Weimerica Weekly – Episode 23 – Foodies

Welcome to Weimerica Weekly Episode 23. The podcast airs every Wednesday.

This week’s podcast is on Weimerica’s obsession and preoccupation with food.

Weimerica Weekly is a podcast hosted by Ryan Landry that touches on the cultural, political and sexual topics that fill the mindspace of our United States of Weimerica. The politicization of all cultural and social degeneracy is examined with a focus on how it fits together.

Weimerica Weekly is produced by the Hestia Society and distributed by Social Matter.

Related Show Links: 

La Wik’s entry for “foodie”.

Foodie documentary IMDB page.

Andy Hayler’s foodie website. Constant content on dining.

Thanks to G.W. Rees for the introduction and outro music. G.W. Rees’ music can be found here on Soundcloud, Youtube, Facebook, Flickr and Instagram.

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11 Comments

  1. Nice topic. I sit next to a self-proclaimed foodie at my job and he is insufferable anytime restaurants or bars come up in conversation. Even my women co-workers, who like talking about these things, get annoyed by him. It’s absolutely a striver quality, and indicative of the modern trend of turning consumption itself into a hobby (much like being a “gamer” or belonging to a “fandom”).

    A couple more good links on the subject:

    http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/03/the-moral-crusade-against-foodies/308370/

    http://mpcdot.com/forums/topic/7317-is-wine-bullshit/

    1. “turning consumption itself into a hobby”

      Women are fantastic at this. They love to get “deals” at Homegoods, Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn, etc. and then congratulate each other on their great “finds.” Some of them have highly-developed skills at locating these “deals” and filling their houses with junk. Clothing, shoes, purses, etc. work about the same way. If their husbands make enough money, then it extends to jewelry, cars, houses, etc.

  2. Eating food cooked by someone else regularly is degenerate.

    1. I assume you don’t include wives in “someone else”.

  3. The attempt at making a traditionalist argument to explain chain restaurants in the Midwest fails. Maybe 10% of the people you see in Ohio today have any connection to the farming culture that was once there. They’re just very passive people. It’s more influenced by the Union mindset of doing what you’re told.

    Give me the small and family-run restaurants of the South, NY area or New England any day. Even if they’re being propped up by smug pretentious liberals, it’s a tradition worth preserving.

    1. Ryan, Columbus is the city you were thinking of. I went to school in central Ohio, just as Columbus was exploding. I can say, without equivocation, it is the most boring, bland place on the face of the earth, rivaled only perhaps, by those areas of Florida that are 100% transplant mid-westerners. At the time I lived there, if you asked a person for a restaurant recommendation, you were likely to get either Texas Roadhouse or Donato’s. The local central OH kids at school thought that Donato’s pizza was the greatest thing on earth. At every restaurant the beer selection was: Bud, Bud Light, Miller, Miller Lite, and Coors Light. I kid you not. The reason that Columbus was chosen as the test ground for not just restaurants, but all sorts of chain stores (clothing, etc.) was precisely because of its blandness and averageness (pretty sure that is not a word.) It is the most average place in the country, and its demographics are very average. Columbus is as interesting as its topography. Plus, Les Wexner’s empire is centered there and he is responsible for many of these brands that you see foisted on suburbanites across the country. I have a pretty well-developed rant about Columbus that I can launch into at the slightest provocation.

  4. Charlton_Taylor May 5, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    According to the Urban Dictionary:

    Foodie- A dumbed-down term used by corporate marketing forces to infantilize and increase consumerism in an increasingly simple-minded American magazine reading audience. The addition of the long “e” sound on the end of a common word is used to create the sensation of being part of a group in isolationist urban society, while also feminizing the term to subconsciously foster submission to ever-present market sources.

    Though the terms “gastronome” and “epicure” define the same thing, i.e. a person who enjoys food for pleasure, these words are perceived by the modern American consumer as elitist due to their latin root forms and polysyllabic pronunciations.

    Also spelled “foody”
    This newest repackaging of Third World derived ingredients in the latest Trader Joe’s product is ever so delicious and different, it’s really made for all you foodies out there to BUY NOW!

  5. I was watching a youtube video about making homemade deep dish pizza. The person making it, I believe, was a trained chef, and he used shredded mozzarella and powdered parmesan.

    According to one comment the usage of such ingredients was a foodie sin to which the poster considered it a personal insult. Quality mozzarella would be hard to shred and parmesan should be be grated from a fresh block, as he puts it.

    The chef responded back saying that he tries to use everyday ingredients that would commonly be found at a grocery store not named Whole Foods, and said that not everyone is a hipster. Of course the person who left the comment became defensive.

    As someone who makes homemade deep dish pizza every now and then my conscience is clear when I use powdered parmesan. The mozzarella I use inside the pizza is deli cut, though if I felt like it I’d have no issue using the shredded version. Everything is “forgiven” with a nice cold beer.

    1. I also want to add to my comment that the “foodie” mentality expands to fashion as well. For that are aware for raw denim, the “your jeans will tell a personal story” (and it can’t be just any brand of raw jeans – there’s a hierarchy) is a common thread throughout the defense towards those that may question fervent “lifestyle.” It can be said that raw jeans are the “independent” mom & pop stores/eateries vs the glutton carb ridden fast food chain filled with overweight people.

  6. http://thearchdruidreport.blogspot.no/2016/05/the-dawn-of-cthulhucene-retrospective.html?showComment=1462518102173#c2120755561040300411

    “Justin, if a respectable institution wanted to interview me, I’d be perfectly willing — I see no reason to be prejudiced against mere respectability! 😉 As for the changes in the Alt-Right, could you point me to some sources? As I noted above, I haven’t kept up with that movement to the extent I probably should have. ”

    http://forum.socialmatter.net/discussion/96/peak-oil#latest

    interview this guy

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