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Coffee and Choco Apr 11, 2009 03:20 PM

I am obsessed with finding good food and will stop at very little to get to it. However, most of the people around me are the eat to live types while I am a live to eat person. Especially since I also hate eating alone. HELP!

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  1. alwayscooking RE: Coffee and Choco Apr 11, 2009 03:40 PM

    I'm so sorry!

    You can find support here though. For more local support, try joining the slow foods organization or a dining group in your area - or start one. Other places to find others of our ilk are cooking classes or demonstrations - look for non-career courses at a culinary school or adult education places. Make new friends - people who enjoy food always have something to talk about (hence this site) and come in all shapes, sizes, and ages. I personally think they are the most interesting people in the world!

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      queencru RE: alwayscooking Apr 14, 2009 02:38 PM

      I second this. No use trying to reform your current friends. I see it as a more athletic friend trying to encourage me to play in a softball league- just a disaster! You can also join a local CSA and chat up people who are also members. I am not so sure about chatting someone up in a grocery store, but usually people in the CSA have some level of interest.

    2. c oliver RE: Coffee and Choco Apr 11, 2009 03:43 PM

      Peer into people's grocery carts :) If there are interesting things there, start a conversation.

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        hotoynoodle RE: c oliver Apr 12, 2009 04:55 AM

        um, that could be perceived as creepy stalkerish...

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          c oliver RE: hotoynoodle Apr 12, 2009 07:37 AM

          But for a worthy cause :) I can't begn to tell you how many conversations I've started at Costco after seeng somethng interesting in someone's cart. But I'm a bit too chatty; just ask the mods!

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            Boccone Dolce RE: c oliver Apr 13, 2009 03:52 AM

            Guilty here on the chatty part. I try not to stare at grocery carts or blurt out everything that comes to mind but sometimes it just happens. But I don't want to necessarily be your new best friend, I just practice random acts of senseless babbling... (well...they DO make sense to me!)

            For what it's worth Coffee and Choco- I have confidence you'll foodiefluence one of your current friends. Happened in my semi-circle without even trying!

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              LindaWhit RE: Boccone Dolce Apr 13, 2009 07:26 AM

              OK, BD, I LOVE that word "foodiefluence"! Brilliant!

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                Coffee and Choco RE: Boccone Dolce Apr 14, 2009 01:51 PM

                i tried so hard to encourage / persuade / grovel my friends to come to restaurants with me, but they really prefer the McChains

        2. Wahooty RE: Coffee and Choco Apr 11, 2009 04:51 PM

          May I add...learn to enjoy eating alone? After years of eating alone at home, it's only been in the last couple of years that I've learned to really ENJOY being alone in a restaurant. It's no coincidence that this happens to also be the time period in which I've had my first business trips to really good foodie towns, but I brought the habit home with me. Most of my friends like to eat but don't enjoy food in the same way I do, and I have realized that sometimes it's better to enjoy your dinner in silence than have someone across the table who tells stories about how they had to send their steak back three times in Paris because every time it was STILL undercooked. And I've found some of my most entertaining dinner conversation has been with like-minded strangers at whatever place I decided to go to by myself. :)

          BTW, C&C, there is a Chowmeet group on the Toronto board that goes out every month. If you haven't already, look at the "Read This First" post to subscribe to the e-mail list.

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            Atahualpa RE: Wahooty Apr 15, 2009 07:24 AM

            ``And I've found some of my most entertaining dinner conversation has been with like-minded strangers at whatever place I decided to go to by myself. :)``

            True that. I recall a particularly engaging conversion in a Greenwich Village restaurant with the couple beside me. It was a lovely night and good duck confit too.

          2. ScubaSteve RE: Coffee and Choco Apr 11, 2009 06:04 PM

            Tell Me About It(!)

            i'm used to eating alone, or finding people along the way.

            1. lynnlato RE: Coffee and Choco Apr 12, 2009 05:33 AM

              I highly recommend organizing a Chowdown for your area... for me, it was a great way to meet others on Chowhound in my area that share the same passion. Since having our first Chowdown several months ago, we regularly get together now for lunch and other stuff. I've met some terrific people.

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