My friend Nedra and I headed on a road trip to Columbus for a Taco Truck Tour (um yeah!!!!) but once we got there she decided to show me something fun!
There's a really cool topiary garden for the Deaf School...
The feature of the park is this center garden where the topiaries match a painting! Above is a plaque of the painting...
And here's the topiary garden!
As we were walking around the park we encountered probably the cutest thing ever - a Momma duck with like a million babies! Seriously - I stopped counting when I got to 15! They were everywhere!!! Here's a quick pic I caught of the momma and six of the babies. They were running and swimming and playing - man it was the epitome of cute.
Bethia is also a fellow food blogger! The company actually came about as a result of her Taco Truck blog! She now has 9 different tours - I previously went on the Alt Eats - but she also has a Meat tour, a Coffee tour and a DESSERT TOUR. UH - YEAH!
So off Nedra and I went to start the Taco Truck Extravagana!
First up was the King Luis truck. The menus are usually posted in the window and each truck tends to have it's own specialty.
This was a great start- first it's an authentic taco - so it gives you a good idea of what you've been missing all these years! Second - it's just damn tasty - it is cilantro-heavy and small - but usually a taco is like $2 - so you can polish off a couple of them and still have money in your pocket.
Next she drove us to La Popular - so we all piled out and waited for our next delight! Luckily this one came with a drink -
The shell is crispy and light - the filling was so delicious and it had a little cheese and sour cream (for the American in me). There you see those radishes to cleanse the pallette as well. I easily could have wolfed down 3 more of these - they're small and amazingly tasty.
Nedra started ahead of me and I think she liked it!
Next up - the Super Torta truck!
horchata - you can see by the wiki entry that it can mean a lot of different things. This version sort of tasted like an icy egg nog and had cinnamon on top. I really didn't like it - of course I don't like egg nog - so that might be why. A lot of people liked it and the folks I work with that are Latina (I work on a spanish community website) saw this photo and went OOOOOOOOOH! So I think most people like it.
I really didn't care for this either - it was really hard to eat a 1/4 of a hard crust pizza and to me the toppings were all fairly dry so they didn't mesh together as well as the last two items.
That said - it's a huge menu and I'm sure if I tried something else - I'd find something I liked. I do really appreciate Bethia bringing us different items from each vendor - it gets us out of the box to try new things.
We stopped into the restaurant first - chips and salsa please!
Tongue then? (Seriously - that's huge.)
Remember the agua fresca we had? That tamarind flavor - comes from this tamarind bean!
Or would you like some peppers?
Back to my drinks - I had a Coronita (tiny bottle of Corona) with my chips & salsa.
There we are enjoying our drinks - and our full bellies!
Before we headed home I picked up a few snacks for the team and I have to say - those little chocolate mints were awesome! I wish I'd bought about 10 more bags!
And so ended our trip to Columbus for the Taco Truck Tour. Bethia is such a wonderful tour guide. I find that most tours do a lot of talking - too much talking really - but this tour is perfect! She talks a little - feeds us and then talks more while we eat. LOVE IT!
Tickets for the Columbus Food Adventures range between $50-60 per person and it's a great deal! You get a personal driver for the tour, knowledge along the way and a guarantee that you're getting specialties from every stop. Plus I guarantee these are NOT the places you'll find in a quick "where should I eat in Columbus" tour! These are tucked away hidden treasures - which are the best kind - right?
If you are a food lover, want something fun to do with a buddy or if you just need an excuse to go to Columbus - I highly recommend Columbus Food Adventures.