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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.

                                        2. You drive across town to get the best bread, cheese, meat, etc.
                                          You make your own hamburger buns,grind your own beef, stuff your own sausage.
                                          You cure your own corned beef.
                                          You have so many cookbooks and magazines, it's difficult to find the one you want at any given time.
                                          Most of your photos from a trip are of food.

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                                          1. re: absurdnerdbird

                                            I definitely could have written this one.

                                            1. ...you remember that you read a thread on this very topic a year ago.


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                                              1. re: small h

                                                When you refer to people who have a limited list of things they will eat... as food cripples.
                                                When you reply to posts like this.
                                                When you first think corning your own beef would be a pain in the ass then you are investigating how to make New York Pastrami.
                                                When you enjoy reading cookbooks for the food history and culture in that part of the world.
                                                When the hotel you book on business trips is based on nearby restaurants.
                                                When after 12 years of marriage to a wife who doesn't like hot food you see her eating a pickled jalapeño.
                                                When you spend more than 40 hours researching BBQ smokers.

                                              2. You read cookbooks for fun to see what recipes you could theoretically do and shout 'I CAN DO THAT!' and 'THAT'S EASY!'.... and you do this while reading back issues of gourmet at the library.

                                                You plan menus for events months in advance.

                                                You plan menus YEARS in advance

                                                You download whole seasons Top chef and spend the weekend watching.

                                                When you realize you like Marshalls better for the hodgepodge of cut price gourmet items in the back then the clothes

                                                You feel extremely guilty for liking fast food.

                                                You want new cooking equipment all the time, even though your kitchen is packed and things are falling out of drawers.

                                                At four in the morning you seriously debate making mayonnaise even though you have nothing to serve with, just to see if you can do it.

                                                You're dream vacation is the French Laundry

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                                                  1. re: YAYME

                                                    my husband strongly encouraged me to quit my job at Williams-Sonoma because I was spending more than I was making.

                                                    1. re: YAYME

                                                      It wasn't four am but I totally did that at nine pm. The best part is that my SO doesn't even eat mayo.

                                                      1. re: YAYME

                                                        " You plan menus for events months in advance.
                                                        You plan menus YEARS in advance "

                                                        You read an old cookbook and see menus you have written years ago inside the cover, etc.

                                                      2. You've started having dreams about how to best plan and organize meals, and wake up with most of the planning done.

                                                        1. when you recognize yourself in nearly every response on this thread.

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                                                          1. When your kitchen utensil drawer is the most organized spot in the house.
                                                            When you have more spatulas than shoes.
                                                            When your nieces come over and ask "What are we baking?"
                                                            When you make "practice cakes" covered with fondant, just in case.

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                                                            1. re: iluvcookies

                                                              Too funny, this is so me. Especially the part about the utensil drawer and the spatulas. Same goes for whisks in my kitchen.

                                                              And you made me realize - I need to bake with my niece more often.

                                                              1. re: iluvcookies

                                                                OMG I DO have more spatulas than shoes. :o

                                                                1. re: BabsW

                                                                  I just picked up a spoon rest shaped like a flip flop at the dollar store.... I wonder what THAT means?

                                                              2. What's your score?

                                                                1 You've said things like "Well, they're both in the allium family"
                                                                2 You researched your vegetable peeler
                                                                3 You alter recipes in your head while reading them.
                                                                4 You can tell the difference between cumin and fennel seeds. (By sight)
                                                                5 You know allspice should be called onespice.
                                                                6 You get invited over to cook dinner.
                                                                7 You have at least three types of salt and four types of oil.
                                                                8 You could cut yourself with one of your knives
                                                                9 People have pointed at some device in your kitchen and said "What's that?"
                                                                10 You have diary of what you cooked for people

                                                                0 - 3 Food is a basic (but fattening) necessity
                                                                4 - 6 In your opinion Burger King is better than McDonalds
                                                                7 - 8 You enjoy good food and good restaurants
                                                                9 - 10 It's not an addiction, just a hobby

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                                                                1. re: Paulustrious

                                                                  I got a 10, which is weird especially because now that I am physically unable to eat most of what I cook and or read about, it hasn't stopped me from cooking, looking, sleeping and dreaming about alll those marvelous things.

                                                                  Do I need a 12 step group? I think I need a group. Hello, my name is aggiecat and I'm a foodgeek.......

                                                                  1. re: Paulustrious

                                                                    This list made me laugh. I think you could add to "you have at least 3 types of salt and four types of oil" to include at least 5 types of vinegar and 4 kinds of flour.

                                                                    1. re: mountaincachers

                                                                      Also 6 types of mustard, 12 types of jams/butters, and 4 types of flours....in a house with only 3 people.

                                                                    2. re: Paulustrious

                                                                      9 - all but the diary. The one I keep is of restaurant meals eaten on trips, is there extra credit for that?

                                                                      1. re: buttertart

                                                                        Also keeping lists of brand names of foodstuff recommended by other chow-ders so, if you see the item someplace, you can buy it, check it out, and reply here.

                                                                        Ditto restaurants.

                                                                        1. re: buttertart

                                                                          Ditto - all but the diary. And I'd amend #8 to read "You could SHAVE with one of your knives" - specifically my 30 year old Sabatier 8" carbon steel utility knife. It is SCARY sharp!

                                                                          1. re: buttertart

                                                                            The sole diary I keep is of what I cook for dinner every night and of the baking I've done so I don't repeat the same meal within 6 weeks of itself and the ONLY reason appointments work commitments etc of mine and hubby's may be jotted down in there is so I can plan cooking around them!

                                                                          2. re: Paulustrious

                                                                            Lol all but 6 but to be fair te only person who asks what's that is the guy I am teaching to cook.

                                                                            1. re: Paulustrious

                                                                              it's sad to see yourself described in writing...

                                                                              1. re: Paulustrious

                                                                                Ding ding. I have a menu diary noting menu, date and guests. Very useful - made Edgar and Rodney wild mushroom empanadas 3 years ago and made Max oxtails and lemon lime meringue pie last time.

                                                                                The utensil drawer bare closes and it a huge drawer. Never mind there is a huge knife block and two crocks for wooden spoons, etc want to install peg board ala Julia to make more room.

                                                                                Win free tix to Julie and Julia writing about biggest cooking disaster.

                                                                                Always go to marketplaces in new cities/countries.

                                                                                Track down as many fruits as possible in Hawaii and paint them before eating if possible - breadfruit, black sapote, lychees, papayas, Chico sapote, dragon fruit, jaboticaba (tree grapes), rambutan, longon, etc. I think I've painted 10 varieties of bananas.

                                                                                Get obsessed with making or find the best - tamales, raviolis, pizza, etc

                                                                                Spices alphabetized and color coded.

                                                                                20 kinds of tea.

                                                                                20 kinds of hot sauce, each with a purpose.

                                                                                Cookbooks by region and even in several languages. We do have functionality in at least 5 all together

                                                                                Have a knife that belonged to the baker who taught md how to bake. Knives with sentimental

                                                                                Subscriptions to several food mags. Shed a tear when gourmet went defunct. Make collages out of food photos after evicerating food mags for recipes.
                                                                                Could go on for days.

                                                                              2. When you enjoy eating all kinds of food, at all levels, with an open mind and respect for those who made it. Even if you didn't like it.
                                                                                When you avoid fast food as a default, but don't disparage others who do, and can't see why you won't.
                                                                                When you're interested in the food of other cultures, and respect the fact that they matter even without your interest in it. And always have.
                                                                                When you accept that some food cultures are and will always be different enough that even your finely trained "passion" will not domesticate them. And that's a good thing.
                                                                                When you give others the beneift of the doubt that they know why they're eating what they do. Even if it's not your dish.
                                                                                When you encourage quality and abundance in food, and integrity, fairness, and honesty in the systems that produce and deliver it.
                                                                                When you'd rather take a chance on eating something somewhere without obsessively having to ask others' advice, or seek their approval in advance. To take risks. Joyfully.
                                                                                When you seek out and enjoy food for the physical and sensory pleasure of it, and not as an occasion for digital capture. Or status consolidation.
                                                                                When you'd rather be outside wondering what that great aroma next door is than inside doing this.

                                                                                1. 1. You choose which art museum to attend by evaluating their restaurants.
                                                                                  2. Your idea of exercise is walking from Chinatown to the Union Sq farmer's market.
                                                                                  3. You stand on a long line at Whole foods, then walk a block to Traders Joe's and wait on a longer line, 'cause you have favorites at each.
                                                                                  4. Your cellphone contact list has more restaurants than friends.

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                                                                                  1. re: Rmis32

                                                                                    When your 10 year old son asks "why are all your iphone apps about food and drinks"?

                                                                                  2. When you see that the lead story in News of the Weird is about a man who spent fifteen years creating a database cataloguing ramen, and then you sit there for the next hour trying to figure out what is so weird about it.

                                                                                    When, as you're preparing to move from one apartment to another, you spend a month trying to convince your boyfriend to help you smuggle the old stove into the new place, and put the new stove in the old place. Because you can tell at a glance that the new stove (which wasn't yet in the new apartment when you signed the lease) just won't make the grade.

                                                                                    You have twelve types of salt.

                                                                                    When asked how your weekend was, all you can do is start babbling excitedly about the Le Creuset butter dish you found for ONLY twelve dollars, and in the beautiful, bright cherry red, and how your boyfriend is truly the one for you, because he was truly impressed with butter dish. You then go on to explain how the lava red has put your plans to buy a casserole on hold, but how you did manage to make a very nice stew in your stainless dutch oven. You only stop talking when you notice you're being regarded with amusement and alarm.

                                                                                    Your friends know to ask you what you've cooked lately, before they ask you about anything else, because you're a woman with clear priorities.

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                                                                                    1. re: onceadaylily

                                                                                      When you cry because your le creuset salt cellar fell on the kitchen floor and shattered...

                                                                                      Me last night :(

                                                                                      1. re: kubasd

                                                                                        My condolences, truly. I've actually imagined what it would be like to break my butter dish. Or my vintage Hall's mixing bowl. I've actually thought about buying a back-up bowl.


                                                                                        They also made a white one with poppies on it. So, I'm really torn. Because who spends seventy bucks for two *smallish* mixing bowls?

                                                                                      1. re: vanierstudent

                                                                                        Addiction support group anyone? Is there a 12-step program for foodies? Would I go to one if it existed? (no)

                                                                                      2. When you're genuinely astonished to find that someone does not even own a pepper grinder but instead buys preground.

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                                                                                        1. re: Bada Bing

                                                                                          How about those "ready-to-go" pepper grinders loaded with peppercorns? I think it's heading in the right direction, but I'm one who would question the quality of the peppercorns. Oh geez, do my suspicions make me a food nerd or are those who buy these things just wanna-bes? :)

                                                                                        2. When your significant other says "let's go for sushi" and the first thing you do is book a ticket on the first flight to Tokyo....

                                                                                          1. When grocery shopping means making the rounds to all the stores because there's something in each store that you can't get in the others.

                                                                                            When you can't fit an ice cube into your deep freezer because it's full from all the stuff you had to buy even though you didn't need it.

                                                                                            When you Iron Chef challenge yourself and come up with five different dishes made from green beans

                                                                                            When you go out to eat, you end up critiqing your food & those of your dinner table mates like you're a food critic.

                                                                                            When you think back over the years on how you used to buy packaged, processed, canned and bagged stuff and now when you shop and pass those things, you think "I can make that myself".

                                                                                            1. After successfully preparing a particularly intricate dish -or whole meal- you spontaneously burst into a Mad Scientist laugh ("BWAAHH-HAHAHAHAHA!")

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                                                                                              1. re: Michelly

                                                                                                oh no!! This is hilarious! (True, but still hilarious.)

                                                                                              2. 90% of the bookmarks on your computer are food/dining sites;
                                                                                                You insist on going down every aisle in the grocery store even if there are only a couple of items on your list;
                                                                                                Your friends ask you for restaurant advice even about places they know you haven't visited because they KNOW you cannot help but research the destination;
                                                                                                You avoid business travel on Sunday and Monday because a restaurant you want to visit is probably closed;
                                                                                                Also when on business travel, you scheme of a way to have the person you are having a meal with from that city to eat at the place you want because you inevitably know more about the restaurants in their city than they do;
                                                                                                Your significant other finally accepts the fact that "yes, where we eat really IS a big deal!";
                                                                                                Chowhound is your home page;
                                                                                                You tend to ignore Chowhound posts that contain phrases such as "I am a very picky eater" or "my wife and I usually just share an entree.";
                                                                                                In places like San Francisco and New Orleans four meals a day is the norm--you know you can diet when you get home.

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                                                                                                1. re: bhoward

                                                                                                  I have gone right off you. I hate it when someone nails me that accurately.

                                                                                                  1. re: bhoward

                                                                                                    hahaha my favorite part is the "four meals a day is the norm"! It really is an understood fact that I will gorge myself in any new city or while attending any type of festival or fair. Hurts so good...

                                                                                                    1. re: bluemoon4515

                                                                                                      hah totally agree. I justify it by telling myself "Ive been walking a lot on this trip"... and I ALWAYS go down each aisle, even if im in a rush.

                                                                                                  2. 1. When you order food in foreign restaurants without understanding what it is you're ordering.

                                                                                                    2. When you know exactly where restaurants, hole-in-the-wall grocery stores, food specialty stores, and cookware stores are located, but are a bit fuzzy about what stores are in between.

                                                                                                    3. When the wall of books in your library is about 50% cookbooks or books on food, wine, and culinary matters.

                                                                                                    4. When your significant other complains about the amount of space taken up in the pantry by spices, oils, vinegars, and condiments (especially hot sauce).

                                                                                                    5. When you never throw out a cooking magazine because "that would be a waste".

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                                                                                                    1. re: gfr1111

                                                                                                      !! can relate to all these; especially #3 my book/magazine collection is very one dimensional!

                                                                                                      1. re: gfr1111

                                                                                                        So funny!

                                                                                                        When you would not even contemplate purchasing ground spices just so you can grind your own as you like to get down and primal with your granite mortar and pestle.

                                                                                                        When you make your own vanilla, ketchups, mustards, preserves, salsas, flavoured butters and honeys and are shocked to realize that people actually buy them pre-made!

                                                                                                        This prompted me to count things in the pantry:

                                                                                                        Spices - 87 (mostly whole)
                                                                                                        Vinegars - 27
                                                                                                        Salts - 19
                                                                                                        Oils - 11

                                                                                                        When you are sick in bed the only thing you would get up for is that elusive ingredient or research your vast culinary library.

                                                                                                        When people are given your phone number to call about the use of ingredients.

                                                                                                        When the produce manager in a grocery store asks you for advice.

                                                                                                        You can discuss a topic such as salt for 4 hours with passion and the ability to "convert" others based on that passion.

                                                                                                        1. re: chefathome

                                                                                                          "When people are given your phone number to call about the use of ingredients."

                                                                                                          I've had friends give out my email address or recommend me to people via Facebook for this.

                                                                                                          "When the produce manager in a grocery store asks you for advice"

                                                                                                          The produce guy last week saw me snag a bunch of sunchokes and he asked me what they were and what sorts of recipes they'd be good for. :)

                                                                                                      2. You refuse to order a dish when you find out through Google Maps on your iPad that one of the ingredients came from a farm that is ***100.1 miles*** away from the restaurant.

                                                                                                        Similarly, you refuse to eat on board planes once you're 100+ miles out from the airport.

                                                                                                        Similarly, when visiting a local farm you refuse to buy their preserves because the Mason jars were not manufactured within 100 miles of the farm.

                                                                                                        You roast your own Kopi Luwak beans, with the bags labeled with the first name of the civet that ate and pooped it and the GPS coordinates of where the poop was found.

                                                                                                        You dismiss what Andrew Zimmern eats on his travel shows as "amateur, kid's stuff, like McDonald's"

                                                                                                        You write Food Network asking them to start a new specialty channel that is 24 hours a day of nothing but "Taste with David Rosengarten"

                                                                                                        You then write PBS requesting they dedicate an entire channel to "America's Test Kitchen/Cook's Country" 24/7.

                                                                                                        Barnes and Noble/Borders security guards escort you out and ban you for life for attempting to dump all of Rachael/Giada/Paula/Sandra's books and all of the Zagat Surveys into the garbage can.

                                                                                                        1. When people on your facebook list get upset by "yet another" description of some food that they didn't get invited over to eat.

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                                                                                                          1. re: Nocturnalbill

                                                                                                            ahahahahhaaa - this happens to me all the time - I've decided to stop posting stuff like that until I can catch up on my entertaining! ;)

                                                                                                            1. re: flourgirl

                                                                                                              I just adore irritating a few friends who are awful in the kitchen.

                                                                                                          2. When the sound of someone saying, "We're foodies . . ." as a preface to a statement makes you wish someone would pith you.

                                                                                                            Especially, if it's in the context of "We're foodies, 'cause like, we like to eat out a lot, and . . ."

                                                                                                            1. You like to drop foreign language words in sentences trying to sound smarter/more sophisticated than everybody else. (sushi and coffee snobs are the worst at this)

                                                                                                              Why say chef or cook when "itamae" sounds smarter...

                                                                                                              Why say chicken when "pollo" sounds more cool...

                                                                                                              Why call it soy sauce when "shoyu" is more sophisticated....

                                                                                                              My kids don't eat French toast for breakfast, it's "pain anglais"....

                                                                                                              It's not a 20 oz cup, it's a "venti".,..

                                                                                                              I don't feed my cats tuna, I feed them "toro"....

                                                                                                              They're not fries, they're "frites"...

                                                                                                              When a photographer points his camera at you, you say "formaggio" or "fromage"....

                                                                                                              It's not tenderloin, it's "filet mignon"...

                                                                                                              It's not cheese sauce, it's "queso"...

                                                                                                              We're not going out for fine dining, it's "haute cuisine"...

                                                                                                              It's not water, it's "agua"...

                                                                                                              Do yourself a favor... next time someone does this to you in casual conversation, punch them in the nose....

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                                                                                                              1. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                                what's worse is when you know someone repeatedly pronounces something wrong, and then you finally correct them because you want to save them the embarrassment of saying it wrong in front of other people, and then they call you a snob or get pissed!

                                                                                                              2. 1. When you complain to your cable company because they aren't carrying "The Cooking Channel"
                                                                                                                2. When you and your spouse speak about your fav FN hosts like they live in your house
                                                                                                                3. When you take more than a month off work (from your non-food job) to go to chef school
                                                                                                                4. When you set up your laptop in your kitchen so you can watch CHOW videos while cooking
                                                                                                                5. When you buy weird ingredients when travelling because you aren't sure you will find them again (even if you don't have recipe to use them(
                                                                                                                6. When you cross reference back issues of Saveur, old episodes of "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives", and the Chowhound boards before plunking down your credit card on a plane ticket.

                                                                                                                1. When the Food Network is your fallback Channel... and then you shudder when it's Down Home with the Neely's Or 30 minute Meals.

                                                                                                                  When your grocery list consists of having to stop in at, at least, 4 different speciality stores (and this is just a typical Saturday morning.)

                                                                                                                  When your child never touches jarred or premade baby food b/c you make damn sure she gets every thing from scratch AND she also gulps up spicy food with gusto.

                                                                                                                  1. When the kids secretly delete your Food Network shows because there's no room left on the DVR.

                                                                                                                    1. When the roaches in your kitchen are wearing black tie and evening gowns.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                        And after noticing you have such company, you assume the role of host/ess and ask if they would care for a drink? They request a martini, and your hand ever so lightly touches first the gin, and the the vermouth, a silent question in the air as your eyes meet theirs. And then you all smile in relief, because all of you know what a martini is.

                                                                                                                        And then the ant pipes up, "you got any Grey Goose?" ruining the mood. Damn ants.

                                                                                                                      2. When you have a bad day, and the only thing that will make you feel better is walking around the food store.

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                                                                                                                        1. re: micahg

                                                                                                                          or smashing garlic and chopping vegetables :)

                                                                                                                        2. Love this thread!

                                                                                                                          I'll add:

                                                                                                                          Ordering more than one entree, because you can't commit to just one.

                                                                                                                          Checking out grocery stores in a city you've traveled to, just to see what kind of food they have that you don't have at home.

                                                                                                                          When making a new dish, you spend more time researching different recipes and reviews than the time it actually takes to make the dish.

                                                                                                                          When moving, you realize the boxes you've labeled "kitchen" and "cookbooks" outnumber all the other boxes.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: gmm

                                                                                                                            gmm, WOW, I couldn't agree more!

                                                                                                                            I've actually frozen leftovers in my hotel bar fridge and brought them back on the plane because I'd ordered more takeout from a place I absolutely had to check out in a new city. The smell of garlic in the overhead bin (we're Italian food lovers!) has drawn comments on more than one or two occasions!

                                                                                                                            Mr bc and I still laugh about the time I pulled a roast beef out of my carry on luggage on a flight back from LA to Toronto. I couldn't resist it when I saw it at a gourmet shop....I pulled it out on the plane, Mr bc sliced it up and we thoroughly enjoyed it ....in flight, w wine and a baguette! The poor fellow stuck beside us in our row didn't know what to think! He looked over and said to Mr bc....."is that a roast?"

                                                                                                                            1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                              I'm not quite sure how you sliced it up on the plane.....

                                                                                                                              1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                                I brought plastic cutlery...no problem at all.

                                                                                                                              2. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                That makes me think of the ending scene of "Hannibal," when he's aboard the plane and has brought his own Dean and Deluca boxed lunch, along with a tupperware container of some "special" meat. :)

                                                                                                                                1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                  He looked over and said to Mr bc....."is that a roast?"


                                                                                                                                  1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                    So glad there is a Pret a Manger at Healthrow.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                      Reminds menof when we brought meats and cheeses and bread from DiLaurentis in Pike's Place market for te plane ride home from Seattle. Not thinking of the odor we got more Ghana few stares eating out finocchiona etc. on the plane.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: melpy

                                                                                                                                        We did something very similar buying foods at Pike Place to take home and we also drove to and from Portland and then back on a plane to Orlando.

                                                                                                                                  2. When your favorite snack foods are left untouched by the others in the house because they think smoked oysters, stinky cheese, pate, or chutney are "gross."

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: GraydonCarter

                                                                                                                                      And you know that the desicated, crusty leftovers are more flavorful than when you set them out...

                                                                                                                                    2. When your husband, who doesn't even cook, writes down a recipe he sees made on a cooking show--while on a business trip--so that you can make it when he gets back.

                                                                                                                                      When you announce a family field trip to an Asian bakery one Saturday.

                                                                                                                                      When 80% of your google searches contain the names of ingredients.

                                                                                                                                      1. More good ones:

                                                                                                                                        1. When you buy bone-in meat so you can de-bone it and then whack the crap out of the bones with your cleaver to make stock (major stress-relief).
                                                                                                                                        2. When you plot out menus, then decide who you might invite over who might actually enjoy them.
                                                                                                                                        3. When you sneak bits of food on your less-adventurous friends' plates. ie. "How was that bone marrow?" and they thank you rather then have a freak-out.
                                                                                                                                        4. When you challenge your friends re: how many different species of animals they've tried. And you always win.

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: chowbunny

                                                                                                                                          Oh, how true! However, I sometimes "dumb down" dishes to some guests because I perceive their palates aren't ready!

                                                                                                                                        2. When you never, ever "yuck somebody else's yum".

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                                                                                                                                          1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                            Sorta like "Don’t Rain On My Parade" or "Don't 'Should' me".

                                                                                                                                          2. When you reserve room in your suitcase (or worse, bring an empty duffel bag) with you on your flight so you can bring back ingredients not found in your neck of the woods (bottles of Pliny the Elder, bags of C&H baker's sugar, etc.).

                                                                                                                                            You get extremely annoyed when someone says "chi-POL-tay" or makes the name of a restaurant possessive. Example: saying "Babbo's" instead of Babbo.

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: ladybugthepug

                                                                                                                                              And in addition, you lovingly tuck all the unmentionable loots of your travels into the layers of clothes in your luggage, or the nooks inside the socks or pockets. Knowing that you shouldn't but you must, because you are a foodie.

                                                                                                                                            2. If you stop reading your favorite webcomic when the author publishes an anti-cooking comic.

                                                                                                                                              1. 1. When you build an entire weekend around one dish and do each part of the process with joy, the shopping, the washing of the veggies, etc., making sure you stretch out each part of the process.

                                                                                                                                                2. When you take pictures of your newly created recipe with your camera-phone then send it to friends and post it on Facebook. Yes, I do that.

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: natewrites

                                                                                                                                                  When your Facebook page has more pictures of food than of faces....

                                                                                                                                                  if you have to send updates to Twitter of every type of food that enters your mouth... "one Mentos".... "bag of potato chips".... "just arrived at the sushi bar"....

                                                                                                                                                  When planning your trips, you decide your flight plan based on what you see on AirlineMeals.Net

                                                                                                                                                  You fail to realize how Evian water got its name (read it backward).....

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                                                                    What do they drink in Évian-les-Bains... Poland Springs?

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: GraydonCarter

                                                                                                                                                      Tap water. Why pay for it in a bottle when it's piped in for cheap.... they can bathe in it, brush their teeth with it, cook with it, water their plants with it.... :-)

                                                                                                                                                2. When you go out to dinner with your family and your 13 year old son says "I'll start with the poached foie gras and then I'll have the cassoulet" (actually happened the other night). You look at him and don't know whether to be proud or fear the monster you've created.

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Bkeats

                                                                                                                                                    "fear the monster you've created"

                                                                                                                                                    either a future:
                                                                                                                                                    fat, rich one
                                                                                                                                                    skinny, poor one
                                                                                                                                                    or hopefully one that has also learned moderation! haha

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mattstolz

                                                                                                                                                      Don't know what the future holds, but we're in Paris on vacation this week. The boy still has an appetite. Ducks and geese beware.

                                                                                                                                                  2. Ok, here goes....

                                                                                                                                                    I host "Mindy's Kitchen", a cooking show...of my own....in my kitchen...when I'm alone. I face a "camera", do an opener, and cook a recipe, just as if I were Christine Cushing.....

                                                                                                                                                    I also make about 6 lists for groceries (where the deals are, etc), a meal plan for the week and going to the grocery store? THE HIGHLIGHT OF MY WEEK!

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: chefmindy

                                                                                                                                                      i'm just sorry we can't all watch Mindy's Kitchen! my guess is that it's better than nearly all of the programming the Food network has to offer :)

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: chefmindy

                                                                                                                                                        "I host "Mindy's Kitchen", a cooking show...of my own....in my kitchen...when I'm alone."

                                                                                                                                                        Love it!!!!

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: chefmindy

                                                                                                                                                          all i could think of when i read this was "Cafeteria Fraiche" on Southpark hahahaha

                                                                                                                                                        2. When you have to explain to friends and family that it's perfectly normal for you and the SO to take seperate vactions because you need to go to cooking class "x" in country "X" that year and he needs to go to crappy surfing destination "x", and no you can't compromise.

                                                                                                                                                          1. When your SO knows that a mandoline is not just a musical instrument.

                                                                                                                                                            When you see "truffle" you think Perigord or Piedmont.

                                                                                                                                                            1. when your date asks the waitress about some of the ingredients on the menu and she says she doesn't know what they are and she'll go ask the chef...but you tell her not to bother and explain everything to both of them.

                                                                                                                                                              and you realize that this first date is also going to be the last with this particular guy because you just can't be with someone who doesn't know what galangal, ramps, and kaffir lime leaves are.

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                "and you realize that this first date is also going to be the last with this particular guy because you just can't be with someone who doesn't know what galangal, ramps, and kaffir lime leaves are."

                                                                                                                                                                Eh, I doubt my husband of 20 years knows what those things are either. Doesn't bother me. All that matters to me is that he enjoys good food, he's a reasonably adventurous diner and he and my son are (mostly) a pleasure to cook for.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                                  i have a similar story to this.

                                                                                                                                                                  was on a date and the girl said "i'm gonna run to the bathroom... if the waiter comes back i'd like the capreeees [caprese] salad, without basil"

                                                                                                                                                                  she came back from the bathroom to a poorly made caprese and no date.

                                                                                                                                                                  in my defense, she wasnt a very good date in the first place, and had driven there herself

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Bada Bing

                                                                                                                                                                    like i said.... she wasnt being a very good date to begin with. was more of a final straw for this italian-american

                                                                                                                                                                2. when this thread reminds you that you're going to be in Austin over NYE and you immediately begin the search for a store that sells Duke's mayonnaise so you can finally see what all the fuss is about!

                                                                                                                                                                  1. When you....
                                                                                                                                                                    Know the majority of the food network sucks
                                                                                                                                                                    buy whole chicken just to break it down yourself
                                                                                                                                                                    do not think offal is weird
                                                                                                                                                                    day dream of eating at noma, el bulli, alinea, per se, etc.
                                                                                                                                                                    have a notebook filled of hundreds of dish ideas
                                                                                                                                                                    have an isi cream whip and soda siphon
                                                                                                                                                                    have carrageenan, sodium alginate, agar agar, etc. in your home kitchen
                                                                                                                                                                    would rather eat at a good restauarant than anything else
                                                                                                                                                                    work for free in good restaurants
                                                                                                                                                                    send emails to countless restaurant asking for stages
                                                                                                                                                                    watch harvard lectures on food science when you are 15 years old
                                                                                                                                                                    your idols are keller, achatz, adria, etc.
                                                                                                                                                                    have 50+ books on food
                                                                                                                                                                    make your own stock every week
                                                                                                                                                                    bone marrow, sweet breads, foie gras, etc. excites you
                                                                                                                                                                    for every project in school you try to get food somehow involed in it
                                                                                                                                                                    bribe teachers with food
                                                                                                                                                                    get pissed off at shity ingredients in super markets
                                                                                                                                                                    add salt to everything

                                                                                                                                                                    1. You know you're not an insufferable food snob when reading some of the responses on this thread make you want to buy a twinkie (even tho you've never had one).

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. I literally had to read the name insert the post to make sure I hadn't written it.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. When your four year old for his special birthday dinner requests the following: "i would like to start with Pate served on toast points, followed by truffles lobster mac and cheese with hot dogs on the side" I kid you not. THat was my sons request. Like another poster said did I create a monster?

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ctfoodie

                                                                                                                                                                            The truffled lobster mac and cheese with hot dogs on the side is hilarious!! Reminds me of my childhood neighbor whose ambition was to be 'either a lawyer or a [grocery store] bagger.'

                                                                                                                                                                            I myself love both lobster mac and cheese, and Kraft m&c (the 3-cheese kind).

                                                                                                                                                                          2. your day is scheduled at least in part around the food programming schedule on tv

                                                                                                                                                                            everyone knows "im just gonna make a quick trip to the store" means they shouldnt expect you for an hour

                                                                                                                                                                            during Top Chef season, Wednesday is actually the best day of the week

                                                                                                                                                                            you get invited to dinner specifically because your friends know you pick the best restaurants

                                                                                                                                                                            when you ARE at dinner, its assumed all food ordered is fair game for tasting. even when that wasnt the intention.

                                                                                                                                                                            in the same vein: if two people in your party order the same dish, you are slightly annoyed. cuz thats one less thing you get to try on the menu.

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. If a hooker tells you, "$20 for super sex" and you say, "What's the soup?"

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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: njmarshall55

                                                                                                                                                                                  Wow - twenty bucks? Where is this place - erh, for the soup, I mean...

                                                                                                                                                                                2. When giving diretions to a place to someone, all the landmarks you mention are food-related.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. ...when you eat a slice of pizza, then get in your car and drive across town to eat a slice at another pizza place so you can "compare".

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: bobbert

                                                                                                                                                                                      and then you drive to another place.... and one more that you "heard" might be comparable.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Yes to all of the above.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. When somebody wants to buy something and your answer is routinely, "Oh why would we buy it? We could just make it!!"

                                                                                                                                                                                        When your friends invite themselves and bring ingredients to watch you play Chopped

                                                                                                                                                                                        When you try to convince your friends that it would be so much fun to get together and play the Top Chef Blindfolded Identify That Ingredient game

                                                                                                                                                                                        When ordering a new book about food, and someone says, "Do you really need another food book?" Your reply is a genuine, "What do you mean?"

                                                                                                                                                                                        When you travel and someone says, "Oh all the tourists just love [insert tourist trap]," your feelers immediately go up, and you bolt in the opposite direction.

                                                                                                                                                                                        When you travel within your own country and still plan to stop at several markets "just to see what stuff they have here"

                                                                                                                                                                                        When you judge your dates based upon their professed "favorite restaurant/food place in the city"

                                                                                                                                                                                        When a friend asks where he or she can find an ingredient, and you give 3-4 smaller operation sources, and your friend says, "Are those even in [insert your city]?!?"

                                                                                                                                                                                        When even after making a big dinner party, or cooking for a family dinner, or catering for an event, you still want to come home and decompress by getting in the kitchen

                                                                                                                                                                                        When you have three sifters/sieves, one for sweet, one for savory, and one for powdered sugar.

                                                                                                                                                                                        When there's always some butter sitting out, so it's softened and ready to go at any moment

                                                                                                                                                                                        For other posts, ditto on the salts, 20 kinds of flour, spices, 6 whisks, finding new food stores and ingredients you wanted to buy, etc.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Emme

                                                                                                                                                                                          I helped a friend for her store's grand opening and was appalled that she didn't just want to make the hummus or shrimp cocktail sauce.. So easy its ridiculous. I had to hide my dismay.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: LN2008

                                                                                                                                                                                            holding your tongue is an art... i've learned that i can hold it till i get back to my own kitchen and can dip it in something else.

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. -when people start eating their food WITHOUT taking a picture of it first, you find it very strange

                                                                                                                                                                                          -when you go to the store a few minutes late, the cashier looks at you and says, "(your name here), you're late today!"

                                                                                                                                                                                          -when you ARE running late at the store, you know you have to hurry... so the trip only takes 35 minutes instead of your usual 45min-1hour

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. today i typed "mpr" into google.
                                                                                                                                                                                            my browser suggested "compressed watermelon."

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. You wife asks "when was the last time you read a book that didn't involve food?"

                                                                                                                                                                                              You have two different food trivia games when another couple comes over they gang up and all three play against you and you still win.

                                                                                                                                                                                              You've written restaurant reviews and had your art on the cover of a local food mag.
                                                                                                                                                                                              you cultivate new friends based on their cooking knowledge, kitchen skills, etc. bonus points if the can speak Cantonese/Mandarin and order things you've never heard of.

                                                                                                                                                                                              You bring back 100 bags of paprika for your friends

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. I knew I had a problem when I brought porchetta to a pot luck and everyone looked at me like I was nuts. Other than that, I found quail eggs and went nuts. Pretty simple thing, but I get way too excited over little things like that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: LN2008

                                                                                                                                                                                                  you are welcome at my potlucks anytime.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: LN2008

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think getting excited over little things like that is one of the secrets to a life well lived and the key to happiness. I myself got similarly excited just the other day because, believe it or not, I've never tasted a sunchoke and I FINALLY found some in a local store. I haven't decided what to do with them just yet - but it makes me happy just knowing they're sitting in my fridge.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: flourgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                      ...when you read posts like this and are already thinking of suggestions for the poster's first sunchoke experience before even done reading their post

                                                                                                                                                                                                      (i think you should either roast it or make a soup)

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mattstolz

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I was deciding between roasting and a soup and I think I'm going to roast them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: flourgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                          a nice, pure way to start. i wish they were easier to find near me!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: flourgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I love in soup and roasted. Also wonderful in salads.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. re: LN2008

                                                                                                                                                                                                        you're in good company... i get excited over pretty much anything new, anything i haven't been able to find and stumble upon, anything i never knew i always wanted... i have to remember that not everyone shares in my joy...

                                                                                                                                                                                                        i brought miniature pistachio dacquoise with a lemon curd filling and a honey pistachio swiss meringue buttercream to my passover dinner... it was over their heads. they mostly stuck to the flourless chocolate cake and creme anglaise.... i was bummed, but had to get over it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      4. You feel extremely imposed upon when your guests come to your home with unsolicited side dishes that are not up to your standards. (She brought an iceberg lettuce salad! How dare she!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                        You watch Chef! and you are entirely sympathetic when Gareth goes off in a tirade against a customer who wants salt for his food before even tasting it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: MrsBridges

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sounds like the desserts my friends make. I am not a great baker but what I make tastes good. One friend at a party wrote a sign on her own cake telling people it was awful, too dry and not to eat it. I wasn't sure which of the variety of reasons that could was the one one embarrassing me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: melpy

                                                                                                                                                                                                            ive considered doin that before with some of my baked goods at parties...

                                                                                                                                                                                                            but only because i wanted to keep them to myself

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. You have a dream in which you are trying to decide which brand/style of sardines to buy for which recipe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          In said dream I was frantically going through the cans on the shelves, trying to get as many of the Brisling Sardines I could, and I was debating whether to get them in mustard, in hot sauce, or whether to try the new Bar Harbor ones in maple syrup.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          ***Oh did I mention I've NEVER had a sardine before??? That's right, this dream was entirely fueled by Chowhound.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: kubasd

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I dream vividly of food and cooking in my dreams. I actually come up with some of the best recipes during that time. The other night I woke myself up trying to "whisk" in the middle of the air. Pretty glad hubby was out of town and that no one could see into my room!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Astur

                                                                                                                                                                                                              haha yeah I meal plan in my dreams all the time. Or I'll wake up with a crazy craving for.... pasta puttanesca (oddly this is a very common one). This one just stood out to me because the hilarity of the fact that I've never had sardines before.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. when Burger king is offering a 1 dollar wraps weekend and you not even tempted when driving by hungy and near broke

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. When you return from a vacation and your luggage is overweight - and most of the luggage is food related (local condiments, specialized cooking utensils, curry pastes, etc.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. When some of your favorite Hollywood movie moments revolve around food and drink (e.g. Series of Unfortunate Events=pasta puttanesca, Go West=mint juleps, Blues Brothers=dry white toast, four fried chickens and a coke)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                When items like a shrink-wrapped package of pork snouts makes you breathe heavily with excitement
                                                                                                                                                                                                                When you seriously consider getting an electric spice grinder but are unsure if the speed of the grinding will release the oils properly as your mortar and pestle does
                                                                                                                                                                                                                When you visit a strange and foreign restaurant and feel a little let down when you don't see anything you don't already recognize
                                                                                                                                                                                                                When you see yourself in practically all these replies

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ragtime_6

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and of course, when you'd rather spend time browsing Chowhound and food-related articles rather than try and get some precious sleep....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ragtime_6

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    one more...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    when the sight of your relatives making tea by heating water in the microwave makes you seriously question your loyalty to these people

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ragtime_6

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I'm passionate about cooking, but if I'm making tea for just myself, I do it as you describe. As far as I know, microwaves don't impart kooties to water. So what's the issue?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: DGresh

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        microwaves do have a dark side to them as my friend found when she put one to close to her computer (2 feet) and found when using it scrambled her screen so she had to move it 7 feet away before the interference stopped

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: magnusfl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I remember feeling a weird sort of painful sensation in my metal hip while standing close to my sister's old microwave as it was heating up some water. We're talkin' a nukebox from the 80s so I'd have to question its integrity/safety. The same happened with my parents' super cheapo microwave. Those waves were definitely transmitting beyond the box, so I hear you...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: bulavinaka

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sounds like you had some cheap / defective microwaves - my microwave is not that far from the computer and it's 6 monitors.... and I do not have this type of interference. I have to say though I only use the microwave to heat street food that has cooled down (not to cook, defrost, boil). I keep a Hitachi hot water dispenser (common in Japan) boiler that keeps a couple litres of water at 98 degrees (unless I hit reboil) - quicker and easier than boiling in the microwave :o

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: cacruden

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              >>Sounds like you had some cheap / defective microwaves<,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "while standing close to my sister's old microwave"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "my parents' super cheapo microwave"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I never skimp on appliances nor run them past their effective life span. I'm the geek who researches the heck out of which ___ offers me the best performance/reliability for my needs. I am known to spend weeks of research and decision time on something as simple as a blender.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              >>I keep a Hitachi hot water dispenser (common in Japan) boiler that keeps a couple litres of water at 98 degrees (unless I hit reboil) - quicker and easier than boiling in the microwave :o<<

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I can't dictate to my sister as to having readily dispensed hot water at my whim. It's her place. She has an electric range. To heat up one cup of water to hot beverage temp on an electric range vs. a microwave is a toss-up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              >>my microwave is not that far from the computer and it's 6 monitors....<<

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sounds like you built a kitchenette around your work station. Personally, my house rules are to keep all food and beverage separate from the work stations in our home office. The same goes for my own office space at work. I like the separation between work and what I truly enjoy. It also mitigates a lot of potential hazards.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. when telling someone what you did on a recent vacation they ask:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  "so you really didnt do anything except walk around and eat?"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and you are confused by the question because you're not sure what else one would do on a vacation.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mattstolz

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    When I first met up with my sister in Bangkok 9 years ago for Christmas (she was posted to a country I would not visit :o), she was saying we have to visit all these temples, and other cultural stuff..... I was not overly enthused, but agreed to do it .... but only a few.... She told me that I am not into doing cultural stuff.... to which I replied.... what the <bleep> are you talking about, food is the most cultural thing you can do in a country..... to which she agreed :o

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    If you spend all your time visiting museums etc when you are vacation.... you are typically going to be in places that the locals ARE NOT. Culture is all about the people/customs and food :o

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: cacruden

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      couldnt agree more! an example a little closer to home: my family lived in memphis for 9 years, and not once did we go to Graceland. yet whenever anyone we knew was in town to visit, guess what they wanted to do!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      but i just wanted to take them to eat BBQ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I am too old to be a nerd. I graduated to eccentric. For example:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I was showing off. Look! my knife is sharp enough to shave my arm. And my skin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    People ask me why I have two food processors. It's too difficult to explain, so I just say symmetry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I no longer use wine glasses with stems. Too easy to knock over and don't fit well in the dish-washer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have multiple generations of plastic "tupperware", but have yet to throw away the great grandparents of the current generation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    My chicken stock is home-made. Everybody in the street can tell. It has the same neighbourhood pervasiveness as one of those softener sheets North Americans put in their tumble driers. I never understood why anyone would want to smell like a Harrod's toilet.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have developed an aversion to expensive restaurants. As I eat I am thinking "This soup could do with some ground fennel. Alternatively, I could emerilize it with fish sauce and garlic."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I designed my kitchen with the motto "Form Follows Function". My bauhausian vision did not take into account the first law of Paulustrious. For every surface there is an object that can be stowed on it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I have three can-openers. I open a can maybe twice a month.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think people talk about me behind my back. Or maybe that's just ordinary paranoia.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Paulustrious

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hurrah for the illustrious Paulustrious. Good to read you again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Not sure if this one has been mentioned as I don't want to re-read all of the posts..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I have a tendency to type "food" every single time I mean to type "good" (food day, food job, I love food food). It can be embarassing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: hungryabbey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        my iphone autocorrects good to food for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        its normally right.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. When you don't mind having to go to a doctor's appt because it takes you across town near one of your favorite ethnic grocery stores....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and then suddenly as you turn the corner into aisle 3 you realize youve missed your appointment by half an hour

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Dcn4Jesus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I used to schedule my cats vet appointments around the schedule/sales of the Italian grocery across the street. After the appointment, I would ask if I could leave the cat (in the carrier) in the office for a few minutes while I ran across the street. (I didn't want to leave them in the car) My vet had studied in Italy, he fully understood!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. You run a half marathon in a taco costume cause its cinco de mayo, and you got to represent. (oh and no one else gets it.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Dcn4Jesus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                maybe they woulda gotten it if you woulda wrapped yourself in aluminum foil and said you're a burrito?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                might have even gotten free chipotle outta that one...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. "You know you're a foodie ("food nerd", "chow-der", etc.) when..... you would much prefer to be in food stores/grocers/markets/eateries than you in The Mall or or or..."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              "You know you're a foodie ("food nerd", "chow-der", etc.) when..... have for instance 5 bench scrapers..."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                oh no! I feel like an amateur....what's a bench scraper?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Dcn4Jesus

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  it is something that destroys the ambiance....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    some photos of bench scrapers for Dcn4Jesus.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    cacruden < whatever you meant fell flat, mind explaining

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Never drink and type (especially on a Sunday night) :p. I had a work bench (wood top) (8 feet long) that I had constructed in my kitchen, which last year I scraped and scraped, then sanded - until it was like new. It destroyed the ambiance of the kitchen because it went from a well used look to a new look.... but to sell the place ... people like new - not used.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: cacruden

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        well I guess this is where I say I appreciate your explanation however who would have understood that without it, I haven't a clue

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. You repeatedly ask if anyone knows where to find "x" when you know it has been out of production for fifteen years~.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The same goes for restaurants...there was a quality (IMO) place in Tokyo that specialized in pumpkin dishes (Pumpkin Cook Katsura). Rather, each dish had at least something pumpkin'd in it. Eh, maybe it exists elsewhere; I'd say South Korea is a good place for that kind of restaurant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You take a picture of someone else taking a picture of food.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: BuildingMyBento

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This place Pumpkin Cook Katsura in Tokyo really used pumpkin? Or were they using "kabocha" that they called pumpkin? Calling "kabocha squash" a pumpkin is a very common mis-translation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I think you can tell Tripeler is a foodie just by his pumpkin vs. kabocha question!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow, that's just nick-picking, dude. They get to name their restaurants and food mis-translated English names if they like - and they do like. Does Pocari Sweat contain sweat? Would any native English speaker enjoy eating a cream filled round snack called Collon (http://www.ezaki-glico.net/collon/ ) and wouldn't the diet supplement "Jesus Body" be punishable in some countries?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: dilemma

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If it can make you walk on water? Turn water into wine?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'd try it :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: dilemma

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The stark difference in flavor goes beyond nit-picking. Yeah, it is an orange gourd veg, but in no way does a kabocha taste like a pumpkin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sure, goofy English names in Japan are legion. When I first came here I was surprised by these wafers called Snatch from a major candy maker.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I would like to try them. No, not the pumpkins.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Meiji Chocolate, the producers of Snatch, got wind of the reaction from English speakers, and quickly changed the name to Snutch, and about six months later, discontinued the product. This was in the late 1970s.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Tripeler

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Studio 54 was the better deal then.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Veggo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh you kid.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      It could very well be pumpkin pumpkin, there are lots of pumpkin dishes in Chinese cuisine (nan gua, "southern melon").

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. When your kitchen and shelves you put in the dining room just for gadgets are stuffed to the brim and you know there are at least two boxes worth of stuff you own, but hasn't appeared yet after moving.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          When someone on TV says "and if you don't have (insert cooking tool)" and you think: "Who doesn't have that?!?!?!"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          When you take a cooler with you to shop at places more than an hour away.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          When someone you know is traveling somewhere and you mention foods that are there that they should try.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          When you wake up and lay in bed pondering the day's dishes, and the next day's cleaning up.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          When someone brings you a small amount of something they grew, and you go out and get more to make it worth the time and effort to make a large amount, and give that person a ton of leftovers. Yeah, cooking for just myself is sometimes just too difficult.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          As said above, people invite you over so you can cook for them, or planning new and different snacks or appetizers to take to my parents when they invite me down for dinner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ETA: when you insert "Well, there was quite a discussion about that on Chowhound." into a conversation.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. When a friend of someone you know calls you, introduces themselves, and proceeds to ask a question about how to cook something.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. suffice it to say that as many times as many of us frequent this site we are either foodies or...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: iL Divo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                addicts in want of what was recently posted.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. That "simple" meal of tomato soup and grilled cheese took 4 hours to make.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Instead of being discouraged by the jars of items that have no words in any language you speak or picture of the contents to be able to figure out what it is, you see it as a challenge and buy two jars- convinced that you will not only find out what it is- but you will make something damn good with it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: weezieduzzit

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Is it ok just to encourage a reply? "Cause that one is really accurate and funny! Thought I was the only one!