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Updates, Excuses, etc…

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Photo by Eric Albrecht (Columbus Dispatch)

I haven’t been posting on Hungrywoolf as much as I would like to and I still have a lot of posts to catch up on from my trip to England and France as well as a Slow Food weekend in Athens (Ohio) and some other random bits and pieces.

One of the reasons that I have been neglecting Hungrywoolf.com is that Taco Trucks Columbus has been really busy. You may have read about our taco TV experience on the tacotruckscolumbus website. Well here is the result of our day filming with 10TV.

Our website and the taco trucks were also featured in the Columbus Dispatch and as well as the article, there is a fantastic slide show. We were very lucky that Eric Albrecht (an amazing photographer) accompanied us for a Dispatch Taco Tour. We were also featured in a Columbus Foodcast and organized a sucessful Columbus Underground meat-up to share the delights of Los Guachos Al Pastor tacos. Taco trucks Columbus has now had over 40,000 hits and the google map has had even more.

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Al pastor tacos from Los Guachos

We have also been following up on leads of new trucks and trying to keep the website updated as trucks move and we get new information. This is a great time of year for taco trucking and I hope that you will have as much fun discovering Mexican street food as we have. We love it when we go to a truck and someone says that they found out about it through our blog.

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Yesterday the taco trucks Columbus team met up for the opening of Dirty Frank’s, a new restaurant venture by wonder-woman Liz Lessner and her Fiance Harold LaRue. Dirty Frank’s is a hot dog restaurant with some interesting variations on the classic dog (pictured is the Ohioana with spicy corn relish), slushies and all sorts of other goodies, including deep fried leeks! We were caught on video by Columbus Alive. It was so good we ended up going back again the same day. Thanks Liz – and congratulations.

Apart from our travels, June had some great food highlights. I already posted about Alana’s and here are a few other random ones:

Black raspberry and mulberry picking at Lucky Cat Farm

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Grilled figs stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in bacon.

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Lamb burgers with pate (in the middle) and goats cheese on top (not for the faint hearted).

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Discovering La Tapatia Mexican grocery store with its amazing produce section (who can resist 10 limes for $1)

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April Highlights

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More visits to the Mi Li Cafe and I have almost worked my way through the menu. On our last visit the owner told us ‘you are so brave, you will eat anything’. This was after a bowl of Bo Kho, a delicious beef stew with brisket and beef tendon and a glass of Che Ba Mau, a three bean drink (more of a dessert really) with three layers of different beans (mung beans, adzuki beans and I’m not sure of the third) with shaved ice and coconut milk. Bizarre, very sweet and defies all your bean expectations. No photo – it has to be seen to be believed. Despite my love of the frozen taro bubble tea, I promised on my next visit to try another Vietnamese drink speciality Sam bo Luong made from seaweed, lotus and barley.  Apparently it is also really sweet. hmmm. I am skeptical (especially because in her description lotus sounded like locusts) but I now have a reputation to maintain!

The Details Experience and several other trips to Details to eat fish tacos, sip cava and mourn the departure of Chef Drew and his smoked pastrami and maple syrup. foie_gras1

Earth Day, celebrated in my usual style with a free veggie burger at the Northstar Cafe and as if that wasn’t enough, we got free coffee at Kick Start too. We thought that they had all of the lights off because of Earth Day, but it turned out that the West Side of High St in the Short North had a power outage. 

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Some new discoveries at Jeni’s – the manhattan float with bourbon soaked cherries and Boylan’s cherry soda and the cocoa rococo sundae. Look at all those nuts! I can’t wait for their Mother’s Day special flavors (although I think they may only be available online). Cafe au lait and mimosa sorbet sound amazing. 

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Morels from the Greener Grocer sautéed in butter. I believe these ones were from Oregon, but they have had local ones too. Definitely a splurge item – unless you are lucky enough to pick some yourself. img_2722

Ohio versus the World wine tasting for Columbus Foodcast at Oinosnervosa’s comparing some of the best of Ohio wines with similarly priced wines from around the world. I discovered some more Ohio wines that I like. I was already a fan of Kinkead Ridge but I particularly enjoyed their (other label) River Village Cellars Syrah Ohio River Valley 2006 and Ferrante Golden Bunches 2007 is a very good local Riesling. It was a fun and educational evening and there some excellent cheeses to boot.

The much awaited return of Bono TO GO, currently serving Pizza from their mobile wood fired oven in the parking lot outside their new premises in Grandview. They hope to be open sometime in June serving pizzas, crepes and caesar salad – watch this space.  

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The famous San Rolando. Pizza Perfection.

The Taco Truck Tour. It was a fantastic day and we had a great turnout. It was really exciting to share our enthusiasm for taco trucks and see how much others enjoyed their food. I am already looking forward to the next tour. There will soon be a Columbus Foodcast about tacotruckscolumbus.com.

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Taco trucking. We still continue to check out leads on new trucks (our most recent discovery was Mi Chula) and revisit old favorites. One of our favorites is Los Potosinos and I love the family that owns it as well as their food. It is evident how much they enjoy what they do and how proud of their product they are. Every time we go there seems to be some delicious new dish or drink – last night hibiscus water and sopes. Lydia assures me that drinking the hibiscus water will make me skinny, which is much needed after all those tacos. They have a lot of dishes that are not on standard taco truck menus including their famous Pollo al Carbon and tostada borraches.  Their coconut ice cream is perfect for a hot afternoon and was a favorite on the taco tour. 

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Hibiscus water and dried hibiscus

Hibiscus water and dried hibiscus

We have had several fun evenings sitting eating and chatting in front of Los Potosinos. Here CMH Gourmand attempts the Mexican equivalent of the Dagwood – the torta loca especial. Inconceivably, CMH Gourmand was again defeated by a sandwich. Even with help from the Foodcast crew he only managed half. It truly is a Mexican monster.

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Home smoked salmon thanks to Donna who caught it, brought it back from Alaska and generously shared it with us and BB who smoked it and paired with a beautiful cocktail of dill infused vodka with a dash of tomato oil.

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One of BB’s experiments this month wasa bacon explosion. This became a group project with no shortage of volunteers and skills on offer and plenty of bystanders to drool and crack jokes. Whether you think the idea is genius or crackpot you can read more it here

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One of our taco tripping discoveries was the bakery Otro Rollo on Sullivant Avenue (close to the Taqueria Little Mexico). Our favorite items so far have been the elusive caramel filled churros (we have been back twice for more to no avail – only one of their staff makes it and it seems to be a lottery when) and vanilla cream filled donuts with chocolate sauce. Unbelievably good.

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The First Taco Truck Tour

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Thank you so much to everyone who came on the taco truck tour and to Jim and Andy for helping to make it such a fun event. I have to admit to being apprehensive about how it would go but the everyone seemed to have a great time and the response has been wonderful. Over 80 people showed up and I think most people went to 3 or 4 trucks. Some were already taco truck aficionados and others were truckin for the first time. We were so lucky with the weather and the truck owners did a great job speeding through all the orders. I am  glad that so many people have joined the taco truck bandwagon. I get the impression that many will be back, especially for the pollo al carbon. The food really is fantastic and great value and I am glad that we were able to introduce people to some of our favorite west side trucks. 

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It was fun to see the variety of transport modes – scooters, motorbikes, bikes as well as cars (maybe we need a COTA taco truck tour?) and the variety of beverages that were paired with the tacos. I guess horchata isn’t for everyone. 

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For me the best part of the tour was seeing peoples enthusiasm when they tasted the food and it was a perfect afternoon for leisurely eating, laughing with friends and meeting new people. Everyone was free to go at their own pace, try and few or as many trucks as they wanted, so it was a very relaxed atmosphere. 

Some of the food and drink highlights were the cantaloupe agua fresca at Little Mexico, the coconut ice cream at Potosinos and my new discovery – tostada borraches at Potosinos. This is a vegetarian dish (rare at the taco trucks) with pinto beans, cactus, cheese, salsa and sour cream. Spicy but wonderful. I am looking forward to trying some of Lydia’s other new dishes. As well as the standard taco truck fare, she has added some regional dishes from San Luis Potosi. 

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One of my favorite taco truck foods are gorditas (even I can have too many tacos) and Little Mexico has some of the best. Here the owner shows us one of his homemade gordita shells. Tasty, filling and amazing value. 

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All in all it was a great day. We even found a new taco truck – and it’s PINK!

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For those who missed the first tour, don’t worry there will definitely be an East side tour later this year and there are plans for a cycle tour as well. We hope you will be able to join us. In the mean time, find a friend, use the map, pick a truck (or two) and try some tacos! If you have questions feel free to post them here or on the tacotruckscolumbus website.

Here are some other write ups of the event  from CMH Gourmand, Columbus Foodie and Taco Drew and some more photos

If you would like one of the awesome taco truck tour t shirts- you can, courtesy of Skreened.


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Taco Truck Tour – April 25th

This is cross posted from tacotruckscolumbus.com

We’ve encountered gargantuan Tlayudas, succulent Pollo Al Carbon, and the delicious and unique flavors of parts of animals we never knew existed. Cincinnati looks upon these offerings with envy, while Cleveland says, “yeah, we’ll take some of that.” and Japan – well, we have no idea what they actually think of it all (our Japanese is a bit rusty…) but we seem to have caught their attention for some reason or another…

In short, we’ve come to believe that Columbus has something special in it’s taco truck offering, and this is an offering we’d like to share with you – so it is with much enthusiasm (and a little sense of trepidation) we announce our first taco tour.

We intend for this to be an informal event.  The tacotruckscolumbus team Hungry Woolf, Taco Drew and CMH Gourmand will of course be on hand for suggestions and with a basic itinerary in mind, but our main goal is to land a group of interested folks in an ideal location that allows for easy access to the west side’s taco truck offerings (an east side tour is in the works).

We encourage anyone with interest to meet us on April 25th, 1:30pm at the Ohio Thrift parking lot near the Taqueria Little Mexico truck.  This truck’s offerings will provide an excellent overview of the basics of taco truck cuisine, and the more than ample parking lot should allow for carpooling to subsequent trucks if so desired. 

You will be free to go at your own pace, deviate off the route and to join us for as long (or short) as you would like. There are plenty more trucks in the area for those who can’t get enough or don’t want to wait in line. Save some room for some of Lydia’s excellent Postino style Pollo Carbon at the final stop, or take some home with you. We envisage the ‘full’ tour taking up to 4 hours. 

It would be great for us to have an idea of numbers so we can forewarn the trucks owners. Please RSVP to Hungry Woolf / Loba Hambre.

If you have questions please post them in the comments section, incase someone else has the same question.

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Taco Tripping

I believe that Saturday marked the sixth of our taco truckin’ excursions and it was one of the most intriguing. Having launched the taco truck blog we were following up on some of the new suggestions that had been posted. You can read more about our adventures here. As well as finding some new taco trucks we also had a number of other taco and non taco related discoveries. 

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A truck we had visited before was Tacorriendo but we had neglected to try the ceviche tostada. Based on a recommendation we went back to try it and I am glad we did. Light, crispy and refreshing – a good contrast to the hot meat filled tacos. 

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Saturday felt a little like a Guinness Record Book attempt, not just due to the quantity of food we consumed but also because the trucks seemed to fall into record breaking categories: the largest, the oldest and the most unusual. 

The largest truck of them all is Super Torta II a huge RV like taco truck which has an intercom set up and returnable plastic plates for those who ‘eat-in’. img_2332

The oldest truck was Little Mexico, which was the first taco truck in Columbus and we noticed is so established in its location that it has an electric meter and a satellite dish on the nearest phone pole.  img_2320
One of the most unusual trucks that we found and by luck happened upon was La Guaguita, a Dominican owned operation where the owners offered us samples of their delicious food. Highlights were the Conch salad, carne guisada and the mofongo. 
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Conch salad and tostones (plantains)

Two other trucks of note were Las Brazas where the tacos were accompanied by french fries and Los Potosinos which was one of the most friendly taco trucks. I highly recommend their grilled chicken (Pollo al Carbon) as well as the tacos and you can hear more about them from CMH Gourmand.

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Las Brazas

In the non-taco realm we happened upon Smokey Joes, a barbecue stand that sets up Friday- Sunday on Hamilton Road. CMH Gourmand, a Kansas City BBQ judge, could not pass by without sampling the wares and we added rib tips and brisket to our calorific intake. 

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Sullivant Avenue has a wealth of interesting ethnic food establishments. Relevant to our trucking mission was Koki’s a tortilleria that makes most of the tortillas that we sampled at the various taco trucks. They make white corn, yellow corn and flour tortillas and the corn tortillas are amazingly cheap. They also have a small selection of Mexican convenience items.

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My favorite find was Otro Rollo, a Mexican bakery with an astounding array of cakes and pastries that line three walls of their shop. Delicious, beautiful and best of all a bargain. We bought 8 cakes for just over $7.  

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My favorites were the beautiful shell cakes which are similar to panettone and came with a variety of patterns. The rumor of pumpkin empanadas is enough to make me return soon. 

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Another discovery was a small restaurant Cenduria Karla (3528 Sullivant Avenue). Which serves special soups such as pozole, menudo or caldo de pollo at weekends. I had not tried pozole before but am now a huge fan. Great food, but not somewhere to dine for the atmosphere.

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Pozole

I have discovered so many areas of the city that I never knew existed. It is amazing how much there is to discover once you get off the ‘beaten-path’. Stay home and go travelling!

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