food en Wasabi Gets Crazy With Sushi <p>Sushi, the wonderful Japanese preparation of rice and fish, used to be impossible to find anywhere in Wichita. It took a while to catch on here, possibly because of a Midwestern aversion to raw fish.</p><p>Now, sushi is everywhere, even in the grocery store. Once a rarity, sushi and Japanese food in general are firmly part of Wichita’s diverse culinary scene.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:00:41 +0000 Tanya Tandoc 37984 at Wasabi Gets Crazy With Sushi A Butcher Shop With A Local Twist <p></p><p>Meat and cheese lovers, rejoice! Schane Gross, owner of The Anchor, has opened her new venture, the Douglas Avenue Chop Shop, and it is marvelous.</p><p>The Chop Shop is an artisanal butcher shop that carries delicious meats, cheeses, house-made sausages, eggs, bread and specialty condiments, all sourced locally. Ms. Gross really cares about the quality of her products and it shows in everything The Chop Shop carries.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:45:24 +0000 Tanya Tandoc 37294 at A Butcher Shop With A Local Twist Mole, Oaxacan Style! <p></p><p></p><p>Mexican restaurants abound in Wichita, and each is unique in quality, authenticity, menu and style. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Tanya Tandoc 36550 at Mole, Oaxacan Style! Tacos For The Adventuresome <p>Tacos are pretty much the perfect food. They are salty, meaty, drippy, savory bites that satisfy. Even mediocre tacos are better than no tacos at all.</p><p>My friend Michael Carmody, a taco aficionado, has gushed over the food at <a href="">El Tenampa</a> for months, so I grabbed a friend and went to the slightly dilapidated building on west Central.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Tanya Tandoc 35856 at Tacos For The Adventuresome The Earthy Funkiness of Kimchi <p></p><p></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">I am obsessed with kimchi. I think about the earthy, fermented, spicy pickle all the time. I know that some people find kimchi’s deep funkiness repellent, but I love it.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Kimchi is one of the most common Korean condiments and is made with vegetables, chili pepper flakes, garlic, ginger and salt. It is lightly fermented, sort of like sauerkraut, and then eaten as a side dish or used as an ingredient in Korean cooking. The kimchi most of us are familiar with is made with Napa cabbage.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Tanya Tandoc 34488 at The Earthy Funkiness of Kimchi 'Birds' Brightens Up The Day <p></p><p>I met a friend on a cold, rainy day for lunch at <a href="">Birds on The Roof</a>, on Rock Road and Central, and my day immediately improved.</p><p>The restaurant is lovely, beautifully pink and green and bright. The pastry case was filled with pretty treats and cakes, and we were greeted by smiles and seated right away.</p><p>We sat and were given three little biscuits, light pink and green and cream, flavored gently and only slightly sweet. The sweet butter that was served with them was delicious.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Tanya Tandoc 33154 at 'Birds' Brightens Up The Day The Delights of Asian Supermarkets <p></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">To me, there is nothing as sensually delightful as Asian grocery stores. They have their own character and are as organic and wild as Western groceries are sterile and packaged.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Tanya Tandoc 32484 at The Delights of Asian Supermarkets Dept. Of Agriculture Awards Grants To Eight Schools To Promote Local Foods In Cafeterias <p>Eight Kansas schools have been selected to receive state grants to promote using local foods in school cafeterias.</p><p>The Kansas Department of Agriculture says that it had awarded each of the schools $12,500 from the Farm to School program.</p><p>The winning districts include: Lost Springs, Doniphan West, Ell-Saline, Eudora, Maize, Pike Valley, Rawlins County and St. Francis.</p><p>The program educates students about how food is produced, and how it gets from the fields to the dinner table.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:28:54 +0000 Associated Press 32465 at Classic Thai With Romantic Flavor <p></p><p>Thai Tradition is one of my favorite Thai restaurants in Wichita.</p><p>It is dark and pretty inside, with a romantic ambience that sets it apart from many other Thai establishments in town. The food is delicious and beautifully presented on nice china. I like to take out-of-town guests there to relax and chill out after a long day of travel or business work.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Tanya Tandoc 31112 at Classic Thai With Romantic Flavor Tanya Tandoc: Fantasy Gardening and Cooperation <p></p><p></p><p>I am not a gardener. Plants wither and die at my very glance. I don’t even like it when I accidentally touch leaves, because they can itch or harbor bugs or any number of dreadful things. I envy those who can nurture a plant from shoot to fruit, but I am not one of them. I’m happy just to be able to use the produce and flowers that talented gardeners and farmers offer.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Tanya Tandoc 30506 at Tanya Tandoc: Fantasy Gardening and Cooperation