I am not a foodie. Yes, you read that right. I definitely am not a foodie. It might come as a surprise for some of you who have been following this blog as you might have noticed how much food-related posts I have written here. I am, just like a lot of others out there, a normal person who loves to eat but that doesn’t give me the right to brand myself as a foodie. Let me tell you why.
A foodie is not even a word per se, it’s a term used as a corporate marketing scheme to distinguish people who love good food. I think it’s a dumbed-down term of the word epicure which is a person who takes particular pleasure in fine food and drinks. I am none of these.
A foodie or epicure would go as far as paying for an airline ticket just to be able to have the first-hand experience of an exquisite dish and they do this as a hobby. They are not paid to do it nor were they dining there for free. They eat something because it is their passion, it is what makes them who they are. For them eating is an art form and not merely to satisfy one’s hunger.
Having said all that, I’m definitely not one of them. Why am I saying this now? Because there are just way too many bloggers these days who claim to be a master of this foodie business which they know nothing about and I think that’s just a shame for those who are a true and real foodie/epicure. In this city alone (Doha), I can honestly just name 2 bloggers who are definitely living up to the true meaning of a foodie.
I love food but that’s because I love to eat. I love to write hence, all the food-related blogs that I’ve written on this website. Also, I love to travel which is a subject that I am very much an expert on and as you know, travel and food always go together. A travel experience is not complete if you’re unable to try out a local dish. A food shows so much of a place’s culture and tradition which if you ask me, is what makes up a travel experience whole.
However, if you will look closely – I would most likely write about the overall experience that I had in a particular restaurant and not solely about the dish that was served to me. As an example – I cannot, for the life of me, distinguish what kind of fish I’m eating. For me, a fish is a fish and it all tastes the same. See? If I said that in front of a chef he/she might have whacked my head with a cutting board.
I love to eat and I blog so that must make me a food blogger even if I’m not a foodie right? If you will take it as a plain context (food + blog = food blogger) then yes, you’re probably right but I also don’t have the confidence to brand myself as such. For me, I think that for you to be honestly called a food blogger you should at least know how to cook. I consider my kitchen as a war zone, I’m always surprised when a dish I cooked is good because normally I’m already happy if it is edible. So do we all agree now that I also am NOT a food blogger?
I’m not going to lie, all the food posts that I’ve done have opened up doors for me to get invited to try out restaurants around the city for free. I would be a hypocrite if I say that dining for free isn’t a good deal for me but I also accept these invitations because I want to have something to write on my blog. I’m not traveling everyday so I can’t possibly write travel-related posts all the time. I have to keep the blog running and if that means I have to attend events and accept dinner invitations to have something to write about then I will do it.
I do decline invitations though – just recently, I have declined an invitation to dine in a luxurious restaurant in a 5 star hotel. Why? Because that’s not the kind of food I enjoy and I was very honest about it. I told the PR that I’m not the kind of diner who spends a keen amount of energy to distinguish the ingredients used by the Chef which made the dish served special and I think, for the fancy restaurant that they have – they would need someone who knows this craft better than me. In the end, she was both glad and surprised that I declined the invitation. Surprised because some other bloggers would jump at the opportunity to have dinner in a fine dining setting for free. Her words, not mine.
As annoying as it may be, I tend to not really care if someone else calls themselves a foodie/food blogger even if they know nothing about food per se because it’s their business not mine. It’s not like I can make them stop from branding themselves as such so I’ll just leave them be. I am however, saying all these things to my readers just to let you know what I am not.
I write about my food experiences everywhere I go but please, don’t make me your guide to decide which restaurants to try and not to try because what I’m writing here is based solely on my non-expert taste palate.
Also, if you’re looking for a true foodie – you may want to watch the documentary called… What else? FOODIES. I watched it on the flight on the way to Greece and I’m absolutely amazed that there are such people like them. This movie just validated my claim that I am NOT a foodie. Here’s the trailer: