What does it mean to be a foodie? Many Americans love to eat — and let’s face it; most of our social functions and interactions revolve around food and alcohol. When you’re interested in getting to know someone, or setting up a business meeting, you don’t ask him or her to go skydiving or workout at the gym — you ask that person to lunch or dinner.
In an American society where consumerism is everything, eating at restaurants, bars, and cafes is second nature. The difference between a regular consumer and a foodie is the dedication to a lifestyle of food. It doesn’t mean you eat more, it simply means you appreciate it more.
Below are five sure signs that you’re a foodie. If you carry one or more of these character traits, you very well may be on your way to a life of food and fun.
Five Signs of the Foodie
You Understand Variety – Foodies ultimately love the experience of food as much as the taste. If you’re consistently consuming burgers and fries every single day without a desire to expand your palate, you’re probably not a foodie. Most foodies love grocery shopping because they can’t wait to try new things and envision the various dishes hitting their plate each night. From Italian and German to Korean and Japanese, as a foodie you should love trying just about everything. Finicky eaters are difficult to please and less likely to experience new and unique dishes from across the world – foodies can’t wait to devour these new flavors and combinations.
Live-to-Eat, Not Eat-to-Live – Some people just eat to survive and barely think about what they’re eating. Real foodies, on the other hand, are people who live to eat — people who can’t wait for their next experience. Many foodies even proclaim that this is the mantra of a real foodie. Their fridges are always filled with 20 different kinds of cheeses and custom-made sushi, their pantries stocked with homemade pasta and bread, and their green boxes always filled with fresh herbs, vegetables, and various fruits.
Decisions Made Based on Food – Would you rather go wine tasting or clubbing? Do you pick your apartment or home based on the proximity to local markets and amazing restaurants? If the food and drink experience drives your event planning from the get-go, you could be a foodie.
Always Planned Meals – Foodies rarely settle for the spontaneity of the easy-and-quick and always have a plan when it comes to food. Chances are you haven’t even reached home for dinner, but you know exactly what you want – this is classic foodie behavior. Rather than gaining an appetite while waiting for your meal, your appetite is driven by motivation and emotion. If your friends are hiding their food when you’re around because they will know you’ll want to try and critique it, they may already know what you’ve come to suspect in reading this article.
Food Social Networker – Loving food and building your life around experiences involving your taste buds makes you a foodie in itself – add in social media and blogging, and you’re well on your way to a lifestyle. Most foodies are not afraid to express their love for cuisine and want to educate others on the benefits of certain cuisine choices. Maybe you check sites like foodpub.com to find your next culinary experience, or maybe you share recipes on Facebook. If you often find yourself taking a picture of your food before you take a bite, you’re on the right track to foodieness. SnapChat + Food = Foodie. And you can take that to the bank.
Foodies are like wine snobs – they’re easy to pick out in a crowd. Often experts on food types, international cuisine influences, and chefs, foodies are outspoken at tasting events and A La Carte restaurants where extensive variety is present.
Matthew Hall is a freelance writer and loudly proclaimed foodie who enjoys writing reviews and articles on the various restaurants and cuisines that he’s had the pleasure of experiencing.