Foodie means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. To some, it may indicate a higher standard in dining preference, perhaps a snobbery or sense of superiority regarding what one allows to pass through his or her digestive track. To others, the term foodie may describe a person who eats anything and everything, from dirty New York City street food to experimental molecular gastronomy concoctions—if it’s edible, eat it.
|Keeping it local reduces the carbon footprint--credit|
As a new foodie, I’ve deemed it my responsibility to make informed choices about what and where I eat. This could mean shopping at the farmer’s market or nearby food co-op, or perhaps cooking out of Daniel Humm’s new cookbook, I <3 NY, which features local and sustainable ingredients as centerpieces in his recipes.
|Cooking at home is one way to control what you eat.|
I’ve made several food rules for myself, many of which are contradictory and some of which rarely make sense to anyone outside myself. But hey, we can’t all be perfect. When given the choice, I do not eat meat (which is almost always possible in the NYC dining scene), and I will refuse to eat any meat that has come from a factory farm. Due to a strange combination of government subsidies and American taste preferences, I often end up covering the bigger half of the bill with my veggie options, but feeling better and ethically accountable for the food I’m eating makes me feel like the best food lover I can be.
|Quinoa Salad from 'sNice--via Yelp|
|Thai Papaya Salad at Pukk--via Yelp|
|Local tomatoes from the Union Square Greenmarket--credit|
You wouldn’t buy a house or car without researching its background, so why not do the same with the food you’re putting in your body on a daily basis? Dig a little deeper. Look into where the food in a dish originated before you order it. Fresh ingredients – produced humanely and sustainably – make your dining experience that much more valuable and the food taste that much better. Isn't that what being a foodie is really about?
|via Eleven Madison Park|