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Jul 22, 2008 10:51 AM

"I am from [insert city], so I know good food"

Am I the only one that gets irked when I see a post prefaced by this phrase? I know I am probably being overly sensitive, but that statement just reeks of arrogance. I didn't put specific cities in the title but I usually see it from NY or SF, but I have seen others. I understand that these are great restaurant towns and there is a certain amount of envy on my part that I don't have ready access to such great restaurants. However, people that live outside these cities can "know food" as well. What does the above statement imply to those that aren't so lucky to live in those cities? Just because you come from specified city doesn't automatically imply that you know food. By posting on a site such as this, it is implied that you, and those that you are seeking assistance from, know food. Why then make mention of how much you know food just because you come from wherever?

I have no issue when a person is looking for suggestions when travelling to another city and mentions where they are from. That assists other CHs in offering suggestions that they might not find in their hometown. In this case, though, it goes beyond just mentioning where you are from.

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  1. I am from Virginia and I often say as Americans we often think the world revolves around us, but New Yorkers believe that America revolves around them.

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    1. re: Janet from Richmond

      oh not at all.. in general we NYers feel america doesn't really want to accept us, and thus we them ;)

      i always say i come from a small island off the coast of america (manhattan)

    2. I just ignore posts that I don't feel like replying to for whatever reason. Some people, perhaps, are not as able to realize the tone they are using when posting, or how their post may be perceived by others. Some people are just jerks. Not much one can do about it IMO other than ignore it if you don't like.

      P.S. Just as I am, ahem, ignoring Janet's comment about New Yorkers. <grin>

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      1. re: MMRuth

        And they thought we were kidding with the map of the US that only references NY. NJ, the Mississippi River and then California , lolol

      2. I agree... so, so, so annoying. Even more annoying to me... when they've moved to [insert city] and they complain all the time and constantly compare it to [insert city 2]. If you like it so much, then move back!! ;-)

        And by the way, I'm from Kansas City and I *don't know* barbeque!

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        1. re: Katie Nell

          There are usually a few common reasons why a new city isn't as "good" as the old city:

          1. Different cities have different restaurants, and these restaurants aren't always good at exactly the same thing. e.g. if you moved from Singapore to Paris, the char kway teow is unlikely to be as good.

          2. Related point: "The X here isn't as good as back in city Y" - statements like these often lack rigour, as the people making them usually haven't eaten at all the places that make X or even sussed out unreported ones under the radar. Typically, this is due to lack of time in the new city. (See point 4.)

          3. People tend to know the old city better than the new city, and are therefore more adept at finding good chow in the old city. Consequently, they eat better in the old city.

          4. Amount of time spent looking for good chow. If you lived in Florence for 10 years and just moved to Beijing 2 weeks ago, you've had way more time/opportunity to look for good chow in Florence. Chance of finding better places/food increases with time spent.

          5. Stylistic differences between two restaurants in the same city can imply that they have different fans and detractors. There will also be stylistic differences between 2 or more restaurants in different cities. Not everything is going to be to precisely to one's tastes. That doesn't mean it's not delicious to someone else.

          Most of the chowhounds I admire and seek to emulate try to zero in as fast as possible on the good chow in the new city, whether on a quick trip or a permanent stay, rather than try to relive a lost deliciousness. It's a bit ruthless and unsentimental, but can result in more deliciousness. It's about being more hungry than homesick.

          The flip side is that new chowhounds moving to a different city can often provide a refreshing perspective, provided they are adventurous enough to dig deeply and broadly. For the natives it's also important to get that different perspective because it's very useful to continually calibrate, not just to the stuff in the immediate area, but the best stuff out there, ever. Chowhounding doesn't have borders; and a chowhound's loyalty is to deliciousness, not to a city.

          1. re: Katie Nell

            hmmmmm... I guess I annoy Katie Nell!! ;op
            Fact is there are several priority favorite foods that I *DO* miss from NJ...and I often compare to city 2, but have no intention on moving back. Didn't realize it was annoying to others. But you gotta understand: there are NO HARD ROLLS here in FL!!! (HA!)

            So anyway, I'm fairly new to posting but I've been reading chowhound since I guess 1999- when it was all blue background and the threads were all weird and funky and it was sort of small and excitable, like a rat terrier. And I was SO nervous to respond to any post because I felt like I knew NOTHING about these restaurants or ingredents. But I knew what I liked. Still do. Now I'm not so worried about what other people think and I will contribute-even if it seems banal or silly to the masses, I'm fairly certain SOMEONE can relate.

            1. re: Boccone Dolce

              Huge difference between *missing* something, and not even giving a new something a chance!

          2. That can be a pretty annoying statement. I have to say that I don't really see that statement too often on the boards, but maybe it's because I generally read the Manhattan and Outer Borough regional boards. From this thread here, you'll see that there are plenty of NYers who don't know or care about food.


            As MMRuth said, just ignore it.

            1. As I've said in all the recent Site Talk threads about various posting style pet peeves, most people don't think as hard about these sorts of things when they choose their words as others might when they read them.

              As long as someone isn't obviously and deliberately trying to be insulting, we ask that you read their statements as charitably as possibly. Assume they mean to be friendly and helpful rather than assuming the worst about them and reading implications into their statements where, very likely, none were meant.

              If you still feel insulted even with the most charitable possible reading, please either report the post for the moderators to look at (if the insult was personal) or move on to the next post -- there's no obligation to answer the question of people whose tone you don't appreciate.

              -- Jacquilynne, Community Manager for Chowhound

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              1. re: Jacquilynne

                As is often the case, Jacquilynne has put it very well. Whether being from X city means that someone is more or less likely to "know" food is a separate question, but there needn't be any implication about anyone else presumed when someone writes such a thing.