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Sep 18, 2007 02:59 PM

Ruth Lafler on NPR

Go Ruth! Good interview on the taco trucks. It was nice to put a voice to a name after reading your posts for years!

Sorry if I missed this somewhere else, I did a search and didn't see any posts on it...


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  1. Thanks for the heads up - is this it? Listening now ....

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    1. re: MMRuth

      Hooray Ruth! Chowhound gets a nod, too. (audio available after 4 p.m. PT)

      1. re: squid kun

        Thanks - I think it's after 7pm E.T. The link I posted turns out to be a previous piece on the Salinas taco trucks.

    2. Awesome! I will have to listen tonight when I have my speakers!


      1. Thanks, guys!

        Here on the left coast I'm still at work and haven't heard it yet. The reporter, Corey Takahashi, just called me a couple of hours ago to tell me it would be airing today -- we actually did the interview in June, but it hasn't been given priority in production and scheduling, since the topic isn't considered time-sensitive.

        Corey and I really had a lot of fun touring the taco trucks (especially when we went past the Hell's Angels HQ), and dog only knows I can chatter with the best of them -- I think he liked that he didn't have to do more than prompt me to get me to expound on almost anything, but afterward I started to worry that I was going to sound like a nattering fool! Of course, I haven't heard it, so I'm still worrying!

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        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          Just listened to it - not to worry, you don't sound like a nattering fool! Great piece.

          They did reveal your age though <grin>.

          1. re: MMRuth

            Thanks for the kinds words! I'm still nervous -- you know how you never like to hear yourself talk, because it always sounds funny?

            My age is not a state secret -- at least, I've identified my approximate age in many posts. Now I can look forward to people telling me, "you don't look 48!" -- oh, that was funny, too, because being a stickler for accuracy, Corey wanted to make sure my age wasn't going to change before the piece aired. I had to reassure him it was okay, my age won't be changing until March!

            1. re: Ruth Lafler

              Ruth - I'm curious. I've been googling and looking on wikipedia for CH and you. Not much out there. What's the deal? What is your background? How did the site get started? Just curious.

              1. re: southernitalian

                I'm just a chowhound poster like you! Although I've been on these boards a loooong time (more than six years), and so I've acquired a bit of local "fame" for my expertise on a couple of subjects, most notably Oakland taco trucks. When the NPR reporter was looking into doing a story on Fruitvale and its taco trucks, he was referred to me, and I offered to take him out for one of my "taco truck treks" so he could check them out himself. As for the history of the Chowhound site, there are better sources than I -- just know that it predates my participation by about five years!

                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  So Ruth, when are you going to take the rest of us on one of your (now famous) taco truck treks?!

                  1. re: sgwood415

                    I've done several for chowhounds in the past, but it's been a while. I might see if I can squeeze one into my schedule for October (after the Chowhound picnic).

              2. re: Ruth Lafler

                Okay, I just listened to it. Not bad, although I wish that of the couple of hours of tape he had of me he hadn't chosen that "too old and too white" sound bite!

                1. re: Ruth Lafler

                  I thought it was the funniest sound bite! Really made you sound like a true food adventurer, so don't worry about it.

                  I took particular interest in the piece because my hubby and I do taco tours (as we call them) all the time. Being from Denver, it's easy enough to get lost around the city looking for the best taco truck or taco place. Anyway, we found ourselves in San Francisco late last year and took public transport from North Beach to the Mission District to sample some of the best tacos ever. Like five taco joints on every block - it was amazing and a fulFILLING experience.

                  Great piece and if you ever find yourself in Denver, make sure to give me a shout out - we'll go taco trekking.


                  1. re: popcorn_denver

                    If you were impressed with the Mission District, your head will explode when you get to Oakland's Fruitvale. The food is so much better in the East Bay and Ruth called it well. San Francisco's taco scene is the bottom of the heap taste-wise in our area though it is more well-known. You gotta come back!

                  2. re: Ruth Lafler

                    Terrific interview, Ruth! That was a great sound bite and an example of your quick wit and self-deprecating style in an off-the-cuff remark. Lots of good info packed into the piece and you gave him a great insider's look at Fruitvale's best.

                    1. re: Melanie Wong

                      That's me: witty and self-deprecating! ;-) Since everyone seems to like that bit, I guess I'll have to defer to the reporter's judgment.

              3. re: Ruth Lafler

                Wow! I didn't know about this site until I heard this story on NPR today (I know, I've been living under a rock). These message boards rock!

                1. re: laandemi

                  Welcome! These boards do, indeed, rock!

                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                    No, you sounded bright and articulate--I just heard it about an hour ago here in Denver.