Foodie is a term that has been gaining a lot of popularity in the past years with the rise of specialty and global ingredients on menus across America. Small plates and handcrafted cocktails are sexy and foodies across the nation are flocking into restaurants to gobble it all up and then tweet about their gastronomical experiences.

What the heck is a foodie anyway?

According to Wikipedia the word “foodie” was coined in the 1980’s and their definition of a foodie is “a gourmet, or 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. While gourmet and epicurean can be used as synonyms, they have fallen out of favor and bring to mind a stodgy or snobbish attitude.” On the contrary, Urban Dictionary coins the word “foodie” as a douche-bag who loves food. I love that! Turns out there are a lot of douche-bags out there. Today more than ever!

what is a foodie? Am I one of them?

People often say,” Ashley you are a foodie, what do you think about this restaurant or this trend?” Though, I appreciate their remarks, I am NOT a foodie. Okay, maybe I am, but for some reason I hate the word foodie. Do I love food? Yes. Do I love to cook and eat new and adventurous cuisines? Yes. Is eating out more than a pleasurable experience for me? Yes. Do I work in food and have I always worked in food? Yes. Does my life revolve around food? Yes.

Does this mean I am going to call myself a foodie? No.

The word foodie feels like a trend of sorts and my obsession with food is more than a trend. Food is my life and I will always feel a profound sense of satisfaction that accompanies an incredible meal and fine glass of fill in the blank. I am more than a foodie. This is my livelihood.

For those of you that identify with being called a “foodie”, that is okay. The Wikipedia description of a foodie is a noble description.  It is definitely fun to discover new foods, cocktails and experiences that you love. The restaurant industry can use more people like you.

Let’s just hope this is more than a trend, but a lasting appreciation for the tastier things in life.

What does the word foodie mean to you? Do you consider yourself a foodie?


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