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I was thinking lately that if I wasn't a vegetarian, I'd be a foodie, because I was raised to appreciate good food and good cooking, which is what foodies enjoy. And contrary to public misconception, we veg*ans enjoy good food and good cooking as well. However, veg*ans can't just walk into any restaurant and order anything off the menu, which kind of hampers one's ability to be a genuine "foodie".

Or does it? Can a veg*an be a foodie?
 

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Of course veg*ns can be foodies. Half my life has been driven by studying, trying and creating food. I once cooked on a regular basis for a lady who was allergic to a strain of enzyme found in protein. If she at it she could have a brain aneurysm! She couldn't eat ANYTHING that constituted as protein. beans, soy, tofu, meat, gluten, dairy, nothing. But she was relentlessly a foodie. I would take what she could eat and stretch it as far as I could. I would create the most interesting and delicious combinations I could come up with. And she would eat it up and critique it.

I like veg*n foodies far better, and always have, because we can sculpt true master pieces from earth grown ingredients. If we leave our ingredients plain they are still beautiful works of art sculpted by mother nature. Whether you are dipping a chilled spoon into a veg*n avocado creme brulee or taking a bite from a fresh crisp Fuji apple, the feeling is still the same, love, respect and intrigue for the food you put in your body. Anyone who tells you you need to eat meat to be a foodie is ignorant.
 

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I think vegans can be foodies. My brother is really into going to nice restaurants and taking us out for dinner, if the place doesn't have vegan options they just make me something. With all the veg*n restaurants opening it makes it easier too.
 

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Originally Posted by Amy SF View Post

However, veg*ans can't just walk into any restaurant and order anything off the menu, which kind of hampers one's ability to be a genuine "foodie".

Or does it? Can a veg*an be a foodie?
We can't always walk into any restaurant this is true, but I can walk into a vegan one and experience that.
 

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I think you can. A foodie will have a set of criteria for evaluating food experiences that may include taste, presentation, service, ambience, etc. A veg*an can be just as passionate about food but will judge on at least one additional criteria: whether an animal suffered or died in the making of that food.
 

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Another foodie here.

A foodie to me is one who enjoys food, and enjoys thinking about food and experimenting with food. Although we can't use meat and fish etc, we still leaves so many ingredients to experiment with. And I think veg*ns are more adventurous - when the main bit of the meal is taken away, you have to think outside the box, and that is when food starts to get really exciting and fun.

Meat eaters think that veg*ns have a limited diet: I would argue that it is them that are limited, mainly by their imagination - they think that meat/fish/dairy HAS to be in a meal. There are many ingredients I use that most of my meat eating friends have never tried, or even heard of. If a meat eater compared my food cupboards with theirs, they would find a wider range of foodstuffs in mine.
 

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I agree with those who say yes. We just eliminate one set of ingredients. An omni foodie may not eat dishes containing onions or mushrooms. Preferences don't make me any less passionate about what I eat.
 

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My girlfriend and I have made an art out of vegetarian tourism. Spend a few weeks in a place like India or Taiwan and then tell me you can't be a vegetarian foodie :p
 

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I wasn't a foodie until I became a vegetarian.
Me too, I always liked food and cooking, but I didn't become passionate about it untill I became vegetarian. It was then that I wanted to experiment, try lots of new recipes, go to food events, eat out whenever I could afford to (read: not that often!) and talk about food and really evaluate what I eat more and more. I'd rather go for a meal out than almost anything, it's my favourite thing!
 
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