For the past six years, I’ve tried to give you all a decent schedule of where the myriad of food trucks were in the Bay Area. I started this blog simply because I wanted to know where the trucks were. This was before Off the Grid had an app, Moveable Feast was embryonic as well as Food Truck Mafia and Taste of the World was just a glimmer in someone’s eye. SoMa StrEAT Food Park was an empty lot. But I didn’t know about any of that when I started. I got on Twitter, found out about a few trucks and it snowballed from there. There really wasn’t anyone out there who supplied information about the trucks. So I thought I would try to do it.
I’ve watched in the last six years trucks come and trucks go. There are about two hundred trucks out there now, a huge amount from when I started out here. We have more daily and weekly events that bring them together so we can eat as a community. There are more options out there than ever before: American, German, Filipino, Japanese, Indian, Ethiopian, Soul, Mexican, Peruvian, Korean, Chinese, Thai, Singaporean, Taiwanese.. So many that I can’t even name them all. There have been a few trucks that have left the scene – chefs that took brick and mortar restaurant jobs or took their trucks to brick and mortar; chefs that burned out from the 14 to 18 hours days, seven days a week of being out there; chefs that chose to go to solely catering. I miss a lot of them. One of the first trucks to befriend me in real life was Seoul on Wheels with the lovely Julia. I thank you, Julia, from the bottom of my heart, for being nice to me, for having a good product. I wish you well in your future endeavors.
During the last six years, I have gone through a lot personally. Less than a year after starting, I was diagnosed with breast cancer and knowing that some of you were actually tuning in, it helped me keep motivated to working on the blog, even if I was too tired. Even if I was having a hard time staying awake. I worked on the blog knowing that my readers would want to know what would be out there for them. This blog gave me hope, strength and on occasion, love.
In the last six years, I’ve kept my identity semi opaque so that I could be objective. There were a few trucks who knew my real identity and I want to thank them for their kindness to me in the last six years: Frozen Kuhsterd, Hongry Kong and The Waffle Roost. I’ll still be out there trying to catch up with you guys when I can.
Coming to the decision to stop the blog wasn’t easy. In the last six months, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about it. A lot of things have changed in my life. My health in some ways is getting better – in other ways, I need to do more. But mostly, I need to refocus on being a daughter to my Mom, a wife to my husband, a devoted Mother to my son and a good friend to the people who have had my back for so long. Right now, my family needs me more than anything else so I’m going to start giving them all of my attention.
One of the things that helps me make this decision easier is knowing that I leave you guys with a better option in my stead. Please, use Mobolet.com or download the app from Android or the iTunes store. He has created an amazing app that is far more comprehensive than anything that I could do. I wish you nothing but the best of luck, Mobolet, in guiding the Bay Area food truck fans to where the trucks are.
Another set of thank yous I want to give are the women who helped me when they could shape the Foodbitchess: Wendy, my sister from another Mother, who helped me with the IT side of it; Charissa, who did the best she could with what I could give her shaping the site and Christina, my marketing guru who now is a photographer of note. Thank you, ladies, for being the backbone for my crazy scheme.
So, Bay Area, I say farewell. Please keep being weird, wild, wonderful and don’t forget to embrace the food truck scene. You can learn a lot about the world around you if you just go outside to find it. To quote Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it. (Thank you, John Hughes)
Sincerely and with great affection,
The Foodbitchess aka Kim