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The Benefits of Outdoor Dining [According to Science]

 

“Dinner is not what you do in the evening before something else. Dinner is the evening.”

—Art Buchwald

 

Winter in Connecticut often seems to edge its way, uninvited, into spring and beyond. To that end, we New Englanders view summer and early fall as precious time. We love eating out on our decks, when weather allows, and dining al fresco.

But why, specifically, is this act of communing with nature so appealing? Intuitively, it seems obvious that we should enjoy warm breezes and the sounds of the outdoors in the background. But there’s actually serious science to explain our attraction to this experience.

First off, spending time outdoors boosts levels of Vitamin D, a vital hormone that may protect against a range of diseases, such as osteoporosis, depression, heart attacks and stroke. (Scientific American reports that far too few of us get enough of this critical vitamin.) In addition, fresh air improves your mood by decreasing anxiety and increasing happiness. Spending time outdoors also improves concentration, memory and attention; reduces stress levels; and it may even help you heal faster. The Harvard School of Health, for instance, reports that one study found that “spinal surgery patients experienced less pain and stress and took fewer pain medications during their recoveries if they were exposed to natural light.”

Dining out also offers the chance to slow down and relax. And while there is no scientific evidence to back it up, food just tastes better when enjoyed outside. The average American spends 90 percent of his life indoors, so take advantage of these warm months, because in no time we’ll be scraping ice off of our cars and wishing for summer.

If you’re searching for amazing food and a place to unwind, look no further than Famous Greek Kitchen. When you step outside to our upscale outdoor patio, you will feel relaxed, yet energized. Soft lighting, chill music and lush greenery all make for the perfect atmosphere suitable for a laidback dinner with friends or dressed-up date night. You may even get lucky and catch music from live guitarists or DJs on the weekend. Our menu features unforgettable Greek food that is sure to transport you. With the charming atmosphere, delicious menu and exceptional service, you will be planning your next night out before you finish that last cocktail.

This inviting patio also provides the perfect backdrop for your next private event, and it can accommodate up to 40 people. For more information contact Famous Greek Kitchen at (203) 531-6887 or contact@famousgreekkitchen.com.


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