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Jul 27, 2006 05:55 PM

You know you're a Chowhound when....

OK, I just refreshed the SF board page and not a single one was unread...that's just pathetic. So in the interest of giving me something new to read and something to ponder, this thread. I'll start off:

You know you're a Chowhound when...

-your friends and/or SO know better than to even THINK of touching their food until you've taken a photo of it for your CH post. (I had one hound actually slap my hand!)

-you order the strangest possible thing you can find on the menu simply so you can say you tried it.

-you read cookbooks the way other people read novels.

-on Wednesdays (or whatever day your local paper does it) you turn to the Food Section even before reading the frontpage.

-the thought of being internet-less (and thus Chowhoundless) for more than a weekend leaves you queasy

-your job may be in serious peril if you don't stop reading CH at work.

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  1. So funny about the picture taking....

    You know you are a serious CH when your 4 & 8 year old start taking pictures of their food too!

    P.S. I relate to the grief of no CH access--just completed my own private hell with a 60 HOUR power outage in SoCal. The heat and 'isolation' were horrible.

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    1. re: Funwithfood

      Oh, and your 8-year old begs for an heirloom tomato for BREAKFAST (with balsamic vinegar, Malden sea salt, and fresh ground pepper).

      1. re: Funwithfood

        You win the feeding-your-kids award.

    2. greet your friends who have just returned from Italy (or France, or New Orleans) with, "What did you eat?"

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      1. re: zorra

        Oh.My.God! I completely forgot about this! I annoy the hell out of people with that question! Not only where but exactly what did you eat. I ask and ask and ask until I get all the juicy details. My boss (who could care less about food) cannot come back from a business lunch without telling me everything. Now he just brings back the menu.

        1. re: zorra

          If you don't care about food, why go to France or Italy? Why even get out of bed in the morning?

            1. re: chaddict

              Since this thread has been revived, gotta clarify--art is what you look at to kill time between meals, right?

              1. re: alanbarnes

                I always refer to my trips as "stuff I did between eating."

                1. re: jennywinker

                  Our kids say we are the only people they know who talk about their trips with "you remember such and such city? Oh yes, that's where we had dinner at such and such place!

                  1. re: Deborah

                    you mean there are people who travel who DON'T use meals as a reference point?? ;-)

                  2. re: jennywinker

                    And if you do any kind of cake-baking, you combine the two. (I have more colors and tools for decorating than I do make up).

                  3. re: alanbarnes

                    OK, when I studied art history in Italy, we went to Bologna. We had to get from one church to another by crossing through the market. Our professor stopped at the entrance and gave a 5 minute speech about how we had to cut straight through, no lollygagging, no wandering about, just go straight through. Of course, the minute we entered, we splintered into a gazzillion directions going every which way. That place is AMAZING. You have never seen food look so good. Even the freaking apples are displayed like art and look scrumptious. The brick-and-mortar places have the most delicious displays in the windows. It took us maybe 45 minutes to make a 10 minute crossing. Man, was she pissed. But obviously, not her first go round or we wouldn't have had the 5 minute speech.

                2. re: Robert Lauriston

                  Thank you, Robert. That is the best post I've ever read!

                  1. re: Robert Lauriston

                    I know I'm a chowhound when visiting these places, I'm equally excited about going to a local grocery store to see what they sell as I am about seeing the museums, churches or sites.

                    I probably spend WAY to much time at the open air markets and not enough time brushing up on the history of the city I am visiting! My family could care less about what vegetables the particular culture gets when or the interesting way they display it at the market!

                    1. re: MSK

                      Oh, I love to go to the local grocery stores and farmers' markets. You can find the best foodie souvenirs there!

                  2. re: zorra

                    AND whenever anyone you know is leaving town, even for a weekend, you give them a list of six places per day to try. :-D

                    1. re: Covert Ops

                      Friends from college keep visiting my hometown (NYC) during the school year, and I've started to save a copy of my foodie gets e-mailed around quite often.

                      1. re: Covert Ops

                        I've just stopped doing that. Nobody in our circle cares nearly as much about food as we do. I was giving lists to friends for a while, but it was a waste of time. Sigh.

                      2. re: zorra

                        That too, but we send friends pictures from the road not of where we have been but of what we have been eating.

                        1. re: Candy

                          Ah, yes! A friend recently came back from Singapore with a TON of photos. She put together a special slide show (100+ images) just for me (no one else would watch it) of just food and restaurants. I have never been so glad to see someone's vacation slide show.

                          1. re: chaddict

                            That's a good friend there. :) I really must encourage my friends to start doing that!

                            1. re: Candy

                              Just got a new Olympus 750 with the cuisine setting. It goes where I go especially if food is going to be involved.

                            2. re: zorra

                              You mean there are other questions you'd ask?

                              1. re: Geoff

                                Absolutely! Like "what food did you bring back for me."

                                1. re: limster

                                  Of course! You're absolutely right, don't know what I was thinking!

                            3. When you run into an old friend you haven't seen in a long time and he asks you how you're doing and what you've been up to and the first thing you mention is the fantastic dinner you ate last weekend. (Oh yeah, and I also got engaged. I'm really excited - we're going to eat so well on our honeymoon!)

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                              1. re: Morton the Mousse

                                Or when you've planned every restaurant you're going to eat at on your honeymoon, but nothing else!!

                                1. re: Katie Nell

                                  Or when you choose the location of your honeymoon because of a specific restaurant or food.

                                  People keep asking me where we're going on ours. El Bulli, I tell them.

                                  1. re: pablissima

                                    Funny you should mention that... more than a year ago, I posted this thread Where is the best eating in the world?, because I wanted to find a place for my fiance and I to elope to! From that thread, we started fixating on Vancouver, and guess where we're going in September?!

                                2. re: Morton the Mousse

                                  Congrats to you and "Mrs. Mousse"!

                                  My friends are well-trained: they start off by telling me what they ate, because they know that's what I'm going to want to know.

                                  It's a family joke that my Mom (a true chowhound) is unable to write so much as a postcard without mentioning food. I nearly laughed myself silly when I got a letter from her once where she described a weekend she and my father had spent on the Mendocino coast, and it was nearly all about food (i.e., it went something like: We went for a walk on the beach. Then we went into town and went shopping -- the availability of good bread has definitely improved at Market X. They now have a good selection of cold cuts and fresh meat, too. I bought some flank steak and we grilled it for dinner. etc.).

                                  But what was really funny is realizing I'm my mother's daughter: in with some family stuff was a postcard I sent my Grandparents from France when I was eleven in which the only specific comments I made were about the food.

                                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                    My family knows the best postcards they ever send me give a complete run-down on where and what they ate! I also collect postcards too so it's double thrill!

                                    1. re: PDeveaux

                                      My family once ate dinner at Globe in Montreal a long time ago and sent me a Globe postcard smeared (and labelled) with all the sauces they were enjoying!

                                      1. re: Food Tourist

                                        That's a new one! I ate a terrific meal at Globe a few years back. Montreal is a great food town, IMO.

                                        1. re: Food Tourist

                                          I'm going to have to suggest that to my relatives!! What a neat idea!!

                                  2. You risk the displeasure of your relatives by bringing your own Polish sausage (from the Romanian Kosher place on Clark Street) to the family barbeque (because you know they're just going to have hotdogs they bought at the supermarket).

                                    You plan your vacations based on how good the eating is going to be in any particular locale. In fact, you get on the Internet before a driving trip, to research road stops between home and your destination.

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                                    1. re: Akatonbo

                                      I get your meaning about the polish sausage, although I take umbrage at calling a cookout, a bbq...

                                      More indicative (and this probably applies to you) is the act of trying to keep a straight face when someone comes up to you and starts talking about how much they like sushi, and how their kids just love it, and the wonderful Tokyo restaurant (local Chinese run teppanyaki place with really mediocre burb sushi) where they throw the knives around is so good, and...

                                    2. The names Harold, Tiffani, Dave, and Lee Anne have meaning to you.

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                                        1. re: Robert Lauriston

                                          Yeah, I guess you're right, that one is more indicative of a foodie tv watcher than a hound

                                          1. re: chaddict

                                            Ha! What a difference a year makes! You were all over season 2 this year...
                                            Edited: by you I mean Robert.

                                        2. re: chaddict

                                          ha ha LOVED season 1 of Top Chef (season 2 couldn't hold a candle)

                                          1. re: cafecreme

                                            season 3 was worse, cannot wait for four though:)