Before Justin Johnston became the first-ever executive director of arts organization Wild Goose Creative, he traveled the world, putting his classical music training to work with outfits like the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony. But this globetrotter's roots are deeply set in Columbus, as we discovered when we asked him to share a few of his favorite things. - Kristen Schmidt

Before Justin Johnston became the first-ever executive director of arts organization Wild Goose Creative, he traveled the world, putting his classical music training to work with outfits like the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony. But this globetrotter's roots are deeply set in Columbus, as we discovered when we asked him to share a few of his favorite things. - Kristen Schmidt

Los Texanos Taco Truck

I'm calling it right now: These are the best tacos in Columbus. They remind me of the taquerias from my old neighborhood in Chicago (Logan Square, represent!). They use simple, fresh ingredients topped with ridiculously hot, house-made salsa that you just can't stop eating. You can usually find the truck on the corner of Karl and Elmore in North Linden.

The Bird Tunnel

The bird tunnel is Columbus' greatest secret. It's right in the middle of the city, but it feels like you've traveled through a wormhole to this place where time and space bend to your will. In my mind, I'm the only person who knows about this place, so I feel like I'm giving away a huge secret.

Walks with Wellington

Wellington is my dog. He's a blind shih-tzu rescue, but you wouldn't know it by looking at him. Bouncing along, snuffling through everyone's grass, he is a fixture on my street and beloved by many. We take three walks a day and it's become a shared ritual: exercise for him and chance for me to slow down.

New Music at the Short North Stage

Most people know the Short North Stage for its musicals. For me, though, it's the most important stage for contemporary music in Columbus. Their new music series, produced in partnership with the Johnstone Fund, presents concerts about once a month and they are insanely good. Like, melt your mind good. Plan to arrive early. The house is usually packed to standing room only.

The Market Italian Village

There's just something about that big red rooster. I can't resist his siren's call. Any time I'm near the market, I have to stop in. Coffee in the morning, a bottle of wine at night, and occasionally I end up grabbing both in a day. I'm not ashamed.