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Old 10-04-2012, 05:11 PM   #1
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"Foodie" Please explain...

Can someone please explain the term foodie to me? I think it is taken very seriously by many especially when people misuse it and not sure exactly what it is? Thanks!
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:14 PM   #2
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It's the food equivalent of "wine snob"

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Old 10-04-2012, 05:18 PM   #3
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Not to me it isn't. To me it simply means someone who really enjoys food and likes to try different things.

Although the two terms were sometimes used interchangeably, foodies used to differ from gourmets in that gourmets were epicures of refined taste, whereas foodies were amateurs who simply loved food for consumption, study, preparation, and news.Gourmets simply want to eat the best food, whereas foodies want to learn everything about food, both the best and the ordinary, and about the science, industry, and personalities surrounding food. After some time of differentiating between the two, the term Foodie is now considered the term for food exploration and enjoyment, whether gourmet or not, thus superseding the term Gourmet. So says Wikipedia
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:19 PM   #4
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Courtesy of Food & Wine:

You might be a foodie if…

1. It takes more time to decide where to dine than to have dinner.

2. You know the names of meat distributors other than Pat LaFrieda.

3. You ask the waitress to be specific about the kind of kale in the salad.

4. You've paid to eat dinner at a stranger's apartment.

5. You've joined a line with more than five people in it, for a sandwich, from a truck.

6. Your entrée choice hinges more on where it was raised than on what it is.

7. You tweet your meals before dessert.

8. Your coffee has a proper name.

9. You've tasted single udder butter.

10. You've made your own sausage. After meeting the pig.

11. Your closets are being used as cheese caves or beer cellars.

12. Queens is a culinary destination.

13. Your pick-up line asks "What's your favorite restaurant."

14. You've spent more than $10 on a cocktail outside of a club.

15. You roll your eyes at molten chocolate cake.

And a few of my own.....

16. You not only know what a "pop-up" restaurant is, but you've actually been to one.

17. You have season tickets to dine at Next.

18. You have The French Laundry and Per Se on speed dial.

19. You have 14 types of salt in your spice rack, and none of them come from a round box with a girl holding an umbrella.

20. Whole Foods keeps a picture of your at the front of the store right next to the one of the employee of the month.

I won't tell you how many of these I qualify for....

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Old 10-04-2012, 05:27 PM   #5
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Although the two terms were sometimes used interchangeably, foodies used to differ from gourmets in that gourmets were epicures of refined taste, whereas foodies were amateurs who simply loved food for consumption, study, preparation, and news.Gourmets simply want to eat the best food, whereas foodies want to learn everything about food, both the best and the ordinary, and about the science, industry, and personalities surrounding food. After some time of differentiating between the two, the term Foodie is now considered the term for food exploration and enjoyment, whether gourmet or not, thus superseding the term Gourmet. So says Wikipedia
Very, very well parsed out. A true "foodie" is just as happy at The French Laundry as s/he would be at the greasiet rib joint in Memphis (as long as the ribs are authentic and tasty).

Niles Crane was a "gourmet".
Kramer ("Mackinaw peaches, Jerry!!"), was a foodie.
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:28 PM   #6
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Not to me it isn't. To me it simply means someone who really enjoys food and likes to try different things.
'Twas joking. Although I'd consider myself one of those people you mention "someone who really enjoys food and likes to try different things", I'd definitely not label myself as a foodie -- maybe perhaps a "willing and sometimes adventurous diner."
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:28 PM   #7
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Not to me it isn't. To me it simply means someone who really enjoys food and likes to try different things.

Although the two terms were sometimes used interchangeably, foodies used to differ from gourmets in that gourmets were epicures of refined taste, whereas foodies were amateurs who simply loved food for consumption, study, preparation, and news.Gourmets simply want to eat the best food, whereas foodies want to learn everything about food, both the best and the ordinary, and about the science, industry, and personalities surrounding food. After some time of differentiating between the two, the term Foodie is now considered the term for food exploration and enjoyment, whether gourmet or not, thus superseding the term Gourmet. So says Wikipedia
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Courtesy of Food & Wine:

You might be a foodie if…

1. It takes more time to decide where to dine than to have dinner.

2. You know the names of meat distributors other than Pat LaFrieda.

3. You ask the waitress to be specific about the kind of kale in the salad.

4. You've paid to eat dinner at a stranger's apartment.

5. You've joined a line with more than five people in it, for a sandwich, from a truck.

6. Your entrée choice hinges more on where it was raised than on what it is.

7. You tweet your meals before dessert.

8. Your coffee has a proper name.

9. You've tasted single udder butter.

10. You've made your own sausage. After meeting the pig.

11. Your closets are being used as cheese caves or beer cellars.

12. Queens is a culinary destination.

13. Your pick-up line asks "What's your favorite restaurant."

14. You've spent more than $10 on a cocktail outside of a club.

15. You roll your eyes at molten chocolate cake.

And a few of my own.....

16. You not only kow what a "pop-up" restaurant is, but yu've actually been to one.

17. You have season tickets to dine at Next.

18. You have The French Laundry and Per Se on speed dial.

19. You have 14 types of salt in your spice rack, and none of them come from a round box with a girl holding an umbrella.

20. Whole Foods keeps a picture of your at the front of the store right next to the one of the employee of the month.

I won't tell you how many of these I qualify for....
Again, I feel like a lot of these characteristics are of food lovers in general! If you love food, search for the best places to eat, will go to any remote location to find it and have tried to create your own culinary creations from time to time (not saying they have to be successful! ) then I thought that was a foodie! I didn't think it was a snobby thing, just thought it was fellow food fanatics!
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:33 PM   #8
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I didn't think it was a snobby thing, just thought it was fellow food fanatics!
Exactly! Which is why #12 is so spot on. What "snob" goes to Queens for good food?
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:35 PM   #9
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Wow - a Foodie would end up starving to death where I live. (JimmyV definitely would!)
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Jimmy I then follow up and ask you to give me 9 table service restraunts that I should go to based on your opinion and would be appropriate for young children.
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Jimmy I then follow up and ask you to give me 9 table service restraunts that I should go to based on your opinion and would be appropriate for young children.
Would love to hear your opinion on this too Jimmy!! Do you have a must eat list for your trips?? My DH is compiling a list of the best snacks that he wants to try and I feel like we're missing some good ones!
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:43 PM   #12
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Would love to hear your opinion on this too Jimmy!! Do you have a must eat list for your trips?? My DH is compiling a list of the best snacks that he wants to try and I feel like we're missing some good ones!
Now -- as snacking-type of people whilst we're visiting WDW -- I'd love to know what's on this list!
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:49 PM   #13
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Jimmy I then follow up and ask you to give me 9 table service restraunts that I should go to based on your opinion and would be appropriate for young children.

First off, everything is "child appropriate" at WDW except for Victoria & Albert's. If they didn't want kids there, they would say so. That said, you have to know your own children. I've seen plenty of melt downs at 8:00 pm or later from children whose parents were just pushing them too hard. My rule of thumb (for me...not saying that it works for everyone) was to use 6:15 as the absolute cutoff for my ADRs when my DD was very young. Anyone who looks at me cross-wise for bringing in a child to a restaurant at WDW at 5:30 can go you-know-where-and-do-you-know-what. But we would leave the 8:00 reservations for lovers and other adults who wanted a more gentile atmosphere. With this rule of thumb, we took our DD virtually everywhere and she loved it.

Phew. That was a long intro. Nine is tough. But here goes (not necessarily in order):
1. bluezoo-best restaurant on property not named Victoria & Albert's
2. Il Mulino-we always enjoy a good Italian meal, and this is the best place to get that.
3. Citricos-Best Disney-owned restaurant not named Victoria & Albert's.
4. Shula's-Have to add a caveat here that my family is not big into steak so I usually only go here when I am at WDW visiting my brother with no family in tow. But I wouldn't hesitiate to take my family there at 5:30-6:00 before the convention crowd saunters in from the bar.
5. Flying Fish
6. Jiko-A great opportunity to introduce my DD to food from a country that she knew little about. Or, at least, in the style of that country.
7. California Grill
8. 50's Prime Time. An odd choice, perhaps, but they do fried chicken and meatloaf very well. Not to mention the milkshakes.
9. Via Napoli Casual, but not bad at all.
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Now -- as snacking-type of people whilst we're visiting WDW -- I'd love to know what's on this list!
Sorry. But we are not big snackers. Most of the park snacks are pretty standard amusement park offerings that, to us, aren't worth the calories. I am a sucker for a Mickey Bar, though. But there aren't any Disney snacks that are "must-haves" for us. I can always find things that I enjoy at the bakery in France.
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Sorry. But we are not big snackers. Most of the park snacks are pretty standard amusement park offerings that, to us, aren't worth the calories. I am a sucker for a Mickey Bar, though. But there aren't any Disney snacks that are "must-haves" for us. I can always find things that I enjoy at the bakery in France.
(I was asking about the snack list DisWishes720 had mentioned her husband was putting together. )

Ah, see? I'd definitely consider bakery delights as "snacks" -- which then, amazingly enough, turn themselves into meals. And, now I'm really wanting a Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcake from Starring Rolls ... or was that the Red Velvet?

I know what you mean about it being your standard amusement park fare. That said, there's just something about that Disney popcorn and those Jalapeño Pretzels though...
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