I'm fairly new to the Chowhound site, and upon first stumbling across it I had thought that I had reached the wonderful food mecca that I had been looking for. After combing the message board for a couple of weeks, however, I'm getting the distinct impression that this is an overwhemingly foodie message board completely at odds with the Chowhound philosophy.
Look, I love great, gourmet food as much as anyone on this board, but I'm also someone who loves the cheap, crappy eats that are found in dirty little corners of Montreal. I also cannot afford to pay $300 for a freakin' tasting menu at Les Chevres. And it's not even a just question of being able to afford that kind of food, it's the simple fact that as true lovers of food we should explore EVERYTHING that food has to offer and not just the gourmet offerings. We also need to stop associating the term gourmet with food that costs a lot of money, any true chowhound will tell you that a great doughnut is just as gourmet a confit.
I love expensive, gourmet food, I truly, truly do, and I'm in agreement that expensive food can't be ignored if one is a true chowhound, a true chowhound is open to all foods. But that's just it, ALL foods, this message board is focusing disproportionately on tame, upper class food, and even though I love that food to bits, I'm beginning to resent the slant towards that food that this message board takes.
Where are the tiny out of the way restaurants in weird basement abodes that nobody's heard of? Where are the discussions about who has the best NON-foie gras poutines? What about the best places to buy interesting soft drinks in the city? What about the kind of interesting food that takes effort to find?
Let's talk about reality for a bit, and get back to the true meaning of being Chowhounds.