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Apr 11, 2009 03:20 PM

Foodie dilemma

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. 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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    1. re: alwayscooking

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

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      1. re: c oliver

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

        1. re: hotoynoodle

          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!

          1. re: c oliver

            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!

            1. re: Boccone Dolce

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

              1. re: Boccone Dolce

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

        2. 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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          1. re: Wahooty

            ``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. Tell Me About It(!)

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

            1. 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.