Tanya Tandoc

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6:00 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Glorious Tomato Soup!

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When I was a child, my favorite sick day treat was Campbell’s tomato soup and a grilled cheese sandwich, with Kraft cheese, on Wonder bread. It was warm and comforting and I would dip the sandwich into the soup and feel much better. I tried that exact combination a few weeks ago, when I was feeling terrible and also nostalgic. Sadly, the memories did not live up to the reality.

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5:00 am
Fri March 6, 2015

On Burnout, and Brownies

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This morning, I read a post from a longtime friend and chef who wrote of his choice to leave the culinary profession. He is an excellent chef and has been for a long time. His decision to try something new was based entirely on exhaustion and the life-suck that the restaurant business creates. I could completely relate.

We work long hours, weekends are non-existent, and we don’t see our families and friends very often. Our marriages dissolve, our health suffers, and the constant stress eats your soul. We eat more meals standing over garbage cans than we do sitting at a table.

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5:00 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Tanya Tandoc's Guide On How To Run A Restaurant

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On running a restaurant: I can save you a lot of money.

I have been a restaurant consultant for eighteen years. If you feel like you want to open a restaurant, I have a few helpful tips.

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Restaurant Review
5:00 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Usuluteco

Pupusas with pickled cabbage and sauce

Okay, friends, get your GPS navigators set for 1714 East Northern Street in Wichita. At the end of your trip you will be at Usuluteco, a fantastic Salvadoran restaurant located just off Hydraulic, south of Pawnee. Salvadoran food is delicious, a recognizable cousin to Mexican cuisine, but with its own distinct character—a bit more subtle, without the same chili-garlic-tomato-cilantro bang of Mexican food, but perfect in simplicity.

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Commentary
7:41 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Restaurant Review: Tj's Burger House

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Happy 2015, darling listeners! I rang in the New Year with a craving for a great hamburger. I discussed this issue with a few friends, and after a heated discussion, decided to go to Tj’s Burger House, in the Delano district. It was a good choice, and everyone had consensus that it was one of the better burgers in Wichita.

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5:00 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Tanya Tandoc: No Tricks. All Treats.

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There is so much frightening food available these days—like Twinkies, cappuccino flavored potato chips, and genetically modified foods.

Navigating the grocery store is a bit of a horror story on a regular day.

But, today is Halloween, and have some creepy suggestions for your holiday table.

When I was a kid in the seventies, I went to a party dressed as a hobo, like all the other kids.

We stuck our hands into bowls of peeled grapes (eyeballs!), wet and oily spaghetti worms!), and then ate Vienna sausages (fingers!).

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5:00 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Tanya Tandoc: CHEESE!

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When I was growing up in Newton in the '70s, I was unaware that there were more than five kinds of cheese.

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5:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

An Exotic, Savory Fruit You Can Find In Any Grocery Store

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The avocado is one of my favorite fruits. I first tasted one when I was little, in Florida, with my auntie. She had oranges, lemons, limes, and avocados in her yards. We could just pick them from the trees. We went out to gather a few of each, and she made me breakfast with what we had picked.

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5:00 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Steak At Stake

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We live in an area that really loves beef, especially steak. If one is a beef eater, a good steak is the preferred choice, whether dining out, or when cooking at home. I recently took an informal poll on social media and (like the cheeseburger poll I did last time), received hundreds of excited responses.

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5:00 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger!

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The cheeseburger is an iconic American food. Take a big handful of flattened ground beef, a bun split in two, with salt and pepper. Cook the meat on a grill or in a frying pan or broil it. Melt some cheese on the meat as it finishes cooking. Toast the buns with butter or oil or not. Condiments and garnishes are up to you. Put the cheesy meat on the bun and dress it up, then devour. Seems simple, right?

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