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May 9, 2013 05:10 PM

I'm outing myself!

I don't think I am a Chowhound after all!

I have no interst in visiting any Asian country and eating "exotic" street food with the locals. I find molecular gastronomy ridiculous. I could never eat an 11-course tasting menu. 3-4 courses is fine with me. I don't consciously seek out farm to table, organic ingredients for every meal I eat. I am not above eating at chains or fast food restaurants.

There. I said it. I feel alot better now. Thanks.

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  1. Not everyone here is a foodie. It's ok.

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    1. re: GH1618

      Define "foodie?" I love food, dine out at very good restaurants frequently, can cook and bake to the degree I had a dinner party and people were thanking me up to 2 weeks later for how good it was, I love to read about food, watch cooking shows, etc. I would never call myself a "foodie" as I believe it has negative, elitist connotations. I really just define myself as a person who has food as a hobby and interest. Is that what a "foodie" or "chowhound" is?

      1. re: ttoommyy

        That question is covered in another recent thread, but I don't remember where.

        1. re: ttoommyy

          Any time a friend or acquaintance calls themselves a "foodie", I run in the other direction when they suggest places to eat.

          1. re: valerie

            I'm with you! However, I must admit that besides being a chilihead, chilehead and cultivator of the hottest chiles (hot peppers) that I can find, I am also a chili snob. NO BEANS AND OTHER FILLERS IN CHILI.

              1. re: wadejay26

                Nah, just people who use the word, not people who are enthusiastic about food.

                1. re: mcf

                  "Nah, just people who use the word, not people who are enthusiastic about food."


                  1. re: mcf

                    I love people who are enthusiastic about food, which is why I am here! But in my experience, self proclaimed "foodies" are not the people I trust when choosing restaurants.

                    1. re: mcf

                      what if they are BOTH:
                      people who use the word
                      people who are enthusiastic (and knowledgable about food)?

                      not necessarily mutually exclusive, ya know

                      1. re: westsidegal

                        I guess in that case, I'd cringe inwardly at use of the word and be polite.

                        1. re: westsidegal

                          Either way, as discussed below, they ain't 'hounds.

                      2. re: wadejay26

                        Awesome,....I'm saying that all weekend!

                      3. re: valerie

                        Yeah, I have really come to hate the term "foodie."

                        1. re: Heatherb

                          Particularly when self applied.

                    2. re: GH1618

                      Always happy to be described as a foody (or, if pushed, to self-describe). Might not describe me perfectly, but it's the best term I can think of. If nothing else, it's a word that's generally understood by folk and conveys something of an idea about me and my interest in food.

                      As for the OP - I've read the site's "Chowhound Manifesto" - and I'm not a Chowhound either - and have absolutely no wish to be described as one.

                    3. None of what you said disqualifies you from being a chowhound. If you like fast food or chains but discriminate between chains and fast food restaurants then you're a chowhound.

                        1. Great post! And I concur with the others, you're allowed to eat wherever you please, and eat things you like or love. It's your passion for those things, even if its Egg McMuffins and canned corned beef hash, that makes you a Chowhound!

                          And, I can agree with the "eating exotic foods with the locals".... I won't even do this in sections of my own city!

                          1. a phrase I learned just after joining this board is"don't yuck somebody else's yum, and don't yum somebody else's yuck". we are all about the food, no matter what kind or where it comes from. personally, growing up in the Navy and living in various cities and seaports, I relish in trying exotic foods with the natives.but I also dive into a double Number Two, an order of chili cheese tots, and a 44 ounce cherry limeaid from Sonic with equal abandon. like I said, it's all about the food.

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