I get around St. Louis quite a bit. My friends would say I’m always into something weird. Pretty regularly, I find myself at a new (at least to me) place or event.
Having been to such a high number of restaurants and bars, high and low brow and everywhere in between, a question that often follows is along the lines of, “so are you a foodie?”
My answer is often an uncertain “uh, I don’t think so.” But the more I’ve thought about it, I do think the answer is “no.” I don’t often crave specific foods. I don’t know the difference between braising and broiling. I don’t think I could identify a porterhouse from a prime rib.
For me, a driving factor behind my nonstop social schedule of one of discovery around place and the people that inhabit them. I’m not food driven, I’m experience driven. To feel a place. To be able to describe what its like and the emotions it renders and senses it trips is what really excites me. Don’t ask me where you should go for seafood, tell me what kind of seafood experience you’re looking for.
But all that said, I may be looking at the definition of foodie the wrong way because the camera roll on my iPhone has plenty of pictures like this
Pho @ Kim Son Seafood
Shrimp risotto with squid ink @ CAM’s “Feast Your Eyes”
Espresso with candied orange @ Maevas
So am I a foodie? Probably not. But am I driven to find the most untrodden corners of my city? You bet!