For Food Truck Date #2 with the Smile that Wooed TSA, we set it up using a new dating site that launched in the Bay Area called How About We. People post date ideas such as, “How about we… go on a food truck date?” and interested parties respond. It’s a fun way to just cut to the chase on meeting someone for a date that appeals to both your interests, without all the long, drawn-out emails.
The Smile was one of the first to reach out and let me know he was interested in going on a Food Truck Date (and we all know he’s pretty handsome from his photo), so I was looking forward to this date!
When I arrived at SoMa Streat Food Park, I was dying for a glass of wine to take the edge off the first date experience. I imagine by date 30, I’ll be a pro at this, but for now my nerves still bubble up in my belly. You might think that because I’m doing this project, I must be outgoing and bold, but really the truth is that dates make me sooooo nervous. Getting myself out there and comfortable with dating is another part of the many layers of reasons I’m doing this… but, I digress.
I was bummed to find out that even though I had read SoMa Streat Food Park serves alcohol, it’s only on the weekends. The cool thing though is that during the week, they allow you to bring your own alcohol – something I’ll have to keep in mind on my next date there. Is it appropriate to show up with a six pack of PBR to a date?! I think so – DUH.
When The Smile first arrived, I expressed this disappointment and apologized in the lack of availability of beer and wine because I personally think that’s part of the appeal of meeting there for a date, and he said, “Do you need alcohol?”
Um, awkward! Way to make me feel like an alcoholic, buddy! How are you supposed to answer that? Obviously the only logical answer is to lie through your teeth – “Haha. Um, no. Of course I don’t need alcohol.” When really I’d already had two glasses of wine at my office before I left, and wanted to be double-fisting vodka sodas.
The thing is, I think when The Smile arrived, we shared that mutual exchange within the first few moments of meeting someone when you can pick up that you’re just not each others’ type. So then what do you do – push through a couple hours of getting to know someone who you’re not romantically interested in?! Yep. Yay, dating! This is the number one thing I find to be pretty rough about meeting someone online or blind dating – the inability to measure chemistry.
It’s also a little rough when the person you meet complains about the food truck selection – I kinda felt like he didn’t even like food trucks, which confused me. He didn’t want to eat sushi from a food truck because he was afraid of the quality (even though I’m pretty excited to try out the Manna Sushi Food Truck someday soon).
When I suggested the barbecue truck, he mentioned there was a pretty stellar barbecue place a couple blocks away called Cathead’s BBQ. I love San Francisco restaurant suggestions anytime I can get them, and normally I’d jump at the chance to try a new place in the City, but I wasn’t going to not have this chemistry-lacking date not count toward my 50 Food Truck Dates! So I suggested we try out the barbecue from Smoking Warehouse food truck so he could compare it to Cathead’s. He agreed.
Except, then he received a phone call from work that he had to take. I super get that things come up, and my job oftentimes requires me to drop everything to put out a fire, so I really didn’t mind at all that he had to step away. But when the call stretched to 10-15 minutes, and I had to awkwardly stand and look around or fiddle on my phone, I felt a teensy annoyed. The Smile was super, super apologetic, but you guys – we all know that’s a Dating 101 no-no!
Needless to say, I think this date was far from a love match.
We got our food from Smoking Warehouse (a quick review of the food will be posted this week), and were finally able to get to know each other a little bit. The Smile’s combo of Peruvian and Mexican is where his handsome, dark-haired looks come from and also gave him an interesting background of growing up in Miami and the knowledge of the best Peruvian restaurants in the Bay (I’m a huge fan of Peruvian food, so that was a plus).
Additionally, he has one of the top five smiles I’ve probably ever seen on a guy – GORRRgeous. But, he just didn’t use it enough! I think I was able to see it once or twice during the date when I tried to make witty cracks to get him to laugh or loosen up, but overall we were a couple fries short of a Happy Meal. I generally like my dates with a ton of laughter. The Smile might have been able to woo TSA, but my heart’s going to keep on food truckin’.