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Foodies everywhere!

By Heather Allen
I admit, I like to eat. I enjoy delicious food and I like to try different things. However, a foodie I am not. What is a foodie? Well the Urban Dictionary (my favourite online dictionary) has many definitions, twelve in total. Now these are reader submitted so perhaps the one that says a foodie is a politically correct term for a fat person can be ignored. I have several foodie friends and none of them happen to be fat. But, they do fit a few of the other descriptions although most definitely not the ruder ones!
“A person that spends a keen amount of attention and energy on knowing the ingredients of food, the proper preparation of food, and finds great enjoyment in top-notch ingredients and exemplary preparation. A foodie is not necessarily a food snob, only enjoying delicacies and/or food items difficult to obtain and/or expensive foods; though, that is a variety of foodie.” This is a pretty good definition of the foodie friends I have but I think the word ‘keen’ is an understatement.
This one is a bit more apt; “A foodie is a person who loves or has a deep admiration for food and eating food. Does not necessarily have to be fat, but likes eating. They might feel happy or very at peace when being around food.”
Chiang Mai seems to have many foodies; foodies who focus specifically on the delicious Northern Thai food, foodies who focus on all delicious food.
My foodie friends don’t obsess over food, it’s true. But they are often just a few short steps away from that! Go out to dinner with a foodie at your peril, for you will end up waiting for your meal while they photograph it from every possible angle.
Then, once you are allowed to eat, they will surely want to taste some. They will also elicit your opinion of it. This regardless of whether or not they are familiar with this particular dish, or even this particular dish from this particular restaurant.
They will then spend the early portion of the meal describing the ingredients; the cooking the preparations. Always interesting, unless of course you are eating something you are not exactly certain you want to know its full origins.
Eating with a foodie may give you “food high” as they often know the very best places (please note this does not always mean most expensive) to eat. A food high (also from the wonderful list of food words on Urban Dictionary) is “a natural high occurring from eating a mighty fine meal.”
However be careful, your foodie friend may develop fooditude! “A combination of food and attitude; the emotion of being irratible, angry, frustrated or upset by lack of food. Additionally, can be used when someone is upset by the quality, or quantity of food.”
I love my foodie friends dearly, and fortunately, mine are not as obsessive as some can be so I still enjoy my meal whilst being regaled by foodimentary facts. (A particular fact about food or food history).

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Foodies everywhere!