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Announcing Columbus Food Adventures

I haven’t been posting as much on Hungrywoolf in recent weeks as I would like, but I think I have a good reason. I’ve been working towards the launch of a new venture, my new business – Columbus Food Adventures. Starting July 27th I will be offering small group food tours of Columbus. We are starting with three itineraries: a Short North walking tour, a van based taco truck tour and a van based alt.eats tour. More itineraries will be added during the course of the year and we will also be offering private group tours.

Food tours are the culmination of so many of my interests and passions – travel, food and pride in the city that I now call my home. I first had the idea to offer food tours in Columbus over a year ago, when I was trying figure out what to do next. At first I wasn’t sure that the idea was viable but over the course of the last year the signs have kept pointing in this direction. We had a staggering turn out to our taco truck tour in April; research revealed a relative lack of tour options in Columbus; and national recognition of the Columbus food scene kept growing. In addition more and more people, from friends to journalists, started asking us to take them on tours. It was clear the demand was there.

Everyone I mentioned my idea to was so enthusiastic about the possibility of food tours in Columbus that the idea gradually took on a life of its own. Before I knew it I was signing company papers and shopping for a van. It’s already been a huge learning curve, but it’s very exciting.

I have had a wonderful response and support from business owners, tourism and restaurant organizations and I am thankful for our fantastic partner businesses. I can’t wait to show them off.

I hope that you will help us to celebrate the launch of Columbus Food Adventures at the North Market ‘s Dispatch Kitchen on July 22nd 6-9pm. Please leave a comment if you plan to attend.

The website is www.columbusfoodadventures.com and you can follow us on facebook or twitter.

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Sunday Afternoon in the Park

Carlos, the owner of the two Las Delicias trucks told us that he relocates his newer truck to Rhodes Park on Sundays. When he mentioned that there were other food vendors there, we were curious and we’ve been waiting for a sunny Sunday afternoon to check it out.

The vendors are here to to feed hungry soccer players and spectators and games run all day from 9am until it gets dark. Apart from two ice cream trucks circling around, most of the vendors were Mexican including two taco trucks – Las Delicias II and El Mexicano. The rest of the vendors had set up tents and tables and there were coolers galore. It was like a mini festival and it happens every weekend.

Common offerings included: tacos, tostadas, chicharrones preparados (fried pork rinds topped with pickled pork rinds), agua frescas (pineapple, watermelon or horchata), nieves (ice creams) and fresh fruit cocktails. There were rumors of tamales, but as we never found them I’m guessing they sell out early.

The fresh fruit cocktails contained varying proportions of mango, cucumber (pepino), jicama and watermelon (sandia) and could be topped with your choice of lime, salt, hot sauce or chamoy.

Chamoy is a sauce made of pickled fruits and is simultaneously sweet and salty and spicy. It definitely gives the fruit an added dimension.

Whether your preference is fruit cocktail, pork rinds or ceviche, watching some soccer and cooling off with some nieves or agua fresca, is a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon in the park.

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Luc’s Asian Market

We just wrote a post on about Luc”s on alteats but I am so enamored with this new find that I wanted to post something on hungrywoolf as well. It seems that a lot of the best ethnic food in Columbus is hidden in the back of grocery stores (Arirang, Mecca, Salam) and this is no exception. The market is fascinating, but what keeps taking us back to Luc’s is their prepared food.  What the dining area may lack in polish the food makes up for in flavor.

As you walk in, the first thing you see is a refrigerated food case. The contents vary daily and may contain pickles, salads, sauces, rolls, dumplings and desserts. While there are some interesting options in there, unless its Monday the real destination as in the back left corner of the store.

Head past the aisles of rice and noodles, the other refrigerator with exotic fruits and the boxes of fruit piled on the floor.

Stay focused, there is much more to distract you on your way: the store is a treasure trove full of fresh noodles, live crayfish, preserved duck eggs, fresh quail eggs, pork bung and woks bigger than a regular stove.

Once you work your way through the produce and frozen section, your destination is now in sight. The produce area is my favorite even though (or perhaps because) I need help identifying half of the items displayed.

Finally you have reached the counter and can peruse the menu and place your order. Luc’s has a lot of interesting dishes on offer but the owner said that she sells mostly pad thai and fried rice and she’s threatening to discontinue some of the less popular dishes. I’m hoping that we can stimulate some demand so that she will change her mind. Everything we have eaten has been really good, but the pork chop I had on my last visit was hard to beat. Marinated with lemongrass, beguilingly sweet and oh so succulent, it was easy to love. You can also have pork on top of vermicelli or in a bahn mi sandwich.

Luc’s is at 3275 Sullivant Ave. The kitchen is open Tuesday-Sunday 9-7pm. They usually have pre-made bahn mi sandwiches on offer at the cash register as well as the dishes in the refrigerated case.

More photos to whet your appetite on flickr.

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