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Are You a Real Foodie?


"I love to eat, I am a foodie..."
However,I have noticed a problem in the quality of recommendations I have heard or read from people calling themselves foodies.
According  to Google, "foodie is a person who has an ardent or refined interest in food and alcoholic beverages.A foodie seeks new food experiences as a hobby rather than simply eating out of convenience or hunger."
We need to raise the standards of what is deserving of the title of Foodie. For example, I want a foodie to give me a tip about where I can find the freshest and most delicious continental food, not that they think “awesome”. Before calling yourself a foodie, I think there are a few things you should consider.
Just like everyone with a digital or DSLR camera thinks they are a photographer, everyone who likes to eat seems to call themselves a foodie. I’m sorry, but just because you like to eat, doesn’t mean you are a foodie. But it seems that the term is being recklessly thrown around quite a bit lately. Trying several different foods at a food festival  does not make you a foodie.

While there are varying opinions of what a foodie is, popular nomenclature suggests that it is someone who considers themselves informed on the restaurants and dishes in a particular area.Foodies go to new restaurants, shun large chain establishments and are eager to give their opinions and recommendations. Foodies know something about the chefs, cooking styles or methods of these restaurants. They also know about the quality and origin of the food they consume.

– A foodie can recommend a local restaurant and give several options on its menu. You are not a foodie if you like a restaurant but have only ordered one thing on the menu.
– A foodie can tell you about a restaurant’s use of local ingredients,naturally raised animals and sustainability efforts.
– A foodie can tell you what items are made freshin-house and which ingredients are stored or shipped in the freezer.
– A foodie should be well versed in cooking styles and techniques.
– A foodie has a “best of” list longer than 5 options.
– Although not always required,it helps if a foodie is able to identify the flavor chords of a meal.

If we all took the term foodie a little more seriously our level of discourse would benefit greatly. Being a foodie is a fun and easy hobby to have. All of the information you need to be informed is available to you without much trouble.

The definition of Foodie is: a person having an avid interest in the latest food or a person who enjoys and cares about food very much, not a person who loves to eat. Just "Eating" different delicious food doesn't make you a foodie.

Rimita Roy


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