I tried to find a post to latch on to, but they get so heated.
First, I acknowledge that whatever the label, it is irrelevant for someone who has a serious interest or passion for food ... you just know ... Julia Child, for example.
But there has to be a better term than foodie, gourmet or even Chowhound.
Never liked gourmet which implied a Jack Falstaff type of figure who would one day wind up with gout.
The sound of foodie always annoyed me ... it is the cute Gidget, Moondoggie, "ie" ending.
I like the idea behind Chowhound, that it is about deliciousness ... it is a pretty powerful and profound concept. I don't know why, but Chowhound is only a word I use with other 'Chowhound' members of this site ... and rarely then.
And I sort of think that being a Chowhound doesn't mean you have to love everything, high and low. I think it is like the restaurant that only exists because it does one dish supurbly while everything else they serve is swill.
IMO, a person can be a Chowhound if passionate about only one food.
I took a long road trip with someone who sighed with despair when I refused to eat at chains. "Applebee's", he said wistfully once as we passed by. And another time he tried "Do you think Red Lobster serves breakfast ... just wondering". He had been more or less trained by this stage in the trip that the answer would be no.
However, he has a passion about carne asada and to hear that man talk about it ... the best places .. how to prepare it right .. the way to cut the beef ... well he was a carne asada Chowhound,
Digression aside... in another post, someone used the words 'food nerd'. I kind of like it.
No one wants to call themselves a nerd, unless they are really into something. I've had my days as a technical nerd and was proud of being a nerd ... I really dug computers ... probably as much as food.
Not to get into what foodie means ... because at this point it is in a zillion directions ... from the food nerd on one end focusing on deliciousness to the foodista at the other end of the spectrum who use the term foodie as a synanym for trendy.
But a nerd ... you can't help it .. you like it, you really, really like it ... whether it is Star Treck, computers, food or whatever. It is not an attractive term that the beautiful food people would latch onto.
Anyway, if you love the word foodie ... Baccus bless you and please revel in it,
For those that think there should be a better word for people who delight in deliciousness ... what else do you suggest?
Maybe a label isn't needed ... as I said in the beginning ... you just know ... but still ... you need something to put in the title of that post to let people know you are trolling for tastiness ... "Food Nerd visiting your fine city for a few days, needs suggestions"