when you spend more time reading food labels,
when you spend more time in specialty food shoppes than any clothing, shoe or movie theater,
when you go out to eat and analyze the entrees thinking, i can make this, and without all the added butter
when you pick up olive oils and other delish-unknown ingredients thinking, i wonder what i can cook with this....
then you know, you have become a foodie.
it happens slowly. quite unaware you start finding yourself in the kitchen, in kitchen stores, and simply loving it. your taste buds get refined, as you explore riches in the senses. and finally you have moved from surviving to thriving. meaning only the best quality will suffice.