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Unintentional consequences from being a Chowhound..........

I’ve come to realize because of my participation here I have experienced some very unintentional and unexpected consequences. The biggest consequence I have noticed which I find very ironic; because of Chow my “fast-food” eating has increased. I was never more than a couple times a year Mc Donald’s eater (outside of breakfast items), I haven’t eaten anything from Burger King in 5+ years.

I have CNBC on in my office during the day; they routinely do segments on Mc Donald’s and fast food in general. A recent segment concentrated on the Big King, from Burger King, a burger to rival Mc Donald’s Big Mac. Generally when I hear these segments I listen to them, then go to the Chains board and post what I hear on CNBC. But once I do that it plants a seed, one that I wouldn't ordinarily have, I normally wouldn't pay much attention to fast food segments on CNBC, but now with the intention of sharing on Chow I do. So I watch the segment on the Big King, I post about it, and the seed is planted in the back of my mind.

{{Don’t forget to try that Big King, they loved it on CNBC}}

Next thing you know I’m driving my son somewhere and I’ll say, hey you want to grab a burger for lunch, I hear Burger King has a new sandwich! This has been the case several times over the past year, with Mc Donalds, Wendy’s etc.

I find it rather ironic, I normally despise fast food, I love good steaks and fine dining, yet Chow has me eating more fast food than ever before. lol So have any of you noticed any unexpected consequences from your participation here?

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  1. I found enablers for my knife obsession and if it weren't for the wife I would easy have 10 times more knives than I have now. As it stands i was able to get 3 new knives so far with 2 more coming by March for sure.

    1. Not totally unexpected but due to the What's for Dinner threads on Home Cooking, I tend to spend more time planning dinner and am more likely to make a complete meal. I actually feel like a slacker if I don't!

      Also, I am continually thinking about (but mostly not purchasing) new kitchenware that I NEED. NEED, I tell you.

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      1. re: tcamp

        I agree, I always feel like I need to put a proper meal on the table or else I'm unworthy :)

      2. Because of CH I now have an induction cooktop range, a Bradley smoker and a sous vide gizmo is en route. I buy more organic, local, etc. food. I have a couple dozen jars of Penzeys spices. You get the picture. I'm poorer but a better cook! Oh, and the cookbooks :)

          1. re: Veggo

            How can you be sure this is the consequence of being CHOWHOUND as opposed to natural body weight gain? :)

              1. re: ipsedixit

                With encouragement from my haberdasher and my tailor.

                1. re: Veggo

                  My haberdasher found me this great auxetic scarf but I left it in one those damn airport lounges.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    I will remember auxetic if I am ever stuck with those wretched 7 letters in a Scrabble tournament. My scarfing in airport lounges usually begins in a glass after the first boarding announcement.

                    1. re: Veggo

                      Don't ever say I am an otiose idiot.

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        My more frequent valediction is adios idiota.

                          1. re: Veggo

                            I have a pal who says, "Veni, vidi, vamanos!"

            1. Yes, many consequences for me as well. Some are more unexpected than others.

              I first join CHOWHOUND to ask about knives. It wasn't a surprised that I get more involved in knives and sharpening stones over time, but the degree which I get involved is more unexpected.

              I also learned more about Fast Food like you (which is also unexpected), and more about making chicken stock, and carbon steel cookware and many other things.

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              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                Of course, CHOWHOUND encourages me to look up random facts such as various version of pony.

                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                  Chem, it made you a better person. Next Easter we'll explore bunny rabbits in greater detail.

                  1. re: Veggo

                    I knew this is why I like you so. You are awesome.