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(Boston Magazine)   How foodies destroy fine dining one tweet at a time. "We've figured out that a dripping cheeseburger or a plate of deep-fried pig's ears guarantees more retweets than a shot of a subtle salad. Good for us-that is, until chefs stop serving us salads"   (bostonmagazine.com) divider line 67
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2013-01-05 11:51:25 PM
Jesus Christ that was a chore to read. In 2000 words she spends more time enjoying her own writing than she does talking about the subject.

Green? modmitter, your wife's blog sucks.
 
2013-01-06 12:21:13 AM
 Bombarded with tweets and updates and snapshots of our peers seemingly living the good life, we panic about our own shlumpy existence. So we slavishly follow the buzz, loading up our dance card with venues and cocktails and buttery morsels bearing the crowd-vetted stamp of approval. Which we then, in turn, broadcast to our own followers, sealed with a jaunty exclamation point.

Do people really live their lives this way?  I'd rather not.  And foodies are the worst kind of hipster douches.  I bet if you gave the average foodie a dressed up big mac and told him it was made by whoever is the latest awesome chef-du-jour, he'd jizz his pants over its deliciousness.
 
2013-01-06 12:45:32 AM
I got a pound of "jowl bacon" this week, which isn't really bacon, and I'm convinced everything that comes off a pig can be fantastic if it's smoked long enough.
 
2013-01-06 12:55:53 AM

Lsherm: everything that comes off a pig can be fantastic if it's smoked long enough.


Huh.

I feel the same way about my dick.
 
2013-01-06 12:59:09 AM

MurphyMurphy: Jesus Christ that was a chore to read. In 2000 words she spends more time enjoying her own writing than she does talking about the subject.

Green? modmitter, your wife's blog sucks.


This.

Also, those salads would get retweeted if they weren't just a shiatty pile of flavorless lettuce.  No one's gonna salivate over some guy's lawn clippings.
 
2013-01-06 01:47:27 AM
This is why I prefer to call them "food hipsters" and not "foodies." It's much more fitting.

HotWingAgenda: No one's gonna salivate over some guy's lawn clippings.


You obviously haven't met enough "urban gardeners." They're people who think they're renegades because they have a 1ft by 5ft row of tomato plants in their subdivision backyard. Instagram pictures of mulch are like porn to them.
 
2013-01-06 02:04:37 AM

MurphyMurphy: Jesus Christ that was a chore to read. In 2000 words she spends more time enjoying her own writing than she does talking about the subject.

Green? modmitter, your wife's blog sucks.


I made it 5 lines before I realized this was just some hipster twat writing because they think they're Ernest Hemmingway or something.
 
2013-01-06 02:14:34 AM

hb0mb: Bombarded with tweets and updates and snapshots of our peers seemingly living the good life, we panic about our own shlumpy existence. So we slavishly follow the buzz, loading up our dance card with venues and cocktails and buttery morsels bearing the crowd-vetted stamp of approval. Which we then, in turn, broadcast to our own followers, sealed with a jaunty exclamation point.

Do people really live their lives this way?  I'd rather not.  And foodies are the worst kind of hipster douches.  I bet if you gave the average foodie a dressed up big mac and told him it was made by whoever is the latest awesome chef-du-jour, he'd jizz his pants over its deliciousness.


"Foodies" have been around for hundreds of years, long before these hipsters and their dozen-megapixel digital cameras spitting out grainy, yellow photos "reminiscent" of a time in which none of them were alive or could possibly actually remember. Don't lump the gourmets in with the poseurs.
 
2013-01-06 02:40:50 AM

GreenAdder: This is why I prefer to call them "food hipsters"  "pretentious douchenozzles" and not "foodies." It's much more fitting.

 
2013-01-06 04:05:33 AM
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2013-01-06 05:10:46 AM
I din't read nothing but doglover's poast and that was all I needed.

I barf'd in my mouth some. :(
 
2013-01-06 05:19:20 AM
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Blog post of the year. It's over, shut down the contest. This is the ideal blog post and nothing will surpass it.
 
2013-01-06 05:27:12 AM
Farked. I guess I won't get to read subby's blog.
 
2013-01-06 05:33:30 AM

hb0mb:  Bombarded with tweets and updates and snapshots of our peers seemingly living the good life, we panic about our own shlumpy existence. So we slavishly follow the buzz, loading up our dance card with venues and cocktails and buttery morsels bearing the crowd-vetted stamp of approval. Which we then, in turn, broadcast to our own followers, sealed with a jaunty exclamation point.

Do people really live their lives this way?  I'd rather not.  And foodies are the worst kind of hipster douches.  I bet if you gave the average foodie a dressed up big mac and told him it was made by whoever is the latest awesome chef-du-jour, he'd jizz his pants over its deliciousness.


'foodies' are worse than hipsters, as mentioned after your post.

/professional kitchen slave.
 
2013-01-06 05:34:56 AM

GreenAdder: This is why I prefer to call them "food hipsters" and not "foodies." It's much more fitting.

HotWingAgenda: No one's gonna salivate over some guy's lawn clippings.

You obviously haven't met enough "urban gardeners." They're people who think they're renegades because they have a 1ft by 5ft row of tomato plants in their subdivision backyard. Instagram pictures of mulch are like porn to them.


Really? That's a thing that people pat themselves on the back over? I've known so many people, my parents included, who have had small patches of tomatoes and peppers or watermelons in the backyard over the years. Heck, the little old lady my sister knows who lives in public housing has a little garden behind her apartment. Of all the things to get snobby about, that's pretty pedestrian.

/have two 5 gallon mud buckets growing herbs on my front porch
//I've never instagrammed them
 
2013-01-06 05:43:07 AM

Theaetetus:
Don't lump the gourmets in with the poseurs.


I must admit I'm having difficulty recognizing a distinction.
You could sell them urine for $500 if you put a fancy label on it.
 
2013-01-06 05:57:37 AM
People are using twitter for the very thing people make fun of twitter for? #lunch
 
2013-01-06 06:33:23 AM
It ruins fine dining... for other "foodies". Those of us who are at least slightly adult-ish instead of perennial farking children usually decide that if we like food enough to make it our hobby, that hobby is going to be learning to cook ourselves not just taking cell phone photos of restaurant crap.

Basically, not a problem for real people here.
 
2013-01-06 06:35:05 AM
If you're going to these sorts of restaurants, you probably need to kill yourself.

My best ever meal? It was in an unassuming small French town in Loir. Not, the pretty, popular area of Loire with the chateaus, but the bit inbetween. We were staying in a small hotel and tried the restaurant, expecting little. We had a relaxed meal with some damn good cooking, well-prepared, with friendly service. No pretentions, no "signature dish", no "swoosh" on the plate.

I've done places that were written about and cost 3 times as much as that and had less fun. And that's what it's about. Not whether someone had 47 steps in the dish, but whether you had an enjoyable evening.
 
2013-01-06 06:37:46 AM

kmmontandon: Lsherm: everything that comes off a pig can be fantastic if it's smoked long enough.

Huh.

I feel the same way about my dick.


i heard your urine consomme is to die for.
 
2013-01-06 06:46:34 AM
Who would have thought that people like big dumb novelty meals and talking about themselves.

MurphyMurphy: Jesus Christ that was a chore to read. In 2000 words she spends more time enjoying her own writing than she does talking about the subject.


This is kind of the standard for the new journalism.
 
2013-01-06 07:07:27 AM

MurphyMurphy: Jesus Christ that was a chore to read. In 2000 words she spends more time enjoying her own writing than she does talking about the subject.

Green? modmitter, your wife's blog sucks.


Writer's a dude.
 
2013-01-06 07:22:02 AM
Do people really make trying new restaurants that large a part of their lives? Or pay meal-sized prices for tiny appetizers? 12 bucks for a shot glass full of mashed taters, duck skin (bacon would have been better) and a poached egg?
 
2013-01-06 08:10:03 AM

vinniethepoo: Do people really make trying new restaurants that large a part of their lives? Or pay meal-sized prices for tiny appetizers? 12 bucks for a shot glass full of mashed taters, duck skin (bacon would have been better) and a poached egg?


It's fun to discover new places and then share them with people. Not everyone considers Red Lobster, Olive Garden and Outback to be the best that life can get.
 
2013-01-06 08:11:01 AM

vinniethepoo: (bacon would have been better)


haha, didn't realize you had written that. Yeah, sorry if the line " Not everyone considers Red Lobster, Olive Garden and Outback to be the best that life can get." completely blows your world view.
 
2013-01-06 08:29:00 AM
In the last half of page 2 is where you should begin reading
 
2013-01-06 08:30:27 AM

SockMonkeyHolocaust: vinniethepoo: (bacon would have been better)

haha, didn't realize you had written that. Yeah, sorry if the line " Not everyone considers Red Lobster, Olive Garden and Outback to be the best that life can get." completely blows your world view.


Again, people with an actual significant interest in food actually at a level more conversationally interesting than talking to people about the personality conflicts of your nine cats don't really do a lot of restaurants, they cook. If all you've got of interest food-wise in your life is restaurants, congratulations, you're basically a crazy cat lady but with more olive oil and paprika.
 
2013-01-06 08:50:26 AM
That's some twenty dollar whore type writing right there. Just say you went to some dressed-up shiathole and bought an egg.
 
2013-01-06 09:19:30 AM

God-is-a-Taco: Theaetetus:
Don't lump the gourmets in with the poseurs.

I must admit I'm having difficulty recognizing a distinction.
You could sell them urine for $500 if you put a fancy label on it.


Recycled water. With electrolites.
 
2013-01-06 09:33:07 AM
Yeah, I always love these little hole in the wall places until they get popular and mainstream. That's when the food starts to taste bitter.
 
2013-01-06 09:37:48 AM
Well Ill never get those 5 minutes back. Not sure which was worse, his writing or the people hes complaining about. Both are awful.
 
2013-01-06 10:03:17 AM

Lsherm: I got a pound of "jowl bacon" this week, which isn't really bacon, and I'm convinced everything that comes off a pig can be fantastic if it's smoked long enough.


AKA guanciale. Really inexpensive cut of meat, but a key ingredient in pasta carbonara. I've never smoked it, though, just salted.
 
2013-01-06 10:11:00 AM

Jim_Callahan: SockMonkeyHolocaust: vinniethepoo: (bacon would have been better)

haha, didn't realize you had written that. Yeah, sorry if the line " Not everyone considers Red Lobster, Olive Garden and Outback to be the best that life can get." completely blows your world view.

Again, people with an actual significant interest in food actually at a level more conversationally interesting than talking to people about the personality conflicts of your nine cats don't really do a lot of restaurants, they cook. If all you've got of interest food-wise in your life is restaurants, congratulations, you're basically a crazy cat lady but with more olive oil and paprika.


Or...you're a person who enjoys going out to dinner with friends, trying new things, and simply doesn't have the interest or kitchen space to whip up a 'gourmet' style meal at home. I'm a tolerable cook, but if I want indian food one day, including fresh paneer and naan, then want tex-mex the next, including fresh tortillas and guisada, then want Pho the third day, then want fresh-made pizza the fourth I can get all of those for 10$ a plate within walking distance (And I live in Dallas). The cost to buy fresh herbs and ingrediants to make those would be prohibitive, as would the storage space in my tiny kitchen, and it would take me several tries to find a recipe I like and can cook well. As well as creating the paneer fresh from scratch, making dough, making pasta sauce, etc.

And then in the end, I'd have shiat I'd have to eat 4-5 times or more, or throw out a ton of food, because recipes typically make 3-5 servings of average portions.

Cooking is well and good, and a lot of fun, plus rather romantic and cheap. But if you're a single person who wants to eat a wide variety of food, it's insane to 'make it all yourself'. If you're just eating a predictable diet of the same 5-10 meals as typical americans do, with minor variations on theme (chicken with X, chicken with Y, Y with tuna instead of chicken, etc.), sure.
 
SFW
2013-01-06 10:21:12 AM
I wonder how many yelp reviews this person writes in a day. I farking hate people like this. I work at a Michelin recommended gastropub and see assholes like this come in everyday. Real "foodies"don't call themselves foodies or spend more time picking a filter on Instagram than actually dining. People who truly appreciate food understand the importance of seasonal ingredients. Nobody will ever forget about farking salads. Jesus Christ, I hate everybody.
 
2013-01-06 10:33:50 AM
Meh.

Blogs and Twitter keep me ahead of the masses. Once a new good place gets a NYTimes review it becomes impossible to get in.
 
2013-01-06 11:02:10 AM

ltdanman44: In the last half of page 2 is where you should begin reading


Thank you! My brain started to shut down when I tried reading it from the beginning.
 
2013-01-06 11:10:27 AM

kmmontandon: Lsherm: everything that comes off a pig can be fantastic if it's smoked long enough.

Huh.

I feel the same way about my dick.


And you're probably the only person who thinks that.

Now, my dick? The entire world loves it, craves it, seeks it out... Oh yes. Oh yes. Oh yes.
 
2013-01-06 11:11:27 AM

Theaetetus: hb0mb: Bombarded with tweets and updates and snapshots of our peers seemingly living the good life, we panic about our own shlumpy existence. So we slavishly follow the buzz, loading up our dance card with venues and cocktails and buttery morsels bearing the crowd-vetted stamp of approval. Which we then, in turn, broadcast to our own followers, sealed with a jaunty exclamation point.

Do people really live their lives this way?  I'd rather not.  And foodies are the worst kind of hipster douches.  I bet if you gave the average foodie a dressed up big mac and told him it was made by whoever is the latest awesome chef-du-jour, he'd jizz his pants over its deliciousness.

"Foodies" have been around for hundreds of years, long before these hipsters and their dozen-megapixel digital cameras spitting out grainy, yellow photos "reminiscent" of a time in which none of them were alive or could possibly actually remember. Don't lump the gourmets in with the poseurs.


I would suspect that people who are real gourmets would never willing refer to themselves as 'foodies,' either.  But I get what you mean.
 
2013-01-06 11:15:05 AM
I hate the pretentious foodies. I took my friend and her boyfriend out to my favorite new tapas place. Her boyfriend ended up being a douche. Instead of enjoying delicious tapas he spent the evening biatching about everything. The worst part is he cooks at a diner. If he was a real foodie he'd be a chef, not a slinger of fried shiat.
 
2013-01-06 11:35:37 AM

HotWingAgenda: MurphyMurphy: Jesus Christ that was a chore to read. In 2000 words she spends more time enjoying her own writing than she does talking about the subject.

Green? modmitter, your wife's blog sucks.

This.

Also, those salads would get retweeted if they weren't just a shiatty pile of flavorless lettuce.  No one's gonna salivate over some guy's lawn clippings.


Like this Oeuf Mollet avec Champignons; sauteed mushrooms with a fried whole soft-cooked egg on a bed of frisee with truffle vinaigrette.

i.imgur.com
 
2013-01-06 11:54:36 AM
Cyno01:
Like this Oeuf Mollet avec Champignons; sauteed mushrooms with a fried whole soft-cooked egg on a bed of frisee with truffle vinaigrette.

[i.imgur.com image 850x1133]


I saw my bird dog hock up something that looked like that the other day.  We've got an appointment at the vet.
 
2013-01-06 12:09:44 PM
I work at a place where we dress up our food with the expectation that our customers will want to take photos of it, so I'm getting a thread out of this kick.

/please remember to take your pictures BEFORE you start eating it though
//nobody wants to see your half-eaten cheeseburger, Jughead
 
2013-01-06 12:10:57 PM
Salads are what my food eats.
 
2013-01-06 12:14:00 PM

ltdanman44: In the last half of page 2 is where you should begin reading


I'm not going to dignify this blog with the clicks it would take to get me to page 2.
 
2013-01-06 12:18:41 PM
"Foodies" need a cock-punch.

/also the guy that came up with the word "foodies"
 
2013-01-06 12:30:17 PM
Pictures of salads make me want to cook a big fark off hunk of pot roast and eat nothing but that for a week.
 
2013-01-06 12:51:11 PM
Jebus, did anyone read the entire article? I stopped reading after the 3rd paragraph.
 
2013-01-06 12:54:20 PM

hulk hogan meat shoes: Pictures of salads make me want to cook a big fark off hunk of pot roast and eat nothing but that for a week.


Pictures of your colon would likely make people decide to have a salad or three this week.
 
2013-01-06 01:21:24 PM
CSB time.

I was in Chicago for a conference that's held in different places around the country each year. I was actually kind of disappointed it was Chicago because I only live two hours from there and can go anytime, as opposed to, say, Seattle, where the conference had been the year before. It was my first time speaking for this particular employer, which was cool because I was a comm minor and used to work in radio but am currently stuck behind large cubicle walls where I do all my communication via E-mail and feel lucky if I actually get to interface with a real human being at any point during my week. So yeah, I was excited to represent.

I was paired to speak with a woman from Washington, D.C. who seemingly does nothing but speak at these conferences. Her past two weeks had been spent at conferences in other locales. I found it funny because her presentation wasn't all that compelling, but so be it. They put us up at this place that was so posh that I couldn't help but think how much money all of our respective companies could have saved if they had held such a thing at, oh, a Holiday Inn.

When we finished speaking, the woman wanted desperately to go to lunch at this restaurant that was run by this world-famous chef. I'm pretty blue-collar myself in that I drive a Chevy and probably eat at McDonald's more than anywhere else, but I didn't want to look like I didn't fit in, so I went.

The woman and the waiter had discussions of high-falutin' food that I didn't understand one bit. She basically knew the menu of the place before we walked in and the waiter had all these fanciful descriptions of fresh ingredients or ones flown in from various exotic locales.

Meanwhile, as I ordered items off the South American-based menu and consistently mispronounced the names (I took German in high school, not Spanish), I could tell the waiter was giving me that look of, "Oh, you really don't know what you're doing here, do you." I ordered an item that mentioned something of noodles because, well, I like spaghetti, Ramen and things from Noodles & Co., so I figured that might be good.

What I got was a fried egg on top of some form of dried wavy noodles that essentially looked like what you'd get from a bird's nest if you just fried the egg right in the nest. It was crunchy, not all that tasty and theoretically would have set my employer back $75 if I knew their deadlines for submitting receipts. But, since it was my first time traveling, I missed deadline and didn't get reimbursed. Awesome.

So, yeah. My thought on foodies and high-falutin' food in general: Ptooey. Give me a 10-piece with Sweet 'n' Sour sauce and an order of fries any day over pretentious food and people with more money to spend than they know what to do with. So there.
 
2013-01-06 01:34:05 PM
No more salads? Then those foodies are doing God's work.
 
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