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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).

    2. ...you 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 list...it 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 http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/... 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:)

                                        3. When you travel - a good chunk of your luggage space is taken up with food/spices etc. that you've bought on your trip (after checking the customs/usda website before departure, of course).

                                          We don't choose a vacation destination based on food, but once it's set, the trip revolves around lunch and dinner. (Room service breakfast is something I can't pass up.)

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                                          1. re: MMRuth

                                            My Australian grandmother always smuggles Goan sausages from her trips to India past Aussie customs...to the great displeasure of my farmer uncle.

                                          2. Well my DH remarked when I returned from a trip to San Francisco that you know your partner is a foodie when she brings home Acme bread, mushrooms from Far West Fungi and takeout from House of Hunan. He was kind enough to share.

                                            1. For me it boils down to something my mom used to say to me from way back when, as she noticed how obsessed I was about food even while seriously cooking with my Easy Bake Oven:

                                              "What's wrong with you? don't you know you're supposed to eat to live? Not live to eat?"

                                              Well, she was right about me!

                                              1. -You have threatened to break off a relationship with someone because they tried to take you to Olive Garden on a date.

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                                                  1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                                                    Ooohhh, I broke up with someone because he didn't like pasta! Yes, I am that shallow...

                                                    1. re: chaddict

                                                      But what else could you do?

                                                      I knew DH was the one when he bravely ate a noodle dish which I had overspiced by some enormous amount. When I finally tasted it, I told him to stop eating. It was incendiary. We still laugh about it.

                                                      1. re: cheryl_h

                                                        My wife dumped a guy because he was freaked out by any food served "with the head on", e.g. a whole shrimp. Glad to be married to someone who also cares about food...

                                                        1. re: Pincho

                                                          We were is a seafood shop in Stuart Fl. and a woman came in and asked for shrimp. When the guy behind the counter started scooping them up she made him stop saying that what he was giving her was not shrimp. He told her yes they are and she objected that shrimp did not look like that. So he just pulled the head off and tried to hand her one. She took off running. It was hilarious.

                                                          1. re: Candy

                                                            One of our favorite food stories is about the time we ate at Beto's in Acapulco. Our friend ordered fish and the entire fish, head, eyes & all) was brought to the table. She backed away and said "Ronnie!" (her husband). He flagged down the waiter and requested the head be removed. The waiter picked up the fish, took it to the kitchen, which was within earshot and sight of our table and picked up a cleaver and just whacked the head right off and brought it back to the table. I still don't remember if she ate any of the fish but it was hilarious to the rest of us!

                                                      2. re: chaddict

                                                        I once broke up with someone I had sent to the grocery for butter who returned with something called "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter". Furthermore, I shamed him for this telling him, "You RUINED my Easter dinner, now get out!"

                                                        1. re: chaddict

                                                          I ditched a guy after one brunch bc his list of 'allergies' (wheat, citrus, dairy, vegetarian etc....)had me sitting there thinking...i am never going to be able to cook for you, where will we eat? what will we do? relationship = doomed.

                                                          1. re: aussiewonder

                                                            Ugh...allergies. Can't stand people with them! ; )
                                                            (In terms of food, of course.)


                                                        2. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                                                          I did break up with someone once who asked me if I liked Japanese food and I replied affirmatively - but the chosen restaurant was Benihana; that sunk that relationship.

                                                          1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                                                            HAHAHA! I support that. My BF loves well-made food, but isn't adventurous about new things. Therefore, I'm constantly haranguing friends, co-workers, and family to go eat all of the "exotic" things with me that BF won't.

                                                            1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                                                              I just went on date # 1 and the only date I will go on with a person that complained the ENTIRE time about how many calories were in this and then that and what sort of anti-environmentally-friendly methods were used to kill and cook. yaddi yaddi yah. And then said person did not like coffee, tea, or dessert. For someone that complained so much about every single minute aspect of the food, it sure was scarfed down in a hurry. I was so irritated.

                                                              On another date (and the only date) with a person who criticized my lack of proper Japanese pronunciation, and that I had put too much butter on my dinner roll, but then ordered - and I kid you not - a white zinfadel spritzer as the "after dinner drink". (I was only 23 at that time, but I knew enough to know you don't order white zinfadel, spritzer or no, unless you are like either 14 sneaking a drink for the first time, or my 80 year old aunt)

                                                              1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                                                                Yep, I can definitely relate to this one. But it was I who was rejected- by a guy who was probably more than a little put off by my insistent refusal to eat (ever) at TGIFriday's. He stopped calling. I figured he decided I was a snob.

                                                              2. A friend sent this to me after my husband had mentioned my stacks of cookbooks on the night stand (as you can see I'm in the boozehound + chowhound category)

                                                                You know you're married to a chowhound when:

                                                                All recreation activities revolve around eating and drinking.

                                                                You invite a few friends for a casual cook out to meet your new
                                                                sweetheart and end up serving 15 different appetizers and a gourmet cheeseburger that took 5 hours to prepare.

                                                                You plan a romantic weekend away and go to at least 5 different
                                                                restaurant/bars each day to sample the signature dish/drink.

                                                                You also stop at 1 or 2 places on the way there, and on the way

                                                                1. You are actually considering posting on Chowhound to ask for Burning Man food recs at various camps....

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                                                                  1. re: chaddict

                                                                    you wouldn't dare consult a menu on your own without checking to see what other CHounders had ordered/liked previously.

                                                                    1. re: eve

                                                                      This one I can't completely agree with: while it is true that a hound would consult other hounds about a menu at a known spot, a true Chowhound is also going to check out the places that no one has been to yet (and where thus the menus haven't been consulted by any hounds!)

                                                                        1. re: chaddict

                                                                          Actually, it depends on my familiarity with the type of cuisine...went to a Burmese restaurant last weekend (have *zero* familiarity with this type of food), so I deferred to those who had previously been.

                                                                  2. It's true - You try to sneak the menu insert out to study later.
                                                                    Also sadly true, after a Chowhound thread about opera cake, I talked about it so much, my wife hand carried a Dalloyau opera cake home from Paris for me.

                                                                    If you're the one who talks to the banquet manager about touring the kitchen after the wedding reception meal.

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                                                                    1. re: yayadave

                                                                      Or worse yet, spend more time chatting with the caterer about their recipe for hollandaise than you do with any of the wedding guests....

                                                                      1. re: chaddict

                                                                        Or talking "recipes" with the Craft Chef on a commercial shoot, and that being the highlight of the day.

                                                                      2. re: yayadave

                                                                        My father's wife was once offered a tour of a kitchen by the chef at a fine restaurant after sampling nearly every dish in small portions non-stop for about two hours. The woman is a true Chowhound in the very best sense of the word.

                                                                        1. re: yayadave

                                                                          BF's mom works at an organization that throws a huge gala each year. Each year, she's tried to get me a tour of the kitchen and some face time with the pastry chef. It's been too hectic for it to work out, but I still hold out hope.

                                                                        2. -Yes, trying to walk out of restaurants with the menu insert

                                                                          -Reading menus/cookbooks/food magazines in bed and endlessly bothering SO with questions like, "ooh, do you think this would be good with nectarines?" or, "if you had to order only ONE of these noodle dishes, which one would you get?"

                                                                          On maybe my 3rd or 4th date with my boyfriend, he confessed to me that he wished he could just take a pill three times a day instead of eating because eating "is such a pain". I told him it wasn't going to work. He said he'd try to enjoy food, and within 6 months he went from 150 lbs to over 200. He's now settled around 170, but he's changed forever. I'm so proud that I'm the one that showed him the light:)

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                                                                          1. re: Hunicsz

                                                                            Okay...I have to add another comment. Remember those "what if" questions. Once I asked some friends which cheese they'd take if they were going to be stranded on a deserted island for the rest of their lives and they could only choose one. One, very appropriate response was "I can't answer that; it's too depressing."

                                                                          2. ...you'd prefer to search for undiscovered great chow, rather than settle for great chow you already know.

                                                                            1. -You drool over All-Clad pans the way other women do shoes. Manolo Blahnik? Is that that new restaurant over on 6th Ave.?

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                                                                              1. re: chaddict

                                                                                That reminds me of the day DH and I were standing in line for a movie we were afraid would be sold out before we got to the box office (it wasn't), and gazing at Sur La Table across the street, I suggested, "Well, we can always go ogle the All-Clad."

                                                                                P.S. He agreed. The man is amazing.

                                                                                1. re: chaddict

                                                                                  LOL! That one got me good. Aren't all oans drool worthy? Copper...hmmmm.

                                                                                  1. re: chaddict

                                                                                    Ha! So true- buy me a new copper core saute pan over a cashmere sweater, any day of the week.

                                                                                  2. -You check chowhound at least 3 times a day, you even check it when you wake up...

                                                                                    -Your bonding conversations with other people are generally about food, cooking, and restaurants. Other people have learned this about you and use it as a way to cheer you up/draw you into the conversation.

                                                                                    -You think of restaurant meals where you used to live as comforting thoughts in your new town. You know more about the restaurants in your new town than most people who've lived there awhile.

                                                                                    -You brag about the food in your town as an important reason to live there.

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                                                                                    1. re: fara

                                                                                      Corollary: you know more about the restaurants in a place you are going to visit than the locals do.

                                                                                      1. re: Steve

                                                                                        That's what my son said when I went to visit him in Portland!

                                                                                      2. re: fara

                                                                                        Another corollary:

                                                                                        Before Chowhound, when someone told you they lived in a dicey neighborhood you thought "ugh, who'd want to live there."

                                                                                        After Chowhound: Prime real estate!

                                                                                        1. re: fara

                                                                                          Only 3?!? Oh god, I *am* going to get fired!! ;-)

                                                                                        2. You notice your dining companions making gross noises about some strange item on the menu (which you haven't gotten to yet because you're still engrossed by the appetizer list), and you immediately volunteer to order it just so everyone else will have to watch you eat it.

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                                                                                          1. re: Pei

                                                                                            when you see a banner in the window of a local shop announcing Spring Lamb and you make the mmmmm... sounds when the other people in the car are envisioning the unbutchered, sweet little animal and say oooohh...as if they are seeing a little puppy

                                                                                          2. You have a fantastic mind blowing dinner at an Italian joint in South Philly and you wish your DH could've enjoyed it too. He's at home in Ca. You get an order to go, freeze it, and pack it in your luggage for the flight home the next day (hoping there won't be any layovers or lost luggage incidents). We enjoyed it together when I got home...by candlelight with Andrea Boccelli in the background. Hmmmmm.

                                                                                            1. You are sweating with fear and loathing (as if you were smuggling heroin) at customs, after, returning from some fantastic foreign place, your bag packed with cheeses, salamis, pates,,mushrooms, who knows what else,they call in the food sniffer cocker spaniels(this actually happened), put you in a special agricultural customs line, and you get away with it.You collapse with delight, pull out a hunk of stinky cheese and have a sandwich, right there at Newark airport. Can't wait to try it again: that's the chowhound part!

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                                                                                              1. re: missclaudy

                                                                                                I've had really good luck with Newark airport customs. I went through there twice in less than a year, and both times they were just waving people through. No sniffer dogs in sight.

                                                                                                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                                                                                                  But do you choose to go through Newark rather than JFK/LGA for this reason - that would be a real litmus test!

                                                                                                  1. re: MMRuth

                                                                                                    On a thread about airport food, someone scheduled their connecting flights through Memphis, if possible, specifically so he could have barbeque.

                                                                                                    1. re: MMRuth

                                                                                                      As a matter of fact, yes. I just decided we must connect through Newark when we go to Italy next April....

                                                                                                      1. re: zorra

                                                                                                        It's a hub for flights to/from Europe for Continental ....

                                                                                                  2. re: missclaudy

                                                                                                    I always have to laugh when returning home from Trinidad with my husband. His family makes sure we're armed with several jars of home-made pepper sauce, kutchella and rotis. My carry-on bag weighs a ton. But the best part is...I'm so nervous that we start eating some of our goods while we're going thru customs and tell them that his Mom made this stuff for us cuz the airplane food is lousy. I always pray like hell that they don't go thru our luggage for fear of finding the 10 or so avocados that are stuffed here there and everywhere.

                                                                                                    1. re: jackackattack

                                                                                                      When the customs guy busted my aunt with eleven mangoes from Haiti, she ate them on the spot. A true chowhound.

                                                                                                      1. re: heidipie

                                                                                                        My mother got caught with several pounds of goregeous Texas pecans in the shell at the agriculture inspection station at the California/Arizona border. She made my father sit in the Arizona heat while she shelled them, wrapped them up, and mailed them home. A chowhound...and WAY too cheap to just throw them away!

                                                                                                    2. re: missclaudy

                                                                                                      Serrano ham and chorizo! Still wondering what would happen if you get caught: do they just take it away, or some stiffer penalty?

                                                                                                    3. When, as young as 5 years old, you eat escargots and duck confit but won't eat Kraft Mac n'cheese.

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                                                                                                      1. re: Frenchie

                                                                                                        Well, that might not count if you're from France, but of course, we will safely assume you are from the States :-)

                                                                                                          1. re: Frenchie

                                                                                                            I almost wrote that as an afterthought :-)

                                                                                                        1. re: Frenchie

                                                                                                          Frenchie, I see you met my son, oh don' forget the sampler of assorted oysters!

                                                                                                        2. Before you leave on a business trip to a new city you create a customized MapPoint map on your laptop with at least a dozen Chowish places highlighted on it. When the client suggests going around the corner for lunch at a hole-in-the-wall Mexican place you wisely reply, "Oh, do you mean Fonda Dona Maria on Tidwell?"

                                                                                                          1. You turn down (or only reluctantly accept) invitations to meals out at restaurants that don't serve good food.

                                                                                                            Variation: you agree to meet for drinks only and claim to have dinner plans in order to get out of eating at a sub-par restaruant, in order to go home and cook yourself something better. Note: this is not really a lie, as "dinner plans" is vague enough to include cooking it yourself, even if you end up eating alone.

                                                                                                            1. You know you're a Chowhound when.... yours 3 years old boys is crying because there no more raw oyster.

                                                                                                              1. You know you're a chowhound when you have over 120 cookbooks on all types of cuisines..and ya use em all!

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                                                                                                                1. re: melly

                                                                                                                  You know you're a Chowhound when you choose your roommate based almost entirely on his cookbook collection. That ended up being a huge mistake, btw.

                                                                                                                  1. re: chaddict

                                                                                                                    Hmmm ... I just did the opposite: I chose a new housemate who swore she didn't need much room in my kitchen. More room for my stuff!

                                                                                                                2. ......when you get an innocent question from a colleague about where she and a visitor should go for Dim Sum in a particular area, and half an hour later you look up and realize you've just written a review of every dim sum place you know of in your entire metropolitan area, plus other worthy Asian (no, not just Hong Kong/Chinese) places you hope they have the time to try.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: Geoff

                                                                                                                    i agree that's a problem. or not being too pushy about which place they should go to.

                                                                                                                  2. You know your a chowhound when...
                                                                                                                    you know where you can get a meal like this in your town, http://www.georgepetrellisteaks.com/L...

                                                                                                                    1. This from that very funny and self-described overweight comic Ralphie May?

                                                                                                                      You watch the Food Channel like it was porn.

                                                                                                                      1. You don't measure things in terms of dollars but in meals. "You spent $800 on shoes?!?? But that's 2 dinners at French Laundry!!!!"

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                                                                                                                        1. re: chaddict

                                                                                                                          Amen to that chaddict. I'd never spend that on shoes...but wouldn't think twice about doing it for an unforgettable food experience. What I could do with $800. just in San Francisco for a weekend of good eats!

                                                                                                                          1. re: chaddict

                                                                                                                            LOL! That is the exact opposite of the arguement my girl friends and I have every year when we hit vegas. Not one of them bats an eye when spending over a 1,000 for a new LV, but I suggest a place that has entrees over 20 and they scream poverty... :/

                                                                                                                            I however have found balance. I haven't been to french laundry, but will one day and be styling in my Jimmy Choos... ;)


                                                                                                                            1. re: Dommy

                                                                                                                              I'm the luckiest girl in the world! One of the best dining experiences involved Jimmy Choos and dinner at Joel Rubuchon for a birthday weekend...two of the best gifts ever on the same day...I still love to wear those shoes to dinner-they make everything so special...beautiful shoes, and a perfect dining companion who loves relaxing through 5 hours of a 13 course tasting menu and wine pairing...notice my picture...the shoes from that weekend...dinner just downstairs.

                                                                                                                            2. re: chaddict

                                                                                                                              OMW that is me. We just took out long term care insurance. When they figured mine against my husband who is a little older, I was $20 cheaper a month. And I said that's one lunch.

                                                                                                                              1. re: chaddict

                                                                                                                                my god i do this. i got really pissed off about a $400 traffic ticket because it meant a meal at urasawa.

                                                                                                                              2. I so totally love this thread!!! It made me laugh till tears ran...

                                                                                                                                You know you're a Chowhound when you can't wait to explore the local markets for "different" things when you're on vacation - my DH now understands that this is absolutely mandatory for me and he doesn't even blink anymore! Especially after I brought home that raw blue crab kimchee poke the last time in Maui!

                                                                                                                                1. When you're out and starving, you:
                                                                                                                                  - Wish you could somehow check chowhound and do a search for the neighborhood you're in
                                                                                                                                  - Call a friend who you know is near a computer and force them to do the search for you

                                                                                                                                  - Suck it up and keep walking/driving until you reach the destination of a specific craving

                                                                                                                                  1. Just discovered a new one... You know you're a Chowhound when you discover that your "Favorites" restaurant list for your upcoming vacation is longer than can fit on your computer screen! Yikes!

                                                                                                                                    1. You know you're a Chowhound when you have close to thirty restaurant numbers in your cell 'phone memory. Go ahead, count'em.

                                                                                                                                      1. when a dear friend comes out of rehab and instead of telling him how proud you are of him or how courageous he is, you ask about the relative merits of the food at various local rehabs. Le sigh! That is as low as one can go...

                                                                                                                                        1. I love this thread!!! My people! Oh, my people!!

                                                                                                                                          1. When you call you wife who you are seperated from, and are not terribly happy with and invite her to lunch at a new place, so you can order twice as many items to try.

                                                                                                                                            I just did that and had a wonderful meal at at Chichen Itza (a great Yucatecan restaurant in Los Angeles, for all of those not in LA)

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                                                                                                                                            1. ...you drive over an hour for the purpose of "seeing a friend" and end up dragging that person to new places in his/her neighborhood.

                                                                                                                                              ...your purse (coat?) is laden with small snacks just in case the food at the restaurant your friends have chosen is subpar. You eat the food in the car, and it tides you over until you can eat at the place you've been thinking of all day.

                                                                                                                                              ...you have a crush on someone because of the person's taste in food >_<

                                                                                                                                              1. ...your 18-month old prefers queso de la serena and gorgonzola dolce over sliced cheddar.

                                                                                                                                                ...even after very little sleep from having a newborn & a young toddler in the house, you still have just enough energy to make pistachio financieres, just because you're craving them.

                                                                                                                                                1. ...when you go to the gym and strike up a conversation with someone and no matter what the topic started to be it ends up about food. And when the people who work out around you complain that they are starving by the time they are done working out with you.

                                                                                                                                                  ... when other people come back from their vacations and bring you menus to read. This happens to me all the time at my gym!

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: dimsumgirl

                                                                                                                                                    OMG that totally is what happens almost every time I talk with/to almost anyone... it's getting a little embarassing actually - I have become truly obsessed! My sister-in-law and brother-in-law look at me like maybe I've got leprosy! They are totally food-phobic. I love to freak him out at Thanksgiving - when he carves the turkey (that I've lovingly roasted to perfection) the first thing he does is rip off all of the skin which he consigns to the "throw away" pile - I stand there and eat pieces of that beautiful crispy stuff mainly because I love it but also because I like to torture him!

                                                                                                                                                    I'm a sick, sick Chowhound!!!

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ChowFun_derek

                                                                                                                                                        Of course it't the best part, almost the only reason to eat turkey!!! That's what drives me beserk!!! I've got him trained though; he now carves out the "oysters" and sets them aside for me :-) I should tell you that he (and most of the family) think I'm nuts because I have him save every bit of carcass and what he considers "inedible" for my soup pot! They are definitely not Chowhounds! (Although my dear Mother-in-law totally appreciates the wonderfuls soups I concoct from those carcasses...

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: RWCFoodie

                                                                                                                                                          Last year my cousin in London made this marvellous roast duck. I asked her to save the bones and the skin so that I could make duck soup for the following day. They looked asksance - said nothing and then I found out that they had tossed these soup fixings right after dinner was finished. Horrors!

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: RWCFoodie

                                                                                                                                                        He throws it AWAY????? Gah!!! So glad to hear you're there to partake of the best part!

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                                                          Yeah, actually a few years ago I started a "tradition" - see, I roast the turkey at our house and take it up to my Mother-in-laws where the whole family gathers... In order to avoid the tsk tsking of brother-in-law and sister-in-law, the food-phobics, I now take the bird out of the oven to rest when it's done and then I ever so delicately carve off the part that goes over the fence last and in the peace and tranquility of my own kitchen I SCARF IT!!!

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: RWCFoodie

                                                                                                                                                            We always presented "the pope's nose" of the turkey with great pomp and circumstance to my uncle the judge (and husband of my aunt who ate eleven mangoes at customs).

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: heidipie

                                                                                                                                                              Funny.. that's my grandmother's favorite part--the turkey butt, right?--cept she calls it "pokenose".

                                                                                                                                                    1. ... when people say they love to watch you eat because it is obvious how much you savor every bite.

                                                                                                                                                      ...when people say they are amazed at what and how much you eat and how you can still stay the size you are (under 110 pounds).

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: dimsumgirl

                                                                                                                                                        Now THAT'S just sick. (I am jealous).

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: dimsumgirl

                                                                                                                                                          Yep...I love that part too.....eat until the cows come home and never gain a pound...maybe it's all that red wine I wash my food down with..it seems to work for the French!!

                                                                                                                                                        2. When someone comes back from having what they describe as "a nice meal" and you want to know how it was plated, what color was the dinner-ware, and did they have to keep from moaning after each bite. (I got a strange look from them).

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: melly

                                                                                                                                                            Corollary: besides moaning you have actually been known to clap and/or do "happy head" (heading bouncing from side to side).

                                                                                                                                                          2. You get back from a week's trek in Yosemite Back Country and you neglect the 1000 unread emails in order to catch up on the latest chowhound news. And you call your husband as soon as the cell is working and the first thing he asks is "How was the food at the High Camps?" (answer: not bad at all......The highlight being a garlic soup....great for keeping away mosquitos...)

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: janetofreno

                                                                                                                                                              I once back-packed with an old boyfriend into the backcountry of Yosemite with a bear cannister filled with gourmet food and a very fine bottle of wine so we didn't have to "go without." Didn't matter much that we were sleeping on the ground with no running water for days. Hmmm?

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: janetofreno

                                                                                                                                                                How about you start reading posts, then can't get the idea of garlic soup out of your head until you make a batch... :)

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: janetofreno

                                                                                                                                                                  You know that you are a chowhound when you take a 40 mile detour off of the Muir Trail with a 60# pack to have dinner at the Convict Lake Inn

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: NVJims

                                                                                                                                                                    You win! I wouldn't think twice about *driving* 40 miles, but hiking with a heavy backpack.... yep, you win!

                                                                                                                                                                2. You know you come from a family of chowhounds when...

                                                                                                                                                                  Half your lunch conversation is a play-by-play critique of everything you're eating, and the other half is a discussion of what everybody wants to have for dinner!

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Piglet

                                                                                                                                                                    You know you come from a family of chowhounds when...

                                                                                                                                                                    your mother lugs 3 pounds of Mississippi shrimp to CA for you. And when you mention that your corner store sells fresh tamales for $1.50, she starts salivating and demands that you fed-ex 2 dozen immediately. I didn't even think my Viet mother knew what a tamale WAS!

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Piglet

                                                                                                                                                                      Reminds me of visiting my 80+ year old mother..waking up, and she aks me what I want to eat, and I say I don't care..cereal (wanted to keep it simple for her) and she say no, no, Where shall we go for dinner?!!!
                                                                                                                                                                      This is the woman (bless her) who always told me "You should be adventerous in your eating"!!!

                                                                                                                                                                    2. When your doctor sends you to get blood work done, and you look at the list of Quest Diagnostic Centers in NYC, and pick one based on where you can get a good breakfast afterwards.

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: AppleSister

                                                                                                                                                                        I most recently changed the location of the lab I was sent to from Cedars Sinai to Santa Monica because the breakfast pickings afterwards was wider.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: AppleSister

                                                                                                                                                                          That's funny. I plan my blood tests on the weekends in the country so I can schedule a trip to a nearby poultry farm and pick up fresh/just killed turkeys, geese, duck and what have you to cook that weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. When you go to a one year old birthday party and all the parents are pleased about their children eating olives and smoked salmon..and you just wish the kids would nick off and eat the lollies and junk food and leave the good stuff for you !

                                                                                                                                                                          1. You keep condiments at the office for desk-lunches... and not just salt shaker and pepper grinder.

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Sam Ottawa

                                                                                                                                                                              i keep sriracha at mine for specifically this purpose!

                                                                                                                                                                            2. This is truly one of the best threads I have ever read/enjoyed on Chowhound. It should go into the Hall of Fame!

                                                                                                                                                                              1. You find yourself starving in Japantown (SF) with no access to a computer. You actually call an LA hound you know in the hopes she is near a computer and can look up restaurants on Chowhound for you. Of course, I guess a real die-hard would have the restaurants and rankings memorized...

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: chaddict

                                                                                                                                                                                  One day I was driving around madly picking up food for an event, and I realized I didn't have the phone number of the "tamale lady" whom I was supposed to phone and tell I was coming (and get directions). So I whipped out my cell phone, called around and eventually got hold of Chow_Fun, explained to him exactly how to find the post on Chowhound where I'd gotten the number in the first place (in the process teaching him the "find on this page" keystrokes for a Mac, for which he was extremely appreciative), and got the number from him.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Forget restaurant numbers: you can always look those up. You know you're a chowhound when half the numbers programmed into your cell phone are other chowhounds.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. Another - I actually had a dream with CHs in it the other night, personified of course - Candy, Karl S, Carb Lover and Krissywats are the ones I remember. Wish I could remember more details.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: MMRuth

                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks! What did I cook or prepare? I am going to be interviewed for a newspaper article where I need to prepare something for the interviewer, I am still thinking about it. Some suggestions would be great!

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. When you're planning a vacation and you realize there are more restaurants/places you want to try, than the number of days you will be there, and you wonder if you could have 5 or 6 meals a day in order to fit them all in!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Michelle

                                                                                                                                                                                      confession time: it wasn't even a vacation, but last time I was in Philly on business there were two restaurants that I really wanted to try, that I couldn't fit in any time but dinner one particular night...So...I went to one early as soon as it opened, and had two courses, and the other one very late, for two more courses...I literally felt sick from all that food...I remember (somewhat sadly) passing on dessert at the second place, and thinking, "I should really get a grip".... :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Michelle

                                                                                                                                                                                        Also, when you are daydreaming about your upcoming vacation in the Outer Banks and the first thing that pops into your mind is what brands of biscuit flour you might find in the grocery stores and how many pounds will you manage to bring back.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: guyacrossthehall

                                                                                                                                                                                          Just load up on White lily if you cannot find it locally and don't try to make gnocchi with is as i did onec. Talk about kitchen disasters! They totaly disingrated.

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Michelle

                                                                                                                                                                                          Yup!!!!!! Is there any other way to plan a vacation. Our only out is when we leave for FL for 3 mos in the winter. There are more days and we can spread things out better, but the rest of the year it poses a problem in planning.

                                                                                                                                                                                        3. This one was inspired by Melanie Wong and rworange: you take an open parking spot in front of a restaurant you've been curious about as a sign from the gods that you must eat there right then and there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: chaddict

                                                                                                                                                                                            I've done this ... more than once.

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. You know you're a chowhound when you can't wait to get home and read this particular thread!

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Two new ones to add... I mentioned it on another thread, but you know you're a Chowhound, when you think about Chowhound in the shower!

                                                                                                                                                                                              Also, you know you're a Chowhound when you buy a special mapping software with GPS receiver just so you can pinpoint restaurants you want to go to on your vacation!! One sick puppy, I am!

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Absolutely right, chaddict! I'm constantly waiting for Thursday's reviews at the Dallas Morning News


                                                                                                                                                                                                and the Dallas Observer!


                                                                                                                                                                                                And you're right about the cookbooks too, though recently, I've been on a more cooking essay thing, you know, Bourdain, Reichl, David, etc. Far more interesting than "pure" cookbooks.


                                                                                                                                                                                                1. You are the one everyone turns to for restaurant suggestions when dining out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  You almost never get invited for a home-cooked meal because people think their food won't be "good enough" for you!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Scribbler

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I hate that!!! People need to chill out about cooking good food. I am however gratefull for ja_jc...they still have us over for a home cooked meal...and it's always AWESOME!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Scribbler

                                                                                                                                                                                                      That happens to Mme Z. and me all the time. I could count on one foot, the number of sponateous dinner invites we have had this year (as opposed to parties/bar b ques) because of our rep.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. You plan your vacations only to cities that merit their own Zagat's Survey. One exception-Montreal doesn't have one but was obviously a great chow destination

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: guttergourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Zagat Survey's don't mean s--t to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: chaddict

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I understand but they're a starting point to be weighed against the local chowhound board. I also don't take vacation in any city that doesn't merit its own chowhound board.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: guttergourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                              you're missing out on some great "regional" food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: guttergourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                One thing I admire most about some of my favourite chowhounds is the eagerness to go look for good chow in the most unlikely places. There's good chow to be found everywhere if we look hard and far enough. To me, chowhounding isn't just about eating great food, it's about treasure hunting for deliciousness, and the farther away from the obvious the more rewarding the find.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: guttergourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That's an unfortunate mistake. You're missing out on lots of wonderful food and the fun of finding it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: guttergourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      As someone who lives in a non-board city, let me just say that's dumb. There's is a huge coastal mentality in the set-up, in terms of which cities get their own boards. It has nothing to do with the quality of the food to be found there. Oh well. More for the rest of us.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: guttergourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Actually, a new one for Montreal and Toronto just came out. They are undated and kind of small. I am not a Zagat fan, so I did't buy one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. You know you're a chowhound when you get in the car and just drive to say Kentucky/ D.C./ Savannah for dinner (from Dallas).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You know you're a RICH chowhound when: same as above but you take the jet out of Addison Airport.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. You go to your local pub for quiz night and after a round of food questions, you are in first place. Sadly, dropped to fourth in the final round...damned sports questions!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: chaddict

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        YES! I got julienned and monte au beurre.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. You know you're a Chowhound when your boss just shakes his head at you during lunchtime because you spend it reading Chowhound.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You know you're a Chowhound when family and friends always bring you back foodstuffs from *their* travels, and include interesting food items as one of their Christmas gifts to you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You know you're a Chowhound where you ask your friends to go visit their supermarkets when you travel to their states just to see what stuff is out there that you can't get in your hometown.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        When you plan a vacation to Ireland several years ago with your mother (oy!) and she tolerates you planning around where to eat in your travels for 11 days. As well as finding an Internet cafe so I could EMail friends about places we had eaten instead of waiting until we got home to do it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. New shoes for $200 ....hmmm have to think about that.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Black Truffle, albeit not too large ....no question I'll buy it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. You know you are a chowhound when...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            during your fabulous meal....you can't stop talking about your next fabulous meal....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My whole family does this...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Also.... I knew I was a Chowhound when I made my mom make my family Lobster Thermidor for my 10th birthday ( it was amazing)... I ended up going to culinary school when I was 19.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. When I read a book and the narrator talks about going to dinner and he/she doesn't say what they ate. It drives me CRAZY!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: janedoe67

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What they ate was the part I enjoyed most in the Harry Potter series!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: janedoe67

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Me too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Growing up, I loved the Nancy Drew books for their descriptions of meals.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: du jour

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Little House on the Prairie books, all of them! The descriptions of food were my earliest form of (food) porn!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Half of your $100/hour therapy session is spent discussing latest food finds (this happened last night). AND your doctor, even when you haven't seen him in years, always asks for your latest recommendations when you have an appt.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: chaddict

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Long time friend now gone, a psychiatrist said 'I find out the best restaurants from the patients' and we tried them all.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ZoeZ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My dearly departed grandfather was a doctor/chowhound and he was always getting restaurant recommendations from his patients. He was the base doctor at a local Navy base, and so he had a very economically and ethnically diverse practice, which was reflected in the restaurants he took us to.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      He also chose his bank by how good the cookies in the VIP customer area were. Not surprisingly he raised a daughter who is a chowhound who raised daughters who are chowhounds.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. You know you're a chowhound when...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ... planning your wedding, you dred making appointments with bridal gown boutiques but become absolutely giddy when making appointments for cake tastings!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ... planning your vacation, you have a list of all of the restaurants you want to try but when DH says, "you can't plan your vacation according to the food you want to eat" you wonder why you married such a crazy man!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ... people bring you chocolate croissants from France (and other food stuffs on their travels).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ... you own so many cookbooks you need to buy more shelves to house them!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Foodrat

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      So how many cookbooks do you own??

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: melly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Probably 100+... I just love the ones with the pretty pictures!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        To add...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You know you're a chowhound when you're in Chinatown (in my case, it was Oakland over the weekend) for a Wedding Banquet, and buy groceries (white cherries) and bring it with you to the party (not to eat there, but to bring home).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. This is a great, funny thread. So much of it is too true.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You know you're a chowhound when you bring veggies back from the big city to your local Chinese restaurant (in fact, I have even brought them roast duck and roast pork and dim sum). A different kindo of Chinese delivery.


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. My sister made me laugh when she described elsewhere calling me on the cell to ask me to look up a restaurant on CH...and I felt even stupider wandering the Phoenix airport trying to help her (note to AZ folks: you HAVE to do something about that airport...talk about god-forsaken: a dearth of good restaurants AND internet connections...).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        But then again, I have had a fellow chowhound (with whom I do not usually socialize except for CH events) call me on my cell to ask me how to pick out the best mangoes....and I didn't even find it the least bit strange.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. When your power goes out for 2 days-- and the first thing you do when it comes back on is hop on this site to make sure you haven't missed any great posts!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: madisoneats

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You know you're a chowhound when you post a comment, someone responds positively and it's THE BEST feeling in the world. You tell everyone "I got validation from the Chowhounds!'" and they look at you like you're insane.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Melanie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              BTW, it the reverse is not true, i.e. if no one responds, it doesn't mean that it's not a good chow tip. I've seen lots of great posts that are so comprehensive that there's really nothing to add. And you'll be surprised at how many lurkers out there who might be reaping the deliciousness gleamed from the posts here but never post. Enjoy the positive feedback, but never sweat it if there's no visible response; someone out there is eating better.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: limster

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                oh but isn't it another mark of a CH if you stress because your community doesn't embrace your every word?? ( :

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. You know you're a chowhound when you're about to spend a few vacation days in San Francisco, you made your dinner reservations weeks and weeks ago for your 3 nights in the city (Delfina, Aziza and Zuni, oh my), and even though you're just a few days away from the trip, you're just now getting around to beginning to think about what to do between meals (in between obsessing about how much time you really can spend at the Ferry Building, and feeling remorseful that you're driving up from L.A. on Sunday and so you'll miss the Saturday market).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. You know you're a chowhound when people call you up "FROM THE TABLE" to ask what to order (with the waiter patiently "waiting" for you to tell them!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The next time I went to that restaurant, the manager said jokingly, I shouldn't expect to be on their payroll!


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: TexasToast

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Too funny! I had the same thing happen only they were at a Burmese dive.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: chaddict

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You know you're a Chowhound when somebody "tracks" you on this site!


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: TexasToast

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That's because you are a fun read. Keep posting!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. people ask you if you have a hobby, and you say "cooking."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  you are set up with someone b/c they are a good cook.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  you would probably be a chef if you hadn't seen how much your mother hated professional cooking. also going professional would mean a) that you have no hobbies b) that food would completely take over your life and c), the worst of all, that the experience of cooking/tasting could possibly be ruined by the pressure.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: fara

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I tell people that one of my hobbies is eating out too! I do think of cooking as a hobby though!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Katie Nell

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I listed "cooking (and eating)" as one of my main interests on my Blogger profile--second, right after "reading". Actually I should probably reverse the order.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: zorra

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        How about the fact that its on my RESUME! lol At the bottom I have a line with "Interests" and #2 is cooking. And I don't work at all in the culinary world...I work in politics.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This is one of the best threads ever btw. LOVE IT and so much rings true. I'm so happy I'm not alone. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Elyssa

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          i am a legal secretary and in a reference letter one my former bosses gave me she wrote that one of the reasons i should be hired is that i would cook them an excellent meal! so much more satisfying to be known as someone whose food you like then someone whose typing you like!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. You're a ChowHound when:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Your husband says you map every city by the location of ice cream and noodle shops, and can only give directions by referencing said shops.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Every meal is an occasion to discuss past and future meals.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Your 8-yr-old fights you for the last bite of foie.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Your family has a pot luck reception for an aunt's wedding, and your boyfriend says it's the best wedding food he's ever had.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Your husband threatens to divorce you if you bring EVEN ONE MORE COOKBOOK into the house, so you've hidden them in the garage.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You mark the passage of time in your marriage not by anniversaries, but by the number of cheesecakes consumed, and the number of pounds gained...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. When do you know you're a chowhound? Simple: when you absolutely refuse to eat anything that is not delicious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: yayadave

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thank you so much!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I hope Hashem is listening.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: niki rothman

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Of course. Hashem is Truth. You spoke Truth.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. ...You're discussing plans over the phone with an out-of-town friend you're about to visit, and quietly panic when they say, "Oh, we'll just stop and grab a bite at Starbucks."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: gina

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Uh-oh, I must not be a CH then as when I was in Atlanta, I actually sought out a SB. But, when I was in Wilmington, I went to Port City Java:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Not so good.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: TexasToast

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            But not for SB 'food,' I assume [giving TT the benefit of the doubt]... ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: gina

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh no, it was raining and I needed to stop somewhere and get out the map and have a latte and stuff.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: TexasToast

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yeah! In the recent thread about three things you like about Starbuck's, lottsa people mentioned the rest rooms.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. I can't believe no one has mentioned this:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You're a CH when after you offer to drive, your friend gets in your car and they clean up bits of trash & paper on the passenger seat and you cry out "Oh don't throw those papers, they're my tips for restaurants & markets."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yeah, I also have a Chowguidebook but my car is full of half-folded printed paper from various posts. Plus scraps of paper containing notes of places I'll be posting about.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Alice Patis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I do have a lot of menus and crap in the car and I always have to hide them when I take it to the carwash!


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. You knew you are a chowhound when you left Silence of the Lambs saying "I didn't like the ending at all. I would never serve a Chianti with liver."


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. You know you're a chowhound when you'll stop at a new restaurant just to pick up a menu for future reference. I know I'm not the only one who does this, but it always seems to confuse the host or hostess. "Table for one?" "No, I just wanted to see if I could have a copy of your menu." "Oh . . .okay." Puzzled look and searching for xeroxed copy of menu ensues, especially at more upscale restaurants that don't normally do take out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              You know you're a chowhound when after an enjoyable meal at a restaurant, you and your SO seek to relive the experience by reciting back to each other each dish you consumed not more than an hour ago. Yes, my wife and I do this. Is there a 12 step program by any chance?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Low Country Jon

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yep, definately have done the first one many times! And if they're rude (which they frequenty are--what, you don't wanna eat here?) then I generally don't go back . . . unless something sounds REALLY good on the menu.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: TexasToast

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh yeah, I do that all the time. I've never eaten at a place near my house, because when I went in to ask for a menu they ignored me, even though the restaurant was completely empty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. ...when family members and friends at work either call, email or ask for your suggestions for restaurants before they even think about making a reservation anywhere b/c they know you'll give them the no-holds-barred...additionally, they know you can do this for multiple cities and countries around the world.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ...You are chowhound offspring when your parents learn to email/surf the 'net so that they can check out the newest, latest information on restaurant openings and reviews. ( they NEVER touched a computer before that!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. When you freeze several slices of schiacciata d'uva in the freezer because you want to be sure you will be able to taste it again in case the bakery won't make it next year for any reason. And then you spend the rest of the year waiting for the champagne grapes to hit the market so you can "remind" the bakery that the ingredients are available.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. When you read ALL 186 (and counting) responses to this post ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. when you keep an excel spreadsheet of all the restaurants you've been to with ratings, must-get dishes, and a cost legend...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      all sortable by neighborhood and cuisine...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      for both LA and the bay area...


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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: lawrence

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Oh good, I'm not the only excel junkie ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Before we travel, I research all the recs from this board and put together a spreadsheet with names, addresses, phone numbers and specific dishes for handy reference when we arrive. My SO thought I was insane the first time I did that on our trip to Italy 10 years ago but now he fully appreciates it. It was especially handy in Hong Kong when there's hundreds of restaurants in each neighbourhood to choose from!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And you know you're a chowhound when your friends ask for those lists before they travel too!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: fickle

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I know! I feel so glad that there are other Excel geeks out there! We even have saved the spreadsheets into our Outlook calendar, so we can access each spreadsheet for each city from my fiance's phone!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Katie Nell

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            HAHA... LOVE IT. will have to try this once i get a treo...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: lawrence

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Mine is a Filemaker database, and I keep it on my Palm, with quotes from reviews and posts I've read on Chowhound.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. -You vacation locale is determined based on Chow-worthiness
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -You spend more on food/wine than your mortgage each month
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -You have a car full of menus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -You have more restaurants in your cell phone book than anything else
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -You know which restaurants take reservations and are often recognized by voice/phone number when you call in for them
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          -Your friends always ask you for the restaurant recommendation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and what they should order and don't even look at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          wine list because they just expect you to order

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Okay...you know you're a chowhound when you send a 12" all clad fry pan to your son and daughter-in-law (as a surprise gift) a few weeks before your upcoming visit. Their 10" pans drive me nuts..not enough room. Then I go to their new "family blog" and my DIL mentions our upcoming visit and tells how her MIL must have a 12" pan within arms length at all times. LOL. I've also written and requested that they make reservations (when possible) at a few "suggested" dining destinations in Portland for our upcoming visit. Our treat, of course. Their friends in Portland count on me to know the best places to eat! Too funny.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. You know you're a CH when...you plan a vacation to Seattle for the food and make your wife and daughter sit at a bus stop while you eat sandwiches from Salumi; drive 3 hours to find the best place in the suburbs for dim sum; smuggle sausages in your luggage.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. I knew I was a chowhound (before finding chowhound! thank God I found you people!) when I was in my early 20s and realized that my parents and i planned all travel around what and where we would eat on the journey and at the final destination...and then I married someone who's exactly the same. Ask us where we went on our honeymoon and we're likely to say "Chez Panisse" before we say "Northern California"!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. When a restaurant owner suspects that you are a food critic (or something) because the first time he walked by, you were taking pictures of your appetizer, the second time he walked by, you were writing down the names of the wines you liked, and the third time he walked by, you asked him, out of curiosity only, why all the desserts are dairy-free! Nope... not a food critic, just a geek!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. ....you cannot find the local WalMart but you know exactly where to find the best Banh Mi in Brooklyn N.Y.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ....you know where to get the best Chili Rellenos in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ....you can describe, in the minutest detail, the dining room, wine list by region, and Bill of Fare for Aureole, Lutece and 63 other French restaurants.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ....When Someone asks where to get the best Kielbasa outside of Krakow, you immediately yell " winski's in Greenpoint !"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The funny thing is..you have never actually been to any of these places. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. you know you're a chowhound...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      when you host a "potluck" for 15 people at your house, but only assign food items to people who you know will do it well, and even then you send them recipes! everything else you make yourself, even if it means prepping for 3 days and staying up all night the night before. all so you can hear people say...this is the best _____ i've ever had! that is the best compliment i could ever get. say what you want about my appearance, compliment my quick wit, it's when you like my food that really gets me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      when you have a vision of an outdoor wedding reception...complete with a suckling pig on a spit...and you don't even have a boyfriend, much less a fiancee!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. You know you're a chowhound when:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        you own every cookbook printed and refuse to throw away any cooking magazine.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        collect menues from everywhere and anywhere, just in case.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Give a party and there are so many choices, that there are little "name tag holders"for the dishes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        When you try a new restaurant, and you meet the chef and then tell the chef what ingredients he used in a certain dish.. I am so annoying I'm sure of it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I can't help myself if I know someone went out to eat, and then ask what they ordered, everyone at the table ordered, was it good, how did they prepare it and was it as good as mine?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        When you leave the Williams Sonoma catalog in the bathroom with items of interest circled or with little exclamation marks!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Surf the net for menu items to try at home
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Surf the net for restaurant reviews,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Surf the net for new restaurants and email the chef with questions about the menu on line...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Spend 3-4 hours at the grocery store perusing the international aisle for new ingredients and foods.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Visit different markets, Indian, Chinese, just to see what's in there!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sneak off to Trader Joes whenever possible....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I love this site, and I don't remember how I found it but I'm sure that I was just so over joyed that I had a mental lapse and just forged forward.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. when people ask you about long term goals and expecting to hear things like, "climbing Mt. Everest, seeing the Pyramids in Egypt, etc" you list food goals like, "eating 10 things on a stick at the next state fair or going to Spain just to visit the Mueseo de Jamon"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          when your mom is downsizing her possessions and giving stuff away to her kids, your siblings are choosing the expensive stuff like jewelry while you're choosing all the kitchenware including several sets of china and sentimental dishes, old pots and pans and thinking, "Suckers, they don't know what they're passing up"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          when most of the tv shows you tape/DVR/Tivo are food related (Diary of a Foodie, No Reservations, etc)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. You know you're a chowhound when friends and family constantly pester you for restaurant advice while you're really, really busy and to stop them from thinking of you as a restaurant resource, you just give them some random recommendation you pulled out out after 1 minute of web searching but they come back and say it was terrific and pester you for more recs. damnit go away!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: choctastic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              when you hear yourself recommending this site to people at least weekly, esp. if they say I just don't know what to make for dinner or I'm so tired of cooking the same things over and over just because the kids are not adventurous!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. You know you're a chowhound when you wake up and immediately are thinking about what to have for breakfast. If you don't eat at home, you take something to work and eat it there, within the first hour of arriving. You spend all morning thinking about what you'll have for lunch. After lunch, you recall what is in your fridge and freezer, and what you can make with that or with additions from the store. Once home, you make a wonderful meal - the highlight of your day when you can relax and enjoy at your leisure. After dinner, you think about if you have enuf leftovers for work or dinner the next day. You go to bed, and what do you dream about? What else but glorious food and going out. I don't go out much, but my dreams are full of bar, restaurant and clubhopping! I think I'm hooking up with all those Chowhounder spirits out there!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. when you have a folder in your bookmarks labelled, "Food" and you have subcategories.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. when you should be studying for your economics final but instead you are reading chowhound and planning new years eve dinner!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. When you just had your wisdom teeth taken out under general anesthesia, and the very first thing you think of upon returning to consciousness is that you MUST go get a vanilla bean so you can make tapioca pudding from scratch once you're coherent.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. First post on this thread since 2006.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      When instead of dreaming you have an exam you havent studied for, you dream you are posting on Chowhound and don't have the perfect thing to say. That happens to me a lot. Yesterday I dreamed that the moderator had (unintentionally, I assume) altered one of my posts to make it look stupid, and I was afraid that all the other Chowhounds were laughing at me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Brian S

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I should add that in real life the moderators can't alter posts, but in dreams they can.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. The time my husband and I finally took 2 weeks to visit his family in OH for a few days and use the rest of the time driving to VA and PA to visit friends and family that we really wanted to see, and I spent the majority of the time babysitting the imported cheeses that we bought at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, OH. I must have changed the ice in the cooler 100 times so it wouldn't get too watery and possibly leak into the cheeses, even though they were triple-wrapped. Before we moved to OH, Jungle Jim's was first and foremost on the list of places I must go!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Your a Chowhound when...You post a new topic,get a bunch of replys,then go to the store the same night,eat your topic while your reading new posts...about your topic.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. You know you're a Chowhound not when you read cookbooks in bed, but when you CAN'T read cookbooks in bed because you get too excited about what you're going to make and when and for whom, and can't fall asleep.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (I'm so glad someone resurrected this thread: I just started reading this board and had missed it.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. You know you are a Chowhound ADDICT when a site change (such as yesterday's) impassions you more than national politics and global warming...and despite blinding pain to your eyes and nausea, you STILL keep on reading. I really need to adjust my priorities...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. I have not read any replies yet, as I am fairly new to the chowhound site, and have not explored it as in depth as I should.... however I am a complete "foodie"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I know I am a true chowhound because when I plan a vacation before I even make a hotel reservation, I check the local food critic sites to find the best places to eat.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ... In addition, everyone asks me if they can come to my house on holidays because they know already that they are in for an incredible meal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. when you judge a town that you've moved to by the novel food items. For instance, we have fresh eggs and jarred milk from local farms as well as a great brand of canadian bacon. Without these things I would have a very different impression of this place.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: fara

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You are a Chowhound when you are at a restaurant and mentally select your own meal, but then continue to select what everyone else at the table should have.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You are a Lucky Chowhound when you have dining companions who understand this and let you order for everyone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. You know you are a CH when you get offered a SWEEEEET job in management at a remote (live on location) construction site and you ask what company is doing the meals and who is the cook. (camp cooks get well known reputations, good or bad)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. The main way you give directions is by saying, "Down the street from {insert restaurant}, just past the place where have the great milkshakes, next to the {insert restaurant} that serves the good crabs cakes. If it were not for good places to eat, I probably would not get around town as well as I do.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: bookwormchef

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That's funny. I too have learned more about how LA is mapped out from dining at different places. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Somehow just came upon this thread today...Think I vote this as the BEST thread I have ever read! Completely relate to all responses! Love it!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. ...when most of the best gifts you remember receiving are cooking supplies/appliances

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ...when asked about engagement rings, responded with "I'd rather have a set of Le Creuset pots"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ...when you regularly rave about the usefulness of your latest appliance acquisition

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ...when you plan trips around what you can eat instead of what you can see

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ...when your own Chowhound parents remark, "Geez, where did she learn to eat that?"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. --you seek out the Costco in every place you visit so that you can buy any special and delicious foods local to that area and also to look for local cookbooks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            -- you ALWAYS keep a cooler bag or a cooler in your car JUST IN CASE you come upon some delightful food that needs to be refrigerated, during your everyday travels.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            -- you ask the locals to suggest not only the best restaurants in the area, but also the best markets, bakeries, artisan food manufacturers, and farmers markets.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            -- when you're on vacation, you check out the local regular and alternative newspapers in order to schedule your mandatory trip to the local farmers market (or markets.) You also look for ads for any food-related local attractions or food artisans.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Nancy Berry

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LOL!! We keep a cooler in EVERY car in case we run into a great food find.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              - You meet someone who just moved to the area and you 1) give them the URL to chowhound, 2) talk about the kitchen in their new house, 3) e-mail them great places to buy spices, food, wine, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              - You go to France armed with recipes that use local food products that you will spend all day in markets finding and then half the evening in the kitchen preparing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              - Your friends come to your house and show off your kitchen cabinet contents to people who have never been there before

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              -You keep a food diary of every vacation you go on

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. When friends ask me to house or pet sit, I make the descision based on their kitchen...I'm so excited, I get to pet sit next week for my favorite kitchen (i meant to write it that way)...her stove, her cookware, knives...she usually leaves me a great beef or pork tenderloin and says "on, please do something with that, I just made some great stock too, it's in the freezer..." she knows how to get me to watch her cats.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. ...you bought your house because it had a great kitchen (so what if it happened to be a crackhouse pre-reno?)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ...you rave about your new kitchen gadget to a friend and their response is "you mean you didn't have one of those already?"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ...your beg off late-night plans on a Friday because you have to get up early for the Saturday morning farmer's market.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                ...your coworkers refer to your desk as "the pantry"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. I'm interviewing for a new job, and I know that I'm a Chowhound because I immediately started checking out the restaurants in the area where I'd have to move and where I'd be working. In fact, you know you're a hound if you move to a new place based on its proximity to good eats.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: SauceSupreme

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You know your a Chowhound if you figure out the surronding lunch spots for new job prospects prior to even finding out what the salary is.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. You know you're a chowhound when you enter the jury assembly room and are suddenly glad you have jury duty because you spy a gazillion issues of "Everyday Food."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You know you need to reassess your priorities when you are saddened to hear you are released from jury duty hours later because you still have 20 more issues to go.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You know you ought to seek help when you steal-that's right, STEAL, from a courthouse-an issue because you must have that recipe for goat cheese quiche in a hash brown crust.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And, finally, you know you are a wee bit obsessive-compulsive when, upon immediately exiting the courthouse, you start dialling every chowhound in your cell phone in the hopes of finding someone with computer access so they can go to CH and look up whether you should eat at Ruby Mama's or 7 Mission.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Need. To. Get. A. Life...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. You know you're a Chowhound when you grit your teeth and read postings running over with "awesome," "totally," "yummy," and other ugly, overused, or meaningless words just to make sure you don't miss some awesome new burger joint, totally addicting burrito stand, or farmers market with yummy sweet rolls. Amazing.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Soon after you realize that canned soup is not an ingredient.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. You know you're a chowhound when puppy kindergarten asks you to bring cheese as a training aid and you ask what kind. (Even the hound is a chowhound!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. ...you can't go to a new restaurant without seeing what your fellow CHers think of it first (and then telling everyone what you thought of it afterward of course!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. You know you're a Chowhound when someone you know who loves food gives you a good bottle of wine or cheese or chocolates and you actually CONSUME IT and don't keep it ad infinitum like it is some precious irreplaceable prize.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. You know you're a chowhound when the most important thing about a vacation or a special occasion is where and what you eat and drink. A vacation is considered a complete flop if there are no "yummy" memories!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. You love and spend countless hours on menupages.com reading menus, salivating over descriptions, and puzzling over what you would have.....and you live in FL....and even worse.....you don't even have plans to visit NY in the near future.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You anticipate grocery shopping like a child does Christmas and set aside at LEAST a couple of hours to afford you time to inspect EVERY new item and to chat up the staff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Upon entering the grocery store you're immediately beckoned by one of the staff who thought of you when _____ new item arrived.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You are asked by a boyfriend to relocate to another state and move in with him, and as soon as you're afforded the opportunity, you start researching the local food scene in his area to help make the decision.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ArikaDawn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh yes, and your sister lets you choose the flavor combinations for 3 of the 4 tiers of her wedding cake because, :"Clearly the cake is very important to you."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. You know you're a chowhound if you fly 18 hours to attend a wake of a friend of a distant relative because it is catered by the best chef in that region.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. You know you're a chowhound when...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ...co-workers ask how your weekend was and you respond "Well, Friday night we made some amazing bourbon-bacon wrapped scallops and Saturday night we made this INCREDIBLE ma po tofu."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ...you insist on going into grocery stores when you're on vacation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ...you invite friends over for a casual brunch and then fret about what would be appropriate brunch appetizers

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jennywinker

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ..you chose your vacation hotel by it's proximity to gourmet groceries, not the beach or the museums.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Peg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Then you have to plan your next vacation to Cascais, Portugal. and check out the best grocery in which to die from a pork or salt cod overdose." Jumbo" is huge and comprehensive in all things Portugese. I want to retire to an RV in their parking lot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. when... you yell at a friend for calling your beef bourguignon "a goulash"!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. ...you order 12 different dishes at a restaurant even though you have no chance of finishing that much food in several days and are afraid of getting fat, just in case you never get a chance to return!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ...you feel self-righteous when family members and friends return from eating out at a tourist trap or chain and actually complain about their meal after previously criticizing you for being "too picky".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ...you refuse to give a third date to someone who chooses to eat at Milestone's (and lumps you with the bill) and then ignores your subsequent email list of great affordable romantic places to eat in fun areas of the city.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ...you are no longer afraid in high-crime neighbourhoods 'cause that's where the best chow may be found!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ...you switch to a Catholic church that home-bakes its own eucharistic bread instead of distributing stale hosts!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ...you feign illness, pretend to look for lost students or simply "disappear" for long periods of time while supervising school field trips to new and interesting places such as Kensington Market, Washington D.C., and Florida, just to cram in some of the suggestions from helpful CHers and to avoid the group-think mentality at lunch time!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ...you no longer allow your family or friends to plan your birthday party catering after the infamous "grocery-store frozen appetizers" fiasco at your last big milestone surprise celebration.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ...when you refuse to tell your co-workers when your birthday is so you don't have to endure a crappy commodity birthday cake.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jennywinker

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              when you definitely tell your co-workers that your favorite flavor cake is any one that has buttercream frosting!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. My family knew before I did: I was 5 years old and in the hospital after having my tonsils removed. The attendant brought me dinner and I asked what it was. "Chicken Marsala", came the answer. "Chicken Marsala?! Marsala goes better with veal, and who makes Marsala without mushrooms???". My family still laughs when they tell this story... I am not too sure the attendant was laughing at the time, though...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. When you are out of restaurant recommendations in a new city and spend over an hour walking around in weather reminiscent of a refrigerator and swimming pool- with a cold, I might add, reading menu after menu before wasting a meal! I also dragged my poor sick boyfriend with me the whole way.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Where? Sydney's chinatown, but was that a good dinner. I'll always remember it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. When you get a present and think to yourself " That would be x lobsters or a nice meal at a sushi bar".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Can any of you confirmed CHs remember the event that first made you realize that you were a CH? I've heard many versions that began with a first visit to France, and sinking one's teeth into ______ and having an almost religious conversion. With a mother to whom that happened (fraises des bois in 1939), I was always food obsessed ( at family get togethers, the storiies we tell are always food related) and my now grown three sons are all adventurous eaters and cooks, so I can't pick one particular moment of revelation...but what does it MEAN?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I can't resist adding two examples of family obsession: son #1 (27) calls me long distance with "I'm standing here looking at the Le Creuset pans, which size should I get?", and son #3 (22) long distance from his dorm with "so I have this beef, how do I make boeuf bourgignon?"

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Not sure this is the quintessential moment but I do remember going for a very romantic expensive dinner at The Raintree in St. Augustine. The first thing I said was "I can't wait to call Jenn (our daughter) and tell her everything we ate!" My husband was only mildly chagrined!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I like this question - but the important distinction from the rest of the thread (for me) is that it's about more than when I recognized how important good food was to me, but also how much I've influenced my kids and when was it that I recognized that I had done it to them? (Of course, going back, it's when did my mom know how much she had influenced me?)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kids calling for recipes for a family favorite is always a good clue. I remember my first call to my mom asking for her teriyaki sauce recipe from the dorm room (and with a vertical electric broiler that my dad had bought me... think 1960's version of the George Foreman... or maybe more of an overgrown pop-up toaster).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I remember my #1 son calling before a date with a sushi rice question. I was aghast that he would be attempting something as complex as sushi - but he assured me that this girl wouldn't know the difference and wasn't that important anyway. Of course, I lectured him on the merits of good food for its own sake (and for _your_ own sake), but told him what to do.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My #3 son was born with a heart defect and in between open-heart surgeries over the years, took some very strong drugs to control his heart rhythms. These drugs knocked out his sense of taste - he wanted to eat everything saltier and spicier than any of us could stand. The salt wasn't healthy, so we settled on a lot of very hot peppers and otherwise super-spicy foods. That lasted until after they replaced his valves and installed a pacemaker, then he was able to ease up on the drugs. But even today, he loves habaneros. Over the years, he became a super-picky eater (and we accommodated him) - he couldn't stand school lunches so he always brought in leftovers or something we would throw together quickly. Now at college, his school caf is just so below his standards - he drives to his favorite banh mi place or if he has the time, sits down for a bowl of pho.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      My #2 son just called me from the road - asked what's good around Brattle square, he's going there for business. We settled on his stopping at the Porter Square Japanese food court on the way back.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It's either a moment of , what have I wrought? Or one of some small amount of pride. It is a family tradition after all - and passing these things on is the heart of family.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. You immediately pick the presence or non-presence of preservatives in food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I was always into different food stuffs as a child.My brother tried to feed me chocolate covered ants when I was 3-I ate them. (Would not now). My mom tells me when I was barely 2, I climbed up on the kitchen counter in the middle of the night and was found grabbing for the container of homemade chocolate chip cookies because I had a headache. (Which may be subconsiously why I picked my site name)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I learned I was a food snob (I am calling myself that) in college when I wouldn't eat the cafeteria food and invented ways to make better food in the hotpot. Then we would invent new and better things at the cafeteria and always brought along the bottle of hot sauce.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My big realization of foodism was when a Williams-Sonoma was coming to our area in 1998 and I was willing to do anything to work there just to get the discount and be submerged in nice things. Of course I am still there.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And yes, we plan our vacations around where we are going to eat. And I have turned my husband into a foodie where he now asks me to check the board for things and we do treat it like the gospel. Of course I have, and am still, learning new things everyday on Chow which I think has turned me into even a bigger chowhound than I previosly thought I was.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. When I was 12 I went on holiday with a schoolfriend and her parents - she was an only child and I was deemed suitable company for her. It was a road trip to northern Italy (from the UK) - the parents slept in a caravan (do they have those in the US?) - we girls slept in a tent.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I remember looking forward to buying and eating French, Swiss (we crossed those countries) and Italian food. I dreamt of fabulous cheeses and pastas. But guess what - the family packed enough canned and packet food from home that in 2 weeks we NEVER bought any food nor ate out. We even ate canned potatoes; I still remember their wierd taste 33 years later.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I was mortified and SO angry! I never spoke to that 'friend' again, and since then have selected friends much more wisely.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (one good thing came out of it - using the storecupboard ingredients I invented peanut butter and fishpaste sandwiches - mainly to annoy the others, but they are really yum!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. When answering the questions for your profile, you can't decide on just one answer for each question. So you list as many as you can, hoping you won't get a note saying you have to choose only one!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Here's another one, You know your raising a CH:when your 5 year old kindergartener surpises the class when asked what her favorite green food is: she answers "cilantro". or when you go out to eat and all your 3 year old wants is "STEAK", and when asked what kind of potato and soup...keeps yelling "STEAK".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. They just keep coming to me.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                My 10 year old daughter will just gorge herself when the food is so good, then dares to ask me..."why do you torture me with such good food?"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Ah, CH kids... I have only one daughter, but I can write a book about her .......First of all, she always got offended when offered a children's menu. She would have cravings at 8-9p- "mom, I really, really need some steamed mussels now". Of course I would run to the closest grocery store and get her some. At 5 she went to an opera with our friends and their kids. Before the performance they all went to a restaurant for dinner. The adults ordered some raw oysters- she ate them all. And then ordered a "medium rare steak, please". Had a fit in France that we couldn't find frog legs, and my cousin in Poland ended up cooking her some frozen ones at home, just to quiet her down. And the best one- we are sitting at a French restaurant in Krakow, she looks at the menu, shuts it down loudly and with a big sigh says to the waiter "well, you don't have much French food here. I guess I will just have some escargot". She was 8 at the time. She is 15 now...and nothing's changed. The only thing she will not eat? Lettuce!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. you know you're a CH when:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You are planning your post(god, bad or indifferent) whilst still chewing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Internally arguing over the title of your post before you've finished the main course.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    When you look thru your photos and realise that out of 112 shots on your digital camera, only one has a human face in it (and only then, by accident). The rest are all food.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: purple goddess

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Too too funny - sounds like us. I would just add:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      When your husband knows dinner is ready because he hears the camera flash going off.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. ...When your SO knows the best way to diffuse a bad mood is to ask what you made for lunch and dinner, right down to the ingredients and how difficult it was to find them...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I've been reading and waiting. I, of course, find much of me in the above posts or I wouldn't be here.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        When each of our 2 oldest sons graduated high school, as a gift, before leaving home for college, I got cheap airfares, Eur rail passes and youth hostel memberships for the 2 of us and taught them how to backpack around Europe very cheaply and yet eat and drink well. They both are now expats and chowhounds (One, a former chef, found it all consuming, and gave it up to teach, travel and eat abroad.)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        But what i really like about this site, it the creative outlet it has given me for writing. I am a high school English teacher. During the academic year I have little free time. Most waking hours are spent in lesson prep and grading papers. This site, however, gives me an outlet to write creatively and, I hope,with erudition, on a topic I love, food and drink. Thanks

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I realized that my niece and her fiancee think of me and my husband as the "go-to" people when they're thinking about where to eat someplace new! In fact, my niece was telling my sister that she couldn't wait for her visit because she has 3 new places to eat in ASheville, NC! Can't wait for the wedding trip!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. On Valentine's Day you cook (or go out for, if you can find the right spot on V-Day) an elaborate, luxurious, delicious, romantic V-Day dinner, complete with bubbly or wine pairings and/or sensuous food and whatever will make your sweetie happy.... and then what do you do after dinner?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Post about it on CH of course!


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            (You Phx CHs are a trip. I am loving the thread :-))

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. You go to Dallas for your best friend's son's bar mitvah and nearly miss it because you drove 200 miles roundtrip to Lockhart for Kreutz Market barbecue.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. You can't stand being a corporate lawyer until you start a restaurant practice so you can represent celebrity chefs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: guttergourmet

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  For real......

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Also, you are signed into CH at 7 different computers.... (work, personal, roommate's, boyfriends, sister's, other sister's, parent's)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. When my three brothers and I visit each other (we live in different states), the talk is always about what the menu will be. First things first...we come up with a "plan of attack" to decide what restaurants we are going to for all three meals and sometimes in between meal snacks. We then plan our days around the food. Want to visit a museum or see a movie? No problem as long as it doesn't interfere with the food plan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. - the secondary school your daughter attends asks what her favorite foods are, and you reply, "Lobster and sushi."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. My Chinese dentist is describing the root canal/crown I'm going to need but it all goes in one ear and out the other because I'm wondering how I can segue to asking him what his favorite dim sum restaurant is.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: cassis

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Guilty as charged.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Good to know I'm not the only one who does this!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. What a great thread!! So much here I relate to....enjoyed the giggles.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The only thing I would add is when you are seriously trying to work out the best person to "will" your recipe collection and cook books to as you want them to be treasured forever.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Sorry to bring up this cumbersome thread, but I thought of it today when my SO got a moving violation and said, "Guess what? Traffic school is across the street from that new Cambodian barbecue place you read about on Chowhound. You can meet me for lunch."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. You know....when you return over a year later to check the posts on this thread.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. ...you get excited because you have to visit a sick relative in the hospital which just happens to be near Chinatown

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                oh god, my mom was in the hospital for an extended stay at UCLA last year and i planned to get there one day to avoid the rush at the Kogi taco truck which was parked RIGHT OUTSIDE.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. you know you are a teenage boy CH when you think about food almost as much as you think about girls and other "related activities". haha guilty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Ooooo! This thread has been resurrected....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  OK, you know you're a Chowhound when (or at least a Chowhound.com addict) you have been recently laid off and you check the Chowhound boards before (and more often) than job listings... Le sigh!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Well, at least the down time has allowed me to perfect my bolognese. Next up: I'm going to tackle Indian food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Your wife tells you to go have fun in New Orleans and you pass by all the STRIP bars on Bourbon Street and go directly to Acme OYSTER bar.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ...when your main pick-up/flirting technique is offering dates addictive cheese, bacon, aged steak, good beer, and other great chow in the hopes they will become your love slave (out of sheer gratitude)!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. When you go to a high school party and you refuse to drink the alcohol...because it's below your standards. You bring some imported German beer for yourself instead. Not that i've done this ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Your friends are chatting and someone asks "if you could trade lives with anyone for a day, who would you choose?"
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        While your friends throw out answers like "Anjelina Jolie" or "President Obama," you get a far off dreamy expression in your eye and say "maybe Bill Hunt?"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. you are in the rare position that you must go to a fast food resto w/ a group and order nothing, because it really makes you happier.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. When you can not walk by a restaurant, without checking out the menu, even if you just ate lunch!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. You WANT kitchen equipment for Mother's Day. (I STILL didn't get that Le Creuset dutch oven! Jeez, what do I have to DO?!)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. a CH friend's son, at age 5, decided to order lunch from the school cafeteria one day, instead of taking his lunch. Mom asked him how he had liked it. "It was weird. It was this mushy brown stuff with a white sauce on bread. I didn't like it. The menu said it was tuna .... " the boy had only had MAGURO, he'd never had a tuna fish sandwich! CHer in the making. (but now i want to make him a really good kick-ass TF sandwich!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. - When the highlight of the day is when your local farm produce is delivered.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  -You struggle to contain your emotions when a work colleague declares that having been 'inspired' by Masterchef they made an excellent risotto with basmati rice and tinned leek and potato soup. (It wasn't easy)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  - You wax lyrical about your thermomix to anyone silly enough to ask.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  - When people look at you funny as you tell them excitedly that your porn arrived in the mail, because you neglect to tell them it's food related.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  - When you realise that if you're not cooking you're either eating, reading CH, reading food porn or planning/fantasising about your next meal. Everything else in life is an annoying inconvenience. (Well, almost everything)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. you know you're a LUCKY CH when you come home crying because you've had a terrible fight with family over serious issues, and the best thing your boyfriend does for you, besides listen, is whip you up delicious snacks! (Cheese, chorizo, membrillo, grilled bread, and then deviled eggs with hollandaise and bacon! God, am i lucky!!! fight, what fight??)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ....when you know more about Anthony Bourdain than Lindsay Lohan and Katy Perry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        deviled eggs with hollandaise and bacon? can he be my boyfriend, too?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: alkapal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yes. yes he can, alkapal. Yes he can.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. When you spend the maximum for a holiday gift exchange on something you wouldn't feel right about buying outright for yourself, but then you know you'll get to take it home because no one else will want it.....and you do it again each year thereafter.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. p.s. I had already done the donation thing, like a flock of geese from Heifer International, a turkey to the food pantry, etc., but no one wanted to go that route so they changed the rules. So much for the people in that group....,.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. More pictures of food/pages from cookbooks on your phone than of family/people, sights, non-food related subjects...combined!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              When you're planning for travel, you spend more time going through 75 printed pages (condensed and edited down to save paper) of Chowhound threads compared to researching sights to see.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              With going through those pages, you do what I do and make custom Google Maps layers for every travel destination and detail restaurants on them. Each restaurant/food spot on my custom maps have notes of links to menus, hours, phone numbers and other pertinent information. All of this work so I can look this up on my Android cell phone when we're out and about.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. When you're doing what I am doing right now and are heavily distracted by this thread instead of filling out my university applications which should be way more important!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                When you're somewhere unplanned and are having a difficult time finding a suitable place to eat on Chowhound on your cellphone, you resort to Yelp very hesitantly and with great disdain. You may also take that rated Yelp restaurant and cross reference it to Chowhound if you were unable to find it in your initial searches.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                And with that, you find UrbanSpooners and Yelpers to just not be good enough.