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Apr 28, 2010 09:09 AM

You know you're a foodie ("food nerd", "chow-der", etc.) when.....

You go through food markets or specialty stores looking and pointing at items like art pieces in a museum ("Look! They have garlic Portugese sausages!")

You take cookbooks and/or cooking magazines into the bathroom with you.

When eating out, your family spends more time talking about the food than what happened to you today.

Anyone else?

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  1. when you get inordinately excited when in a new food store to see some item that you have seen in recipe ingredient lists (you don't even remember what the recipe was) but have never seen in your normal haunts. So you buy said ingredient with absolutely no idea (yet) what you're going to do with it, but when home immediately google to find a recipe.

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    1. re: DGresh

      It's nice to know i'm not the only one who does this!

        1. re: DGresh

          My husband just kind of sighs when we end up at the Thai/Mexican/Filipino market because I have tendency to do just that. Though at least I didn't bring back 8 different types of curry paste. (This time anyways)

          1. re: DGresh

            And while you are buying lamb sweetbreads and rabbit from that special online shop you notice that they also have a kilo of pigs tails. Hmmm, a kilo, hmmm there are only 2 of you and you have no idea what to do with them - ADD TO CART!

          2. ...when watching Iron Chef America inspires shouting and high-fiving akin to a sports competition.

            ...when people you barely know at work are contacting you to find a good restaurant to go to because they heard you're "in the know."

            ...when a "good day" or a "bad day" revolves perhaps a bit to heavily on whether or not what you had to eat for each meal was delicious.

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            1. re: rockandroller1

              I must stop rating my happiness in life on enjoyment of meals.

                1. re: melpy

                  how else would you be able to rate enjoyment of life?

                    1. re: sr44

                      how else would you know how well you've been eating?

              1. When you drive by Applebee's, Denny's, McDonalds etc. and their parking lot's are jammed and their drive-thrus are around the building and you just shake your head in disbelief. (DGresh has it right too)

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                1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                  There is a Mcdonalds at the end of my street where I turn on the main road to work in the morning. That place is packed 24-7. Every morning I shake my head. I get so mad at them, I don't know why. I'm always thinking, look at all those idiots over there.

                  1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                    I totally do this and sometimes I fell bad about it.

                    1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                      Up here in Canada it's Tim Horton's that has that reputation. They must put something in the coffee that makes them addictive since at all hours of the day there's a long drive thru lineup of cars. Then go into any Canadian workplace and you'll see half the employees carrying extra large cups of the stuff (and often carrying more for later) No other chain I've seen has that kind of "pull". Other than maybe the local crack dealer...

                    2. When you start thinking about what to make for dinner, and where to get the ingredients, before you even get out of bed.

                      1. When the first thing you ask someone when they get back from a trip (or from work) is "what/where did you eat?"

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                        1. re: WCchopper

                          Likewise, when planning a vacation, the first thing you do is research restaurants and make reservations.

                          1. re: mountaincachers

                            Yeah nothing says food geek quite like making vacation dinner reservations prior to buying your plane tickets.

                            1. re: MGZ

                              I cannot tell you how much my boyfriend makes fun of me for doing this before EVERY trip...

                              1. re: eviemichael

                                My husband used to make fun of me for this... but he's seen how my research on Chowhound boards at our destinations has paid off for him!!

                            2. re: mountaincachers

                              What about when the primary determinant on where you plan your vacation is based on the availability of Chow-worthy food and drink?

                              1. re: bulavinaka

                                Oh well, of COURSE, i thought that went without saying ;-)

                              2. re: mountaincachers

                                you travel with supplies for impromptu hotel cooking/food prep...and you leave at least half of a suitcase empty to ensure sufficient space to accommodate all the foods and ingredients you plan to schlep back as souvenirs.

                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                  oh, definitely agree, you never know what kind of ingredients you'll find in other places that you just can't get at home! on the other hand, sometimes you gotta bring your own... just in case. (my case, i'm from texas and bring really good chili powder with me if I'm going overseas..just in case i need to make tex-mex for anyone)yeah i get a made fun of for doing that, but no regrets!

                                2. re: mountaincachers

                                  I haven't read all of this old thread and this may be mentioned later but...

                                  When you go to a foreign country, one of the first places you go is a grocery store to check out interesting foods... and you've planned ahead to allow room in your return luggage for those items that you know you will buy and bring home.

                                  1. re: mountaincachers

                                    Or a business trip ... and the first thing you think when you have to go somewhere out of the way on business is not the snow that will probably be on the ground, but whether you can get anything decent to eat there.

                                  2. re: WCchopper

                                    My food obsessed friends and I have a simple first question when one of the others returns from a trip--"Did you get a meal?" Any like-minded person understands completely what that means!

                                    1. re: WCchopper

                                      I do that and get funny looks sometimes :)

                                      1. re: WCchopper

                                        me too!
                                        i make them explicitly explain it.

                                        1. re: WCchopper

                                          My friends and family are well aware I want a play by play of each meal and if possible the website so I can read along during the conversation.