Fed up with foodies!

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I’m out.

It was fun while it lasted, but I can’t lump myself in with those people any more. It’s not like I was invited to join them anyway. Actually, nobody is. It’s just one of those groups you join if you feel yourself worthy. That’s right. I’m talking about foodies.

foodie2Yes, I too used to let my food get cold for five minutes so I could line up the perfect angles and lighting for a great Instagram shot. I’d order dishes that featured the buzz item of the season: garlic aioli, pork belly or truffle oil. Hot new restaurant open up? I’d be there within the first month.

But then I realized that a true lover of food doesn’t care for such things. Aficionados care more about how much they like a dish than how many people “like” their Instagram. They scoff at a menu so lacking in creativity that it follows current food trends instead of sticking with its own. And that hot new restaurant? A real appreciator of food would go to satisfy their curiosity, not just to say that they’ve been there.

Of course the foodie world isn’t as black and white as I’ve described, and I’m certainly aware it’s possible to enjoy a meal while sharing the experience on social media. But a couple of recent episodes got me really jaded about the whole culture. After hearing rave reviews about two new restaurants, I went to check them out hoping for the same OMG experience. I ordered the things that continuously popped up on my Instagram feed with comments like “best ____ ever!” to “you have to order this!” I was sure to like them too, right? Wrong. In fact, my experiences at these restaurants were quite disappointing. So that got me thinking. Why were my fellow foodies giving cheers when I wanted to give jeers?

foodie1Perhaps the human palate changes with age. I noticed that many of the social media foodies were on the younger side. This was even more evident when a few Facebook friends in my age bracket agreed with my rant. Or maybe the food just tastes better if you know you’re the first to try it at some media preview and can flaunt an “I’m here and you’re not” attitude. Who knows? Appreciation of food is so subjective it’s impossible to say anyone’s right or wrong.

In any case, I’m done being a foodie. Sure, I’ll still snap a pic every now and then, but I won’t pay attention to glowing early reviews. And any opinions I do choose to share will be honest and sincere.

So who wants to invite me to their restaurant preview now?

31 comments
RyanSenaga
RyanSenaga

Let's go Vintage Cave. Love it there.

sommenchanted
sommenchanted

I agree Myong - Good article.  I have a theory though.  As in wine some palates are just not as sophisticated, everyone is jumping on this foodie craze and some have been enjoying fine food for years.  And in addition everyone's palate is different - some love Hershey's candy bars and some love Scharffen Berger.  

ShelleyEEEEE
ShelleyEEEEE

Good write up Myong!! I've always respected your reviews and honesty.

ThisRobGreen
ThisRobGreen

@Myong Grrr, I was cringing a little bit when I completely agreed with you and you mentioned the whole age thing, haha. I think you do have a point about the generational differences and the exposure to good food. I see a lot of bandwagoning from the younger crowd but am disheartened when I end up trying it for myself. Case in point, there is a certain shabu shabu place that people wait in ridiculous lines for and after trying it a couple times I just don't like it. I've had better and prefer the one down the street, that gets less hype and yelp reviews, a lot more. Same thing with In n Out, not impressed, not a fan...at all...ever! To add to it, Hawaii is too small of a place for hype and pics on the popular page to carry a restaurant and their food. To do that they need good food that brings people back time and time again. Those are the places that you become a regular at; where you are confident in the food choices you make and tends to makes others question your eating habits sometimes,( me and my Korean yakiniku meatsweats) but thats what makes being a foodie and sharing your reviews and pics worthwhile. I agree that our palates mature over time and maybe being a foodie no longer fits. Maybe foodie belongs to our younger selves that need to have the newest and trendiest. Maybe being a foodie helps to lead us to a more developed stage. One in which we have a refined palate and discerning taste without becoming a food snob. I'd like to think so, it adds value to what we have done in the past and gives us sight of where we can go. But that doesn't make me old! Nice article/rant! (^_^)

adoboloco
adoboloco

This is pretty funny. Being parents of 3, we rarely go out. When we do it's usually to a favorite spot we've been before. Nothing irritates me more than spending money on food/service that we could've done better at home making.

If we had a restaurant, we'd invite you. But we'd make sure it was worth yours or anyone's time to stop by.

BixbyHo
BixbyHo

So you're back to movie reviews and questionable reviews on #H50?

PMZ808
PMZ808

I couldn't agree more.  Thank you for articulating it for me :-)  The undeserved buzz of recent and revisited food establishments is making me question the authenticity.  Maybe I'm a shopaholic instead of a foodie?  Yes, that's it!  I need to shop more. hahaha

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

I think you had some very bad luck....I was with you on one of those meals and I had to agree that your oxtail broth was bland. But I've been to that restaurant a few times and other than when I was with you, the meals have been great! Hey....maybe it's you?! LOL

Annoddah_Dave
Annoddah_Dave

MC:  I plan to open a restaurant...in my next life...you will definitely be invited!  All menu items will feature popcorn!! LOL

Annoddah_Dave
Annoddah_Dave

MC:  I am with you!  I rather the fuud dudes and dudettes be honest instead of showing off where they went and what they ate.  I prefer a comment like, "this was junk"! to "it had some nice qualities".

russkar
russkar

Myong, you couldn't be more on point. For some reason average to mediocre NEW Breakfast , Sushi and Chain Restaurants have been getting a load of undeserved buzz. 

Then when we finally try these places after all the glowing reviews and guess what ? The Emperor has no clothes...

I've made a point of not reviewing several of the new restaurants because if I don't have anything nice to say then why bother...lol

Myong
Myong

@RyanSenaga Dude, that's so weird you said that. I'm going tonight!

Myong
Myong

@sommenchanted  Yes, you're totally right. The appreciation of food is a very subjective subject so there really is no right or wrong. Thanks for reading and for the comment!

Annoddah_Dave
Annoddah_Dave

@ThisRobGreen @MyongHurrah!  Another person who does not get it with In & Out!  I thought I was the only one when I tell my friends "what's with In & Out"? and they look at me like I am from outer space!

Myong
Myong

@thisrobgreen Thanks for reading and for the comment! But I do have to disagree on In n Out....I love it! LOL

Myong
Myong

@BixbyHo  I think I'm done with the H50 reviews for now. I stopped watching early this 4th season. But yes, I will continue to do the movie reviews!

Myong
Myong

@PMZ808  Yeah, it appears that my experiences are not mine alone. Thanks for reading and for the comment!

dkMOMUS
dkMOMUS

@Melissa808 this brings to mind my experience at that place out in Ko Olina. Everyone raved when it opened, and another blogger reviewed it from the same weekend (and same menu) that we experienced and she said nothing excelled, but wouldn't badmouth anything :( So now her reviews: I don't trust.

Myong
Myong

@Melissa808  Well I actually went back to said restaurant for dinner just to give it another chance but it was just as bad. Haha....

Myong
Myong

@russkar  I hear ya Russ! Emperor with no clothes is the perfect way to describe what I'm feeling!

ThisRobGreen
ThisRobGreen

@Myong @Melissa808  But the bad experience let you know that you did not like it though right? So there is still some take away and that helps to become a little more critical in making food decisions based off foodie reviews, yeah? Good thing you guys have not steered me wrong yet.

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@Myong I know you did! You told me about it. I think they are sending you a message.....

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@ThisRobGreen @Myong totally agree. Also my stuff looks a little skewed because I only post stuff I like. If I have something and I don't like it, I don't post it. And believe me, there have been some duds over the years!

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