50 Food Truck Dates | San Francisco Blog
When a tweet from the U.K. winner of a year’s supply of Chilango burritos caught Jeanna’s eye, her synapses started firing. Richard, the man who had an entire year of never being hungry to look forward to, decided to take a different girl on a burrito date every week of the year and blog about it on 52burritodates.com. Jeanna wanted to do something similar, but with her own twist: fifty dates, fifty food trucks—not necessarily with fifty different men, if she happened to find the right guy he’d have a lot of street food in his future—and fifty new, bloggable experiences.
Jeanna has spent the last year doing just that for her blog 50 Food Truck Dates. When we first found out about Jeanna’s blog, we couldn’t resist collaborating with her. (Us food truck blogs have to stick together!) So we tagged along for date #25 at Doc’s of the Bay, a food truck dedicated to taking the classic burger shack to a whole new level. Doc’s was at one of their home spots in front of the Kingfish Pub, and they were such an amazing host for our outing. Steve, who actually works on the truck, was the lucky date.
Doc’s of the Bay Truck
They made this cute sign for Jeanna.
Jeanna would never describe herself as high-maintenance. Witty, vivacious, eloquent, and outgoing, Jeanna is the type of girl who would gladly choose a conversation held over a plate of sizzling tacos at an outdoor table over smoothing a linen napkin over her lap in a stuffy, high-end restaurant. Which is precisely why she chose food trucks as her venue of choice for finding her next Mr. Right. “I prefer low key dates. I like to be outdoors and moving around, it gets the nerves out. Every place has a food truck: museum events, concerts, weekend block parties… there are so many different ways to incorporate a food truck into a date.”
Jeanna of 50 Food Truck Dates. Look at the cute table they setup for her date inside the Kingfish Pub.
Her date for the night, Steve!
What followed was an experiment turned full-time project as her idea took on a life of its own. With it came some unexpected challenges, not the least of which was the implications of sharing her personal observations and experiences in a very public forum, “I have everybody I know reading this, every single coworker, every friend, every future employer, every date I go out with. Everytime I write I think about who reads it,” she says. “It’s hard to write objectively about a person if I don’t like them, or want to make fun of them, or if they were rude or silly, or whatever. I don’t want to bash people online, but to really get someone interested in reading and paying attention, you have to be truthful.”
Now halfway through the experiment, Jeanna finds herself looking back over the past year a little wiser, with a bit of humor and a lot of gratitude, “It’s far more planning and coordinating and writing than I ever would have imagined. But I’ve also been able to meet a ton of really cool people, and have had a lot of great opportunities, I’ve traveled for it. I’ve been offered to do some excerpts in books, and I get interviewed on the radio. It’s actually been really cool. Just the people I’ve met through it, more than just the guys I’ve dated, have been really fun and interesting.”
Read about Jeanna’s date with Steve on her blog, and keep an eye out for our own date with Doc’s of the Bay coming up!
Written by Terri Phillips
Kris and Keith getting ready to serve up some deliciousness to the daters.
Doc’s Classic Burger
Fennel-Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Doc’s Black Bean Burger
Steve giving Jeanna a tour of the truck.