Tanya Tandoc

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5:00 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Restaurant Review: El Patio Is Very Tiny And Very Good

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El Patio restaurant is a venerable Tex-Mex shop, very tiny, very good. I have been going there for delicious Mexican/American food for twenty-five years, and have rarely been disappointed. The food is so savory and made with family recipes. Nothing is fancy, but a`lmost everything is good.

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5:00 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Restaurant Review: Sumo

    

I recently went to Sumo, by the Warren East Theatre. It happened to be during prom night, so the restaurant was extremely crowded. Sumo is a teppan-yaki style grill and sushi bar, serving really neat sushi combinations and delicious grilled meat and seafood.

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5:00 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Spring has Sprouted!

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Oh, Kansas! Spring produce season is here and I could not be happier. Asparagus, tiny lettuces, radishes, and all the other gorgeous garden bounty is making everyone excited. I’m talking today about asparagus, my favorite spring vegetable. The arrival of asparagus always makes me feel hopeful. It is, to chefs, like daffodils and tulips to flower gardeners. Asparagus is relief and joy!

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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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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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