of us begin to dissolve, the jam could resemble the sweet things in life which you are cherishing, these first piece was spread perfectly, the second is telling me not to spread yourself to thinly, and the bread symbolises nourishment and satisfaction. Next time you are there, try to talk to the waiter more, he may have something important to tell you. This is only my opinion. I wonder did you go outside through the courtyard? I saw a blossom tree outside, and a woman in a red dress got my attention, I read her lips on entering, and she said “she’s here” so try obverse your surrounding if you find yourself here again, look for clues. It sounds very lucid to me as your able to interact.
 
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I was responding to your first dream earlier, we can see how it changes each time as you have progressed, I had similar reoccurring restaurant dreams, for me I have been on a self discovery spiritual journey, and each time I visited the restaurant it changed with me, almost like it is a reflection of the self. I also seen it as my higher spirit reaching out to me, the waiter knows your there in spirit, the song never gonna give you up says it all, I remember a similar song in mine - baby don’t worry about a thing, Bob Marley everything is gonna be alright. As we reach higher within our being parts of us begin to dissolve, the jam could resemble the sweet things in life which you are cherishing, these first piece was spread perfectly, the second is telling me not to spread yourself to thinly, and the bread symbolises nourishment and satisfaction. Next time you are there, try to talk to the waiter more, he may have something important to tell you. This is only my opinion. I wonder did you go outside through the courtyard? I saw a blossom tree outside, and a woman in a red dress got my attention, I read her lips on entering, and she said “she’s here” so try obverse your surrounding if you find yourself here again, look for clues. It sounds very lucid to me as your able to interact.
In the dream, I did not note any exit to the outside. This was a dining-hall without any windows.

I had not dined-out with servers taking customer orders in a long time - as dining-out service has slowed due to staffing shortages.

Two or three times a week, I order coffee, and baked-goods at the counter - which is pretty much carry-out self-service.
 
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Al1ce

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I Quote my question regarding this - The dream: I was dining-out in a place where the dining-area was larger than the average dining-area - the dining areas being both indoor, and outdoor seating. (I was not sure if you took note of the outdoor also.)
 
I don't mind listing my credentials, although I agree with the other lady that this is friends helping friends. I am a Jungian oriented L.P.C. I was a member of the Jung Society. I have two masters degrees in Education and the other in the science of counseling. I am almost 74 years old and have worked with dreams for many years. I just returned from the Haden Institute dream conference for a week...my 4th time there. that is focused on DreamWork.
 
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