By LAMEECE MUSTAFA
September 23, 2017
“Lets take a walk back in time to when the word foodie meant “having gourmet taste for rich, exotic food, and wine” (Vera Tweed). Nowadays, to be a foodie all you have to do is love food, eat it and Instagram it.”
Okay, yes I know what you’re thinking, why write an article about food lovers and food. Common sense indicates that a foodie is a lover of food. But the more intriguing question is, can a food lover love food and still dislike most that it has to offer?
Debates will unravel and thoughts will start to untangle at this question because it’s answer stands unknown. Let’s thoroughly debunk and define what makes a foodie, well, a foodie.
Lets take a walk back in time to when the word foodie meant “having gourmet taste for rich, exotic food, and wine” (Vera Tweed). Nowadays, to be a foodie all you have to do is love food, eat it and Instagram it. Now, an average person will dislike at least one type of food, whether that be a condiment, fruit, vegetable, etc. it is still disliked.
Herein lies the problem with the modern definition of a foodie: if a foodie is a lover of food, can that foodie still be considered a foodie if they dislike some food and are rather picky with what they eat? Yes, a tongue twister for sure, but a legitimate question, no?
To be a foodie is to revel in the pleasure of experiencing and appreciating every meal that gets placed in front of you.
There is also the dreadful question of foodies who only label themselves as a foodie to follow a trend. We can all agree that those type of foodies, let’s call them “Fake Foodies,” may be deleted from the equation of what makes a foodie a foodie.
What most don’t realize is that though a foodie is a lover of food, there is more to being a foodie than loving food. To be a foodie is to revel in the pleasure of experiencing and appreciating every meal that gets placed in front of you. It is to appreciate the aesthetic of the food and it’s arrangement on the plate. It is to essentially taste every ingredient and not just the blob on your spoon or fork. It is to recognize every culturally different dish that comes your way.
To be a foodie one must enjoy the feelings and sensations that pour out of every flavor of the meal.
So yes, one can churn at the thought and smell of a particular food but if one can appreciate the beauty of the sensations and eye-catching aspects it creates for others, then that person may very well be labeled a foodie.
If you fit the foodie standards that we’ve just defined, then grab your wallet, call some friends, and make reservations because, you my friend, are a foodie.
Scream it in the streets, devour that piece of chocolate cake in your fridge, avoid the condiment you hate the most and cook your pasta al dente. You deserve to relish in the food that defines you as a foodie.