food·ie noun \ˈfü-dē\
a person devoted to refined sensuous enjoyment (especially good food and drink).
“Everyone’s an effin’ foodie just because they want to be one, not because they really are.”
A friend ranted this once to me. He was talking about people claiming to be a foodie because they think being one makes other people think you have this higher knowledge about taste of food. I never noticed this, but after he mentioned it, I realized it was true. If I was to check my instagram and find which hashtag is most used, it’s actually the ,ever-so-popular, #foodporn. I know that some people just post the photo of their food on instagram for the sake of sharing or posting, but it would surprise you how much people post about food because they think they are foodies.
I, for one, WANTS to be a foodie. Not for the same reason almost everyone in the world has, but I want to know which restaurants serve the best steaks or which bakeries serve the best cupcakes. I want to know where I should go when I crave for Italian or Chinese. I want to know where I should bring my family if we feel like having a formal dinner or my friends if we just want a casual lunch.
I grew up in a family that is very meticulous when it comes to the taste of food. Having a chef for a dad and a baker for a mom, it would actually give me some taste in food even if I didn’t want to. The thing is, I’ve stopped appreciating good food when I started college. I had to live in a dorm with no place to cook real food. I ate junk food, fast food, and anything with preservatives. I would eat anything as long as it was something that can be eaten by almost anyone. I’ve lost the good taste I once had.
See this screen shot of my “foodie” draft a long time ago that until now still hasn’t been posted public.
“iCrave: My FoodTrip Bucketlist-Draft” Last modified: 2012/08/19
As much as I want to get back on the field and train my taste-buds back into shape, I just don’t have the time to anymore. Because of the busy schedule, I never had the chance to cook at home and just ate at whichever place was within the vicinity of where I was. But of course, I couldn’t let myself eat garbage forever! Although it wasn’t as much as when I was a kid, I made an effort to go out and find good places to eat–actually, more of go to the places people tell me where good food is. So far, these are the places I thought served good food and deserved the price I paid:
BIZU: the restaurant that makes one of the best macarons in the country
KOBE KAN: Curry Udon and Tekka Maki meal (plus my mom’s home-made crème brule) LEGIT JAPANESE FOOD RIGHT THERE!
VIA MARE: Spicy Tuyo Flakes with Garlic Rice and Atchara (although I didn’t like the atchara that much–you can still find better atcharas in other restaurants)
BANAPPLE: Although known for the cakes and pastries, I like their rice meals better. One of my favorites: Salpicao. I’m not sure about the sandwiches though.
KATSU CAFE: Imagine Yabu’s Tonkatsu. Now, subtract 50% from the price. That’s Katsu Cafe’s Tonkastu meal for you
SEATTLE’S BEST: I don’t like their coffee (I’m a Starbucks kid), but apparently I loved their Big Breakfast! Super worth the price!
SELAH’S: Their Chicken Masala tastes so good, Indians come to this restaurant for it!
LARCY’S: Even my mom didn’t say much about the cupcakes. That’s a good sign coming from someone who always complains about the taste.
RACK’S: I LOVE their onion rings. Very oily, but has right amount of sweetness.
I am very far from being a legit foodie, but I hope you guys enjoyed the photos and the reviews (they only made me hungry, though). I’m making a promise now to myself that I shall make more time and effort to visit new places to find good food. Thank you for letting me be a “foodie” for this post. I hope next time I do this, I’ll do it much, much better.
I wonder what will be my 19th? ; )