"Foodie is an informal term for a particular class of aficionado of food and drink. The word was coined in 1981 by Paul Levy and Ann Barr, who used it in the title of their 1984 book The Official Foodie Handbook.
Foodies differ from gourmets in that gourmets are epicures of refined taste, whereas foodies are amateurs who simply love food for consumption, study, preparation, and news. Gourmets simply want to eat the best food, whereas foodies want to learn everything about food, both the best and the ordinary, and about the science, industry, and personalities surrounding food."
Daddy...is not a Foodie. Daddy is the homegrown result of a white bread, middle class family of six from Upstate New York - a homogenized distillation of umpteen generations of WASP cooking - our average menu was the culinary equivalent of low fat mayonnaise, but not quite as flavorful. Oh, and there was no drinking in my house, either - and that included wine. So...low fat mayo, and milk.
Since moving out of my parents house over two decades ago, I have certainly expanded my palate (and I've had an awful lot to drink), but I have never, and don't think I will ever be such a "fan" of food that the label of "Foodie" would ever apply to me. Daddy can give you two shows a night of liberal politics, LGBT rights and a list of which members of Congress are weenies and whack-a-moles (don't worry Boehner - you're still Number 1!) - yeah, with that stuff, I'm here all week, you're a great audience...try the veal.
But if you want to know about the veal...really understand the veal...you don't talk to Daddy.
You go check out "Dinner and a..."
I met Vince Umbrino, Chief Correspondent of "Dinner and a..." on the set of the web series, "Haywire". (What? You've never heard of this critically acclaimed web series featuring Daddy hisself?? Click HERE, and check it out!!) Since learning about his blog during that initial filming session, I've been dropping in from time to time when I need a break from my sanctimonious, socialist soapbox and there's always something entertaining to read. The title of his very first post is,
"And I got six syrups on the table, I gotta use every one of them...otherwise why be there?
Why be there?"
And that just tickled me. That's a smile with a side of fries (and the boy's got a thing or twelve to say about fries - don't think he hasn't). And so, our "Smile of the Week" (or week and a half, or month...I don't know - Smile of the Fortnight? Let's stick with week, although that's not all together accurate) goes to the lovely and talented Vince Umbrino and "Dinner and a...". Click the neon burger and check him out - I think you'll be glad you did.
Tell him Daddy sent you,
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