Probably one of my most used hashtags.
And not just mine, on Instagram today it has 66,296,419 posts! That’s a hell of a lot of foodies out there. Has this become a general term which has lost its impact due to over-use or is an actual term which describes a group, a large group of people?
We all enjoy eating right? We can’t actually survive without doing so, therefore in my opinion that isn’t a reason why people call themselves ‘foodies’. To me it is when someone can share an experience of eating a dish, of knowing where the produce was sourced, of knowing some of the history about it and being able to share ‘the best of’ places or dishes. This has become a hobby for me. I enjoy sampling different cuisines, dishes I haven’t eaten before, I have a real desire to learn how certain food is cooked, understand what ingredients are used to produce that pop of flavour and relish any opportunity to meet the chef to cram as many questions in as possible without sounding like a nut job! And to top it all off, if I can share the experience with others then my work is done.
When it comes to having dinner with the girls they always ask whether there is a restaurant on my blog review list that I want to visit, they love to get involved and be part of the review. I am lucky like that. They also try somewhere new, we all get to eat together and I have an opportunity to blog about it! #morefoodiesinthemaking
I am also not ashamed to say I am one of those people who fumbles in my bag to casually slide out my camera and snap away. Some dishes really are just the most instagrammable dish but for someone who has a memory like Dory it’s helpful to have a visual to remember how to make a plate of food look good!
The photography-at-the-table debate is interesting. Research suggests that constantly taking pictures of food can lead us to subliminally taste the food which results in the actual experience being less satisfying when we eat it, yet on the other hand it also suggests that taking pictures helps people pay more attention to their choices which can lead to weight loss. Whatever the reason, whenever we post pictures on social media we are helping to promote both ourselves and the restaurant which can only be a good thing. It’s all about the Giving Economy. Even Dirty Bones in Soho, London has displayed its support for guests showcasing their dishes. So much so they have created Foodie Instagram packs! I am visiting this week so stay tuned!
At the end of the day I take pictures because I enjoy taking pictures. Of pretty much anything. It sometimes leads to a restaurant review, it is sometimes just for my own interest.
And sometimes I just want to capture the memory of the experience, whether I am a foodie or not.
Are you a foodie too?
Do you also have your own definition as to what this means? I would love to hear what you think!
So hey you, yes you..I want to thank you for reading my post. Whether you’ve stuck around since the beginning of my journey or whether you’re new to my blog, thank you for reading and supporting. I genuinely appreciate it.