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Curious about Foodie vs. Chowhound


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Curious about Foodie vs. Chowhound

wyf4lyf | Apr 10, 2006 11:12 AM

I read with interest the article on the front page of this site about the difference between a "foodie" and a "chowhound." I really don't like labels as everyone brings a unique spin to this passion. However, based on the article, and after being on these boards for over a year now, I'm beginning to wonder if the line between the two is getting fuzzy. The article says that foodies go where they are told...but aren't we doing that very thing here? We ask for "where to go for chow" on all the different city boards, etc. Isn't Chowhound now putting out its own guide for some cities? How is using that different from using Zagat or any other guide?

Don't get me wrong, I love coming here, I have been helped immensely by Chowhounds far more knowledgable than myself, and I think I might have helped a few along the way, too. But just curious to really understand the difference...starting to wonder if I might be a combo of the two. I did hear Jim Leff say in a recent intereview that a foodie is more about cooking, and since for me, that is an equal passion to finding great food out (or perhaps an even greater passion), perhaps I lean more toward that side of things. Not sure yet. If I discover I'm more foodie than chowhound, I hope I can still come here!! :) Maybe I can start a new term...the chowdie?

Would love to hear how others make the distinction and if anyone else feels you might be a bit of each.

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