I never considered myself a foodie until one day an acquaintance of mine made the statement to me, “I never knew you were such a foodie, Lyndi.” He had been following me on twitter on my old handle, @lakebrittany, where there were an obsessive-compulsive amount of tweets related to dinner making, hungry statements, and lustful retweets of foods that made me talk about dinner making and hungry statements. A few days before he said that, I attended a mommy blogger conference for work and was stunned at the underground world that was going on around me. I wanted a blog, too. Jason’s comments quickly determined that it was going to have the name foodie in it and since it was about explorations around Northwest Arkansas, viola, a blog was born. I was now a proud foodie with a name that proved it.
Except that there are a lot of conflicting thoughts about the term foodie. So many folks have tried to make it a gourmand slash snobby term yet it is neither of those. Those terms are called gourmand and food snobs. The way I think of it, a foodie is someone who has an above-average interest in foodstuffs. Yes, that is a bit simplistic I realize. What can I say? I’m a simple girl.
I think this infographic from the HartmanGroup illustrates it quite well.
Except that I believe that an everyday foodie is pretty darn authentic. I know that many of you are extremely and overly passionate about your food choices and desires and I applaud the full range of interests you have. I have heard some of you get just as excited over velveeta-based dishes as locally-sourced-farm-to-table dishes. In the end, the heartfelt enthusiasm is the same.
And I love that.
I would say I am a mixture of mostly everyday foodie with a touch of authentic foodie.
Which type of foodie are you?
If you curious about what else I think defines a foodie, check out my page dedicated to it. Tell me what you think.
Eat well, my friends. Eat well.