There's Rachel and I - petting Christopher's head...This tour had 5 stops and was the Alt Eats tour. It's a tour of 5 places on the north side of Columbus that have unique ethnic foods that you definitely wouldn't normally stumble upon. We were going to have Middle Eastern, Mexican, Southern Indian, Vietnamese and Somali food - all in one day!
Who knew you could get hummus in a box? I totally bought some...haven't tried it yet though.
They also had a huge tray of desserts from another place in the area. Baklava!
And um - they had other stuff - I think this was tongue - I didn't bring any of that home!
And who doesn't want chicken loaf in a can?
Overall - I loved this stop - it was so interesting and the food/drink were amazing! I can't wait to go back and try new things!
Amma's Kitchen in Roselawn here in Cincinnati - it's southern india - which is VERY different from Northern and vegetarian.
Abu Dabi (yeah - where they went in Sex and the City 2) made hers look so perfect with the sauces I had to photograph hers.
While I really don't know what was in it - it was good! A little spicy but not too much. I really enjoyed this.
There's Rachel - I made her pose for a picture with the Bimbo bread. hahahaha (brand name - really I swear)
You really don't even want to know what all that stuff is...
Chicken feet anyone? Seriously - what the hell do you do with a chicken foot?
Pig feet then?
The wall of peppers! Astounding!
franchised version made them change their name - really????? Way to screw the little guy there - like this little strip mall Vietnamese restaurant is going to confuse folks? So they changed their name to Mi Li and on they went!
blog dedicated to it! While I have nothing to compare this to - I really enjoyed it! Udipi had been pretty spicy so I pulled out a few of the jalapenos. I have to say - I can't wait to have another version of this!
Where in Cinci could I get one? Cilantro? Song Long?
Last up was the Solay Bistro - a Somali restaurant - again - something new for me!
We learned a lot about the Somali culture as Bethia frequents some of these stops. This business is unique because it's owned by a woman - yeah for her! I guess many Somali restaurants have "men only" rooms and are a bit uncomfortable for Westerners like ourselves. Solay is more Americanized in its look and feel.Emanu here in Cincinnati. There was chicken, spinach, lamb and vegetables all in communal bowls.
This was delicious though! I can't say it tasted like pork or beef - it tasted like goat. I'd say in between pork & beef - there is goat. I haven't had goat since some friends from Ecuador made me dinner...so this was a happy memory to have again. At this point I was extremely stuffed from the entire day of munching so I really couldn't handle any more food - but when she brought out the goat - I found room!
So that was the end of the food tour - it was fantastic! We were completely stuffed - in our bellies and our brains. Bethia taught us so much about all these different spots - it was great! I'll have more on the tour and details at the end of the blog.
But we weren't done with Columbus yet!
The best part was since we were so stuffed - the Short North had all sorts of little shops that we could walk through and walk OFF some of that food! We definitely felt better after shopping and walking.
Jeni's Ice Cream! It's like the Graeters to the north except the flavors are more unique. I took home Buckeye (pb & choc chip) and Sweet Corn & Raspberry!
The flavors are wild and always changing - though they do have some "signatures" that are always on the board. Best part was they don't use eggs in their ice cream so I could bring some home to the hubby! I was sure he'd be stuck eating sherbert - but nope - he ate that whole pint of Buckeye all on his own!
Wow - what a day!
Why Should You Go? I can't say enough about the tour and Columbus. We had a fantastic day and it was so much fun to learn about all the different cultures and try so many unique kinds of food. CFA has a few tours to choose from - one is the Taco Trucks tour - I think that's my next one! The taco trucks there have been around for 15+ years so they are an institution in the city!
I don't get to Columbus near enough - especially since it's only 2 hours away. I definitely can't wait to go back and explore on my own as well as take another tour. The schedule is on the web site and you can even get a group together and have CFA do a custom tour just for your group!
If you have out-of-state friends or you just have a free day - I would highly recommend checking out the CFA tours! And I'm not just saying that because they gave me free tickets - it was so much fun! Plus - they just added a Dessert tour...hells yeah!