What is a foodie?

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#21
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It seems to me that many times foodie definitions tend to center on more upscale delights, so let me offer an alternative. I'll define a foodie as someone with a zealous appreciation of food, and by no means is restricted to upscale dining. I'm thinking the perfect steak fry, super crispy on the outside and creamy inside; nothing finer than a salted local grown freshly picked heirloom tomato. Basil, cheese, EVOO, balsamic, all optional but highly encouraged. When I visit family in Texas, I'm always seeking the best chicken fried steak and fried okra.

Many times mere simplicity and freshness of ingredients is all it takes for a foodie experience for me, as with the tomatoes or stone fruit in summer. For winter, give me a tough hunk of beef, braised for hours to create a beef burgundy or goulash, served over spatzle fried in butter, and I'm just as happy as having steak a la rossini (unless some one else is paying for the steak). I'm also in pursuit of the perfect carnitas recipe.
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I think a foodie of someone that enjoys learning about new foods and different techniques to prepare food. Trying to take a piece of meat, veggie or whatever and elevate the preparation into something unique. I don't think it's a snobbish gourmet at all. That's different type of person.

I also don't think all the chefs on TV are gourmet chefs, but I think they are foodies. Hubert Keller is one example. He is an award winning chef, cooked for presidents and was on Top Chef Masters. I wouldn't call him snobbish at all. If he were, would he use a shower in the preparation of his pasta. One of my all-time fav moments.

I consider my DH a foodie, but I just enjoy his creations.
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My meal of the year to date was at Hubert Keller's Fleur De Lys in San Francisco. Truly amazing and to be honest, much better than the last meal I had at one of Thomas Keeler's restaurants a few days later. I'd probably put it in my top five of all time, with the top being from an unassuming, "no name" executive chef at a small restaurant In the PNW that only locals would generally know of.


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#25
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Originally posted by BeagleOne
"Foodie" is just a modern version of "gourmet".

Sadly, a lot of foodies IME are snobs who think their way of eating makes them better than those who don't eat the same way. If you love creative cooking, then good for you...but please don't lord it over people who don't invest such importance in it, and for the love of God, please STOP posting pictures of your food!
+1 and I know Giada, Child, Flay, Morimoto, Kerr, Flay, Florence and all the gang.

Foodie is a silly title people who like to feel they are more informed and have a more "sophisticated" palate. They really aren't they just like to think so. Chef is a person trained in food and it doesn't always mean they make or eat food that anyone else would consider divine. You can make cheese out of Yaks milk but it doesn't mean you're any more intelligent than a farmer milking their nubian and making farmers cheese. Get a grip folks.

I love oysters but I prefer them fresh out of the ocean as opposed to oysters rockerfeller. The person who prefers OR doesn't have any more "food intellect" than someone who jumps out of the boat and eats from the source. It's just different, not better, not smarter just different. Foodie sounds silly. Definition should be Foodie: Someone willing to spend money on food that tastes like crap but since it's "chic" they love all of it and it makes them soooo much smarter...haha..

Cure cancer or global warming and then one will be important, until considering yourself a foodie, well everyone is a foodie because we all eat.

No need to specifically reply because I won't be back to debate any silly "foodie".
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Originally posted by JustCruiseMe
+1 and I know Giada, Child, Flay, Morimoto, Kerr, Flay, Florence and all the gang.

Foodie is a silly title people who like to feel they are more informed and have a more "sophisticated" palate. They really aren't they just like to think so. Chef is a person trained in food and it doesn't always mean they make or eat food that anyone else would consider divine. You can make cheese out of Yaks milk but it doesn't mean you're any more intelligent than a farmer milking their nubian and making farmers cheese. Get a grip folks.

I love oysters but I prefer them fresh out of the ocean as opposed to oysters rockerfeller. The person who prefers OR doesn't have any more "food intellect" than someone who jumps out of the boat and eats from the source. It's just different, not better, not smarter just different. Foodie sounds silly. Definition should be Foodie: Someone willing to spend money on food that tastes like crap but since it's "chic" they love all of it and it makes them soooo much smarter...haha..

Cure cancer or global warming and then one will be important, until considering yourself a foodie, well everyone is a foodie because we all eat.

No need to specifically reply because I won't be back to debate any silly "foodie".
If the OP had asked for a definition of arrogance and/or narcissism, this post would be a textbook.
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Originally posted by lamchops
A foodie to me is someone who has a passion for food.
Someone who likes to try "Fusion food" and things outside the normal comfort dinners.
Someone who has the "Food Channel" on like others would have sports. Someone who know the names, Ramsey, Giada, Mario, Fiery, Morimoto, etc.
Someone who looks for food cart instead of food courts.
That works for me.
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#28
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Actually what we should be defining here is a "cruise foodie"

A cruise foodie is someone who is obsessed with what the food will be on the cruise. He has found and scoured through all the ships menus for his impending cruise. He probably had already decided what he will be ordering each night in the MDR and it is still months before his cruise.

His research into each port centers around the best place to have a great "local lunch"

I am a cruise foodie....
#29
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I'm more in the Bourdain school of "foodieism". I can appreciate and understand the concept behind highly constructed and sophisticated cuisine, but I have a very low tolerance for pretense and elitism in cooking. Sometimes, the simple, rustic, cheap dish really is the tastiest. I don't quite share his obsession with offal, but in general, I support foodie culture returning its focus on just what works and tastes good, not so much what is "most luxurious" or "most refined", or hell even "most authentic". I enjoy life and enjoy exploring the world of food with an open mind and a little homework to know what to expect. To me that is much more loving of food than someone who plans trips around which molecular gastropubs you can drop the most money at.
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#30
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Originally posted by ducklite
Probably easiest to explain in a compare contrast set of examples.

Average person: opens a package of Generic Cheddar and a box of Ritz Crackers
Foodie: drizzles Italian Honey over goat cheese and pairs it with fresh baguette

Average person: throws a sirloin on the grill and pairs it with mashed potatoes from a box and a can of peas
Foodie: drizzles truffle infused olive oil over a prime+ cut of grass fed NY Strip before grilling it, and serves it with prosciutto wrapped steamed asparagus.

Average person: Bakes whatever fish is on sale at the local grocery store and pairs with white rice and generic salad with bottled dressing.
foodie: Pan sears sesame crusted wild caught ahi and pairs with wasabi mash and fresh baby spinach with homemade dressing.

See the difference?


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Corrected "Foodie" comparison. Not all of us cook, but we do enjoy finer food that isn't found in a chain restaurant.

Average person: opens a package of Generic Cheddar and a box of Ritz Crackers

Foodie: Orders Italian Honey drizzled over goat cheese, paired with fresh baguette at an obscure little sidewalk cafe.

Average person: Orders a sirloin from Outback Steakhouse and pairs it with mashed potatoes from a bloomin' onion

Foodie: Goes to high end steakhouse and orders truffle infused olive oil over a prime+ cut of grass fed NY Strip served with with prosciutto wrapped steamed asparagus.

Average person: Orders whatever fish is on the menu at Red Lobster.

Foodie: May go to a restaurant and order pan seared sesame crusted wild caught ahi and pairs with wasabi mash and fresh baby spinach with homemade dressing.
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#31
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O my goodness. I think of a foodie as someone who enjoys and appreciates different foods, cooks, and cuisines. Regardless if its fancy, simple, cheap or expensive.


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Originally posted by SardisGrandma
O my goodness. I think of a foodie as someone who enjoys and appreciates different foods, cooks, and cuisines. Regardless if its fancy, simple, cheap or expensive.
Although I dislike the term "foodie," I agree with your definition. However, I must also add, that the way I interpret "foodie" is while the person does not necessarily cook well themselves, they still have a passion for food.
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Originally posted by Gonzo70
Anybody putting truffle oil onto prime beef loses their foodie card in my book!

Freshly shaved truffles yes, truffle oil, no.

Agree with the rest.
Exactly what I was thinking...
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Originally posted by Dajbman22
I'm more in the Bourdain school of "foodieism". I can appreciate and understand the concept behind highly constructed and sophisticated cuisine, but I have a very low tolerance for pretense and elitism in cooking. Sometimes, the simple, rustic, cheap dish really is the tastiest. I don't quite share his obsession with offal, but in general, I support foodie culture returning its focus on just what works and tastes good, not so much what is "most luxurious" or "most refined", or hell even "most authentic". I enjoy life and enjoy exploring the world of food with an open mind and a little homework to know what to expect. To me that is much more loving of food than someone who plans trips around which molecular gastropubs you can drop the most money at.
I agree with you (except the offal part) and I love Bourdain. I think a foodie is just someone who loves food and is open to try new things. It's not about what is the most expensive and they don't even necessarily have to know how to cook. I don't think a foodie would turn their nose up at something just bc it smelled or looked strange. A foodie would be ready and willing to try anything new or different, esp foods from other cultures.
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#35
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Originally posted by lostdart1
Actually what we should be defining here is a "cruise foodie"

A cruise foodie is someone who is obsessed with what the food will be on the cruise. He has found and scoured through all the ships menus for his impending cruise. He probably had already decided what he will be ordering each night in the MDR and it is still months before his cruise.

His research into each port centers around the best place to have a great "local lunch"

I am a cruise foodie....
Oops! That sounds exactly like me
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Originally posted by SardisGrandma
O my goodness. I think of a foodie as someone who enjoys and appreciates different foods, cooks, and cuisines. Regardless if its fancy, simple, cheap or expensive.


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And that is the perfect definition, IMHO.

Another way to put it is that foodies eat food for enjoyment rather than to just fuel their bodies.
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#37
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Originally posted by Gonzo70
Anybody putting truffle oil onto prime beef loses their foodie card in my book!

Freshly shaved truffles yes, truffle oil, no.

Agree with the rest.
Down here in Australia we get extremely good truffle oil, there are 2-3 brands that are genuinely truffle shavings in oil, no artificial flavourings. Sure, not as good as fresh truffle but those are very hard to come by here. One company also makes truffle mustard, and I add that, plus a few drops of truffle oil, to butter as a topping for steak. It's very yummy.
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#38
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Originally posted by OzKiwiJJ
Down here in Australia we get extremely good truffle oil, there are 2-3 brands that are genuinely truffle shavings in oil, no artificial flavourings. Sure, not as good as fresh truffle but those are very hard to come by here. One company also makes truffle mustard, and I add that, plus a few drops of truffle oil, to butter as a topping for steak. It's very yummy.

Mmm, truffle mustard sounds really good.
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#39
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To whoever told us to stop posting pictures of our food DON'T LISTEN! Food pics are what keep me going in between nice meals...If you don't like food pics don't look at 'em!!

I definitely consider myself a foodie. If you wanna call yourself a foodie, you are one! Hehe. No need to get nit picky about it. Food is delicious, and can be enjoyed for many different reasons. Everyone has their own personal preferences. Expensive vs. cheap, Local vs. exotic, Intricate vs. Rustic. It's all in the name of a great love of food! The non-foodies are the ones that eat to live...Foodies are the ones that LIVE to EAT!!!
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#40
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Originally posted by elstephanito
To whoever told us to stop posting pictures of our food DON'T LISTEN! Food pics are what keep me going in between nice meals...If you don't like food pics don't look at 'em!!

I definitely consider myself a foodie. If you wanna call yourself a foodie, you are one! Hehe. No need to get nit picky about it. Food is delicious, and can be enjoyed for many different reasons. Everyone has their own personal preferences. Expensive vs. cheap, Local vs. exotic, Intricate vs. Rustic. It's all in the name of a great love of food! The non-foodies are the ones that eat to live...Foodies are the ones that LIVE to EAT!!!
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