Tanya Tandoc

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5:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

The Delights of Asian Supermarkets

Fletcher Powell KMUW

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.

Asian groceries can smell funky, spicy, and a little fermented. Fruits of all sorts in varying stages of ripeness are jumbled all together, some softer and sweeter than others, some bruised, chosen for flavor instead of shelf life. Jars of salted pickles and preserves sometimes crystallize over their seals and add their perfume to the mix. It’s heady, for sure. Embrace the funk, and inhale deeply.

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5:00 am
Fri March 21, 2014

This Pho Is Special

Credit Hugo Phan / KMUW

Pho is one of the most delicious noodle soups on the planet.

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5:00 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Classic Thai With Romantic Flavor

Credit Hugo Phan / KMUW

Thai Tradition is one of my favorite Thai restaurants in Wichita.

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.

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5:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Tanya Tandoc: Fantasy Gardening and Cooperation

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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.

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5:00 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Tanya Tandoc: Slow Cooking

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My plan for today was to talk about leftovers and what to do with them, but as I sat in my office typing and watching snow fall beautifully onto our patio, I changed my mind.

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5:00 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Restaurant Review: The Anchor

The Anchor is located at 1109 East Douglas, Wichita Kansas 67211
Credit Hugo Phan

If you haven’t yet been to the Anchor, on the edge of Old Town in Wichita, and you love beer and bar food, you are missing out. The Anchor has been one of my favorite places to meet friends, eat, drink, and hang out for years.

Schane Gross, the powerhouse proprietor, has created a marvelous atmosphere in which to enjoy excellent drinks and interesting food. The bar is dark, with high ceilings, church pews for booths, and keeps the spirit of old Wichita, while adding modern, edgy touches. When you walk in, it feels like you could be in any cool city, anywhere.

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5:00 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Tanya Tandoc: Want Something New And Fresh? Try Ceviche!

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For those of us who adore fresh fish, ceviche is one of the best ways to eat it.

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5:00 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Tanya Tandoc: Now THIS Is French Onion Soup

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French onion soup is the iconic bistro classic that nearly everyone is familiar with. Rich beef broth, filled with onions, topped with a slice of baguette and covered with cheese. Well done, it is delicious. Poorly done, it is hell in a bowl.

When I developed my recipe for this soup, I decided that there were a few things that I would change. Most apparent was the fact that the bread was always soggy and the cheese, once broiled, would harden immediately into a spoon-rejecting casing.

So I did a little tweaking and fixed the things that annoyed me about the soup.

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5:00 am
Fri December 13, 2013

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 November 29, 2013

Tanya Tandoc: Holiday Relaxation

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The holidays can be extraordinarily stressful for even the most spirit-filled person. If you are the one doing the cooking, replicating a giant, fancy holiday meal can bring one to wit’s end, particularly if you just did another elaborate dinner at Thanksgiving.

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